Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lawatan Ke Afrika

Saya akan bersama sama rombongan Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Timbalan Perdana Menteri ke Afrika dari 27hb Julai hingga 7hb Ogos. Saya akan menjadi salah seorang panel dalam Persidangan Antarabangsa negara negara Afrika Selatan. Malaysia akan membentangkan kertas kerja berkenaan dengan program membasmi kemiskinan dan program kejayaan pembangunan negara.

Selepas dari Zambia saya akan ke negara Afrika Selatan.

Calon Naib Presiden - YAB Datuk Musa Hj Aman

Banyak yang telah diperkatakan tentang pemilihan parti UMNO yang sedang berlangsung sekarang sehingga kekemuncaknya pada bulan Disember nanti.

Saya merasakan kali ini, calon Naib Presiden UMNO perlu ada dari negeri Sabah. Ada beberapa sebab.

Yang pertama ialah prestasi UMNO Sabah amat baik dalam 3 pilihanraya berturut turut dimana kerusi UMNO dimenangi kesemuanya.

Yang kedua ialah kekuatan UMNO Sabah menjadi tulang belakang kepada kerajaan UMNO dan BN.

Yang ketiga, YAB DMA telah membuktikan kemampuannya untuk mentadbir negeri dengan prestasi kewangan negeri yang cukup baik.

Yang keempat, suara Sabah perlu didengar dengan lebih lantang di peringkat tertinggi parti supaya aspirasi ahli ahli UMNO Sabah khasnya dan rakyat Sabah amnya dapat diberi perhatian oleh parti dan kerajaan secara lebih berkesan.

Yang kelima, sudah tiba masanya orang Sabah mendapat peluang untuk mewarnai corak landskap politik negara pula...

Selain YAB DMA, calon dari Sabah yang lain ialah Datuk Shafie Afdal...

Apa pandangan anda?

Interview dengan Radio Singapore International

In Malaysia, Umno branches are beginning their annual meetings this week. Earlier Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi announced that he will step down in mid-2010. But will Mr Abdullah’s retirement plan placate grassroot members shocked by the party’s showing in the March general elections? Get the insights in Inside Malaysia this week. I’m Saifulbahri Ismail.

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, led Umno and Barisan Nasional to an impressive election victory in 2004. He won 198 out of 220 seats in parliament and wrested control of Terengganu from Islamist opposition party, PAS. It was a resounding win. After years of Mahathir’s rule, Malaysians were ready for a change and gave their full support to his successor. But four years later, it was a different story. The Barisan Nasional suffered its biggest loss in the country's electoral history. It failed to get a two-thirds majority vote and lost four states to the opposition. Mr Abdullah was largely blamed for the poor showing. Voters blamed the party for its poor economic performance, racial discrimination, corruption and increased crime. Since then, Mr Abdullah has faced unrelenting pressure to step down. On 10th July, the Prime Minister who is affectionately known as Pak Lah announced that he will resign in 2010, handing over power to his deputy Najib Razak. According to political analyst Dr Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Mr Abdullah’s decision to relinquish his post is an admission that he shares part of the blame for the heavy election losses :

It gives some semblance of legitimacy to Abdullah as well because it shows he demonstrates some sort of guilt or at least willingness to share the blame for the losses for Umno and Barisan Nasional suffered during the previous elections over of course he hasn’t admitted that openly. But the fact that he has announced and agreed not to lead Umno and Barisan into the next general elections, is itself an indirect admission of wanting to share the blame and the sadness that Umno grassroots have been feeling.

