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Anwar’s role in PKR and the question of democracy

May 28, 2007
To me, Anwar and his party should not be overly concerned about the so-called democratic process. After all, democracy is not a perfect system that is so sacred, rigid and dogmatic. Political leaders must do what it takes to strengthen their party, rather than worrying about the norms and rules of democracy. I heard the Speaker of the congress addressed Anwar as ‘ pemimpin utama’ ( supreme leader ) when he invited him to take the stage as the last speaker. We all know that such title or position is not in the PKR’s party constitution; but it really does not hurt the party as the President of the party happens to be Wan Azizah. If the President is someone else, it would be highly questionable or even objectionable. Yes, Anwar is the de facto leader of PKR. If there was no sabotage from the ROS, Anwar would have been elected officially as the President, the real supreme leader of PKR. 

I don’t see why we could not view Anwar as the numero uno of his party. We look forward to work with Anwar and his party leaders to face the Barisan Nasional.

 Analysts: Anwar faces comeback hurdles

May 28, 07 3:17am Malaysiakini
Barred from public office and beset by party grumbles, former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has big hurdles to overcome if he is to return to the political frontline.Anwar’s unexpected decision over the weekend to withdraw his candidacy for the presidency of the opposition PKR party has left both himself and the movement in a difficult spot, analysts say.For now the party will continue to be led formally by his wife, Wan Azizah Ismail, after another contender also pulled out of the leadership race at its weekend national congress. But in the longer term it puts a big question mark over Anwar’s attempt to return to Malaysian politics.“Anwar seems to be facing different sets of pressures now at a time when he cannot afford to lose support,” commented Yang Razali Kassim of the School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

PKR has been banking on Anwar’s star quality to gain support for the party, whose profile has declined since its creation in the wake of his 1998 sacking from government.

The once heir-apparent to then-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was dropped after being jailed for six years following sodomy and corruption charges.

The sodomy charge was overturned in 2004 and Anwar was released, but he is barred from public office or holding any position with a political party until April 2008 because of the corruption conviction.

Anwar said his decision not to run for the leadership of PKR was because of fears its registration could have been cancelled.

“My problem is that the party comes first. ‘Anwar’ should not be the reason to sacrifice the position of the party,” he told the 2,000 delegates.

However he said he would remain as the party’s de facto leader behind the scenes, arguing he could still be effective without an official post.

That left some observers sceptical.

“It will be interesting to see what role Anwar will be playing, after all this,” independent political analyst Khoo Kay Peng told AFP.

“He has positioned PRK as a party that fights for democracy, but he being a de facto leader is a mockery of democracy.

“It is a political blunder on his part right from the beginning,” he said.

Dissent from within

Anwar also had to deal with dissent from insiders after a party official questioned his legitimacy as a prospective leader.

Another prominent party official, S Nallakaruppan, resigned last week, saying Anwar had told him to withdraw from the contest for the party’s vice-presidency.

PKR itself is not faring too well as a party. In the last 2004 general elections it won only one parliamentary seat, for Anwar’s wife.

“What he is trying to do is to put up a political point that the government is trying to stop him from making a comeback, he is playing a victim’s role,” Khoo said.

“But core national issues are more important to Malaysians than petty party positions.”

Yang Razali said Anwar’s ambitions of leading the opposition into the next elections, due by 2009, will stumble if he faces internal conflict.

“He is always known as a bridge-builder for the opposition,” the political analyst said, “but even in PKR he is facing dissent, so it does look like the opposition will be affected if he cannot overcome this.”

– AFP

Dinner: Reclaim PJ Parliamentary and State seats

May 28, 2007

Congratulations to the PJ Action Team for the successful dinner held in Sg Way (Seri Setia) a while ago.

Sec Gen Lim Guan Eng and deputy sec gen Chong Eng came all the way from Bukit Mertajam and Kota Melaka respectively to give the potential candidates in PJ their greatest support.

Other speakers tonight include Lau Weng San (PJ Action Team Chairman), Ean Yong Hian Wah (Selangor state chairman), Liew Ching Tong ( DAPSY leader), Thomas Goh ( PJ Action Team Treasurer), Tony Pua ( Economic Advisor to Sec Gen DAP), Rama ( Chairman of Kg Tun Razak ).

In my speech, I criticised the MCA local elected reps for not helping the residents and villagers. I also explained what has happened to my OSA case ( no fruther development) and the compensation I won from the case against the former IGP some six months ago was still not paid to me.

I did an opinion poll on the spot and to our delight, majority of the supporters said Yes to opposition cooperation; only 3 persons said No. I have no time to ask them why but I did use the opportunity to explain why we should get the opposition parties to work together.

In my speech, I explained why DAP leaders believe that the coming GE will fall in November this year ( NOV 25, to be more precise) or latest by March 2008. 

