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Anwar vs Najib ~ malaysiakini

September 30, 2008

Not much of a margin between Anwar and Najib in this survey, though 6% of Malaysia’s population of 27 million equates 1.62 million people.

Siapa PM yang lebih baik ?
Sep 29, 08 8:25pm

Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim muncul sebagai pilihan popular untuk menjadi perdana menteri, diikuti oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, demikian menurut hasil tinjauan pendapat oleh Merdeka Center.

Hasil tinjauan tersebut menunjukkan 40 peratus memilih Anwar manakala Najib memperolehi 34 peratus. Manakala satu perempat responden tidak dapat memilih atau yakin dengan kedua-dua calon tersebut.

Dalam soalan berasingan, 39 peratus bersetuju Najib boleh menjadi perdana menteri hyang baik, manakala 44 peratus lagi tidak bersetuju.

Ini dianggap sebagai satu berita baik untuk timbalan perdana menteri itu walaupun ketinggalan di belakang Anwar kerana peratusan penerimaannya sebagai perdana menteri telah meningkat lima peratus berbanding dengan tinjauan pendapat Julai lalu. Manakala peratusan untuk Anwar pula turun tiga peratus.

Ketika dihubungi, pengarah eksekutif Merdeka Center, Ibrahim Suffin berkata ini adalah kali pertama mereka membandingkan Anwar dengan Najib.

“Antara sebab kami turut memasukkan soalan itu kali ini ialah kerana tinjauan ini dijalankan di sekitar 16 September. Juga, Anwar telah menonjolkan diri sebagai bakal perdana menteri,” kata Ibrahim.

Sebelum ini, penasihat PKR itu telah menetapkan tarikh 16 September untuk mengambil alih pentadbiran kerajaan pusat dari Barisan Nasional.

Seramai 1,002 responden dipilih untuk tinjauan pendapat tersebut yang diadakan antara 11 hingga 22 September lalu.

Ejen Amerika

Dalam tinjauan itu juga, hanya 15 peratus percaya tuduhan salahlaku seks terhadap Anwar manakala 13 peratus lagi percaya beliau seorang “penjenayah seksual”.

Walaupun 21 peratus percaya dengan tuduhan bahawa beliau menjadi “ejen Amerika” tetapi 51 peratus lagi percaya ketua pembangkang itu seorang pemimpin yang “kuat dan berwawasan” serta “seorang pengurus ekonomi yang cekap”.

Penyokong Anwar adalah lebih pelbagai kaum, berbanding dengan penyokong Najib yang sebahagian besarnya orang Melayu. Bagaimanapun, tidak dapat dipastikan sokongan sebenar orang Melayu kepada kedua-dua pemimpin tersebut.

Sebanyak 17 peratus orang responden Melayu percaya Anwar seorang “penjenayah seks” manakala hanya 8 peratus responden Cina dan 1 peratus responden India berkongsi sentimen tersebut.

Hasilnya adalah sama berhubung tuduhan Anwar seorang “ejen Amerika/Yahudi” dengan 28 peratus Melayu berkata “iya” berbanding dengan hanya 12 peratus (Cina) dan 4 peratus (India).

Apabila ditanya secara khusus sama ada Najib boleh menjadi perdana menteri yang baik – tanpa membandingkan beliau dengan orang lain – responden Melayu 52 peratus, Cina (29) dan India (10 peratus).

Mengenai Abdullah

Hasil tinjauan tersebut juga menunjukkan ranking bagi Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi tidak berubah berbanding dengan tinjauan bagi bulan Julai.

Bagaimanapun, ramai rakyat Malaysia (21 peratus) menyifatkan keadaan politik yang tidak menentu yang menyelubungi negara sekarang sebagai kebimbangan mereka yang paling besar – meningkat daripada 10 peratus berbanding dengan dua bulan lalu.

Sebanyak 50 peratus berkata mereka masih begitu bimbang dengan isu-isu ekonomi.


Now Even Gerakan Plans To Leave BN ~ malaysiakini

September 29, 2008

Just yesterday, UPKO threatens to withdraw from BN. Now, Gerakan is also mulling whether to withdraw from BN.

