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November 1, 2014

A lousy sequel

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The Economist

Jail for Malaysia’s opposition leader would not necessarily clobber his coalition

FOR 16 years Anwar Ibrahim, leader of Malaysia’s opposition, has battled dodgy charges of sodomy and corruption designed to keep him from power. One way or another, a court hearing which began on October 28th looks like the end of the road. As The Economist went to press Mr Anwar (pictured above, with his wife) was reaching the conclusion of his final appeal against a five-year prison sentence, imposed in March, for allegedly having sex with a male aide (sodomy is illegal in Malaysia). It leaves Pakatan Rakyat, his three-party coalition, on shaky ground. (more…)

October 31, 2014

Sodomy II : Prosecution’s turn to make submissions

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Mkini

The Federal Court will finally hear submissions from government-appointed prosecutor Muhammad Shafee Abdullah on why Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction for sodomy – his second in 10 years – is ‘safe’.Shafee has indicated yesterday that he will lay out the full facts of the case as he claimed the defence had presented “partial” facts. He will then argue on the issues raised by defence lead counsel Gopal Sri Ram and other members of the defence team.

Yesterday, Shafee informed the court that he needed more time to re-organise his submissions due to extensive points made by the defence.

He pointed out that Anwar’s team had submitted an additional ground of appeal on Tuesday, at the start of the appeal hearing. In all, Anwar had provided 36 grounds of appeal. (more…)

No proof of sexual assault, court hears in Anwar’s sodomy appeal

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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre) walks towards the Federal Court after recess in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur today.TMI

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre) walks towards the Federal Court after recess in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur today.

The Court of Appeal failed to consider the testimony of the first doctor who examined Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged sodomy victim, defence for the politician told the Federal Court today.

Former Pusrawi doctor, Dr Mohd Osman Abdul Hamid, was the defence’s witness during the trial of Anwar’s alleged sodomy, and the first to examine the complainant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, after the alleged assault.Co-counsel Ramkarpal Singh said that Dr Osman had not found any trace of tear or injury on Saiful consistent with sodomy. (more…)

October 30, 2014

Sodomy II: Prosecution to make submissions

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Malaysiakini

The prosecution team led by government-appointed lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, is expected to seek a longer jail term for Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim in the Federal Court as the Sodomy II case enters its third day today.

Shafee is likely to submit either later this morning or in the afternoon on the issues raised by newly appointed Anwar’s lead counsel, retired Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram.

The Umno-linked lawyer had told journalists outside court yesterday that “there was nothing new” that was raised by Anwar’s defence team over the past two days. (more…)

On Day Two of sodomy appeal, defence seeks to restore trial judge’s findings

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Anwar (right) leaves the Federal Court building with his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (2nd R) after day two of his sodomy appeal. - The Malaysian Insider by Najjua Zulkefli, October 29, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Lawyers for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim trained their guns today on DNA evidence used in his sodomy trial, telling the Federal Court that samples from their client were obtained unlawfully while samples from the complainant were compromised.Day Two of Anwar’s appeal to get his conviction overturned saw his lawyers defending the findings of the trial judge who acquitted him of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan because of doubts over the DNA samples.

Anwar’s co-counsel Ramkarpal Singh today set out to demolish the scientific evidence that supported the prosecution’s case which resulted in Anwar being convicted in the Court of Appeal last March. (more…)

Anwar’s unsworn statement now a weighty matter before the Federal Court

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Anwar's (pic) unsworn statement during the 2011 sodomy trial was not considered at all by the Court of Appeal judges earlier this year, says his lawyer Surendran. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 29, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Anwar’s (pic) unsworn statement during the 2011 sodomy trial was not considered at all by the Court of Appeal judges earlier this year, says his lawyer Surendran.

How much weight should be given to a statement from the dock by an accused person in a criminal trial?

This is one of the matters before a five-man bench in the Federal Court, which is now in its second day of hearing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal against his sodomy conviction.

