Citizenships not given for purpose of votes: Mahathir

on 17 March 2013

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended Malaysia's practice of accepting people facing misery in other lands because "we are considerate and caring towards people who are less fortunate than us."



"So don't accuse us of accepting them purportedly for their votes.

If we (Malaysians) are chased out of our country, and no other country accepts us wherever we go, how do we feel?

"There will be no more human beings in the world so we must be considerate towards people who are suffering," he said, in his talk on "Malaysia's Future Road, What Choice?".

He said this was reflected in Malaysia's acceptance of people from Arab countries, for example, Iraq. "Many have come to the peninsula for security reasons because of the war in their country, and can't return home for fear of being accused of collaborating with Saddam Hussein.

"Having considered the problems facing them, we are prepared to help them so we have given them the right to live in Malaysia as permanent residents."

Bosnians who fled their country from atrocities were also accepted in Malaysia until their country returned to normalcy.

"However, many of them chose to remain in Malaysia."

Describing Malaysia as a peaceful and progressive nation, Dr Mahathir said millions of people would migrate to the country if Malaysia were to open its doors.

"I am confident that as long as Malaysia adopts a tolerant, considerate, sympathetic and caring stand towards people who are suffering, the country will continue to achieve progress. We will not lose, in fact our country is inhabited by people from other countries for generations.

We don't reject them. We are totally different from other countries which have also achieved independence."
Dr Mahathir singled out the Rohingya Muslims who were attacked and killed on the premise that they were not the people of Myanmar.

"While some other countries rejected boatloads of them, we accepted them on humanitarian grounds, and not because we wanted to secure votes from the Rohingyas.

"This is not Malaysia's way of doing things. And there is the allegation that we give citizenship and I.C to these people because we want to garner votes and win in the election.

"Let there be no allegation such that the Prime Minister before, nama dia Mahathir (named Mahathir) yang keluar arahan supaya diberi kerakyatan kepada siapa saja yang datang ke Sabah ini supaya mereka akan sokong parti kononnya. Ini fitnah, tak baik sama sekali. Kita cuma bertimbangrasa kepada orang lain yang menderita (who issued the directive to give citizenship to anybody who comes to Sabah so that they will support the party, they say. This is slander, not good at all. We are only considerate to other people who face hardship)," he said.

Dr Mahathir also recalled that when Myanmar achieved independence, Indian traders were expelled from the country.

Likewise, in Uganda, traders from India suffered the same fate. In comparison, he said this has never happened in Malaysia although we have different races - Malays, Chinese and Indians.
"We did not expel anybody when Malaysia became independent.

On the contrary, everybody was allowed to live in the country.

In fact, we were willing to accord citizenship status to one million people although they were actually not qualified to become Malaysian citizens because they had not stayed in the country long enough.
"And they could not speak Bahasa Melayu at all until today.

However, we were willing to accept them as citizens, and they even got the right to take part in politics and vote.

"On top of it, they could form parties to fight against those who had given them the rights as citizens. Many of these parties were made up of descendants from those people with citizenship status because of Tunku Abdul Rahman's compassion for them. He gave one million citizenships to people who were not qualified."
Dr Mahathir further said a proportion of those people were now accusing the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and criticising Umno for giving privileges to Bumiputeras, when deliberating on the subject of Malaysian Malaysia such that non-Bumiputeras are second-class citizens.

"Clearly, a segment of these people are descendants of those not qualified to become Malaysian citizens. But they easily forget the bounty from Barisan Nasional leaders or Perikatan as previously known."

The former premier said those allegations were not true because non-Bumiputeras were also given the right to maintain their respective languages, to set up their own schools and even to establish their own universities. "And we have never questioned their lack of proficiency in the national language because we recognise them as citizens and accord them the same rights."

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia's future would be brighter if such people, who were never thankful to the BN Government, were sidelined, and if we retained BN which sympathises with all races in the country, and has a good track record in administration.

Meanwhile, he said the world recognises Malaysia as one of the best developing countries in the world. In this regard, power lies in the hands of the people to determine the type of future for them.