The feelings however have been mixed concerning the timetable that Mr Abdullah has set for the transition of power. Some feel that 2010 is too far, and two years could be an eternity in politics. They want Mr Abdullah to step down earlier. But Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Secretary General of Umno’s youth wing feels it’s a reasonable time period :

What is important is that both leaders agreed and are comfortable with the transition plan. And I believe most of the leaders in Umno especially those at the branch level probably think that 2010 is a reasonable time and gives ample time for the deputy prime minister to get ready. Even in this 2 years the prime minister has told us that he will slowly handover official duties to Datuk Seri Najib, which includes official visits, trade missions overseas and international conferences, and as well I believe the United Nations assembly in September.
Even though Mr Abdullah Badawi’s succession plan has been set in motion, his position as well as that of his deputy is not secure. Both must still face challenges from within UMNO in the party elections to be held in December. In addition Deputy Prime Minister Najib’s political future might be in jeopardy over allegations of his involvement in a murder case. Professor Clive Kessler from the University of New South Wales, is one of Australia’s foremost Malaysia watchers :

The decision to try and hold everything in place, to leave all the places in position on the chessboard for another two years has a consequence of saying to people who wants change, there will be people who’ll try desperately to wrest power from Badawi and to force him out, to force him aside. The dilemma facing Najib in him staying loyal and not challenging was other people would challenge Badawi in the elections and do it seriously and might succeed and they will be number one, and Najib would be left contesting the number two position on the Badawi-Najib ticket. Now, the consequence of the decision is to make it even more likely that others will challenge desperately and ruthlessly to force Badawi out and to seize the number one position from him.

One party member who has made know his intention to contest the top post is Kelantan prince, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. Another possible contender is International Trade Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Under UMNO’s Constitution, candidates vying for party President will first need to obtain at least 30 per cent of the nominations from 191 divisions. Political commentator and columnist Zainah Anwar is not optimistic about their chances :

He’s already made that decision so probably there is a sense among the majority of Umno people, like ok let’s just give him this 2 years period for him to deliver and not let’s challenge him. So, I think it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to be able to garner the nominations necessary to mount a successful challenge against him in December.

If you’ve just tuned in, you’re listening to Inside Malaysia on Radio Singapore International. In the programme this week, we examine the implications of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s retirement plan. Mr Abdullah said that he wanted to use the two years before he steps down to implement his reform agenda. These include making changes in major institutions such as the judiciary, anti-corruption agency and the police force. Public confidence in government agencies and public institutions have been eroded. How well will Mr Abdullah be able to finish what he started in 2004? Dr Ahmad Fauzi from Universiti Sains Malaysia with this view :

He has said that he has his reform agenda but then his reform agenda is not new, as per the 2008 general elections. Some of his agenda is said to have been recently initiated were actually pledges made way back in 2004. so, I think basing your decision on having your own reform agenda is quite emotional rather than practical. What if after two years some of the agenda is still not successful? After the people have given him four years. I think it will be better for him politically and also for how his image will be projected to Malaysian future generations, it will better for him to actually make way for a new leader.

Mr Abdullah’s inability to deliver his reform promises was one of the reasons which led to voter dissatisfaction in the last elections. While some observers may not be too convinced of Mr Abdullah’s capacity to push through his reforms, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Secretary General of Umno’s youth wing is more confident :

Well if you look at it, when you know you’re leaving it’ll be easier to do changes don’t it? Because he doesn’t have to be popular. I believe by leaving in 2010, this two years he can institute these changes and reforms and do not really have to care about political impact as far as his popularity is concern. So, I look at it differently I think these two years is a golden opportunity to push his reform agendas and probably he will be successful given the background of the political climate. He got two years there, and I think the implementation can be done, and I think again, by having two years and definite time to leave gives him the extra leverage to push the reform agenda.
Whether or not Mr Abdullah’s final two years in office will give him the added motivation to make the necessary changes to bring back much needed public and investor confidence in the country remains to be seen. Professor Clive Kessler from the University of New South Wales believes that Mr Abdullah may also use the remaining time to try and reform the party :

The two years have to be used to effect some complete housecleaning, some complete re-organisation of policy and also leadership line-up within the Umno. If they can use the two years to do that then they’ve got a chance to get out of this and go forward. If not, it’s just the decision for a further unraveling of the whole alliance Barisan system of government that have been in place since 1957, and an unraveling of a particular form that it took, the corporatized personalized form that it took under Dr Mahathir rule for 22 years that Abdullah Badawi has been unable to hold together.

