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No charges against ‘racist’ Umno delegates

June 28, 2007
去年巫统大会虽遭5项投报
发表过火言论代表无一被控
07年6月28日 傍晚7:09 Malaysiakini
去年11月的巫统大会虽然遭到5项警方投报

,要求对付在大会上发表过火种族言论的巫统代表

,但是至今却没有任何人被提控。

首相署部长纳兹里以书面方式回覆行动党武吉牛汝莪国会议员卡巴星的提问时

,指出提控与否是由总检察长所定夺。

这些巫统代表在大会上的辩论演讲,在经过寰宇电视的直播之后,已经引起华社和印裔社会的忧虑和强烈反弹。之后,警方共接获5份投报,指责一些巫统代表的演讲具有煽动的成分。

纳兹里:首相没干预检察署决定

纳兹里表示,警方已经根据煽动法令第4(1)(b)条文调查此案。

“警方已经完成调查,其结果已提呈给总检察署供考虑,提控与否纯粹是总检察长的决定。”

纳兹里继称,“首相阿都拉没有插手(检察署的决定)”。

代表问希山何时刺出马来短剑

巫统管理委员会曾经针对此事,传召3名代表问话,即巫青团执委阿兹米达因(Azimi Daim)、玻璃市州代表哈欣苏布(Hashim Subuh)和马六甲代表哈斯诺(Hasnoor Sidang Husin)调查。

玻璃市州务大臣前新闻秘书哈欣,在辩论时曾质问,巫青团长希山慕丁何时要刺出马来短剑。

当时哈欣说,希山慕丁已是第二次在巫统大会上高举马来短剑,但后者将在何时才要刺出呢?

哈斯诺则表示,马来人一直受到各州不合理的诉求的挑战和测试,但都保持被动的立场而没有主动反击。

代表指马来人准备浴血奋战他也点名马华前署理总会长李金狮、华团大选诉求工委会、第11条款联盟、董教总,以及向阿都拉呈交备忘录的9名非回教徒内阁部长,指他们尝试挑战马来人和回教的宪法地位。

“为什么巫统和马来人还要保持被动与防守性的态度?已经是时候挺身说出我们的立场,捍卫马来人和回教的地位。”

“身为马来民族,我们准备牺牲性命和浴血奋战。别挑战……如党主席的话,我们提醒他们,玩火者自焚!”

阿威则提醒其他族群别质问马来人特权,因为马来人从未干扰其他人赚钱。

他强调,有5件事情是不能受到其他种族质问的,即关于皇室特权、宗教、语文、文化和国土。

‘Racist’ Umno delegates not charged
Bede Hong
Jun 28, 07 6:43pm
Malaysiakini
No Umno member has yet to be brought to court as a result of making racist speeches at the ruling party’s general assembly meeting last November.In a written reply to Karpal Singh (DAP – Bukit Gelugor), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz said decision to charge was the Attorney-General’s (AG) prerogative.A total of five police reports were received by the police on speeches by several delegates that were alleged to contain seditious elements.Nazri reported that the police have investigated the matter under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act.

“The investigation has been completed by the police and its findings have been submitted to the Attorney-General for consideration,” he said.

Nazri added that the decision to charge or otherwise is made solely be the AG.

“There is no interference by the Prime Minister (Abdullah Ahmad Badawi),” he added.

‘Bathe in blood’

The annual general meeting, which was telecast live, saw several prominent delegates being accused of racism after they declared that Umno members would ‘bathe in blood’ to defend Malay interest.

“Umno is willing to risk lives and bathe in blood in defence of race and religion,” Malacca delegate Hasnoor Sidang Hussein had told some 3,000 delegates during the gathering.

“Please don’t test the Malays; they know amok. We don’t want to reach that level,” said another delegate Mohamed Rahmat.

In response, the Opposition had called for the AG to charge the speakers for making seditious remarks.

Later, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said BN components should not overact, saying the speakers were inexperienced when debating sensitive racial issues.

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.

Sexist duo products of Umno culture

May 19, 2007

The sexist duo have reluctantly said sorry to all women except Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan. Their  ‘apology’ came too late and lacked sincerity. The damage is done and the only way to teach them is to boot them out of the august Parliament in the coming general elections.

Judging from the reactions of the Cabinet and the Umno leadership, it ‘s a foregone conclusion that these two ‘creatures’ from Jasin and Kinabatangan will be fielded by Umno again. The Prime Minister who talked so much about Islam Hadhari has been keeping mum on the matter until today, as if such derogatory remarks against the women folks were nothing serious ( Nazri’s word) and should be treated with great sense of humour ( Najib’s word). But what would they say if the culprits were Opposition MPs and the victims were from Barisan Nasional?

To me, the dispicable behavior and attitude of these sexist duo simply reflects the primitive mentality of Umno leadership. They are the products of Umno culture.

This morning, I went to Serdang market to extend our solidarity with Fong Po Kuan together with other Selangor state leaders and local members. I will be going to Pandamaran market tomorrow morning to highlight the issue with other local members. We will be giving out a leaflet besides staging a protest against the two MCPs (male chauvinist pigs). 

Po Kuan is still fuming because she feels that the sexist duo have not repented. Both Mohd Said and Bung Mokhtar must be punished for their chauvinistic slurs. 

Besides MCPs, we can also find many racists and extremists among the Umno MPs. They were very fond of asking DAP MPs to leave Malaysia whenever they have no answer to our sharp criticism.

These clowns have turned the Parliament into a ‘circus’. There should be no room for such ‘creatures’ in the august house.