"If we err in choosing the leaders and the government, our future will be gloomy despite the promises made. For example, the Opposition promised that the minimum wage would be RM1,100 if they gained power.
"This is not possible because small traders can't even afford the current RM800 minimum wage for their workers. What more if it is raised to RM1,100.00, which would definitely raise Sabah's cost of living which is already higher than that in the Peninsula," he contended.

Dr Mahathir attributed this trend partly to high freight charges in transporting the goods from the Peninsula to Sabah, thus contributing to higher import costs for merchandise from the Peninsula or other countries.
While conceding that he is powerless in this concern, he, however, pledged to bring the issue of Sabah's high cost of living to the attention of the Prime Minister after the 13th General Election.
"This is to get the new government (to be formed) to take appropriate action to reduce the cost of living for the people of Sabah."

At this juncture, Dr Mahathir called for Sabahans to be trained in the area of competence "because not long from now, Sabah will be the largest oil-producing state in Malaysia."

It would be pointless for Sabah to be the biggest oil producer if the people did not participate in the industry and enjoy its benefits.

"As such, the future of Sabah and Malaysia depends on the rational thinking of Malaysians.
If we are wise and adhere to the concept of sharing as espoused by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, and choose people who are capable of administering our country, God Willing, the future of Malaysia will be brighter than what it is now."


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Hak Melayu, Islam tergadai kerana parti Melayu pembangkang lemah

on 10 March 2013

SHAH ALAM 10 Mac - Kelemahan parti Melayu dalam pakatan pembangkang telah menyebabkan kaum lain tidak menghormati orang Melayu dan lebih teruk lagi hak keistimewaan Islam turut tergadai. Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad berkata, kaum lain di negara ini sepatutnya menghormati hak Melayu dan Islam kerana kedua-duanya telah menjadi bahasa dan agama rasmi negara ini sejak sekian lama.



Namun katanya, ekoran kelemahan parti Melayu dalam pakatan pembangkang yang sentiasa mengikut arahan kroni mereka, hak Melayu dan Islam telah menjadi taruhan. "Sebagai contoh yang paling jelas ialah melalui isu kalimah Allah apabila Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang telah memberikan kebenaran kepada kaum lain untuk mengunakan kalimah suci itu.

 "Jika perkara ini terus berlaku dan parti Melayu dalam pakatan pembangkang terus mengikut telunjuk kaum lain, tidak mustahil masyarakat Melayu akan menjadi hamba dan kuli di bumi sendiri," katanya ketika berucap dalam Majlis Penutup Konvoi Selamatkan Selangor anjuran Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) di sini hari ini. Yang turut hadir isteri beliau, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali; Presiden Perkasa, Datuk Ibrahim Ali; Ahli Parlimen Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Datuk Zulkifli Noordin dan Yang Dipertua Perkasa Selangor, Abu Bakar Yahya.


Menurut Dr. Mahathir, jika rakyat terus memilih pakatan pembangkang pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU-13), segala usaha Barisan Nasional (BN) untuk memartabatkan bangsa Melayu akan terus dihapuskan. "Jika pakatan pembangkang menang pilihan raya umum akan datang, percayalah, kedudukan orang Melayu akan diketepikan.

 Kaum lain telah menguasai ekonomi negara ini dan jika politik turut dikuasai oleh mereka, anda fikirlah sendiri. "Oleh itu, kita harus bertindak tegas dan memilih BN iaitu satu-satunya parti yang memperjuangkan hak Melayu dan pada masa sama menyamaratakan hak kaum lain di negara ini," katanya.

 Dalam pada itu, Abu Bakar selaku pengerusi penganjur ketika ditemui pemberita berkata, hampir 3,000 peserta menyertai Konvoi Selamatkan Selangor dan kesemuanya merupakan anak jati negeri ini. "Kesemua mereka menaiki motosikal menjelajah ke semua daerah di Selangor sambil membawa bendera negeri dan bendera Perkasa.

