Pakatan will always have Malay bedrock, says DAP

on 27 February 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 ― Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will always stand on a Malay foundation, whether in government or as the opposition, the DAP said today, countering a study predicting minority dominance in the federal opposition pact post-Election 2013.


The statement comes after the Chinese language media reported think-tank ASLI projecting a larger share of seats for the DAP, considering much of PR support stems from the predominantly-Chinese urban areas.
It also predicted the status quo would see the Malays and Chinese pitted against each other, with the former making up the government and the latter the opposition.

“I don’t know what is the intent of the report... but if you look at the seats distributions, we will always be a Malay-majority opposition,” DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua told reporters at a party function here.
The Petaling Jaya Utara MP explained that his party’s study projected the predominantly-Malay PKR and Islamist PAS to win 85 out of the 125 targeted seats needed for PR to garner a simple majority and form the new government.

PKR and PAS have both said they will contest the lion’s share of the 222 available parliamentary seats, while the DAP is aiming to run in slightly above 60.

Although PR has said the seats allocations talk have not been finalised, it is likely that the three component parties will stick to this formula.

Pua noted that the DAP will also be looking to “possibly” field more Malay candidates at the upcoming polls, to preclude accusations of Chinese dominance within PR.

“It’s not possible to win all of it,” the first-term lawmaker said, referring to the number of seats DAP aims to contest.

“Even so, if we win all of it there will also be Malay candidates. So from that perspective alone it will definitely be a Malay-majority opposition”.

Aiming at consolidating its powerbase, the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition led by its Malay lynchpin Umno has embarked on a communal campaign to portray PR as a pro-Chinese opposition.

Through government-controlled mainstream media, BN alleged that the country’s Malay majority would be sidelined were it to vote PR into power.

On Saturday, BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said supporting PR would see the end of Islam, the country’s main religion. He added that putting the DAP into power would “see Islam oppressed”.

PR leaders have dismissed the allegations as baseless and racist.

Sumber : Sini

Anwar tidak lagi relevan - Hasan

on 26 February 2013

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Feb. - Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tidak lagi relevan dalam konteks kepimpinan politik negara termasuk dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri berikutan masalah moralnya yang tidak berkesudahan. 


Presiden Pertubuhan Jalur Tiga (Jati), Datuk Dr. Hasan Ali berkata, dalam soal agama juga Anwar tidak mampu menghujah balas kritikan-kritikan yang dilemparkan terhadapnya terutama berhubung isu pluralisme dan liberalisme.

"Rakyat sebenarnya sudah muak dengan apa yang berlaku dan tidak mampu lagi menanggung aib disebabkan masalah moral yang bertimpa-timpa tanpa berkesudahan.

"Apa yang berlaku kepada Anwar akan dipalitkan kepada majoriti penduduk negara ini yang terdiri daripada penduduk Melayu Islam,'' katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas ketiadaan kata sepakat dan ketetapan bagi melantik Anwar sebagai Perdana Menteri sekiranya pembangkang memenangi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU-13) nanti.

Dalam pada itu, Hasan berkata, petunjuk kepada penolakan kepimpinan Anwar menjadi semakin menyeluruh berdasarkan kepada ulasan, pandangan, pemerhatian dan kajian yang dilakukan para intelektual.
Beliau berkata, penemuan itu berjaya meyakinkan rakyat bahawa tidak ada gunanya mana-mana pihak termasuk DAP dan Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) membazirkan masa memberikan pelbagai alasan untuk terus menjadikan Anwar sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Mengenai Pas pula, beliau berkata, parti itu kini kelihatan seolah-olah baru sedar daripada lamunan iaitu majoriti orang Melayu yang bakal menjadi pengundi mereka telah menolak Anwar.

"Seingat saya, sewaktu masih di dalam Pas, saya adalah di antara pimpinan Pas yang daripada awal-awal lagi mencadangkan supaya Perdana Menteri Malaysia mesti datang daripada jalur kepimpinan Pas.
"Bahkan saya telah menamakan Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang sebagai calon yang paling layak jika dibandingkan dengan Anwar,'' katanya lagi.

Sementara itu, Hasan mahu rakyat bangkit menolak pakatan pembangkang kerana jelas terbukti gabungan tiga parti pembangkang itu tidak boleh bersatu.

"Bukti pakatan pembangkang tidak boleh bersatu adalah begitu terang dan jelas terutama isu siapa bakal menjadi Perdana Menteri.

"Rakyat tidak sepatutnya memperjudikan masa depan negara dengan mengizinkan pembangkang menguasai Putrajaya kerana ia juga bererti kita reda melihat anak bangsa menerima bahana daripada ketidakprihatinan kita itu,'' ujarnya.

Sumber : Sini

Kenyataan Hadi mahu menutup isu kalimah Allah

KOTA BHARU 26 Feb— Kenyataan Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yang menyifatkan pemberian Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) kepada rakyat sama seperti yang dilakukan oleh Firaun, dipercayai mahu menutup isu kalimah suci Allah.


Bekas Setiausaha Dewan Ulama Pas Kelantan, Wan Ismail Wan Ahmad berkata, isu penggunaan kalimah Allah memberi tamparan hebat kepada Pas apabila keputusan dikeluarkan pemimpin tertinggi pakatan pembangkang menyokong penggunaan kalimah tersebut oleh orang bukan Islam, disanggah Majlis Syura Ulama Pas.

"Isu kalimah Allah perkara berat, selepas Majlis Syura Pas kata kalimah Allah tak boleh diguna oleh bukan Islam, Abdul Hadi patut bawa perkara tersebut kepada mesyuarat tertinggi pakatan pembangkang.

"Abdul Hadi kena tarik balik kenyataan tersebut selepas Majlis Syura buat keputusan," katanya ketika dihubungi di sini, hari ini.

Akhbar hari ini melaporkan Abdul Hadi ketika berucap pada konvensyen pakatan pembangkang di Shah Alam semalam, berkata, usaha kerajaan Pusat melaksanakan pemberian BR1M itu sama dengan Firaun yang disifatkannya turut melaksanakan bantuan yang sama kepada rakyat Mesir ribuan tahun dahulu.

Abdul Hadi dipetik berkata, tindakan Firaun itu telah disebut di dalam al-Quran yang menceritakan kisah Nabi Musa tentang sikap Firaun memperbodoh-bodohkan rakyat Mesir ketika itu.

Wan Ismail yang juga antara pengasas Pas Kelantan turut membidas tindakan Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yang menyamakan usaha kerajaan pusat memberi pelbagai bantuan kepada rakyat seolah-olah memberi hampas kelapa, padi dan jerami kepada ayam dan lembu.

Beliau percaya orang ramai tidak boleh menerima kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Menteri Besar Kelantan itu.

Sumber : Sini




Perjuang Islam, sandiwara politik Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Feb. - Kenyataan Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng kononnya parti itu memperjuangkan Islam dianggap sesuatu yang melucukan dan hanya sandiwara demi meraih undi orang Melayu.


Bekas Naib Pengerusi DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim berkata, beliau tidak faham kenapa Guan Eng sanggup membuat kenyataan itu sedangkan tindak-tanduk DAP sebelum ini jelas 'melukakan' perasaan umat Islam termasuk berhubung isu kalimah Allah.

"Mustahil DAP perjuangkan Islam. Semua itu pembohongan demi memancing undi orang Melayu. Saya juga tidak faham bagaimana pemimpin-pemimpin Pas boleh mendiamkan diri dan membiarkan Guan Eng bercakap sesuka hati tentang Islam.

"Saya rasa sungguh lucu dan marah dengan kenyataan 'bodoh' Guan Eng, nampaknya sekarang orang bukan Islam pun boleh perjuangkan Islam di negara ini. Hebat sungguh," katanya secara sinis ketika dihubungi Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Sumber : Sini

DAP didakwa amal polarisasi kaum untuk raih sokongan

on 13 February 2013

MUAR 11 Feb. - Polarisasi kaum hanya berlaku dalam DAP berikutan parti itu dilihat terlalu yakin akan mendapat sokongan padu kaum Cina pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU-13).
Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Razali Ibrahim berkata, situasi tersebut amat tidak baik dan tidak sesuai dalam negara ini yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kaum, walaupun perkara polarisasi kaum pernah berlaku dalam PRU sebelum ini.



