Saturday, December 8, 2007

Rashid hina mahkamah: Salahudin mohon Parlimen bahas / UNPROFESSIONAL AND DISGRACEFUL

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Rashid hina mahkamah: Salahudin mohon Parlimen bahas / UNPROFESSIONAL AND DISGRACEFUL


Hina mahkamah: Salahudin mohon Parlimen bahas kenyataan Pengerusi SPR
Azamin Amin
Fri | Dec 07, 07 | 10:11:16 am MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 Dis (Hrkh)- Ahli Parlimen PAS Kubang Kerian, Salahuddin Ayub telah memohon mesyuarat Dewan Rakyat ditangguhkan untuk membincangkan kenyataan Pengerusi SPR Tan Sri Abd Rashid Abd Rahman mengenai keputusan mahkamah pada tahun 2001.
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Menurut Salahuddin pada 5 Disember lalu di Dewan Rakyat, Rashid ketika menyampaikan ucap utama pada Kursus Kenegaraan Institut Akhbar Malaysia (IAM) bertemakan "Media dan Pilihanraya Umum" di Universiti Malaya pada 4 Disember lalu mempertikaikan keputusan Hakim Dato' Muhammad Kamil Awang yang membatalkan keputusan pilihan raya DUN Likas, Sabah pada 2001.

Ia berdasarkan alasan senarai pemilih 1998 bagi kawasan berkenaan tidak mengikut undang-undang di mana pengundi-pengundi hantu, termasuk yang bukan warganegara, telah secara bukti dibenarkan membuang undi pada hari pengundian.

"Dalam penghakimannya Hakim Muhammad Kamil dipetik sebagai berkata, SPR gagal menjalankan tanggungjawab mereka dalam mengesahkan dan menggazet senarai pemilih yang mencurigakan, di samping banyak laporan yang dibuat terhadap kepincangan SPR serta pihak kerajaan bagi menjalankan siasatan terhadap wujudnya orang yang tidak mempunyai kewarganegaraan dalam senarai pemilih," kata Salahudin yang juga Ketua Pemuda PAS dalam satu kenyataan media yang difakskan ke Harakahdaily semalam.

Katanya, berdasarkan kenyataan Pengerusi SPR tersebut jelas mempertikai dan menafikan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang telah dibuat secara adil sebaik sahaja disahkan sebagai muktamad dan diterima dan tidak boleh dipersoalkan atau membuat rayuan atau dinilai semula, dipinggirkan oleh mana-mana mahkamah.

Salahudin dalam usulnya berkata :"bahawa mesyuarat ini hendaklah ditangguhkan bagi membolehkan dewan yang mulia ini merundingkan dan membincangkan dakwaan Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Tan Sri Abd Rashid Abd Rahman mengenai penghakiman pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Likas 2001 yang dituduh berat sebelah dan beliau turut mendakwa kononnya Hakim terbabit 'mempunyai agenda tersendiri' sehingga terhasilnya keputusan tersebut."

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BERSIH
EC CHAIRMAN’S ATTITUDE UNPROFESSIONAL AND DISGRACEFUL
PRESS STATEMENT
7 DECEMBER 2007

BERSIH registers its utmost disgust at the unprofessional behaviour of Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, Chairman of the Election Commission. BERSIH has no other choice but to conclude that his disgraceful conduct can only be construed as an act of ‘currying favour’ with the Executive, whom he now desperately depends on to extend his tenure as the Chairman of the EC through a Constitutional Amendment Bill in the ongoing parliamentary session.


(i) Personal attack on PAS president and PAS
BERSIH deplores the personal and vindictive attack on PAS president Dato’ Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang by Tan Sri Rashid on 4 December in his opening speech at a “Media and the General Election” seminar at the Institut Akhbar Malaysia.

BERSIH finds it Tan Sri Rashid’s remarks most unprofessional and regrets that instead of doing his job properly, he is resorting to personal attacks of this kind – which is wholly unbecoming of the custodian of free and fair elections in this country.

Tan Sri Rashid also claimed that there were no phantom voters in Likas, and that PAS was manipulative and like to ‘twist and turn’ certain facts. His tirade also included an attack on the party organ, Harakah.

(ii) EC chief’s tirade against Justice Muhammad Kamil
In his speech, Tan Sri Rashid was at his most arrogant and unprofessional, claiming that Justice Datuk Muhammad Kamil Awang was biased in his judgment in the well-known Likas Election Petition judgment and alleging that the judge took it out on the government because he was ‘frustrated with certain things’.

Tan Sri Rashid has been silent on the Likas judgment from the time it was delivered in June 2001 until now. His sudden and unsolicited attack on the judgment of Justice could very well tantamount to a ‘contempt of court’. Why make an allegation of bias now which he has never made before? Is this a sudden emotional afterthought, six years later? What instigated this?

We call upon him to answer the serious allegations against him and the EC in the judgment which are all based on detailed facts and law.

In 2001, Justice Datuk Muhammad Kamil Awang nullified the election result of Likas (Sabah) on the grounds that the 1998 state electoral roll was illegal as phantom voters, including non-citizens, had cast their votes on polling day.

He found that prior to the gazetting of the roll by the EC, 4585 objections were made to List A and 246 objections to List B. The basis of the objection was that these persons on the roll were suspected of having dubious identity cards. Detailed documentary evidence of this was presented during the Election petition hearing.

According to the Election (Registration of Electors) Regulations (Sabah) 1971, if a voter files an official objection against the inclusion of a particular person, the EC has to hold a Public Inquiry to which both the objectors as well as the ‘objectee’ are invited. This failure to hold inquiry was sufficient to nullify the election result.

But what did Tan Sri Rashid as Secretary of the EC do? Instead of following the law and holding a public inquiry, the federal EC directed that no inquiry be held “except in cases of death or loss of eligibility”. The EC in Sabah followed the directive and did not hold an inquiry.

Justice Kamil Awang said that “it was unthinkable that the Election Commission should shut off the objections without inquiry” and “a constitutional wrong for EC to have rejected the objections outright. As the custodian of free and fair elections, the EC was duty bound to do it. “

So, in other words, Tan Sri Rashid and others in the leadership were responsible for perpetuating fraud in the electoral roll instead of cleaning it up.

In any democratic country, a person doing what he did would have been immediately removed from his job.

But because the fraud which he insisted on covering up was exposed in the judgment of Justice Kamil Awang, what did Tan Sri Rashid do?

The Government with the consent of the EC amended the Election Act 1958 (gazetted on 30 May 2002) whereby Section 9A clearly states that the electoral roll, once certified or recertified and published in the Gazette, shall be “deemed to be final and binding” and not “be questioned or appealed against in, or reviewed, quashed or set aside by, any court”.

In other words even if the electoral rolls are so flawed as to influence the election result, the election result would still stand. This amendment has effectively removed all legal avenues to challenge the credibility of the electoral roll.

So Tan Sri Rashid, instead of calling the judge biased six years after the fact, deal with the factual assertions and evidence set out in the judgment.

(iii) Judicial review case by PKR in 2004
In the 2004 General Election, there were at least three versions of the electoral roll being circulated and the deletion of many valid voters from the roll in Selangor, which led to Parti Keadilan Rakyat initiating a judicial review case against the EC in April 2004 in respect of the irregularities that occurred, such as:

* the use of several versions of electoral rolls by the EC
* allowing “pondok panas” at the last minute, in contravention of the law
* the extension of voting time in Selangor up to 7 pm
* the practice of writing the voter’s serial number on the counterfoil of the ballot paper and
* whether candidates could still run for elections if convicted but had an appeal pending.


The Attorney-General who appeared for the EC in court objected to PKR’s application on the grounds that it was a back-door way to challenge the election and said that any challenge regarding the conduct of an election had to be by way of an election petition.

PKR had expressly said in its affidavit that it was not seeking to nullify the result of the general election in the way that a election petition would nullify the outcome in a particular constituency but was seeking rulings from the court to clarify the law for the future guidance of the EC and for the benefit of the Malaysian electorate.

Needless to say, the Court struck off the case. An appeal is pending in the Court of Appeal.

If Tan Sri Rashid is sincere about his claims to improve the system, why did he instruct the Attorney General to make those objections in court?

(iv) The dead who came back to vote in Ijok
BERSIH demands that Tan Sri Rashid respond to the facts and stop making up flimsy excuses, especially when the evidence is concrete and indefensible, and staring him in the face.

The irregularities and fraudulent registrations that surfaced during the Ijok by-election on 28 April 2007 include:

* Over 50 dead voters were still on the electoral roll and 12 of them, all of them Malays from the Jaya Setia polling district, rose up from their graves to cast their votes on polling day.
* Three Chinese voters at Pekan Ijok had their votes stolen by impostors, who had turned up earlier at the polling station.
* As many as 23 voters were registered without national identity cards.
* As many as 32 voters aged between 100 and 132 years old were still listed on the electoral rolls.


What is Tan Sri Rashid’s response to the experience of prominent blogger Ahiruddin Attan when he went to register himself as a voter earlier this year and found that not only was he already registered but had voted in two previous elections without knowing about it!

In light of all these clear-cut examples, how can Rashid still claim there was no vote-rigging or fraud when it has been proven by factual events as well as in court?

v. Constitutional Amendment Bill
BERSIH strongly objects to the Constitution Amendment Bill, which is clearly intended by its rushed timing to allow Election Commission (EC) chairperson Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman’s tenure to be extended for another year.

The Bill was tabled for first reading in Dewan Rakyat on 20 November 2007 and second reading will take place on 11 December.

Tan Sri Rashid, who is due to retire on 31 December upon reaching the age of 65, may serve an extra year after the Bill comes into implementation.

We have no objection in principle to a standardization of the retirement age to 66 years for members of the EC. But BERSIH objects to the manner in which this amendment is being bulldozed through Parliament. Why is it that Tan Sri Rashid has to be retained at all costs?

Surely it cannot be that only Tan Sri Rashid is the only person in this country who can function as the Chairman of the EC. In fact, the insistence of the BN on retaining him through this amendment shows that his presence is necessary to them in continuing the current unfair and unjust faulty system.

The threats from the EC chief that he would engineer the shortest election campaign period ever, if “some parties continued to buat huru-hara (create chaos) and shout in the street” show that he is clearly unfit to function as a neutral referee of a electoral contest where he is supposed to ensure a level playing field.

Rashid Must Go
As a public servant, Tan Sri Rashid is, by the powers bestowed on him by the Federal Constitution, responsible for the conduct of elections and duty-bound to address the concerns of the Malaysian public.

As one of the institutions governing the functioning of our democracy, the Election Commission and its officials are as important as the Judiciary and must therefore possess the highest level of integrity and credibility.

In his desperate move to defend his and the EC’s reputation, it is most unfortunate that Tan Sri Rashid has only further demonstrated the EC’s weakness and inability to conduct a clean and fair election.

In the interest of the nation and democracy, we urge Tan Sri Abdul Rashid to resign now, honourably.

A retired judge of impeccable integrity should be appointed in his place.

