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Umno in critical state, must change or will lose in polls, Muhyiddin warns… “Is that really Muhyiddin?..and Why are you smiling Pakatan?..that also appplies to You!”?

November 22, 2014

Published: 22 November 2014 (TMI)

Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says the party must change or be changed. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 22, 2014.

Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says the party must change or be changed. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 22, 2014.

After winning the past two general elections by the skin of its teeth, Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has issued a stern warning to the ruling Malay party: change, or be changed.

He said Umno was in a critical state following the ruling coalition’s unprecedented loss of its two-thirds majority in the 2008 polls and its failure to fare any better in last year’s election.

“I am saying we have reached a rather critical stage, if no change or renewal appears to be happening, the concern is that we will lose.

“The sign is clear in front of us,” Muhyiddin was quoted as saying in Utusan Malaysia today, ahead of Umno’s annual general assembly next week.

The deputy prime minister said Umno had yet to recover from the beating it has suffered since 2008, adding that the party was still plagued by internal strife.

“There are still internal issues which have not been resolved, there are still fights for positions, money politics, carelessness, negligence and forgetfulness, and this includes the party’s wings,” said Muhyiddin.

“We have to self-reflect and admit to this, but we must also take firmer, braver and more effective action,” he said.

Taking aim at the party’s wings, Muhyiddin urged them to step up and do more in handling any issues raised by society, and to play their role in raising awareness among the people.

“No one should consider (Umno) Youth, Wanita or Puteri to have faded, become weakened, or to have kept silent all this while. There are many comments that (the wings) are no longer like the days of old, when they used to come forward if any issue was raised.

“Now they are not seen that way, this (situation) has been going on for quite some time, it cannot go on.

“To me, if we want to change, we must change. Otherwise, we will be changed,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the party wings’ leaders must be clear about the issues Umno championed, but added that they should adopt different approaches in their fight to uphold the interests of the Malays.

“When we use language, isn’t there a way to convey our message clearly without offending others?

“It is important that we never forget Umno’s rise and growth was to champion the race, religion and country. That has never changed. Our methods may be a little different but the message is the same,” he said.

Umno’s 65th annual general assembly will begin next week at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has reminded delegates not to touch on sensitive issues during the five-day assembly.

Delegates are expected to debate the controversial Sedition Act 1948, vernacular schools, living costs and restrictions on social media, among others. – November 22, 2014.
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Pakatan hits out at government for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘drastic’ removal of subsidies -

November 21, 2014

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said with the scrapping of petrol and diesel subsidies, all of the oil and gas revenue would be monopolised by Barisan Nasional. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said with the scrapping of petrol and diesel subsidies, all of the oil and gas revenue would be monopolised by Barisan Nasional. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — Opposition leaders have hit out at the rolling back of subsidies on RON95 fuel and diesel as “irresponsible” and “too drastic”.

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said that for decades Malaysia has been able to share part of its oil wealth with its citizens through a system of subsidised fuel, adding that part of the oil wealth flowed to the people directly and that they did not have to wait for the government to make allocations.

“The issue of petrol and diesel subsidies in this country should not be to the decided by whether the subsidies are good or bad for the economy.

“The bigger principle is whether the wealth from oil and gas found in this country is shared with the people, and not just spent arbitrarily by the government.

“With the scrapping of petrol and diesel subsidies, all of the oil and gas revenue would be monopolised by Barisan Nasional. They can just decide how much of the allocation goes to the people,” he said in a statement today.

The Pandan MP who was previously a senior manager at Petronas, Malaysia’s state-owned oil company, said Putrajaya’s latest move showed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak did not intend to get rid of corruption and that the oil and gas revenue would be used to “finance all the waste and corruption that is rampant in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration”.

PAS’s Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad meanwhile said the all-out removal of subsidy is “too drastic” and that it was “very negative and inconsiderate” and would trigger immediate inflationary pressure.

He said though the best time to let market forces determine the price of oil would be when prices are low, around the US$75 per barrel level, at which no government subsidy would have be needed.

“Timing wise, it couldn’t have come at a worse time amid the recent hike of power tariff, petrol price and the impending imposition of GST,” he told Malay Mail Online via text.

Both Dr Dzulkefly and Rafizi suggested that there should instead be a controlled ceiling price and petrol companies should be allowed to set their own pricing accordingly, and compete among themselves.

“It also provides an incentive for oil companies to be more efficient and not just rely on government protection through uniform price as it is now,” Rafizi said.

PKR’s Batu Uban assemblyman Dr T Jayabalan, who has some experience in consumer issues, said the absence of subsidy for RON95 will be “tremendous especially for those on two-wheelers”.

“A lot of people in the small villages, rural and urban poor depend on motorcycles to move around.

