The Sins of Khir Toyo

September 20, 2008

Khir Toyo was the previous MB of Selangor before Pakatan Rakyat took over.

* Sorry for the non-translation 🙂

Dosa-dosa besar Khir Toyo

Wak juga orang Jawa tapi wak tak suka apabila orang Jawa jadi sombong dan khianati bangsa Jawa.. Wak lega apabila Khir Toyo tidak lagi menjadi Menteri Besar tapi wak tidak puas hati bila dia tidak di bawa ke muka pengadilan dan terlepas dengan segala dosa yang dilakukan semasa menjadi Menteri Besar dahulu.

Kita renung kembali dosa-dosa yang telah dilakukannya dahulu :

1. Meluluskan projek pembina jalan merentasi bendang termahal, di Sekinchan, sejauh 20.5 km, bernilai RM92.5 juta kepada kontraktor yang hampir disenaraihitamkan, Meram Holdings. Menurut taksiran JKR, kos jalan itu tidak boleh melebihi RM50 juta. Subkontraktor yang menjalan semua projek berkenaan, Cabaran Wangsa, di miliki Pua Kim An, 27 tahun, tuan rumah yang pernah disewa oleh Khir, manakala seorang lagi pengarah syarikat, Ahmad Tarmizi Tajjeury adalah kroni Khir yang juga mendapat 100 ekar tanah yang memberi keuntungan minimum RM20 juta.

2. Meluluskan tanah 400 ekar di Shah Alam, pada 20 Disember 2000 kepada empat syarikat berbeza (Layar Kekal/ Tirai Gemilang, Samasys, Usahasewa Sdn Bhd), tetapi seorang nama pengarahnya (Samsuri Rahmat) hadir dalam semua syarikat tersebut, iaitu seolah-olah Khir meluluskan tanah berpontensi tinggi itu kepada seorang sahaja. Nilai tanah di kawasan berkenaan boleh mencapai RM1 juta untuk satu ekar. Samsuri boleh untung minimum RM300 juta dari tanah tersebut.

3. Meluluskan tanah kepada kroninya secara berulang kali dalam tempoh masa singkat. Daripada hanya dua mesyuarat Exco Kerajaan Negeri yang diambil secara rawak, iaitu pada 20 Nov. 2000 dan 4 Julai 2001, sekurang-kurangnya empat nama bertindan yang mendapat 100 ekar setiap orang, Ahmad Tarmizi Tajjeury, A.Rahman Mokhtar, Suzilawani Mustaphin dan Ali Nordin. Semua mereka ada hubungan, sama ada dengan Khir ataupun Setpol, Dr Karim Mansor. Sebahagian tanah ini telah dijual, dan pemiliknya boleh mengaut keuntungan RM200,000 seekar tanpa mengeluarkan modal walaupun satu sen.

4. Meluluskan tanah seluas 50 ekar setiap seorang kepada empat pemohon yang hanya baru berusia 20 tahun (Ahmad Azmir, Noor Ashikin, Mardhiah, Azril Yusri).Salah seorang darinya adalah anak pegawai Daerah Kuala Langat, di mana lokasi tanah itu dikesan. Difahamkan sebahagian anak-anak muda ini tidak tahu pun yang mereka mendapat tanah berkenaan kerana mereka hanya penama bagi pihak yang rapat dengan Khir. Mereka ini hanya menjadi pengarah syarikat, tidak pun sampai 40 hari sebelum Exco meluluskan permohonan mereka. Beberapa syarikat terbabit dikenal pasti mempunyai pemegang syer yang sama, yang terdiri dari dua wanita yang ketika permohonan diluluskan baru berumur 24 tahun.

5. Bagaimana Khir, pada bulan Mac 2001, hanya selepas 5 bulan menjadi MB, boleh membayar semua baki pinjaman rumahnya sebanyak RM150,000 secara tunai kepada BBMB Kajang. Kalaupun beliau tidak membelanjakan langsung elaun MBnya, beliau tidak mampu membayar semua pinjamannya itu.Rumah itu juga diubahsuai dengan kos yang besar, ini belum lagi dikira kos membina rumahnya sekarang di Simpang Lima, Tanjung karang, yang menelan belanja lebih RM300,000.

6. Menggunakan kuasa dan pengaruhnya sebagai Pengerusi PKNS untuk mendapatkan sebidang tapak banglo di Lot 14, Jalan 2/1G, Seksyen 2 Tambahan, Bandar Baru Bangi dengan diskaun hebat, 50%. Khir berbohong di Dun Selangor pada 31 Oktober 2001 apabila mendakwa beliau tidak membeli tanah itu, kononnya kerana tidak mampu dan dia juga menafikan pernah menerima dua tawaran dari PKNS dengan harga yang berbeza-beza. Salinan pembayarannya telah diperolehi.