If I’m not mistaken, Gerakan have 2 MPs. So BN MPs :-
= 137 – 4 (UPKO) – 2 (Gerakan)
= 131

And yet, they still says that 916 is of no significant to Malaysia … haha

Gerakan pertimbang keluar BN
Sep 28, 08 10:19pm

Gerakan menimbang untuk meninggalkan Barisan Nasional dan menyertai Pakatan Rakyat, kata pemangku Presiden Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon hari ini.

Dua lagi pilihan dalam pertimbangan parti itu termasuklah kekal bersama BN atau keluar dan menjadi sebuah parti bebas tanpa sebarang pakatan, katanya seperti dilaporkan laman web The Star.

Tambahnya, kemungkinan meninggalkan BN dan menyertai Pakatan tergantung pada situasi politik saat ini.

“Kita tidak menutup sebarang kemungkinan,” Koh dipetik sebagai berkata selepas merasmikan konvensyen tahunan Gerakan Wilayah Persekutuan di Kuala Lumpur.

Beliau berkata, sentimen 60 peratus ahli-ahli mahukan Gerakan meninggalkan BN, bagaimanapun keputusan itu harus mengambil kira pelbagai faktor dan bukan sentimen semata-mata.

Mengulas 20 anggota Gerakan Wilayah Persekutuan termasuk bekas ketua penerangannya Gan Kok Keng dan bekas ketua bahagian Setiawangsa Li Tiam Chai yang menyertai PKR, Koh berkata beliau terperanjat dengan keputusan mendadak itu.

Minggu lepas, tambah tambahnya, Li masih tidak menunjukkan sebarang tanda tidak senang dengan Gerakan.

Di sidang media yang sama, Koh menawarkan diri untuk jawatan presiden apabila parti itu mengadakan pemilihan kebangsaan bulan depan tetapi akan berkhidmat tidak lebih dari dua penggal sekiranya dipilih, lapor Bernama.

“Saya menetapkan tempoh masa untuk diri saya, iaitu saya berkemungkinan tidak akan melewati dua penggal, mungkin lebih pendek,” katanya.

Baru-baru ini Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP) membuat keputusan keluar BN selepas beberapa bulan berusaha mengusulkan undi tidak percaya terhadap perdana menteri, yang juga pengerusi BN, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Other sources : thestar.com.my | Bintulu.Org


Will UPKO Do A ‘SAPP’ ?

September 28, 2008

UPKO have 4 MPs :
1. Tan Sri Bernard Dompok (Penampang)
2. Datuk Wilfred Bumburing
3. Datuk Dr Marcus Majigoh (Putatan)
4. Datuk Siringan Gubat (Ranau)

If they leave, BN will be further reduced to 133 seats.

On September 17th, SAPP left BN.

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok’s statement on September 19th regarding SAPP’s withdrawal from BN.

Will UPKO Do A ‘SAPP’ ?
Newmond Tibin, BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU : When Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee announced the party’s decision to leave the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition on Sept 17, it did not surprise many people as it was expected.

This was because three months earlier, SAPP had given some indication of its intentions.

But when United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) yesterday threatened to review its position in Barisan Nasional, it came as a shock; as it was reminiscent of SAPP’s political move.

Upko is the second BN component party in Sabah to make a “strong statement” against BN after SAPP.

While SAPP unveiled Sabah-related issues as its political “weapon”, Upko appeared to be unhappy with the way the National Registration Department (NRD) handled the plight of 78-year-old Yong Lee Hua, a Sino-Kadazan, who was issued a red identiy card (IC) with the status of a permanent resident when she went to replace her blue IC that she lost in a supermarket in Penampang last year.

Surprised by the downgrading, Upko deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing was quoted as saying yesterday that taking away the citizenship of a locally-born Bumiputera and forcing the person to take permanent resident status was a shocking display of incompetence from a department rigged with controversies, including dubious ICs issued to illegal immigrants via false Statutory Declarations.

“This action by the NRD infringes the basic rights of Malaysians in Sabah and if it is not rectified, Upko must seriously review its position in Barisan,” said Bumburing, who is member of Parliment for Tuaran.