Menurutnya, perkara itu dikhuatiri akan menjejaskan usaha memperkukuhkan perpaduan kerana rasa sangsi serta ketidakpercayaan dalam kalangan rakyat sendiri yang akhirnya memberi kesan kepada PRU-13 disebabkan masalah perkauman yang timbul.

"Saya ingin tekankan di sini, suatu ketika dahulu DAP menuduh UMNO sebagai parti perkauman yang tidak akan dapat membangunkan negara sebagai negara maju.

"Sebaliknya kita lihat perbalahan yang berlaku semasa pemilihan jawatan anggota jawatakuasa tertinggi pusat (CEC) DAP melibatkan dua pemimpin yang akhirnya jawatan itu diberikan kepada pemimpin Melayu," katanya pada sidang akhbar di Rumah Terbuka Tahun Baharu Cina Parlimen Muar di Parit Jawa, di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas dakwaan bahawa PRU-13 bakal menyaksikan polarisasi kaum paling ketara sejak negara merdeka, berikutan beberapa isu seperti hudud, pemilihan ECE DAP dan terbaru isu sensitif seperti kalimah Allah.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Muar merangkap Timbalan Menteri Belia dan Sukan berkata, tindakan sedemikian hanyal mahu menutup sikap rasis parti itu dan kononnya DAP adalah sebuah parti yang dikatakan pelbagai kaum.

"Saya berani kata DAP rasis sebab mereka sering kata orang Cina akan mengundi parti ini, sebaliknya UMNO, MCA dan MIC bergabung dalam Barisan Nasional (BN) untuk bertanding dalam PRU sebagai parti pelbagai kaum.

"Beritahu saya, negeri mana di bawah pemerintahan BN ditadbir orang-orang Melayu dikatakan ditadbir orang Melayu, tidak adakan? Sebaliknya DAP di Pulau Pinang mendakwa ia ditadbir orang Cina, Pas pula yang mentadbir Kelantan, kata negeri itu ditadbir oleh orang Melayu," katanya.

Kenyataan tersebut katanya, tidak baik kerana ia boleh mencetuskan penentangan mengikut kaum sehingga menjadi polemik perkauman yang ketara dalam negara ini.

"Begitu juga dengan isu di Kampung Buah Pala yang menjadi polemik perkauman adalah dicetuskan oleh pembangkang terutamanya DAP untuk memburukan kerajaan BN," katanya.

Beliau juga menegaskan sebarang rancangan untuk mencetuskan 'Arab Spring' selepas pilihan raya umum perlu disekat di peringkat awal bagi memastikan keamanan negara tidak terheret dalam konflik politik seperti di Asia Barat.

Katanya, kerajaan perlu bersiap sedia dengan ancaman yang didakwa dirancang oleh pembangkang jika kalah pada pilihan raya umum.

"Rakyat juga perlu fikir, bersatu padu dan tolak mereka ini dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang. Kita perlukan kemenangan majoriti dua pertiga dan ia amat penting, dengan kuasa dua pertiga itu banyak perkara lagi yang boleh dilakukan untuk rakyat.

"Jika kerajaan sedia ada tidak dapat bentuk dua pertiga majoriti amat payah untuk kita bawa agenda lebih besar kepada perubahan negara," katanya.

Sebelum ini, bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad berkata, 'Arab Spring' sekadar alat bagi merealisasikan hasrat Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri.
Sementara itu, Razali berkata, peringatan Dr. Mahathir tentang Melayu akan hilang kuasa politik jika tidak bersatu dalam PRU-13 perlu diambil serius kerana pandangan tersebut berasas berdasarkan senario politik masa kini.

Mengenai PRU-13 kali ini yang dikatakan sebagai paling perkauman dalam sejarah pilihan raya di Malaysia, beliau berpandangan Barisan Nasional (BN) tidak menyumbang ke arah itu kerana calon-calonnya walaupun bertanding atas tiket UMNO, MIC, MCA atau parti komponen lain tetapi sebenarnya bersifat nasional dan mewakili semua kaum.

Sumber : Sini

Rakan strategik terbaik Pas ialah UMNO

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Feb. - Unsur sekularisme, pluralisme dan liberalisme yang didakwa didukung pakatan pembangkang menjadikan UMNO satu-satunya rakan strategik politik bagi Pas dalam memartabatkan Islam sebagai panduan dan dasar negara ini.


Presiden Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat), Ismail Mina Ahmad berkata, oleh yang demikian, Majlis Syura Ulama Pas perlu membuat ketetapan tegas agar parti berlabel Islam itu segera meninggalkan pakatan pembangkang yang diterajui Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Katanya, Pas selama ini telah tersilap langkah untuk bersama Parti Keadilan rakyat (PKR) dan DAP dengan mengangkat Anwar sebagai calon Perdana Menteri mereka kerana beranggapan beliau mampu menarik perhatian masyarakat bukan Melayu serta Islam bagi menyokong pembangkang.

"Dalam pada Pas turut serta mempromosi Anwar sebagai Perdana Menteri, mereka lupa fahaman Anwar sebagai Penasihat PKR amat berbeza dengan Pas kerana Pas mahu memartabatkan Islam sedangkan Anwar ialah seorang sekular dan berfahaman liberal.

"Dalam perlembagaan PKR, PKR tidak bercadang mendaulatkan Islam, apatah lagi DAP. Jika dilihat dalam Pas dan UMNO, perlembagaan kedua-dua parti itu jelas untuk memperjuangkan Islam," katanya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.

Beliau yang juga bekas rakan karib Anwar mengulas kenyataan bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad bahawa Pas sepatutnya sudah lama meninggalkan Anwar.

Kelmarin, sumber memberitahu Utusan Malaysia bahawa Majlis Syura Ulama baru-baru ini mengadakan perbincangan tertutup bagi memilih calon lain untuk menggantikan Anwar sebagai Perdana Menteri sekiranya pembangkang berjaya menawan Putrajaya kelak.

Bagaimanapun, Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat menafikan khabar tersebut.
Timbalannya, Datuk Dr. Haron Din pula mengesahkan ada bertemu Anwar baru-baru ini tetapi mendakwa pertemuan itu merupakan perjumpaan biasa di antara dua individu tanpa berkait politik kepartian.

Sumber : Sini

Beri undi kepada Pas haram?

TUMPAT 12 Feb. - Beberapa pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) di negeri ini yang dianggotai para ulama, tok guru pondok, imam dan ustaz muda membuat pengisytiharan bahawa memberi undi kepada Pas pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU-13) adalah haram.


Pertubuhan itu iaitu Minda Pondok, Ustaz Muda Membela Agama dan Tanah Air (Ummati), Ikatan Cendekiawan Islam Kelantan (ICIK) dan Pendita turut menegaskan bahawa perjuangan menentang Pas adalah jihad kerana mengundi parti itu bermaksud menyokong DAP yang merupakan parti cauvinis yang menolak Islam dan memperjuangkan sekularisme.

Sehubungan itu, kesemua NGO berkenaan yang diwakili pemimpin masing-masing berjanji akan menyediakan satu dokumen lengkap berhubung pengisytiharan tersebut untuk diberikan kepada raja-raja Melayu dan Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan agar dapat dibincangkan dan menyelesaikan kekeliruan yang ditimbulkan oleh Pas selama ini.

Pengasas Pondok Geting, Abdullah Sa'amah yang juga Penasihat Minda Pondok berkata, kegagalan Pas mempertahankan Islam terutama penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh orang bukan Islam tidak boleh dimaafkan sama sekali, malah demi politik para pemimpin Pas seolah-olah jahil agama.

"Membiarkan kalimah Allah digunakan seperti itu berdosa dalam hukum. Maknanya kita mesti mempertahankan kalimah Allah dan akidah orang Islam, dalam pilihan raya umum kita mahu perdana menteri dan timbalannya orang Islam maka di sinilah kita berjihad, kita jangan undi Pas.

"Saya bercakap mempertahankan kalimah Allah, saya rujuk empat kitab mazhab, kitab tafsir, kitab fekah dan banyak lagi rujukan. Boleh dikatakan menyeluruh kitab saya rujuk tetapi mereka tuduh saya jahil.
"Kesemua kitab ini menyebut bahawa kalimah Allah tidak boleh disekutukan, tidak boleh digunakan selain untuk agama Islam dan untuk mendaulatkan Islam. Ia adalah kalimah suci jadi kenapa kata saya jahil," katanya dalam sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Menurut Abdullah, Pas juga perlu ditolak kerana menyatakan sokongan padu kepada Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang turut menyokong hasrat DAP meskipun bertentangan dengan keputusan Majlis Syura Ulama Pas.