The significance of this issue lies in the fact that as an unsworn statement, testimony from the dock is not admissible and it also cannot be cross-examined. (more…)

Anwar’s jailing will spell Umno’s own doom

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Stephen Ng

At one Umno general assembly, a delegate boldly declared that Umno will continue in “perpetuity”, or words to the effect.

Anyone who believes in the power of the Almighty will quickly realise that even His little finger can sink an entire Titanic, what more a party made of mortals.

In politics, as we know it, nothing is perpetual. There is no kingdom or empire that lasts forever. They come and go, and unless a political party is willing to undergo reformation from within, and remain relevant to the people who give it their support, the party is in danger of becoming obsolete. (more…)

October 29, 2014

Sodomy II: Defence to continue submissions

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Mkini

The final appeal against Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction and five-year prison sentence and the prosecution’s cross-appeal to extend the jail term meted out to the opposition leader will resume today at the Federal Court in Putrajaya.

Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria leads a five-member bench in the highly charged case, which is also closely watched by a number of international observers sitting in the public gallery of the packed courtroom.

The biggest surprise yesterday was the appointment of former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram who retired in 2010, to lead Anwar’s defence team. He replaced senior lawyer Sulaiman Abdullah who has not fully recovered from his leg surgery. (more…)

Jail term will be my last service to Malaysia, says Anwar

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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will go to jail fighting a corrupt government. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 28, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will go to jail fighting a corrupt government.

Addressing his supporters last night, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he would go to jail fighting, and that a second prison term could be his last service to Malaysia.He said Pakatan Rakyat supporters should stand up and keep fighting for their rights instead of being demoralised if he were jailed for the second time.”I do not want to go jail but if I am forced to, I will go fighting a corrupt government.

“It is a small sacrifice I have to make,” Anwar told the crowd at what could probably be his last ceramah at Stadium 3K, Subang Jaya, last night. (more…)

Sodomy II: BN making a Mandela out of Anwar

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(From left): Anwar and Mandela

Hazlan Zakaria

By their very actions and continued legal pursuit of the Sodomy II saga, the BN-led government is making a ‘Mandela’ out of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to their own detriment and vilification.

Whether Anwar deserved such accolades or not is another matter, but the apparent weight brought to bear against him is reinforcing the PKR de facto leader’s people’s hero image.

I am opposed to attempts to paint Anwar in the same colours as South African statesman Nelson Mandela before this, though as per the circumstances of his current predicament my opinions may have moved a fraction from that static point. (more…)

October 28, 2014

KY jelly evidence mishandled, court hears in Anwar appeal

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Malaysian opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail walking towards supporters as they arrive at the Federal Court in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 28, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

The Federal Court has begun hearing the final appeal by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against his sodomy conviction.

Anwar’s defence team, led by retired federal court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, has begun submissions by outlining the prosecution’s case against the opposition leader.

Anwar is appealing the Court of Appeal’s conviction that he sodomised his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, in 2008. (more…)

Saiful met Najib before alleged sodomy, court hears

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Malaysian opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail walk toward supporters as they arrive at the Federal Court in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, today. –The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 28, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

The Federal Court has begun hearing the final appeal by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against his sodomy conviction.

Anwar’s defence team, led by retired federal court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, has begun submissions by outlining the prosecution’s case against the opposition leader.

Anwar is appealing the Court of Appeal’s conviction that he sodomised his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008. (more…)

Former federal court judge leads Anwar’s defence

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Malaysian opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail walk toward supporters as they arrive at the Federal Court in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, today. –The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 28, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

A five-man panel of judges led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria will hear the sodomy appeal by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who was convicted by the Court of Appeal last March.

Others on the bench are Tan Sri Raus Sharif, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop.

Anwar, 67, was sentenced to five years’ jail by the appellate court but has obtained stay of execution pending the outcome of his appeal in the Federal Court, which will be heard today and tomorrow.

