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Azmi Sharom ‘chased out’ of UKM campus……Bigotry isn’t going to breed Innovation, Excellence and Leadership!

October 2, 2014

BY ANISAH SHUKRY

Published: 2 October 2014

Law professor Dr Azmi Sharom (centre) at a parking lot outside UKM, after being denied entry into the university. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.

Law professor Dr Azmi Sharom (centre) at a parking lot outside UKM, after being denied entry into the university. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.Law professor Dr Azmi Sharom (centre) at a parking lot outside UKM, after being denied entry into the university. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.A programme aimed at raising awareness on the hazards of the Sedition Act turned into a “life lesson” for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) ‎students after the invited speaker, law‎ lecturer Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom, was “chased out” of the venue by security guards‎.‎

Azmi, who was charged with sedition on September 2, had been invited by Gabungan Mahasiswa UKM (GMUKM) to officiate an anti-sedition act movement and speak with the students on the colonial-era law at UKM’s campus in Bangi last night.

But the night took a strange twist when the Universiti Malaya law professor discovered multiple roadblocks mounted on campus‎ to prevent him and the media from attending the event.

‎”One of the organisers picked me up at the entrance and told me we had to enter on foot due to the roadblocks,” Azmi told The Malaysian Insider.

“So we sneaked into the campus, only to be chased out by the guards when we reached the venue.‎ They didn’t give any reason. They just said that the university management had ‘haramkan’ (banned) the event.

“Hundreds of students had already arrived at the venue, but the guards politely and adamantly told me to leave.

“So we congregated at a parking lot outside the campus, and I gave a speech for about 20 minutes as it was just really hot and dark and uncomfortable and it was getting late.”

Despite this, Azmi laughed off the experience, saying that it was a good “life lesson” for the students on how far authorities would go to stifle their ‎freedom of expression.

“It’s certainly more interesting than anything I could have taught them if the programme had gone on smoothly.”‎

The UKM event poster featuring Azmi Sharom. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.The UKM event poster featuring Azmi Sharom. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.‎Earlier that night, attempts by The Malaysian Insider to enter the premise and cover the programme were futile as guards were on the alert for any media presence and had set up multiple roadblocks.

The UKM event poster featuring Azmi Sharom. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.

“We have orders from the vice-chancellor to prevent any media from entering the university tonight,” a guard at the entrance of the varsity, where the first roadblock was set up, told The Malaysian Insider.

“Even this speaker is not supposed to enter, as there are‎ fears he will incite the students and commit sedition tonight,” he added, pointing to the photograph of Azmi in a poster of the programme‎.‎

A copy of the poster held by the guards had the words “no media ‎allowed inside” scribbled in handwriting at the top.

The programme had not been approved by the university, the guard told The Malaysian Insider, adding that the GMUKM was an “opposition group”.

‎Police were also present on campus as cars slowly came into the premise, each one inspected at the multiple roadblocks set up every few hundred metres apart.

The Malaysian Insider was forced to turn away at ‎the second roadblock, after a police officer confirmed that the programme had been cancelled and the roadblocks were mounted to prevent media coverage.

‎When contacted, GMUKM member Jason Ng said that their application to hold the dinner programme had been rejected by the university, but they still wanted to go on with it.

“You know how it’s like… when we try to invite people like Professor Azmi, they feel it’s not suitable, they won’t allow it,” he said.

Last month, Azmi was charged under Section 4(1)(b) and Section 4(1)(c) of the act over his comments in a news article titled “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told.”

If convicted under either charges, he will face a maximum fine of RM5,000 or jailed up to three years, or both. – October 2, 2014.‎‎
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/azmi-sharom-chased-out-from-ukm-campus#sthash.wR5CxMJc.dpuf

MB Selangor umum portfolio Exco baharu – Semoga dibimbingi Taufiq dan Inayah AlLah SWT!

October 1, 2014

Oct 1 2014 / Fazallah Pit

Oleh Naeem Raffi  (Selangorkini.com)

SHAH ALAM, 1 OKT : Datuk Menteri Besar, Mohamed Azmin Ali mengumumkan portfolio baharu pentadbirannya yang menyaksikan beberapa portfolio digabungkan bagi meningkatkan prestasi dan menjamin produktiviti dalam pentadbiran baharu.

“Barisan exco baru diberi suntikan nafas segar dengan penjenamaan baru beberapa portpolio seiring tuntutan cabaran semasa,” kata Azmin di satu sidang media seusai mempengerusi Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri, hari ini.