"Orang seperti Anwar ini kami orang pondok tidak boleh terima kerana terlalu nyata kepada kami satu daripada itu (perjuangan Anwar) adalah membenarkan kalimah Allah (digunakan oleh bukan Islam)," katanya.

Sementara itu, Ahli Jawatankuasa Minda Pondok, Mohd. Syamsul Mohd. Yusoff al-Hafiz berkata, kerjasama Pas dalam pakatan pembangkang yang kononnya atas nama tahaluf siyasi sebenarnya pada nama semata-mata, sebaliknya apa yang berlaku adalah Pas hanya kuda tunggangan DAP.

"Tahaluf siyasi Pas adalah haram maka wajib kita menolak mereka atas beberapa fakta antaranya Pas bukan parti dominan dalam pakatan dan kerajasama itu dibuat dengan parti DAP yang kita tahu menolak penubuhan kerajaan Islam.

"Sebelum bertahaluf siyasi, perjuangan Pas adalah menubuhkan negara Islam, ingin melaksanakan hudud, persaudaraan sesama Islam tetapi selepas itu matlamat mereka berubah iaitu mahu kerajaan berkebajikan, hudud bukan lagi agenda utama dan mendoakan kemusnahan sesama Islam.

"Tahaluf siyasi yang sebenar telah jelas kita lihat dalam Barisan Nasional (BN) iaitu UMNO adalah 'imam' manakala MIC dan MCA adalah 'makmum' yang akan bersama-sama berjuang atas arahan imam," tegasnya.

Ahli Jawatankuasa Ikatan Cendekiawan Islam Kelantan (ICIK), Mohd. Zawawi Awang pula berkata, permintaan DAP supaya kalimah Allah digunakan oleh orang bukan Islam sama seperti yang berlaku di Indonesia apabila ramai masyarakat Islam negara itu menyokong pemikiran sekular.

Beliau memberikan contoh sebuah video yang dimasukkan ke dalam laman Youtube bertajuk 'Bible dalam bahasa Arab' yang dirakam di Institut Teologi Kalimatullah di Jakarta tentang bagaimana seorang pelajar Kristian membaca Bible dalam bahasa Arab di sebuah gereja.

"Gerakan ini sebenarnya sudah bermula berpuluh tahun dulu dan perkara sama kini cuba dibawa masuk ke Malaysia secara senyap-senyap tanpa kita sedari.

"Gerakan ini berjaya di Indonesia yang rakyatnya kira-kira 300 juta orang, jadi bayangkanlah jika kita membiarkan mereka bergerak di Malaysia pasti lebih mudah kerana rakyat kita cuma kira-kira 28 juta," tambahnya.

Sumber : Sini

Jangan tertipu agenda DAP bela Islam, Melayu

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Feb. - Bekas Naib Pengerusi DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim mengingatkan orang Melayu dan umat Islam tidak tertipu dengan pembohongan DAP kononnya mahu menjaga kebajikan kumpulan masyarakat tersebut.


Malah, beliau turut membayangkan agama Islam dan orang Melayu di negara ini akan porak-peranda sekiranya diperintah DAP yang tidak pernah menghormati sentimen masyarakat itu.

Menurutnya, perkara itu sudah ditunjukkan pemimpin DAP yang sering memperlekehkan sensitiviti Islam dan orang Melayu selain sering menampilkan dasar yang hanya mementingkan perjuangan kaum Cina.

"Sebelum ini, Pengerusi DAP Perak, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham pernah mencetuskan provokasi terhadap usaha orang Islam mengadakan bantahan terhadap filem Innocence of Muslims, kemudian Setiausaha Agungnya, Lim Guan Eng mendesak penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh bukan Islam.

Sumber : Sini

DAP an obstacle to Islamic state aspiration, says Hasan Ali

on 07 February 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — Independent Selangor lawmaker Datuk Hasan Ali portrayed today the DAP as an obstacle to PAS’s bid for an Islamic state, countering the MCA’s claim that the secular opposition party is camouflaging its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Islamist ally’s true intent.


The DAP frequently opposes PAS’s efforts to elevate the religion while the Islamist party’s attitude of conforming to its Chinese-dominant partner despite claiming to be championing Islam has clearly disappointed Muslim Malaysians, said Hasan (picture), the former Selangor PAS chief.

“What is being raised here is not a question of enforcing rules like those in the enactment that have been in force for so long,” said the president of Muslim group Jalur Tiga (Jati), referring to DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s recent remarks on a controversial by-law barring women hairdressers from cutting men’s hair and vice-versa in PAS-led Kelantan’s capital Kota Baru.

“But more to the question of opposition and obstruction towards those rules that come from the DAP, PAS’s political partner in the opposition pact,” the assemblyman for Gombak Setia said in a statement.
Hasan said Karpal’s comment showed the DAP was unprepared to accept any Islamic rule, and urged the Malay-Muslim community to find alternatives to ensure Islam will be elevated instead of relying on PAS to do so.

“If in a matter that is said to be trivial like this the DAP cannot receive well, what more in bigger issues like implementing hudud and an Islamic state that PAS promises to realise when the opposition pact succeeds in capturing Putrajaya,” he said.

Racial and religious issues are inseparable in Southeast Asia’s third-biggest economy, sparking heated rows between the opposition PR and the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition as well as among their respective political alliances as the 13th general election looms.

Malays make up some 60 per cent of the population and are defined as Muslims by the country’s highest law.

The MCA, the Chinese component party in the 13-member BN, has persistently painted the DAP as paving the way for an Islamic theocracy to be formed in the run-up to polls that could catapult the PR pact to Putrajaya.

However, BN lynchpin Umno and other right-wing Malay groups have just as persistently been portraying the DAP as a catalyst for the setting up of a Christian state and a Christian prime minister in the mainstream media.

Sumber : Sini

Badan antara agama jangan pertikaikan MAIS, kata Hasan Ali


KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Feb — Majlis Perundingan Buddha, Kristian, Hindu, Sikh dan Taoisme (MCCBCHST) dinasihatkan tidak mencampuri urusan politik yang tidak sihat dan tidak seharusnya mempertikaikan tindakan Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) berhubung isu penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh masyarakat bukan Islam di negara ini, kata Datuk Dr Hasan Ali.

Presiden Jalur Tiga (Jati) dalam kenyataannya hari ini berkata, majlis perundingan agama bukan Islam itu seharusnya mengambil sikap yang lebih positif supaya mencari jalan sebaik-baiknya seperti menasihati beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“Mereka perlu mengambil sikap yang lebih positif dan menasihati pemimpin politik PR supaya mereka bermuhasabah dan mengkaji apakah tindakan mereka untuk meraih keuntungan politik jangka pendek dapat menjamin hubungan antara bangsa dan agama yang terus damai pada jangka panjangnya,” kata Adun Gombak Setia itu dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.



“Sepatutnya Majlis  MCCBCHST yang dianggotai oleh mereka yang berwibawa dan arif dengan persikataran sosio budaya negara ini sepatutnya tidak mengambil langkah menyiram minyak kepada api yang sudah mula marak,” tambah Hasan (gambar fail) lagi.

MCCBCHST semalam menyelar MAIS dan bekas Ketua Hakim Negara Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheik Abdul Halim kerana cuba untuk mengawal hak kumpulan minoriti agama di Malaysia dalam perbalahan isu “Allah”, di mana mereka mengatakan ia bertentangan dengan undang-undang tertinggi negara

“Ini adalah sama seperti pengenaan sekatan oleh Majlis lslam terhadap orang bukan Islam,” kata mereka dalam satu kenyataan. “Ia juga boleh dilihat sebagai usaha untuk mengawal amalan agama-agama selain Islam oleh sebuah badan atau organisasi lslam.”

Majlis tersebut turut memberi amaran terhadap “amalan tidak sihat” berkenaan yang didakwa memaksa orang bukan Islam terikat dengan fatwa atau keputusan daripada badan-badan Islam seperti MAIS, sambil berkata ia boleh mencetuskan ketegangan agama.

“Sebarang cubaan untuk mengawal orang bukan Islam atau mengganggu amalan agama bukan Islam oleh mana-mana badan Islam mesti dihentikan serta merta,” katanya.

“Ia bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Ini amalan yang tidak sihat dan boleh membawa kepada kesan sosial yang tidak diingini dan meningkatkan ketegangan antara masyarakat.”