In January 2012, the High Court, following a lengthy trial, acquitted Anwar of the charge after calling for his defence. (more…)

Experts’ evidence will decide Anwar’s fate in Sodomy II appeal, say lawyers

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's fate in the Sodomy II case will be decided over two days at the Federal Court and hinges on the acceptance or rejection of the experts’ views on the DNA samples taken from his alleged victim. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 28, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s fate in the Sodomy II case will be decided over two days at the Federal Court and hinges on the acceptance or rejection of the experts’ views on the DNA samples taken from his alleged victim.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s fate in his latest sodomy case will depend on whether the Federal Court accepts the testimony of two foreign DNA experts or go with the testimony from government chemists, says a lawyer in the opposition leader’s legal team.Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said Anwar would walk a free man if the apex court reinstated the judgment of High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, who accepted the testimony of foreign DNA experts – Professor David Lawrence Wells and Dr Brian Leslie MacDonald – who said the samples taken from alleged sodomy victim, Mohd Saiful Azlan Bukhari, could have been compromised.

Zabidin freed Anwar as the court could not be “100% certain” on the integrity of samples taken for DNA testing from Saiful on grounds the exhibits could have been compromised before they were handed over to a chemist. (more…)

Anwar prisoner of conscience if jailed’

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Mkini

“If Anwar Ibrahim is jailed, Amnesty International (AI) will consider him a prisoner of conscience,” said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director.

AI said this in calling for the Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated persecution of government critics including Anwar Ibrahim, ahead of the final decision in the long-standing ‘sodomy’ case against the opposition leader.

“The ‘sodomy’ charges against Anwar are clearly politically motivated and a blatant attempt by the Malaysian authorities to silence and undermine a critical voice. (more…)

December 12, 2013

Not all Western thought morally vacant, says Anwar

Terence Netto

In a much-awaited speech on the reform of higher education in Muslim societies, Anwar Ibrahim disagreed with the popular notion among Muslims that western education is devoid of an ethical and moral dimension.

Anwar said this notion, widely disseminated in Islamic intellectual circles, has been a hindrance to the development of Muslims, particularly in the scientific and technical spheres.

“.. [T]here is a general perception among the discourse of many Muslim scholars that Western education and philosophy is secular and bereft of an ethical and moral dimension. To my mind, this is unfounded,” declared Anwar in a keynote address to a symposium organised by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in Washington DC on Monday. (more…)

October 24, 2013

Bishop’s silence on talk a shock

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Anwar Ibrahim

Imagine this: Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is visiting Malaysia to speak to Australian students studying at Malaysian universities.

The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur then issues a written threat to all Australian students, saying that if they hear Mr Shorten speak they will lose any government-funded scholarships.

Such an action would be met with outrage by any Malaysian government as being an act of foreign interference, and an unwarranted intrusion in Malaysia’s domestic affairs.

Yet something very similar occurred in Australia in the past few days. (more…)

August 22, 2013

Unity government: Najib’s CONSPIRACY against Umno rivals & the NATION?

Unity government: Najib's CONSPIRACY against Umno rivals & the NATION? Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee

In some countries, a unity government is formed to prevent a national crisis, for example when no single party has the required number of seats to form a government. Otherwise, the country may be in turmoil.

A unity government is thus a way out to save a nation and not to serve the interests of those in power. If done in the most amicable way, the party having the largest number of seats can form the government by forming a coalition with the Opposition parties without having to waste time in political disputes and maneuvers. They can save money and other resources by absolving the need to hold another general election. Therefore the business of managing the country can continue without too many hitches.

However, the proposed ’unity government’ in Malaysia purportedly proposed by Prime Minister Najib Razak to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is viewed skeptically by many in the country. We have seen before the style of unity government practiced by Najib’s UMNO-BN coalition when PAS was coaxed into joining on the pretext of ensuring and enhancing Malay interests. Naïve PAS should have realized that it was only in the interest of UMNO, and of no benefit to them at all! (more…)

August 18, 2013

Dr M vs LKY Part I: How they’re similar

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P Gunasegaram

These sometimes foes, sometimes mutual admirers who were the longest serving prime ministers for Malaysia and Singapore have much in common – but they are very disparate in some other areas – and therein lies the different contributions they made to their countries.

