Setelah hampir 5 bulan!

Dah lama tak jenguk blog ini rupanya. Sibuk melayari blog-blog orang lain. Banyak perkara hendak diperkatakan, tapi sejak adanya facebook dan twitter, microblogging menyebabkan blog ini terbiar.

Interaksi dua-hala lebih mudah dan efektif menggunakan medium di facebook dan twitter. Blog ini boleh dimanfaatkan sebagai tempat rasmi atau arkib kepada idea-idea penulis, mungkin juga hasil daripada perbincangan di ruangan micro blog facebook dan juga twitter.

Berita gembira! Pada 10hb November 2009 tempoh hari, penulis telah akhirnya ditauliahkan dengan sijil professional MB BCh BAO BA (Perubatan) daripada University of Dublin, atau lebih dikenali sebagai Trinity College of Dublin.

Itu jugalah alasan kenapa blog ini sunyi sepi tanpa berita, kerana sepanjang lima bulan lepas sebenarnya penulis bertungkus lumus untuk mendapatkan ‘lesen doktor’ tersebut.

Alhamdulillah, pujian hanya kepada yang Maha pemurah. Sekarang, penulis berada pada landasan betul untuk mengikut jejak langkah arwah Daddy dan juga abang yang sulung, yang kini berkhidmat sebagai pakar bedah di HUSM.

Bab baru, episod baru. Perjalanan hidup akan jadi lebih mencabar selepas ini. Pelbagai pengalaman baru yang akan ditimba. Harap semuanya dapat dimanfaatkan untuk menjadikan penulis insan yang lebih berguna.

Menjadi seorang doktor adalah cita-cita sejak kecil lagi, sekarang masa untuk berkhidmat!

Ya Allah, permudahkanlah.

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Teoh Beng Hock’s death needs explanation not wild accusations.

I chose not to write about the sudden death of Teoh Beng Hock, the political aide of Selangor Executive Councilor in the vicinity of Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) few days ago. However today I think if justice is what all of us been trying to fight for, in my eyes looking from recent progress, most of us end up doing injustice towards others other than justice.

Unless if your school of thought permits and advocates the practice of ends justifying means, I guess you should discontinue your reading now.

Firstly, I would like to convey my condolences to the family of the deceased, and to all the mourners of his death too. I was as shocked as many of us here when I read the news and saw the horrifying picture of the body of Teoh lying still on the rooftop of Masalam Plaza, in pool of blood. As I was looking at the picture, too many questions lingered in my mind, and I was so eager to know the cause of his death.

But, I refrained from guessing what caused his death, because I think I will never be able to come to a conclusion just by observing the picture and reading the comments and articles from the internet. I can’t be doing CSI while sitting on the comfort of my chair, while taking sips from my cup of coffee. At least by doing so, I refrained myself from doing injustice to others and at the same time yearning for justice to be done to Teoh Beng Hock.

To my surprise, some of us in the online world had already made their minds, and knew wholeheartedly whose behind Teoh’s death. So it seems justice has been served – at least to them, politically too.

One day after Teoh’s death, the master of all provocateurs wrote an article telling to the finest details of how Teoh being aggressively interrogated and finally thrown out of the window. One more time, justice has been served, it seems – at least to the forever wild imaginations of the author.

In this another sad episode of Malaysian politics, someone see this as an opportunity and benefit from it, for good or bad. And the program in Kelana Jaya Stadium is the snap shot of how ‘lucky and peaceful’ Malaysia will be if this country is under the hands of Pakatan Rakyat. One thing for sure is, the judges will have more time to write their long delayed judgments because this PR people can use their crystal balls to fight crimes. Or they can just simply blame everything to BN, like what they are doing for the past 16 months. Easier said, easier done.

Justice is served when the accused is the enemy of Pakatan – so it seems.

I should be ready to face the wrath of Pakatan Rakyat supporters’ court for this article, they will not like this – I can assure you on this.

What matter the most now is for us to learn and know the due process of law, how justice is and should be served.

To implicate certain parties to be responsible for the death is an irresponsible act. To allow an uninterrupted investigations is the only sensible things to do especially when emotions run high.

Teoh Beng Hock’s death needs explanation, and not wild accusations. Those explanations can only be given if the investigations is done without external pressures to disqualify the body that is running the investigation. Yes, you might not like them, but not all policemen are jerks as what some of us think. You call them goons when they act against you, and when they are OK with you, they are now friend.

Not joining certain parties’ accusations against MACC does not make me less sympathetic, less empathetic to the families of Teoh Beng Hock. But it does make me an enemy to their (that certain parties) eyes. My way of fighting for justice to Teoh is not by making accusations, but to wait for the investigations to be completed.

