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Kelantan: Nik Aziz, Ariffahmi Gate & Bola Sepak

Nik Aziz

1. 18 tahun Nik Aziz jadi Menteri Besar Kelantan, sepanjang aku hidup, hanya Nik Aziz yang jadi Menteri Besar negeri kelahiran aku.

2. Dalam ramai-ramai ahli politik Malaysia yang memegang kuasa lebih daripada 15 tahun adalah Tun Dr Mahathir, Samy Vellu, dan Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. Dua sudah berhenti, dua lagi belum.

3. Perlu rasanya diberi peluang kepada orang lain. Makin lama makin rosak imej baik Nik Aziz. Bukan kerana tuan punya badan itu sendiri, tetapi orang-orang disekelilingnya. Termasuklah juga lelaki yang puteri Nik Aziz panggil suami.

4. Setelah lama memerintah, ada juga yang telah terlebih mengangkat Nik Aziz ini. Sehinggakan apabila Nik Aziz ini tersilap, pantang ditegur pantang dikritik. Yang melucukan, bukan Nik Aziz yang tak mahu terima teguran, tetapi manusia-manusia yang ingin menumpang pengaruh Tok Guru, seperti Anwar Ibrahim dan lain-lain.

5. Orang pertama yang perlu ditegur apabila melakukan kesilapan adalah golongan ulama’. Apatah lagi jika ulama’ itu seorang pemimpin kerajaan. Ayat-ayat seperti ‘jangan sentuh Nik Aziz’, ‘Andai saya kata MARA!’ dan sebagainya tak perlulah dilaung-laungkan. Kita tahu Nik Aziz telah melakukan kesilapan, iaitu dengan melantik menantu beliau sendiri memegang jawatan paling tinggi dalam sebuah syarikat berkaitan kerajaan negeri.

6. Orang-orang PAS dulu panggil perangai ni NEPOTISME semasa menghentam Mahathir dahulu.

Ariffahmi Gate

1. Pendedahan berani Syed Azidi ‘Kickdefella’ membuka pekung yang sudah lama menutup bau busuk dada-dada sesetengah makhluk yang berselindung disebalik jubah dan minyak atar. Berbotol-botol minyak atar pun sudah tidak mampu nak menutup bau busuk itu.

2. Rakyat disuap dengan berita Kelantan adalah negeri yang bersih rasuah, korupsi dan salahguna kuasa. Namun, peristiwa pemecatan Kickdefella menandakan bermulanya pembongkaran satu demi satu salahlaku yang selama ini tersembunyi.

3. Ahli keluarga Nik Aziz berdiri dibelakang Ariffahmi, memang itu pun yang dijangkakan. Lumrah hidup berkeluarga, yang salah pada mata mereka semestinya orang diluar rumah.

4. Yang menarik dalam kontroversi ini adalah campurtangan exco tertentu yang dikatakan ingin menggantikan tempat Nik Aziz sebagai Menteri Besar. Siapa dia Exco itu, tanya Nik Amalina, puteri Tok Guru.

5. Menyedihkan, di tahun-tahun akhir Nik Aziz sebagai MB, imej beliau tercalar, rasa hormat mungkin sudah berkurangan, hanya kerana Nik Aziz tidak tahu dari segi moral salah melantik menantu ke jawatan yang bertaraf  ‘Datuk Bandar’. Namun, kenaifan bukan alasan, dalam politik ini peluang buat lawan.

6. Akan ada episod seterusnya, akan ada kontroversi baru. Jika Ariffahmi meletakkan jawatan hari ini pun, saya harap pembongkaran-pembongkaran ini tidak akan berhenti. Kepada yang berhati busuk, tetapi gemar mandi minyak atar tu, lambat laun akan terkantoi juga dan boleh la kita sama-sama campak dalam ‘air char’.

Bola Sepak

1. Pengurusan baru terbukti berjaya bawa nafas baru buat pasukan bolasepak Kelantan. Tan Sri Annuar Musa yang sudah tidak ada apa-apa jawatan dalam kerajaan negeri membuktikan beliau boleh mengurus pasukan bola sepak dengan baik. Urus negeri? Allah sahaja yang tahu.