Persuruhjaya PAS Selangor, Iskandar Abdul Samad diberi peranan penting memimpin tugasan perumahan rakyat, manakala pemimpin veteran DAP, Teng Chang Khim memimpin tugasan pelaburan dan industri.

Berikut merupakan senarai penuh Exco Selangor dengan portfolio masing-masing:

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PC MB Azmin di SUK (5)Datuk Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR – Bukit Antarabangsa)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kewangan, Pembangunan Tanah, Pengurusan Sumber Alam, Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Negeri (MTEN) Selangor, dan Penerangan.

teng chang kim 1Datuk Teng Chang Khim (DAP – Sungai Pinang)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelaburan, Perindustrian (IKS) & Perdagangan, dan Pengangkutan.

YB Iskandar 2Iskandar Abdul Samad (PAS – Chempaka)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Perumahan, Pengurusan Bangunan, dan Kehidupan Bandar.

elizabeth batu caves pc 01Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping (PKR – Bukit Lanjan)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelancongan, Alam Sekitar, Teknologi Hijau, dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna.

ean yong hian wahEan Yong Hian Wah (DAP – Seri Kembangan)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kerajaan Tempatan, Pemutihan Kilang Haram, dan Pembangunan Kampung Baru.

yunusDr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PAS – Sijangkang)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal Agama Islam, Jawatankuasa Adat Melayu, Pembangunan Desa dan Kampung Tradisi.

daroyahDr Daroyah Alwi (PKR – Sementa)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kesihatan, Kebajikan, Hal Ehwal Wanita dan Keluarga.

V-GanabatirauV Ganabatirao (DAP – Kota Alam Shah)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kemiskinan, Kerajaan Prihatin, dan Pekerja Ladang.

niknazmiNik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR – Seri Setia)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pendidikan, Pembangunan Modal Insan, Sains dan Teknologi dan Inovasi.

Amirudin1Amirudin Shari (PKR – Batu Caves)

Generasi Muda, Sukan, Kebudayaan dan Pembangunan Usahawan.

YB Zaidy Bin Abdul TalibZaidy Abdul Talib (PAS – Taman Templer)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Infrastruktur, Kemudahan Awam dan Industri Asas Tani.

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Menziarahi semula Muktamar PAS ke-60 oleh Dzulkefly Ahmad

October 1, 2014

Dzulkefly Ahmad (TMI)

Published: 1 October 2014

Setelah tirai Muktamar PAS ke-60 berlabuh dan debu-debu tapak muktamar mendap di Batu Pahat, diri ini yang mengemudi Pusat Penyelidikan PAS sekali lagi terpaksa memungut segala peninggalan pengkisahan atau naratifnya.

Naratifnya diketahui umum cukup berbeza. Buat julung kalinya, seteru atau lawan politik terlepas dari fokus serangan, samada pembahas dari perwakilan mahupun dari pihak pimpinan dari atas pentas.

Sememangnya dari ungkapan tema Muktamar, telah jelas bahawa penekanan seluruh perjalanan Muktamar pada kali ini akan bersifat “melihat ke dalam” sebagai satu introspeksi.

Wajar juga mengorientasikan Muktamar “ke dalam” mentelahan wujud beberapa konflik yang tidak terungkai atau “unresolved conflict” sejak krisis Selangor, bahkan lebih awal dari itu.

Penulis tidak mempertikaikan hak perwakilan, khasnya kepimpinan terutamanya Tuan Guru Presiden untuk membuat mahasabah dan penegasan secara terbuka kepada mana-mana pihak sekalipun. Itu bukan sahaja hak, bahkan tanggungjawab pemimpin parti khasnya Presiden.

Pun begitu, bagi semua yang berucap, persoalan kritikalnya ialah: Apakah kita mencapai maksud ucapan kita ataukah sebaliknya yang telah berlaku?

Baca seterusnya di sini…
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/dzulkefly-ahmad/article/menziarahi-semula-muktamar-pas-ke-60#sthash.mU8cXRhn.dpuf

Walk the talk, social media users tell Najib over his UN speech…..I wouldn’t say anymore!

September 28, 2014

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ

Updated: 28 September 2014 7:01 AM

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had urged the United Nations to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance. – Reuters pic, September 27, 2014.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had urged the United Nations to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance. – Reuters pic, September 27, 2014.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had urged the United Nations to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance. – Reuters pic, September 27, 2014.Barely hours after Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned the Islamic State militants (Isis) and religious extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, social media users were quick to remind the prime minister to practise what he preached at home.