The branch meeting beginning this week is the first phase in the party election process, which will conclude with the Umno elections in December. The nominations for party posts will take place when the divisions convene their meetings between 9th Oct and 9th Nov. The clock has started to tick for Mr Abdullah Badawi. He has bought himself two more years to prove his mettle and to leave behind a positive legacy that will be remembered in Malaysian history.

That ends Inside Malaysia this week. I’m Saifulbahri Ismail for Radio Singapore International.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Kerajaan perihatin

Tuduhan kerajaan tidak prihatin terhadap masalah rakyat adalah tidak betul.

Subsidi berjumlah puluhan billion masih diberi kepada rakyat. Malah subsidi minyak yang dikatakan ditarik oleh kerajaan sebenarnya masih diberi kepada rakyat berjumlah berbillion billion.

Perlu diingat bahawa kegawatan ekonomi yang melanda negara ini bukannya berpunca dari kerajaan. Ianya berpunca dari dua fenomena iaitu kenaikan harga minyak di pasaran dunia dan krisis makanan dunia yang terjadi pada masa yang sama!

Projek pembangunan masih berjalan. Melalui pejabat pusat khidmat ahli Parlimen Kota Belud saja kita telah dan akan diberi RM600 ribu untuk jalan raya kampung, RM1.5 juta untuk projek projek kecil, RM200 ribu untuk penebatan sungai dan bermacam macam lagi. Sudah ramai yang diberi bantuan membaiki rumah dan banyak lagi yang akan menyusul.

Ini tidak termasuk peruntukan secara langsung oleh kerajaan melalui agensi-agensi kerajaan pusat dan negeri yang berjumlah ratusan juta ringgit.

Sesiapa yang mahu berniaga boleh diberi peluang. Sesiapa yang mahu bertani boleh diberi subsidi. Sesiapa yang mahu berkebun boleh diberi sokongan.

Sebenarnya kerajaan menyediakan banyak peluang untuk sesiapa saja berjaya dalam kehidupan masing masing di bumi bertuah Malaysia ini. Pokoknya, ada kemahuan tak? Tapi kalau ada kemahuan pun tapi tidak ada usaha tidak akan berjaya.

Contoh yang paling bagus ialah pendidikan. Kenapa ramai orang masih tidak melihat pendidikan sebagai keutamaan nombor satu. KErajaan membantu rakyat miskin dengan bermacam macam bantuan untuk memastikan anak anak kita mendapat pendidikan. Pakaian sekolah, yuran, makanan tambahan, susu, asrama, biasiswa,buku teks etc etc... Pendeknya siapa saja yang mahu berjaya dalam pendidikan tetapi tidak mampu untuk belajar kerana kemiskinan akan dibantu oleh kerajaan.

Saya berani mengatakan disini bahawa kerajaan Malaysia adalah antara kerajaan di dunia ini yang paling perihatin terhadap kehendak rakyatnya. Hampir semua aspek kehidupan kita disubsidikan oleh kerajaan. Sekolah, letrik, air, kesihatan, pertanian, makanan, pengangkutan, industri, perniagaan, keselamatan dan lain lain adalah semuanya disubsidikan.

Saya tidak menidakkan ada yang miskin tetapi pada masa yang sama jangan menidakkan peranan yang telah diambil oleh kerajaan.

Kalau tuan tuan rasa ada yang perlu dibuat lagi, kita bincang bersama...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gita Gutawa - Sempurna

Kita berhenti cerita politik sekejap.... Ini adalah salah satu lagu yang saya minati. Penyanyi bernama Gita Gutawa dari Indonesia ini masih gadis muda belasan tahun tapi punya kehebatan yang terserlah.

Harap ada dari Kota Belud yang punya bakat seperti ini..... Enjoy

Monday, July 14, 2008

Bantuan dari Kementerian Kesihatan

Saya ingin maklumkan bahawa sesiapa yang mempunyai keluarga atau sahabat yang menderita penyakit yang memerlukan bantuan kewangan untuk menampung kos perubatan, bolehlah memohon bantuan kewangan dari Kementerian Kesihatan melalui pejabat Pusat Khidmat.