2. Dulu ada satu kes penjaga gol, Halim Napi, sepak pemain lawan. Haramkan terus Halim Napi daripada pijak rumput Stadium Sultan Mohammad V tu. Budaya bolasepak itu sudah lama patut ditinggalkan. Bawa budaya baru, orang puteh kata ‘sportmanship’, menang macam ‘gentleman’, kalah pun mesti ‘gentleman’

3. Sayang sekali penyokong tenggelam dalam emosi yang melampau, macam Skinhead seronok dibuai lagu dendangan ACAB. Banyak perkara-perkara baik penyokong Kelantan yang patut ditonjolkan, bukannya amarah dan kependekan akal sehinggakan sanggup membakar kerusi dan memusnahkan harta benda. Tak kena langsung dengan title rakyat negeri Serambi Mekah.

4. Musim baru, pemain baru, azam baru, budaya pun kena baru. Harap dapat kita hidupkan suasana EPL dalam Liga Super. Apabila ‘match day’ kita akan tengok seluruh Kelantan lumpuh. Lumpuh sebab semua pun pergi ke Stadium.

Kelantan

1. Kelantan bukan hanya berkenaan Tok Guru, Ariffahmi dan Bolasepak. Kelantan perlu dijadikan pusat ekonomi rantau Timur.

2. Perancangan-perancangan Kerajaan Negeri bukan hanya untuk tontonan orang-orang terdekat sahaja sebaliknya perlu diumumkan kepada semua dan melibatkan semua.

3. Apa sektor yang boleh Kelantan banggakan, apa hasil utama pertanian negeri ini? Apa industri pembuatan utama Kelantan? Sektor pendidikan pula, adakah kita sudah mantap? Kemana arah kerajaan negeri selepas ini. Mungkin sama sahaja jika Menteri Besar pun sama.

4. With all due respect to Tok Guru, I think the time has come. Kelantan pun perlukan perubahan, perlukan ‘change’. Ada Obama Kelate yang sanggup?

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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!

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.

Biar berotak, bukan jadi macam otak! ~ Ref Malaysiakini

brainSudah menjadi tabiat yang sebati dalam diri penyokong-penyokong fanatik sesebuah parti politik, jika dengar sahaja kenyataan ataupun fakta yang tidak memihak kepada mereka, yang tidak enak didengari oleh telinga mereka, cepat sahaja mereka melatah.

Sedikit fakta perubatan, organ yang paling ‘bijak’ dalam badan manusia adalah organ yang paling ‘bodoh’ apabila bertindakbalas terhadap sesuatu kecederaan (insult), apakah organ tersebut? Ianya adalah otak.

Otak hanya mampu untuk ‘mengembang’ sebagai respon kepada sebarang kecederaan, lama-kelamaan tekanan dalam tempurung kepala akan meningkat dan akan menyebabkan kerencatan pada fungsi otak. Begitulah organ yang paling kompleks dan ‘bijak’ dalam badan kita bertindak.

Serupa juga, apabila kita mendengar sesuatu keputusan yang tidak memihak kepada kita, kita terus memberikan respon yang negatif berulang-ulang kali, seperti contoh caci-maki, hina-menghina, dan menghamburkan kata-kata kesat dan juga fitnah, sikap kita tidak ubah seperti otak. Lama kelamaan, kita akan lemas dalam aura negatif yang terhambur daripada diri kita sendiri.

Asas penubuhan negara kita terletak pada kesediaan pengasas negara untuk duduk semeja dan mengenepikan segala pertelingkahan untuk mencapai satu cita-cita yang sama.

He (Tunku Abdul Rahman) declared his pride in the way “we have created Malaysia through friendly argument and compromise. The spirit of co-operation and concord is living proof of the desire we share for a common destiny.” This spirit he called the very “basis of Malaysia” and its “augury for the future.”

Excerpt from article UMNO now and then, http://www.razaleigh.com

Sudah lenyapkah perdebatan sihat dikalangan kita, adakah sekarang tanggapan hollier than thou mengatasi kewarasan pertimbangan akal masing-masing? Setiap hujah yang tidak enak didengari kita buang jauh-jauh tanpa meneliti akan kebenaran hujah tersebut.