Jelas Hasan, daripada apa yang dikemukakan oleh MCCBCHST itu adalah mereka mengemukakan fakta yang tidak bersendikan kepada kefahaman yang jelas mengenai perundangan yang ada dan terdapat unsur-unsur melindungkan beberapa fakta seperti wujudnya Enakmen Ugama Bukan Islam (Kawalan Perkembangan Di Kalangan Orang Islam) 1988 yang secara jelas menyenaraikan perkataan-perkataan termasuk kalimah Allah yang tidak boleh digunakan oleh mereka yang bukan beragama Islam.

“Perlu disebutkan MCCBCHST gagal mengambil kira bahawa sejak dari dulu belum pernah timbul sebarang permohonan untuk menggunakan kalimah Allah oleh mana-mana penganut agama termasuk agama Kristian,” tegas bekas Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor itu lagi.

“Rakyat Malaysia telah hidup dalam suasana aman damai di dalam kerangka saling menghormati penganut dan amalan agama antara satu dengan lain buat sekian lamanya.

“Hanya akhir-akhir ini menjelang PRU ke 13, isu kalimah Allah ditimbulkan yang sehingga ke hari ini tidak pernah diterangkan motif sebenar disebalik permohonan itu.”

Kenyataan MCCBCHST itu telah ditandatangani oleh Tan Hoe Chieow yang juga presiden MCCBCHST dan ketua Taoisme di sini; timbalan presiden Majlis Gurdwara Malaysia Jagir Singh; dan Sing Kan dan Prematilaka KD Serisena untuk agama Buddha dan Rev Thomas Philips untuk agama Kristian; Datuk RS Mohan Shan bagi Hindu.

Kumpulan antara agama bukan Islam itu semalam turut berkata tiada undang-undang, sama ada di peringkat persekutuan atau negeri, untuk mengenakan hukum atau fatwa ke atas bukan Islam.

Mereka menegaskan undang-undang itu hanya terpakai kepada orang bukan Islam telah diletakkan di dalam Perkara 11 (4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, yang menghadkan mereka daripada menyebarkandoktrin atau kepercayaan agama mereka kepada orang Islam.

MCCBCHST turut berkata tiada bukan Islam mempertikaikan kedudukan Islam sebagai agama persekutuan.

Malahan, mereka turut menggesa umat Islam yang tidak bersetuju dengan orang bukan Islam yang mempunyai hak untuk memanggil tuhan mereka “Allah” untuk membaca perlembagaan dengan berhati-hati dan holistik, menunjukkan kepada Artikel 3(4) dan 11(4).

Merujuk kepada Ahmad Fairuz, kumpulan itu berkata ia gagal untuk memahami “bagaimana bekas Ketua Hakim Negara boleh terlepas pandang hakikat bahawa semua enakmen 10 negeri-negeri yang dibuat di bawah Perkara 11 (4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, dan bahawa Perkara 11 (4) hanya menyediakan kawalan ‘atau penyebaran apa-apa doktrin atau kepercayaan agama kepada orang yang menganut agama lslam”.
Justeru, Hasan mengingatkan MCCBCHST seharusnya sudah menyaksikan kesan yang mungkin timbul sekiranya permintaan sedemikian ditunaikan.

“Kemarahan umat Islam mungkin tidak dapat dibendung lagi. Puluhan laporan polis yang dibuat dibeberapa tempat menjadi testimoni kepada gejala buruk ini.

“Apa yang berlaku adalah percubaan mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab untuk melanggar batas yang ada dengan meminta supaya kalimah Allah yang menjadi hak eksklusif orang Islam juga dapat digunapakai oleh orang bukan Islam,” tegasnya lagi.

“Inilah sebenarnya amalan yang tidak sihat yang boleh mengakibatkan ketegangan antara bangsa dan agama,” tambah Hasan dalam kenyataannya.

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Attempts to get rid of me, says Nasharudin

SUDDEN DECISION: Sacking from Syura Council 'not according to procedure'

KUALA LUMPUR: FORMER Pas deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa has insisted that his sacking from the party's highest decision-making body, the Syura Council, was not in accordance to procedure.
He said he had neither been informed of his sacking nor issued a show-cause letter as required by party procedures.


Nasharudin said despite the sacking, he would continue his efforts to uphold Islam and was willing to work with anyone or any organisation that shared his ideology.

"I have not received any letter to date. I am not lying about this. I would like to have a look at the letter of my dismissal and see what reasons are given for it (my sacking). As it is now, my dismissal (from the Syura Council) doesn't seem to have been done in the right way.

"There should have been a show-cause letter issued to me, the reasons (for the dismissal), along with several other steps. As for now, I have not been informed about anything and I only learnt about my dismissal from media reports."

The Syura Council, in its announcement on Nasharudin's dismissal on Sunday, stated that he had failed to give his commitment to the party, including failing to attend the council's meetings.

Asked whether he would quit Pas, Nasharudin said as for now, he had only been dropped from the Syura Council. However, he said there were attempts to force him to leave the party.

Nasharudin did not rule out the possibility that his participation in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's recent visit to Gaza had been the main reason behind attempts to relieve him of all his posts in Pas.

"It is a possibility as the announcement (of the Syura Council) was made after I returned from Gaza, despite me having previously gone on many other overseas trips, even if they were in my capacity as a representative of the Parliament speaker to deliver a speech abroad."

On a statement by Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat that he would not be chosen to defend his Bachok parliamentary seat in the coming general election, Nasharudin said it was not his main priority to be a candidate when he decided to join Pas.

"I am thankful to Allah and feel relieved that I do not have to shoulder the heavy responsibility as a wakil rakyat (elected representative) if the party decides not to field me again as a candidate."

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Nasharudin clears the air

BANGI: Former Pas deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa has denied claims that he is a political tool used by Umno to discredit the opposition.


He reiterated that he would not think about quitting the party unless his membership was revoked.
 
The Bachok member of parliament added that he had yet to be officially notified by the party's Syura Council (top decision making body) that he had been dropped as a member of it.
 
Nasharudin also expressed disappointment at Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who likened the former’s relationship with Pas as that of a divorced man and his wife.

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PAS between rock and hard place, says Nasha

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Several fiery issues have been clouding PAS recently, including hudud laws, the post of prime minister, and the latest on the usage of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims, sandwiching the party leadership between the demand of grassroot members and the desire of its opposition partners.
To what extent are the PAS leaders able to sail in the same direction with PKR and DAP when more party members are calling for the party to return to its original route, and if need be, to go alone without the burden of its coalition partners?


Among them was Nasharuddin Mat Isa (picture) who had made it clear that PAS should return to its original struggle to uphold Islam and protect the interest of the Malays, without the co-operation of PKR and DAP which have conflicting interests.

The former PAS deputy president said the clash of interests with PKR and DAP had weakened the original struggle of PAS, adding that the party was sufficiently strong to grow as a major party in the country, without PKR and DAP.

“Lately, the PAS leadership has been caught in a chess game to prioritise political benefits away from the party’s struggle to uphold Islam which was clamoured for, by its grassroot members.
“Among the issues is the word, ‘Allah’, which cannot be casually used by non-Muslims for their own purpose,” said the Bachok member of parliament.

The Allah issue was raised by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who called on the government to allow the word to be used in the Bahasa Indonesia version of the Bible, and the opposition coalition, including the PAS leadership, also agreed with the suggestion.

However, the PAS Syura council issued a resolution against the stand of the opposition coalition.

According to Nasharuddin, the PAS leadership, in agreeing with the usage of Allah by non-Muslims, had caused great disappointment among grassroots members.

“PAS should now place the struggle for Islam in its forefront as desired by grassroots members, and not prioritise its cooperation with its opposition allies to capture Putrajaya,” he said.

The party was also disappointed when its annual general conference decision to nominate PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as prime minister was snubbed by its opposition partners as they clearly preferred Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the post.

Nasharuddin said that as far as he was concerned, Abdul Hadi was the most qualified for the post of prime minister.

Among the moves called for, by the grassroots to prevent PAS from straying from its original struggle was to withdraw from cooperating with PKR and DAP.

For Nasharuddin, it would not be a difficult decision and the move could in fact, strengthen PAS.

“There have been far too many contradictions to PAS’s original struggle in its liaison with the opposition coalition, and it’s time to heed the grassroots call to move away from the pact,” he reasoned.
He was disappointed over his sacking from the Syura Council for being too vocal against the party leadership’s decision.