BERSIH protest on 11 December
BERSIH will hand over a protest note to the Speaker of Parliament calling upon him to not to allow the Constitutional Amendment Bill for this sitting and request that the Government re-table it next year.

Regardless of the passage of the Bill, BERSIH calls upon the government to ensure that Tan Sri Rashid is not reappointed to the position of Chairman of the EC after his retirement on 31st December 2007 as an important step in the process of reforming the election process in Malaysia.

Remove Rashid now! DON’T RUSH IT For RASHID!

BERSIH STREERING COMMITTEE


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Jeff Ooi summoned by Bukit Aman CCID / Una Paloma Blanca

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JEFF 4 MALAYSIA
Jeff Ooi summoned by Bukit Aman CCID
6 ) Putrajaya
Blogger JEFF OOI has been summoned by the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) pertaining to three police reports filed by the Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association (PPIM), Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (KIMMA) and Pertubuhan Seni Silat Ikatan Kalam Malaysia.

November 18, The NST reported that the three groups were against “a statement issued by Ooi to an Al Jazeera reporter”, and that they wanted this blogger investigated.

According to media reports, the three groups alleged that the interview given to Al Jazeera “not only tarnished the image of the country but was also seditious and caused racial tension”.

This blogger was a studio guest at Al-Jazeera on November 10 to provide live commentaries as BERSIH Rally took place concurrently.

The appointment with the Bukit CCID has been fixed for 2pm, December 10, which coincides with the UN’s World Human Rights Day.

UPDATES, 7:40pm: Malaysiakini has the story. Also here.

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ROCKY'S BRU
Una Paloma Blanca

No one can take my freedom away.

I hear some bloggers are going to join some lawyers who are going to take a leisurely morning walk from Sogo to the Central Market this Sunday.

When I was an ITM student in the early 80s, I used to walk around the city from the Kelang bus station every other weekend. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise.

I think I'll join those bloggers who are joining those lawyers this Sunday. 7.30am at Sogo.

I'll wear white as a tribute to the White Dove (una paloma blanca), a symbol of freedom.

Read also
Freedom ....
People's Freedom Walk,
Bar Declines but Lawyers will march on
Damn! Even if it's off, I will walk come Sunday.


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Dedah semua maklumat untuk atasi fitnah / Cadang BPR bertanggungjawab dengan Parlimen

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MP PAS
Datuk Kamaruddin minta kerajaan dedah semua maklumat untuk atasi fitnah
POLIS Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) sudah membuat satu tangkapan dan empat kes lagi kini dalam siasatan berhubung laporan penyebaran fitnah dalam laman blog yang dikendalikan rakyat negara ini, kata Timbalan Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, Datuk Fu Ah Kiow.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan memandang serius fitnah yang dilakukan dalam laman blog kerana ia boleh mengancam ketenteraman awam.

Menjawab soalan tambahan Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (Pas -Tumpat) yang meminta kerajaan mendedahkan semua maklumat untuk mengatasi masalah fitnah melalui blog, Fu berkata, ada maklumat yang tidak boleh didedahkan kepada umum jika ia mengancam keselamatan dalam negeri.

Berikutan itu, katanya, PDRM melalui Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial Bukit Aman sudah menubuhkan Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Siber dan Multimedia untuk memantau perkembangan terbaru dalam internet.

“Bagi kes tangkapan yang dibuat itu, penyiasatannya kini pada peringkat akhir sebelum PDRM memutuskan sama ada mendakwanya atau tidak,” katanya ketika menjawab soalan Raime Unggi (BN-Tenom) mengenai tindakan yang boleh diambil terhadap penulis blog yang menyebar fitnah.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan tidak mahu melanggar jaminannya yang dibuat ketika pelancaran Koridor Raya Multimedia (MSC) dulu.

Katanya, penulis blog yang didapati menyalahgunakan ruangan untuk menyebarkan fitnah atau memutarbelitkan sesuatu fakta boleh dikenakan tindakan mengikut Akta Hasutan 1948, Kanun Keseksaan dan juga Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998.

Beliau berkata, pihak berkuasa juga menghadapi kesukaran untuk mengenal pasti pengendali sesuatu laman blog, termasuk tidak menggunakan nama sebenar atau server luar negara.

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Transparency International cadang BPR bertanggungjawab dengan Parlimen
Harakahdaily
Thu | Dec 06, 07 | 9:20:43 pm MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Dis - Kerajaan perlu mempamerkan keazaman politik yang lebih teguh bagi memerangi rasuah secara serius di negara ini, kata Presiden Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam.
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Rasuah memberi kesan serius terhadap sosio ekonomi dan politik dalam sesebuah masyarakat serta boleh menghakis keyakinan pelaburan asing jika ia tidak diatasi, katanya pada sidang akhbar sempena pelancaran Laporan Barometer Rasuah Global 2007, seperti dilaporkan Bernama.

Ramon berkata beliau berpendapat kerajaan Malaysia perlu memperakukan Konvensyen Penentangan Terhadap Rasuah Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNCAC) bagi membantu menangani masalah rasuah di negara ini.

Beliau juga berpendapat bahawa orang ramai akan lebih yakin terhadap Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR) jika ia merupakan sebuah badan bebas dan hanya bertanggungjawab kepada Parlimen dan hasilnya, lebih banyak orang akan tampil membuat laporan tentang kes rasuah.

Ramon berkata kira-kira 63 peratus daripada 1,250 rakyat Malaysia yang ditinjau pendapat mereka dalam laporan itu yakin perbuatan rasuah akan meningkat dalam tempoh terdekat.

Pendapat mereka sama dengan penemuan laporan itu yang mendakwa bahawa separuh daripada jumlah penduduk dunia percaya jumlah kes rasuah akan meningkat.


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Defiant lawyers to march on Sunday

sembangkita@yahoo.com.my
Andrew Ong | Dec 7, 07 3:22pm

At least 15 lawyers are bent on making a statement in conjunction with World Human Rights Day by marching from the Sogo department store to Central Market in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Their message is simple - that citizens have a right to assemble peacefully and without prior requirement of a police permit.

Themed ‘Lawyers for Freedom of Assembly”, their march will start at 7.30am and proceed along the route originally planned by the Bar Council until it called off its plan on Tuesday.

Lawyer N Surendran, told Malaysiakini that the group decided on this after the council cancelled its event, mainly due to pressure to obtain a police permit and concern for the safety of participants.

They are now in the process of contacting other lawyers to join them.

“We feel the (Bar Council) march was called of due to undue pressure from the authorities. We want to send a message that the people of Malaysia have the right to a peaceful assembly,” Surendran said.

He emphaised that the march is solely aimed at defending and protecting the right to peaceful assemblies and that no political element is involved.

“We expect the authorities to claim that we are influenced by the opposition. We will refute such claims. This is purely an initiative by concerned lawyers,” he stressed.

The government has warned of harsh action against organisers and participants of public rallies after tens of thousands lent their presence to events by the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) and Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) on separate occasions last month.

No application for permit

To a question, Surendran said the organisers will not apply for a police permit to hold the march.

“We think that applying for a permit is a negation of our fundamental right to freedom of assembly as enshrined in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution,” he explained.

He also expressed hope that concerned citizens would take part in the event to assert their right to assembly peacefully.

Meanwhile, the Bar Council will move its ‘Festival of Rights’ event on Sunday to its own building located near the Central Market.

Human rights committee chairperson Edmund Bon said this was due to police insistence that a permit be sought for the event if it is held at Central Market.

“This, we cannot do, on a day meant to celebrate our freedoms. It would be ironic and outrageous for us to make such an application,” addedd Bon.

The event will feature forums, speeches and performances ahead of the global day for rights which falls on Monday.

In September, some 2,000 lawyers had taken part in the council’s ‘Walk for Justice’ to protest the rot in the judiciary, after fresh allegations were revealed in the ‘Lingam tape’.


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Menonton filem ‘Children of Heaven’ … menitis airmata”, kata Tok Guru MB

Posted on Friday, December 07 @ 20:06:23 MYT by greenboc
Artikel Oleh JiwoKlate


aKOTA BHARU, 6 Dis: “Saya bukan orang yang suka menonton filem. Tapi malam ini saya menonton ‘Children of Heaven’ daripada awal hingga akhir, ekoran penulis skrip filem ini berjaya mengheret masyarakat menyelami nilai moral dan kemanusian. Filem ini boleh membuatkan sesiapa menontonnya menitis air mata,” demikian luahan Menteri Besar Kelantan, Tuan Guru Dato’ Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat sewaktu menyampaikan ceramah umum bertempat di Putik, Pengkalan Chepa, malam tadi sebagai reaksinya setelah menonton filem karya pengarah terkenal dari Iran, Majid Majidi, ‘Children of Heaven’.

Jelasnya filem tersebut menonjolkan isu bagaimana kemiskinan tidak menghalang dua beradik untuk menuntut ilmu walaupun terpaksa berkongsi kasut untuk ke sekolah.
Terdahulu, kira-kira jam 9.00 malam beliau menghadiri perasmian penutup Mini Fest Kelantan 2007 yang bertempat di Balai Islam, Lundang. Pada majlis tersebut beliau turut menyampaikan ucapan serta berkesempatan menonton filem yang memenangi anugerah filem terbaik di Montreal International Film Festival itu.


Majid Majidi serta rombongannya yang terdiri daripada Penerbit dari Rusia, Marat Sayfuddin serta pelakon, penulis skrip dan penasihat kepada Majid Majidi, Abbas Nouzari turut serta dalam program tayangan tersebut.


‘Children of Heaven’ merupakan filem terakhir yang ditayangkan sempena Mini Fest Kelantan 2007. Pada 4 November, dua filem Majid Majidi ditayangkan di tempat yang sama iaiatu Baran dan Colours of Paradise yang mendapat sambutan ramai.


Sementara itu dalam ucapannya sebelum tayangan filem tersebut, beliau menyuarakan hasratnya agar pembikin filem di Malaysia dapat menghasilkan filem-filem seperti Majid sebagai salah satu cara untuk menangkis salah anggap masyarakat Barat terhadap Islam.
“Melalui akhbar dan internet kita mampu menangkis serangan Barat. Dan kini kita berkemampuan untuk melawan serangan tersebut melalui filem.


“Majid Majidi ada meluahkan kepada saya bahawa beliau dukacita peluang-peluang tersebut tidak digunakan oleh umat Islam serta pembikin filem untuk menangkis serangan Barat. Majid Majidi menyatakan untuk kempen Nabi Isa berpuluh-puluh buah filem dibuat untuk memperburukkan agama Islam. Bagaimanapun orang Islam hanya mempunyai sebuah filem yang memperihalkan Nabi Muhammad S.A.W,” katanya.
Justeru katanya, sekarang merupakan peluang untuk masyarakat kita membalas balik serangan tersebut melalui filem dan katanya peluang tersebut telah digunakan oleh Majid Majidi untuk membalas tindakan tersebut.


