Thursday, November 10, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
4 NOVEMBER 2011
Tindakan Kabinet pemerintah UMNO Barisan Nasional yang membenarkan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi membuat rayuan dalam keputusan mahkamah dalam isu UKM4 di bawah undang-undang zalim Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti (AUKU) membuktikan bahawa pimpinan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional takut kepada kebangkitan anak muda dan mahasiswa.
Biro Mahasiswa AMK Malaysia percaya bahawa tindakan yang menekan dan manzalimi mahasiswa ini tidak sama sekali mengentarkan perjuangan anak muda dan mahasiswa di dalam menunutut kebebasan dan keadilan.
Tindakan pimpinan UMNO-Barisan Nasional ini juga bukan sahaja zalim malah menghina mahkamah dan tidak menghormati kedaulatan undang-undang. Mahkamah yang telah membuat keputusan dan menegaskan bahawa AUKU ini adalah tidak mengikut perlembagaan. Undang-undang umpama milik peribadi parti pemerintah.
Biro Mahasiswa AMK Malaysia berpandangan bahawa Mahasiswa seharusnya diberi ruang untuk beraktiviti dan mencurah pandangan mereka selaku kelompok terdidik dalam masyarakat. Mahasiswa bukan lagi pelajar sekolah sehingga segalanya perlu dikawal oleh pemerintah. Ruang untuk aktivisma dan menggarap idealisma serta intelektualisma mahasiswa ini mampu untuk melahirkan generasi muda pelapis kepimpinan Negara yang berkarisma.
Dengan ini Biro Mahasiswa AMK Malaysia mendesak agar dihentikan penindasan terhadap mahasiswa dan menyeru kepada seluruh mahasiswa untuk bangkit menentang penguasa zalim.
MOHD SAIFULLAH MOHD ZULKIFLI
Pengarah Biro Mahasiswa,
Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia
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Thursday, November 03, 2011
By Mariam Mokhtar
Looking at Anwar Ibrahim, the Opposition Leader, deliver his talk, one would never have guessed that he was hounded by the BN government, on a list of trumped-up charges as long as his arm.
He was witty and informative when engaging with the audience; brutal and incisive when mocking Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration.
Anwar (right) recently gave a speech at University College London (UCL), entitled ‘The Struggle for Justice and Democracy in Malaysia’.
He won over the crowd, who were mainly Malaysians studying or working in England. Anwar has universal acclaim and the ‘mat salleh’ who were present can’t have attended just because they were curious to see the man whom BN has portrayed as a raving sex maniac, who can’t have enough of women, or men.
For a man whose private life has been paraded around the world with the farcical Sodomy I and II trials, and Sex Videos I and II, Anwar did not look like a condemned person.
With steely determination, he told the crowd that he has vowed to clear his name, restore his family’s reputation and defend his honour.
BN painted Anwar as a sexual deviant and lined people up to reveal sordid allegations about him. If true, then Anwar should have felt at home in Soho, the racy red light area with its gay bars, porn-shops and fallen women, close to UCL.
But a sexual lunatic he is not.
Anwar who is famed for his skill as an orator, talked passionately about Pakatan’s policies, its budget and his vision of a Malaysia that will be shaped by its youth.
He was adamant that the new Malaysia should be governed with transparency, accountability, and where the corrupt would be punished. He offered no compromise on his party’s multiracial policy.
He told the students that they were responsible for determining Malaysia’s future. He said: “Everyone is born to be free. Freedom cannot be negotiated.”
He cajoled and persuaded them: “You must make a stand and exercise your rights….”
He challenged them: “You must learn to ask questions….”, and warned them that Najib’s administration feared the truth.
He criticised Najib’s performance at ‘prime minister’s question time’ in Parliament: “I asked him repeatedly, when the ISA will be abolished. I wanted an undertaking that GE-13 would not be conducted before reforms were implemented…. Najib simply smiled. He was unresponsive….. It was like having a dialogue with the deaf….. Why bother calling it ‘question time’?”