He noted that former Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali also met with a similar fate when he was sacked from the party for voicing his concern on PAS’s co-operation in the opposition front, and also the credibility of Anwar as the future prime minister of the opposition government.

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Pandangan Nasharudin gesa PAS keluar pakatan pembangkang tepat, kata pegawai PM

KOTA BAHARU, 7 Feb — Pandangan bekas Timbalan Presiden PAS Nasharudin Mat Isa yang menggesa parti itu keluar daripada pakatan pembangkang adalah tepat, kata setiausaha politik perdana menteri Datuk Mohd Fatmi Che Salleh.


Mohd Fatmi berkata pandangan itu selaras dengan kehendak akar umbi parti yang sejak akhir-akhir ini banyak mengadakan protes membantah campur tangan dan desakan DAP terhadap dasar-dasar yang dilaksanakan PAS.

“Hakikat sebenarnya pandangan Nasharudin itu memang tepat,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis penyampaian ang pau kepada warga emas masyarakat Tionghua di sini, malam tadi.

“Kita sudah lihat percanggahan antara PAS dengan DAP ini sendiri... PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) hanya tepuk tangan tunggu tengok sahaja.”

Pada majlis penyampaian ang pau, seramai 3,000 warga emas masyarakat mendapat sumbangan RM100 seorang sempena Tahun Baharu Cina yang akan disambut Ahad ini.

Mohd Fatmi yang juga Ketua Umno Kota Baharu mengulas wawancara Nasharudin dengan sebuah akhbar tempatan yang mendesak PAS keluar daripada pakatan pembangkang dan bergerak secara bersendirian bersandarkan kekuatannya jika ingin terus kekal relevan sebagai parti yang memperjuangkan Islam.

Menurut Nasharudin walaupun PAS menjalin hubungan dengan DAP dan PKR berasaskan konsep tahaluf siyasi atau muafakat politik, pelanggaran beberapa syarat dalam ikatan itu oleh rakan pembangkang jelas mengusik kesucian Islam.

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Nasharudin receives official expulsion letter

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 7, 2013): Bachok MP Nasharudin Mat Isa received his expulsion letter as a member of the PAS Syura Council yesterday after being sacked about two weeks ago.


He said however the letter dated Jan 14 was only posted on Jan 30 as printed on the envelope.

"It is confirmed in black and white that I am no longer a member of the PAS Central Syura Council. The letter only arrived today," he said during the "Soal Jawab" programme aired over TV3 last night.

The programme was conducted by Media Prima Executive Director, News and Editorial Operations Datuk Ahmad Talib.

The former PAS deputy president said the letter among others mentioned that the expulsion was made at the Syura Council meeting which was held on Jan 13 for breaching several decisions made by the council.
"I do not know what I have breached, maybe I have made several media statements openly and my stand on the latest issue differed from the party's stand," he said.

Asked if he was still a member of PAS, Nasharuddin said there were conflicting statements on the matter between PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
"The spiritual leader said the expulsion from the Syura Council meant I am automatically also expelled as a member but the president said I am still a member. But if there was a letter to expel me as a member, I will wait. Maybe another three more weeks," he said.

Meanwhile Nasharuddin clarified that up to today, he has never received any invitation to join Umno although he was with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak twice in visits to Mecca and Gaza.
"The Prime Minister has never invited me, ...nothing from the Prime Minister inviting me to join Umno," he said.

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Nasharudin: PAS has deviated from original struggle

on 06 February 2013

PETALING JAYA: Former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa, who was sacked from the party's Syura Council last month, has alleged that there are certain groups causing the Islamist party to deviate from its original struggle.


"When they put political struggle as their main agenda, they are forced to put aside their faith (akidah).
"I think PAS has moved away from its original struggle, when it was first established in 1951.

"Current times demand that the party becomes less strict as they now have to accommodate the other parties," he told Media Prima director Datuk Ahmad Abdul Talib an in interview on TV3 late Wednesday.
He also refuted speculation that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak or any others had invited him to join other political parties.

It was reported that PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat had said on Jan 30 that the Syura Council had decided to sack Nasharudin during its meeting on Jan 13 because the latter did not attend three consecutive meetings.

Nasharudin, however, is still a member of party.

PAS has so far ignored calls by various quarters to review its decision to sack Nasharudin from the council, as he was not given a chance to defend himself.

Nik Aziz announced Nasharudin's sacking soon after the latter returned to Malaysia after accompanying the Prime Minister on his historic visit to the conflict-ridden Gaza.

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DAP not sincere, says Nasharudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 6, 2013): DAP violated the policy of mutual respect formed through 'tahaluf siyasi' (cooperation of an Islamic body with other movements with non-Islamic aims, to achieve the same goals) when it openly challenged several basis of PAS' struggle, said its former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa.


He said, the action was an attitude of disrespect towards the spirit of the pact between parties and simultaneously showed they were insincere in cooperating with PAS.

"At the outset of its formation, the opposition pact agreed to respect the policies of the other parties in the pact," he said in an exclusive interview through BN Online titled 'To Analyse PAS' Internal Crisis', yesterday.
"However, lately, the policy of mutual respect has been challenged with DAP openly challenging several policies of the party's struggle," said Nasharudin.

On the factor that had caused PAS' struggle to be derailed, Nasharudin said, it could have happened because of the pressing current political scenario which made the party give in to the demands.

Asked if the majority of Muslim votes would go to PAS if it went it alone, he said PAS' strength was in the agenda of its Islamic struggle which was the cause of its formation.

On reports of the attitude of Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat who seemed angry with him, Nasharudin said he did wonder on the attitude of the spiritual leader of PAS towards him.

"It has been like that since the issue of the unity government which cropped up some time back, until today. I do not know the cause, but I still respect him as the highest leader in the party," he said, adding that to date, he had yet to receive in black-and-white his sacking from the Syura Council.

Asked if (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim had interfered in the internal business of PAS, he said, maybe he did, and it should not have taken place. On his views on the Opposition Leader and his struggle, he said, several issues connected to Anwar had surfaced which raised doubts.

"As a PAS member, I am of the view that the highest leadership in my party is the best candidate to lead," he said.

On his photograph with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in Mecca in August, Nasharudin said, he took part in many official missions abroad as a Member of Parliament, including coincidentally with the Prime Minister.

Asked if he would accept Umno's offer to become a candidate in the coming general election if PAS sacked him as a member, Nasharudin said, he had never received any overtures from Umno to become a candidate in the upcoming 13th general election.

Meanwhile, Nasharudin was of the opinion that the issue of the word Allah bandied about by DAP leaders was just to reap votes from Christians.

The Allah issue was raised by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who pressed the government to allow the word to be used in the Malay version of the Bible and at one point the opposition coalition including PAS leaders also agreed that 'Allah' could be used by non-Muslims.

Nevertheless, PAS under the leadership of its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had to perform a U-turn after the party's Syura Council issued a decree that the word should not be used by non-Muslims.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz's senatorship not extended

KUALA LUMPUR: Following his statement that rejected the street demonstrations in the city, the DAP did not extend the tenure of its vice-president, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim as a member of the Senate.
This was confirmed by Tunku Abdul Aziz himself to Bernama when asked on the report in a news portal that his tenure as a Senator ending on May 30 would not be renewed.


"Yes, the matter (not being reappointed) is true. It just a small sacrifice," he told Bernama when met at a farewell gathering for members of the Senate whose term would be expiring at the Parliament Building, here.
He also confirmed that this followed his statement when debating the address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah at the Dewan Negara sitting on April 24 that rejected the street demonstration on April 28 in Kuala Lumpur.

Tunku Abdul Aziz joined the DAP in 2008 and was appointed Senator in 2009 for the Penang state government quota.

Earlier in his speech, Tunku Abdul Aziz said everyone must place national interest above the party beause the party was merely an invention.

When appointed as a Senator, he said he did not see himself as a member of the opposition but as a Malaysian who had been given the opportunity to serve the country.

In jest, he said : "Actually I should still be a Senator, but because I was provoked, I opened my mouth on the staging of the street demonstration."

Meanwhile, Senator Datuk Ng Fook Heng in his speech apologised to Tunku Abdul Aziz for making the provocation which led the former vice-president of Transparency International to state his firm stand against the assembly supported by the opposition, at the end of last month.

"Tunku, I'm very sorry to put you in a very difficult position," he said.

Meanwhile, Senate President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang said Tunku Abdul Aziz was an example of a leader of integrity.