I would question the action of an aide of the deceased for refusing to cooperate with police, and if I follow the ‘standard operating procedure (S.O.P)’ of you-know-who, he might top the list of the possible suspects. After all who would not be suspicious of such refusal to cooperate. And speaking of suspicion, I would be careful or suspicious with someone who showed ‘extra’ anger and reacted in unusual manner (i.e shouting, kicking the door). Haven’t you heard of a story of a kidnapper who pretended to help and participate in search and rescue team to find the body of already murdered victim? Those kind of bastards do exists. (If and only if I follow ‘their’ S.O.P)

I’m not saying MACC should not be held responsible, they should if they are, but if they are not guilty, should they? Who knows they are guilty even before investigations are done?

Well only if you own a crystal ball.

Justice for Beng Hock!

Kenapa susah sangat untuk berbincang?!

Saya pernah menulis satu artikel di blog http://www.ruzaimiramza.wordpress.com menyentuh mengenai isu muzakarah ketika ia mula-mula timbul dalam perbualan politik tanahair. Pada waktu itu usaha ini melibatkan Tun Abdullah Badawi dan beberapa pemimpin PAS yang lain. Lebih kurang setahun selepas itu, perkara ini masih lagi hangat dibincangkan. Lebih-lebih lagi setelah berakhirnya Muktamar PAS ke-55 tempoh hari. Hampir setahun ‘bertikam lidah’, usaha baik untuk berbincang ini masih belum kelihatan.

https://ruzaimiramza.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/bermuzakarahlah/

Di dalam artikel yang saya tulis, saya konsisten dengan saranan dan desakan saya agar segala bentuk perbincangan atau muzakarah ini diusahakan dan diteruskan. Untuk kita menyelesaikan sesuatu masalah, kita harus bersemuka dengan masalah tersebut, dan bukannya lari daripadanya. Begitu juga dalam hal ini, apabila PAS mendakwa parti UMNO secara sejarahnya telah menjadikan muzakarah ini suatu yang mustahil bagi PAS, maka sewajarnya PAS perlu bersemuka secara terus dengan UMNO.

Memetik daripada artikel yang sama;

“Meletakkan segala perbezaan ditepi, dan menumpukan usaha kepada sasaran yang dipersetujui bersama adalah usaha politik yang teramat matang. Sebarang usaha kearah itu melambangkan kesediaan pemimpin untuk meletakkan kepentingan rakyat melebihi segalanya termasuklah keegoan sesebuah parti politik itu. Maka saya menyokong usaha muzakarah PAS-UMNO”

Sebenarnya tiada apa lagi yang perlu saya tambah didalam artikel tersebut, cuma saya ingin melontarkan persoalan dan kekecewaan saya kerana begitu lama masa yang diambil untuk menzahirkan muzakarah yang boleh menyelesaikan banyak isu-isu yang melibatkan rakyat dan negara.

Berdasarkan komentar yang diterima pula, sudah tentu ada yang menyokong dan ada pula yang skeptikal dengan pelawaan UMNO kali ini. Namun, harus diperhatikan, inisiatif muzakarah ini dicetuskan oleh Presiden PAS sendiri, mungkin atas kebimbangan beliau terhadap beberapa isu yang mungkin hanya dapat diselesaikan melalui muzakarah PAS-UMNO.

Namun, saya percaya, tiada siapa yang berada didalam kewarasan ingin menolak idea perpaduan. Walaupun usaha awalnya lebih menjurus kepada isu Islam-Melayu, namun jika perpaduan dapat dicapai dalam kelompok Islam-Melayu, tentunya Malaysia akan menikmati kesan-kesan positif daripada penyatuan tersebut. Jika kita meletakkan kesetiaan dan kepentingan parti politik melebihi segala-galanya, dinding perbedaan ideologi politik akan sentiasa menjadi penghalang utama perpaduan di Malaysia walau dalam apa bentuk sekalipun.

Mudah sahaja sifir yang saya guna, jika seseorang itu meletakkan kepentingan negara bangsa mengatasi kepentingan politik peribadi mahupun sesetengah kelompok tertentu, nyata idea bermuzakarah ini tidak akan menjadi masalah pun. Malahan, akan disokong sebulat suara. Pada saya politik kepartian ‘berakhir’ selepas keputusan pilihanraya diumumkan, kerana selepas itu adalah masa untuk bekerja untuk rakyat.

Terlalu sukar untuk kita duduk semeja berbincang sesama sendiri walhal yang hendak dibincangkan adalah hal masa hadapan negara bangsa sendiri. Mungkin sesetengah pihak dibayangi nostalgia lama, sampai bila kita hendak dihantui memori lama, bak kata pepatah Inggeris, ‘It’s time to move on’.

Terlalu lama masa diambil untuk merealisasikan impian ramai rakyat Malaysia yang sudah muak-bosan dengan terlalu banyak politiking didalam negara ini. Mereka mahukan affirmative action, dan melalui muzakarah ataupun perbincangan meja bulat, saya percaya banyak perkara yang mampu pemipin-pemimpin daripada kedua-dua pihak persetujui.