Twitter user Nash, using the handle @nash_71, did not mince his words when he posted: “@NajibRazak such a pity your words and deeds dont (sic) match where it matters most… at HOME… Malaysia… cld hv (could have) been known a great statesman.”

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen also hit out at the PM’s remarks at the UN assembly, by tweeting: “@NajibRazak says the right thing at UN but fails miserably back in Msia – Umno, Isma, Perkasa, Utusan, Jakim, Jais extremism for all to see.”

He further posted: “At UN @NajibRazak calls for peace & moderation but no such consideration in Msia – everything is dealt with by the Sedition Act.”

This prompted a response from a follower, Peoples Power, using the handle @peoplespowerr, who posted: “He is jaguh dunia BUT not jaguh kampung.”

Another Twitter user, Hafiz Noor Shams, using the handle @__earth, appeared to issue a reminder to the PM’s earlier presumed admiration for the terror group: “Najib at the UN: WE’RE ANTI ISIS. Najib in an UMNO pow-wow: We should emulate ISIS’s courage.”

Najib had in June at a dinner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cheras Umno branch, called on party members to emulate the exploits of the group, which was then known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as its members were able to defeat an Iraqi force despite being outnumbered.

Many criticised him and questioned him for voicing his support for a militant group.

However, the prime minister’s office later claimed that his words had been taken out of context and, instead, said that the militants’ actions ran counter to the Islamic faith and culture and humanity.

Human rights lawyer Latheefa Koya also took to Twitter today to say: “Najib urges global community to defeat violent extremism & religious intolerance – hello? ada kenal Isma & perkasa? (heard of Isma and Perkasa?)”, in reference to the two Muslim and Malay rights groups in Malaysia.

Former BN de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim also tweeted using the handle @zaidibrahim: “PM snazzy dresser; spoke well about dangerous ideas permeating Islamic world in New York. When back home will he repeat them in Pekan?”

Najib had earlier told the UN General Assembly that Isis militants had destroyed lives and communities and destabilised fragile nations and threatened regional security.

“We reject this so-called Islamic State. We reject this state defined by extremism. And we condemn the violence being committed in the name of Islam.

“We know that the threat to world peace and security is not Islam, but extremism: intolerant, violent and militant extremism. The actions of these militants are beyond conscience and belief. They violate the teachings of Islam, the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, and the principles of Islamic law.”

Najib also said in his speech that there were key things that the world must do to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance in Iraq and Syria.

“First, security and statehood must be returned to the people of Syria and Iraq.

“Secondly, we must pursue a different kind of politics… We must break the cycle where one group gains power only to wield it against the other… So we should commit to more inclusive politics.” – September 27, 2014.
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/practise-what-you-preached-at-un-on-religious-extremism-netizens-tell-najib#sthash.FAxTW9wT.dpuf

Symposium on Islam, Democracy ad Secularism….Care to join?

September 26, 2014

Sympoium on Islam

Bicara Harakah ‘Bajet 2015 Cabaran Rakyat’ 2 Okt Bersama Pusat Penyelidikan PAS…JOM!

September 26, 2014

MUHAMMAD FAIZAL | 26 September 2014. (Harakahdaily)

KUALA LUMPUR: Sempena pembentangan Bajet 2015 pada 10 Oktober nanti, Harakahdaily dengan kerjasama MyHarakah Bazaar akan menganjurkan Bicara Harakah bagi membincangkan isu-isu yang membabitkan bajet.

Program yang pertama kali dianjurkan ini dengan tajuk ‘Bajet 2015: Cabaran Rakyat’ akan diadakan di MyBazar Harakah di Jalan Pahang Barat, di sini pada 2 Oktober (Khamis) jam 2.30 petang.

Panel yang akan dijemput bagi mengupas cabaran yang akan dihadapi rakyat adalah Pengarah Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan PAS Pusat,  Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Pakar Minyak dan Gas Ajmel Hafiz Jamaluddin (Setiausaha PPP) dan Pakar Kewangan Korporat Hedzir Hanafi (Pemangku COO PPP).

Beberapa isu yang akan diketengahkan adalah tentang kesediaan rakyat menghadapi pelaksanaan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) pada April 2015 nanti serta kedudukan ekonomi negara yang kian meruncing.

Selain itu juga penekanan turut diberikan kepada cabaran yang perlu dihadapi kerajaan dalam mencari sumber pendapatan negara yang baru serta tidak tertumpu hanya kepada pelaksanaan GST semata-mata.