The older Lee Kuan Yew, who will be 90 on Malaysia day, Sept 16, was the longest serving prime minister in Asia, ruling Singapore as chief minister from 1959 at the tender age of 36 and then as prime minister from the time it was expelled from Malaysia in 1965, right up to 1990, making in all over 30 years.Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a hardline Umno member who played a key role in ousting Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman in the wake of the 1969 riots, climbed rapidly to become Malaysia’s fourth prime minister in 1981, continuing until 2003, for a long reign of 22 years. That’s just three years short of Lee’s reign as prime minister of an independent country of 25 years. (more…)

July 22, 2013

SODOMY II RETURNS: Anwar may be sent back to jail when appeal hearing begins Monday

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SODOMY II RETURNS: Anwar may be sent back to jail when appeal hearing begins MondayMaria Begum

Not many people realize it and Anwar Ibrahim himself has chosen not to make a fuss of it but he could be sent back to jail if the Court of Appeal overturns a ‘cast-iron’ acquittal and chooses to sentence him for the Sodomy II case after a two-hearing that starts on Monday.

The Opposition Leader’s lieutenants were however more vocal. They lambasted Prime Minister Najib Razak, whom they see as the driving force behind the Attorney General’s decision to appeal the High Court’s ruling.

“Yes, it is true Anwar might go back to jail. Like it or not, we have to admit we have a fickle judiciary and this case smacks of political persecution,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle. (more…)

May 10, 2013

The beginnings of a Malay tsunami

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Gertrude Pereira

In Viewpoints on NTV7 on Monday night, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin appealed to the opposition to be magnanimous and accept the GE13 results. I wonder if he would ask his party, Umno, and the Barisan Nasional it leads, to do the same.

Instead, one day after the elections, after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had said he would seek national reconciliation and healing, Umno-owned Malay daily,Utusan Malaysiaheadlines ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu?’ (What more do the Chinese want?) When his attention was drawn to it, Najib defended the paper, alluding that Chinese papers do the same.

Now, tell me who is stoking racialism in post-GE13 Malaysia and who is not being magnanimous? Apparently the Chinese voted en bloc for Pakatan Rakyat in predominantly Chinese areas where the DAP is strong. (more…)

Even without leaders, people make their voices heard

Ram Anand

Thousands could not make it into a Kelana Jaya stadium brimming with a heavily passionate crowd last night, and many could not even drive anywhere close to it as Petaling Jaya was caught in a gridlock by those heading to the mass protest rally against the Sunday’s polls alleged fraud.

At least half of the 120,000 people who descended upon the stadium for one of the biggest rallies in recent times did not even get to hear their leaders speak.

Many did not have a clue when or where the likes of Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang spoke. Part of the sound system in the stadium was inaudible to the outlying areas and even to some stands at the far end of the stadium. (more…)

April 27, 2013

Winds of change

Rabble rousing … Anwar Ibrahim on the hustings in Kuala Lumpur.Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Anwar Ibrahim once seemed a certainty to rule Malaysia. Then came his arrest and imprisonment. Now, with his party shaking up the establishment, is he set to finally fulfil his ambition? By Mark Baker.

Rabble rousing … Anwar Ibrahim on the hustings in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Austral Press

It’s nearing midnight in Penang. In a park surrounded by decaying concrete apartment blocks, a swelling crowd waits patiently amid the sticky heat and pungent aromas of food stalls, traffic fumes and open drains. This is a poor Malay neighbourhood, but there are Chinese and Indians here, too, a representative cross-section of multiracial Malaysia. (more…)

April 26, 2013

Malaysia’s GE13 too close to call – former US ambassador

Malaysia's GE13 too close to call - former US ambassadorJohn Malott

Malaysia’s 13th General Elections on May 5 will be the most important — and the most hard-fought — in Malaysian history. The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its coalition partners have ruled the nation since its independence in 1957. But now, for the first time in history, the Malaysian opposition is united and strong, and it believes it has a real chance of coming to power.