Sememangnya isu ini juga adalah merupakan satu ujian buat pemimpin-pemimpin dan juga pada mereka yang mengimpikan untuk memegang tampuk pemerintahan negara. Ujian untuk menetukan adakah mereka ini merupakan seorang negarawan atau sebaliknya. Tepuk dada tanya hati (bukan parti).

Saya akhiri nota ini dengan memetik kata-kata akhir yang diambil daripada artikel saya yang pada pandangan saya masih lagi relevan walaupun sudah hampir setahun ditulis.

“Apabila ada yang berani bersemuka menyatakan kekecewaan, cuba merungkai sebarang perselisihan, dan lebih penting lagi cuba mengemblengkan usaha diatas objektif yang dipersetujui bersama melalui dua platform yang berbeza, ada pula yang bersangka buruk.

Saya berpendapat, perbezaan adalah satu rahmat, persetujuan memerlukan hikmah dan hasil daripada persefahaman adalah berkat.

Pendapat saya, bermuzakarahlah demi rakyat!”

Why shoot PAS for a ‘crime’ they never commit?

Unity Talk divides, says an analyst in Malaysian Insider. Such action is allegedly to wedge the gap wider between Pakatan alliances. Akin an old Malay adage ‘rumah sudah siap, pahat masih berbunyi’, even after the curtain in Melawati Stadium was lowered signalling the end of PAS’s 55th Muktamar, debates on a list of controversies that arose from the meeting of the second largest political party in Malaysia still continues. PAS is now seen as an enemy not only to it’s own political ‘siblings’, but also to a certain faction in the PAS itself.

Judging from the attention given to the Muktamar, PAS has indeed evolved to the next level, from being a party that is only known amongst Muslims and Malays population to a party that also catches the eyes and ears of non-Muslims too.

The establishment of Pas Supporters Group plays a big role but not as big as the influence PAS enjoys from cooperating with DAP and PKR. One is seen as Chinese centered party while the latter claimed by it’s former Youth Chief, dropped the Malay agenda to embrace a multiracial platform. Whatever it is, these PR pact comes with a catch or two, PAS is seen as having to drop it’s own political agendas in order to stay in line with it’s allegiance to PR.

Many still remember how Husam Musa, former Vice President of Pas, was made to retract his fiery pledge to introduce Hudud in Malaysia, should Pas come into power, presumably via general elections. The protest call came flying from PAS’s own partner, DAP – which I believe need not to sacrifice many since joining PR. Husam’s pledge was made in front of PAS die-hard supporters, just for him to swallow it back a day later, after the pressure from DAP.

A call to ban Sister’s in Islam and willingness to talk to UMNO invites friendly fire from, who else, PKR and DAP. The strongest opposition to PAS doesn’t come from UMNO, ironically. Now, would PKR call UMNO’s open arms to any discussion with PAS on national issues as offering an olive branch again? Would DAP again walk away from Pakatan Rakyat, like what they did to Barisan Alternatif?

It is not surprising that PAS will be made as the black sheep of PR who now controls four states, including two richest states in Malaysia, namely Penang and Selangor. Mind you, they just lost control of Perak due to crossing over of three (four including Bota YB) assemblyman (and woman). Guess what, the three were from PKR and DAP, not PAS. So who should be telling who what is right and what is wrong now?

PAS want to be the driving force in PR, and they have the numbers (unlike the de-facto PKR leader), with more than a million active members, and an extensive grass root organizational structure, PAS is without doubt the most prepared, senior and capable party to lead PR. Hence, the call for PM from PAS should PR won the federal government in next general election is perfectly reasonable.

There are a fraction of PAS who sees it’s president as the best candidate to become the Prime Minister of Malaysia, while another fraction of PAS don’t believe so, instead opting for another candidate from a 10 years old party. Most of the troubles in PR now originated from PKR and DAP, especially in Penang and Perak. Hardly we hear PAS causing headaches to PR, until today.

My point is, why shoot PAS for a ‘crime’ they never commit? It’s no different than Internal Security Act which PR strongly opposed. PAS should be allowed (in fact, they need no permission to talk to anyone, anytime) to talk to UMNO or any other parties, NGOs or individuals on important national issues. If you can be stern on PAS’s call to ban Sisters in Islam, why ban UMNO from PAS’s contact list? The parties who had committed ‘crime’ are PKR and DAP, why PAS being made a scapegoat for wanting to discuss with UMNO?

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Bahaya Matlamat Menghalalkan Cara

Blog ini pernah membincangkan mengenai bagaimana sesetengah pihak cuba memalitkan persepsi buruk terhadap musuh mereka melalui pelbagai cara asalkan matlamat mereka tercapai.