Suhakam lambasts sexist remarks
May 19, 07 11:41am Malaysiakini
Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has added their voice against the sexist remarks made by Jasin MP Mohd Said Yusof and Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokthar Radin.In a statement yesterday, the commission said that any remark that strips a person of his or her dignity is a violation of the fundamental right to human dignity.The commission was referring to a remark made by the two parliamentarians, during debate last week on the lack of maintenance resulting in leaks in the Parliament building after heavy downpours.“Where’s the leak? The Batu Gajah MP leaks every month too,” Bung said referring to the DAP representative of the constituency, Fong Po Kuan, who had raised the issue.The statement said the crude, offensive and sexist remarks had attacked Fong’s dignity.

The commission also said that parliamentarians should provide good examples by respecting the dignity of others as they are representatives of the people and leaders of the nation.

“Suhakam notes that some MPs supported the derogatory, sexist remarks of the two MPs by cheering when the remarks were made or by rebutting that they were mere use of words,” it stated.

When the issue arose, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has said the remarks were not supposed to be taken seriously and that there were certain parties out to make a big deal of the issue.

Not a personal attack

Meanwhile, de facto law minister Nazri Aziz said he did not find the choice of words used by both to be offensive.

Tangga Batu MP Idris Haron added his view that when such things are said in Parliament, “we take them as a joke, not a personal attack.”

“Suhakam urges the MPs who stripped fellow MP Fong Po Kuan of her human dignity and other MPs to uphold at all times the dignity of others especially in Parliament where they exercise their freedom of expression,” read the statement.

“Freedom of speech is a human right but it also comes with the responsibility that one does not abuse this right by using it to ridicule, defame, harm mental health and create public disorder,” it added.

Both Mohd Said and Bung Moktar had apologised to “all women in the country offended by the remarks” following a meeting with Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil yesterday.

However they defended their words used in the Dewan as necessary to defend the government during debates.

They also did not issue a personal apology to Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan, against whom the sexist remarks were aimed at last week.

May 13: A coup to oust Tunku

May 13, 2007
I bought some copies at the book launch this morning. The declassified documents were sufficient to help readers to understand what has taken place in 1969. But I was a little disappointed that there was no solid and concrete records on the actual number of casualties (total deaths and injuries).

The publisher of the book, Suaram, has suggested to establish a commission of truth to get to the bottom of the May 13 Incident.

Both panelists (Dr Syed Husin Ali and Dr S Nagarajan) agreed with the findings and conclusion made by Dr Kua Kia Soong, that May 13 was not a spontaneous racial outburst but a coup staged by the Malay ultras at that time.

The biggest beneficiary of May 13 was Razak. He practically controlled the country through the National Operation Council (NOC), the new powerhouse of politics in Malaysia. 

Who were those involved besides Razak? Tunku himself has alleged : ” You know Harun was one of those-Harun, Mahathir, Ghazali Shafie-who were all working with Razak to oust me, to take over my place…”

I foresee that this book will inevitably kick up a storm in the national political arena. Umno is now under pressure to explain its role during the darkest hours of our nation. Umno leaders who were being mentioned in the book would most likely be the first to rebut vehemently (or at least give their sides of the story). 

The 134-page book was sold at only RM20 per copy. Grab a copy before it was banned by the Umno-led BN goverment.

 513事件是推翻东姑政变
学者促政府还原历史真相

■日期/May 13, 2007   ■时间/03:28:24 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/MerdekaReview.com 陈慧思
           
【本刊陈慧思撰述】在“513事件”遭“神话”了整整38年的今日,学者兼民权工作者柯嘉逊试图还原“513事件”的真相,为这个困扰我国各族人民38年的历史事迹去神话。发生在1969年5月13日的“513事件”38年来被官方定论为“种族冲突事件”,柯嘉逊(右图)根据史料挑战这项说法。他根据英国解密史料分析出,这宗困扰改变我国政治生态的历史大事件并非一起种族冲突事件,而是一起巫统精英策谋的政变!鉴于官方说法已经站不住脚,马来西亚人民之声(Suara Malaysia,简称“SUARAM”)和柯嘉逊呼吁我国政府成立独立的“还原513事件真相”委员会,展开公开听证会收集目击者的口供和看法,还原这个历史事迹的真相。柯嘉逊从伦敦西郊国立植物公园(Kew Gardens)的公共档案舘发掘了一批解密文件;这批解密文件显示,“513事件”并非突发事件,反之是一次有计划的行动,目的是推翻第一任首相东姑阿都拉曼(Tunku Abdul Rahman)的政权。

柯嘉逊断然指出:“马来西亚1969年5月13日的种族暴乱,绝非多元族群社会中自发的种族暴乱。有关的撤銷保密的文件清楚表明,发动这场种族暴乱是有计划的行动。”

配合“513事件”的周年日,马来西亚人民之声(Suara Malaysia,简称“SUARAM”)今日上午在隆雪中华大会堂,为柯逊博士新著《513 – 1969年暴动之解密文件》举办推介礼暨举办“回顾513事件:独立后的种族关系与国家团结”讲座会,邀请柯嘉逊、学者兼人民公正党署理主席赛胡先阿里(Syed Husin Ali)和学者那卡拉贞主讲,吸引约120人与会。

赛胡先阿里符合柯说法

柯嘉逊指出,“513事件”是新兴马來官僚资产阶级推翻马來贵族阶层的政变;依照东姑阿都拉曼的说法,政变的主事人很可能就是当时的副首相阿都拉萨(Abdul Razak)和雪兰莪州州务大臣哈伦依特里斯(Harun Idris),其同谋尚包括了在位22年的前首相马哈迪。