And also for the first time, UMNO, as well as those who have benefited politically and economically from their connections to the ruling party, fear that the voters might reject their party and the system that have governed the country continuously for over five decades. (more…)

April 14, 2013

GE13: The good, the bad and the ugly

Ali Cordoba

Malaysia is probably living one of its most exciting times, with delayed polls, never before seen handouts and an opposition strangulating the regime to its last breath.
Malaysia’s upcoming general election on May 5 seems to be scripted from the Hollywood western, ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ but there is a surprise on the timeline.

The battle to govern the nation is pitting Pakatan Rakyat leader, Anwar Ibrahim, who is living the greatest political revival in Malaysia’s history, against a regime that has probably overspent its days in power. (more…)

April 9, 2013

Najib still has not got it

Anwar Ibrahim

‘I am not convinced that the BN manifesto can comprehensively resolve the people’s economic, political and social concerns.’

On behalf of PKR, I welcome the launch of the Barisan Nasional Manifesto which took place with much glitter and fanfare Saturday night, ahead of the nomination day.

As generally acknowledged, Pakatan Rakyat clearly has the upper hand for launching its manifesto for the 13th general election (GE13) much earlier on Feb 25, 2103, blazing the trail of a healthy political competition landscape. (more…)

April 7, 2013

Who’s afraid of Anwar Ibrahim?

Boo Teik, Khoo 

Far from being discredited in the public eye, ‘DSAI’ has grown much closer to the common people than when Mahathir made him a ‘martyr’ of sorts, writes Khoo Boo Teik

Imagine you were Anwar Ibrahim in September 1998. The pharaonic PM had turned off the lights on you (even cutting the power supply to your residence). On cue, the controlled media sensationalised your alleged immorality, never once referring to your reputed religiosity.

In self-preservation, the politicians ‘in the know’ shunned you like a pariah, forgetting that they used to flatter you as the ‘anointed successor’. (more…)

April 6, 2013

Anwar to defend Permatang Pauh

OPALYN MOK

Anwar had earlier said he will decide between contesting in Tambun and his home ground.

PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will defend his seat in Permatang Pauh and not go to Tambun, Perak.

The PKR de-facto leader announced his decision at a ceramah at Taman Pauh here amidst cheering from the crowd.

“While my intention was to help the campaign in Perak and if I look at it rationally and strategically, it would have to be Tambun but because of the heart, soul, relationship and spirit of Permatang Pauh in their support for me, I have to defend my seat,” he said. (more…)

March 26, 2013

Dr M: Najib will be challenged if he fails

 M Jegathesan

With a rising opposition promising to end authoritarianism, Mahathir is seen trying to protect his legacy.

Four years after leading a charge to oust Malaysia’s previous prime minister, authoritarian ex-leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad is making his sizeable influence felt again as a close election looms.

Mahathir, who towered over Malaysia for 22 years with his grand development projects and hard-nosed politics, is 87 but has peeled back the years to step from the shadows and whip up support for the long-ruling regime he moulded. (more…)

March 24, 2013

Sodomy 3: What if it’s an inside job?

CT Ali

Just bear in mind that the hunting season within PKR and Pakatan has already begun and the hunted is Anwar himself.

Let the games within Pakatan Rakyat begin.

From my personal experience, when your father is not that wealthy, there is no infighting within the family to get what you think is your “fair” share of his money.

Let the first million roll in and then it’s a free for all to get into his good books. By the time the second and third million is in his bank, all hell will break lose. (more…)

March 20, 2013

Double blow for Pakatan

 Jeg Hui, via e-mail

Pakatan Rakyat has suffered a double blow to wrest Putrajaya from the ruling coalition as the 13th General Election looms. The death of Private Investigator Balasubramaniam due to heart illness has not been a good timing as he was only about to “reveal all” in a nationwide campaign. Then came a series of pictures purportedly taken from a video feed featuring two men in compromising positions where one of them appears to be of Anwar Ibrahim.