Umum telah sedia maklum bahawa suhu politik Malaysia tidak pernah turun melepasi paras mendidih, airnya sentiasa berkocak dan menggelegak. Perkataan suam suam kuku mungkin sudah tidak wujud lagi dalam lautan politik Malaysia. Semuanya panas sahaja, demikian juga dengan cuaca di negara ini.

Memang benar, all is fair and equal in war and love, namun sebagai manusia yang bertamadun dan berakal, tidak seharusnya kita patuh kepada falsafah tersebut secara membuta-tuli.

Sejauh mana seseorang itu sanggup untuk merendahkan diri sendiri dengan menggunakan cara yang sangat tidak beretika, melanggar undang-undang serta tidak bermaruah untuk memastikan sasaran akhir mereka tercapai?

Dalam salah satu daripada episod drama politik tanahair yang sungguh berwarna-warni ini, ada pihak yang cuba untuk menjatuhkan kredibiliti Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dengan secara mengedarkan gambar palsu yang telah diedit menggunakan komputer demi memastikan rakyat akan mendapat mesej palsu yang cuba disampaikan. Jika sekalipun ramai yang tidak percaya,  memadai jika persepsi yang cuba disampaikan melalui gambar tersebut tertanam di minda mereka yang melihatnya.

Jika perkara ini dilakukan oleh cybertroopers parti dikalangan ahli-ahli biasa, mungkin kita boleh memaafkan enthusiasm ahli tersebut. Kita mungkin boleh lagi bersangka baik, mungkin beliau hanya ingin menonjolkan diri agar dihargai oleh pemimpin atasan. Tetapi perkara keji ini dilakukan oleh seseorang yang bertaraf Ketua Penerangan Parti politik, diletakkan pula didalam blog beliau, tidak cukup dengan itu, disebarkan pula kepada umum melalui ceramah-ceramah politik bagaikan peristiwa tersebut benar-benar berlaku.

Gambar sahaja mungkin tidak mencukupi, usaha untuk memburukkan sesuatu individu perlu lebih daripada satu cara. Artikel-artikel liar pula dihasilkan, dengan olahan cerita yang sangat menarik, pembaca boleh hanyut didalam kronologi dan jalan cerita yang sangat mencabar imaginasi itu. Dilakarkan tempat kejadian pembunuhan seorang model Mongolia dengan bayangan-bayangan watak-watak yang tertentu mengikut imaginasi penulis.

Akuan bersumpah sudah menjadi seperti tisu tandas, boleh ditulis, dan dimanipulasi mengikut kemahuan dan matlamat akhir masing-masing. Setelah selesai, yang membuat akuan tersebut akan ‘lenyap’ secara tiba-tiba. Dan tentunya plot cerita lebih menarik dan pembaca akan lebih seronok jika yang me’lenyap’kan si pembawa ‘kebenaran’ itu adalah watak antagonis yakni sasaran persepsi tersebut.

Pelbagai lagi usaha-usaha yang dilakukan untuk memastikan persepsi ini tertanam dalam minda umum, melalui blog-blog mereka yang berkopiah, yang memakai skirt, berbaju petak-petak merah, dan juga mereka yang tidur terselak kain. Bagai sudah hilang rasa takut menyebarkan fitnah. Atau mungkin sesetengah bloggers sendiri sangsi dengan fakta-fakta tersebut, tetapi demi mencapai matlamat, musuh politik hendaklah dijatuhkan by hook or by crook.

Selesai sudah usaha mereka memalitkan persepsi melalui cara-cara yang diragui status ‘halal’nya itu, mereka bingkas pula meminta tertuduh untuk membersihkan nama daripada persepsi yang mereka sendiri palitkan.

Portal berita online seperti Malaysia-Today juga memainkan peranan utama dalam memastikan persepsi ini bukan sahaja tertanam, malahan terus segar dalam minda setiap rakyat Malaysia. Malaysia-Today yang cuba dicorakkan portal tersebut adalah Malaysia yang mana rakyatnya mudah diperkotak-katikkan dan dipengaruhi dengan fakta separuh benar-separuh palsu. Malaysia hari ini yang diidamkan adalah Malaysia yang menghargai usaha menyebarkan fitnah lebih daripada usaha untuk mencari kebenaran.

Terbaru, portal berita popular tersebut, dalam usaha terbarunya untuk terus memburukkan nama Polis Diraja Malaysia, PDRM, telah memuatnaik video yang terang-terangan tidak melibatkan pihak PDRM, namun dinukilkan dengan begitu licik sekali agar pembaca-pembaca dapat ditipu hidup-hidup, dan matlamat mereka iaitu meng’hitam’kan nama PDRM akan tercapai. Satu cubaan yang menjijikkan pada pandangan saya, dan seharusnya dilihat sebagai cubaan memutarbelitkan fakta dan merosakkan kredibiliti PDRM.