马来亚大学前社会学教授的赛胡先(Syed Husin Ali)和甘榜美丹事件研究学者纳嘉拉贞(S. Nagarajan)皆认同,“513事件”乃一起由巫统内部斗争所策划的事件,甚于一起民间种族情绪高涨所引发的暴动。

1969年大选,联盟遭到自独立以來的一次最慘重的失败,它还甚至可能失去一些州立法议会的控制权。官方历史把在野党的游行庆祝视为“513事件”的燃火线,可是,柯嘉逊指出,许多观察家认为,在野党喜悅欢腾和大事庆祝,并不可能成为暴徒们行凶的借口。反之,制造暴动的很可能是图谋推翻东姑夺权的巫统领导人。

柯嘉逊引用1977年一名新闻工作者苏吉拉迪夫的话:“‘513事件’并不是自发的。它是经过快速精心计划的。这事件计划者的身份,还无法准确地说出來。不论它如何发生,“513事件”是針对东姑阿都拉曼的一项政变。虽然他继续担任首相兼巫统主席,但是他仅仅是一个有名无实的傀儡。其实,东姑从此大权旁落。”

柯嘉逊在书中指出,到了1969年,后殖民主义的发展引起工人和农民以及一部分中产阶级的不滿。在求职与受教育,獲取奖學金和执照方面,国家所采取的歧视性政策,令他们感到不滿。

原本在马来西亚政治前景中占优势的联盟,他们在1969年大选中显得黯然失色。巫统至高无上的权力被认为已受到威胁。这一切等于给官僚资产阶级发出讯号,应以“马來人具主导地位”的名义,进行夺取政权的计划。

柯嘉逊是在其新书《513 – 1969年暴动之解密文件》(左图)中作出上述披露。他在书中把“513事件”喻为“关鍵性的政治起义”。他指出:“它改变了马来西亚政治史,确保新兴马來资产阶级的崛起,并通过‘新经济政策’,鞏固他们的政治势力。”

鉴于“513事件”的官方说法已经为英国解密文件动摇,且在“513事件”发生以来政府从未正式对这段历史展开深入的研究,人民之声执行主任叶瑞生、柯嘉逊和赛胡先皆呼吁政府成立“还原真相委员会”,趁当时的目击者尚健在,就这起冰封的历史展开深入的研究。赛胡先也呼吁政府公开官方文件,助人民辨明真相。

柯嘉逊是人民之声的理事,他曾于1987年“茅草行动”期间在《内安法令》下被扣留445天。获释后协助成立人民之声,随后参政并于1995年获选为八打灵再也区国会议员。柯嘉逊是英国曼彻斯特大学经济学士,后在同一所大学考获博士学位,他目前是新纪元学院院长。

“513事件”影响深远

官方数据显示,1969年5月13日国內骚乱期间,有196人丧失生命,180人被枪伤,259人被武噐所致伤。根据“国家行动理事会”的报告,9,143人被逮捕,其中有5,561人被控上法庭。在暴乱过程中,6千人无家可归,至少有211只车辆被毁坏或损坏,而753所建築物被大火烧毁或损坏。

柯嘉逊的书显示,当时国际通讯记者所计算的死伤人数遠遠超过上述数据。他也说:“当局刻意把受害者属于哪一种族的事实掩盖起來。但是,众所周知,大部分的受害人是华人。”

 “513事件”长期以来因涉及种族冲突,被编为社会议论的禁忌,我国官方历史书仅简单交待该起事件为“种族冲突事件”,没有多加阐述,以致“513事件”38年来皆作为“种族冲突”的符号存在着。柯嘉逊的新著,进一步验证了民间传送的另一个版本的历史:“513事件”实则是巫统内部斗争所引发的政变。

新经济政策是1969年5月13日种族冲突惨剧的产物,政府在“513事件”后制订为期20年的新经济政策(1971-1990),其两大目标为重组社会与消除贫穷。新经济政策结束后,国阵政府在1991年6月公布“国家发展政策”(1991-2000),以取代新经济政策,强调经济平衡发展,基础工业多元化,重视人力资源开发。
 
虽然新经济政策的20年期限结束了,它仍是一个塑造今日马来西亚的政策,甚至可说是塑造马来西亚人生活、经济、政治的最重要因素。新经济政策向来被视为“土著至上”的经济政策,让马来人土著享有巨大优惠,扶持马来资产阶级。

近年来,土著特权以“土著仍旧落后他族”之名扩大至所有与政府有密切关联的领域,银行业以土著股权为准绳挑选指定律师楼便是一例。此外,自从“513事件”发生后,每当大选来临而我国的政权的现状遭受威胁时(如1990年大选、1999年大选),“513事件”就被亮出,恐吓人民一旦国阵政权或马来人地位被动摇,“513事件”便会重演。

这起骚动,俨然国阵稳住政权的秘密武器。还原“513事件”的真相,有助于破解“必须维持现状,才能维持国家稳定”的迷思。

DAP wants Maybank to drop racial quota

May 9, 2007

    The DAP delegation led by SG Lim Guan Eng handed a memorandum to Bank Negara officials today, urging Maybank and Ambank to stop practicing racial quotas. The matter was raised in the Parliamenbt yesterday by DAP parliamentarians. The emergency motion tabled by DAP Kuching MP Chong Chien Jen was rejected by the Speaker. The Bar Council was also alerted about the matter which was largely seen as discrimatory and totally against the Malaysian spirit. Malaysiakini has the story…

End racial quota policy, Bank Negara told
Vikneswary Gunasagaran
May 9, 07 5:28pm
malaysiakini 
Bank Negara has been urged to put an end to the discriminatory policy of banks appointing legal firms based on racial quotas.The call was made by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in a protest letter handed to a representative of Bank Negara governor Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz today.Lim said as the country’s sole banking industry regulator, Bank Negara must put a stop to the promotion of racial quotas in the banking profession.

