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.


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


PM Said “No” To Anwar ~ malaysiakini

September 19, 2008

As expected, the Prime Minister has rejected Datuk Seri Anwar’s call for an emergency Parliament session. So the next step is for the Pakatan Rakyat to request for a session with the King.

PM rejects ‘no confidence’ session
Beh Lih Yi & Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Sep 18, 08 6:15pm

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today rejected a call by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for an emergency Parliament session to debate a no-confidence motion.

– Abdullah: No further ISA arrests
– Council notes Muhyiddin’s concerns

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Is Anwar The Culprit of Malaysia’s Economy Slump ? ~ malaysiakini

September 18, 2008

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad took a swipe at Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, pronouncing him a threat to Malaysia’s economy. The big question is, how is Anwar able to condemn Malaysia’s economy while it is Abdullah who holds Malaysia’s Finance Ministry ?

Was it Anwar who increased the price of petrol & diesel in June 2008 ?
Was it Anwar who let the price of goods inflate due the increasing costs ?
Was it Anwar who let the inflation rate rise ?
Was it Anwar who increased public-sector spending through the years ?
Was it Anwar who expanded the national debt ?
Was it Anwar who let all this happen due to flip-flop decisions ?

Please read the article below, which summarizes Abdullah’s economic prowess.

Taken from themalaysianinsider.com

Pak Lah’s Economic Reckoning

SEPT 18 | Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced this week that he has enough parliamentary support to unseat the current government, led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. If he does, Abdullah’s lacklustre economic management will be largely to blame.

The prime minister has not introduced any substantive reforms during his nearly five years in office, preferring to rely instead on opening up the government purse. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan announced in 2005, he expanded public-sector spending to RM200 billion annually from RM160 billion. In his Midterm Plan Review this year, he increased this outlay to RM240 billion. The national debt now stands at RM285 billion, up from RM192 billion in 2004. The official fiscal deficit has risen to 4.8% of GDP this year, from 3.2% last year. Revenue is being spent faster than it is coming in.

It’s hard to argue that these outlays have served the broad public interest. Much of the funding has been channelled to elites in the majority Malay community, under the country’s pro-Malay affirmation action programme. That has created discontent with many Malay who don’t see the full benefits of the programme, and among the minority Chinese and Indians, who are excluded from it altogether.

Abdullah’s stewardship has had a real impact on the economy. Capital flight has risen sharply; Malaysian investment abroad now exceeds inward foreign investment. The Kuala Lumpur stock exchange has lost almost one-fifth of its value this year to date. Malaysia’s currency, the ringgit, saw its biggest one-month loss last month since the end of the dollar peg in 2005. Although GDP growth has averaged a robust 5% annual growth under Abdullah, that record is now under threat. Inflation reached a record 8.5% this summer. Job creation has reached record lows, as unemployment, particularly among young majority Malays, remains high. Ironically, only the opposition-led state governments are attracting new foreign investment and without the federal government’s help, no less.

Abdullah’s 2004 attempts to promote growth and investment such as through the promotion of the biotechnology and agricultural industries have failed. He also fumbled discussions with the United States on a free trade agreement, which have now stalled. What Malaysia really needs is education reform and the liberalisation of its labour markets to improve its economic competitiveness.

The political opposition, in the form of Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition, have seized on these issues. They have promised to root out corruption and to implement a new economic policy to address the concerns of all ethnic communities in Malaysia. Their platform aims to move beyond populist spending to introduce structural reforms in government procurement programmes and in the management of government-linked companies.

When Abdullah assumed office in 2004, he inherited an economy in need of structural reform. Malaysians have had to pay for his poor stewardship through higher prices, stagnating wages and growing private sector debt. Soon, Abdullah may have to pay the political price for that record. Wall Street Journal Asia.

At the same press conference, Abdullah passes his finance portfolio to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as Finance Minister, while he takes over as defence minister. Though this is seen as a step towards handing over of the premiership to Najib, some might say that this is just an entrapment to highlight Najib’s in-experience in handling the economy.


Anwar Dares Abdullah To Parliament ~ malaysiakini

September 18, 2008

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dares Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad to re-convene Parliament session next Tuesday if he really wants to see the list MPs who has turned their back on BN. This move was taken after the Prime Minister spoke publicly that he will not entertain Datuk Seri Anwar for a meeting to discuss transition plan.

Anwar seeks emergency House session
Sep 18, 08 2:27pm

Opposition Leader leader Anwar Ibrahim today said he has sent a letter to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi asking him to convene an emergency session of the Parliament for an emergency motion to debate on the premier’s government.

– Letter sent to PM today
– Hold it no later than Tuesday

Minute-by-minute report :

1406: The press conference is about to start.

1419: The room is filled the loud chattering of several dozen media personnel present. The media conference has not yet started.