Malangnya, tentunya ada sahaja golongan yang telah buta mata hatinya, ataupun sudah taksub dengan ‘ilmu’ ajaran Malaysia Today ini. Walaupun pada mata kasar pun sudah jelas video tersebut tidak melibatkan PDRM langsung, namun pada mereka apa sahaja yang disajikan ‘tuan’ mereka, mereka akan makan dan jilat.

Ini bukan kali pertama ‘kesilapan teknikal’ sebegini berlaku. Sayangnya, Malaysia Today mungkin menyangka setelah sekian lama, rakyat Malaysia sudah dibrainwash oleh tulisan-tulisan yang diterbitkan portal tersebut. Di bantu pula oleh Malaysiakini yang semakin hari semakin menampakkan kecenderungan mereka yang satu ketika dahulu cuba menonjolkan merekalah media yang tidak berat sebelah dan sebagainya.

Saya bimbang sekiranya, amalan-amalan matlamat mengahalalkan cara ini telah lama menjadi modus operandi mereka yang anti-establishment. Ianya bukan sahaja salah dari segi etika, undang-undang dan dari sudut moraliti, perbuatan-perbuatan keji sebegini akan menjadikan fitnah dan pemalsuan fakta sebagai perkara biasa dalam masyarakat dan lama kelamaan diterima sebagai norm.

Golongan-golongan muda adalah kumpulan paling ramai menggunakan internet sebagai sumber maklumat utama, dan pemalsuan fakta serta fitnah amat berleluasa dengan ganas sekali di alam internet ini. Selagi kita mengambil jalan untuk menelan sahaja apa yang diberitahu oleh ‘idola’ dan sesiapa sahaja yang disokong, padahnya ialah apabila mereka ini berkuasa kelak.

Tapis segala maklumat yang diterima, jangan ditelan bulat-bulat. Setiap cerita punyai dua sudut, dan kita perlu menilai sesuatu cerita selepas melihat dan menganalisa secara adil dan saksama. Kematangan politik tanahair bermula dengan generasi muda yang prihatin dan bertanggungjawab.

Mereka sudah biasa dan lali dengan modus operandi ‘matlamat menghalalkan cara’, sudah tentu apabila mempunyai kuasa yang lebih besar, kita seharusnya menjangkakan ‘kejutan-kejutan’ yang lebih besar.

Memetik rangkap daripada puisi bekas Mufti Perlis, carilah ganti berbudi tinggi. Bukan perompak ganti pencuri .

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Sehari bersama anak-anak Istimewa, yang Istimewa hanya pada nama.

Pada hari khamis yang lalu, bertempat di Taman Perbandaran Tanjung Chat, Kota Bharu, saya berpeluang untuk meluangkan masa ber’sukan’ bersama-sama anak-anak Pusat Asuhan Kanak-Kanak Spastik (PUSAKAS) Kelantan. Kira-kira 100 orang terlibat termasuklah anak-anak PUSAKAS, tenaga pengajar, staf sokongan dan juga beberapa orang sukarelawan, termasuklah saya.

Pengalaman meluangkan separuh hari bersama warga PUSAKAS bukan hanya memberikan impak yang besar kepada saya, malahan membuka mata saya akan kepayahan dan kesusahan yang dihadapi oleh anak-anak Istimewa ini. Yang dimaksudkan disini bukan kerana kekurangan fizikal dan mental mereka sejak lahir lagi, tetapi dari segi kedaifan dan kekangan-kekangan dari segi sokongan ekonomi, dan logistik yang mereka hadapi.

Malam sebelumnya, saya menerima panggilan daripada ‘Guru Besar’ PUSAKAS yang meminta saya membantu beliau untuk hari sukaneka tersebut. Tanpa banyak bicara, saya terus bersetuju. Secara kebetulan, ketika itu saya sedang menunggu pesawat AirAsia untuk pulang ke Kota Bharu.

Pada hari tersebut, saya tiba beberapa minit selepas jam 8 pagi dan melihat khemah-khemah pasukan sedang dinaikkan dan dihias, seperti hari-hari sukan di sekolah-sekolah biasa, mereka pun ada pasukan kuning, merah, hijau dan biru juga! Saya terus bertanyakan tugasan saya dan lekas untuk menyediakan peralatan-peralatan berkenaan.

Di tempat letak kereta, dua buah bas yang maha usang dilihat membawa anak-anak Istimewa ini, dan juga perkakas-perkakas yang diperlukan untuk sukaneka tersebut. Pasukan hijau membawa pokok-pokok bunga hiasan untuk diletakkan di khemah, pasukan kuning pula lengkap dengan rambu-ramba berkilat.

Anak-anak semua memakai baju mengikut warna pasukan masing-masing, tiada logo Nike, mahupun Adidas pada baju tersebut. Hanya kain kapas biasa dengan tulisan hitam PUSAKAS di belakang baju mereka. Saya gembira melihat mereka begitu teruja untuk beraksi! Perasaan gembira terus bertukar menjadi sedih melihatkan ada diantara mereka yang hanya mampu terlantar di atas tikar, ada pula yang berlari mundar-mandir tanpa tujuan.