“The increase will led to a shrinking disposable income,” he told Malay Mail Online, lamenting the move.

Putrajaya announced today that it will stop providing any subsidy for RON95 petrol and diesel from next month onwards and the price for these two fuels will be set using the managed float mechanism from December 1.

Today’s abrupt announcement will see an end to the federal government footing the bill to allow Malaysians to pay cheaper rates for RON95 petrol and diesel, regardless of the market price.

It also comes after the federal government slashed the subsidy for RON95 petrol and diesel twice in recent months.

The RON97 petrol has already been put on the managed float system since July 2010 and is not subsidised by the government.

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pakatan-hits-out-at-government-for-irresponsible-and-drastic-removal-of-sub#sthash.pmCqf6dS.dpuf

“Memberi subsidi bukan satu jenayah dan menerima subsidi juga bukan suatu dosa” – Dzulkefly Ahmad

November 20, 2014

Minyak: Bukan kerajaan bagi subsidi, rakyat terpaksa bayar lebih

Oleh: NAEEM RAFFI (Selangorkini)

SHAH ALAM, 20 NOV: Pemberian subsidi bukan satu jenayah dan menerima subsidi jugak bukan suatu dosa, kata Pengarah Pendidikan PAS Pusat, Dr Dzulkifly Ahmad.

Kenyataan itu merujuk kepada sikap kerajaan yang teragak-agak menurunkan harga minyak walaupun harga minyak mentah pasaran dunia jatuh 20 peratus, sejak dua bulan lalu (USD78satu setong semalam).

“Malangnya di negara ini, tanggapan kepada (memberi) subsidi itu tidak ubah seperti jenayah dan (rakyat) terima pula seperti satu dosa. Istilah “Transfer Payment” (maksud subsidi) wujud dalam Makroekonomi sebagai alat atau kaedah yang digunakan sebuah kerajaan untuk mencapai sesuatu maksud “Pengagihan Semula Pendapatan atau Hasil” atau  “Redistribution Of Income”.

“Nah, kalau kerajaan telah mengurus kewangan negara dengan culas dan boros, berhutang sehingga 53.8% dari KDNK dan 16 tahun menanggung defisit fiskal, tak patutlah kini memangsakan rakyat dengan cukai baru (GST) dan menarik balik subsidi. Peliknya kepada kroni (umpama IPP) diteruskan”.tegasnya lagi.

Demo Bantah Minyak Naik Depan Parlimen (11)“Untuk menjadi sebuah kerajaan yang prihatin dan peduli rakyat pemberian subsidi itu perlu dan wajar. Lihat sahaja di negara maju, kerajaan salurkan pelbagai bentuk subsidi kepada rakyat termasuk kadangkali memberi subsidi yang begitu besar untuk pertanian bagi menjadikan sektor itu mampu berdayasaing,” katanya ketika dihubungi Selangor Kini.

Sebelum ini, Naib Presiden yang juga Setiausaha Agung PKR, Rafizi Ramli menggesa rakyat terus memberikan tekanan dan mendesak Kerajaan Pusat menurunkan harga petrol.

Pada 18 November lalu, kerajaan menurunan RON97 kepada RM2.55 seliter berbanding RM2.75 seliter sebelum ini.

Dalam satu kenyataan, Rafizi berkata, sebenarnya tanggungan subsidi petrol dan diesel Kerajaan Persekutuan hanya RM2 bilion bagi tahun 2015 apabila unjuran harga minyak mentah dunia kekal sekitar USD70 hingga USD80 setong bagi tahun 2015.

harga-minyak-naik-20-senKatanya, jumlah subsidi itu adalah penjimatan RM11 bilion bagi tahun 2015 dan penjimatan RM2 bilion bagi suku terakhir 2014.

Pada Oktober lalu, harga petrol RON95 dan diesel naik 20 sen seliter dalam usaha kerajaan merasionalisasikan subsidi.

Justeru, pihaknya berpandangan kerajaan wajar menurunkan harga petrol RON95 dan diesel melalui pemberian subsidi hasil penjimatan ekoran harga minyak pasaran dunia yang semakin turun.

Sehubungan itu, Rafizi akan memulakan kempen di media sosial sebelum menjelajah negara bermula 1 Disember ini jika harga petrol RON95 dan diesel tidak diturunkan, yang mana PKR akan menggerakkan kempen menuntut #turunhargaminyak yang akan memuncak dengan satu demonstrasi pada 31 Disember ini.

dr dzul close 01Mengulas lanjut, Dr Dzulkifly berkata demontrasi bukan pilihan utama, namun ia adalah langkah yang munasabah jika kerajaan terus berpeluk tubuh meminggirkan kebajikan rakyat.