Sementara itu beliau turut mengharapkan Darul Digital Multimedia Solutions Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat milik Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan yang telah menandatangani surat hasrat dengan Majid Majidi untuk bekerjasama dalam penerbitan filem dapat memanfaat sebaik mungkin dalam kerja-kerja animasi dan penerbitan filem.


Dalam pada itu, Majid Majidi yang berbahasa Parsi dalam ucap tamanya yang diterjemahkan oleh seorang penterjemah ke Bahasa Melayu, melahirkan kegembiraan kerana dapat hadir ke sebuah negeri yang mana pemerintahannya berlandaskan Islam.
Selain itu, beliau juga menyatakan perasaan sukacitanya kerana Tuan Guru mengambil berat tentang seni budaya termasuk perfileman.


Pada kesempatan tersebut, beliau turut menceritakan pengalamannya di sebalik pembikinan filem Children of Heaven kira-kira 11 tahun lalu.
“Selama dua tahun saya mencari pelabur untuk filem ini. Walaupun dua filem saya sebelum ini telah mencapai kejayaan, tapi tidak ada yang sudi untuk melabur filem ini.


“Akhirnya di sebalik kesukaran tersebut saya berjumpa seseorang yang sudi melabur dengan kos yang sedikit. Walaupun Children of Heaven hanya menggunakan perbelanjaan yang sedikit tetapi filem tersebut memberi kesan seluruh dunia, ” katanya yang terus mengharapkan dapat menghasilkan filem yang baik pada masa akan datang.


Selain kesukarannya mencari pelabur untuk pembikinan filem tersebut, Majid turut menceritakan beliau juga mengambil masa agak lama untuk mencari pelakon yang sesuai. Akhirnya daripoda 3,000 hingga 4,000 orang yang menghadiri sesi uji bakat, hanya dua orang yang sesuai membintangi filem tersebut.


Dalam pada itu beliau turut mengharapkan Kerajaan Kelantan dan Iran dapat bekerjasama untuk menghasilkan filem yang bermutu pada masa akan datang.


Selain Tuan Guru dan rombongan Majid Majidi, turut menonton tayangan filem Children of Heaven ialah Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Islam dan Dakwah, Ustaz Hassan Mohamood, isteri Tuan Guru, Datin Sabariah Ishak, dan Ketua Muslimat PAS Kelantan, Ustazah Siti Zailah Mohamad Yusuf.

Children of Heaven Part 1 dan Part 2



Note: Pautan video klip Children Of Heaven di dalam.


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Friday, December 7, 2007

Tuntutan pilihan raya adil belum selesai / PAS nyata komitmen sertai himpunan 11 Disember

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Tuntutan pilihan raya adil belum selesai / PAS nyata komitmen sertai himpunan 11 Disember

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Tuntutan pilihan raya adil belum selesai dengan 10 Nov
Posted on Thursday, December 06 @ 19:37:53 EST by reformis
Wawancara
Islam Hadhari patut meneladaninya. Sebagai seorang bukan Islam saya boleh lihat keindahan peribadi dan teladan seorang tokoh hebat pemimpin Islam. Kalau BN lupa teladan Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz itu, maka PAS boleh ambil contoh tersebut dan tunjukkan kepada BN.

Oleh Intan Abdullah

Kesan perhimpunan 100,000 rakyat, anjuran Bersih, pada 10 Nov di hadapan Istana Negara terus diperkatakan banyak pihak. Pemimpin kerajaan turut melatah, terutama sebagai reaksi kepada laporan media antarabangsa. Sekurang-kurangnya perbincangan tentang pilihan raya adil dan bersih kian meluas, memaksa pemerintah mencari pelbagai daleh.
Dari segi lain, rakyat mula terdedah dengan pendidikan politik dan mula melihat kepada sistem alternatif yang diamalkan di negara-negara lain. Ia bukan lagi sekadar penipuan tradisi seperti pengundi hantu dan isu daftar pemilih. Wong Ching Huat, pakar rujuk bagi Bersih, mempunyai pandangan tersendiri, yang dikongsikan bersama INTAN ABDULLAH dalam satu temuramah khas pada 26 Nov lalu.

HARAKAH: Kesan perhimpunan Bersih, 10 November lalu kepada rakyat.
WONG: Impaknya sangat besar, kehadirannya luar biasa. Ada media menggambarkan ia adalah satu-satunya perhimpunan terbesar dalam tempoh hampir sedekad.
Ia juga menjelaskan fenomena political bubble apabila Perdana Menteri, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi telah menyebarkan kepada rakyat dan dunia luar bahawa keadaan ekonomi negara berkembang tetapi hakikatnya tidak begitu. Kini rakyat secara terbuka mempertikai kewibawaan Abdullah.

Sewaktu kepimpinan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, perhimpunan 100,000 ribu umat di Lebuhraya Kesas merupakan simbolik kepada penolakan terhadapnya. Rasa tidak puas hati kepada Dr Mahathir berjaya dineutralkan apabila Abdullah menggantikannya. Beliau menunjukkan dirinya sebagai alternatif yang lebih baik berbanding pemerintahan Mahathir.

Walaupun banyak penyelewengan semasa pilihan raya umum 2004, Abdullah jelas mendapat sokongan yang lebih berbanding Mahathir. Kita tidak boleh menidakkan perkara ini. Namun, kemenangan besarnya itu diragui.

Dan Bersih sedang cuba menggambarkan bahawa segala harapan yang diberikan kepada Abdullah telahpun lupus. Beliau bukan seorang reformis yang boleh diharapkan.

Abdullah juga tidak prihatin dengan perjalanan sistem pilihan raya. Bagi saya, kalau beliau berjaya merubah sistem pilihan raya, rakyat tidak kisah dan akan memaafkannya. Ini kerana rakyat Malaysia sangat pragmatik. Secara analoginya, asalkan ubat itu boleh merawat penyakit, mereka tidak kisah ia datang dari mana.

Jika Abdullah mengotakan kata-katanya untuk melaksanakan perubahan, nescaya rakyat tidak perlu turun ke jalan raya bagi menuntut pilihan raya bersih dan adil. Apa pun, Bersih berjaya membocorkan political bubble itu. Perhimpunan 10 Nov adalah bukti ketidakyakinan rakyat kepada PM.

Apakah 'mood' atau sensitiviti rakyat tertakluk kepada tokoh?
Ya, ia bukan pada institusi. Kejayaan perhimpunan Bersih ini juga menunjukkan rakyat Malaysia berada pada tahap kematangan. Mereka meluahkan rasa tidak puas hati terhadap sistem pilihan raya yang penuh ketempangan.
Pasti ada yang tidak betul kepada sistem dan institusi pilihan raya kita apabila rakyat bangkit menyatakan bantahan. Perumpamaan pilihan raya yang tidak bersih seperti adanya unsur penipuan dalam peperiksaaan, misalnya soalan bocor atau orang lain menyamar menggantikan calon sebenar.

Kalau menipu boleh membantu anda berjaya dalam peperiksaan, mengapa anda perlu belajar? Akhirnya peperiksaan itu tidak mempunyai fungsi lagi. Ia tidak lagi boleh menjadi kayu ukur untuk orang menilai kehebatan seseorang itu dari segi ilmunya.

Apa penanda aras yang menyatakan himpunan 10 Nov berjaya?
Walaupun dihalang dengan pelbagai cara yang menakutkan, puluhan ribu orang tetap muncul di depan Istana Negara. Kalau rakyat tidak mempedulikan tuntutan Bersih, mereka akan hanya duduk di rumah.

Malah, orang kurang upaya pun turut menyertainya. Dan sewajarnya kita tidak boleh memperkecilkan pandangan dan aspirasi golongan ini. Sebahagian mereka bukan orang politik. Rakyat jelata memang inginkan perubahan.

Adakah rakyat sanggup mempopularkan simbol gerakan ini iaitu warna kuning?
Saya rasa ia sangat penting. Kalau rakyat cuma sekali turun ke jalan raya dan menyatakan tindakan itu adalah segala-segalanya, saya rasa itu tidak akan berubah. Kalau diisytiharkan rakyat harus memakai warna kuning pada hari Sabtu, semua pemimpin parti politik serta NGO yang turut sama menyokong tuntutan Bersih hendaklah komited menunjukkan kesungguhan.
Ia juga untuk menggalakkan rakyat dan menunjukkan bahawa isu tersebut belum lagi mati atau menjadi pudar. Maknanya, ia masih berterusan. Ia juga akan menyebabkan kerajaan Umno-BN rasa paranoid dengan warna kuning kerana di mana-mana tempat mereka akan nampak kuning pada setiap Sabtu. Ia juga memberikan tekanan berterusan kepada SPR.

Saya tertarik dengan tuntutan Bersih mengenai akses kepada media. Boleh huraikan lebih lanjut?

Media harus melaporkan kedua-dua belah pihak, tidak kira pembangkang atau pemerintah. Misalnya, siaran tv wajar mesti menyiarkan perhimpunan Hindraf dan perarakan Bersih supaya seluruh rakyat dapat menilai. Biar rakyat yang tentukan siapa yang benar atau salah.

Di Australia dan Amerika Syarikat, semua parti boleh membentangkan manifesto pilihan raya, boleh bersoal jawab dan berdebat sesama calon. Penonton juga boleh mengutarakan soalan dan pandangan mereka.

Jika tuntutan bagi memastikan pilihan raya berjalan secara adil dan bebas tidak dijamin dapat dilaksanakan dalam pilihan raya akan datang, maka Yang di-Pertuan Agong boleh menolak permohonan Perdana Menteri untuk membubarkan Parlimen.

Dari segi amalan demokratik, apa yang sepatutnya berlaku?

Kerajaan mesti berkecuali dalam politik. Sebagai parti mereka boleh berkempen, tetapi sebagai kerajaan mereka harus menjaga batasannya. Mereka tidak boleh menggunakan sumber dan harta kerajaan untuk kepentingan parti politik.

Mereka harus ambil teladan Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz, misalnya ketika beliau membaca dokumen kerajaan, beliau akan menggunakan pelita kerajaan, sebaliknya apabila membaca buku peribadi, beliau akan memadamkannya, dan menyalakan pelitanya sendiri.

Apabila ditanya mengenai tingkah laku tersebut, beliau menjawab bahawa pelita dan minyak itu adalah untuk kepentingan dan hak kerajaan, tidak sesekali boleh digunakan untuk kepentingan diri.

Islam Hadhari patut meneladaninya. Sebagai seorang bukan Islam saya boleh lihat keindahan peribadi dan teladan seorang tokoh hebat pemimpin Islam. Kalau BN lupa teladan Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz itu, maka PAS boleh ambil contoh tersebut dan tunjukkan kepada BN.

Yakni, menggubal undang-undang negeri untuk tunjukkan apa itu 'keberkecualian pentadbiran' . Ia mengarahkan kakitangan kerajaan negeri untuk membezakan hal politik parti dan urusan kerajaan.