Malaysia akan berada dalam kerugian jika sekiranya masing-masing ingin bertelagah, tidak kiralah apa pegangan politik yang dibawa sekalipun, jika kita masih meletakkan diri dalam ‘tempurung kepala’ yang sempit itu. Think outside the box, sudah letih pakar motivasi menerangkan konsep tersebut.

Berotak tak bermakna menjadi seperti otak.


Rekayasa UMNO ~ Ref Malaysiakini

Pertama kali saya mendengar ayat ‘rekayasa’ digunakan adalah pada perhimpunan Agung UMNO tahun lepas iaitu didalam ucapan Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. Perkataan ini, jika tidak silap saya, diterjemahkan daripada perkataan Inggeris, re-engineering. UMNO perlu direkayasakan, begitulah mesej Timbalan Presiden UMNO ketika itu.

Jelas sekali, ucapan orang nombor 2 dalam hierarki UMNO ini juga adalah merupakan satu retorik yang boleh juga diumpamakan sebagai masuk telinga kanan, keluar telinga kiri. Kenapa saya berfikiran sedemikian? Jika ahli-ahli UMNO cakna dan responsif kepada saranan tersebut, sudah tentu UMNO tidak akan terjerumus dalam situasi kacau bilau ini. Bukan pula niat saya untuk menuduh ahli-ahli UMNO, sebaliknya seluruh gerak kerja UMNO mempunyai saham dalam merangka kejatuhan UMNO.

Usah dibicarakan peranan Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Husam Musa dan lain-lain pemimpin PR, kerana sudah menjadi tugas mereka untuk memastikan kejatuhan UMNO.

Apakah  intipati proses merekayasakan UMNO?

Saya kategorikan kepada 3 perkara iaitu; 1. Pembersihan UMNO daripada najis rasuah, 2. Merakyatkan UMNO , dan 3. Peremajaan UMNO.

1. Membersihkan UMNO daripada najis rasuah

Seorang sejarawan ulung pada awal kurun ke-19, Lord Acton ada menyebut;

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

UMNO dan parti-parti komponen lain dalam Barisan Nasional telah memerintah negara selama lebih 50 tahun lamanya. Tidak semestinya  tempoh pemerintahan yang lama itu dikaitkan dengan kuasa mutlak (absolute power), akan tetapi setelah sekian lama berada di zon selesa, tentunya ada yang mula merasakan kuasa yang ada itu merupakan kuasa yang mutlak. Maka, tidak hairanlah jika korupsi, dan rasuah begitu berleluasa didalam BN kerana mereka yang memegang kuasa.

Perkara yang sama juga dapat diperhatikan di negeri-negeri yang diperintah pembangkang, contohnya di Perak, belum cukup setahun PR diberi mandat, sudah ada beberapa tangkapan berprofil tinggi berkaitan rasuah dan salahguna kuasa. Bukankah kuasa ini precursor kepada korupsi seperti yang disebut oleh Lord Acton? Maka ironi sekali jika ada sesetengah pihak yang ingin berkuasa untuk menghapuskan rasuah, kerana kedua-duanya datang dalam bentuk pakej, beli satu, percuma satu.

Mungkin ada yang berhujah, korupsi dan rasuah wujud sejak zaman kegemilangan Rome, jadi tidak seharusnya UMNO-BN dipersalahkan dalam hal ini. Saya pula bertanggapan, dengan tidak menafikan amalan korupsi dan rasuah ini akan terus wujud dalam mana-mana jua kerajaan di dunia ini, satu mekanisme untuk mengawal amalan tidak bermoral ini hendaklah dipraktikkan bukan hanya melalui badan kehakiman, perundangan, penguatkuasaan sebaliknya hendaklah juga dijadikan tertib serta etika wajib dalam parti masing-masing.

Penubuhan SPRM diharapkan dapat mempercepatkan lagi proses pembersihan ini. Konsep hukuman ini tidak bermakna menangkap semua yang melakukan kesalahan, tetapi ianya juga bertindak sebagai peringatan buat mereka yang berniat untuk melakukan rasuah, ataupun mereka yang mengamalkan rasuah tetapi terlepas.

Saudara Novandri mengulas penuh mengenai topik pembersihan UMNO ini didalam blog beliau.