“Kalau turun ke jalanan berdemontrasi itu langkah terakhir buat rakyat, saya kira ia sangat munasabah jika cara diplomasi yang diambil menemui jalan buntu apabila kerajaan masih pekak dan tidak peduli rakyat.

“Kerajaan menanggung subsidi yang kurang (lebih rendah) dan jika harga minyak mentah dunia terus turun (dibawah USD75 setong) tetapi harga jualan petrol negara ini terus kekal (RM2.30 seliter-RON95 dan RM2.20 seliter-diesel), bukan kerajaan yang beri subsidi kepada rakyat, sebaliknya rakyat yang membayar lebih (beri subsidi) kepada kerajaan,” katanya.

-NFN-

1-MDB: Kemuncak Keculasan Tadbir-Urus Kewangan Najib!

November 18, 2014

1MDB: Saya ramalkan Najib tumbang kerananya

DR DZULKEFLY AHMAD | 18 November 2014.

SAYA ramalkan PM DS Najib Tun Razak bakal tumbang akibat 1MDB!

Namun sukar hendak diramal waktunya secara persis. Lebih selamat kalau saya katakan selewat-lewatnya pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 dan seawal-awalnya pada Perhimpunan Agung Umno akan datang.

Sengaja saya ambil ‘liberty’ atau ‘kebebasan’ untuk membuat congakan ini secara ‘intuitif’. Ia pendekatan ‘shock therapy’ bagi rakyat yang masih lena. Akan tetapi ia punya jalan pikiran atau hujahnya, bukan intuitif atau tembak begitu sahaja.

Saudara boleh sahaja tidak bersetuju. Bagi yang percaya ‘nujum’ saya ini, rumit buat saya. Saya bakal dituntut untuk ‘tunaikan’ semacam ‘janji’ ini, walaupun saya tidak pernah berjanji. Sekadar ramalan.

Saya lebih senang dengan kelompok ketiga yang tunggu dan lihat. Mungkin sahaja kelompok ini akan berubah sikap setelah membaca penghujahan saya nanti.

Paling penting PM Najib sendiri mungkin terkesan. Nah, dengan itu mungkin sahaja beliau mahu menyelamat dirinya. Maka ramalan Najib akan tumbang ini, adalah penyebab penyelamatnya. Satu paradoks juga. Itu pun kalau dia segera bertindak. Mari kita mulakan. Penulisan ringkas ini hanya kemaskini naratif yang panjang dan berliku-liku.

Serangan Ahli-Ahli Parlimen Pakatan mutakhir ini atas 1-MDB telah dilipatgandakan. Di samping Ketua Pembangkang, terkedepan ialah YB Petaling Jaya Utara dan kini dibantu YB Pandan, MP penggal pertama. Penulis sendiri tidak lagi dapat bersuara menyokong kawan-kawannya, sekadar menulis dalam media cetak dan portal. Najib gusar juga.

Sebaliknya, Najib boleh persetankan pelbagai kritikan tajam blogger popular pro-Umno. Akan tetapi, ketika dua tokoh Tun, juga mantan Menteri Kewangan, turut bersuara perihal 1MDB, maka ia bakal mengundang amarah rakyat bukan kepalang dan isyarat ‘mala petaka’ buat Najib.

Tambahan, setelah beberapa siri penulisan sebuah ‘Bisnes dan Pelaburan’ terkemuka di tanah air iaitu ‘The Edge’, maka Najib Tun Razak terus sengkak dan terjerut juga sudahnya.

Dengan rentetan ini meramalkan ‘karier politik’ bakal berakhir, tidak memerlukan seorang ‘pundit politik’. Pun begitu, ada yang kata saya keterlaluan.

1-MDB adalah sebuah ‘dana kekayaan negara’ atau ‘sovereign wealth fund’ kedua selepas Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Kedua-dua dimilikki 100% oleh Kementerian Kewangan. Misi korporat kedua-dua adalah ‘rakan strategik kerajaan bagi membantu menjana ekonomi berpendaatan tinggi, mapan dan inklusif’. Persamaan dua dana ini terhenti di situ.

Dari segi tadbir-urus kewangan dan prestasinya ia sangat berbeza. 1MDB adalah sangat ‘opaque’ dan ‘tidak telus’, berbeza dengan Khazanah. Penulis pernah bertanya kepada pihak Khazanah mengapa berbeza sekali tadbir-urus kedua dana ini? ‘No komen’ kata mereka. Pelik tapi benar.

Sejak penubuhan penuh kontroversi dengan cubaan kaitan dana Wang Ihsan Terengganu (TIA), IMDB tidak putus-putus mengundang kontroversi pada setiap pinjaman, pelaburan dan perolehan.