According to the opposition leader, two banks which practised this policy were Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) and Ambank Bhd.

In a circular dated March 29 to its panel of solicitors, Maybank had included a new rule which would require them to have at least one bumiputera partner with 50 percent ownership of the firm.

Political interference

Lim said the rule by the biggest banking group in the country was akin to political interference in what should purely be a professional affair.

“Maybank appears to be even more racist than existing government policies,” he said.

“What is offensive about Maybank’s latest edict is the implication that bumiputera legal firms are not capable and require such a quota to assist them to carry out professional work.

“Equally offensive is that the professional quality of the work done by non-bumiputera lawyers is secondary to the priority of not having bumiputera partners,” he added.

Maybank corporate communication personnel declined to comment on the protest letter.

 This is the memo presented to Bank Negara by hand today…

                                                               9 May 2007.

YBhgia Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz,

The Governor,Bank Negara
Malaysia,
Jalan Dato’ Onn,
Kuala Lumpur.                                                    BY HAND
 

Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Zeti, 

Stopping Maybank And AmBank’s Unprofessional Banking Practices Promoting Quotas, Are Discriminatory And Not In The Malaysian Spirit .

We urge Bank Negara to stop Maybank and AmBank’s unprofessional banking practices that promote quotas, are discriminatory and not in the Malaysian spirit. As Malaysia’s largest bank, Maybank has a responsibility to lead the industry in good corporate practices that stresses on quality work and ability, merit, high efficiency and productivity to engender capital growth required for the country’s development. Unfortunately its latest policy requiring all law firms that conduct business with it to have at least one ethnic Malay partner with 50% equity in that partnership has underscored political interference in what should be a purely professional question.

Maybank’s head of Legal Affairs Geraldine Kamalanathan had sent a letter on March 29 2007 to its panel of solicitors informing them of the new and revised criteria to be qualified to carry out its legal work. All Maybank solicitors are given until 1st July 2007 to comply with its new requirement that there must be at least a bumi partner with 50% equity in the partnership. This 50% requirement is even higher than the 30% quota fixed by the government under the New Economic Policy (NEP).

Maybank appears more racist that the existing government policies that has not only underscored sensitivities among ethnic minorities over so-called preferential bumi social and economic privileges which has benefited only the rich at the expense of the bumi poor and hampered the county’s growth and development. Even the government realizes that such ethnic preferential policies is obsolete, stifles competition and causes efficiency loss in the form of corruption and poor delivery system as evidenced by the defects, ceiling collapse and cracks in the new expensive buildings in Putrajaya.

Realising the adverse effects of NEP on Iskandar Development Region in Johor, the government have even given exemptions from the 30 percent bumiputera-ownership requirement.  For Malaysia’s largest bank to issue such edicts setting out ethnic quotas severely undermines its ability to compete with international banking groups that focus solely on business-related issues. For a Government-linked Corporation (GLC) like Maybank, owned by Permodalan Nasional Bhd, such political edicts sacrificing quality for quotas is contrary to its goals of sustainable growth and corporate performance set out in the Key Performance Indicators. What is offensive about Maybank’s latest edicts is the implication that bumi legal firms are not capable and require such a quota imposition to assist them to carry out professional work. Equally offensive is that the professional quality of the work done by non-bumi lawyers is secondary to the priority of having bumi partners.  DAP is disappointed that Maybank is only conducting a review in face of such controversy. Maybank is obviously dishonest when they claimed that “Efficiency and performance of solicitors as well as their ability to provide the best service to the bank and its customers have always been a core requirement for the emplacement of the bank’s panel of solicitors. Equity ownership had never been the sole consideration.” If Maybank is serious about efficiency and providing the best service, then this directive should be immediately withdrawn. Maybank’s stubborn refusal to do so has greatly disturbed Malaysians, some such as the Bar Council who is considering legal action and ordinary Malaysians who are angry enough to demand a full boycott of Maybank to show their displeasure. Should Maybank persist to insist in such discriminatory policies, then calls for a boycott would be fully warranted whether in the form of withdrawing deposits or not taking any loans for Maybank We are given to understand that similar requirements are also set out by Ambank whilst there have been such tacit discrimination by other banks in refusing to parcel out work to those without the 50% bumi equity requirement. As the regulator of banking industry in Malaysia, Bank Negara is beholden to intervene and direct that such directives, whether by Maybank or AmBank as well as all other banks which practices such tacit discriminatory practices, be immediately withdrawn. No foreign investor would want to come to Malaysia if banks impose such restrictions. Focus on professional conduct that is inclusive and performance-oriented and not exclude on the colour of our skin of whether we are Malays Chinese, Ibans, Kadazans or Indians. Instead of being impelled by race and religion, the time has come for banking industry to focus on corporate practices that promotes value-added growth and competition.  Act in the Malaysian spirit. Be Malaysian First!  Yours faithfully, LIM GUAN ENG