"This is an example of someone who holds the principle that the truth remains the truth while what is wrong remains wrong for the sake of the people, nation and the future generation," he said.

Abu Zahar also said that Senators must be appointed from amongst those who had credibility, knowledge and capability in empowering the Dewan Negara.

Apart from Tunku Abdul Aziz and Ng, others feted at the gathering were Wanita Umno head Senator Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Senator Ahmad Husin, Senator Zainun A. Bakar, Senator Datuk Zaitun Mat, Senator Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Thiam, Senator Datuk Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff and Senator Mumtaz Md Nawi.

However, Shahrizat whose term as a member of the Dewan Negara expired on April 9, was not present.
In GEORGE TOWN, A. Sangeetha reported that Aliran founding member Dr Ariffin S.M. Omar will take Abdul Aziz's place following a motion tabled by the House to appoint two Senators from Penang.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said 63-year-old Ariffin, who is an International Relations lecturer with Universiti Pertahanan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, was a proposition made by DAP.

Asked why Tunku Aziz, who only served one term between 2009 and 2012, was being replaced, Lim smiled and replied that it was a renewal and decision made by the party.

“Ariffin is a famous personality in Penang and he has a distinguished academic record. He is a PhD graduate of Southeast Asian History from the Australian National University,” he said.

He added that Ariffin, a former Aliran president, is an expert in Malay history and wrote the famous book `Bangsa Melayu’ in 1991 which underscored the concept of democracy and community in the Malay world.
Lim also announced former MTUC president Syed Shahir Syed Mahamud, 60, as the successor of Senator Datuk Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff who also served a term.

“Syed Shahir is a candidate proposed by Keadilan. He used to be the president for MTUC between 2005 and 2011.

“He has been very active in the issue of workers’ union for more than 38 years and has represented the country in various forums and conferences over the years,” he said.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz keluar DAP

KUALA LUMPUR - Naib Pengerusi Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz hari ini mengumumkan keluar dari DAP ekoran perbezaan pendirian dengan pemimpin-pemimpin kanan parti tersebut sejak kebelakangan ini.
Keputusan itu diumumkan ekoran pandangan beliau tentang Bersih 3.0 bulan lalu.


Ekoran laporan itu, beliau mengumumkan bahawa tempoh perkhidmatannya sebagai senator yang akan berakhir 31 Mei ini tidak disambung.

Ketika ditemu bual NTV7 malam ini, katanya, beliau akan memaklumkan partinya mengenai keputusan letak jawatan dalam beberapa minit.

"Saya fikir sudah sampai masa bagi saya mengambil pendirian tegas mengenai kedudukan saya dalam parti.
"Saya akan berhenti daripada menjadi ahli DAP," katanya lagi.

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DAP stays mum over Tunku Abdul Aziz's accusations

PETALING JAYA: In the midst of scathing accusations, allegations and remarks made by DAP former national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, the party leadership has remained tight lipped over the issue.



DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he "does not wish to exchange personal attacks against Tunku" in a press statement and conveyed the party's gratitude for four years of service in the Chinese dominated party.

"I received Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim's brief resignation letter from DAP yesterday. I have tried to contact him since his announcement (that he was) resigning from the party on Monday, but without any success.

"I have no wish to exchange personal attacks against Tunku but to convey the party's thanks for his service during his four years as National Vice-Chair of DAP. Time will prove who is on the right side of history," said Lim.

Tunku Abdul Aziz accused Lim of "dangling" a job offer before he quit the party on Monday night, thereby insulting Tunku Abdul Aziz's integrity.

However, Tunku Abdul Aziz, who was the party's most senior Malay leader, has since openly criticised the Penang chief minister in an interview with an English daily published yesterday, saying Lim was "biadap" (uncouth) and that he did not trust the latter.

Tunku Abdul Aziz has also attacked the entire DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) of allowing "unethical practices and conducts" by party members if they happen to be DAP supporters.

When The Malay Mail tried to contact other DAP CEC members, only DAP vice-chairman M. Kulasegaran responded.
In a short phone interview, Kulasegaran only said: "I have received your questions via SMS (short message system) and I have no comments."

Penang Institute chief executive officer Zairil Khir Johari clarified that it saw Tunku Abdul Aziz's refusal to being renominated as senator "as an opportunity to recruit a public intellectual with a valuable global network".

"The Penang Institute is the public policy think tank of the state government which undertakes research on socio-economic and political issues and publishes, among others, the Penang Monthly and various public policy and research papers.

"The management of the Penang institute, led by executive director Prof. Datuk Woo Wing Thye and myself, decided to propose the offer to Tunku Abdul Aziz of a senior fellowship in the institute – a post which would entail writing commitments, programme supervision and a platform to continue engaging in public discussion of national policies," Zairil said in a statement.

He said in its role as a think tank that supports the state's aspiration to be an intelligent and international city, the position also required Tunku Abdul Aziz to periodically attend national and international conferences.

"Penang Institute has a standard package for senior fellowship that includes a yearly stipend of RM50,000. So far, three persons have been appointed as senior fellows on this package.

"Out of respect for Tunku Abdul Aziz's position as a senior figure, we requested the Penang Chief Minister (CM), who is also the chairman of Penang Institute, to convey our offer of a senior fellowship. At no time did the CM speak about the terms of the appointment or any financial details during their telephone conversation last Friday.

"The terms of the senior fellowship were only conveyed by me on Monday morning to Tunku when I followed-up on the Chief Minister's call," Zairil said, adding that the institute regretted that its enthusiasm to have Tunku Abdul Aziz on board was misconstrued to justify his leaving the party and also used to malign the CM.

"It was not meant to be compensation for his senatorship, but in fact a genuine offer based on a desire to make the best use of Tunku's talent in the service of the state after his retirement as a senator for Penang," Zairil added.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz: Ketiadaan calon Melayu bukti DAP parti cauvinis dan perkauman

KUALA LUMPUR 16 Dis. - Ketiadaan calon Melayu di dalam Jawatankuasa Kerja Pusat (CEC) DAP selepas gagal mendapat undi terbanyak daripada perwakilan seharusnya menyedarkan setiap orang Melayu negara ini bahawa parti tersebut bersifat cauvinis dan perkauman.


Bekas Naib Pengerusi DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim berkata, perkara tersebut sering dibangkitkannya sebelum ini dan perkembangan yang berlaku di dalam pemilihan sempena Kongres DAP Kebangsaan Ke-16 itu jelas membuktikan orang Melayu sememangnya tidak boleh meletakkan kepercayaan kepada parti berkenaan.

Beliau berkata, orang Melayu perlu menerima hakikat laungan DAP untuk membantu mereka hanyalah sekadar retorik dan cakap kosong semata-mata.

''Orang Melayu perlu sedar terhadap apa yang berlaku di Kongres DAP semalam. DAP tidak boleh diharapkan untuk membela nasib kita.

''Oleh itu, kita sebagai orang Melayu jangan percaya kepada DAP. Mereka hanya pandai cakap sahaja,'' katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas kegagalan lapan calon Melayu menjadi anggota CEC DAP apabila tidak memperoleh sokongan jitu daripada pihak perwakilan di dalam pemilihan sempena berlangsungnya kongres parti tersebut di Pulau Pinang semalam.

Dalam pemilihan itu, calon Melayu yang mendapat undi tertinggi ialah Senator Ariffin S. M. Omar, 348 undi dan berada di tempat ke-37 daripada 63 calon yang bertanding.

Yang turut tidak terpilih ialah bekas Ahli CEC bagi penggal 2008-2012, Ahmad Ton yang juga Naib Pengerusi DAP Johor, mendapat 327 undi dan berada di tangga ke-38.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan Tunku Abdul Aziz turut memberitahu, tindakan DAP menentang UMNO sebenarnya adalah untuk menyerang orang Melayu.

''Inilah maksud tersirat sebab DAP menentang UMNO. Mereka mahu menyerang orang Melayu. Mereka menyerang UMNO sebab parti itu dianggotai oleh orang Melayu.

''Saya harap orang Melayu sedar tentang perkara itu,'' ujarnya.
Menyentuh isu sama bekas ahli DAP, Mohamed Razali Abd. Rahman berkata, apa yang berlaku di dalam pemilihan tersebut membuktikan parti itu menolak kepimpinan orang Melayu.

Beliau berkata, DAP sebenarnya hanya memperjuangkan nasib satu kaum dan oleh sebab itu, pemilihan parti tersebut didominasi satu kaum sahaja.