Nah, dengan tidak mengulangi apa yang pernah juga saya tulis (rujuk ‘1MDB: Rakyat tuntut ketelusan pengurusan dana rakyat’ – Harakahdaily dan ‘All 1MDB has to show is mountain of debt? – Malaysiakini) pertikaian kali ini tertumpu sekitar isu ‘Surat Sokongan’ sekali gus meletakkan  risiko kepada kewangan negara.

Sedikit kemas kini, 1-MDB sebenarnya sudah empat tahun menanggung kerugian kalau tidak kerana ‘penilaian semula aset’ yang memberi ‘keuntungan atas kertas’ (paper profits). Dengan tidak ada ‘revaluation’ dana pemegang-saham atau ‘shareholders funds’ pada hakikatnya ialah negatif RM4.7 bilion.

Kerana hutang terlalu besar buat tahun kewangan 2014, 1-MDB gagal menunjukkan keuntungan walaupun kaedah ‘penilaian semula aset’ dibuat juga. ‘Revaluation’ aset dibuat sehingga ke paras RM896.8 bilion, tetap 1-MDB untuk tahun kewangan 2014 (FY2014) menanggung kerugian sebanyak RM665.36 bilion!

Masalah besar dengan ‘keuntungan atas kertas’ atau ‘paper profits’ dengan revaluation ini ialah ia tidak menghasilkan ‘cash-flow’ atau ‘pendapatan’. Penganalisis menghitung bahawa kadar pulangan pelaburannya masih tidak mencukupi untuk membayar kos pinjamannya.

Anggaran kos pinjaman (kadar faedah) 1-MDB bukan serendah 3.8% kalau setaraf dengan MGS (Sekuriti Kerajaan Malaysia), tetapi lebih tinggi antara 5.73% ke 7.61% tergantung kepada apa yang telah dilakukan secara ‘kreatif’ oleh penasihat kewangan 1-MDB. Ini parah buat 1-MDB! Mengapa terlalu jauh bezanya?

Nah, dalam kemelut mutakhir ini, PM Najib hanya bersedia mengakui bahawa kerajaannya hanya menjamin pinjaman sukuk oleh 1-MDB bagi jumlah RM5.8 bilion (USD 1.75 bilion) ketika hutangnya berjumlah RM36.25 bilion. Perkara ini disahkan oleh Timbalan Menteri Kewangan di Parlimen baru-baru ini.

Pertikaian menjadi lebih sengit ketika Najib dan disokong oleh Ahmad Maslan pada November 6 lalu di Parlimen, menafikan bahawa kerajaan tidak menjamin pinjaman selain RM5.8 bilion tadi.

YB PJ Utara bersama YB Pandan seperti didakwa oleh Tun M dan kini telah juga didedahkan oleh majalah The Edge, mempertikaikan akan penafian yang dibuat oleh Pentadbiran Najib.

Jelasnya dari Surat Sokongan (Letter of Support) bertarikh 14 Mac 2013, yang dikeluarkan untuk 1-MDB sebagai penerbit (issuer), meskipun ia bukan satu Surat Jaminan, tetapi tertera secara jelas dalam para 3(b)..seandainya 1-MDB gagal untuk membayar  atas apa jua sebab… maka kerajaan Malaysia akan masuk (step-in) untuk menyuntik (inject) sejumlah dana (the necessary capital) bagi melunaskan tanggungjawab penerbit (issuer) yakni 1-MDB kepada mereka yang memberi Hutang (Debt)  tersebut.

Tegasnya, kalau pun Surat Jaminan (Guarantee Letter) tidak diberikan kepada 1-MDB dalam pinjaman kali ini yakni USD3bilion atau RM9.6 bilion oleh kerajaan Najib, jelasnya Surat Sokongan membawa implikasi yang sama.

Seandainya 1-MDB gagal membayar ansuran hutang mereka, maka kerajaan Persekutuan akan terpaksa campur-tangan serta menyuntik dana untuk mereka membayar hutang terebut. Ini pastinya adalah satu proses ‘Bailout’ atau ‘Menyelamat’ 1-MDB. Hutang 1-MDB bakal menelan berbilion ringgit wang rakyat!

Ya, terlalu banyak yang menjadi tanda-tanya akan perihal urus-tadbir 1MDB ini termasuk bayaran yuran terlalu mahal kepada pihak Goldman Sachs dan pelaburan berisiko tinggi di Cayman Island yang kini mula di’repratriate’ atau dikembalikan meskipun didakwa 1-MDB membuat keuntungan. Bagaimana panel pelaburan boleh mengizinkan dananya dibuat dalam portfolio seperti ini masih menjadi satu tandatnya!