I also expressed my deep regret that the voters who lived in Jalan 4 and Jalan 18, Sg Way were fooled by Chew Mei Fun and Dr Wong Sai Hau in the 2004 GE. They were promised land titles immediately after the GE but guess what, their homes were all demolished by the authority in 2006. Both Chew and Wong did not even give it a fight. Not only that, they even failed to get the rightful compensation for many of them: No monthly rental subsidy of RM120 per family. No transport/ moving cost subsidy. No homes for second family…

But it’s too late for the residents who have trusted Chew and Wong. Chew has even gotten a promotion after the 2004 GE. There’s nothing the villagers can do except for voting against the two in the coming general elections.

Other speaker touched on issues such as mother tongue education, quality of tertiary education, freedom of religion, the importance of voters registration, rampant corruption and abuse of powers, increasing crime rates in PJ and Selangor, the restructuring of police force to fight crimes, the reasons for strengthening the DAP and other opposition parties, the NEP and income divide, the sexist Umno MPs ( we played the video clips of the relevant Parliamentary seating) and what should we expect  from a state assemblyman and Member of Parliament.

Everyone in the audience agrees with DAP speakers that Malaysia is not a better place to live after Abdullah has taken over from Dr Mahathir. We were all greatly disappoineted with the performance of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Syabas & Tahniah kepada PKR!

May 27, 2007

Congratulations to PKR for its successful congress. All the best in your future struggle.

Thank you Malaysia Today and TV Kelantan for the live-telecast.

We look forward to work with PKR in the interest of the RAKYAT. 

The new line-up:

Supreme Leader (Pemimpin Utama) : Sdr Anwar Ibrahim

President

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail* (won uncontested)

Deputy president

Dr Syed Husin Ali* (won uncontested)

Vice-presidents

Azmin Ali* 724
Dr Lee Boon Chye* 630
Mustaffa Kamil Ayub* 604

Sivarasa Rasiah (by appointement)

Jeffrey Kitingan (by appointment)

Sec Gen Khalid Ibrahim (by appointment)

Treasurer William Leong ( by appointment)

Information Chief Tian Chua ( by appointment)

Election Director Azmin Ali (appointed)

Deputy Election Director Fuziah Salleh (appointed)

Strategy Director Saifudin Nasution (appointed)

Supreme council members

Dominique Ng*
Dr Badrul Amin* 
Dr Mansor Othman* 
R Sivarasa 
N Gobalakrishnan 
Dr Zaleha Mustaffa 
Yahya Sahri* 
Johari Abdul* 
Irene Fernandez* 
Christina Liew* 
Usaili Alias* 
Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad* 
Latheefa Koya 
Saiful Izham Ramli* 
Osman Abd Rahman* 
Badrul Hisham Shahrin 
Ansari Abdullah 
Animah Ferrar* 
Khalid Jaafar 
Zakaria Abd Hamid 

* Incumbents

Shamsul Iskandar is now the new PKR Youth Chief

May 26, 2007

Acting PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar, a lawyer by profession, has beaten other contenders in an intense race. We look forward to work with his team in facing the challenges of the coming general elections.

Wan Azizah returns as President without contest

May 26, 2007

At the 11th hour, both Anwar Ibrahim and ARO pulled out from the race, thus enabling Wan Azizah to retain her position as the President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat unopposed today.

Yesterday, the ROS has officially rejected Anwar’s application to contest for the presidency of PKR. Without the consent of the ROS, Anwar is only free to contest after 5 full years from the day of release from the prisons. He will be free to contest any position (including Parliamentary or State seat in the general elections) after April next year.

This sabotage came from the ROS (who ‘s controlled by AAB) has denied Anwar an opportunity to lead PKR to face the coming general elections.

PKR Youth congress completed without incident

May 26, 2007

Apart from the four hours delay, PKR Youth congress went on smoothly without any incident. Political observers are watching the congress very closely and many of them feel that the under current was orchestrated by outside forces together with certain elements within the party. If you ask me, I would say some of them who have chosen to leave PKR at this juncture was actually a ‘blessing in disguise’ for the 8-year-old party.

The contest for the PKR Youth leadership was so intense that the result would not be out until Saturday morning. We hope Angkatan Muda Keadilan could sail through this difficult time with greater commitment, perseverance and unity. 

On the other hand, the Registrar of Society has rejected Anwar’s application for political right to hold party position. This new development has inevitably quashed a rumour which was circulated in the streets for some time(whereby Anwar will certainly get the green-light to contest because he has an understanding with Abdullah Ahmad Badawi).