Kementerian akan menimbang semua pemohonan berdasarkan beberpa syarat yang telah ditentukan oleh mereka. Sila ke pejabat Pusat Khidmat MP Kota Belud untuk mengisi borang dan mendapat taklimat tentang syarat syarat tersebut. Sebarkan maklumat ini kepada warga KB.

Terima kasih.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Opposition should consider public interest first

THE STAR

Opposition should consider public interest first, says Syed Hamid

By SIM LEOI LEOI

KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition should consider public interest first before threatening to resort to street demonstrations as a means to convey its displeasure to the Government.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said street demonstrations would only cause public disorder and security fears among Malaysians.

"Street demonstrations are not the way of the country. The Opposition must seek police approval and permits to organise any rally or protests.

"They should put public interest way ahead of everything else. Street demonstrations are not the answer to everything and this is certainly not the way to channel their wishes to the Government," he told reporters after meeting with representatives from the Bangladeshi High Commission office at the Parliament lobby Monday.

"The Opposition should not threaten the Government like this.

"The elections are over. The Government has to focus on its work and likewise, the Opposition should concentrate on providing check and balance," Syed Hamid said.

The minister was commenting on a statement by PAS treasurer and anti-fuel hike rally organiser Dr Hatta Ramli that the Opposition would "bring the demonstrations and protests to the streets." if the Government failed to take heed of its message.

Syed Hamid reminded the Opposition that it should adhere to existing procedures and obtain police permits for any gathering or protest they had planned.

"Please don't complain if the police take action against anything illegal," he said.

Syed Hamid also described a recent meeting he had with the three Hindraf detainees under the Internal Security Act as "warm and friendly".

"During the meeting, all of them expressed their desire to be freed," he said, adding that another detainee P. Uthayakumar was not present.

On private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, who had "disappeared" after retracting parts of his statutory declaration, Syed Hamid said he was not aware if the latter had gone overseas.

"He must be safe somewhere. I have not gone into details of the police probe into this case," he said.

Asked if the ministry would offer protection for Balasubramaniam so he could cooperate with the police, Syed Hamid said it was always ready to do that.

He said he also denied that he had called Opposition de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim an "American spy", saying that he merely called him a "snitch" for reporting to the US government and embassy, which had earlier issued a statement warning Malaysia against "politically motivated" prosecution.

"Malaysia is not a colony. We are doing what is only right under the law. Anwar should not be issuing threats against the Government.

"He's trying to use psychology against the Government and his theories of conspiracy are interesting. However, he should do less of this and focus on his work," he said, adding that the Malaysian government was not "scared" of any threat.

Dr Hatta adalah Mat Rock!! / Hipokrit & Double Standard

Salam,

YB Dr Hatta (Kuala Krau) dari parti PAS menjadi kordinator untuk program 1 juta protes di Kelana Jaya hari ahad yang lalu. Dr Hatta dan pihak pembangkang mewar-warkan bahawa seramai 1 juta rakyat akan memprotes kenaikan harga minyak pada hari itu.

Apa yang terjadi ianya gagal kerana hanya 30,000 yang datang. Apakah rakyat sudah letih dan fed up dengan demontrasi mingguan yang dipelopori oleh pihak pembangkang?

Yang menjadi persoalan saya tentang program ini ialah 2 perkara. (1) Dulu PAS begitu marah dengan Pemuda UMNO Malaysia kerana mengadakan program Pelancaran Putera UMNO di Melaka yang didakwa oleh mereka tidak menghormati waktu sembahyang kerana masa program tersebut ialah dari 4 petang hingga 10 malam. Kenapa Dr Hatta tidak memperdulikan waktu sembahyang bilamana program protes tersebut berjala dari 10pagi sehingga 12 tengah malam? Kenapa doube standard?