Sementara rakyat diperah dan dibeban bagi membantu mengatasi defisit fiskal dan hutang kerajaan, Najib mengizinkan pelaburan 1-MDB dengan berbillion ringgit di luar negara secara culas atau ‘reckless’. Bukan sahaja itu, ia mengundang risiko hutang tak berbayar atau ‘corporate debt default’ ke paras mencetuskan ‘Tipping Point’ ke atas kewangan Kerajaan Persekutuan.

Seandainya Najib gagal bertindak maka beliau bakal dihukum rakyat dalam PRU ke-14. Lebih malang dan menggusarkan lagi buat Najib, war-lords dan mantan-mantan Tun dalam Umno sendiri akan mengambil langkah ‘intervensi’ menyelamatkan parti mereka.

Dari segi itu, nasib Najib akan sama seperti ‘boss’ yang disingkirkannya. – HARAKAHDAILY 18/11/2014

Pakatan turns to Federal Court to nullify GE13 results

November 18, 2014

BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR (TMI)

Published: 18 November 2014

Pakatan Rakyat alleges that the 2013 general election was not free and fair because of the indelible ink fiasco. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 18, 2014.

Pakatan Rakyat alleges that the 2013 general election was not free and fair because of the indelible ink fiasco. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 18, 2014.

More than 18 months after GE13, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will make another attempt to nullify the results at the Federal Court to argue that the general election in 2013 was not free and fair because of the indelible ink fiasco.

Lawyer Americk Sidhu said the litigants have given instruction to go to the Federal Court despite the decision of two lower courts to allow the Election Commission (EC) to strike out their suit without a trial being held.

Americk said the plaintiffs, among whom were those who lost in the May 5 general election in 2013, had planned to call witnesses to give evidence during the hearing.

“The clients now want us to apply for leave in the Federal Court to appeal against the majority Court of Appeal,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

The Court of Appeal on November 7 affirmed the ruling of the High Court that the litigants could only challenge election results by filing petitions before an election court.

The majority ruling said this was the only option for the aggrieved parties as it was provided under Article 118 of the Federal Constitution.

“A civil court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter and the application to remove election commissioners,” said Court of Appeal judge Datuk Alizatul Khair Osman, who delivered the majority ruling with Datuk Rohana Yusof.

However, the dissenting judge, Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham, said a trial should be held to determine whether the EC had breached its constitutional duty.

“I believe that the split decision in the Court of Appeal is also an inspiration to obtain leave from the apex court to hear the appeal,” Americk said.

The litigants have until December 5 to file their court papers which must include framing legal questions of public importance for the Federal Court’s approval.

“That should not be a problem because the suit has definitely brought about novel issues to be argued,” Americk added.

On February 7 this year, High Court judge Rosnaini Saub ruled that it was wrong for the opposition and several defeated candidates to challenge the election results in a civil court.

The EC had taken the stand that the High Court had no civil jurisdiction to declare the election results as illegal.

PR first filed the suit last year, asking the court to set aside the results of all parliamentary seats, as well as to disband the current EC leadership and to conduct fresh polls.

In its statement of claim, PR said the unprecedented move was necessary because of the indelible ink fiasco, which it said caused massive cheating in the polls.

Apart from PKR, DAP and PAS, the other plaintiffs are opposition candidates Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, M. Manogaran, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and voters Arifin Rahman and R. Rajoo.

Rosnaini said the suit in essence was to challenge the election results because of the EC’s failure to carry out its duties to conduct properly the GE13.

“The power to declare an election void is in the exclusive jurisdiction of an election judge, not with the High Court,” she had said.

She said the suit was also flawed because the plaintiffs did not name as parties all the candidates who won their parliamentary seats.

In the last general election, Barisan Nasional returned to power after winning 133 seats while the remaining 89 seats went to PR.

Rosnaini said the High Court also has no jurisdiction to remove EC members from office. “The EC members can only be removed from office just like a judge of the Federal Court, that is, following recommendations by a tribunal appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.”

Lawyer Tommy Thomas, who argued for the plaintiffs, had submitted that the EC committed fraud on the Malaysian public as the indelible ink could be washed away for it did not remain on the fingers for five days after voting.

Thomas said the EC’s argument that election results could only be challenged through a petition was tantamount to denying the plaintiff access to justice through other civil actions.

Before filing the suit, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar had accused EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf and his then deputy chairman, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, of lying about the indelible ink and making contradictory statements regarding its silver nitrate content.

“We have necessary documents and evidence against the EC. You cannot keep changing your statements regarding the silver nitrate from 5% to 7% to only 1% and later, it is akin to food colouring,” she had told an electoral forum organised by the Malaysian Bar Council.