Conspiracy theorists may have suggested the former was killed while the latter was the work of Umno. However, reality would soon settle-in to the minds of even the hardcore supporters as hard proof would soon be released. Some supporters have even admitted they do not care if the man in the video was Anwar Ibrahim as long as ABU (Anyone But Umno) movement is implemented when choosing the new government. While the Umno-ists might see this as a veiled attacks against the Malays as a whole, many has also seen Umno as a party drenched with filth of corruption. (more…)

March 19, 2013

MUTINY IN PKR: Anwar under fire for “betraying” members over seats

MUTINY IN PKR: Anwar under fire for "betraying" members over seats

Malaysia Chronicle

Disgruntlement within PKR, simmering for months now, has erupted over party adviser Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged betrayal of “long-standing” members, dropping them after having indicated they would be selected to contest at the coming general election.

That is what some upset PKR members are claiming. Their complaints and views if not treated with respect can cause a really serious rift in the PKR party and derail its recent resurgence and return to the top spot in the Pakatan Rakyat hierarchy.

“This is a most unpleasant situation with racial overtones. Not all who have been dropped are Chinese but most are Chinese. The Malays in PKR are now also very concerned. Who will be next?” a PKR insider toldMalaysia Chronicle on strict conditions of anonymity. (more…)

March 15, 2013

Expired PM is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

Malaysia ChronicleTIAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Najib is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

MP for Batu Tian Chua pleaded not guilty to Sedition charges pressed against him by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government for allegedly linking the ruling Umno party to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

“These are politically-motivated charges and I will clear my name through the court,” Tian said as he made his plea.

His lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N Surendran, minced no words in his defence.Calling the charges a gross abuse of power and the judicial processes, they slammed the Najib administration for putting Umno above the government. (more…)

GE13 will be on 13 May 13?

Ken

It is already past March 8, 2008, more than five years since the last general election and yet Parliament has not been dissolved.

Parliament will dissolve automatically on April 29, 2013.

If Premier Najib Abdul Razak does not dissolve Parliament by that date, that would be most embarrassing for him and confirm to all that he is indeed a very weak leader – it’ll be a gift from Najib to former premier Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to kick him (Najib) out for good.

So, it is clear that Parliament will be dissolved by April 29, 2013, unless the war in Sabah does not end and Najib declares a state of emergency throughout the nation. (more…)

March 14, 2013

Tian Chua to be charged under Sedition Act on Thursday: Will Anwar be NEXT?

Tian Chua to be charged under Sedition Act on Thursday: Will Anwar be NEXT?

Maria Begum

MP for Batu Tian Chua will be charged under the Sedition Act for remarks allegedly made in connection to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

“This is a classic case of hypocrisy of the highest order. The Prime Minister himself announced last year the Sedition Act would be repealed and replaced with the National Harmony Act but now with the general election nearby, suddenly the Attorney General seems to have forgotten that,” Latheefa Koya, the legal affairs director for PKR, told Malaysia Chronicle.

It is not yet clear if Tian will be charged for alleged “mati katak”comments or for allegedly linking Umno to the Lahad Datu intrusion. (more…)

March 13, 2013

Lahad Datu conspiracy: Anwar may be arrested soon – Rafizi warns

Malaysia Chronicle

Lahad Datu conspiracy: Anwar may be arrested soon - Rafizi warns

There is mounting fear that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim might be arrested soon, with Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling Umno party charging him for allegedly masterminding the Lahad Datu intrusion.

Members of Anwar’s PKR party fear the worst may happen, based on information received from high-level sources as well as from reading a recent chain of “orchestrated” events they worry are aimed to create hate towards the 64-year-old leader.

A resurgent Anwar is widely expected to form and lead the next federal government, and if he is ‘taken down’, the Opposition’s advance could well be stymied. (more…)

Don’t fear the consequences of change

Anwar Ibrahim

The present Umno-BN government of Najib Abdul Razak is living on borrowed time. It doesn’t want to admit it but its legitimacy is now totally in question because constitutionally, its full term has expired.

The people’s patience is tested to the limit here by the audacity of a government that goes on ruling without a mandate.

A number of bogus analysts and self-appointed doomsday prophets, especially those driven by very personal agendas, have warned that Malaysia will descend into political and economic chaos in the event of a Pakatan Rakyat victory. (more…)

March 11, 2013

‘Blackmail, sabotage threats will not work’

Athi Shankar

The Opposition leader said threats like sabotage and blackmail will not work when it comes to allocating seats for the general electiosn.