Makanya seperti kata penulis, isu pendakwaan beberapa pemimpin dan ahli UMNO membawa harapan yang positif. Akan tetapi, penulis juga ingin menyarankan agar mereka yang didakwa itu bukan hanya ‘ikan-ikan bilis’ di dalam UMNO. Yang sama pentingnya ialah ‘jerung-jerung besar’ juga patut didakwa tanpa rasa takut!

2. Merakyatkan UMNO

Intipati ini tampak mudah dan ringkas, tetapi pada pandangan saya, inilah yang paling sukar, lebih sukar daripada usaha membanteras rasuah.

Imej UMNO sudah bersebati dengan status bangsawan, golongan kelas tinggi dan semakin hari, semakin jauh daripada capaian rakyat yang mengangkat pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO ini. Saya sentiasa membayangkan terdapat 3 golongan manusia dalam sesebuah parti politik, kumpulan kecewa, kumpulan berkepentingan peribadi, dan juga kumpulan yang ikhlas. Malang sekali, jumlah didalam dua kumpulan pertama yang disebut jauh mengatasi jumlah didalam kumpulah akhir itu. Maka tidak hairanlah jika kumpulan ikhlas ini tidak diberi platform dan peluang sewajarnya untuk berbakti. Natijahnya, UMNO sudah tersasar jauh daripada jangkauan rakyat biasa. Ini belum lagi kita buka cerita mengenai sikap sesetengah pemimpin yang liat untuk turun padang, dan hanya tahu untuk makan gaji buta.

Kerja merakyatkan UMNO ini memerlukan sokongan akar umbi yang sangat kukuh. Ianya memerlukan komitmen daripada semua merangkumi pucuk pimpinan dan juga akar umbi. UMNO perlu dilihat sebagai satu enjin yang mempunyai bunyi deruman yang sama, memacu pada kelajuan yang sama, dan yang penting sekali menuju ke satu destinasi yang sama. Sehingga ke hari ini, masalah dalaman UMNO tidak henti-henti melanda, tiada peluang langsung untuk UMNO bertindak, ataupun mungkin peluangnya tiba, tetapi tidak dimanfaatkan atau tidak disedari oleh pimpinan tertinggi. Kesibukan melobi dan berkempen untuk jawatan mungkin mengkaburkan mata calon dan juga perwakilan.

Kuala Terengganu telah menjadi saksi, apabila calon UMNO yang dilihat sebagai elitis dan tidak mesra rakyat ditolak dalam pilihanraya kecil parlimen Kuala Terengganu. Bukan seorang atau dua pengundi yang tolak, tetapi 2000 lebih. Jika UMNO tidak dilihat bersama rakyat, BN perlu bersedia untuk mengambil alih peranan Pakatan Rakyat dalam Parlimen pada pilihanraya umum ke-13 kelak. Isunya bukanlah menjurus kepada kesediaan atau kemampuan PR untuk memerintah ataupun tidak, sebaliknya untuk memastikan kedua-dua pihak pembangkang dan kerajaan sama-sama bersedia untuk berkhidmat, dan bukan hanya menangguk di air keruh atas kelemahan pihak lawan.

Bagaimana untuk merakyatkan UMNO, perkara pertama adalah memecahkan halangan status yang menjarakkan pemimpin dan rakyat. UMNO ditubuhkan oleh rakyat, paksi kepada perjuangan UMNO adalah marhaen. Tiada istilah ‘I know best’ dalam politik. Merakyatkan UMNO bermula dengan proses merakyatkan diri setiap pemimpin terlebih dahulu.

3. Peremajaan UMNO

Dalam pilihanraya umum ke-13, hampir 50% pengundi adalah terdiri daripada golongan muda. Kecenderungan muda-mudi sekarang adalah bukan kepada UMNO ataupun Barisan Nasional, buktinya boleh dilihat pada pecahan pengundi mengikut saluran pada data pilihanraya umum ke-12, pilihanraya kecil Permatang Pauh dan juga pilihanraya kecil Kuala Terengganu. UMNO tewas dialam siber, alam yang menjadi tempat lepak terbaru golongan muda-mudi.

Terdapat pelbagai punca UMNO gagal diremajakan. Pertama, dasar langit tertutup peringkat cawangan, kedua, kekurangan daya penarik pada dasar dan prinsip UMNO, dan ketiga, kegagalan untuk mengetengahkan serta memberi peluang kepada pemimpin muda untuk meningkat dalam parti mahupun di peringkat nasional.

