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By-elections in Perak February 1, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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The Speaker of the Perak state assembly has announced that the two assemblymen / Exco members have tendered their resignation, thus vacating their seats.

Two of them remain missing and incommunicado.

One of them Capt Osman (rtd), is my colleague i.e. Exco for Tourism. In fact, he is quite a easy-going, delightful chap, and loyal to the core to Anwar Ibrahim and KeADILan. I shall miss him during our Pakatan (Tourism) caucus.

Personally, I find it hard to believe that he would switch camps. I suspect foul-play. It was this Monday, day 2 of Chinese New Year that I spoke at length with his lawyer, Capt Yunus about Capt Osman’s court case due on 10th Feb. Yunus was very excited and confident about the trial, and I told him that I would try to make it too. Then mid-week, I received a message from his legal partner and my old schoolmate, Wende, who caught a whiff of the rumour. I was surprised and told her to ignore the rumours.

I then tried to call and message him later this week, without success. The last time I saw Capt Osman was in Alor Setar for our Pakatan Rakyat’s MB Council meeting.

I hope he is well, wherever he is, that he is unharmed and I pray for his safe return.


(K. Terengganu) Nomination eve’s scare tactic January 5, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Politics.
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A new year. A by-election. The first politically-motivated arrests of 2009.

Fariz Musa, the KeADILan Youth chief of Terengganu, the state secretary Wan Amirudin Wan Ahmad and 4 others were arrested in Kuala Terengganu at 5.10 am while prepping for tomorrow’s nomination day.

Surely BN is confident enough of a “sure-win” not to have to resort to such dirty tactics?

KeADILan’s Malaysian Economic Agenda (MEA) March 16, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
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Let there be no confusion about this.

KeADILan Media Statement (English)
15th March 2008


Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) has a clear and firm stand on the New Economic Policy (NEP). As explained by the Ketua Umum of the Party, Anwar Ibrahim in his 20-page article as well as through his many public pronouncements and ceramah, and further reaffirmed in several Party documents, including the Election Manifesto, we intend to replace the NEP with the Malaysian Economic Agenda.

The NEP, after nearly 40 years is already anachronistic. It has been abused by a handful leaders and cronies in Umno-Bn to rob the country of its wealth to enrich themselves, in the name of the Malays as a whole. It has led to discriminatory practices that are against the spirit of justice and fairness for all Malaysians, particularly the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged groups of all races.

The Malaysian Economic Agenda aspires to:

(a) institute and implement fair, just and equitable redistribution of the wealth in the country;

(b) fight against and finally abolish the evil practices of corruption, cronyism and nepotism and ensure the award of contracts and projects are done in open and transparent manner;

(c) continue the policy of positive discrimination in favour of poor dan deprived Bumiputera while at the same time giving equal opportunities to poor and deprived non-Bumpiputera on the basis of need and not racial greed;

(d) utilise the wealthy resources of the country to provide better social facilities – especially education, health and housing – for the poor, irrespective of ethnic backgrounds; and

(e) generate pro-people development and strengthen the competitive capacity of Malaysia so that she can stand tall with all developed countries, starting with those in Asia.

Those leaders of Umno-Bn and the media they own that accuse Parti Keadilan Rakyat as having no stand on the NEP and on other ways of improving the lot of the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged Malays are deliberately indulging in lies to mislead the public. We wish to emphasise that a policy of positive discrimination in favour of all Malaysians who are poor, marginalized and disadvantaged will benefit the Malay rakyat more, because they form the big majority of this category of people.

Dr. Syed Husin Ali
Deputy President
Parti KeADILan Rakyat

(GE12) PKR reps in a rush to get down to work March 11, 2008

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(Malaysiakini) A real carnival atmosphere was evident at PKR’s de facto Anwar Ibrahim’s house in Segambut last night. The reason was obvious – the party has had its best ever results in a general election, winning 31 parliamentary and 40 state seats.

The manner in which the party’s new Yang Berhormats patted each other on the back and shook hands, it was evident that this was a significant achievement for the party.

More interestingly, they had achieved this as a single party with three different races fighting on issues for everyone instead of their own communities.


(GE12) Nominations through February 24, 2008

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In the Subang (P107) constituency, all Opposition candidates got their nominations approved. 🙂 It’s all straight fights in the state seats (Kota Damansara, Paya Jeras and Bukit Lanjan) as well as the Parliament seat.

The morning was not without the usual Election Commission nonsense. At the freshly painted green gates of the multipurpose hall, MBPJ Bandar Utama, we were refused entry initially. Apparently, the candidates, proposers and seconders all had to have name tags with a photo for ID purposes (and not all of us were given that).

No photo, no tag, no entry,” claimed an EC guy.
Isn’t MyKad enough? Is it not an ID?” I shouted.
You’re denying our democratic right to file our papers????” exclaimed one of the nominators.


(BN) Bengang Nasional February 20, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Malaysia, Politics.
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I think this KeADILan GE12 manifesto (Reduce petrol price) is a runway success. Buat BN bengang…

It got a lot of people trying to recall their Form Five Math classes, like the son-in-law of the acting/(ex)-PM who forgot this chap called Anwar Ibrahim.

“I did some calculations on PKR’s promises to give everything for free and do you want to know what would be the outcome? Our country will be as poor as the African nations.” (Malaysiakini, 20 Feb 2008)

That’s alright. Because Selangor will be like Singapore in 5 years time. LOL.