Pakatan Rakyat is a tight knit coalition and threats like sabotage,blackmail or boycott will not work.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said of late some disgruntled leaders have resorted to threats because they might not be happy with the coalition’s electoral seat formula.

Speaking at the state Pakatan convention here today, Anwar labelled those who issued such threats as sour grapes with low mentality. (more…)

March 10, 2013

No retribution for foes if Pakatan wins GE13, says Anwar

OPALYN MOK

The crowd at the Pakatan Rakyat 5th anniversary celebration in Penang March 8, 2013. 

Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) foes do not have to fear any retribution if the opposition pact captures Putrajaya in Election 2013, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim promised last night.

The PR de facto leader said the pact will follow the law when dealing with those who have committed offences in the past.

“People say if we take over, we will start arresting our political foes but let me say here, I promise there will not be any retributive justice. (more…)

March 9, 2013

Anwar predicts minimum 10-seat majority in GE13

Chong Pooi Koon, Bloomberg

On day one of taking power, a People’s Alliance government would liberalise newspaper licences, Anwar said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur today.Pakatan Rakyat will win the country’s upcoming general election with a parliamentary majority of more than 10 seats and control at least six of the nation’s 13 states, leader Anwar Ibrahim said.

Policy priorities within the first 100 days would include education, corruption and government procurement. No retribution would be taken against past leaders, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who sacked him in 1998, he said.

“I don’t want to sound over confident, but I believe looking into the trend now it will be a comfortable majority,” the 65-year-old politician said. “Beyond 10 is comfortable.” (more…)

March 8, 2013

Saiful’s father says Sodomy II an ‘evil conspiracy’, apologises to Anwar

MD IZWAN

Azlan reads out his statement at the press conference on March 8, 2013.

The father of Saiful Bukhari Azlan publicly admitted today that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy charge was an “evil political conspiracy” involving his son.

In a heavily-guarded press conference here, the 60-year-old Azlan Mohd Lazim alleged that the conspiracy was planned by a special officer in the Prime Minister’s Department and was engineered to tarnish Anwar’s image with another sodomy charge, the opposition leader’s second since he lost his post in government in 1998. (more…)

March 6, 2013

BN becomes caretaker gov’t on March 8

Tommy Thomas

Parliament’s term is five years. Article 55(3) of the federal constitution states: ‘Parliament unless sooner dissolved shall continue for five years from the date of its first meeting and shall then stand dissolved.’

Because the current Parliament had its first meeting on April 28, 2008, it shall automatically ‘stand dissolved’ on April 28, 2013.  As it is an instance of automatic dissolution, no action by any person is required to trigger it.

By virtue of Article 55(4), the 13th general election (GE13) ‘shall be held within 60 days from the date of the dissolution of Parliament’. Hence, the very last date on which GE13 can legally be held, at least for Parliament, is June 28, 2013. (more…)

CNN’s John Defterios Also Flogged FBC Media’s Illegal Services To Microsoft, Azerbaijan, Uzbeks, Khazakhs, Mubarak.. !

Sarawak Report

For a fat fee FBC will promote you on its regular news programmes – Defterios interviews Najib on CNN

American blogger Josh Trevino’s belated confessions about the more than one million ringgit he received from Malaysian PMs Abdul Badawi and Najib Razak to attack and slander the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and others has left his former colleagues and bosses at FBC Media exposed.

This includes the high-profile CNN anchorman John Defterios, who was the registered President and a shareholder of FBC Media until shortly before the company folded in 2011. (more…)

March 1, 2013

Pakatan: Life beyond Anwar Ibrahim

Ooi Kok Hin

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim flirted with his smartphone throughout the Fourth Pakatan Rakyat Convention on Monday. The fact that he took the convention so nonchalantly and let others run the show is a sign of how much things have changed in the opposition camp.

Back in 1999 when DAP, PAS and Keadilan first formed a pact, the Barisan Alternatif, he was the shadowy overarching figure behind bars. Anwar Ibrahim, the man, was the glue, the purpose and the Messiah.