SECRETAY-GENERAL

Maybank policy ‘affects small firms’
May 8, 07 5:14pm Malaysiakini
Gerakan Youth chief Mah Siew Keong said legal firms in small towns would be badly affected by Malayan Banking Bhd’s (Maybank) new policy in selecting its panel of lawyers. “In many smaller towns, a lot of lawyers are a one-man show. If the 50 percent bumiputera equity (policy) is enforced, then it means all those lawyers operating alone will not be allowed to do any work for the bank,” he said in a statement today.His comments come in the wake of growing criticism against Maybank for its policy, which is being deemed discriminatory and anti-competition.Maybank – controlled by government-fund manager Permodalan Nasional Bhd – has sent out letters requiring firms on its panel of solicitors to have a minimum of three partners, at least one of whom must be a Malay with a minimum stake of 50 percent in the firm.The policy is supposed to take effect on July 1 for new legal firms joining the bank’s panel, while existing panels would have a year to comply.Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan has slammed the policy as “totally discriminatory”, while the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) described the move as retrogressive in a New Straits Times report today.

The DAP youth wing has threatened to boycott the bank if it does not withdraw the decision within two weeks. 

Don’t stifle competition

Mah said efficiency and performance of lawyers are paramount in serving clients, not the ethnic composition of the partners.

“The impact of globalisation and trade liberalisation in the world economy underscores the need for Malaysian companies to become more resilient and competitive.

“Being the largest banking group in Malaysia, Maybank should adhere to the free market mechanism and take a flexible approach to encourage fair and equal competition rather than impose racial orientated policies which will have a major impact on many legal firms.”

He also called upon the government to establish guidelines similar to those for the Iskandar Development Region in Johor, in which certain companies would be exempted from the 30 percent bumiputera-ownership requirement.

Maybank has said that it would take a ‘flexible approach’ and that it did not intend to call for its existing panel of solicitors to restructure their ownership.

“We would like to assure all parties concerned that the bank has taken note of the issues highlighted and that the necessary review will be undertaken with due consideration to the feedback raised,” it said in a statement published by The Sun.

“Rest assured that efficiency and performances of lawyers as well as their ability to provide the highest standards of service to the bank and its customer have always been a core requirement for appointment onto the bank’s panel of solicitors.”

Najib: Chinese swing a false alarm

May 4, 2007

Was there a real swing of Chinese votes in Ijok?

MCA President Ong Kata Nothing quickly said no. His brother Ong Ka Chuan and his “machai” Chiew Mei Fun and Tan Chai Ho have also openly denied about it.But Ong quickly changed his tune when the Prime Minister confirmed that there was a swing and he wanted the MCA and Gerakan to explain. Ong puts the blame sqaurely on K Sivalingam and certain government leaders (Umno). He said Sivalingam did not serve the Ijok people well, and the Chinese were upset with the negative (racist ) remarks from these leaders. 

So, was K Sivalingam really that ‘bad”? The Selangor Exco members certainly do not think so. Selangor MB Khir Toyo and a host of other Selangor Exco members like Mokhtar Dahlan, Raja Ideris, Ch’ng Toh Eng and Lim Thuan Seng praised Sivalingam “sky high” in the special 8-page Maju Selangor propaganda published on 12 April 2007. They used words like ” effective, friendly, hardworking…” to describe Sivalingam, saying that the demise of Sivalingam is a big loss to the people of Selangor! Now that Sivalingam was being attacked and blamed for losing Chinese votes in Ijok, would these good buddies of Sivalingam come out to defend the poor fellow now?

Opposition Leader believes the Chinese swing was due largely to the fact that they were being marginalised for too long. In other words, the Chinese feel that there is no equal rights for them. DAP SG Lim Guan Eng has outlined 10 reasons why the Chinese in Ijok has swung for the Opposition. He also challenged Ong Kata Nothing to tell AAB the truth.

Anyway, DPM Najib Tun Razak thinks that BN should not panic because he believes the majority of Chinese voters would still vote for BN in the coming general elections. He even said that the so-called racist remarks made by various political leaders (including he himself) have no impact with the Chinese. So, Najib disagrees with Ong Kata Nothing on this point.  Would Ong now dares to dispute with Najib on this point? No way, brother!

Umno Youth chief Hishamuddin Hussein also think that there was nothing wrong for him to brandish the Malay keris and he would certainly do it again. He also has no regrets for uttering those racist remarks and upholding racially biased policies. Both Najib and Hisham were well known for showing off with their swords to drum up Malay support.

Would the Chinese voters prove Najib wrong in the coming general elections? What do you think?

国庆日之前提早大选传闻炽热
吉祥:国阵知补选成绩难重演
07年5月4日 下午4:52 malaysiakini

国会反对党领袖兼民主行动党怡保东区国会议员林吉祥(左图)今日继续针对来届全国大选的日期作出猜测。

他指出由于马接及依约补选成绩的影响,国阵在今年8月31日国庆日之前举行大选的揣测,目前似乎甚嚣尘上。

他质问,“来届大届会否因为马接及依约补选成绩,提前在8月31日的50周年国庆日之前举行?”