The report of the People’s Tribunal on the election stated that it was not conducted in a free and fair manner, with many violations to electoral laws.

The tribunal, made up of local and foreign experts, was formed to probe into electoral fraud in GE13.

Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said the tribunal’s verdict concluded that the EC failed to deliver a free and fair election, and “we do not know whether that has been the case in previous elections”.

She said the election results had been determined because of malapportionment and gerrymandering where a simple majority was guaranteed for BN.

“This can’t continue. We have the evidence and if it continues in the next general election, we will fight back.” – November 18, 2014
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pakatan-turns-to-federal-court-to-nullify-ge13-results#sthash.czVbgGXL.dpuf

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November 14, 2014
Don’t use fatwas as ‘backdoor’ to force Islamic law on public, PAS leader tells authorities
PAS’s Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said Islamic authorities must not use fatwas or religious edicts to implement religious laws without prior consultation. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PAS’s Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said Islamic authorities must not use fatwas or religious edicts to implement religious laws without prior consultation. — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 —

Islamic authorities must avoid using fatwas or religious edicts to covertly implement religious principles or laws without prior consultation or discussion, PAS’s Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.

The PAS Research Centre chief executive said clerics and Islamists must adhere to the norms of democracy by engaging the public, rather than foisting their principles on Muslims and even non-Muslims who are increasingly suspicious of the authorities.

“No Islamic principles, however important, should be implemented by some form of backdoor implementations. That means, by way of fatwa,” Dzulkefly said in a roundtable discussion on “Democrat Islamists”, referring to the Islamic religious edict.

“And fatwa, as you know very well, are not voted on by representatives that are elected. That presents a problem.”

Fatwas are religious edicts issued by Islamic clerics on a multitude of issues. Although these are advisory in nature, Malaysia occasionally gazettes some into law.

Dzulkefly added that he does not agree that a fatwa is beyond challenge, saying that even PAS has contested such edicts before.

Speaking in the discussion organised by the Global Movement of Moderates Malaysia, Dzulkefly insisted that an Islamist must be able to engage the public, be less judgmental towards others, and tolerate differing opinions.

Failure to do these, Dzulkefly said, will cause Muslim community to “retrogress” into a doctrine of “takfiri”, in which one can easily declare others as unbelievers or infidels.

Besides the PAS representative, other guests in the discussion were Dr Anis Matta, the president of Indonesia’s Prosperous Justice Party (PKS); Dr Azzam Tamimi, chief editor of Alhiwar Arabic TV channel; and Dr Driss Bouanou, a member of Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (PJD).

“It is better and nicer if the fatwa and religious bodies can see this discussion and forum as inputs for them to examine and consider,” said Dzulkefly, explaining that these dialogues should not be seen as challenging their authorities.

“These are the engagement, democratic process of arriving to the stage where fatwa can be decreed … . The public can no longer accept the authorities through force and repression.”

Earlier this week, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that any religious edict, or fatwa, issued by Islamic scholars must consider the realities of the current times and be thoroughly debated first.

The former prime minister also said nobody should declare that only their interpretation of the Islamic scriptures are correct and unquestionable, pointing out that many scholars have made irrelevant interpretations before.

Muslim women’s group Sisters in Islam (SIS) has caused a backlash in the past weeks for mounting a constitutional challenge against a Selangor fatwa declaring those “professing” liberalism and religious pluralism as “deviants”.

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Look beyond moral issues, Malaysian Islamists told
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad stresses a point at the 'Democrat Islamists' roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, November 13, 2014.
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad stresses a point at the ‘Democrat Islamists’ roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, November 13, 2014.

Islamists in Malaysia must be able to provide solutions to problems that concern the running of the country’s economy and people’s welfare, rather than focusing on moral issues, PAS Research Centre executive director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said.

Islamists, or those who want to see Islam applied in all spheres of life, must have answers to problems of economic inequality, mismanagement of national finances, and must resolve corruption and leakages, he said.

They also must be willing to participate in a contest for ideas and solutions, instead of only claiming to represent God or the religion, Dzulkefly added.

“They must be willing to advocate all their principles and program in political contestation whether at the end of the day they would be accepted or rejected,” he told a roundtable discussion on “Democrat Islamists” organised by the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

“The challenge of Islamists is to present their political messaging in a manner that can convince and persuade the Muslim and non-Muslim constituencies,” he said.

To do so, Dzulkefly said Islamists should be more engaging, less judgmental, allow for differences of opinion and be able to manage dissent.

Participants at the 'Democrat Islamists' roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, November 13, 2014.

Participants at the ‘Democrat Islamists’ roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, November 13, 2014.

It was not so much the question of whether democracy and Islam were compatible as this issue had already been settled, he said.

