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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 )


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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KUALA LUMPUR: A police beat base in the Chow Kit area of downtown Kuala Lumpur was closed down because it was in a location that was considered unsafe, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. ( The Star )

Another brain damage statement by our learned Home minister. Indirectly is he saying that any area that is unsafe should be derive of a police beat base? To me, that’s what I think he meant or will he say another twisting statement after this to further confuse the people, just like he did when Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA). A man with a twisted mind with a twisted tongue!

If that’s the case, may as well close all police beat base as crimes are every where in the country. No wonder there are so many unsolved crimes nowadays as police are only in safe places where there is no crimes. Unsafe places are for criminals warlords. Is this country going to have a two separated area? One a safe area oversee by the police and unsafe area oversee by the gangsters? Gangsters now must be more influential that even the home ministry is afraid. Are policemen only to fabricate and arrest innocent people and are afraid of the criminals?

Syed Hamid said the beat base was located in a dirty area where there was a possibility of being exposed to contagious diseases.

Aiyoo….at least he knows that BUT what is the government going to do about it? If it is dirty with contagious diseases as he said? LET IT BE? Let the area be so contagious so that other innocent people will be infected? Is it not the Home Ministry’s duty that these area be raided and cleaned up of being a “red street”?

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PUTRAJAYA, 24 Sept — It is inappropriate of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah to interfere in the affairs of another ministry, said Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

The home minister said Murugiah’s action – in speaking on behalf of Seputeh Member of Parliament Teresa Kok on complaints she was not served proper meals while in detention under the Internal Security Act – was akin to being a spokesman for the opposition.

“What he has done is not right. I hope he knows how to look after his own turf. He should not interfere in another’s affairs…that is not his work.

“If there is a problem, he should take the matter to the prime minister,” he told reporters after a breaking of fast with staff of the Immigration Department and orphans here today.

On Monday, Murugiah met Kok over her claims that while in detention, she was served meals which comprised just two boiled eggs, cucumber and gravy. — Bernama

Another kind of an arrogant remarks by Syed Hamid. He is now really trying to show-off his authority. At times, I wonder whether his recent actions was to bring down the PM indirectly by making the PM responsible and loss further support from inside UMNO as well as outside. For this I should really thank Syed Hamid. Keep up with the good work and may that shiny egg give you more ideas how to quickly show the PM the door out.

In fact this is the kind of people that made UMNO in it’s present situation! Don’t blindly blame solely on the PM but his men such as this very guy. As I have mentioned in my previous articles, this is the type of ARROGANT leaders which is always one of the causes that will bring their downfall!

How do we expect our country to progress if another leader can’t even comment on others. Why can’t Syed Hamid take the action by Murugiah with good faith and as a constructive action. Maybe he is trying to tell Murugiah that he is better then him, so keep quite!

( Updated 25/09/08 ) Murugiah comments Here

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Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim told a 20,000-strong rally that he had the numbers to form a new government and wants to meet with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to discuss a handover.

“Tomorrow is the D-day. We are ready to form the government. We have the numbers and we are ready to announce tomorrow.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 people.jpg“Tomorrow, we are ready. But the best time (for the takeover), I tell you, is when we meet the prime minister.

“A peaceful transition is paramount,” he added, conceding that there will not be a change of government tomorrow as he had promised earlier.

According to him, Pakatan Rakyat has submitted a letter to Abdullah today seeking a meeting for a smooth transition of power.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 anwar.jpg“We have the numbers but we want to meet with Abdullah, show him the evidence and work out a handover because we want a peaceful transition,” he said to the jubilant cheers of the crowd.

The opposition leader also did not provide more information on how many MPs Pakatan has in the bag and the number of government defectors.Anwar will need at least 31 defectors from BN and perhaps over 40 for a stable Pakatan government.

“I believe that the government will fall in the next few weeks,” he told journalists after the rally.

The massive crowd had earlier gathered at the Kelana Jaya stadium in Petaling Jaya to celebrate Pakatan’s ‘Hari Malaysia’ celebration.

ISA dragnet slammed

Anwar, who began his 45-minute speech at 10.45pm, also emphasised the importance of Sabah and Sarawak to Malaysia.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 stage.jpgHe criticised the ruling Barisan Nasional for pursuing a divide-and-rule agenda at the expense of the two east Malaysian states.

“This is the first time ever a celebration of this scale is being held to recognise that we are one – that Sabah and Sarawak are part of Malaysia,” Anwar told the crowd.

He added that he would declare Sept 16 a national holiday when he takes over the government.

Anwar also slammed the Abdullah-led government of practising racial politics, which he said led to last Friday’s arrests of three people under the Internal Security Act.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 big screen.jpgHe urged the majority Malays not to be swayed by BN policies.

“The Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) benefitted only the rich and elite Malays, not you,” he said.

Anwar also said that he would reduce fuel prices by 70 sen the very next day after forming the government.

Most of those in the crowd are at the stadium tonight in the belief that Anwar would make an important announcement on the formation of a new government, which the PKR leader has repeatedly claimed he would do by tomorrow.

High expectation

Earlier, Anwar entered the venue at about 9.40pm to thunderous chants of ‘Reformasi!’ and ‘Merdeka’.

Many Pakatan leaders were already at the stadium, most of them also believing that Anwar would make an important announcement at the rally.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 leaders.jpgPenang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, when asked if there would be a surprise announcement, merely said: “Wait for Anwar”.

Guan Eng and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang had earlier entered the stadium to loud cheers.

Many people on the ground whom Malaysiakini spoke to also expressed confidence of an impending change.

“He may reveal the first batch of defectors and maybe on how they will approach the king. I think they will wrap it up and form a new government by the end of this month,” said retiree G Maniam.

‘I am surprised at how fast things are changing,” said another Pakatan supporter at the stadium, Anthony Tong.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 crowd.jpgThe 52-year-old accountant from Cheras said that he would not be disappointed even if Anwar managed to seize power by the end of this year.

“What Anwar has said will happen soon as all the people are backing him. The change of government will happen very soon now,” said Nursikin Bahrom, a 23-year-old student.

“Anwar has promised us a new beginning and we will support him when the battle begins on the 16th… he is our new prime minister and the BN should realise this,” said businessman Abdul Aziz Rashid, 36.

Don’t invite police, military

Meanwhile, PKR information chief Tian Chua said the three-member opposition alliance had already secured a simple majority in parliament and that more government lawmakers would defect later.

pakatan rakyat sept 16 gathering crowd waving flagBut he said there were concerns that the coalition – which has ruled since independence from Britain 51 years ago – would stoke conflict in order to justify a crackdown to keep itself in power.

“We want Abdullah to assure us there will be no repressive force used, like involving the police or inviting the military to take control,” he told AFP.

Tian said the opposition’s push had been helped by the detention of an opposition politician, a prominent blogger and a journalist under draconian ISA.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908f flag.jpg“Abdullah’s final crackdown made people lose hope that he is ever going to be a liberal reformer, which he promised,” he said.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar defended the detentions but said it was a police operation and not his idea – comments ridiculed by the opposition, which said he and Abdullah must be held accountable.

Spirits were high at the stadium, which was adorned with Malaysian flags and posters demanding the release of the opposition politician and the blogger – who remain in custody while the journalist was freed.

At the rally, Anwar set out an agenda to fight corruption and protect the rights of all citizens in Malaysia.”The Pakatan Rakyat government will uphold justice, a free judiciary, a free media and a professional police force,” he said.

(Merican Din)

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