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KAJANG: Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who made the announcement during the party’s special convention to amend the party constitution, said Zaid’s inclusion will boost PKR’s agenda to promote democracy and freedom of expression.

He added that Zaid was known to be vocal against the Government’s arbitrary use of the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Zaid had resigned from the Government last year due to dissatisfaction over the use of the ISA on a reporter, a web portal editor, and a Selangor state executive council member.

In welcoming Zaid on Saturday, Anwar commended him for his bravery in fighting for human rights, democratic principles and for the independence and reform of the judiciary.

“Zaid’s close friendship with colleagues from PKR, DAP and PAS will help strengthen the inter-party relations in the Pakatan Rakyat.

“His role in PKR will be formalised by the leadership later. Due to his experience Zaid may be given a seat in the supreme council and head the political bureau,” he told reporters.

Zaid said he had decided to join PKR and not the DAP or PAS as his political ideals were similar to PKR which he described as a multiracial party that fights for the rights of Malaysians.

“I choose this day to join because this is also a historical day for PKR (to amend its constitution). I’m offering my services as I also have friends in Pakatan Rakyat component parties, and I know Anwar is a good man,” he added.

Zaid resigned from the Government in September last year in protest after he criticised the arrests of DAP MP Teresa Kok, online portal editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, and Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng under the ISA.

The former Kota Baru MP was also seen mingling with Pakatan leaders at their functions before he was sacked from Umno in December last year.

For years I’ve been following the political situation in Malaysia and I’ve never came across a man such as Zaid Ibrahim, who stood-by his principle. How many of the present or the past ministers will/have willingly quit their post if what they are instructed to do was against their principle. NONE except of course Chua Soi Lek. But then again that is because of different issue. However I still salute him for being a gentleman who accepted his wrong doing and resigned.

I have great respect for a someone like Datuk Zaid for his openness and  I believe that should he be given the opportunity to run the country, corruption and  cronyism will be a thing of the past. Many ex-ministers and politicians will find themselves in court for all the corruptions they did during the past years. We need someone like Zaid to make things happen when the present or past government can’t even dare to think, let along do i.e. fight corruption.

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To Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Anakdesa salutes you!

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mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 12 – Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today suggested the Internal Security Act (ISA) should be used against corrupt Umno members.

He also backed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the best candidate in the race for the Umno deputy presidency while suggesting that the other two challengers are involved in money politics.

“That’s a good way to use ISA, not for some writer who writes nonsense,” he said of corrupt Umno members and also in an apparent reference to Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, who was released recently from ISA detention. (The Malaysian Insider)

For once Anakdesa seems to agree with what Tun Dr Mahathir said. But why only now is he singing the song? Why not while he was the Umno president? Anyway, money politics is not some thing that is new or unheard of in Umno. It has been there since day 1 of the Umno baru but has there been any concrete action taken to stop it? NO, nothing concrete except for some window dressing action by the disciplinary committee. Almost half of the delegates be it at the branch or division level are all tainted with corruption. That is how Umno is and will always will be. A corrupted party! If at party level, corruption is rampant, I wonder how it is in the government!

If Umno is to adhere the advise of their former president than my sincere condolence to Umno as I guess more then half of the Umno party leaders will be in Kamunting Camp – holidaying!

Errrr…..will Syed Hamid sign his own detention order?

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A Hero or A Racist ?
A Hero or A Racist ?

GEORGE TOWN: Suspended Bukit Bendera Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail was given a warrior’s welcome, complete with presentation of regalia such as a keris (traditional Malay sword), when he turned up for the division’s delegates conference.

Ahmad was on Sept 10 suspended from Umno and stripped of all party posts for three years following an uproar over race-related statements he made in a ceramah (political address) in Permatang Pauh.