For a long time, BN leaders and detractors of Anwar have been saying that the reason for Anwar not holding any significant position in PKR was simply because he still harbours hopes to rejoin Umno. Now that Anwar has chosen to contest for a seat against all odds ( to the extent of ignoring the law that bars him from contesting) , he has demonstrated that  he has chosen PKR as the only political platform for him.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media (even Internet portals like Malaysiakini was not spared) continue to discredit Anwar and his party. I believe Anwar and PKR as a whole will be strong enough to overcome all hurdles, and to emerge stronger and more united.

KeADILan Vs Umno

May 22, 2007

Parti KeADILan Rakyat (PKR) will be holding its national congress and election in Seremban from Friday to Sunday this week. The party’s 1,800 delegates will elect its President and 20 supreme council members to lead the party as well as facing the coming general elections.

Time and again, those who were critical about PKR have said that this is a party for Anwar Ibrahim. Nothing more, nothing less. And that was said at the time Anwar was still in jail. And what would they say now that Anwar is running for the presidency and very likely to be elected (unless sabotaged by the Registrar of Societies)?

We would know better what PKR would lead to after Anwar has taken over the party leadership from Wan Azizah.

Before that, let’s examine what Anwar has been saying in terms of national policies, versus Umno.

PKR under Anwar  Vs Umno under Abdullah

Multi-racialism Vs Ketuanan Melayu (Malay Supremacy)

No to NEP   Vs Yes to NEP (New Economic Policy)

Freedom of Religion Vs Islam supremacy in the name of Islam ‘Hadhari’

Multi-culturalism Vs Dominance of Malay culture

Promote mother tongue education Vs  Suppress mother tongue education

Freedom of Information Vs Control of Information

I for one believe that Umno is corrupt to the core and ‘condemned beyond repair’. No one should harbour any hope to change Umno from within or without. It’s time to dump Umno into the South China Sea, the sooner the better.

I hope the summary above would help bloggers to understand why KPR deserves the support of all Malaysians. 

We hope PKR will grow from strength to strength under the stewardship of Anwar Ibrahim.

DAP:EGM approved constitutional amendment

May 6, 2007

The special party EGM today agreed to postpone the party congress/conference to ONE year in view of the impending general elections which was widely predicted to be held some time end of this year.

Only six delegates disageed with the move which was largely endorsed by the party delegates all over the country. The party could now focus all its energy, finances and time in peparing for the coming general elections.

Party chairman Karpal Singh, SG Lim Guan Eng and Oppositoion Leader Lim Kit Siang spoke to the delegates on issues related to general elections and cooperation with PKR and other like-minded opposition parties and NGOs.

In the lunch-talk in the afternoon, special guest of honour (PKR’s advisor )Anwar Ibrahim thanked the DAP for going all out to help PKR in Ijok. And he streesed emphatically that what Umno fear most was opposition unity. He hopes DAP and PKR could move together closely from now on to reform Malaysia. 

Anwar cetagorically denied that he would return to Umno; he even said that Umno is the real problem in Malaysian politics; to him , MIC, Gerakan and MCA were just “small boys who listen to the big brother”. 

He spoke at length on issues such as the need to challenge SPR for electoral reforms, replacing NEP with a new Malaysian economic agenda , fair treatment for mother tongue education, freedom of religion, the jurisdiction of syariah courts, Islamic State and greater cooperation and understanding among the opposition parties.

I am reproducing DAP SG Lim Guan Eng’s speech in full here. Your comments are welcome.

Speech By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng During The DAP Special Congress On 6.5.2007 In Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Reclaiming Democracy & Restoring Bangsa
Malaysia

More than four decades ago, the DAP was formed with a singular idea of national unity through shaping a Bangsa Malaysia granting political equality and economic freedom to end social injustices. DAP believes that we can forge a great Malaysian nation by being part of Bangsa
Malaysia that  rejects racial and religious divisions. DAP’s Malaysian Malaysia resonated with Malaysians who considers themselves as Malaysian First and Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan and Ibans second.
 

Our courageous struggle appeared to bear fruit when former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir adopted Bangsa Malaysia in 1991 as one the nine strategic challenges of Vision 2020 to make
Malaysia a developed nation. Mahathir defined Bangsa Malaysia as   “people being able to identify themselves with the country, speak Bahasa
Malaysia and accept the Constitution”.
 Unfortunately Bangsa
Malaysia as part of national policy lasted only 15 years when Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak rejected it last year. Najib said Bangsa
Malaysia was not part of national policy but only a general concept. At a time when we are celebrating our 50th Merdeka anniversary celebrations the country should be looking forward to the challenges of globalization and a market economy with new and current ideas of the new millennium. Instead the ruling regime continues to reach back 60 years ago to 1946 that stresses the idea of nationhood that revolves around the idea of racial dominance.
 