PAS harus pastikan ia berlaku di Kelantan. Mungkin akan ada pihak yang mempersoalkan, mengapa perlu buat begitu, seolah-olah mengikat tangan sendiri. Tetapi kerajaan PAS harus menunjukkan teladan unggul. Rakyat akan menilai dengan mengatakan, kalau PAS boleh tunjukkan teladan sebagai parti pemerintah, kenapa BN tak boleh?

Bagi saya, harapan demokratisasi yang paling besar di peringkat ini adalah pada PAS. Untuk rakyat melihat kebaikan pembaharuan itu, mereka harus dapat bayangkan apa itu pembaharuan. Kalau parti pembangkang sekadar cakap, maklumat tidak akan dimaklumkan kepada rakyat kerana media dikawal kerajaan.

Sebaliknya jika PAS Kelantan berjaya melakukannya dengan menggubal rang undang-undang atau polisi, rakyat akan dapat lihat pembaharuan itu. Dan Kerajaan BN akan tertekan untuk turut ikut sama. Contohnya, pengurangan jumlah hari bekerja kepada lima hari dan cuti bersalin selama 60 hari yang dipelopori oleh Kerajaan Kelantan, kemudiannya dituruti Kerajaan BN.

Adakah Bersih mampu menggantikan BA dan bertanding dalam pilihan raya?
Untuk Bersih gantikan BA bagi parti-parti politik, mereka perlu ada rasa saling percaya sesama sendiri. Saya rasa ia terlalu tidak matang untuk dibincangkan masa ini.

Mungkin tidak semua anggota daripada gabungan NGO mahu menyertai politik. Ada juga yang belum bersedia untuk menyertai politik dan tidak ingin Bersih menjadi kenderaan atau platform parti.

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PAS nyata komitmen sertai himpunan 11 Disember
Wan Nordin Wan Yaacob
Thu | Dec 06, 07 | 3:16:35 pm MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Dis (Hrkh) - PAS hari ini menyatakan komitmennya untuk menyertai himpunan aman anjuran Gabungan Pilihan Raya Adil dan Bersih (Bersih) di hadapan Parlimen 11 Disember ini sebagai tanda sokongan bersama.
Sila layari www.englishsection. com untuk Laman Utama English Section atau www.harakahdaily. net/wap/ untuk melayari HarakahDaily. Net menggunakan telefon bimbit GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) anda.

Setiausaha Agung PAS, Dato' Kamarudin Jaffar berkata, parti itu akan menyertai himpunan itu yang baginya bukanlah satu himpunan yang besar tetapi ia adalah untuk menyatakan bantahan kepada usaha kerajaan melanjutkan usia persaraan anggota Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR).

Katanya lagi, himpunan ini satu perhimpunan aman dan pada prinsipnya ia satu himpuann yang sah malah tiada kaitan yang menyatakan ia bercanggah dengan perlembagaan.

Katanya himpunan untuk menyatakan suara ini adalah hak rakyat yang ada dalam prinsip yang ditetapkan dalam perlembagaan persekutuan.

Beliau juga menyelar kenyataan Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan yang menyatakan bahawa himpunan perlu mendapatkan permit dan selaras dengan perlembagaan.

Kamarudin menyatakan, soal permit adalah tertakluk di bawah akta polis dan ia bukan selaras dengan perlembagaan.

"Itu lagi tak betul.Tiada dalam perlembagaan yang kata tidak boleh himpun," kata Kamarudin.

Beliau juga memaklumkan bahawa himpunan ini akan berjalan secara aman dan sebagaimana amalan biasa, penganjur akan minta polis mengawal himpunan itu antaranya untuk tidak mengganggu lalu lintas.

Terdahulu sebelum ini, Bersih dalam satu kenyataanya berkata pihak tersebut akan mengadakan satu himpunan aman di hadapan perkarangan Parlimen bagi membantah usaha kerajaan meminda perlembagaan bagi melanjutkan usia persaraan kakitangan SPR.

Kerajaan dikatakan akan meminda Perlembagaan untuk melanjutkan umur persaraan anggota-anggota SPR dari usia 65 ke 66 bagi membolehkan Rashid terus berkhidmat.

Usul tersebut buat kali pertamanya dibentang secara tergesa-gesa untuk bacaan kali pertama di Dewan Rakyat pada 20 November lepas oleh Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Dato' Seri Mohammed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

Ia akan dibacakan untuk kali kedua pada 11 Disember ini, kata satu kenyataan Bersih.

Menurut satu kenyataan Bersih, perhimpunan akan diadakan pada jam 10 pagi di perkarangan bangunan Parlimen pada tarikh itu.

BN amat memerlukan khidmat Rashid yang licik bagi memastikan kemenangan dalam pilihanraya akan datang.

* Klik untuk Sumbangan Dana Pembaca HarakahDaily. Net.


HARI SABTU PAKAI KUNING! / WEAR YELLOW ON SATURDAYS!
Lawati laman 10November di http://10nov. himpunan. info/
Lawati laman Bersih di http://bersih. org/

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JANGAN LUPA: HARI SABTU PAKAI KUNING!
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Insya'Allah chocolate is not for me anymore...Forgive me ya Allah...

gulf fence wrote:


SHARING IS CARING ..JUST BEWARE

Dear All,

All the below Masterfood Company Chocolate Products (Mars) are no longer Halal. They started using Animal product rennet(pork) in it for products that have expiry date after 1 st of October 2007.

Check this article from BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6653175.stm
And this from the Vegetarian Society
http://www.vegsoc.org/new ! s/2007/mars.html

�� Bounty
�� Celebrations
�� Dove Chocolate
�� ! ; Flyte
�� Galaxy
�� Kudos (North America)
�� Lockets
�� M-Azing (North America)
�� Maltesers
�� M&M's
�� Mars Bar
�� Mars Delight
�� Milky Way
�� &nb! sp; Minstrels (UK only)
�� Mars Planets (newly inroduced in UK)
�� Skittles
�� Snickers (The top-selling candy bar in the United States. Known in the UK as Marathon until 1990.)
�� Starburst (Ori! ginally Opal Fruits in the UK.)
�� 3 Musketeers (North America)
�� Topic
�� Twix
�� Snicker's Marathon Energy Bar
�� AquaDrops

Please f orward this message to your friends.

Thanks

"Ya Allah aku tak layak kesyurgamu ...namun tak pula aku sanggup
keNerakamu....kami lah hamba yang mengharap belas dariMu ..."ya Allah
jadikan lah kami hamba2 Mu yang bertaqwa..ampunkan dosa2 kami, kedua ibubapa kami, dosa semua umat2 islam yang masih hidup mahupun yang telah meninggal dunia amiin"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6653175.stm

Mars starts using animal products

Masterfoods' brands are household names

Some of the UK's best-selling chocolate bars, such as Mars and Twix, will no longer be suitable for vegetarians.
Also affecting brands such as Snickers and Maltesers, owner Masterfoods said it had started to use animal product rennet to make its chocolate products.
Masterfoods said the change was due to it switching the sourcing of its ingredients and the admission was a "principled decision" on its part.
The Vegetarian Society said the company's move was "incomprehensible".
'Extremely disappointed'
Masterfoods said it had started using rennet from 1 May and non-affected products had a "best before date" up to 1 October.


Masterfoods' decision to use non-vegetarian whey is a backward step

Vegetarian Society







Rennet, a chemical sourced from calves' stomachs, is used in the production of whey.
It will now also be found in Bounty, Minstrels and Milky Way products, and the ice cream versions of all Masterfoods' bars.

"If the customer is an extremely strict vegetarian, then we are sorry the products are no longer suitable, but a less strict vegetarian should enjoy our chocolate," said Paul Goalby, corporate affairs manager for Masterfoods.

The Vegetarian Society said it was "extremely disappointed".

"At a time when more and more consumers are concerned about the provenance of their food, Masterfoods' decision to use non-vegetarian whey is a backward step," it said in a statement.
"Mars products are very popular with young people and many will be shocked to discover that their manufacture now relies on the extraction of rennet from the stomach lining of young calves," it added.


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Tuntutan pilihan raya adil belum selesai dengan 10 Nov

(SABTU HARI KUNING! / YELLOW SATURDAYS!)


Detikdaily
Tuntutan pilihan raya adil belum selesai dengan 10 Nov
Posted on Thursday, December 06 @ 19:37:53 EST by reformis
Wawancara
Islam Hadhari patut meneladaninya. Sebagai seorang bukan Islam saya boleh lihat keindahan peribadi dan teladan seorang tokoh hebat pemimpin Islam. Kalau BN lupa teladan Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz itu, maka PAS boleh ambil contoh tersebut dan tunjukkan kepada BN.

Oleh Intan Abdullah

Kesan perhimpunan 100,000 rakyat, anjuran Bersih, pada 10 Nov di hadapan Istana Negara terus diperkatakan banyak pihak. Pemimpin kerajaan turut melatah, terutama sebagai reaksi kepada laporan media antarabangsa. Sekurang-kurangnya perbincangan tentang pilihan raya adil dan bersih kian meluas, memaksa pemerintah mencari pelbagai daleh.
Dari segi lain, rakyat mula terdedah dengan pendidikan politik dan mula melihat kepada sistem alternatif yang diamalkan di negara-negara lain. Ia bukan lagi sekadar penipuan tradisi seperti pengundi hantu dan isu daftar pemilih. Wong Ching Huat, pakar rujuk bagi Bersih, mempunyai pandangan tersendiri, yang dikongsikan bersama INTAN ABDULLAH dalam satu temuramah khas pada 26 Nov lalu.

HARAKAH: Kesan perhimpunan Bersih, 10 November lalu kepada rakyat.
WONG: Impaknya sangat besar, kehadirannya luar biasa. Ada media menggambarkan ia adalah satu-satunya perhimpunan terbesar dalam tempoh hampir sedekad.
Ia juga menjelaskan fenomena political bubble apabila Perdana Menteri, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi telah menyebarkan kepada rakyat dan dunia luar bahawa keadaan ekonomi negara berkembang tetapi hakikatnya tidak begitu. Kini rakyat secara terbuka mempertikai kewibawaan Abdullah.

Sewaktu kepimpinan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, perhimpunan 100,000 ribu umat di Lebuhraya Kesas merupakan simbolik kepada penolakan terhadapnya. Rasa tidak puas hati kepada Dr Mahathir berjaya dineutralkan apabila Abdullah menggantikannya. Beliau menunjukkan dirinya sebagai alternatif yang lebih baik berbanding pemerintahan Mahathir.

Walaupun banyak penyelewengan semasa pilihan raya umum 2004, Abdullah jelas mendapat sokongan yang lebih berbanding Mahathir. Kita tidak boleh menidakkan perkara ini. Namun, kemenangan besarnya itu diragui.

Dan Bersih sedang cuba menggambarkan bahawa segala harapan yang diberikan kepada Abdullah telahpun lupus. Beliau bukan seorang reformis yang boleh diharapkan.

Abdullah juga tidak prihatin dengan perjalanan sistem pilihan raya. Bagi saya, kalau beliau berjaya merubah sistem pilihan raya, rakyat tidak kisah dan akan memaafkannya. Ini kerana rakyat Malaysia sangat pragmatik. Secara analoginya, asalkan ubat itu boleh merawat penyakit, mereka tidak kisah ia datang dari mana.