不过,林吉祥指出,到目前为止,他仍完全排除来届大选将在8月31日之前举行的可能性,因为政府已计划花费数以亿计令吉的金钱,以便在全国各地庆祝我国独立半世纪。

“而这种方式是多么的有效,尤其是其是为了再造类似2004年大前夕那种让首相阿都拉赢得空前91%国会多数议席的“兴奋感”。”

巫统及国阵竞选策略家有分歧

巫统及国阵的竞选策略家曾分持两种看法,即大选是否应在安华在明年4月尾重享公民权益及选举权之前,或在今年尾举行。

他透露,由於马接及依约补选的成绩,形成第3种看法,即那就是在今年8月31日国庆日之前举行大选的说法,目前似乎甚嚣尘上。

“建议不再拖延而提前至甚至在国庆日前举行大选者是担心,国阵将面对重挫,因为阿都拉手中的本钱,已因他无法兑现2004年大选时许下的清廉丶不贪污丶负责任丶透明化丶有效率丶民主丶公正及亲民政府承诺而耗尽。”

“那些被严重指控缠身的巫统及国阵领袖也要提早大选,以结束他们的痛苦挣扎,好让他们凭藉国阵的选举胜利,宣称证明本身的无辜。”

经济学家警告全球股市即将崩盘

尽管国内股市在昨天创下历史新高,吉隆坡交易所的综合指数破记录的上升至1342.79点,但很多人都担心牛市会维持多久。

越来越多有关全球股市将崩盘及全球性经济不景气将来临的警告,更加深了这种忧虑。

仅在上周初,摩根史丹利的前重量级经济学家谢国忠(Andy Xie)警告说,中国股市即将崩盘。谢国忠在一项劳动节前夕电话专访儿告诉路透社说:“我认为很快就会爆裂”,并补充说,过度融资丶通膨上升及过度估值将在不久後引起全球崩盘。

谢国忠说: “大家将感惊讶。最後的结果将会非常糟糕。”

巫统领袖对依约成绩感到不安

林吉祥认为,尽管对赢得依约补选表现出狂喜的姿态,但巫统及国阵领袖内心知道,他们只获得出征前的胜利,在大选时并不可能历史重演。

“国阵在补选时倾巢而出,出动正丶副首相及整个内阁丶各州国阵州政府,再加上联邦及州政府倾注拨款,又以每张数百令吉至1500令吉地买票,总共开支不下1亿令吉,依约补选成了我国独立50年史上最肮脏的一场补选!”

但是,巫统及国阵领袖也对补选成绩带来的启示感到不安。

副首相纳吉昨天矢口否定一般人指国阵大量流失依约的华人票说法,但他似乎忘了,公开指依约华人票流向反对党,而要马华及民政党解释者非首相本身莫属。

“为何巫统丶马华及民政党领袖对依约华人选票流向反对党的现象表达出犹豫不定的立场,尽管巫统拥有的新海峡时报昨天已经在一篇社会中要“争取回华人选票”?”

林吉祥强调,理由很简单,没有马华及民政党的领袖敢在内阁及国阵最高理事会会议中告诉巫统领袖华人票流失的真相,也不敢要令华人不满“所发表的言论”的巫统领袖收回言论及道歉,而且也不敢说出国阵的不公平政策及滥权行为,尤其是将原定在1990年结束的新经济政策任意延长。

“巫青团长希山慕丁昨天的嚣张回应即可见一斑,他为本身挥舞马来短剑,而完全不理会其他族群感受的极端与不敏感做法辩护。明显的,希山获得马华及马青领袖们的支持,使他们美化他的挥剑行为。”

不过,他认为但这一切纯粹是虚张声势而已,巫统及国阵内部正酝酿着举行大选日期的第3个选择,即严正考虑提前在今年8月31日之前举行,以让国阵取得最佳选举成果。

 

Ijok: Lessons for the opposition parties

May 1, 2007

LATEST: Tan Sri Khalid will be going back to Ijok to thank the people for supporting PKR at 3.30pm today. The team will be led by PKR advisor  Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, party chief Datin Seri Wan Azizah, information chief Tian Chua and others. I have accepted their invitation to join the walkabout in Pekan Ijok and Batang Berjuntai.

The writings is on the wall. BN had won 92% of the Parliamentary seats in the 2004 GE and defeated the opposition in all the five by-elections (except for Batu Talam which was contested by an Independent). We need to find a winning formula to defeat BN.

BN has been able to win big because there was no true unity among the opposition parties. There’s no true opposition unity to face the the might of BN coalition. There’s no way to beat BN if the opposition parties could not work together effectively to face their common enemy-the Umno-led BN coalition.

Yes, the people of Malaysia suffer much under the current BN administration. They hope the opposition parties could work together to pose a real challenge to the mighty Umno-led BN coalition.

The people do know that BN is corrupt to the core. They know that BN leaders abuse their power to amass wealth for themselves. They were fed up with empty promises and very disappointed with the Prime Minister who could not walk the talk. But where is the alternative? 

Please bear in mind that only the well-informed voters and hardcore supporters vote for the opposition. Voters with pro-winner mentality (commonly called lalang, fence-sitters, the silent majority etc) would only vote for the winners (or potential winners).  They would never vote for the opposition if the opposition looked set to remain as opposition. But these voters with pro-winner mentality is not a small group. And we would not be able to win their votes without presenting them a winning formula.

 Please vote for Khalid !

It’s the duty and responsibility of the opposition parties to offer a winning formula for all to see. Politics of hope is an essential ingredient that we must provide for the voters. The opposition parties must project a winning position and work towards a winning agenda. We owe it to ourselves to do it. 

Yes, the opposition parties are having opposing views on the issue of religion. But that does not mean that we could not resolve or put aside our differences.

Malaysia is rotting slowly day by day. We are facing all kinds of problems and crises. We are also losing our pace to our neighbouring countries. The answer lies in a change of government. Only a change of government could get rid of these greedy and corrupt BN politicians. What could be more important than serving the larger intertest of the people by affecting a change of government?