And Shafie Apdal, who is supposedly in charge of stopping prices from rising, once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, has this to say today:-

Increasing oil subsidy by the government will eventually lead to higher inflation, loss of business and lowering of living standard of living, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal said today. (Bernama, 20 Feb 2008)

Cari Sharlinie, atau cari pembangkang? February 5, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Nasib Sharlinie di tangan polis, tetapi kelihatan polis lebih minat menyekat ceramah KeADILan. 

Berita dari Saudara Nik Nazmi tentang peristiwa ini yang berlaku semalam:

Sudah sekian lama Keadilan Bahagian Kelana Jaya bertungkus lumus untuk Ceramah Perdana semalam di Pusat Khidmat Masyarakat kami di Desa Mentari. Permohonan permit polis sudah dibuat, puluhan kain rentang sudah dipasang, ribuan handbill, SMS dan jemputan Facebook sudah dihantar.

Apabila saya tiba di Desa Mentari bersama ibubapa saya kelihatan sudah ramai anggota polis di sana – ada sekurang-kurangnya tiga puluh orang berpakaian seragam (SB wallahualam lah). Pihak UMNO di saat akhir menganjurkan kejohanan futsal remaja betul-betul bertentangan tapak ceramah. Hari sebelumnya MB Selangor Datuk Seri Khir Toyo hadir di Desaria, tidak jauh di Desa Mentari.

Tidak lama kemudian tayangan perhimpunan Bersih 10 November dibuat. Tiba-tiba pihak polis meminta agar tayangan dihentikan ‘kerana mengganggu penduduk setempat’. Kami akur, dan menghentikan tayangan tersebut.

Kehadiran makin bertambah, dengan pelbagai kaum – kira-kira 60% Melayu, 30% India dan 10% Cina. Saudara Halimey, Ketua Angkatan Muda Selangor dan juga Kelana Jaya memulakan majlis dengan meminta hadirin memberi tepukan gemuruh kepada pasukan polis kerana kerjasama mereka. Beliau juga menggesa agar semua bertenang dan menjaga tatatertib meskipun provokasi dari kelompok UMNO di padang futsal.

Tetapi apabila nampak hadirin mencapai kira-kira 3,000 orang pihak polis berubah fikiran. Mereka bertemu pimpinan bahagian dan minta ceramah dihentikan. Speaker yang berada di padang mesti dicabut, dan speaker yang berada di Pusat Khidmat dihalakan ke dalam.

Namun orang ramai tidak takut. Kebanyakan terus berada di padang, dan memberi sambutan hangat sebaik sahaja Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiba sekitar jam 9.45 malam. Selepas berunding dengan polis, mereka membenarkan beliau bercakap hanya di dalam Pusat Khidmat. Walaupun hanya sayup-sayup kedengaran di luar, orang ramai tidak berganjak walaupun seinci.

Seorang anggota Puteri UMNO cuba mendengar ceramah Datuk Seri dengan duduk di depan, dekat dengan premis kami. Beliau menerima baik risalah yang kami berikan. “Buat apalah polis ni ramai-ramai di sini. Kalau cari Sharlinie kan lagi bagus?”

Bagi penduduk Desa Mentari tentu lebih terasa ironi kehadiran polis sebegitu ramai. Sebelum insiden Sharlinie hampir mustahil bertemu polis di kawasan perumahan mereka. Bukannya mereka tak mahu menjaga anak-anak mereka, tetapi kebanyakannya memegang dua kerja untuk menempuhi kenaikan harga. Anak-anak pula lebih suka bermain di atas tanah, memandangkan rumah flat mereka agak sempit dan tidak selesa.

Pada akhir ceramah tersebut,, anggota Puteri UMNO tersebut antara puluhan orang ramai yang mendaftar menjadi ahli KeADILan. Kejohanan futsal tersebut terus berlangsung, walaupun kebanyakan remaja tersebut bersekolah pada hari ini!

Sebaik sahaja naik kereta untuk pulang, bapa saya yang sudah berusia 77 tahun mengeluh, “Apa nak jadi pada negara ini?”

(PRU12) Anwar: Lower petrol price if Opposition wins January 21, 2008

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Speaking at a dinner in Kajang (14/01/2008), Anwar Ibrahim pledged that he would reduce the price of petrol if KeADILan won the election.

(GE12) Good news to jumpstart 2008 January 7, 2008

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Week 1 2008.

It’s been raining bad news one after another for Barisan Nasional (BN) – Sex tape, rationing of cooking oil, school fees which in fact weren’t abolished, toll hike, impending petrol price hike, and now news that refined floor may be hit next (Source: Kosmo 7 Jan 2008).

But at the Opposition end, this bit of news is a fantastic start to 2008, which the voters will no doubt appreciate deeply. (more…)

Lingam tape – Whistleblowers to be charged October 5, 2007

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This was Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007

We may be chanting in due time, “Save the whistleblower”, next to “Save the Judiciary”, if this is allowed to go on.

This was Thursday, 4 Oct 2007

Reveal the source of the ‘VK Lingam’ video or go to jail. This is the ultimatum given by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to two PKR members (Vice president and senior human rights lawyer R. Sivarasa (right) and party worker TT Sim). (lead story in Malaysiakini)

ACA goes after PKR whistleblowers (The Sun lead story, internet edition)

Today is Friday 5 October 2007.