There is neither logic nor reason in preferring racial dominance to a Malaysian race. Self-interest to preserve the ruling party is the sole reason for such emotional appeals to the baser instincts of race.   We have a historical duty to renew our struggle for a Bangsa Malaysia. However this contest must not be seen solely from the perspective of political rights or social injustices but also from the economic perspective of wealth creation and distribution. Malaysian First is a continuation of Malaysian Malaysia with equal economic opportunity as its central core. 

Equal opportunity is not just giving everyone the right to study, the right to work, right to spend what is earned, right to own property and have the state as a servant and not as a master but also about our obligation to help the needy.  No one is fated to be poor just as no one is entitled to wealth. Social justice gives everyone the opportunity to improve their standard of living.  We must free up the potential of our greatest resource – our human resources. We must empower every Malaysian with economic freedom and equal opportunity to achieve the great Malaysian Dream of success through hard work and ability. 

If we succeed, we can transform
Malaysia into a united nation identified with a common destiny sharing values of democracy, freedom, justice, integrity and human dignity. If we fail, we have a sham democracy that can not differentiate between right and wrong.
 Last week, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the Ijok by-election showed that democracy was “vibrantly alive” in
Malaysia because the opposition was given every opportunity to campaign. No DAP or opposition supporter would agree that we were given every opportunity to campaign when BN can employ such dirty tactics of fear, deception, money, compulsion and violence.
 

Not only were DAP and PKR supporters beaten up in Machap and Ijok. Even a reporter and a photographer from Tamil newspapers were manhandled and threatened by BN leaders. No action was taken against the culprits and the victims were invariably blamed. In both Macap and Ijok by-elections, BN announced development projects of RM 30 million and RM 36 million or almost RM 3,000 per voter.   Democracy under BN is both flawed and fraudulent. Malaysians need to reclaim democracy from those who cheat, frighten and buy our votes. Failure to resist such perversions of democracy would be no different from surrendering our right to treat the government as our servant.  

Give RM 5,000 To Every Family From The Bottom 40% Of The Population Who Do Not Earn A Montly Income Of RM 3,249/-

Instead of getting a government that listens to us, delivers good governance and performs its constitutional duties in accordance with the rule of law, respects press freedom and basic human rights as well as overcome social injustices; that Confucious says “a cruel government is more rapacious than a ravenous tiger” will become a reality where –1.      Corruption becoming more rampant until Transparency International ranking for, Malaysia has declined from No. 37 in 2003 to No. 44 in 2006 shown by:-1.1.  The RM 900 million commission paid by the suppliers of war submarines and Sukhoi fighter jets to Abdul Razak Baginda and a former Melaka Chief Minister;1.2.  The ACA Director-General is himself investigated for corruption and sexual crimes or the Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohamad Johari Baharom is investigated for the RM 5.5 million “freedom for sale” scandal involving the release of 3 kingpins of black society triads, one of the three allegedly the younger brother of a MCA Deputy Minister.1.3.  The refusal of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to sue Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for his alleged involvement in the murder of a Mongolian model by his close aide Datuk Abdul Razak Baginda;2.      Malaysians suffer the worst income inequality between the rich and poor in
South-East Asia with the share of income of the bottom 40% of the population declining from 14.5% in 1990 to 13.5% in 2004 whilst the share of the top 20% of the population increased from 50% in 1990 to 51.2% in 2004.
3.      Unfair contracts against national interest given to highway concessionaires where total amount of toll collections and government compensation paid of RM 62 billion far exceeds the RM 27 billion construction and maintenance cost.4.      The presence VIP politician godfathers involved in crime and the increase in crime by 10.7% for the first three months of the year thereby failing to ensure that Malaysian can live, work and study safely;5.      The failure to share Petronas’ profits of RM 500 billion in since 1974 with the people;6.      Poor delivery system with cracks on walls and ceiling collapsing in the new RM 270 million Kuala Lumpur court complex in Jalan Duta, following similar damage to other government buildings in Putrajaya. Yes, Bursa
Malaysia has risen to a record high of 1,363 points on Friday, but we are the last ones to do so in the region.  China, India, Hong Kong and
Singapore are all nearly 30% above their previous record highs achieved in the 1990s.  Even Thailand, Philippines and
Indonesia have broken their previous records many months ago.  In this globally competitive world, its not about whether you grow, its how fast you grow in relation to other countries.  And by this yardstick,
Malaysia is faring very very poorly.  In the early 1990s, our stock market capitalisation was significantly larger than
Singapore’s.  But today, in just a little more than a decade, the Singapore Exchange is now some 3 times larger than Bursa
Malaysia.
 