He questioned the conduct of parliamentarians when he quizzed BN about the fund meant to help poor farmers, which was pocketed by BN cronies: “There was a collective silence.”
He castigated former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (right), whom he has forgiven for sending him to jail: “He (Mahathir) levelled charges of sodomy against me because this is taboo with the rural Malays.”
He mocked the religious hypocrisy of the BN elite: “Mahathir’s son bought RM2.9 billion of San Miguel shares but one Malay girl had her life torn apart and was herself almost whipped for a glass of beer.”
With humility he told the audience: “You may listen to me and choose to agree or disagree with me. Or you can support Umno. It is your right. There is no denying it.”
And he injected a bit of comedy in his talk: “For 13 years, BN and the Malaysian media have hounded me, except for three days last Hari Raya…….I had a three day break when they focused on Mat Sabu of PAS.”
The Malaysians had travelled from the East Midlands, Shropshire and the North-East, and the majority were students, from colleges and universities in and around London. Expat Malaysians, concerned about the unpredictable political landscape, came to hear the latest developments.
The talk was at times depressing, particularly the part about BN being prepared to cheat, to ‘win’ GE-13. There remained one glimmer of hope; the large presence of Malay students in the audience.
For years, the Malaysian government actively discriminated against Malay students. A culture of fear was promoted by the Malaysian high commissions and embassies around the world.
Consequently, Malay students distanced themselves from such talks.
Malays are deliberately singled out by BN to keep them ignorant. To keep them from learning. And to keep them from being exposed to other cultures, races and thinking patterns.
A knowledgeable Malay is dangerous. BN knows that a questioning Malay would ultimately lead to BN’s demise. One individual can be silenced. But many?
BN treats the Malay like a semi-literate and a slave. Its brainwashing technique has been perfected so that the Malay mind is trapped by his imaginary tempurung, wherever he is in the world.
If we want a better Malaysia, the Malays must be brought into the loop. If we want to progress as a nation the Malays must contribute and share the limelight.
Umno’s propaganda is based on fear and warns of a threat to Malay survival. BN claims Anwar will sell Malaysia to the non-Malays and that Pakatan is controlled by the Chinese.
What BN really meant was that their own survival was in danger.
The Malay elite is at liberty to be open-minded but he subjugates his poorer Malay cousin. The elite cream off the best in life, but leave others destitute.
In effect, Malaysia has been ‘stolen’ by its corrupt Malay leaders.
Informed sources allege that the modus operandi of the consulate officials is to warn Malaysian students to stay away from these ‘opposition’ lectures.
Sometimes, the Malaysian embassy sends out ‘warning’ letters. But as Anwar related, deans of Indonesian and American universities have cautioned the embassies, and threatened reprisals if this practice were to continue.
Some allege that agents of the government masquerade as students, to spy, as they move in student circles.
Most government scholarship holders are Malay, and many come from poor backgrounds. Only the brazen few or privately financed students will attend ‘opposition’ lectures.
The majority stay away for fear of losing their funding. They fear the shame of terminating their studies. They fear the wrath of their families. They fear rejection by the community. But most of all, they fear missing the best chance to lift themselves and their families from poverty for a better future.
Isn’t it ironical that students stay away because they fear BN’s long reach? This emphasises the significance of Anwar’s speech ‘The Struggle for Justice and Democracy in Malaysia’.
Anwar’s proclamation which rang in everyone’s ears was: “With your help, and given fair and clean elections, Pakatan will form the next government.”
Anwar’s talk was oversubscribed and the huge presence of students, including many Malays, is heartening.
Perhaps the culture of fear which the Malaysian government tried to export to student populations overseas is vaporising.
Perhaps Najib is not only losing his grip on the economy, but also on the students.
BN’s propaganda and emphasis on the sodomy trials, meant that many students were unaware that Anwar was once DPM or finance minister.