Ijok is a good beginning for opposition unity. Top opposition party leaders and members in general have put in serious efforts to campaign for PKR. But we were facing various problems due to a poor uncohesive campaign machinery. I personally feel that Khalid could have done better or even made it if there were greater cooperation among the opposition parties. Only true opposition unity and cohesive machinery could destroy the BTF tactics (bribes, threats and frauds) launched by the corrupt BN coalition.

I strongly suggest DAP to openly team up with PKR, and PKR to team up with Pas. And DAP and Pas must at the same time declare that their common enemy is the Umno-led BN coalition. DAP and Pas may not be allies but we are certainly friends in the opposition. It’s only natural that friends in the opposition must put aside our differences for the benefit of the rakyat. We need to help each other to challenge our common enemy.

We will never be able to convince everyone to agree with the strategic partnership among the opposition parties. But politics is about taking risks. The fear of losing seats is something we need to overcome. The ruling class and those with vested interest will be all out to discourage the opposition from achieving true unity and full cooperation. In short, they fear  opposition unity. They know if the opposition really works together, they will eventually lose their grip on power.

Dear fellow Malaysians, there’s no point crying over spilled milk. Ijok is just a temporary setback. We must not lose sight and we certainly must not lose hope. Ijok is nothing compared to the real war-general elections.

The defeat in Ijok actually gives me hope. What about you?

Source: Malaysiakini

HAPPY Labour Day! Highest tribute to all workers who contribute towards nation-building and a peaceful and prosperous society.

The voice of conscience from the Crown Prince of Perak

April 5, 2007

Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, the Raja Muda of Perak must be commended for his boldness and sincerity. He said all  Malaysians must defend and promote the integrity of the Federal Constitution.

What Raja Nazrin, the Crown Prince of Perak, has addressed in a recent forum organised by the Bar Council and Transparency International KL Chapter certainly deserved our attention. Umno leaders who subscribe to the Malay supremacy (ketuanan Melayu) concept should heed the call and abandon all race based policies for the good of all Malaysians.

the Sun today carries his speech in full. Grab a copy today. It’s FREE! (Congrats to the Sun for achieving a circulation of 275 thousand as endorsed by ABC)

Raja Nazrin: M’sians must defend, promote integrity of Constitution

 

Cindy Tham
The Sun

All Malaysians must defend and promote the integrity of the Federal Constitution, the Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah said today.

The Raja Muda listed this as one of seven things Malaysia has to do to ensure it continues to be successful at nation building.

“All Malaysians, regardless of race and religion, have a place in this nation, and society must recognise that they share a common home and responsibility to build the nation together.

“Malaysians of all races, religions, and geographic locations need to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have a place under the Malaysian sun.

“Only when each citizen believes he or she has a common home and is working towards a common destiny, will he or she make the sacrifices needed for the long haul.”

He said the Constitution, the Rukun Negara and Vision 2020 encapsulated the rights, hopes and aspirations of the people.

He stressed that the integrity of these documents, especially the Constitution, must be defended and promoted.

Raja Nazrin said these in his keynote address at the Young Malaysians’ Roundtable Discussion on National Unity and Development in Malaysia: Prospects and Challenges for Nation Building.

The discussion was organised by the Bar Council’s National Young Lawyers Committee and Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute’s Centre for Public Policy Studies.

Eleven panellists shared their views at the discussion, attended by some 150 participants from the legal fraternity, non-governmental organisations, government departments and the public.

The other six guidelines for successful nation-building are:

* In seeking solutions to problems in nation building, don’t assume away problems.

“Nation-building is required precisely because there are stark differences within society. There will therefore be chauvinistic groups in this country, just as there are in others. They will fight the idea of national unity, block social change and try to be politically dominant.”

He pointed out that the existence of such groups meant that society must be prepared to “negotiate our way through and around these differences”.

“We can, for example, create social movements that aim to enlighten and dissuade popular support being given to them.”

* Nation-building requires accommodation and compromise.

“In our haste to be prescriptive, we should not be so idealistic that we are incapable of also being practical.”

Nazrin said to seek the best solutions, society should be prepared to “sacrifice some part of our positions for the good of the whole”.

* Avoid enforced solutions.

“Nation building is effectively rendered null and void by coercion or the threat of violence. ‘Might’ cannot and must not be shown to be ‘right’. If solutions cannot be found within the political and social structures, there will be a strong temptation to resort to illegitimate ways and means.”

* Be open, tolerant and forward-looking

“Only by being inclusive and participative can the various sectors of our society be productively engaged. It follows that all forms of extremism, chauvinism, racism and isolationism must be guarded against. They must be soundly sanctioned socially, politically and, if necessary, also legally.”

* Nation building is a process, not an outcome

It takes time and persistence to build a nation. “Where there is no trust, trust has to be built. Where there is no cooperative network, one has to be established. Building on layers of foundation is the only way to ensure that the process is solid and sustainable.”

* Political, social and economic incentives must reward good behaviour and penalise bad.

“The incentives for building up a nation must be greater and more compelling than breaking it down. The price of racial and cultural intolerance must be made prohibitively high.”