In foreign investments, while Malaysia’s foreign direct investment has fallen from US$7.2 billion to US$3.9 billion in 2006 in 10 years,
Singapore’s FDI has increased more than 3 times from US$9.1 billion to US$31 billion within the same period.
 How many Malaysians have benefited from rising share prices when they find difficulty in bearing the financial hardships of inflation, rising prices coupled with no annual bonuses nor real wage increases this year? In the face of so much wealth why can’t the government follow
Singapore and
 distribute RM 5,000 yearly to the 40% of Malaysian households that do not earn the average household monthly income of RM 3,249?
 

Winning Together for Malaysian First.The theme of this year’s DAP Special Congress ‘Winning Together for Malaysian First’ requires us to examine the extent of our efforts in preparing for the next general election, which could be held as early as the end of this year. The CEC is concerned that party elections at both the national and state levels due at the end of the year may be severely disrupted if general elections are called then. There are already clear indications of an early poll. From Election Commission Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman calling on new voters who wish to vote in the next general elections to do so by August 2007.  UMNO Youth President Datuk Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn that UMNO members must be prepared for a general election to be called any time or even the printing of election materials. 

As the party constitution does not allow for postponement of party polls for any period of time, any postponement in the event of general elections questions the legality and validity of our duly constituted CEC or state committees and organs. To avoid such an illegal eventuality, the CEC had decided to postpone party polls at the national and state levels for a period of 12 months. Only branch and Parliamentary liaison committee elections remain unaffected.  The CEC seeks the endorsement of all the delegates. Further, such a postponement would allow us to focus on preparation by all state committees and branches for the general election. Let me be frank by saying that all state committees are still not in FULL election mode. 


Malaysia is at a political crossroads the crossroad and to make DAP the choice of Malaysians we must present ourselves as “electable’ and fulfill high public expectations. 马来西亚处在向上提升或者继续往下沉轮的十字路口 To do so, let us all be crystal clear about this: that elections must be won by conscious effort!
 Contesting 54 Parliamentary and 115 state Seats Nation-wide In the Next PollsDAP state committees have proposed contesting 54 Parliamentary seats and 115 state seats nation-wide, including Sabah and
Sarawak. While at times individual candidates may have won elections by default or due to massive protests against Barisan Nasional, there is no way the entire party is going to win by just depending on BN’s misrule and maladministration.
 

In the first chapter of the much treasured Sun Zi’s treatise on war(《孙子兵法》), Sun Zi said “The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one’s deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: (1) Principles; (2) Heaven (climate); (3) Earth (local factors); (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline.” (道、将、  Guided by these principles, let us ask ourselves how well are we prepared in face of the coming elections?  

First, it is our belief that the principles of Malaysian First to reclaim democracy, restore Bangsa Malaysia, fair distribution of wealth and equal opportunity is the way forward for
Malaysia. Second, the political climate appears to favour the opposition but this situation may change with the short memory of the electorate, especially when the government distributes political goodies.
 Third, have we measured local factors in elections? Have we done enough in tilting local factors into our favour? Fourth, are our ‘commanders’, central, state and branch leaders, prepared? Are we prepared to lead our comrades and supporters to fight a good fight?   Fifth, do we have disciplined machinery to do the job?  

While we are well ahead of our opponents in terms of upholding the principles cherished by Malaysians and there may be a swing amongst Chinese voters in our favour, we are lagging behind in terms of the last three factors. The three factors are local factors, preparedness of all level of leadership and, finally, our machinery as evidenced by the recent Machap by-election.  I urge you to take a hard look at the four bare minimum ‘Rs’ that are urgently needed to generate electoral victories. These should be our KPIs, or key performance indices, for the remainder of the year in preparation for the general elections.   1.      Registration of new voters;2.      Recruitment of volunteers and members trained not only as polling and counting agents but also as future party activists and leaders;3.      Retailing The Rocket to overcome increasing press restrictions and media ban where Freedom House ranked press freedom in Malaysia as “Not Free” deteriorating from to 141 in 2006 from 150 in 2007; and4.      Rapport with local constituents, associations and press media. 

These are the 4 areas where we have to work hard together to survive. I am always hopeful and optimistic about DAP’s election prospects but the Ijok and Machap by-elections have injected a healthy dose of realism. Unless we have our machinery in place, BN will cheat, use money to buy and frighten voters to gain their dishonourable victories. For the first time in party history, state-wide meetings shall be held in place of state conventions solely to discuss election preparation. I urge the members to remember that when you face those who assure you of glorious victories by DAP do not be too over-confident and get carried away. Be humble and gently remind everyone of the dirty tactics employed by BN to win. When facing those who dismiss and unfairly criticize the party be patient, restrained and respond by “using constructive conduct to face destructive acts”.  