7. Khir memberi sumbangan peribadinya, berbentuk telur ayam, ayam dan peralatan sekolah kepada pengundi di kawasannya, di Sungai Panjang pada 25 Disember 2000. Nilainya hampir RM200 ribu. Apabila dipersoalkan dari mana sumber kewangannya, beliau, melalui akhbar Malay Mail pada 15 Januari 2001 mendakwa sumbangan ayam diperolehi dari Lintang Bistari Sdn Bhd sebuah syarikat bumiputera yang menurut Khir adalah syarikat ternakan ayam terbesar di Sungai Panjang. tinjauan menunjukkan bukan ayam atau reban tidak ada di kawasan berkenaan, malahan bulu dan tahi ayam pun tiada.

8. Pada 17-18 April 2001, meluluskan kawasan kayu balak Kompartment 78 Hutan Simpan Hulu Langat kepada Fungsi Mewah Sdn. Bhd, seluas lebih 1200 ekar. Fungsi Mewah dimiliki oleh Pua Kim Seng, adik Pua Kim An, yang mana rumahnya bersebelahan rumah sewa Khir di Sekinchan dahulu. Pua Kim An juga dikesan mendapat tanah 100 ekar di Shah Alam. Keluarga Pua ini menyumbangkan dana kewangan yang besar kepada Khir semasa kempen pilihan raya 1999 dahulu.

9.Projek membekal dan memasang paip air besi keluli MS1200mm, dari Semenyih ke Banting sejauh 37.3 km, bernilai RM82,385,182.. Projek ini terlalu mahal dari taksiran awal, yang tidak boleh melebihi RM40 juta. Dan jika sumber air diambil dari Pekan Dengkil kemungkinan jaraknya dapat dipendekkan menjadi hanya 20 km dan ini lebih menguntungkan. Ahli keluarga terdekat Khir didakwa mendapat imbuhan berpuluh juta daripada kontraktor LBH Engineering.

10. Meluluskan konsesi membekalkan peralatan paip air untuk jabatan Bekalan Air Selangor kepada syarikat milik Naib Ketua Umno Tanjong Karang, JAKS Sdn Bhd. Harga paip JAKS 50% lebih tinggi daripada harga kilang. Bayangkan, untuk 1 meter paip, harga JAKS adalah RM900 sedangkan harga kilang hanya RM600. Selangor mahu tukar 5,000 km paip,jadi berapa untung JAKS?

11. Meluluskan kawasan balak di Kompatmen 78, Hutan Simpan Hulu Langat, seluas lebih 1,200 ekar kepada Fungsi Mewah, milik Pua Kim Seng, iaitu abang kepada Pua Kim Seng, bekas tuan rumah yang pernah disewa Khir di Sekinchan. Keluarga Pua ini juga mendapat kontrak membina jalan termahal (RM4.6 juta untuk 1km)merentasi sawah padi daripada Meram Holdings, kontraktor yang hampir disenarai-hitamkan.

12. Khir membayar RM10,000 sebulan bagi tapak banglonya, di Lot 14, Jalan 2/1G, Seksyen 2 Tambahan, Bandar Baru Bangi, yang dibelinya daripada PKNS dengan harga diskaun 50 peratus. Sumber pendapatannya dipertikai kerana sebelum ini beliau membayar tunai RM150,000 untuk selesaikan pinjaman rumahnya di Kajang, selepas lima bulan menjadi MB.

13. Beliau mengarahkan Pengarah JKR Selangor, melalui nota pensil (agar dapat dipadam jika timbul kontroversi kelak), agar menyerahkan projek yang membawa keuntungan lumayan kepada kontraktor kroni. Antara projek terbabit ialah pembinaan jalan di Sabak Bernam, masjid di Puchong Perdana, kem wataniah dan kuaters kakitangan SUK di Shah Alam.

14. Khir mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan kontraktor yang memohon projek kerajaan negeri, misalnya beliau bersama keluarga pernah bermalam di sebuah resort mewah di Janda Baik milik kroninya. Majulia Sdn. Bhd. Ini bercanggah dengan surat akujanji yang ditandatanganinya di depan Sultan Selangor.

15. Menswastakan kutipan tunggakan pembayaran ansuran bulanan rumah awam kos rendah seluruh Selangor kepada syarikat kroni, Noble Nexus Sdn Bhd melalui perjanjian konsesi pada 27 September 2001. Untung lumayan dapat dipungut secara mudah kerana tugas Nobel Nexus hanya menghantar notis saman dan 30% kutipan menjadi miliknya.