Jika Abdullah mengotakan kata-katanya untuk melaksanakan perubahan, nescaya rakyat tidak perlu turun ke jalan raya bagi menuntut pilihan raya bersih dan adil. Apa pun, Bersih berjaya membocorkan political bubble itu. Perhimpunan 10 Nov adalah bukti ketidakyakinan rakyat kepada PM.

Apakah 'mood' atau sensitiviti rakyat tertakluk kepada tokoh?
Ya, ia bukan pada institusi. Kejayaan perhimpunan Bersih ini juga menunjukkan rakyat Malaysia berada pada tahap kematangan. Mereka meluahkan rasa tidak puas hati terhadap sistem pilihan raya yang penuh ketempangan.
Pasti ada yang tidak betul kepada sistem dan institusi pilihan raya kita apabila rakyat bangkit menyatakan bantahan. Perumpamaan pilihan raya yang tidak bersih seperti adanya unsur penipuan dalam peperiksaaan, misalnya soalan bocor atau orang lain menyamar menggantikan calon sebenar.

Kalau menipu boleh membantu anda berjaya dalam peperiksaan, mengapa anda perlu belajar? Akhirnya peperiksaan itu tidak mempunyai fungsi lagi. Ia tidak lagi boleh menjadi kayu ukur untuk orang menilai kehebatan seseorang itu dari segi ilmunya.

Apa penanda aras yang menyatakan himpunan 10 Nov berjaya?
Walaupun dihalang dengan pelbagai cara yang menakutkan, puluhan ribu orang tetap muncul di depan Istana Negara. Kalau rakyat tidak mempedulikan tuntutan Bersih, mereka akan hanya duduk di rumah.

Malah, orang kurang upaya pun turut menyertainya. Dan sewajarnya kita tidak boleh memperkecilkan pandangan dan aspirasi golongan ini. Sebahagian mereka bukan orang politik. Rakyat jelata memang inginkan perubahan.

Adakah rakyat sanggup mempopularkan simbol gerakan ini iaitu warna kuning?
Saya rasa ia sangat penting. Kalau rakyat cuma sekali turun ke jalan raya dan menyatakan tindakan itu adalah segala-segalanya, saya rasa itu tidak akan berubah. Kalau diisytiharkan rakyat harus memakai warna kuning pada hari Sabtu, semua pemimpin parti politik serta NGO yang turut sama menyokong tuntutan Bersih hendaklah komited menunjukkan kesungguhan.
Ia juga untuk menggalakkan rakyat dan menunjukkan bahawa isu tersebut belum lagi mati atau menjadi pudar. Maknanya, ia masih berterusan. Ia juga akan menyebabkan kerajaan Umno-BN rasa paranoid dengan warna kuning kerana di mana-mana tempat mereka akan nampak kuning pada setiap Sabtu. Ia juga memberikan tekanan berterusan kepada SPR.

Saya tertarik dengan tuntutan Bersih mengenai akses kepada media. Boleh huraikan lebih lanjut?

Media harus melaporkan kedua-dua belah pihak, tidak kira pembangkang atau pemerintah. Misalnya, siaran tv wajar mesti menyiarkan perhimpunan Hindraf dan perarakan Bersih supaya seluruh rakyat dapat menilai. Biar rakyat yang tentukan siapa yang benar atau salah.

Di Australia dan Amerika Syarikat, semua parti boleh membentangkan manifesto pilihan raya, boleh bersoal jawab dan berdebat sesama calon. Penonton juga boleh mengutarakan soalan dan pandangan mereka.

Jika tuntutan bagi memastikan pilihan raya berjalan secara adil dan bebas tidak dijamin dapat dilaksanakan dalam pilihan raya akan datang, maka Yang di-Pertuan Agong boleh menolak permohonan Perdana Menteri untuk membubarkan Parlimen.

Dari segi amalan demokratik, apa yang sepatutnya berlaku?

Kerajaan mesti berkecuali dalam politik. Sebagai parti mereka boleh berkempen, tetapi sebagai kerajaan mereka harus menjaga batasannya. Mereka tidak boleh menggunakan sumber dan harta kerajaan untuk kepentingan parti politik.

Mereka harus ambil teladan Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz, misalnya ketika beliau membaca dokumen kerajaan, beliau akan menggunakan pelita kerajaan, sebaliknya apabila membaca buku peribadi, beliau akan memadamkannya, dan menyalakan pelitanya sendiri.

Apabila ditanya mengenai tingkah laku tersebut, beliau menjawab bahawa pelita dan minyak itu adalah untuk kepentingan dan hak kerajaan, tidak sesekali boleh digunakan untuk kepentingan diri.

Islam Hadhari patut meneladaninya. Sebagai seorang bukan Islam saya boleh lihat keindahan peribadi dan teladan seorang tokoh hebat pemimpin Islam. Kalau BN lupa teladan Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz itu, maka PAS boleh ambil contoh tersebut dan tunjukkan kepada BN.

Yakni, menggubal undang-undang negeri untuk tunjukkan apa itu 'keberkecualian pentadbiran' . Ia mengarahkan kakitangan kerajaan negeri untuk membezakan hal politik parti dan urusan kerajaan.

PAS harus pastikan ia berlaku di Kelantan. Mungkin akan ada pihak yang mempersoalkan, mengapa perlu buat begitu, seolah-olah mengikat tangan sendiri. Tetapi kerajaan PAS harus menunjukkan teladan unggul. Rakyat akan menilai dengan mengatakan, kalau PAS boleh tunjukkan teladan sebagai parti pemerintah, kenapa BN tak boleh?

Bagi saya, harapan demokratisasi yang paling besar di peringkat ini adalah pada PAS. Untuk rakyat melihat kebaikan pembaharuan itu, mereka harus dapat bayangkan apa itu pembaharuan. Kalau parti pembangkang sekadar cakap, maklumat tidak akan dimaklumkan kepada rakyat kerana media dikawal kerajaan.

Sebaliknya jika PAS Kelantan berjaya melakukannya dengan menggubal rang undang-undang atau polisi, rakyat akan dapat lihat pembaharuan itu. Dan Kerajaan BN akan tertekan untuk turut ikut sama. Contohnya, pengurangan jumlah hari bekerja kepada lima hari dan cuti bersalin selama 60 hari yang dipelopori oleh Kerajaan Kelantan, kemudiannya dituruti Kerajaan BN.

Adakah Bersih mampu menggantikan BA dan bertanding dalam pilihan raya?
Untuk Bersih gantikan BA bagi parti-parti politik, mereka perlu ada rasa saling percaya sesama sendiri. Saya rasa ia terlalu tidak matang untuk dibincangkan masa ini.
Mungkin tidak semua anggota daripada gabungan NGO mahu menyertai politik. Ada juga yang belum bersedia untuk menyertai politik dan tidak ingin Bersih menjadi kenderaan atau platform parti.


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Pak Lah Ditipu dan Menipu / EC�s explanation weak

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Pak Lah Ditipu dan Menipu / EC�s explanation weak


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Pak Lah Ditipu dan Menipu : Himpunan BERSIH bukti Pilihanraya Malaysia tidak bebas
oleh HermanSamsudeen
Ketua Penerangan DPP W.Persekutuan

Organisasi kaji selidik antarabangsa, TNS dan Gallup International telah berjaya memperbodohkan pemimpin utama negara melalui laporan kajian mereka berhubung �Voice of the People� diseluruh dunia (Download). Melalui laporan tersebut Perdana Menteri telah membuat kesimpulan yang rapuh dan mendakwa bahawa Pilihanraya Malaysia bebas.
Memetik laporan Berita Harian;

�Di Malaysia, kajian yang dilaksanakan secara bersemuka itu bermula dari 2 Julai hingga 5 Ogos lalu membabitkan 1,250 penduduk bandar di Semenanjung. Dalam jawapan berhubung soalan sama ada pilihan raya dijalankan secara bebas dan adil, Malaysia mencatat 74 peratus, manakala 69 peratus menyatakan negara ini ditadbir mengikut kemahuan rakyat.�

Sebenarnya, bila dibaca berulang kali kita akan melihat satu perkara penting yang Perdana Menteri BN terlepas pandang atau sengaja tidak di�highlight�kan.

Hipotesis kajian ini dibuat berdasarkan 1,250 responden yang terdiri dari penduduk bandar di Semenanjung sahaja. Kesimpulan yang dibuat adalah tidak logik dan masih boleh dipertikaikan kerana dengan jumlah responden sebanyak itu, mereka tidak sepatutnya mengatakan bahawa itulah pandangan sebenar masyarakat malaysia secara keseluruhannya.

Mengikut laporan Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia sehingga 13 Julai 2007, jumlah populasi penduduk Malaysia adalah 27.17 juta. Dan berdasarkan laporan SPR sehingga 29 Mei 2007, jumlah pengundi berdaftar dinegara ini adalah 10,322,956 orang.

Oleh itu, sample sebanyak 1,250 yang diambil oleh TNS dan Gallup International adalah tidak sesuai bagi mewakili jumlah rakyat seramai 27.17 juta atau pengundi berdaftar seramai 10,322,956 orang. Jumlah sample sebanyak itu hanya layak diterima pakai bagi satu kawasan DUN yang jumlah pengundinya sekitar 70 ribu-100 ribu sahaja.

Jadi dakwaan Pak Lah bahawa �Pilihanraya Malaysia bebas� adalah suatu pembohongan dan penipuan yang bertujuan bagi mengembalikan keyakinan rakyat kepada BN.

Hakikatnya, jika TNS dan Gallup International ingin membuat hipotesis yang tepat, mereka boleh melihat kepada jumlah peserta yang hadir dalam Himpunan Aman Rakyat anjuran BERSIH pada 10 November yang lalu. Jumlah kehadiran yang melebihi 100 ribu orang sudah cukup dijadikan sample kukuh bagi dunia menilai tahap kepercayaan rakyat Malaysia terhadap sistem Demokrasi Malaysia.

10 November 2007 menyaksikan kebangkitan gelombang kuning rakyat yang menuntut pemulihan demokrasi dan pilihanraya yang adil. 100 ribu yang hadir adalah layak bagi mewakili 27 juta rakyat atau lebih 10 juta pengundi berdaftar. Ianya satu hipotesis rambang yang mudah dan harus diambil kira bagi situasi pada masa kini.

Selain dari itu, sample yang diambil juga hanya melibatkan penduduk di bandar-bandar besar di Semenangjung Malaysia yang terhad kepada sekitar Lembah Klang sahaja. Seharusnya, laporan yang didakwa mewakili populasi keseluruhan rakyat Malaysia ini dibuat dengan mengambil kira pandangan sample dari luar Lembah Klang termasuklah di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Fakta kehadiran peserta Himpunan BERSIH lebih sesuai kerana ianya dihadiri oleh rakyat dari seluruh negara termasuklah dari Sabah dan Sarawak serta golongan kurang upaya yang turut menjadi pengundi berdaftar dinegara ini.