Rather, Islamists have to engage “as critical political players in nation-rebuilding and human civilization”.

It is by being part of such discussions with others of different views and religions that “makes us democratic”, he added.

“Islamists must learn to present Islamic principles on issue of governance and present it in a democratic, persuasive manner.

It would also be good for religious bodies like the fatwa council to adopt a similar approach, so that all details of an issue could be studied before any decree is issued.

“This approach is a democratic process in arriving at a sound judgement for fatwa. Fatwa need to undergo this kind of process especially in today’s society that cannot simply accept orders,” Dzulkefly said.

GMM chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the objective of the roundtable discussion was to analyse Islamic political discourse and to study the contribution of democrat Islamists as a way to promote moderation and to fight extremism.

“There is a need for Muslim world to embrace politics and governance that really represents Islam,” Saifuddin said.

The roundtable discussion is also preparation for an international conference to be held in the first quarter of next year.

Representative from IIUM’s Strata Research & Department of Fiqh, Dr Maszlee Malik, added that discussions like these were important as the world grappled with religious extremism.

“Islamic democracy is one of the remedies to the current situation and democrat Islamists believe there is still room for change within the framework of democracy, they strongly believe the Quran’s democratic system is compatible with Islamic values provided they are given a fair playing field.”

“This session is trying to give the opportunity for the democrat islamists to present their case, share their vision, and to furnish the world with the hope to reduce the phenomena of extremism,” Maszlee said.

Also present during the roundtable session were Dr Azzam Tamimi from Al-Hiwar TV; Dr Driss Bouanou, member of the International Relations Committee (Middle East and Asia region), Party of Justice and Development, Morocco; and Dr Anis Matta, president of Prosperous Justice Party, Indonesia. – November 13, 2014.

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Demokrat Islam boleh selesaikan fahaman pelampau dunia

Demokrat Islam boleh selesaikan fahaman pelampau dunia

Demokrat Islam boleh menjadi penyelesaian kepada membendung fahaman pelampau di seluruh dunia kerana mereka membawa pendekatan sederhana dalam dunia masa kini menerusi peti undi, kata ahli akademik dan ahli politik.

Pensyarah Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) Dr Maszlee Malik (gambar) berkata Demokrat Islam, yang menjadi terkenal selepas peristiwa ‘Arab Spring’, membenarkan umat Islam untuk mengawal nasib mereka melalui peti undi dan bukannya perang atau di tangan pemimpin diktator, sekali gus menamatkan rasa tidak puas hati mereka.

“Idea mengenai Demokrat Islam wujud sejak sekian lama. Kumpulan radikal muncul kerana mereka mendapati tiadanya harapan bagi umat Islam untuk menikmati keadilan, hak asasi manusia dan tadbir urus yang baik,” katanya pada perbincangan meja bulat mengenai Demokrat Islam anjuran Pergerakan Kesederhanaan Global (GMM) bersama-sama dengan Jabatan Fiqh UIAM, hari ini.

Pengerusi saluran TV Al-Hiwar yang berpejabat di London, Dr Azzam Tamimi, pula berkata ‘Arab Spring’ merupakan peristiwa yang membenarkan demokrasi dilaksanakan di Timur Tengah, dan pada masa sama menjadikan kumpulan militan Al Qaeda sebagai pergerakan yang tidak relevan.

“Kejayaan ‘Arab Spring’ seperti yang kita lihat di Tunisia dan Mesir adalah amat menyakinkan, menunjukkan  ini adalah jalan ke hadapan.

Beberapa pemimpin Al Qaeda sebenarnya bimbang, jika model ini berjaya, ia membuktikan mereka sebenarnya salah,”katanya.

Sambil menekankan definisi Demokrat Islam masih berbeza-beza dan bergantung kepada bagaimana orang berhubung dengan ideologi itu, Dr Azzam berkata perjuangan untuk Demokrat Islam di Timur Tengah masih berterusan.

GMM, dalam laman webnya, menyatakan Demokrat Islam adalah istilah khas yang merujuk kepada pemain baharu yang mahu menggunakan pendekatan prinsip-prinsip Islam dalam dasar awam yang merangkumi rangka kerja demokratik termasuk di Maghribi dan Tunisia.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan PAS Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad berkata walaupun orang Barat agak berwaspada dengan ideologi itu, Demokrat Islam seperti PAS berjaya wujud selama 60 tahun di Malaysia.

Namun, katanya Demokrat Islam meghadapi masalah untuk menyeimbangkan antara menjadi demokratik dan menegakkan nilai-nilai Islam sebenar dalam usaha menjadi relevan dalam negara yang pelbagai seperti Malaysia.