Dasar langit tertutup pada peringkat cawangan adalah titik permulaan kepada hilangnya sokongan orang muda kepada UMNO. Ramai graduan universiti tempatan mahupun luar negara yang dinafikan peluang untuk berbakti melalui UMNO cawangan. Menyedihkan sekali apabila golongan cerdik pandai muda ini dilihat lebih sebagai ancaman berbanding rakan yang boleh memberikan lebih manfaat kepada komuniti secara khususnya. Untuk memastikan Ketua Cawangan kekal sebagai Ketua Cawangan dalam pemilihan parti, mungkin kehadiran ahli yang lebih pandai akan dapat menggugat posisi mereka, maka mereka mempraktikkan prinsip ‘cegah sebelum parah’. Sayang sekali, prinsip tersebut tidak terpakai dalam situasi ini.

Jika kita lihat, PKR mengetengahkan Nik Nazmi sebagai ADUN paling muda dalam pilihanraya yang lepas, dan diikuti pula dengan ramai lagi calon-calon bawah paras umur 40 tahun yang bertanding. Tentunya calon-calon ini akan mendapat lebih sokongan golongan muda, atas sebab hanya orang muda yang mengerti keinginan orang muda. UMNO pula masih giat meletakkan muka-muka lama yang ada diantaranya yang sudah 5-6 penggal menjadi ahli parlimen untuk sesuatu kawasan. Memang benar, undi golongan berusia masih menjadi milik UMNO-BN, namun rancangan jangka masa panjang perlu difikirkan, jika pada peringkat bahagian lagi khidmat orang muda sudah dinafikan, mungkin UMNO akan mengalami proses penuaan yang kekal – akan nyanyuk.

Daya penarik UMNO diakui sudah tidak begitu menarik lagi. Ini dinyatakan juga oleh calon Timbalan Presiden, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Di sini saya meletakkan kesalahan pada bahu sayap pemuda yang ternyata agak kurang berkesan dalam menarik perhatian pengundi-pengundi muda. Pendekatan yang diguna pakai mungkin sudah obsolete serta ketinggalan zaman. Kehendak utama golongan muda tidak dipenuhi, kegagalan UMNO berubah mengikut peredaran masa akan terus menenggelamkan UMNO daripada menjadi pilihan golongan muda. Pemuda hendaklah lebih cergas, lebih tangkas, serta lebih responsif kepada isu-isu yang menjadi perhatian golongan muda masa kini. Mereka lebih berminda terbuka, mereka mahukan kebertanggungjawaban dan etika dalam pemerintahan, mereka juga mahukan keikhlasan.

Attack is the best form of defense

UMNO sudah sekian lama berada didalam gear undur (reverse) yang nyata tidak menguntungkan parti itu dan juga rakyat keseluruhannya. Sudah tiba masanya untuk UMNO mengambil langkah yang lebih proaktif dan responsif serta menukar gear kepada menyerang. Mengikut kata pujangga “attack is the best form of defense”, maka semestinya kegagalan untuk menyerang akan membuka peluang buat lawan untuk terus memberi tekanan, dan sepertimana yang kita boleh jangka, a crack will open wider under pressure.

Saya menulis mengenai UMNO adalah bertujuan untuk memastikan parti ini terus ada di arena politik tanahair. Di samping ingin melihat Pakatan Rakyat mengukuhkan tapak di persada politik tanahair, saya juga ingin melihat BN berada di tahap yang tinggi, supaya benchmark yang perlu dicapai oleh PR juga tinggi, vice versa. Kerajaan yang kuat adalah kerajaan yang mempunyai check and balance yang juga kuat. Melalui politik sebegini, Parlimen Malaysia akan mengeluarkan akta-akta dan dasar-dasar yang terbaik dan berkualiti. Kesannya akan dapat dinikmati oleh rakyat dalam bentuk kesejahteraan, keamanaan dan keselamatan.

http://malaysiakini.com/news/97107

Bukang Abang Mat, Bukang Azmang ~ Ref Malaysiakini

benderapaspetak1PAS pilih calon luar kotak

http://www1.mstar.com.my/cerita.asp?file=/2009/1/1/mstar_mutakhir/20090101225516&sec=mstar_mutakhir

Abdul Wahid Endut (ADUN Wakaf Mempelam) jadi pilihan PAS untuk lawan Wan Farid. Tamat sudah pertelingkahan antara puak Erdogan dan puak Ulama’ dalam PAS, yang masing-masing mengetengahkan calon pilihan yang dekat di hati masing-masing.