1422: The press conference gets underway. Anwar clarifies that the letter he sent to the PM used diplomatic language such as ensuring national security, “We can’t very well say we want to topple you.”

1426: Anwar says a letter has been sent to the PM asking him to convene an emergency sitting of Parliament. It warrants an immediate response. Any delay would be interpreted as sabotage of the democratic process.

1429: Anwar has met key fund managers and they told him they wanted to see comprehensive reforms: judificial reforms, free media, investor-friendly policies, a professional police force. The current administration has done nothing to advance these reforms.

1431: ”There is no reason for me to be arrested under the ISA,” says Anwar. “We have a major economic crisis… it is therefore important for them to think of the nation and not for themselves. This is now a minority government. The majority of MPs are now with us.”

1433: If this is rejected, Anwar says Pakatan will call an urgent meeting to discuss their options. “It is critical for the PM to respond.”

1436: What is required of the PM is for him to know that we have the majority. He can find out if Anwar is telling the truth by convening Parliament.

1438: The MPs want Anwar to give a guarantee that they will be allowed to attend Parliament safely on Tuesday.

1440: He explains why they can’t wait for Parliament to convene on 13 Oct. He says the country is in a state of a political and economic flux and there is a need to resolve this quickly.

1443: “Tuesday is the critical date,” says Anwar. “I said we have the list of names, we want to share the list with the PM, failing which we will go to Parliament. You want me to reveal the list and let them be harassed?”

@ anilnetto.com

And finally, the official statement :

Call for Emergency Session of Parliament by September 23
By Anwar Ibrahim 49 Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2008

Today Pakatan Rakyat leaders have submitted a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to call an emergency session of Parliament to deliberate a motion of censure against the leadership of YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi no later than Tuesday 23 September 2008.

This is in accordance with Order 11(3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament and warrants an immediate response given the gravity of today’s political impasse. A delay in his response would be interpreted as nothing short of a further sabotage of the democratic process and abuse of Executive Power.

The Prime Minister’s haggling on the syntax of our first letter is puerile at best. The intent of our meeting as described in that letter was clearly to discuss the future course of the nation’s leadership – though in deference to his position and in accordance with acceptable norms we remain considerate and polite in our approach.

I find the Prime Minister’s comment about me in his press conference yesterday to be reckless and irresponsible in light of the disastrous outcome of last Friday’s ISA raids.

He has conflated what is essentially an issue of democracy, freedom and the rule of law with national security. The use of the ISA to harass and detain duly elected political opponents is a grave transgression of the law and its continued use would further erode confidence in the current government and exacerbate political instability.

As the incumbent Prime Minister actively holding office and exercising all Executive powers, and as the outgoing Finance Minister, we hold him fully accountable for the current political turmoil and mismanagement of the nation’s economy. His accusation that I have had an adverse impact on the nation’s economy is entirely without basis.

I have met with the key fund managers in the region, representing over USD 1 trillion in assets, and on multiple occasions they were unanimously in support of comprehensive reforms in Malaysia including judicial independence, a free media, a more professional police force and anti-corruption agency, investor friendly laws and assurances on the non-interference of politicians in the governance of Bank Negara. These are policies Pakatan Rakyat has promised to implement– and initiatives that the current administration has done virtually nothing to advance since March 8th.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
Leader of Opposition
De-facto leader, Keadilan

@ anwaribrahimblog.com


Mission : 3P (Part 6)

August 29, 2008

With the rejections, tha game is still wide open

Sabah MPs reject loyalty pledge

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 29 —Sabah Barisan Nasional MPs have rejected the idea of a pledge of loyalty, a move bound to fuel more political uncertainty.

The decision also confirms speculation that several MPs from the state are keeping their options open.

Yesterday, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal lead a group of about 20 MPs in calling speculation that they were crossing over to Pakatan Rakyat nothing more than lies by irresponsible parties.

He said the MPs would sign a pledge of loyalty to the ruling coalition to be sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“We are not commodities to be bought and sold. We have our honour,” he told a press conference in the Parliament lobby.

Today, Kimanis MP Datuk Anifah Aman said he would not sign such a pledge, saying it was “degrading and humiliating”.

Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh, who also said he would not sign such a pledge, said the pledge seemed to infer that Sabah MPs could not be trusted.

Karambunai MP Datuk Eric Majimbun, the Sabah Progressive Party deputy president, said neither he nor fellow SAPP MP Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui of Tawau would be signing such a pledge.

Taken from : themalaysianinsider.com.my


Mission : 3P (Part 5)

August 29, 2008

As I have strongly suspected, the defection will not only involve the Sabah & Sarawak MPs. They will be mass defection from various parties, as there has been suggestion that a few MCA MPs will join the action. As with UMNO, not all of their leaders are corrupted. Datuk Seri Anwar also have strong connection from his previous time with UMNO. Most probably he has adviced them to lie low since 1998.