“Parti Demokrat Islam perlu tampil dengan cadangan universal yang boleh menyakinkan rakyat, iaitu orang Islam dan bukan Islam. Oleh itu, ia perlu melibatkan diri dengan orang awam, membenarkan adanya forum perbezaan dan kurang membuat pertimbangan,” katanya.

Anggota Jawatankuasa Perhubungan Antarabangsa Parti Keadilan dan Pembangunan (PJD) Maghribi, Dr Driss Bouanou, pula membangkitkan mengenai kejayaan Demokrat Islam di negara itu kerana Maghribi mengamalkan demokrasi sejak penubuhannya.

Beliau berkata memandangkan Maghribi sebuah negara demokratik, ia tidak terjejas dengan ‘Arab Spring’.

“Kita berjaya menjalinkan kerjasama baik dengan pemerintahan beraja dan musuh politik kami untuk mengekalkan kemakmuran Maghribi.

“Bagi apa yang  kami capai di Maghribi, tiada siapa yang boleh membuat tuduhan  Demokrat Islam tidak wujud,” katanya sambil merujuk kepada PJD, parti pemerintah Maghribi.

Sementara itu, Presiden Parti Keadilan Sejahtera Indonesia Dr Anis Matta berkata walaupun negara-negara Barat kelihatan sinis terhadap kewujudan Demokrat Islam, mereka sebenarnya lebih bimbang jika Demokrat Islam boleh menjejaskan kepentingan mereka di negara-negara Islam. – Bernama, 13 November, 2014.

Air di Selangor Kembali kepada Pemilikan Rakyat! Masa untuk berikan Nilai Terbaik untuk Rakyat…

November 12, 2014

KENYATAAN MEDIA DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR

12 NOVEMBER 2014

KERAJAAN NEGERI KOMITED MENDAPAT NILAI TERBAIK DARI PENSTRUKTURAN AIR SELANGOR

Kerajaan Negeri Selangor berbesar hati mengumumkan bahawa anak syarikat milik penuh Kerajaan Negeri Selangor iaitu Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (“Air Selangor”) telah memuktamadkan pembelian saham dengan Puncak Niaga Holding Berhad (PNHB) seperti mana disyaratkan oleh Perjanjian Induk Penstrukturan Air Selangor (“Perjanjian Induk”) bertarikh 12 September 2014 yang dimeterai di antara Kerajaan Selangor, Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB).

Pembelian saham dari PNHB ini melibatkan dua syarikat pemegang konsesi air iaitu SYABAS dan Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd (PNSB) yang dimuktamadkan pada hari terakhir tempoh masa yang telah disyaratkan oleh Perjanjian Induk.

Dengan pembelian saham ini, sebahagian besar operasi dan aset air akan kembali kepada rakyat yang membolehkan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor melalui Air Selangor mula mengambil alih dan menyusun semula operasi SYABAS dan PNSB. Tumpuan utama akan diberikan kepada usaha mengurangkan kadar air tidak berhasil (non-revenue water) yang merugikan rakyat serta memastikan bekalan air mencukupi secara berterusan untuk rakyat Selangor.

Kerajaan Negeri Selangor juga berhasrat meningkatkan kecekapan perkhidmatan air yang lebih mesra rakyat dan responsif kepada pengguna di seluruh Negeri Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya.

Langkah seterusnya di dalam proses penstrukturan industri air ini ialah memuktamadkan pengambilalihan dua lagi syarikat konsesi iaitu ABASS dan SPLASH mengikut kerangka dasar yang menjamin kepentingan rakyat Selangor.

Walaupun beberapa perkara utama seperti kos dan terma pengambilalihan 4 syarikat konsesi (PNSB, SYABAS, ABASS dan SPLASH) telah diputuskan sebelum saya menjawat amanah sebagai Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor, saya yakin ada ruang-ruang yang perlu digunakan sepenuhnya oleh pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang baru untuk memastikan penstrukturan industri air ini memberi nilai terbaik kepada rakyat Selangor secara menyeluruh.

Ruang-ruang ini termasuklah memastikan pembinaan Projek Langat 2 (baik dari segi kapasiti, kos kejuruteraan dan pembinaan) dinilai secara objektif oleh wakil-wakil Kerajaan Negeri Selangor supaya tidak ada unsur-unsur pembaziran yang kelak akan membebankan rakyat.

Saya yakin dengan amalan keterbukaan dan ketelusan yang dititikberatkan oleh pentadbiran baru Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dalam proses penstrukturan air, Kerajaan Negeri Selangor akan berjaya mencapai persetujuan dengan semua pihak yang terbabit untuk menyempurnakan penstrukturan air dalam tempoh terdekat.

MOHAMED AZMIN ALI

DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR

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