He had described Malaysian citizens of Chinese descent as pendatang (immigrants). ( The Star )

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Well, I’m not against any Malaysian given a warrior’s welcome nor being made a warrior by his/her supporters. And I wouldn’t be surprised that this Ahmad Ismail be conferred with the highest award, maybe a ‘Tun’, in the near future for his racist remarks regarding the Chinese as immigrants. To his supporters that was a very heroic action and should be sensationalised to garner the support of their race. Funny but true, when he described Malaysian citizens of Chinese descent as pendatang (immigrants), it is just like the kettle calling the pot black. Should anyone wishes to express such remarks in future, it is most advisable for them to check their own background first.

It was reported that Ahmad Ismail had been suspended and stripped of all party post for the remarks he made during the Permatang Pauh by-election. Generally the people see the action to suspend him was just as a cover-up action by the Umno. I take that the Umno leadership concurred his action as we can see todate eventhough police reports were made against him, no court action was taken. But pity Ms Tan Hoon Cheng, the reporter who reported what was said by Ahmad Isamil, was detained for 18 hours under the ISA. The joke here is when the Home Minister justified the detention with the excuse of “for her personal safety”! What crap was this Syed Hamid Albar talking is everyone’s guess!

And now it seems that the suspension made no different to Ahmad Ismail as he is still the voice in the Bukit Bendera Umno division in the form of the division’s adviser. Bet that the newly elected division head, Abdul Jalil Ariffin is only a sit-in for Ahmad Ismail till the end of his suspension!

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RPK happy to be freed

RPK happy to be freed

Yesss…I am glad that I was wrong this time round in my previous article and I hope that it will stay the way it is i.e. Anakdesa was wrong with his crystal ball!

Now I know that I can’t depend so much on my ‘GuruWhatEver” to tell me the future. Been twice that this ‘guru’ of mine made me blushed. I think I’ll change to a new ‘guru’. Thinking of ‘Gurusamy’ to guide me and foresee the future lahh!

KAJANG, Fri: The Home Ministry will not dispute the decision of the court to release blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA), said its minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. Read more…

Ijust hope that this guy will keep his words. I’m still crossing my fingures because sometimes my ‘GuruWhatEver’ can be right!

Congratulation RPK!

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 SHAH ALAM: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin succeeded in his bid to obtain a release order from his two-year detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

High Court judge Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad allowed the blogger’s habeas corpus application on Friday.Justice Syed Ahmad also ordered for Raja Petra to be brought to the Shah Alam High Court before 4pm Friday for his immediate release.Upon hearing the court decision, the crowd seated at the packed public gallery clapped and cheered.

This prompted the judge to tell the crowd that “this is a court of law”, which caused the court to be silent, albeit briefly.

The court erupted again with claps and shouts from the public gallery when the judge said that Raja Petra had to be brought to the court for his release on the same day.

At the outset of court proceedings, Justice Syed Ahmad ruled that the grounds for the detention order by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for the blogger did not fall under the scope of Section 8(1) of the ISA.

Therefore, the judge said the Sept 22 detention order was unlawful.

Raja Petra was detained on Sept 12 on the grounds that he had intentionally and recklessly published articles which were critical and insulted Muslims, the purity of Islam and the personality of Prophet Muhammad.

It was said to have caused anxiety and anger among Muslims in the country. He had also allegedly published defamatory articles concerning national leaders which could affect public order and prejudice national security.

He was said to have published the said articles in the Malaysia Today news portal between Jan 16 and Sept 12 this year.

The Home Minister was named as the sole respondent in the application.

Raja Petra was taken to the Kamunting detention camp on Sept 23.

The minister had issued the order against the blogger under Section 8 of the same Act.

However, the judge said Section 8 of the same Act is constitutional as it falls within the ambit of the Article 149 of the Federal Constitution.

(Article 149 is regarding actions to be taken against anyone who participates in any activities which could pose a threat to national security even if it violates their fundamental liberties).

“I find that there is no merit by the counsel’s argument that Section 8 is unconstitutional as it does not fall under Article 149,” he said.

“Section 8 can only be reviewed under procedural non-compliance as provided under Section 8B(1) of the same Act,” he added.

On lead counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar’s argument that the order was mala fide (in bad faith), Justice Syed Ahmad said: “Mala fide is not procedural non-compliance under the ISA,” he said.