Seterusnya, Laporan TNS dan Gallup International yang dibuat adalah berdasarkan situasi kajian sehingga 5 Ogos 2007, sedangkan hipotesis terhadap Himpunan Bersih adalah lebih terkini iaitu pada 10 November.

Jadi, diharapkan agar rakyat Malaysia tidak lagi terpedaya dengan fakta yang �outdated� yang dilemparkan oleh UMNO-BN. Momentum kebangkitan rakyat pada masakini sudah cukup baik dan mengetarkan hati Pak Lah.

Dan pada 11 Disember ini BERSIH akan berhimpun sekali lagi bagi membuktikan fakta yang �dilelong� oleh Pak Lah tidak laku dan sudah �expired�. Rakyat dah celik dan mereka sedar hak mereka.

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BERSIH

Missing Ijok ballots: EC�s explanation weak
Malaysiakini
Nov 20, 07
Polls reform group Bersih today rejected the Election Commission�s (EC) explanation that the 142 missing ballots in one area during the Ijok by-election in April was due to �human errors�.

�If 142 missing ballots can be explained away, how about the missing ballots in Lumut?� asked Bersih, which stands for the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, in a media statement today.

The Lumut parliamentary seat, where a navy base is located, has recorded as high as 2,763 unreturned ballot papers in the 1990 general election, 3,487 (in 1995), 8,176 (in 1999) and 5,486 in the last elections in 2004.

�Can the people trust the electoral process when thousands of ballots are mismanaged in every election? Is (EC chief) Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman not concerned about his commission�s integrity and credibility,� asked the group.

The EC�s attribution of the 142 missing ballots to �human errors� was conveyed to election watchdog Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) in a meeting yesterday.

Mafrel, which monitored the conduct of the Ijok by-election, had urged in August for a special inquiry to be conducted to probe the missing ballots. It has since accepted the EC�s explanation.

Barisan Nasional�s K Parthiban defeated PKR candidate Khalid Ibrahim by a 1,850 vote majority amid allegations of election irregularities and phantom voters in the by-election.

Unanswered questions
Apart from the missing ballots, Bersih said there were many outstanding electoral issues in the by-election which have yet to be explained by the EC.

The bigger scandals, according to Bersih, include 50 dead voters, votes �stolen� by impostors and 23 voters without national identity cards which were allowed to vote in Ijok.

�Bersih stresses that such irregularities are not isolated cases, but rather, they reflect systematic patterns,� added the coalition, which is made up of five political parties and 67 NGOs.

For example, Bersih said, the EC should explain why was there a sudden increase of 8,463 voters in the Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat held by parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang.

Out of the number, 3,208 of them are postal voters. The seat was won by Lim in the last general election with 9,774-vote majority.

In view of that, Bersih reiterated that the domestic postal voting - for police and army personnel working locally - must be abolished.

�Monitoring of the voting process is insufficient because postal voters are also assigned en masse to any marginal constituency to counter opposition support as and when deemed necessary by BN,� claimed Bersih.

The EC has recently said the postal voting system will not be repealed but it would allow polling agents representing the candidates to observe the casting of postal votes.


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Teori Pak Rustam tentang PAS dan UMNO masih terlalu jauh

Teori Pak Rustam tentang PAS dan UMNO masih terlalu jauh
oleh HermanSamsudeen


Membaca minda Rustam A. Sani dalam tulisannya bertajuk �Suara Umat Melayu: Rundingan belakang tabir Pas-Umno? � sangat mengujakan. Menarik untuk dibaca namun masih terlalu banyak yang tidak dikupas oleh beliau. Agak janggal rasanya kalau kita membiarkan tulisan itu hanyut tanpa hala tuju dan fakta yang benar-benar sahih.

Menghormati �seniority� beliau dalam dunia penulisan, saya beranggapan bahawa itu adalah suatu azam dan cita-cita beliau yang begitu murni sesuai dengan situasi massa yang menuntut gabungan 2 parti Melayu terbesar dapat duduk semeja bagi membicarakan masa depan bangsa ini. Gerakkan Hindraf menjadi modal polemik dan dilihat seolah-olah menggugat ketuanan Melayu. Mereka dilihat seperti cuba mencabar hak dan maruah bangsa ini. Namun ianya masih lagi menjadi polemik yang tiada penghujungnya. Teori �Rundingan belakang tabir Pas-Umno?� diperkenalkan dengan doa semoga ianya menjadi realiti.

Dalam penuh pengharapan, umat Melayu begitu menanti saat penyatuan bersejarah itu. Namun, ianya masih tak kunjung tiba kerana disitu masih ada lagi kekontangan harapan yang masih tidak terisi lantaran realiti keegoan dan juga sikap tamak yang masih menjauhkan PAS dari UMNO. Umum menyedari kekuatan UMNO yang didasari dengan pemikiran Melayu �Glokal� dan �Mengangkasa Bangsa�. Namun ia sebenarnya masih terlalu rapuh untuk diertikan dalam konteks matlamat dan kehendak semua pewaris bangsa Melayu.

Hadirnya PAS dalam mengisi vakum yang dibiarkan oleh UMNO telah mengembalikan dambaan harapan untuk melihat bangsa Melayu menjadi lebih gagah dengan potensi Iman dan Islam yang menjadi akal budaya dan cambahan fikiran ahli dan penyokongnya.

Perbezaan Ideologi begitu nyata

Ideologi Islam yang dibawa oleh PAS amat bertentangan dengan UMNO yang hanya Melayu pada baju Melayu dan songkoknya. Cara dan perjuangan UMNO masih tersasar jauh dari gemblengan keringat pejuang-pejuang Melayu yang dahulunya telah mengadai nyawa bagi menghalau penjajah.

Tok Janggut, Hj. Abd Rahman Limbong, Datuk Bahaman, Tok Gajah, dan ramai lagi pejuang Melayu, bangkit menentang penjajah bukan kerana bangsa semata. Tapi kerana ilmu dan iman didada. Mereka malu bertuankan British yang cuba �merompak� maruah dan keimanan mereka, maka mereka bangkit walaupun terpaksa bermandi darah!.

PAS juga memperjuangkan bangsa Melayu, cuma gaya dan cara paparannya agak berbeza. PAS lebih suka memberikan dampak keimanan dan pendidikan akhlak dalam perjuangannya. Pendekatan yang lebih ruhaniah memberikan pilihan untuk ahlinya memahami cara hidup Islam yang sebenar dan juga erti tanggungjawab terhadap amanah yang diberi. Barisan kepimpinan PAS juga diasuh untuk tidak bersikap terlalu taksub kepada soal bangsa, tetapi harus menyayangi dan menghormati bangsa sendiri disamping memberikan layanan yang adil kepada bukan Islam.

Konteks ideologi ini sedikit pun tidak mengenepikan semangat �Hak dan Keistimewaan� Melayu yang wajar dijaga. Dalam erti kata yang lebih umum, PAS melindungi Umat Melayu bukan sekadar pada nama bangsa dan hak tetapi pada akidah dan akhlak mereka. Dalam bab ini harus juga diingat bahawa PAS juga mengambil tanggungjawab dalam meneladani kaum bukan Melayu agar mereka berasa selamat dengan cara tadbir Islam yang lebih telus, konsisten dan mempunyai matlamat insaniah yang jauh terkehadapan.

Disaat UMNO baru bertatih soal modal Insan, PAS telah berada begitu jauh dalam soal ini. Kualiti kepimpinan yang berilmu dan multi-skill telah lama wujud dalam PAS.

Dosa-dosa UMNO yang sentiasa diingati ahli PAS

UMNO hanya mampu menjual nama bangsa Melayu bagi mendapatkan simpati rakyat. Hakikatnya, bukan sekadar ideologi sempit mereka sahaja yang menjauhkan PAS, tapi dasar UMNOPUTRA mereka juga amatlah mendukacitakan rakyat.

Segala projek-projek rasmi Kerajaan diberikan kepada kontraktor bumiputra yang secara realitinya mempunyai kaitan dengan pemimpin UMNO. Tanah-tanah Kerajaan pula diagih-agihkan dikalangan pemimpin mereka dari peringkat pusat hinggalah ke peringkat ketua-ketua cawangan. Tidak cukup dengan itu, syarikat-syarikat kroni mereka yang bankrap telah dibeli atau diberikan nafas baru menggunakan wang negara melalui program �penggabungan kapital� atau pun �bailout�.

Pimpinan-pimpinan UMNO sendiri mengakui bahawa mereka masih belum mampu melepaskan umat Melayu dari belenggu kemiskinan. Bangsa Melayu menduduki tangga teratas dalam senarai kemiskinan tegar negara. Dan bagi menutup kelemahan itu, mereka menghantar seorang anak muda Melayu ke angkasa bagi mendapatkan pengiktirafan dunia bahawa mereka berjaya memecahkan tradisi dengan menghantar orang Melayu pertama ke angkasa walaupun hanya pergi �melancong� disana.

Pakej ini juga dilihat sebagai pembaziran pimpinan UMNO yang tidak dapat memberikan manfaat kepada 8% umat Melayu yang hidup dalam kemiskinan.

Rasanya cukuplah dulu pendedahan tentang dosa-dosa kering UMNO ini. Ianya akan disambung dalam tulisan-tulisan saya yang lain.

Menjawab Teori Pak Rustam

Ruangan ini saya khususkan bagi menjawab teori �nakal� Pak Rustam yang saya kira masih belum begitu tajam untuk menusuk pemikiran sebahagian besar pengikut UMNO mahu pun PAS. Pimpinan dan ahli parti KeAdilan mungkin sedikit gusar tentang kesetiaan PAS dalam Barisan Alternatif selepas membaca teori itu. MIC, MCA, Gerakan dan komponen perkauman BN lain pula mungkin lebih gelisah dengan berita �angin� ini.

Justeru itu, saya bertanya dengan beberapa sahabat pimpinan lain. Abdullah karim, pimpinan Pemuda PAS Pusat menegaskan bahawa tiada sebarang pertemuan rasmi dibuat oleh pimpinan atasan sebagaimana yang dinyatakan oleh Pak Rustam.

Perhimpunan �kesepaduan Melayu� yang mengangkat �isu palestine� sebagai tema utama di zaman Dato Fadhil Noor dan Mahathir adalah suatu perhimpunan dan sesi cambah fikiran secara terbuka bagi menyatakan kebersamaan dalam isu Palestine. Program itu tidak lebih dari penyatuan pendirian terhadap isu Palestine. Ianya tidaklah mewajarkan soal-soal hubungan �belakang tabir PAS dan UMNO� yang merangkumi hal-ehwal politik Melayu dan survival kedua-dua parti.

Debat YB Salahuddin Ayub dan Dato Nazri Aziz selepas itu dalam isu Sekolah Agama Rakyat membuktikan bahawa PAS masih belum bisa duduk berkompromi dengan UMNO yang menjadi perosakkan kepada masa depan generasi muda yang dahagakan ilmu.