16. Meluluskan pembelian kenderaan rasmi kepada Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dan Menteri Besar (dirinya sendiri) melalui mesyuarat Exco ke 25/2001 pada 26 September 2001, tanpa melalui prosedur yang lazim digunakan. Usia kereta rasmi MB belum sampai lima tahun (didaftarkan pada Jun 1997), dan tempoh Khir menjadi MB baru setahun iaitu tidak sampai lima tahun seperti sepatutnya. Beliau juga tidak merujuk kes ini kepada Perbendaharaan dan Ibu pejabat JKR di Kuala Lumpur. Meskipun menyentuh kepentingannya, di mana kereta rasminya Merc S320L, no. plat BGF7337 ditawar untuk dijual kepadanya, Khir masih mempengerusikan mesyuarat dan tidak mengisytihar kepentingannya.

17. Khir mengarahkan agar semua minit dan kertas mesyuarat exco dikutip semula selepas mesyuarat tamat, manakala segala bahan-bahan penting mesyuarat Exco yang dipengerusikannya sejak Ogos 2000 tidak dibenarkan disimpan oleh Exco lain. Selalunya kertas-kertas penting itu diedarkan kepada anggota Exco sehari sebelum mesyuarat, iaitu pada Selasa, tetapi selepas isu rasuahnya terbongkar, ia hanya diserahkan selepas setiap Exco duduk di kerusi masing-masing. Maknanya, “Exco Selangor masuk mesyuarat berlenggang, keluar pun berlenggang.”

18. Meluluskan hampir 11 ekar tanah di Bandar Baru Bangi, yang diwartakan sebagai kawasan rekreasi, kepada syarikat kroni, Bestarama Sdn Bhd. Masyarakat setempat membuat bantahan kerana setakat ini banyak kawasan hijau dibangunkan demi mengejar keuntungan lumayan. Bestarama boleh untung segera lebih RM14 juta. Menariknya, pemegang syer Bestarama juga pemegang syer Noble Nexus. Kedua-dua wanita itu hanya penama bagi suku-sakat Khir.

19. Menggunakan ratusan ribu ringgit wang kerajaan negeri untuk membeli iklan dua muka penuh berwarna dalam Utusan Malaysia, sekurang-kurangnya pada 1 Feb, 16 Mac 2002, bagi menjawab serangan Lutfi Othman yang mendakwa Khir mengagihkan tanah (yang luas dan mahal), pelbagai projek besar, balak, buat kroni dan suku-sakatnya.

20. Mengeksploit mesyuarat Majlis Tindakan ekonomi Selangor (MTES), untuk meluluskan segala tanah & projek kepada sesiapa yang disukainya tanpa kehadiran Exco lain. Mesyuarat Exco esoknya (pada setiap Rabu) hanya mengesahkan saja. MTES, menurut bekas penasihat undang-undang negeri, adalah tidak sah dari segi legal kerana ia merampas kuasa mesyuarat Exco.

@ antikhirtoyo.blogspot.com

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MP Teresa Kok Freed ~ malaysiakini

September 19, 2008

Finally, after 7 days in detention under the ISA, Teresa Kok has been released this afternoon.

MP Teresa Kok Freed
S Pathmawathy | Sep 19, 08 1:22pm

DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was released at 1pm today, after being held under the Internal Security Act for a week, revealed her lawyer Sankara Nair.

– At Jalan Travers police station
– Press conference at 3.30pm

She held a press conference at 3.30pm. Alongside her was her parents, the MB of Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP President, YB Karpal Singh, YB Lim Kit Siang & other Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

PRESS Statement by YB Teresa Kok, Member of Parliament for Seputeh, Senior Exco for Selangor State Government and ADUN for Kinrara on Sept 19, 2008 at Petaling Jaya.

My ISA detention is without any legal or moral basis. It is a clear abuse of detention without trial

I have been released after being detained in solitary confinement in a 6-by-8 holding cell for seven days under the Internal Security Act (ISA). I was informed by the police that they detained me under section 73(1) of Internal Security Act 1960, which means I have incited racial and religious tension and conflict.

After being detained for seven days under the guise of so-called investigations, the police failed to produce any evidence or proof of me being involved in the activities of causing racial and religious tension. They were only able to ask me few questions based entirely on the false and malicious article written by Zaini Hassan under the topic ‘Azan, Jawi, JAIS, UiTM dan ba-alif-ba-ya’ that was published in Utusan Malaysia on Sept 10, 2008.