''Sedarlah kita orang Melayu dengan sifat yang begitu cauvinis DAP sama ada dulu, kini atau selamanya bukan sahaja tidak memberikan tempat kepada orang Melayu, malah mereka tidak akan membantu kita.
''Oleh itu, bayangkanlah nasib kita sebagai orang Melayu jika DAP diberi mandat untuk memerintah negara.

Di manakah kedudukan orang Melayu ketika itu?'' katanya lagi.

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DAP tries to persuade royalty's son to contest: Tunku Abdul Aziz

SEREMBAN (Jan 26, 2013): Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has claimed that he was once asked by DAP state chairman Loke Siew Fook to persuade a son of the Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan to contest in the coming state election on a DAP ticket.



Tunku Abdul Aziz said he conveyed the request to Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Ibni Tuanku Mukhriz, the founding president of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), but the latter turned it down.
He said Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin would be made the Negeri Sembilan menteri besar if the opposition wrest the state from the Barisan Nasional.

"Unperturbed, Loke (MP for Rasah) again asked me to persuade Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin to contest a parliamentary seat in the coming general election and promise him of a cabinet post if the opposition come to power.

"But I did not convey the request. It does not make sense for the DAP to appoint this young Tunku as menteri besar while his father is the Yang Dipertuan Besar," Tunku Abdul Aziz said at a ceramah here tonight.
Tunku Abdul Aziz said it was unbecoming of the DAP to temp a member of the royal house in its quest for power.

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Tunku Aziz denies privacy breach claims

Tunku Abdul Aziz denies privacy breach claims over a Negeri Sembilan royalty and pins blame on DAP's Anthony Loke.





PETALING JAYA: Former DAP vice-president Tunku Abdul Aziz today refuted privacy breach claims when he revealed the son of a Yang di-Pertuan Besar had been courted by the DAP to be an election candidate.


Tunku Aziz  instead blamed the party’s national organising secretary Anthony Loke, whom Tunku Aziz claimed had approached him to persuade Negeri Sembilan’s Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz to contest in a state seat.

In an e-mail response to Tunku Abidin, Tunku Aziz said he was not privy to what transpired between the former and Loke as he was not present during their meeting.

“If anyone had violated your privacy in this instace, it was Loke who volunteered the information to me,” Tunku Aziz read a copy of his e-mail to reporters here.

Tunku Aziz described the plan as an “open secret” in DAP and pointed out “a political party operating in the public domain is not private property”.

“You cannot hide behind a cloak of secrecy where a matter of public interest is involved,” he told the young prince.

“I am not unused in the jobs I have done to respecting privacy, but in this case what had been attempted is of national interest and has every potential for formenting a constitutional crisis,” he added.

Tunku Aziz said the offer was unprecedented in the political history of Malaysia.

“It is a conflict of interest. Imagine a scenario in which the royal father is the Ruler and his younger son, a DAP member, his Menteri Besar,” he said.



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Tunku Aziz: Hero or demon?

The former DAP man speaks about upholding the rule of law, fighting corruption and his infamous stand on Bersih 3.0.



PETALING JAYA: Tunku Abdul Aziz, 78, is not your average politician.
 

For starters, the former Transparency International vice-chairman has spent most of his life battling corruption and promoting good governance in Asia.

He was special adviser to Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan, from February 2006 to January 2007, during which he set up the UN Ethics Office.

Despite numerous invites from Umno to be a member, Tunku Aziz had over the years declined its offer, holding on to his belief in multiracialism and inclusiveness.

“That is why I joined DAP in August 2008, because I believe in multiracialism and they aspired to be just that,” he said.

“I joined because they offered me a platform to continue my work, to fight corruption and provide integrity in both the government and corporate sectors,” he added.

“But within two months, I realised I had got myself in the wrong box,” said Tunku Aziz.
He explained that the party had not provided him an avenue to fight corruption and believed DAP was not as multiracial as he thought it to be.

Tunku Aziz said he wanted to resign from the DAP immediately, but was persuaded to stay on by party leaders.

“I stayed because of my respect for (DAP parliamentary leader Lim) Kit Siang. There is something about honouring a friendship,” he said.

“But my break came when Bersih 3.0 wanted a street demo. I have seen what happens during these events. It always starts peacefully, but ends in the spilling of blood,” he added.

‘Pakatan MPs lawbreakers’

Tunku Aziz said he has always supported Bersih as an electoral watchdog group, but his support was conditional and he strongly believed the organisation had to act within the law.
“When they broke they law by attempting to occupy Dataran Merdeka, even though it was prohibited, I drew the line,” he said.

“It may be bad (to deny access into Dataran Merdeka), but it is the law of the land and must be obeyed. If you don’t like it, there are legal avenues to change laws.”

Tunku Aziz then labeled PR MPs as “lawbreakers”.

“All PR leaders and MPs, the lawmakers who have passed the laws of this country, are now telling people to break the law. The lawmakers have become lawbreakers,” he said.

“I was not going to tow the party line simple to be in favour of the people who have no respect for the laws they help legislate,” he added.

Asked to respond to claims from PR leaders and their supporters that he was now a Umno-BN man, Tunku Aziz brushed them off as the opposition’s standard procedure.

“The moment you say something that is against party line, you are demonised. But if you praise them, well, you suddenly become a hero,” he said.

“When I say good things about DAP, I become a superhero and an icon. When I criticise them, I’m a demon.

“They always talk about freedom of speech. Where is the inclusiveness that they talk about? The party says one thing and does another. Can we really trust them to rule the country?” he asked.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz: A Well-Meaning but Naive Senator

STOPPING THE GULLIBILITY: Tunku Aziz learns fast that DAP’s ‘free speech’ is doublespeak





SENATOR Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, once the DAP’s much-hyped “towering Malaysian”, is scrupulously principled, in the mould of the right-thinking English gentleman guided by the spiritual laws of cricket.


Until April 26 that is, when he disavowed BERSIH 3.0′s inevitable mob violence, now the default mode of operation for future political strategies of the opposition to coerce the government to act emphatically hard.
Tunku Aziz saw BERSIH3.0 as “not cricket”, which is to be honest about a bad situation: instead of being thanked for his constructive criticism, he has been ungentlemanly bashed, his forthrightness costly.

Now, Tunku Aziz, to the DAP’s hierarchy, is an unrepentant pariah, an “embarrassment” to the party and someone who must be sacked. The DAP acted quickly to not extend his senatorship for another three years but his Vice-Chairman position, that of the ornamental DAP Malay leader, remains tenuous.
Still, the elderly prince remains steadfast that the street demonstration that BERSIH stubbornly propagated goes against his canon but what is he really now? In all that idealism and soulful conscience, he is a political naiveté. Even at 78.

Tunku Aziz may have only realised it late but he foolishly unloaded all that goodness onto a party that disdains such punctiliousness, especially when it results in an internal backlash.
For Tunku Aziz, it was political paradise at first when he joined the DAP in 2008 but now, it’s hell in disguise and for that, he should be arraigned for the simple crime of gullibility.

Let’s get some perspective. Prior to his foray in DAP, Tunku Aziz set up the Malaysian chapter of Transparency International in 1998 and went on to use that key position to fight corruption and promote good governance in various international bodies.




Tunku Aziz was bold and assiduous in his criticism against the Malaysian government; his passing of tough judgment on issues of corruption accepted in good faith.

But ask this: rather than continue with his good work, why would he, with his impeccable background, invest his worth in a political party known more for its street-brawling strategies than civility?
In the hoopla surrounding his initial tryst with the DAP after the 2008 general election, including heaps of praise as a towering Malaysian and a big catch for the DAP, nobody questioned that his uncompromising criticisms as a Transparency International executive was actually a trailer to his big move to DAP.

In a nutshell, Tunku Aziz’s years in Transparency International were an unwitting preamplifier of DAP’s roughshod tactics against their enemy, Barisan Nasional. If the Tunku had been circumspect about his reputation, he would sooner maintain his neutrality than become a partisan player. That Tunku Aziz gambled with his credentials was somehow overlooked.

At the press conference announcing his newly-minted DAP membership, Tunku Aziz declared that he had been “monitoring the party’s progress without their knowledge” for 20 years. His monitoring, on hindsight, was superficial at best and blind at worse.