Po Kuan : Do away with bumi and non-bumi

April 2, 2007
Kudos to Fong Po Kuan! In today’s Parliamentary session, she has rightly called for the abandonment of race-based policies and do away with the division of bumi and non-bumi. But frankly, that can only happens if we could throw away the present Umno-led Barisan Nasional Government because they were the real culprits of racial politics.The young MP from Batu Gajah also said that the so-called Islam Hadhari concept was not functioning.  I totally agreed with Po Kuan because draconian acts like ISA (imprisonment without trial) has no place in Islam. AAB, what have you got to say?Malaysiakini has the report…

MP: End racial divisions

Bede Hong
Apr 2, 07 5:08pm
An opposition parliamentarian told the Dewan Rakyat today that a divisive line still runs between the major races in the country and called for the abandonment of race-based policies.This was greeted by jeers from her Barisan Nasional (BN) counterparts.Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) said the government’s Islam Hadhari or civilisational Islam concept was not functioning. To illustrate her point, she cited cases of wastage in government expenditure.

“Why are we still divided into bumiputeras and non-bumiputeras?” she asked when debating the motion of thanks on the royal address.

“Although our ancestors came here hundreds of years ago, we are still categorised differently from bumiputeras,” she said.

She said students are given different examinations despite coming from the same school.

“The non-bumiputeras have to take the STPM (examination) while bumiputeras are able to take matriculation. This (divisiveness) has gone into education,” she added.

Fong noted that although race-based policies were meant to eradicate poverty, this has threatened national unity.

She said government projects were only tendered to bumiputera contractors.

“These are just a few examples … The colonialists practiced a policy of divide and rule … how different really are the policies today? We are all anak (children of) Malaysia. We can march forward together, but the government must stop race-based politics.

“There is just too much politics nowadays. Everything is being politicised to the point where it has slowed progress,” she added.

Handphones and nasi bungkus

Fong then proceeded to criticise BN MPs for ‘wasting’ taxpayers’ money.

“Parliamentary briefings by ministries are now conducted in five star hotels, where each table is charged RM1,000. They (the MPs) get mobile phones,” she said, drawing jeers.

“Why is this waste going on? It’s not that we are jealous. We ( the opposition) don’t mind if we eat nasi bungkus.

“This is a waste of money. We can hold the briefings in Parliament. Where is Islam Hadhari?” she added.

She also criticised the giving out of gold jalur gemilang pins to BN Mps.

“This is an example of wastage. The money could have been spent on schools in Sarawak … or in Kinabatangan (Sabah) where there is no electricity,” she pointed out.

Fong also lamented that non-bumiputeras are perceived to be constantly questioning the status of Islam in this country.

“I have the utmost respect for Islam. It’s status is protected by the Federal Constitution. My argument is to practice the slogans that you preach,” she added.

Later, Mohamad Aziz (Sri Gading – BN) attacked the opposition MP.

“Why does DAP always waste time raising such trivial matters. Can’t they see that the government has done much for the people,” he said.

“Let DAP mull over their complaints if they can form a government,” he added.

Notis: Kursus Alternatif Modul Hubungan Etnik anjuran Y4C

March 2, 2007

Kursus Alternatif Modul Hubungan Etnik -Keberkesanan dan Cabaran untuk Merealisasikan Hubungan Etnik Rapat

v      Apakah keberkesanan Modul ini dalam merapatkan hubungan etnik di Malaysia?

v      Sejauh manakah proses konsultasi dibuat dalam proses mengeluarkan modul ini?

v      Apakah posisi yang diambil oleh penulis modul ke atas isu-isu yang dikatakan “sensitif” atau “kontroversial”?

v      Apakah dengan mengelakkan isu-isu tersebut, keharmonian antara kaum dapat dipupuk?

Kesemua pertanyaan ini akan diperbincangkan dalam Kursus Alternatif Modul Hubungan Etnik yang dianjurkan oleh Youth for Change (Y4C), bersama-sama dengan Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) Youth Section dan Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD).

Semua dijemput hadir! PERCUMA!!!

Tempat : Auditorium, Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (SCAH), near Stesyen Monorail Maharajarela

Masa: 8.00pm-10.00pm

Bahasa: Bahasa Malaysia dan Bahasa Inggeris

Forum I: Sejauhmanakah Modul Hubungan Etnik Mewujudkan Keharmonian Masyarakat?Tarikh: 6 March 2007 (Selasa)

1)Prof Dato’ Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin (Ketua Penyelaras Modul Hubungan Etnik, Pengarah ATMA, UKM)

2)Dr.Syed Husin Ali (Tim. Presiden KeADILan, Bekas Prof. Sains Kemasyarakatan UM)

Forum II: Apakah Pandangan Anak Muda Terhadap Modul Hubungan Etnik?Tarikh:13 March 2007 (Selasa)

1) Sdr. Khoo Kay Peng (Pengarah Eksekutif Think Tank SEDAR)

2) Sdr. Ramadhan Fitri Ellias (Bekas Presiden Majlis Perwakilan Mahasiswa, UM)

3) *Wakil Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM)

Forum III: Adakah Modul Hubungan Etnik Menggalakkan Penyertaan Masyarakat Sivil?Tarikh: 20 March 2007 (Selasa)

1)Sdr. Lee Ban Chen (Chinese educationer, Kolumnis semasa )

2)Sdr. K. Arumugam (Penulis buku “March 8” yang diharamkan baru-baru ini, Pengerusi Malaysia Tamil Education

   Research & Development Foundation)

3)Sdr. Hishammuddin Rais (Aktivis sosial, Kolumnis semasa, Bekas pemimpin mahasiswa 70-an yang terkenal)

Forum IV: Adakah Hubungan Etnik Mesra Satu Impian Jauh?Tarikh: 27 March 2007 (Selasa)

1)*Prof. Johan Saravanamuttu (Bekas Prof. Sains Kemasyarakatan, USM)

2)*Dr. Sumit Mandal (Ahli Penyelidik IKMAS, UKM)

* Tentatively

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