So will Upko follow SAPP because of its dissatisfaction with the BN? A local political analyst, Iskandar Martin Gayo, believed that Upko may have no plans to pull out of BN for now although the Sabah-based party had been quite vocal of late in airing the grouses and grievances of the people of Sabah.

“I think what Upko wants is for the government to rectify the ’mistake’ of a federal government department and it’s not an ultimatum. There is nothing wrong with it. After all what Upko is fighting for is for the good of the local people in Sabah.

“It’s already an open secret that Sabah is inundated with illegal immigrants and some of them have even managed to acquire the MyKad through dubious means, which ultimately qualifies for citizenship.

“How can these people get citizenship so easily when our own people are struggling to get it?” he asked.

He urged the federal government to let Sabahans lead the NRD and Immigration Department in Sabah as they would be more familiar with problems affecting the local population.

Iskandar said the state government under Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had been working hard, together with the federal government, to tackle the problem of illegal immigrants.

The issue of illegal immigrants, he said, should not arise anymore as the state and federal governments were serious about solving it once and for all by launching a massive operation to flush out illegals in Sabah recently.

“Recent operations had resulted in thousands of illegal immigrants being sent back to their country of origin. The local people should give the government a chance to complete this gigantic task; all this cannot be accomplished overnight,” he said.

Iskandar hoped the case involving Yong Lee Hua highlighted by Upko was an isolated one and without necessitating it having to think about its position in BN.

He said even Upko president and Penampang MP Tan Sri Bernard Dompok had previously denied that the party would leave BN.

Instead, Upko leaders would remain loyal to BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, he said.

Upko has four MPs — Dompok, Bumburing, Datuk Dr Marcus Majigoh (Putatan) and Datuk Siringan Gubat (Ranau). — BERNAMA


Petrol Price Revised (Should Have Been RM2.31)~ malaysiakini

September 25, 2008

Well, the government today announced a 10 sen reduction in petrol & diesel prices. The world oil price opened trading today at US$106.61 per barrel, though since the last price revision, it has dipped as low as US$90 per barrel.

Petrol prices cut by 10 sen
Sep 24, 08 2:08pm

The government has cut petrol and diesel prices by 10 sen to RM2.45 and RM2.40 per litre respectively effective tomorrow.

– Second cut in 2 months
– Festive cheer ahead of Raya

Oddly though, earlier this month, the Prime Minister promised a 15 sen reduction if world oil price stays below US$109 per barrel.

Turun lagi 15 sen – PM * Jika harga minyak mentah dunia di bawah AS$109 setong
Oleh HAMDEN RAMLI dan HELMI MOHD. FOAD

PUTRAJAYA 4 Sept. – Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata, harga runcit minyak petrol dan diesel mungkin diturunkan lagi sebanyak 15 sen daripada harga semasa, jika harga minyak mentah dunia stabil di bawah paras AS$109 setong sehingga akhir tahun ini.

Beliau berkata, di bawah formula pengiraan subsidi bahan api, semakan semula harga runcit petrol dan diesel akan dilakukan pada 1 Oktober ini atau pertengahan bulan tersebut.

“Harga minyak dunia turun dan naik. Kalau ia kekal AS$109 sehingga penghujung tahun ini, sudah tentu saya akan berasa amat gembira untuk mengumumkan penurunan sebanyak 15 sen daripada apa yang ada sekarang.

“Sama-samalah kita berdoa supaya (minyak dunia) tidak naik, kalau boleh biar turun lagi,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Majlis Kewangan Negara di sini hari ini.

According to my calculations, the government should have offered a 24 sen reduction. [ Refer : Are We Getting The RM0.30 Subsidy ? ]

The world oil price for today is US$106.61 per barrel.