Itulah, anak-anak Istimewa seperti yang kita juga ketahui dengan panggilan Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU).

Sambil saya menghakimi perbarisan masuk setiap pasukan saya sempat terfikir sejenak, apa itu maksud ‘Istimewa’ pada panggilan yang diberikan kepada mereka? Adakah kerana bentuk fizikal mereka ‘Istimewa’? Kerana mereka tidak mampu melihat, tidak mampu berjalan seperti biasa, ataupun tidak mampu berfikir seperti orang-orang yang normal?

Yang saya lihat dihadapan saya pada waktu itu adalah golongan kanak-kanak yang memiliki kekurangan fizikal dan mental dan tidak diberikan keistimewaan walau sedikit pun.

Istimewa pada pandangan kita yang normal adalah pakaian yang mahal, perhatian yang tidak pernah lekang, makanan yang sedap dan mewah. Itu adalah takrifan layanan Istimewa, namun adakah anak-anak Istimewa ini dilayan sebegitu rupa? Makanan tengahari mereka hanyalah mihun goreng pucat dan air sirap yang saya tidak nafi sedap, namun adakah itu hidangan Istimewa?

Sebaliknya saya bertanggapan istilah Orang Kurang Upaya perlu digantikan dengan Orang Kuat Upaya! Mereka berusaha lebih daripada orang normal untuk mendapatkan sesuatu yang ‘remeh’ pada pandangan orang normal.

Sebagai contoh, kita orang normal akan bising jika sistem penghawa dingin dalam bus rapidKL tiba-tiba rosak, tetapi orang normal ini tidak pernah pun lihat bas usang yang digunakan sebagai pengangkutan utama anak-anak Istimewa ini, guna aircon semulajadi sahaja!

Tidak cukup dengan kedaifan logistik, Pusat Asuhan ini juga amat terdesak dari segi kewangannya. Jika dilihat tajaan-tajaan yang diberikan untuk Akademi Fantasia contohya, jika hanya 1 peratus daripada jumlah tajaan tersebut disalurkan kepada anak-anak Istimewa ini, tentunya baju sukan mereka akan dihiasi dengan logo Nike mahupun Adidas, makin semangat anak-anak ini bersukan.

Eh, kita pun kalau baju pasukan futsal bukan Nike atau Adidas, mungkin ada yang tak mahu main.

Mungkin Kelantan negeri yang tidak seberapa kuat keadaan kewangannya, namun tak mungkin perkara-perkara seperti peruntukan untuk membantu golongan kurang upaya ini tidak dibentangkan dalam belanjawan negeri?

Kerajaan pusat pula jangan terlalu percayakan mereka yang dipertaggungjawabkan untuk menjaga kantung wang badan-badan kebajikan seperti ini. Seharusnya mereka memantau secara terus transaksi kewangan agar tiada yang ketirisan.

Golongan anak-anak Istimewa ini bukan hanya Istimewa apabila tiba pilihanraya, ataupun apabila untuk menunjukkan sokongan di Parlimen, saya ingat pada satu ketika dahulu, segerombolan orang-orang kurang upaya ‘menyerang’ Parlimen apabila Karpal Singh di’hina’ oleh salah seorang ahli Parlimen. DAP bingkas bangun untuk bersuara bagi pihak OKU, tapi hingga hari ini saya masih belum dengar suara sokogan DAP untuk PUSAKAS.

Memang benar saya tidak seharusnya membuat tuduhan terpilih seperti ini, namun ini hanyalah sebagai contoh pembuka mata bahawa kadang-kadang apa yang ahli politik ini buat adalah untuk kepentingan mereka sahaja, tidak lebih daripada itu.

Natijahnya, anak-anak Istimewa PUSAKAS akan terus menggunakan bas-bas usang tersebut, mereka akan terus diberi layanan yang TIDAK ISTIMEWA walaupun diberi gelaran anak-anak Istimewa.

Mereka tidak mampu berjalan sejauh yang kita mampu, segelintir pula tidak punyai kemampuan untuk berfikir seperti insan normal, hidup mereka sebahagiannya (jika tidak sepenuhnya) bergantung kepada kita yang normal ini. Mereka Istimewa bukan kerana kecacatan fizikal atau mental yang mereka alami, tetapi kerana kewujudan insan-insan yang normal yang ingin memberikan sesuatu yang Istimewa buat mereka. Tidak kiralah dalam bentuk bantuan serta sokongan tenaga, kewangan, moral, logistik dan sebagainya.

Hadirkanlah bantuan kepada mereka, ukirkan senyuman pada wajah-wajah anak-anak Istimewa.