Anwar is so deeply intertwined with the very existence of Pakatan and its predecessor that many people couldn’t imagine how Pakatan can move together when Anwar is no longer around. However, while the former deputy prime minister is still a very influential leader, Pakatan has outgrown the man. (more…)

February 18, 2013

Shoring up Chinese support for Pakatan

Leven Woon

The PKR de facto leader attended five Chinese New Year open houses in the span of 12 hours and got a warm reception.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim made a whirlwind tour of five Chinese New Year open houses here today – and received a resounding “Yes” from the people who are ready for Pakatan Rakyat.

Hundreds of people who gathered at the Batu PKR Chinese New Year open houses gave the de facto PKR leader an enthusiastic reception.

The emcee of the event, when announcing Anwar’s arrival, threw the question to some 700 people at the SJK (C) Jinjang Selatan. (more…)

MORE HOT SOUP FOR UMNO-BN

Maria Begum

It looks like Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Umno-BN coalition have shot themselves in the foot again. Australia is now officially seeking the immediate release of its Senator Nick Xenophon, who is now being detained by the Malaysian government for allegedly being a “security risk”.

Xenophon was held at the budget carrier terminal upon arrival this morning and is expected to be deported later today by the Malaysian Immigration Department, which until now has not given any official statement.

“Australia’s concerns have been raised with Malaysia’s Foreign Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs and the Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia. Their support is requested in securing Senator Xenophon’s swift release from custody,” Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr said in a statement today. (more…)

February 17, 2013

Australian senator deported after 15-hour detention

Malaysiakini

Australian senator Nick Xenophon was deported at 10.30 tonight after being detained for 15 hours at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) for allegedly being an ‘enemy of the state’.

Xenophon, who landed at the LCCT terminal at Sepang 6.40am on an AirAsia flight, was immediately detained by Immigration authorities on arrival.

“I am effectively a prisoner here,” Xenophon told Australia’s Sunday Mailsoon after he was detained. “I’m being held in an area with all these holding cells which are full of women.

“They have basically told me I am an enemy of the state. They are trying to get me on the next plane out of here and back home.” (more…)

February 16, 2013

BN may scrape through in GE13

Christopher Fernandez

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim might have to wait for the GE14 to become prime minister.

While coffeeshop politicians are firm in their convictions that Pakatan Rakyat will sweep to power in the 13th general election (GE13), based on prevailing realities, it looks quite certain that they might have to wait for the 14th general election (GE14) for their dreams to come true.

While more Malaysians now hope to witness a change of government – and this has caused a groundswell of support to surface for Pakatan – the likelihood that Pakatan can end 55 years of Barisan Nasional rule is still distant. Most Malaysians will need a longer time to adjust to Pakatan, a relatively new player. (more…)

Hindraf blueprint needs amendment

Kua Kia Soong

I have all along been supportive of the Hindraf movement because I believe that Malaysian Indians are a marginalised minority and are victims of state racism, often resulting in their forming the majority in statistics on deaths in police custody and police shootings. The marginalised Indians in this country are a specially oppressed section of the working class – it is an oppression that has taken on a racist character through the years.

SUARAM has also been approached to endorse Hindraf’s blueprint. Now, while the blueprint has some good policy proposals, there are contradictions with its own professed “multi-ethnic paradigm” and human rights assertions. Consequently, Hindraf has neglected certain fundamental demands that we would have expected the movement to stress especially in the coming general election. (more…)

February 14, 2013

The renaissance man of Malaysia

Ali Cordoba

Anwar is now leading the Malay and non-Malay spectrum of voters while Mahathir is reviled for numerous economic and social misgivings.

Knowing the Barisan National culture, would it not have been easier for Anwar Ibrahim to have joined the ruling coalition after his release in 2004? Instead, Anwar opted to face the BN’s brutal force in full brunt!

“The demands of the people remain to be good governance, accountability for corruption, political empowerment and social justice.” said Anwar in an Asian Renaissance forum in 2011 in Phnom Phen, Cambodia. Anwar has always fought for all that he mentioned in that event. (more…)

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