"Kita turut berkonvoi ke Tanah Perkuburan Islam Jalan Shapadu, Kampung Rantau Panjang, Klang untuk menziarah kubur wira negara, Allahyarham Koperal Mohd. Azrul Tukiran, 27, yang gugur diserang pengganas Sulu di Sabah," katanya.

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No way Pakatan can fulfil manifesto, says Tunku Aziz

on 01 March 2013

BAD TRACK RECORD: Opposition playing 'silly games' for votes

KUALA LUMPUR: FORMER DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim said the opposition coalition's manifesto is just another list of promises that will not be fulfilled.


"Those who believe and rely on those promises will be left disappointed," he said, adding that the nature of the manifesto only prove that the opposition do not have the experience to govern a nation.

"Based on their track record, many promises will go unfulfilled," said Tunku Aziz at a press conference in Tropicana Golf and Country Resort here yesterday.

"If Pakatan Rakyat leaders had any experience in their hands, they would realise that their promises cannot be delivered."

He added that the opposition's plan of raising the income of Malaysians was just following what the Federal Government had laid out, but with an increase in figures.

"Unlike Pakatan Rakyat, the government figures are prepared by teams of experts from the Finance Ministry, the Economic Planning Unit and Bank Negara Malaysia.

"Are they (opposition leaders) doing this to get people excited? To win a few votes?

"They are playing silly games. We have to think whether they are in a position to deliver."

Experience, Tunku Aziz said, cannot be replaced by expectations or promises. He added that the opposition leaders should be a little more modest and learn more before beginning to make such promises to the people.
"We cannot have this kind of behaviour in people who aspire to lead us and the future of our complex country, and we should take all these things much more seriously."

On a separate matter, Tunku Aziz called on the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to investigate the "technical glitch" that happened during the DAP central executive committee elections in Penang in November last year.
He said if DAP leaders were good and responsible, they would voluntarily step down while the RoS investigated the matter.

"The CEC was improperly constituted, and the appointment of the top leadership cannot by any means be regarded as valid.

"Now, we see the flaws of the DAP system. The convention in Penang made it very clear."

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Tunku Aziz: Top DAP leaders should step down

He says their appointment is null and void as the Central Executive Committee election was not conducted properly

PETALING JAYA: DAP’s top leaders should step down “in good faith” pending investigations into the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) polls, the party’s former vice president, Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, said today.





“If the CEC election is not conducted properly, then it should follow that all party leadership appointments made by the 20 elected CEC members are automatically rendered null and void,” said Tunku Aziz in a press conference today.

On Dec 15, DAP grassroots delegates had elected 20 leaders into the party’s supreme decision-making body, the CEC.

The 20 CEC members in turn appointed the DAP’s top leaders, including the party’s secretary-general and chairman, during its first meeting.

“The 20 CEC members themselves were elected under a flawed election process, and therefore the action they took in appointing the secretary-general and others had no constitutional effect,” said Tunku Aziz.

He pointed out that Vincent Wu Him Ven had been present at the first CEC meeting before the party election results were rectified and Vincent was replaced by Zairil Khir Johari.

Vincent was then reappointed into the CEC as a co-opted member.

“Despite the admission by the party that a mistake [was] made because, they claimed, of a computer glitch, the appointed office bearers of the current CEC are still the same people appointed at the first meeting which Vincent attended,” said Tunku Aziz.

“Therefore, if Vincent was not supposed to be in the CEC as he was not among the top 20 winning candidates for the CEC, it follows then that the first meeting of CEC was not valid.”

A recalculation of the CEC votes had discovered that Zairil had actually received 803 votes — instead of the earlier announced 205 votes — putting him in the 20th position for the 20 CEC seats up for grabs.

Vincent was found to have only received 669 votes, and not 1,202 as previously declared.

“We expect the Registrar of Societies (ROS) will take urgent steps to look not only into the conduct of the election, but also the legal implications as they affect the standing of the top party posts appointed by the CEC….it is a matter of great public interest,” said Tunku Aziz.