6 Key Principles for Co-operationIn the coming general elections, the DAP does not walk alone.  Apart from PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, we are willing to co-operate with all public organizations or political parties that share the common platform of respecting basic human rights. Six key principles are crucial namely:-a)      Acceptance of Bangsa
Malaysia,
b)     Respecting Bahasa
Malaysia as the official language as well as promotion and fair treatment of mother-tongue education;
c)     Acceptance of 1957 social contract as set out in the Merdeka Constitution that
Malaysia is not an Islamic state;
d)     Replacing the corrupt New Economic Policy with a policy that combines efficiency with needs and wealth creation with wealth distribution.e)     Pursuit of excellence in education based on merit and equal opportunity; andf)      Placing environmental protection equal in importance with development.  This contest between Bangsa
Malaysia on the one hand and racial dominance on the other will decide not only the rights of all Malaysians but the destiny of our nation. Malaysians must choose between the two opposite principles of right and wrong. Racial dominance has not benefited the Malays who remain poor whilst the few BN leaders amassed huge wealth. We either prosper together as part of humanity or submit to common fears of prejudice that discriminates many to enrich the few?
 A million talented Malaysians have voted with their feet against BN  by emigrating overseas for the last 35 years. The time has come for a change to stop the rot. DAP comrades, Let us stand together and united to reclaim democracy and restore Bangsa
Malaysia!
                                                                                                            LIM GUAN ENG 

来届大选出战54国115州
行动党修改党章展延党选
郭史光庆
07年5月6日 下午3:25
Malaysiakini
行动党秘书长林冠英(左图)今日表示,该党有意在来届大选中攻打54个国会议席和115个州议席,并把选战主力集中在槟城、霹雳以及森美兰州。惟他强调,此事依然有待与人民公正党协商后,再做出最后决定,以确保反对党能够一对一与国阵直接对垒。不过,他重申该党与回教党毫无合作关系,若面对出战选区重叠一事,行动党将不惜展开三角战。林冠英也强调,该党领导层与公正党顾问安华的合作关系成熟。事缘该党成功在依约补选中为公正党争取更多华人票,安华也因此而公开致谢行动党,相信两党的关系,并不会因为竞相争取华人票而发生冲突。林冠英拒绝透露何处上阵

林冠英今日在吉隆坡一家酒店为行动党特别党员代表大会发表政策演词时表示,该党各州委员会已经建议,要在来届大选中竞选54个国会议席和115个州议席,包括沙巴与砂拉越(惟不包括去年刚进行选举的砂拉越州议席)。

林冠英较后在记者会上表示,上述建议来自该党的各州委员会,不过目前还未获得中委会的通过。

“如果可以,我们希望能够通过他们的建议,但是我们必须先与公正党进行商讨,确保反对党与国阵一对一竞选。”

针对会否与回教党进行议席谈判的询问,林冠英表示,行动党要竞选的议席,大多是该党曾经参选过的传统选区,与回教党选区重叠的可能性非常低。

“不过若被迫与回教党展开三角战,那么也只好进行三角战,我们与回教党没有任何合作关系。”

不过,林冠英拒绝透露与公正党议席谈判的进展,以及自己将在什么选区上阵的问题,“我只能说自己肯定会参选”。

行动党在上届大选攻打44个国会议席和104个州议席,分别赢得12个国会议席和15个州议席,在加上在去年砂拉越州选举中拿下的6个州议席。不过在马口州议员林辉明跳槽马华后,目前行动党共有12个国会议席和20个州议席。

指公正党靠民行争取华裔选票

针对公正党在依约补选声称获得多达六成的华裔选民支持,以及一些政论家看好公正党有望在下届大选赢得更多华裔选票一事,是否会导致两党在争取华裔选民方面出现竞争时,林冠英强调,其实是行动党在依约补选中为公正党争取华人票。

“安华已经向行动党致谢,因为行动党在依约补选中为公正党争取华人票……我想我们应该建设性地看待此事,安华了解我们的长处,不然他不会这么说(致谢),我们不应该让这项课题影响两党的关系。”

“当然一些人以为可以利用这些所谓的问题(来达到自己的目的),但是我认为行动党领导层与安华的关系已达成熟阶段。”

安华:反对党先搁置回教国课题

另一方面,行动党今日也邀请了安华(左图)前来与特大代表进行交流。而安华在交流之前也召开记者会,针对反对党之间的合作关系侃侃而谈。

“我们已经看到反对党之间拥有更好的合作关系 我们看到行动党在依约补选期间全体动员大力助选,以确保我们的候选人胜出,我们可以从这点出发,有关政党的领袖将针对各项课题的细节进行谈判与讨论。”

受询及行动党与回教党因理念相冲,尤其是回教国的课题而不咬弦,他要如何拉近这两个政党的关系时,安华对此保持乐观,表示反对党会先搁置回教国课题。

“行动党已清楚表达(针对回教国的)立场,我也传达让回教党知道,这不是一项新课题,我们也不是在这个基础上推动(反对党之间的合作)。”