Walau bagaimanapun, kuasa di tangan Presiden PAS, Haji Hadi Awang telah memilih bukan Muhammad Sabu, ataupun calon favourite pilihan bloggers, Syed Azman. Sebaliknya Abdul Wahid Endut, yang mungkin pada sesetengah orang (saya sudah diberi hint oleh seorang rakan), satu keputusan yang tidak dijangka-jangka.

Now the game is on, Wan Farid akan bertembung dengan Wahid Endut. Di harap kempen pilihanraya akan diwarnai isu-isu politik yang akan menggambarkan kematangan politik tanahair seperti yang digembar-gemburkan. Walaupun, sudah ada tohmahan yang dilemparkan keatas calon BN, Wan Farid melalui gambar beliau yang sedang berkaraoke bersama ahli keluarga.

Kenapa Wahid Endut? Calon pertengahan yang dipilih? Adakah perebutan antara dua pihak dalam PAS sudah terlalu kritikal? Atau sekadar ingin menunjukkan bahawa Presiden mempunyai kuasa menentukan apa yang terbaik buat parti. Mungkin juga sebagai membuka mata ahli PAS yang berpresidenkan Anwar dan bukan Hj Hadi.

Jauhi politik murahan, jika BN yang mencanangkan keburukan lawan melalui fitnah, busuk nama Melayu dan Islam. Jika PAS yang menjuarai perang fitnah, caci-mencaci ini, buruklah agama Allah.

Seperti kate orang ganung, bukang Abang Mat (Oghang luor), Bukang Syed Azmang (YB Batu Bughok), tapi kejutang, takde sape jangke.

p/s: Wakaf Mempelam, aku pernah pancing Ikan Haruan kat sawah tepi rumah saudara disitu.

http://malaysiakini.com/news/95524

Selamat berdemokrasi!

Israelis MUST stop killing Palestinians at once!! ~ Ref Malaysiakini

I switched on my television and this news was reported in SkyNews. Total number of 315 Palestinians killed of which 51 is civilians, while 1 Israelis dead from a missile shot by Hamas. By the way, they reported Gerrard being held by Police due to assault first, followed by this ‘not-so-important-to-them’ news of the atrocities created by Israel.

SkyNews kept on talking about the one Israelis casualty instead of the 315 and increasing number of the death of innocent Palestinian in an attack which is intended to wipe out the whole Palestine territory from the world map.

This is a crime in broad day light, and yet UN is keeping mum, and the self proclaimed ‘World Police’ is doing nothing either.

Malaysia’s ex-Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir in his usual skeptical yet eye-opening article stressed on this modern day terrorism.

http://test.chedet.com/che_det/2008/12/terrorism.html

11. Not only were they defeated but Israel grabbed more Arab land. At each attempt to regain Palestinian land, Israel together with America and Britain seized more Arab land.

12. In the area of Palestine which the Israelis have not seized, Jewish settlements were set up. Roads were built on Arab land which the Arab Palestinians are not allowed to use. High walls are built to break up Arab villages, preventing the villagers from contacting their close relatives even.

13. In the meanwhile the world watched the expulsion of Arab Palestinian and their plight with little concern and less sympathy.

14. Against the powerful Israeli forces the Palestinians could do nothing. They have no guns or tanks or fighter planes. Angry and frustrated they tried guerrilla war. But this was to no avail.

I urge all readers to at least have some heart and demand this unlawful, disrespectful act of modern terrorism to STOP. And it must be stopped immediately and the leader of Israel must be brought to war criminal court.

I quote from George W. Bush..

” … I think War is a dangerous place…”, and yet he was the one responsible for the war in almost all middle east countries.

Thank God he is no more President of United States in days to come. Will Obama bring new Hope to the Palestinians? Did I hear more of “Yes he can” or “No he can’t”?

I strongly condemn the war, and urge all leaders in this world to urge Israel to stop this war by any means possible.