Pakatan Rakyat Kini Semakin Kukuh, Dua AP Terengganu Mungkin Lompat
Ditulis oleh SM Noor
Friday, 29 August 2008

KTerengganu – Dengan kembalinya Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Parlimen, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) menjadi lebih kukuh dengan membentuk satu gabungan lebih yang kuat.

Kelmarin, Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Terengganu, Dato’ Wan Abd Muttalib Embong mencadangkan agar PAS, PKR dan DAP berbincang dengan lebih serius mengenai perkara tersebut demi kebaikan ketiga-tiga parti itu dan lima negeri naungannya.

Menurut beliau, cadangan itu dibuat bagi membolehkan setiap keputusan atau apa juga tindakan yang diambil oleh PR selepas ini dapat diselaraskan di semua negeri yang diperintah pembangkang agar keliha-tan lebih selari.

Justeru, cadangan Wan Muttalib tersebut telah mula kelihatan dengan pertemuan pertama Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang telah diadakan di Pejabat Ketua Pembangkang Tingkat 14, Bangunan Parlimen semalam ini.

Pertemuan tersebut telah dipengerusikan oleh Anwar telah dihadiri oleh Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Presiden PAS, Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dan Pengerusi DAP Karpal Singh.

Pertemuan tersebut menegaskan kembali pendirian parti-parti yang bergabung di bawah Pakatan Rakyat untuk memperkukuhkan semangat kerjasama masing-masing.

Dalam perkembangan yang sama, dua anggota parlimen dari negeri Terengganu mungkin akan melakukan lompatan, berhijrah meninggalkan Barisan Nasional dan menyertai Pakatan Rakyat.

”Bahkan saya juga terdengar, bahawa kalau ada yang menyeberangi masuk Pakatan Rakyat, maka ada ahli-ahli parlimen negeri Terengganu juga paling kurang dua orang, akan melompat masuk Pakatan Rakyat, “kata Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kawasan Ladang, Dato’ Tengku Hassan Tengku Omar ketika berucap di Kampung Tanjung Sabtu semalam.

Beliau berkata program 16 September Pakatan Rakyat menuju Putra Jaya dan mengubah kerajaan BN kepada kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat masih atas landasan yang betul.

Menurutnya, Timbalan Presiden PKR Azmin Ali mengesahkan perkara tersebut ketika ditemui semasa berkempen dalam pilihanraya kecil Permatang Pauh baru-baru ini.

Dalam masa yang sama, Tengku Hassan berkata, BN semakin lemah dengan parti-parti gabungan yang bernaung dibawahnya menyatakan hasrat untuk keluar dari BN.

“Di Perak Parti Gerakan meminta supaya keluar daripada BN, di Kedah juga, Parti Gerakan juga membuat cadangan kepada pimpinan (mereka) supaya keluar daripada BN,

“di Pulau Pinang, mereka (Parti Gerakan) merancang untuk juga membuat cadangan dalam kongres (Parti Gerakan) yang akan datang supaya keluar daripada BN, disetengah-setengah tempat MCA juga telah berbisik-bisik untuk juga mencadangkan supaya keluar daripada BN,

”mereka semua (parti-parti tersebut) menyalahkan kepada pimpinan Pak Lah (Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad badawi) menyebabkan mereka kalah dalam pilihanraya (umum) baru-baru ini,”ujar Tengku Hassan ketika mengulas tentang kebangkitan rakyat yang sedang berlaku diseluruh negara.

Pada 20 Ogos lalu, tokoh Parti Gerakan Pulau Pinang, Dato’ Toh Kin Woon bertindak keluar parti dan menyokong PKR membuktikan bahawa parti itu semakin tidak diterima ramai masyarakat.

Toh pernah menjadi Exco Kerajaan Negeri di bawah kepimpinan Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon kecewa dengan Gerakan kerana terlalu banyak penyelewengan dan penyalahgunaan kuasa dilakukan oleh kepimpinan negara.

Mengulas tentang kunjungan hormat pimpinan PAS Terengganu terhadap Menteri Besar Terengganu, Dato’ Ahmad Said, Dato’ Tengku Hassan berkata Ahmad lebih dilihat sebagai Menteri Besar ‘Yang DiPertuan Agong’ dari dilihat sebagai Menteri Besar UMNO.

”Bukan macam Menteri Besar UMNO, nampak macam Menteri Besar ‘Agong, sebab itu kita pergi ”kata beliau.

Menurut beliau sudah dua kali pertemuan diadakan antara pimpinan PAS dengan Ahmad Said.

Kunjungan hormat kali pertama adalah selepas ADUN PAS mengangkat sumpah di Dewan Undangan Negeri Mei lalu, manakala secara rasminya pertemuan kali kedua adalah pada 15 Julai lalu.

Taken from : buletinonline.net