The judge said the court only has the power for judicial review for matters which violated the procedures under the ISA.

The judge also commented that the ISA was promulgated not only to counter communism or subversive activities but also to halt any activities which caused a threat to national security.

Outside the court later, Raja Petra’s wife Marina Lee Abdullah said she was very happy with his impending release.

“I am glad that everything turned out well as I had hoped. It is a fantastic breakthrough. “I hope there will be a change in the country,” said Marina, who was accompanied by daughters Sarah, 19, and Suraya, 34. ( The Star ) 

Happy Marina
Happy Marina

Though I welcome the news with great joy knowing that God protects the righteous, still I am a bit worry with the attitude of the Home Minister who is known for his arrogant attitude. He will find any means before 4pm to ensure that RPK is back behind the bars. Maybe sign another last minute ‘order’.

I wouldn’t be supprise that RPK will enjoy a few minutes of freedom and re-arrested again outside the courtroom. This we have seen happened and might happen again – TODAY!

No one wish to be wronged but I hope and wish I am wrong this time round for the sake of justice!

Justice is done today and I hope the Government especially the Home Minister will honorably accept the court verdict. The righteous will not be shackled under any circumstances, that is if the game is played under fair circumstances.

I foresee the coming days would indeed be very exciting with RPK back with more vengeance!

Welcome “HOME” RPK!

 

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In my previous article, I was both right and wrong. Right I was, because one (Abdul Razak Baginda) was released and wrong I was because two (Police Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar) were ordered to enter their defence. Based on the kopitiam talk, I predicted that all three would be released.

Now that political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted by the High Court of abetting in the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, the big question that lingers in the mind of all kopitiamers is “Who actually ordered the murder?”

The kopitiamers were debating among themselves on the motive for Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar to commit such a sinful act. That is if they are guilty! Did they acted on their own, got some explosives, which in the first place they don’t even have the authority to do so, and blow up this Mongolian girl they don’t even know? Or was it a call from their “god” to carry out the murder? If it was, who was this “god” of theirs? Or were they paid to do those crimes?

When the case was called up once again, the judge was keen to hear the accused defence but set November 10 after counsel for Azilah, Datuk Hazman Ahmad, and counsel for Sirul Azhar, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, sought time. Hazman informed the court that he may call six to seven witnesses while Kamarul Hisham said he wanted to call blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin to testify and recall private eye P. Balasubramaniam to the stand.

Raja Petra is being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA). He had made a statutory declaration linking a top politician and his wife to the murder. Balasubramaniam had also made a similar statutory declaration but retracted it three days later in another sworn statement. ( SabahTimes )

This case is getting even more interesting with the defence calling Raja Petra Kamarudin to testify and to recall private eye P. Balasubramaniam to the stand. Can Malaysian see the light of justice at the end of the tunnel for Altantuya?

I guess the mastermind must be having a sleepless nights with cool sweat when the defence intended to call these two men to the stand. And I can’t wait to hear what RPK got to say or what worms from the can will he spill out this time! Well RPK, this is your chance to nail the real man/woman behind the murder! And the divine act is to get the real murderer/s to where they should be! HELL!

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Would you in future, dare to make a police report against police abuse of power like the case of former CID Director Ramli or any other cases such as corruption?

What would you expect if you do? Charged with spreading lies about the police and face being arrested under the draconian ISA!

Is this what you call justice when you make a police report and get arrested?  Who do you go to complain to expose injustice and abuse of power in the police force without having the fear of being arrested? Are the police trying to discourage the public to make reports of abuses in their force?

I am speechless as to what has happened to Suaram activist Cheng Lee Whee! She made a police report accusing the police of abuse of power in the forced eviction of squatters in Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah, Johor. Rather then investigating the report made, she was arrested under the ISA. Is this what our Government’s dictionary define as terrorism so much so that it was right to invoke ISA?  If it was true, as claimed by the police, that she was “spreading false information”, then she should have been charged under the Sedition Act.

Is it a such convenient tool for those in power to shut down dissent and to cover their abuses.

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