ROS should order suspension

He stressed that should the leaders refuse to step down, the ROS should order a suspension of all those appointed by the CEC.

“The appointments of the top leaders of DAP should, while investigations are going on, be suspended so that they cannot function in the positions to which they were appointed.

“It is very clear to me that they cannot justify remaining as chairman, secretary general and all other positions. The whole process has raised a number of questions on legal, ethical and personal morality,” said Tunku Aziz.

Several DAP life members had previously submitted requests to the ROS to investigate whether elements of fraud existed in the election of the party’s CEC.

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PAS flip-flop sign of 'mental disorder' - Umno analysts


KUALA LUMPUR- The PAS flip flop on certain issues and disunity among members and partners, the DAP and PKR, are signs that PAS is suffering from mental disorder, said a political analyst.



Director of National Integration Studies Centre, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Prof Datuk Dr Zainal Kling said PAS is in a dilemma after making a decision that involves Islam and politics.

"PAS does not know what to do, follow the socialistof DAP or Islam. It said the wrong thing and had to retract, resulting in a mess," he told Bernama here today.

The issue of use of the word 'Allah' in the Malay version of the Bible is a big blow to PAS when the decision of the Pakatan Rakyat supreme ccouncil was announced by an opposition leader.

However, the decision was challenged by the PAS Ulama Shura Council which decided that the word 'Allah' could not be used by non-Muslims.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang should reverse the decision but until today, he has done nothing to rectify the problem.

PAS also disagreed with the candidate for the Prime Minister's post should the opposition succeed in capturing Putrajaya in the general election.

It suggested that the post he held by Abdul Hadi but DAP chairman Karpal Singh stressed the post should go to opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Zainal said PAS is increasingly desperate to garner support as general election beckons and has to resort to discrediting the government.

"PAS talks about welfare state, but Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has done more than that. It does not how to counter and began talking about Pharaoh and chicken (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia)."

He said PAS leaders should examine their faith in depth if it want to continue with the DAP and PKR.

"If you want to be a Muslim, you cannot be friends with socialists (DAP). If the opposition captures Putrajaya, PAS will have to sacrifice the Islamic state concept and lose the support of Muslims."

Malaysian Youth Clubs Global Relief chairman Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi said youths are fed up with the flip flop stance displayed by PAS.

"The changing stance can be equated with hypocritical. PAS should be more transparent with its stand and not jump here and there, just to garner votes."

He was surprised that PAS could sit down with DAP and PKR which have no respect for the position of Islam in the country.

"PAS can remain as hypocrites (continuing with Pakatan)), or leave with dignity and refrain from committing sins," he added.

Meanwhile, Defenders of Islam (Pembela) secretary, Abdul Karim Omar believes PAS fear losing control of Kedah and Kelantan if they choose Anwar as candidate for Prime Minister.

He said it is better for DAP to drop PKR and DAP so that the party can uphold Islam.
"Maybe, it is better for PAS to be with Umno," he added.

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Nasharudin dares Karpal

'NOT FIT TO BE PM': Ex-Pas leader tells DAP chief to retract 'Anwar a sodomiser' claim

KUALA LUMPUR: FORMER Pas deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa has demanded that DAP chairman Karpal Singh take a stand over his remark in Parliament regarding opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sexual habits.


This, Nasharudin said, was to enable Pas to decide whether Anwar can be considered as Pakatan's prime minister candidate.

"Karpal Singh had labelled Anwar as kaki liwat (sodomiser) during a session in 1997 and, therefore, he needs to retract that statement to garner Pas' trust to field Anwar as Pakatan Rakyat's choice for the prime minister post."

Nasharudin, nonetheless said someone with morality issues such as Anwar, whose deeds had even been made known to the public, was not fit to be a leader.

"The matter was raised in the Parliament... Karpal must be firm on his take over the issue which he himself had brought to light.

"He (Karpal) needs to take a stand and clarify the matter as we are talking about choosing a leader who is capable of solving problems, and not be embroiled in them himself."

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