“我们的工作建立在公正党和行动党紧密合作的基础上,我们也开始和回教党展开更强的联系,确保有关课题不会剥削其他族群的权利,或让其他人士感到不安。”

“这也包括回教国的课题,不过我们先将之搁置在一旁。目前反对党之间的关系正在向好的一方面发展,只要国营电视台RTM、第三电视和巫统的报章不要刻意炒作(回教国课题)就行。”

拒回应展延党选不当批评

行动党今日所召开的特别党员代表大会,是为了修改党章以授权中委会展延,原本预定在今年9月开始举行的党选。

不过,在今年1月遭罢免的行动党前雪州主席王志坚却不认同展延党选,并形容此举是当权派欲巩固权力的手段。

新海峡时报》记者Chow Kum Hor今日在一篇评论中,引述行动党内部消息认为林冠英可能是因为担心在本届大选前举行的党选中得票不高,本身领导威信受打击,重演在2004年中委会选举中排名过低(在20获选中委排名第12名)的历史,所以才决定展延党选。

受询及展延党选的批评,林冠英却不愿公开回应,“我想我们不须要公开讨论此事,党内设有讨论管道,为何不在特大里提出讨论,却要从外面来丑化行动党?”

至于为何在野党之中只有行动党展延党选,林冠英解释说,有别于其他只须在中央领导层进行改选的在野党,该党是唯一须要进行州级改选的在野党,因此较长的党选期很容易与大选撞期,届时将严重影响党选的程序和大选的备战。

他解释,过去该党也曾经违章展延党选,所幸当时的社团注册局没有追究,因此此次修改党章将能够一劳永逸解决这项问题。

合作关系必须符合6大原则

另外,林冠英较早前在发表政策演词时,列出6项与其他政党和组织合作的主导原则:

(一)接受马来西亚国族这个概念;
(二)尊重马来语为官方语文,同时公平对待和提升母语教育;
(三)接纳1957年独立宪法的社会契约,即马来西亚不是一个回教国;
(四)以一个综合绩效、需求、制造财富和公平分配财富的政策来取代腐败的新经济政策;
(五)追求卓越与平等机会的教育制度;
(六)环境保护与发展并重。

林冠英较后在记者会上表示,“我们只与符合这6项原则的政党合作,至于那些不符合的政党,我看要合作非常困难”。

当记者询问这是否意味着回教党遭排除在合作对象之外时,他笑笑表示,“我想我们的立场已经非常清楚,不必再进一步说明吧!”

坦诚竞选机关落后,备战工作不足

此外,林冠英也在政策演词中,直指该党领袖尚未做好迎战大选的准备,“让我坦白地说,所有的州委会还没有全面备战”。

他引用《孙子兵法》的道(原则理念)、天(政治气候)、地(地方因素)、将(领袖)、法(方法和纪律)5种战略因素来分析行动党的形势。

“虽然我们在倡导马来西亚人所认同的价值观遥遥领先,以及华裔选票可能会回流给行动党,但是我们在后面三个因素落后他人。这三个因素就是地方因素、各阶层领导的准备程度和竞选机关,最近的马接补选就是最好的证明。”

因此,他提出4项备战大选的主要指标,并称之为“四广工作”或“4R工作”,即广泛登记(Registration)新选民、广泛招揽(Recruitment)自愿人士和党员、广泛销售(Retailing)《火箭报》突破新闻封锁,以及广泛推动(Rapport)与地方上的选民、社团和媒体的互动。

“虽然我对于行动党的选举展望保持希望和乐观,但是依约和马接补选却敲醒我们必须面对现实。除非我们准备齐全,要不然,国阵依然能够通过欺诈、买票和恐吓选民的方式来取胜。”

Anwar invited to speak to DAP delegates on Sunday

May 6, 2007

On Sunday (6 may 2007), Sdr Anwar Ibrahim will be speaking to all DAP delegates who are attending the special EGM to be held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

The EGM is held to enable the party to postpone the party convention/ conference for one year in view of the impending General Elections (which was widely speculated to be held some time this year). Such postponement would allow the party to focus on the preparations for the coming general elections. The party leadership will also be using the occasion to seek the views and opinions of the party grassroot leaders on the issue of opposition unity and inter-party cooperation.

Earlier this year, Umno and MCA have decided to postpone their party convention/conference to 2 years and 1 year respectively.