Mereka Istimewa bukan hanya pada nama….

p/s: Pujian dan Tahniah tidak terhingga kepada warga pengajar, staf sokongan serta sukarelawan yang sudi membantu, anda semua juga Istimewa kerana menjadikan hari anak-anak tersebut satu hari yang Istimewa.

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Will we ever learn? Ref ~ Malaysiakini

Judging from the latest progress in Malaysia’s politic, in Perak particularly, few things can be learned by all of us, the spectators. As I list down few important lessons to be observed by us, the rakyat, we should not stop praying that one day, some one will stand up and bring us out from this hell hole created by those people who claimed themselves as the rakyat’s representatives. Let us throw back this hell straight to their faces, so that by doing so they will get back on track – to serve us, the people.

Lesson No. 1

Don’t steal anything from others, if you couldn’t accept the fact someone else stole something that is yours.

Well, not to say that stealing is OK, it is not, in any given circumstances. I’m just using the analogy of stealing because it’s the best to show how politician actually say things without even thinking. Why did I say so? Looking back after the historic political tsunami on 8th of March 08, we saw how 5+1 states was wrestled from BN by PR via general election. Well done, I must said. PR deserved the 6 states, because the people voted them in. Yes indeed people in Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan, Wilayah Persekutuan and Perak voted them to run the state governments NOT federal government.

However, as a malay adage goes “diberi betis nak paha pula”, Anwar Ibrahim with confidence and full determination said that PR will takeover federal government on 16th of September 08, few months after the election via crossing overs of BN lawmakers. Since then, PR lured BN MPs to jump ship, they attack, they persuade, they stalked, they chased them up to Taiwan, everything they could do to claim Putrajaya. Nasarudding of Bota jumped ship first, into the open arms of Anwar Ibrahim as he announced his latest ‘catch’ in a press conference in PJ. “This is a start of many more crossovers”, “From Bota to Putrajaya” So they started to hit the drums in joy and confidence. Their feet weren’t at all on the ground.

Then suddenly, they dropped face first to the ground!

Three ADUNs in Perak switched from PR to BN, and this caught everyone especially Anwar by surprise. To add salt to the wound, Anwars short lived blue-eye boy, Nasaruddin of Bota, made the most ‘unsangkarable’ U-turn by returning back to BN. Anwar Ibrahim and PR was brought back and down to earth by their own ‘weapon’.

Like a verbal diarrhea, all blames were targeted to BN. One of Anwar’s favourite ammo is statutory declaration, and in no time, one statutory declaration implicating Najib trying to lure ADUNs with cash was brought to the media. Issues of morality regarding issue of crossing over now becomes relevant, something PR never talked about few months back.

If you are not prepared to face the same consequences that your enemy would have experienced as a result of your homemade weapon, therefore don’t pull the trigger, or simply just don’t even talk about it!

I guess lesson well delivered. Well learned? I don’t know.

Lesson No. 2

Morality and Legality, they do not tend to get along together, as you might expect it to

Two issues that happened last month brought me to this point. The first issue is party hopping, and the other one is Elizabeth Wong semi-nude pics.

Remember when Anwar fired his first salvo regarding 16th September plan? BN leaders came to the surface and tried to give an impression that such move by Anwar is immoral, since Anwar tried to takeover Federal government through backdoor. Even I did write an article condemning such act, on basis of morality. Obviously, both sides, be it BN or PKR, never thought of morality. Not even the slightest touch of it. The proofs, when Nasaruddin of Bota jumped into PKR, Anwar didn’t say anything about morality, furthermore, Nasaruddin was lifted as the hero, the brave, the fighter who realized BN is not the right party to him.

Nasaruddin was none of above, at least to PKR supporters’ minds, 10 days after the historical move (quoting from Anwar Ibrahim). From zero to hero, or should I say from hero to zero. Either way, what he did was legally OK, but if you try to debate on basis of morality, we are going nowhere, trust me.

Similarly, when Elizabeth Wong semi-nude pics were circulated in cyber world, the issues of morality and legality arose. This time, I have to admit that Eli Wong is the victim of breach of personal space, but I’ve seen so many pictures of politician’s sons, daughters, and wives being used to paint negative image on particular politicians. This has been a practice in Malaysia’s politics for as long as I can remember.

Okay, let’s put aside Eli’s case, since it has been made a police case, let’s not interfere with police’s investigations. I had also written an article on doctored pictures produced by political party supporters in an effort to defame, and give negative implication on their political enemy. I strongly condemn such act. And if it doesn’t ring any bells still, I should just mentioned the name of the culprit here, you know Tian Chua?

If you don’t, he was the one who wanted to ‘smash’ reporters’ head when asked about any possibilities that he once had a relationship with Eli Wong. Both are singles so people do get curious sometimes.

Okay, so let’s not get ourself mixed up. Morality and legality should be hand in hand, but in Malaysia’s politic, we hardly see that being the case so often.