Had he been thorough, Tunku Aziz would have been horrified at the risks, knowing that the DAP:

MANIPULATES its dubious “democratic principles” to ruthlessly maintain a father-son dynasty;

REVERTS unpremeditatedly to its fundamental ethnic shape to win support despite bragging endlessly about its shape-shifting Malaysian Malaysia credo;

LAMBASTS a sitting Deputy Prime Minister for sexual impropriety but then defends him legally and politically against the government after realising they could score huge points with the electorate;

SPEAKS feverishly of free speech but is childishly prickly when faced with stinging criticisms, to the point of barring the media and gagging members.

(By now, Tunku Aziz would have fully appreciated this DAP paradox). For now, Tunku Aziz’s diminished time in the DAP begs one outcome: will he dish out four-year’s worth of dirt on the slick machinations of DAP now that he has been excoriated?

If it is any comfort to Tunku Aziz, he shouldn’t be too hard on himself. DAP, and in equal measure, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader whom they collude with, have fooled hundreds, if not thousands, of people with good conscience over the decades…

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Dibeli UMNO,Dibayar MCA : Tunku Abdul Aziz



Bekas Naib Pengerusi DAP,Tunku Abdul Aziz menafikan dakwaan beliau telah dibayar oleh UMNO dan MCA berikutan dengan kebanyakan kenyataannya disifatkan lebih memihak kepada kepimpinan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sambil menyelar tindakan bekas partinya yang cuba menjatuhkan imej dan kredibilitinya di mata umum.


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DAP’s Tunku Abdul Aziz says against Bersih 3.0

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — Veteran DAP leader Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz appeared today to break ranks with his party leadership over its backing of Bersih 3.0 this Saturday, claiming the event encourages Malaysians to “break the law”.

“My opposition to this kind of demonstration is — we are encouraging people to break the law and we are supposed to be lawmakers.

“I think there is a contradiction here,” he said.
“I am in favour of us assembling if that is not breaking the law but breaking the law is something that I cannot support.”

 Tunku Abdul Aziz makes a point why he is against the Bersih 3.0 rally to reporters in Kuala Lumpur on April 26, 2012. — Picture by Jack Ooi



The DAP vice-chairman, who is among the few Malays in the Chinese-dominated party, had declared his stand this afternoon at the Dewan Negara sitting here during the ongoing debate on the royal address.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby later, Tunku noted that this was his personal stand on the issue, which he has conveyed to his colleagues in the DAP leadership.

“Well, I’ve told them that I am opposed [to Bersih 3.0].

“I am opposed to this on a personal basis as a matter of personal principle.... what the party wants to do —- that’s the party’s decision,” he said.

The senior leader noted that although most street demonstrations start off with peaceful intentions, they often turn out to be violent and chaotic.

“Now, when something happens, who is going to take responsibility?
“The person or the people who organise it will probably not be there. Who will be looking after the casualties, people who are injured, people who are trampled upon?

“The tendency is to blame the authorities and I think this is not fair,” he said.

Tunku Abdul Aziz labelled election watchdog Bersih “irresponsible” for refusing to budge from its plan to use Dataran Merdeka for the “sit-in” protest, pointing out that the authorities have already offered alternative venues.

“The whole idea is to protest. Does it matter where the protesting is done?” he pointed out.
But he also stressed that he was in full support of an individual’s constitutional right to assembly, provided that this right is exercised within the confines of the law.

He said the police were a legally established authority and Bersih 3.0’s organisers should accept their advice on the suitable venue for the event.
“The law provides for us to assemble but what I am saying is — who is responsible for security in our country? The police.

“Whatever we do, we have to consult the police. If they advise us — maybe you have to change your route, maybe you should do it somewhere else — that’s what we should do, because to go against the police... they are an established legal authority,” he said.

Asked for alternative ways for Bersih to air its grouses over the country’s failure to reform the polls process, Tunku Abdul Aziz said: “There must be other ways without getting on the streets.”
He pointed out that those who oppose to the country’s laws could use Parliament as their avenue to amend the legislation instead of taking to the streets in a show of force.

“We may be part of any party or organisation but that does not mean we abandon our conscience.
“All of us should never do that.

“Some things we support, other things we must oppose,” he said.
Bersih has clashed with the authorities on its plan to use Dataran Merdeka for its rally this Saturday.
Both the Home Ministry and KL City Hall have offered alternative venues, including Stadium Merdeka, which was Bersih’s choice of venue last year, but the election watchdog has rejected the suggestion, saying it had come at too short a notice.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz: Not right for opposition to politicise corruption

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 – It is not right for the opposition to politicise corruption and blame it on the government, said former vice chairman Transparency International Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim.
The former DAP vice-chairman suggested that the opposition should instead assist the government with solutions to combat it.   

Tunku Abdul Aziz insisted that corruption was everyone’s fight. – File pic


“Corruption should never become a ‘political football’. You don’t kick it around.
“It’s a national problem. I think we should work together to solve this problem,” he told reporters at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Training Academy, here today.

Tunku Abdul Aziz was earlier presented with a letter of appointment to MACC’s advisory board by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara, here.
Tunku Abdul Aziz, who was made a senator in July 2009, insisted that corruption was everyone’s fight and it was a war in which every Malaysian is involved.

“I don’t think it’s right to keep blaming the government saying they’re a part of the problem,” he said. – Bernama

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Tunku Abdul Aziz condemns rally

(The Sun Daily) - Two internationally-acclaimed Malaysian social activists have condemned the so-called Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (People Uprising Rally) to be held here tomorrow, which they refer to as nothing more than a betrayal of public trust and a mockery of democracy.



Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim sees clearly, the hands of some opposition leaders behind the rally to obscure the truth about numerous personal problems afflicting them.
On his part, Dr Chandra Muzaffar says it is a shameful act that all champions of freedom and democracy should condemn as crude, vulgar and despicable.

Tunku Abdul Aziz told Bernama that the rally was actually not a protest against any critical national issue but rather a non-issue, at best, and a betrayal of public trust, at worst.
"An opposition leader is again doing what he does best and that is to pull the wool over our eyes so as to obscure the truth.

"The truth is that this is a matter for the man to resolve, without dragging innocent thousands into the stadium to support a cause that is both selfish and cynical in the extreme," said Tunku Abdul Aziz, better known for his various roles in worldwide anti-corruption movement and a former special adviser to former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.

"He who makes the bed should lie on it himself, but then it would not be that Opposition Leader, would it?" he asked.

Tunku Abdul Aziz could not hide his contempt over the organisers of the rally.
"I should have thought members of the public would have seen through this little charade but I am disappointed that there are reasonable people among us who are willing to be led by the nose to endorse an act that morally reprehensible.

"The opposition will obviously stop at nothing to cause maximum chaos and anxiety in a society that has become tired of the sort of irresponsible antics that have become the opposition's weapons of choice," he added.
Tunku Abdul Aziz was a strong opponent of the Bersih 3.0 rally held here last year and he showed this by resigning from the DAP which supported street demonstrations. He was then a DAP vice-chairman.
"I would urge my fellow Malaysians, in particular, not to allow themselves to be hoodwinked by an irresponsible opposition bent on getting to Putrajaya, no matter what it takes in human costs, not their own, naturally."

Dr Chandra, who is president of the International Movement for a Just World (Just), said if the rally became a channel for merely ventilating hate and anger based on outrageous lies and distortions, it would make a mockery of democracy and a subversion of freedom.

He said he was disturbed to learn that the appearance of a witness in a court case related to a defamation suit would be raised during the Saturday rally.

"If this is true, there is an attempt to use 'people power' to prevent the judicial process from taking its course.
"It would be a terrible travesty of justice. Only fascists manipulate the masses against the court system," he told Bernama.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz: DAP eyed Negri prince to contest in GE

SEREMBAN: The DAP once tried to entice a son of the current Negri Sembilan ruler to contest in the general election, offering him the Mentri Besar post as the “prize”, former party vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim claimed.



He alleged that state opposition leader Anthony Loke had spoken to him on the matter twice before he quit the party in May last year.
“Loke came up to me and asked me to approach Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin, a bright and well-spoken person, as I was from the royal family myself.

“He asked me to organise a dinner at my home and to talk to Tunku Zain but the learned prince declined the offer,” Tunku Aziz claimed at a ceramah here.
Tunku Aziz said Loke then asked him to speak to the prince for a second time to ask if he was keen to contest a parliamentary seat.

However, Tunku Aziz said he did not speak to the prince on the matter again.
When contacted later, Loke said “the matter was discussed in private and should have remained in private”.

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