Dan selepas itu, tidak ada lagi sebarang dialog rasmi antara pimpinan PAS dan UMNO. Dialog spontan dilobi parlimen atau ketika rakaman debat dikaca TV sahaja yang kedengaran. Soal �perundingan belakang tabir� masih belum didengari.

Isu Hindraf ini pun masih tidak mampu merapatkan PAS kepada UMNO kerana keceluparan Pemimpin UMNO sendiri dalam soal-soal hukum dan pembelaan hak asasi.

Jadi, adalah mustahil pada waktu ini, PAS ingin berkompromi dengan UMNO. Tuan Guru Nik Abd Aziz pernah menyatakan bahawa PAS akan terbubar dengan sendirinya bila mana UMNO menjadikan Al-Quran dan Sunnah sebagai nadi perjuangan mereka. Maka pada waktu ini, harapan itu masih kelam lagi jauh.

Maka tidaklah selayaknya Pak Rustam terus menerus mengasak provokasi yang tidak benar kepada khalayak rakyat. Wajar kiranya Pak Rustam membahaskan soal kepentingan Umat Melayu itu bersatu melalui akidah dan bukannya bangsa kerana Islam itu agama penyelesaian bukannya agama yang hanya diberikan nama tanpa adanya adab dan akhlak untuk diajari.

Usahlah dirisaukan lagi tentang nasib dan masa depan Melayu dinegara ini. Yang penting adalah kewajaran UMNO untuk terus memimpin Umat Melayu dan negara ini. Ianya perlu dinilai sekali lagi agar kita dapat memahami sejauh mana keikhlasan UMNO terhadap umat Melayu.

Diharapkan jawapan ini dapat memberikan suatu ketetapan bahawa kita masih lagi terikat dalam aspek hormat-menghormati dan sentiasa berusaha membekalkan fakta dan bukannya gosip liar semata.

Pada waktu dan ketika ini, PAS masih selesa berlayar dengan bahtera Barisan Alternatif yang dikongsi dengan Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Dan biarlah UMNO dengan juak-juak mereka disana, terpulanglah pada mereka untuk mengemudi hala tuju mereka.


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Emergency Appeal for Medical Supplies for Gaza

asfar wrote:
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 12:44:17 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Emergency Appeal for Medical Supplies for Gaza


as'ssalamu-alaikum!

FYI

Emergency Appeal for Medical Supplies for Gaza

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A Call From Gaza Asking for Your Help to End the Siege
By News Editor Delinda C. Hanley and Managing Editor Janet McMahon

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRMEA) Nov. 29, 2007 -

Today is the 60th anniversary of the passage by the U.N. General Assembly of the nonbinding resolution partitioning Palestine is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

We've been hearing speeches about peace all week from politicians but talk, as we've learned, is cheap. We've seen photos of Gazans demonstrating in the streets against the Annapolis conference, to which the elected government of Palestine was not invited, but with few reporters in Gaza Americans aren't getting the entire picture.

Yesterday our Gaza correspondent, Mohammed Omer, called us to discuss a story idea for the next issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Speaking on his cell phone from the office of a taxi cab company in Gaza City, Mohammed told us that he'd have to spend the night in Gaza City because there were no taxis available to take him home to Rafah.When we put him on speaker phone, we could hear the two other men in the office, Imad, the owner of Imad Taxis, and Mahmoud, who works for the municipalities departments ask who he was talking to. When Mohammed explained that he was speaking with his editors in Washington, DC, the floodgates opened. Our correspondent proceeded to translate what two everyday Gazans want the outside world to know. Their words were spontaneous, unpolished, and spoken from their hearts. It's extremely urgent that Americans listen and respond.

Israel has kept Gaza's borders sealed since June, when Palestine effectively was divided between Hamas-ruled Gaza and the Fatah-ruled West Bank. But since January 2006, when free and fair elections resulted in a Hamas parliamentary majority, Gaza's borders have only rarely been opened. That means 1.5 million men, women and children are trapped there.

The owner of Imad Taxis told us that, because of the closure, if one of his cabs breaks down there are no spare parts to fix it. "Drivers can't work," he said. "Gas is getting very expensive. I can't even pay my telephone bills, so soon customers can't call to book a taxi."

Mahmoud chimed in: "We've run out of everything. After every Israeli attack something more is ruined. Electrical poles, wires, water pipes, and we can't replace them. Why are we being punished? What is our crime? Is it because we were born Palestinian?

"We can't fix generators or even keep them running," he continued. "When there is no electricity we can't distribute water. We've run out of chlorine to clean the water. It's full of bacteria. A water heater used to cost 10 shekels, but now it costs 40 or 50 shekels, if you can find one. So we don't have hot water for bathing. Our sewage system has collapsed. There's no power to pump sewage out and no chemicals to clean it. Look at the garbage in the streets. There is no fuel for the trucks to come to haul it away."

"Israel is only allowing basic food supplies into Gaza: sugar, rice, flour, and oil," Imad told us. "Every day my little girl asks me to bring home a chocolate bar. I can't find any in Gaza. I disappoint her every night. We can't even buy Arabic coffee. There are no razors, no shaving materials. We'll all have to grow beards. [Laughter] There isn't stone, not even cement, to make headstones for graves. We're using pieces of metal to write names on graves. We can't buy diapers. Gazans are starting to smoke molokhiya [a green leaf vegetable] because we can't buy cigarettes. We can't buy shoes and soon we'll have to make them from tires. There is no printing paper."

Their words overlap as they tumble out; we can no longer tell who is saying what.

"You can't find jackets, wool clothes, underwear, or even socks for winter in the shops.

"Medical supplies in hospitals are exhausted. There's no oxygen; drugs aren't available. We cannot find the basic needs for life.

"For God's sake open the border."

Mahmoud tells us: "My son has had a visa to study in the United States since last year. He was admitted to San Francisco State. He speaks good English. He has high grades, everything. Last year he missed going because the border was closed. He's ready to travel today. He's missing a second year. If my son doesn't have a future where will he go? Hamas is begging him to join its militia, but he doesn't want to. He's volunteering for [psychiatrist and peace activist] Dr. Eyad al-Sarraj's International Campaign to Break the Siege on Gaza. Help prevent our children from becoming extremists. They're so hopeless they could find al-Qaeda. We want them educated. Don't punish our children."

"History will never forget. Israel and America are creating hatred in Gaza. The whole table will collapse if Gaza is excluded from the peace talks. Who is responsible for us? The U.N.? The European Union? We are not beggars. We are hard workers, educated, intelligent. We need our international human rights. We want to live like anyone in the world.

"We hope you can get our message out. Please open the borders and end this siege."

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

PERANGKAP TIKUS / My ISA detention horror

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PERANGKAP TIKUS / My ISA detention horror



PERANGKAP TIKUS
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Sepasang suami dan isteri petani pulang kerumah setelah berbelanja. Ketika mereka membuka barang belanjaan, seekor tikus memperhatikan gelagat sambil menggumam "hmmm...makanan apa lagi yang dibawa mereka dari pasar??"

Ternyata yang dibeli oleh petani hari adalah rerangkap tikus. Sang tikus naik panic bukan kepalang.

Ia bergegas lari ke sarang dan bertempik, " Ada perangkap tikus di rumah....di rumah sekarang ada perangkap tikus...."

Ia pun mengadu kepada ayam dan berteriak, " Ada perangkat tikus !"
Sang Ayam berkata, " Tuan Tikus ! Aku turut bersedih tapi ia tak ada kena-mengena dengan aku.�

Sang Tikus lalu pergi menemui seekor Kambing sambil berteriak seperti tadi.
Sang Kambing pun jawab selamba, �Aku pun turut bersimpati.. .tapi tidak ada yang boleh aku buat. Lagi pun tak tak ada kena-mengena dengan aku. "

Tikus lalu menemui Sapi. Ia mendapat jawaban sama. " Maafkan aku. Tapi perangkap tikus tidak berbahaya buat aku sama sekali. Tak kanlah sebesar aku ni boleh masuk perangkap tikus. "

Dengan rasa kecewa ia pun berlari ke hutan menemui Ular. Sang ular berkata " Eleh engkau ni...Perangkap Tikus yang sekecil tak kan la nak membahayakan aku.�

Akhirnya Sang Tikus kembali kerumah dengan pasrah kerana mengetahui ia akan menghadapi bahaya seorang diri.
Suatu malam, pemilik rumah terbangun mendengar suara berdetak perangkap tikusnya berbunyi menandakan umpan dah mengena. Ketika melihat perangkap tikusnya, ternyata seekor ular berbisa yang jadi mangsa. Buntut ular yang terperangkap membuat ular semakin ganas dan menyerang isteri pemilik rumah.

Walaupun si Suami sempat membunuh ular berbisa tersebut, isterinya tidak sempat diselamatkan.
Si suami pun membawa isterinya kerumah sakit. Beberapa hari kemudian isterinya sudah boleh pulang namun tetap sahaja demam.

Isterinya lalu minta dibuatkan sup cakar ayam oleh suaminya kerana percaya sup cakar ayam boleh mengurangkan demam. Tanpa berfikir panjang si Suami pun dengan segera menyembelih ayamnya untuk dapat cakar buat sup.

Beberapa hari kemudian sakitnya tidak kunjung reda. Seorang teman menyarankan untuk makan hati kambing. Ia lalu menyembelih kambingnya untuk mengambil hatinya.Masih juga isterinya tidak sembuh-sembuh dan akhirnya meninggal dunia. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji�un.
Banyak sungguh orang datang melawat jenazahnya. Kerana rasa sayang suami pada isterinya, tak sampai hati pula dia melihat orang ramai tak dijamu apa-apa. Tanpa berfikir panjang dia pun menyembelih sapinya untuk memberi makan orang-orang yang berziarah.

Dari kejauhan...Sang Tikus menatap dengan penuh kesedihan. Beberapa hari kemudian ia melihat Perangkap Tikus tersebut sudah tidak digunakan lagi.

SUATU HARI�.KETIKA ANDA MENDENGAR SESEORANG DALAM KESUSAHAN DAN MENGIRA ITU BUKAN URUSAN ANDA...PIKIRKANLAH SEKALI LAGI.

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Malek: My ISA detention horror
Soon Li Tsin
Oct 20, 07 1:47pm Adjust font size:
People often forget incidents of the past but for former ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin, one horror event will forever by inscribed in his mind - his living hell in detention.
Abdul Malek Hussin, 51, was recently awarded RM2.5 million in damages against the government over his arrest and torture in 1998. This was the outcome after he filed a civil suit in March 1999, naming special branch officer Borhan Daud, the then Inspector General of Police Abdul Rahim Noor and the government as respondents.

It has been nine years since the chairperson of polls watchdog Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) was detained under the draconian Internal Security Act and he recollects every moment of it in an interview with Malaysiakini.

Here are some excerpts:

It has been nine years, Malek. Can you relate to us what happened then, what did they do to you and how you felt?