(2) Baru baru ini Pemuda PAS membantah tindakan pihak penganjur perlawanan bolasepak antara Singapura dan Selangor yang menyelitkan elemen hiburan oleh artis artis tempatan. Mereka begitu marah dan menyerahkan memorandum bantahan. Tetapi saya ingin bertanya kenapa dalam program yang dikordinasikan oleh Dr Hatta ini menyelitkan konsert rock sehinggakan penyanyi rock tersebut dibidas dan terpaksa di tangani secara fizikal? Bukankan itu hipokrasi? Dulu bantah tetapi sekarang boleh pulak? Sudah lah itu, artis yang dijemput adalah penyanyi rock sehingga lagu yang dinyanyikan oleh penyanyi rock itu jauh melampaui batas batas ketimuran.

Saya betul betul hampa dan kecewa dengan tindakan double standard dan hipokrasi yang diambil oleh pemimpin PAS, PKR dan DAP. Kalau BN yang buat, kita dituduh anti Islam dan sebagainya tetapi kalau pemimpin PAS yang melakukannya, ianya di'halalkan' oleh PAS. Nyata PR adalah penuh hipokrasi dan double standard!!

DARD

Keselamatan negara vs kepentingan politik

Perdana Menteri telah mengatakan bahawa keadaan kestabilan negara adalah terjamin. Walaupun banyak perkara dan isu yang berlaku sejak akhir akhir ini, Perdana Menteri memberi jaminan bahawa keselamtan negara masih dalam keadaan terkawal.

Kestabilan dan keselamatan negara bukanlah semata mata tanggungjawab pihak kerajaan sahaja. Pihak pembangkang juga mempunyai tanggungjawab tersebut. Malangnya, pihak pembangkang lebih suka mengambil tindakan tindakan yang populis seperti demonstrasi, fitnah melulu dan tuduhan tidak berasas.

Pembangkang harus lebih professional, lebih bertanggungjawab dan menerima hakikat bahawa kerajaan BN memenangi pilihanraya persekutuan dengan majoriti yang selesa dan secara sah. Maka itu, tindakan Anwar Ibrahim mencanangkan untuk membentuk kerajaan PR menjelang September 16 ini adalah perbuatan yang mensabotaj demokrasi negara.

Kenapa tidak biarkan suara rakyat diterima dan kedua dua pihak iaitu BN dab PR menjalankan tugas untuk mentadbir kerajaan masing masing. Kenapa perlu mahu menubuhkan kerajaan persekutuan melalui pintu belakang? Kenapa tidak boleh tunggu sehingga pilihanraya ke 13?

Berdemonstrasi sepanjang masa tidak akan mengubah keadaan dan tidak akan menyelesaikan masalah. Kalaupun PR berpendapat bahawa tindakan BN untuk menaikkan harga minyak atau cara menangani masalah ekonomi akan menyebabkan sokongan rakyat kepada BN akan susut, itukan masalah BN. Sepatutnya , PR 'bergembira' kerana rakyat 'marah' dengan BN.

Pada saya BN adalah gentleman dan bertanggungjawab terhadap masa depan negara dan generasi yang akan datang. Dengan mengambil tindakan menstruktur semula subsidi, membuktikan bahawa BN tidak takut untuk membuat keputusan yang susah dan pahit untuk ditelan demi untuk memastikan masa hadapan negara terjamin.

BN akan berjumpa semula dengan pengundi pada PRU13 dan pada masa itu, BN yakin akan terus menguasai kerajaan persekutuan dan akan menawan semula 5 buah negeri yang BN kalah pada PRU12 yang lalu. Insyaallah.

CUKUPLAH RUANG CAKAPLAH...

Saya tidak mempunyai masalah jika ada yang mengkritik kerajaan atau saya sendiri. Saya juga masih boleh bersabar kalau bahasa yang digunakan ada kalanya berunsur fitnah, menghina dan berniat jahat terhadap kawan kawan bloggers dan saya sendiri.

Namun kesabaran saya begitu tercabar apabila ada yang menggunakan gambar lucah sebagai ikon blogger dalam ruang "Cakaplah...".

Maka itu, saya dengan ini mengambil keputusan untuk tidak lagi menyediakan ruangan "Cakaplah.." kerana perbuatan salahguna yang semakin berleluasa.

Terima kasih.

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