The three main questions that the investigation officers asked me were:

1. whether I have mobilised a group of residents at Bandar Kinrara to present a petition to oppose to the azan at the Bandar Kinrara mosque;

2. whether I have made a statement that 30 percent of the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) allocation is to be given to other non-Islam religious bodies; and

3. whether I have opposed to the Jawi-wording road signages in Kuala Lumpur.

I denied the first two accusations as I did not do any such things as accused. I also told them that the issue of opposing Jawi road signages in Kuala Lumpur were done in January/February 2008 at the request and following the pressure of resident associations.

The resident associations, particularly in Taman Seputeh, were most unhappy because many of the road signages were changed arbitrarily by DBKL a few months before and changed again soon after, this time with Jawi wordings. They were strongly opposed to this kind of wastage of public funds by DBKL.

I was quite surprised that there were no other questions posed to me besides these few main questions.

The ISA is meant to detain people who threaten national security. The three issues stated above have nothing to do with national security. If the police wanted to carry out investigation on me, they can always ask me to give statements in any of the police station and there was absolutely no need to detain me under the ISA for seven days. This is a phenomenal abuse of the power of police under the ISA.

Besides, it is nonsensical for the police to detain me under the ISA merely based on the unsubstantiated article written by an irresponsible columnist in Utusan Malaysia. How can they regard that article as the gospel truth without investigating the writer in the first place? How can Utusan Malaysia publish it without verifying the facts?

I wish to ask the police whether they have called Zaini and Utusan Malaysia’s editors for questioning before and after my detention.

I know that the imam of Bandar Kinrara mosque has publicly denied that I was involved in the Puchong residents petition against azan of his mosque on Sept 13. I am also quite surprised to read in the New Straits Times dated Sept 19 that the official of the Bandar Kinrara mosque was called by the Dang Wangi police for statement recording only yesterday afternoon.

Why did the police do it so late, one week after I was arrested? Why didn’t they check their facts first before they arrest me and put me behind bars?

I see my detention as a ploy by Umno to try to cover up the embarrassment and the outrage of the racist statements made by (ex-Bukit Bendera Umno division chief) Ahmad Ismail in Penang. I wonder why did they choose an innocent person like me as I have never made any racist statements or racist speeches in the past?

I have lodged the police report on Sept 17, 2008 against Utusan Malaysia, Zaini and Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for criminal defamation. I would therefore urge the police to investigate Utusan Malaysia’s editors, those racist bloggers and Khir Toyo under the Penal Code.

As I have mentioned in my previous lawyer’s visit, I will sue Utusan Malaysia, Zaini and Khir Toyo. I have also instructed my lawyers to sue the Malaysian government for my unlawful arrest and detention.

As I am free from ISA detention today, I also call for the release of Raja Petra Kamarudin, the Hindraf Five and all other 60 over detainees under the draconian ISA.

I would also like to thank all politicians in the ruling parties as well as in the Pakatan Rakyat, NGOs, churches and all social organisations who have campaigned and prayed for my release.

TERESA KOK
Seputeh MP
Selangor senior exco
Kinrara state assemblyperson

@ teresakok.com


Will UPKO Follow SAPP’s Path ?

September 19, 2008

Interesting to read Tan Sri Bernard Dompok’s comment on SAPP’s pull out just 2 days ago.

Respect SAPP’s Decision To Leave BN, Says Dompok
News Headline 16 Sept 2008-09-18 19:13

KOTA KINABALU: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the party respected Sabah Progressive Party’s (SAPP) decision to leave the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Dompok, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said this showed that democracy was very much alive in the country.

“It is democracy in action… people are free to form a party or form an association. SAPP chose to be out of BN and what is happening is an exercise of this democratic right.”

“It is SAPP’s right to do what they want to do,” he told Bernama, here today.

SAPP left BN yesterday after more than 13 years in the coalition, citing as reason that the coalition had lost the “BN spirit”.

Asked whether the SAPP’s decision would affect the BN’s strength, Dompok said, “Well I am not going to be arrogant to say that we are not affected at all when any member of our family ditches us”.

“As far as we are concerned, the effect is not ‘little’,” he said.

On the statement by certain leaders in BN that SAPP was just a nuisance, Dompok said, “If people follow blindly what big component parties dictate, it is not good, not only for the BN but also for the country.”

more @


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

read more @


Letter To PM

September 18, 2008

This is Pakatan Rakyat’s official letter to the Prime Minister. In Datuk Seri Anwar’s press conference yesterday, he said : “We can’t very well say we want to topple you.”

Maybe the letter should have been more blunt instead and mentioned “We have to meet. I’m taking over the premiership by this week.” HAHAHA


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