When (former deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim) was expelled by the government on allegations of immoral activities, there was widespread dissent among the people against the injustice of (Anwar’s arrest) and as a private citizen, I undertook to support the cause of justice for Anwar. I was among the many who were unhappy with how the government under Dr Mahathir used and abused powers then to expel Anwar and I decided to show my support.

I was involved with the reformasi movement from the first day on Sept 4 1998. After the arrest of Anwar Ibrahim, I took the initiative to organise another massive gathering to demand the release of Anwar and the resignation of Mahathir and Inspector-General of Police Abdul Rahim Noor then. I then led the gathering at Majid Negara on Sept 25, five days after Anwar was arrested.

I was arrested at my home. It was about 10-11pm and I was staying in Ampang then. I returned (home) in a car driven by a friend who dropped me (off) about 200 metres from my house and the police arrested me at the gate. I was handcuffed and forced to open the gate of my house by the arresting party led by ASP Borhan Daud.

First of all he forced me to open (my house door) and of course I asked him, “Why are you handcuffing me?” and he said I was being arrested under the ISA. Then I asked, “Why do you need to handcuff me?” he said “ISA” and I asked him “What's the reason for my arrest,” (and he said) “ISA” and he mentioned it like some mechanic and robotic answer that everything was (under the) ISA. He then said he wanted to conduct a search in my house and I asked him where's the warrant. In fact I asked for the warrant of arrest under the ISA. He said it was not necessary and I asked him why and he said well, ISA and he said I should know that.

He wanted to search my house and I asked him where's the warrant of search and again, he said it was not necessary and I asked him why and he said ISA. I called my kids and my family to open the door and the policemen went in with their shoes straightaway to the ground floor and the first floor of my house. Then they went to my study room and ransacked and checked all my documents. Then then entered my master bedroom where my wife and children were sleeping. My wife was shocked and asked me what was happening and I showed her the handcuffs and when she asked me why, I said, “ISA”.

Then, they confiscated some documents and they also recorded the documents. After 40 minutes in my house, they told me to leave with them. I was then asked where was my car. Borhan forced me to show him my car and I said I was driven by a friend and I was dropped about 200 metres away. I showed Borhan exactly the spot where I was dropped. My friend had just left the scene. (Borhan) became so angry and irritated by my response that he slapped me there and then - the pain I can feel until today, I tell you. There is this drizzling sound and I am still hearing it now, until today. I think I have got more than 40-50 percent hearing loss in my left ear. When this was brought up in the courts, Borhan denied it.


After that, he forced me into the car, it's not a police car, it's an unmarked car. I was told to wear a certain (pair of) spectacles with blurred vision but then I realised that the frame here (on the left) was broken and I told them that it was broken and they told me to (take off) my specs and once of the officers (took) off his black t-shirt and wrapped my whole head (inside it). You can imagine the smell from the t-shirt which he must have worn from early morning and it was then midnight. It was so smelly and they forced me down inside the car. I knelt down and told not to look anywhere because they did not want me to know where I will be taken.

Then they drove and about a few minutes later, the car stopped at a location. I didn't know where. They then carried me up a staircase of a building which later turn out to be the (Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent headquarters) . They brought me to a room and I was told to sign a certain (piece of) paper which stated that I was arrested under the ISA prepared by Borhan, so Borhan was the arresting officer.

After that they told me to undress - to take off my shirt and my trousers. I thought that was okay because I knew ISA detainees will be given a special detention uniform (that is) blue in colour so I thought I would be given a new uniform. (After) I undressed myself completely, suddenly an officer handcuffed me very tightly from the back and there were about six to eight officers in front of me in a small room on the first floor. I was handcuffed and they blindfolded me with two (pieces of) black cloth and I was completely disoriented. I did not know who they were so I guess they were all the arresting officers led by Borhan.

Then Borhan just kicked me and punched me and I can hear his voice right in front of me because he arrested me and I can recognise his voice. One officer would take a hard object and hit me on the right leg, another officer would hit me on the left leg and then they started punching my face. Then I was given a flying kick, a side kick and I was just turned back and they force me to stand up.

Soon I fell unconscious for the first time and they poured water and forced me to stand up again and I fell unconscious again - all in a total of five times. And I also counted how many times I was hit by using my fingers [...] altogether it was 63 hits. After that I completely could not withstand it and I passed out. That was what I could recall consciously.

Now in one of those moments I was hit by a very powerful punch and suddenly my blindfold just dropped down and right in front of me was (Abdul) Rahim Noor who was wearing a red (boxing) glove. He was wearing an Indonesian batik (shirt) in dark trousers and brown polished shoes. I could remember and I described that in court in detail. And because the (blindfold) had fallen, I was shocked and he was also shocked because I could recognise him and he just ran away behind the door and the officers all fled the scene because they did not want to be recognised. Then they turned me to the wall and blindfolded me again and the beating went on until I passed out.

When I regained consciousness, it was still before 4am. They told me to go to another room with the air-cond in full blast. I was still stripped naked and my body was aching from the beatings. The air-cond was right in the middle of the room and for every couple of minutes they poured cold water on my head. You know you've already been tortured, you're physically severely injured and you're not in the right time of the day and they poured cold water and I was shivering. They asked me whether I was cold and I said yes and they would pour more cold water until about 4.30 am. Then they stopped, no questions asked.

During that ordeal, Borhan asked me if I was thirsty after all the beatings and I said “Of course”. Then suddenly one person would be holding me from the back and another opening my mouth wide open with his fingers. They then poured this dirty, rancid tasting liquid into my mouth. It was urine and they told me it was urine. Their urine, not mine. They just peed between them and they forced into my mouth two cans of their urine.


When they asked if I was hungry or not, I said “Of course I am hungry”. Borhan told his officers to prepare tahi anjing (dog faeces) for me. It was near to my mouth, I could smell the stench. And he threatened me that he wanted to use the syringe which contains HIV virus to be injected into my body because I told him “You better kill me. What's the point? What are you trying to prove? What are you doing here? Why are you so cruel,”I asked them. (He said) “Oh you wanna die, oh then we'll kill you slowly, we'll put the HIV virus into you”. Of course they didn't do that.

And then after about 5am, they stopped the beatings. I think they were also tired and went home.
On Sept 26 by mid-afternoon I was taken to Bukit Aman and placed in solitary confinement only to see sunshine on the 28th day of my detention. So if you ask what's my feeling about that, (it was) very cruel and inhumane. (The police) are not human. I feel even animals have compassion. Even dogs know their masters and even dogs don't bite any other people. They are wost than dogs. If people say they are anjing kerajaan (government dogs), I think at that time they are worse then dogs.

How were you treated there?
I wasn't allow to contact anybody. A couple of days later before the 28th day, they asked if I wanted to see my family. Of course before meeting the family they would arrange a special session for me not to mention anything about what happened to me, not to give any hint that I was tortured and to show to the family that everything is okay and to convince my family (not to file) a habeas corpus or else (I) will not be released. So the threat was there.

And I told my investigating officers in Bukit Aman that I was tortured in IPK and I want to make a police report against Borhan, they said, “No, you don't need to - we have already taken action against Borhan”. Which was of course not true. I was not given any opportunity to lodge any report, not given any opportunity to meet my lawyer, no access to my family and I was only given medical attention a couple of days later in Bukit Aman.

I told the doctor and he checked me and it was confirmed in the medical report about the bruises on the left leg, on the right leg, on the abdomen and the injuries. I complained to Dr Vasantha Ponniah about what happened to me and she had testified in court about my condition based on the bruises that I sustained.

(The) special branch methodology is (to) give harsh treatment on the first day as a very strong reminder to the detainees that things are going to be worse if we fail to give our cooperation. It's more psychological in nature. And of course in Bukit Aman it is already more institutionalised in terms of how they handle the detainees. I was under solitary confinement alone, there was no sunshine, I did not know whether it was in the morning, I did not know at all. On the 28th day on the family visit when I was taken to IPK from Bukit Aman that I really appreciate the sunlight, it was wow, the beauty of the sunray. I tell you it was beautiful.

What was interrogation like?

I was subjected to interrogation for 17 days on the third floor of the building. They would ask me questions from the morning, afternoon, until evening and then sometime, late in the night. Once when they were dissatisfied with what was going on outside where people were still gathering on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (and) in Kampung Baru, they were unhappy so they call me very late in the night for further interrogation until early morning.

During the course of the interrogation by Bukit Aman officers, the questions they asked day in and day out, questions about the reformasi movement, on Anwar Ibrahim, his relationship with this person and that person. Then Nurul Izzah was meeting (deposed Philippines president Joseph) Estrada in the Philippines and (former US secretary of state) Madeline Albright. I was inside and the activities were outside, and they were asking me what this Gerak and that was formed, and about political reform, on PAS, on whether ISA should be abolished or not.

I don't think you need to arrest me under ISA to ask me these questions.
They denied me of utensils if they found I was not cooperative enough. (They would) pull out the mattress or take away the pillows. After the family visited, they told me I would only be detained for a month and they would release me. (They said) if I do not get the recommendation to release me, then they would extend it until the end and it went on until the 57th day.

There were also days when they (did) nothing. They would send the food and at that time, I got food it was like packed rice and fish with maggots. That means it was done on purpose. I mean we were detainees and this food was supposed to be provided by the government of the state and this means the state had provided me with rotten food.

What happened after your release?
I was released on Nov 21 and subjected to some kind of monitoring thing appointed by the special branch to monitor my activities. I have to report to them and they even threatened me that I could even be re-arrested, I must cooperate with them and the psychology was that they have the power to re-arrest me. So there was that constant fear in me of being re-arrested. It took me quite some time to gather the strength and courage to lodge a police report and I arrived at that decision in March (1999).


What influenced me much more was when the government decided to form the Royal Commission on (Anwar’s black eye incident) when we read about the testimony of Dr Vasantha Ponniah. Then I remembered “Well, that's the lady who treated me”. I thought that was some help. I thought that with the formation of the Royal Commission there will be some space to make a complaint.

From then on, when I was cross examined in the court they asked me why I took such a long time. Well this is not a road accident. This is something you have been tortured, subjected to. You need to rebuild that courage back.

Were you scared? Did you ever feel like giving up?
I tried not to look scared although I was very scared. I feel the special branch are almost everywhere. (I felt) intimidated but to regain that, you have to meet people, and you have to talk to people. Slowly, I started to tell people what happened in detention. They were really surprised. Then friends convinced me why not I speak out and in February I spoke in an event organized by (opposition alliance Malaysian People's Movement for Justice) Gerak by (the late former Pas president) Fadzil Noor in the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in February 1999. I regain my courage and you have to make the most of the report. And you have the understanding that you be subjected to be accused of making a false report. I have to prepare a very lengthy police report and very detailed and an affidavit to file for the civil suit.

How does your family feel about all this?
They are used to what I have been doing. They are very supportive of my activities. The fact that my children and wife knew that I’ve already resolved to report activities for the rights of the people, political activities or social activism. They've been very supportive in the sense that there has been no resentment from my family.



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