MyHarakah Bazaar turut menyediakan cenderahati termasuk 30 peratus potongan harga apembelian buku-buku kepada mereka yang hadir pada program tersebut. – HARAKAHDAILY 26/9/2014

An open letter to Azmin Ali, Menteri Besar of Selangor -TMI (Semoga sentiasa dibimbingi AlLah..)

September 23, 2014

Mohamed Azmin Ali, the PKR deputy president, is expected to be sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.

BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Published: 23 September 2014

Mohamed Azmin Ali, the PKR deputy president, is expected to be sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.Mohamed Azmin Ali, the PKR deputy president, is expected to be sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.Dear Azmin Ali,

Selangor gets a new menteri besar today in you and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) gets to continue running the country’s wealthiest state after a messy nine months of politicking that has left people wondering why it even happened.

How different will you be from the previous occupant of the office in Shah Alam, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim?

You cut your teeth in politics, serving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from early in the PKR de facto chief’s political career, while Khalid has been a corporate man for most of his life and burst into the political limelight in the 2008 general election.

In the past six years, we have seen Khalid turn from political greenhorn to a man who shook his own party and coalition, sacked his allies, made deals after years of rejecting them, and hurt PR from the inside.

Here is what we expect from you as you make your debut as the leader of the state government of Selangor.

1. You must avoid back room deals with powerful individuals. One theory floating around is that some powerful lobby was always concerned that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would have been a stumbling block to one-sided transactions, etc.

2. You must consult the Selangor people on major projects and be willing to explain the rationale on controversial deals such as the Kidex expressway.

3. You must be fair and even-handed in dealing with minorities in Selangor. For example, instead of staying on the sidelines, you must be willing to speak out and act when the rights of others are trampled upon. The Khalid administration did not cover itself with glory in the handling of the seizure of Bibles earlier this year.

4. You must be prudent in using the RM3 billion funds in the state’s coffers. This money belongs to the rakyat, and not PR.

5. You must remember that you owe your allegiance and loyalty to the rakyat, the same small men and women who have supported PKR since its inception and have stood by you and your party even during the most trying days, when it was unfashionable and costly to be a PKR supporter.

The powerful and the connected may demand a pound of you but ultimately, you are where you are today because of that housewife in Sekinchan or that teacher in Subang Jaya.

6. You must remember that this is PR’s one shot – the last chance to show Malaysians that it has the ideas and policies to run not just the wealthiest state in Malaysia, but the country also. After all, the “Kajang move” was all about removing the insipid Khalid and replacing him with the dynamic Anwar, who was going to use Selangor as a frontline state for inclusive and just policies.

7. There is no honeymoon period. You have to hit the ground running and do well from Day One. Unfair? Not really.

The people in the state have had to put up with a lot of nonsense of late. This is the laundry list of shame: betrayal by a coalition partner; seeing the Constitution and the rule of law trampled; witness a menteri besar refuse to walk away from his position gracefully; seeing PKR stumble with one snafu after another.

There is little patience among voters for more dithering and mistakes.

8. You are a public official. There is no aspect of your life that can be nicely carved aside as private.

For example, if there is a deal brokered between you and a financial institution or another business entity, it has to be declared to your political party and to the state assembly.

9. You risked arrest and were part of thousands of Malaysians who marched in favour of free and fair elections.

You have been threatened with detention without trial and other draconian laws by a regime that has shown little respect for freedom of speech and disdain for the rule of law. You have been fighting the establishment for more than 20 years.

Being the MB does not make you part of the establishment.

10. It is better to be remembered for doing the right thing and for standing up for the right principles than amassing wealth and influence. Would you rather be Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, or Marcos?

11. Your report card will be marked by the voters in three or four years, and not by Jais or Mais or Umno power brokers or Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad or Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Getting a ringing endorsement by Utusan Malaysia or any of the mainstream media is a death knell and not something to write home about.

12. Your promise is to the people of Selangor. All of them, not just the civil service or your own party. You are the MB for all of them. Serve them well. Praise will come from all quarters, not just the civil service or other vested interests, when it is due.

Azmin, you carry a heavy burden after what has happened the last nine months and even from PR’s second term as the Selangor government from 2013.

Most of the issues have been self-inflicted, either by your party, some officials or even allies. Make the most of the remaining mandate left to show that you are the right choice and that the Selangor Sultan has chosen well.

All the best, to you and the people of Selangor. – September 23, 2014.
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/an-open-letter-to-azmin-ali-menteri-besar-of-selangor#sthash.lH5kQmdH.dpuf

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