Meanwhile, Anwar rallied the Barisan Alternatif workers by launching the “spirit of Ijok” declaration. Malaysiakini has the story…

Anwar to Samy: I am ashamed of you
Bede Hong
May 5, 07 3:41pm
Malaysiakini
MIC supremo Samy Vellu received a lashing from Anwar Ibrahim last night for what he alleged as the Indian leader’s neglect of the his own community in the country.“The Indians in the estates were treated like slaves. They live in abject poverty in fear of thugs and their overlord minister,” Anwar said.“The Indians were treated as third class, not by us but by you,” he added, referring to Samy, who is also works minister.Speaking to an audience of over 1,000 PAS members in Taman Melewar, Kuala Lumpur, the former deputy premier also claimed that the estate workers of Ijok were intimidated and bribed into supporting the BN.

MIC had been the best performing BN component in the by-election, winning over 80 percent of the Indian vote.

While winning half the Malay vote and over 60 percent the Chinese vote, the opposition PKR registered a 1.5 percent increase in Indian support compared to the previous election. Indians comprise 28 percent of the Ijok electorate.

Fear and bribery

Apparently emboldened, Samy had, on Thursday, issued a challenge to Anwar to contest in the former’s turf in Sungai Siput should the election be held after April next year.

“The MIC leader proudly boasted the fact that vast majority of Indians are behind him and MIC,” said Anwar.

“I want to remind my friend, Samy Vellu, that as a Malaysian, a Malay and a Muslim, I am ashamed and saddened that you can [make such proclamations] when the Indians live without running water, with little or no [amenities], living in abject poverty.”

“I am ashamed they voted for you, out of fear, and because they were bribed,” he added.

The PKR advisor claimed that his party campaigners were not able to enter the private estates, as they were “blocked by Samy’s hired thugs and police who acted on his behalf.”

Asked later at a press conference on whether he would contest in Sungai Siput, Anwar described the challenge as a “cowardly” move to “used those words” as he has been “denied” of his right to contest.

“However, I heard that Nallakaruppan would be contesting there,” he added, referring to PKR Kepong division chairperson and businessman S Nallakaruppan, who signed up with the party late last year.

A reminder 

Meanwhile, Anwar rallied the Barisan Alternatif workers by launching the “spirit of Ijok” declaration.

“Ijok should be a reminder of what we are fighting for. The struggle must continue. Now is the time to act!”

“We must fight until we take control of Malaysia to right things. We must rally the people, the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Christians [and all the races]. We must rise to defend the rights of the people,” he said.

He also told the crowds that since the 1980s, Malaysia has been dependent on foreign direct investment: “We cannot compare ourselves to other countries that have limited freedom. We cannot act as though we are insulated from the world, because we are not.”

APAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa, PKR vice-president Azmin Ali and treasurer Khalid Ibrahim also spoke at the ceremah. 

Ijok: We shall return

May 2, 2007

We walked from shop to shop to thank the people of Ijok in Batang Berjuntai. Almost every shopkeepers believe that PKR would have won the by-election if not for the extensive vote-buying and great number of phantom voters.

PKR leaders were not disheartened by the Ijok setback. They received a very warm welcome in Batang Berjuntai town when they were going from shop to shop to thank the Ijok voters for their support.One of the residents who were present at the coffee shop in Pekan Ijok this afternoon told me that Khalid is his YB and he would not recognise Partiban as his wakil rakyat.

Anwar and other PKR leaders thanked DAP and other opposition parties for their undivided support. They also extended their gratitude to the Ijok people. Khalid has promised to set up a service centre in Ijok besides taking a pledge to check on Partiban.

In my address to the people of Ijok, I said that PKR would have won the by-election if the Umno-led BN coalition have had not turn it into a “buy-election”. I pointed out that Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang has estimated that no less than RM100 million has been spent by the BN camp in winning Ijok. I strongly believe that the missing 142 ballot papers were being used by the BN agent to buy votes by rotation , and the two bus load of makciks all the way from Perlis were actually phantom voters. And we have no idea of how many phantom voters have slipped through quietly.

I also stressed on the importance of opposition unity and cohesive cooperation between the DAP and PKR. I said that despite of maximum bribes, threats and frauds launched by the BN camp, PKR has done quite well by winning 50 to 60 percent of the Chinese votes. I also estimated that Khalid has gotten around 40 to 45 percent of the Malay votes and about 10% of the Indian votes. I believe that Ijok will fall into the hands of opposition come general elections in another six months.

I expressed my hope that DAP and PKR will team up to challenge the Umno-led BN coalition; and likewise, PKR should also team up with Pas. I said that although DAP may not be able to team up with Pas, but we certainly can help each other in the spirit of opposition unity. We have no reason to be unfriendly with each other because our common enemy is the Umno-led BN coalition.

We should keep up the momentum from Ijok to Selangor and right up to the whole country . Based on the support we have gotten from Ijok, the opposition in Selangor, on paper, has a fairly good chance to affect a change of state government in the impending General Elections.

Khalid has decided to set up a service centre in Ijok. The party has registered some 50 new members on the spot.

Lawan tetap lawan (Fight till the end )!!!