1 crude oil barrel is equals to 159 liter, so :
US$106.61 / 159 = US$0.6705 per liter

The exchange rate is currently at RM3.4225 per US$1.00, so :
US$0.6705 x 3.4225 = RM2.2948 per liter

Add RM0.32 per liter for refining, taxes & other costs :
RM2.2948 + RM0.32 = RM2.6148 per liter

Minus RM0.30 per liter for fuel subsidy :
RM2.6148 – RM0.30 = RM2.3148 per liter


The Next Step For Pakatan Rakyat

September 24, 2008

A press statement by Datu Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

On Tuesday I met with Pakatan Rakyat leadership from PAS in Kota Bharu, Kelantan and from DAP in Kuala Lumpur. Kelantan Mentri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat and PAS President Hajji Hadi Awang reaffirmed their commitment to the spirit and the goals of the coalition and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng expressed his satisfaction in the progress being made to strengthen and broaden the consensus among the Pakatan Rakyat parties and supporters from BN.

We also discussed the next steps that Pakatan Rakyat should take towards forming a government that reflects the support of the majority of Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s failure to accede to our request for an emergency session of Parliament represents another attempt by the UMNO-led BN government to sabotage and scuttle the democratic process.

Nevertheless I along with my colleagues in Pakatan remain confident that the people’s desire for change shall soon be attained. We will proceed cautiously towards our goals and we agreed neither to be provoked into hasty action nor to take an irresponsible approach that would lead to instability and greater uncertainty in country. I am not aware of any negotiations taking place between Pakatan Rakyat and the Prime Minister—statements made yesterday suggesting that a line of communication was open were misinformed.

There is a crisis of confidence in the current leadership of the nation at a time when the Malaysian people are demanding solutions for the highest increases in prices in two decades, increasing joblessness and the dramatic decline in investor confidence.

While the newly appointed Finance Minister boasts that the country is in sound economic standing, the facts tell a different story. In 2008 already over RM 125 billion has been withdrawn from the country by investors weary of a government that has failed to implement a single reform to ensure judicial independence and that continues to use draconian laws such as the ISA to detain its citizens without due process of law.

These basic reforms are cornerstones of Pakatan Rakyat’s vision to revive the economy, to create more growth and good jobs for Malaysian people, to attract foreign investment, and to ensure adherence to constitutional guarantees including the position of Islam as the religion of the federation, the freedom to practice other religions, Bahasa Melayu as the national language and the freedom to practice mother tongue languages, and the status of the Malay kings and the special position of the Malays and bumiputera.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
Opposition Chief
De-facto leader, Keadilan


Lim Guan Eng Visits Fire Site

September 22, 2008

Guan Eng moved to tears as he consoles fire victims
by Bernard Cheah

SEBERANG PERAI (Sept 22, 2008) : Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was moved to tears today when he tried to console the victims of a predawn fire in Mak Mandin here, which claimed two lives and left 14 families homeless.

“Be strong, do not lose hope,” he told them at the Mak Mandin Murugan Hindu Temple, where a relief centre has been set up.

He said the state government will do its best to help the victims.

The fire, which broke out at about 1.30 am, destroyed 16 houses and left 72 people homeless at the Mak Mandin Green House area.

A resident, M. Raman, 72, died when he was trapped in his house, and another, Abdul Hamid, 63, succumbed to a heart attack at Seberang Jaya Hospital, where he was admitted after he collapsed during the fire.

About 40 fire fighters and eight fire engines were at the scene.

The Butterworth Fire Department, which responded to a call at 1.48am, managed to prevent the fire from spreading with the help of fire fighters from the Bandar Perda and Kuala Muda stations.

Welfare Department officers, and volunteers from the DAP Bagan Service Centre were at the scene to help the victims, who were taken to temporary relief centres at the Murugan Temple, Mak Mandin Buddhist Temple, and the Mak Mandin Community Centre.

Lim presented RM500 to each families. Health, welfare and caring society committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the victims would be moved to a low-cost housing estate in Ambang Jajar soon.

Also present were Lim’s wife and Kota Melaka MP Betty Chew, Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy, public works, utilities and transport committee chairman Lim Hock Seng, Bagan Dalam state assemblyman A. Thanasekharan and Padang Lalang state assemblyman Michael Tan Cheong Heng.

A spokesman from the Butterworth fire station said the cause of the fire and losses were being investigated.


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