Lesson No. 3

If you don’t know the content of the constitutions, don’t try to interpret it, experts do at times contradict themselves

This lesson, I will not take credit for. Because, this point was raised by Jebat Must Die (www.jebatmustdie.wordpress.com). When there are confusions with regards to federal or state constitutions, few names will appear in electronic media or press, giving their side of understandings according to their own specialties. The likes of Prof Aziz Bari from UIA, Prof Agus of UKM and others were made the point of references by the media. Even among themselves, we do get different interpretations on the content of the constitution.

But this time, one name that is alien to me surfaced. Tommy Thomas, the constitutional expert, a lawyer by profession is quoted by Anwar Ibrahim in his blog to give pro-PR interpretations of the constitution. Nobody put it more clearer that Jebat Must Die, I thanked him for writing an article highlighting on how inconsistent this so called constitutional expert is, that goes by the name of Tommy Thomas. It’s a worthwhile read, you’ll be amazed by how people can tailor their ‘knowledge’ to justify according to their belief or loyalty to party or certain people.

Back in October 2008, Tommy Thomas (if it is the same person as above) was interviewed by The Nut Graph. This Constitutional expert reiterated time and time again in his interview that it is within the powers of the Monarchy to select who would be the Prime Minister.

Since the state constitution of Perak follows closely to the Federal Constitution, we can juxtapose what he is saying then to the situation we have now in Perak.

Among the pertinent points he said were:

“Then Abdullah would have to visit the palace and inform the king that he has lost the confidence of his own party, and so tender his resignation and the resignation of his cabinet. And the king will accept that.

When that happens, there is a vacancy in the office of the prime minister. At that point of time, the king has a free hand, because Article 43(2)(a) [of the Federal Constitution] — the appointing process — comes into play. The king can decide whether he calls the new leader of the Barisan Nasional (BN), which will be Najib; or somebody else who, in the king’s judgment, enjoys majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.”

Note he continued on to say that dissolution of the Parliament is not necessary:

“As outlined in Article 43(4), if Abdullah himself feels he has lost the majority support for whatever reason, including that he is losing support within Umno, he is entitled to visit the king [to do the following]. He can tell the king he wants to tender his resignation and that of his cabinet because he thinks he no longer enjoys the support of the majority of the lower house (the Dewan Rakyat), and ask for Parliament to be dissolved. And call [for] elections.

He is entitled to ask [which is one of his prerogatives as sitting prime minister]. But it is the king’s prerogative whether to say yes or no. The king can take into account the interests of the nation, economic factors, political turbulence, the fact that elections were held recently, the costs involved, etc. But the discretion is the king’s.”

He even became nostalgic in order to strengthen his point of views:

“We are invited to interpret Article 43(4) which reads: “If the PM (JMD : in this case the MB) ceases to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives, then, unless at his request the Yang diPertuan Agong dissolves Parliament, the prime minister shall tender the resignation of the cabinet.”

What we are trying to do is find out what is the intention of our founding fathers. That is what the task is all about. How do you interpret those words?

Who are the founding fathers? First, the five members of the Reid Commission — two members from the UK, one from Australia, one from India and one from Pakistan — the senior Commonwealth members. The other group of people are Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun VT Sambanthan and Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

What we are trying to do is interpret their words, 43(4), with the intention they had in mind. Some legal experts have said it is limited to a poll, a vote of no confidence in the Dewan Rakyat. My argument is that cannot be the intention because if it is so limited, then the language would have been something like this: “If the Prime Minister is defeated on a motion of confidence in the House of Representatives, then…” So you see the opening words of 43(4) and my imaginary version are very different…the actual wording is far more general, broad and wide, whereas the other is specific and limited to one method.

But the important thing is that it is the king’s satisfaction that matters. The king must be satisfied that the prime minister of the day no longer enjoys the confidence of the majority of the lower house. So what that means actually is that the king cannot act arbitrarily; there must be some objective facts, some proof, some reason for him to act.

How he goes about satisfying himself on this point is up to the king.”

This is from the same lawyer that is representing Pakatan Rakyat now! Of course during that interview, he was justifying whether can Anwar Ibrahim, the potential usurper, be a Prime Minister through crossovers. All Pakatan Rakyat supporters hailed those interviews as a reference point at that time.

Now, they are singing a different tune.

However, since all Pakatan Rakyat lawyers are highly principled and beyond reproach, I am sure they will not flip flop their way in front of public’s eyes. Hopefully V. Sivakumar did not choose the wrong lawyer. Anyway, by being the lead counsel to question the Sultan’s decision, are we now suppose to think that his interviews back in last October were rubbish?

Just asking.

Bravo to JMD, and I finished my article with that. Hope that’s not too heavy for you to read. I hope I will not write about Perak fiasco any longer, this has been going on for ages now. It has to stop, politician should set their minds on economy. Recession is a real thing and with how things are going now, recession might hit Perakians harder.