Anwar’s talk was an eye-opener and many students responded positively.
This generation of Malay youth wants a well-rounded education and refuses to be cowed by Putrajaya. Overseas, non-Malay students have never felt the crippling grip of the BN government.
Acquiring knowledge at universities around the world is one thing.
But learning to live with freedom of expression, where basic human rights are not denied and where university professors are not suspended or sent live bullets in their mail, is a shallow learning curve for Malaysian students.
MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In ‘real-speak’, this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Nov — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menjangkakan satu “kebangkitan Malaysia” pada pilihan raya umum ke-13 sambil dengan yakin memberitahu agensi berita Amerika Bloomberg, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) akan mengambil alih Putrajaya daripada penguasaan Barisan Nasional (BN).
“Melihat pada kadar kami sedang bergerak sekarang, kami akan mengambil alih kerajaan,” kata beliau dalam satu temu bual dipetik agensi berita itu hari ini.
Ketua Pembangkang itu yang kini berhadapan dengan kemungkinan sabitan kesalahan buat kali kedua dalam kerjaya politiknya merujuk kepada perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 pada 9 Julai lalu sebagai tanda sokongan besar kepada perikatan tersebut.
Kempen itu menarik ribuan hadirin di ibu negara di sebalik tindakan keras diambil pihak kerajaaan. Pihak polis juga menahan lebih 1,500 orang ketika itu.
Susulan perhimpunan itu, kerajaan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengumumkan beberapa pembaharuan politik termasuk pembentukan jawatankuasa pilihan khas Parlimen bagi mengkaji sistem pilihan raya awal Ogos lalu.
Sebulan kemudian, Najib mengumumkan pemansuhan beberapa akta termasuk Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri dan undang-undang lain.
Tambah Anwar, dengan sokongan yang ditunjukkan oleh penunjuk perasaan ketika perhimpunan Bersih 2.0, meskipun beliau disabitkan kesalahan pembangkang akan memperoleh keputusan yang lebih baik kali ini.
Sehubungan itu kata beliau, keputusan kes melibatkan dirinya merupakan satu rumusan yang “sudah pun pasti.”
Pemerintahan kerajaan BN lebih lima dekad, katanya, akan berakhir dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13.
Anwar memberitahu Bloomberg bahawa PR akan memperoleh lebih 40 peratus undi di kubu-kubu kuat BN, Johor dan Pahang, memperoleh balik majoriti di lima negeri yang ia menang pada 2008 selain mencatatkan kedudukan lebih baik di Negeri Sembilan dan Terengganu.
“Trend ke arah kebebasan dan demokrasi tidak boleh dielak. Kita sepatutnya boleh melakukan lebih baik (kali ini),” kata Anwar yang juga Ketua Umum PR.
Bloomberg membangkitkan bahawa tiada sebarang peristiwa yang pemimpin Asia Tenggara digulingkan daripada kuasa sedangkan gerakan sivil semakin kuat di rantau ini.
Anwar menjawab: “Ketika negara-negara Timur Tengah berhadapan dengan Kebangkitan Arab, negara jiran Singapura menyaksikan rekod peralihan undi kepada pembangkang pada Mei (lalu), dan Myanmar membebaskan beberapa pesaing politik dari penjara bulan lalu.”
“Bila akan ada Kebangkitan Malaysia? (Ketika) pilihan raya umum akan datang,” kata Anwar.
“Harap-harap, kami akan melakukan (giliran) kami menerusi proses demoktratik yang aman,” katanya lagi.
Anwar dipecat daripada jawatan timbalan perdana menteri dan timbalan presiden Umno pada 1998 dan kemudian menghadapi tuduhan liwat dan salah guna kuasa.
Beliau dibebaskan pada September 2004 dan mengetuai kerjasama PR pada pilihan raya umum Mac 2008 dan memperoleh balik kerusi Parlimen Permatang Pauh menerusi pilihan raya kecil pada tahun yang sama.