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Nurul Izzah @ PJS3

A talk was given by the Opposition in PJS 3 (off Old Klang Road) on Sunday, 13th July 2008. The speakers were:

  • Tian Chua (MP Batu)
  • Ronnie Liu (Selangor Exco, ADUN Pandamaran)
  • Gobalakrishnan (MP Padang Serai)
  • Saifuddin Nasution (PKR)
  • Dr. Hatta Ramli (PAS)
  • Nurul Izzah (MP Lembah Pantai)

Old Klang Road was jammed solid from the Jalan Gasing entry point (due to roadblocks). Fortunately my friend drove (because I’m not that familiar with this area) and we took a mini adventure through the housing area from the opposite direction…which involved driving through a field of weeds on a makeshift concrete road with very poor visibility. Opposition ceramah finding is always adventurous!

We entered PJS 1 area and started searching for the hall, ending up going through THREE police road blocks. At the last road block they checked IC and driving license, even searching car boots. Police presence was heavy, probably 50+ cops – not as much as the horde at Lembah Pantai last Friday. No parang-wielders in sight, thank goodness.

By the time we arrived Tian Chua had just finished speaking, Raja Petra was there too but I’m uncertain whether he spoke.

All the speeches for the night were in Bahasa Malaysia, in which I am not very fluent so apologies in advance for missing details in the following summaries or mistranslation.

Ronnie Liu (10.36 pm)

I would like to thank Raja Petra for being brave enough to come here tonight and be with us. Let me talk about Saiful – I heard he showed up at PKR a week before the election claiming to be a close friend of a close friend of Anwar. During election time we accept any volunteer help we can get, so of course we accepted him.

I don’t believe he was not sodomised. As a matter of fact he was sodomised – sodomised by BN! We have been sodomised for the past 50 years, and to make matters worse we paid for it!

They have deceived us, gotten rich off us, at our expense without us being aware of it – that’s what I mean when I say we have been sodomised!

We are gathered here because nobody believes Saiful’s sodomy story. If it was true, why not charge Anwar in the Syariah Court? Where can four witnesses be found? That’s why they didn’t use the Syariah Court. Same story as before, same lies.

Gobalakrishnan (10.45 pm)

(Thanked those who were present)

In the recent MIC Perhimpunan Agung, Subramaniam said Samy Vellu is a great leader.

Is he a great leader? No! He is a great ROBBER!

Subramaniam has insulted HINDRAF! We don’t want leaders who are corrupted and under the control of others with evil intentions. The people have proven this in Penang, Selangor and the other Opposition States.

We will put forward the motion this Monday. Pak Lah and Najib Altantuya are scared of this, that’s why they placed roadblocks all over Kuala Lumpur. Don’t you feel sorry for the police, who earn less than plantation workers?

Pak Lah said that he will handover presidency to Najib in 2010. But what of Balasubramaniam? He has disappeared. You all saw him when he gave his second Statutory Declaration – who intimidated him to reverse his first one? He implicated Najib’s involvement with Altantuya and her murder.

I was surprised to read that Rosmah was present when C4 was tied to Altantuya – was she there to tighten the wires?

Now they place roadblocks all around out of fear. I say give Anwar a chance, give credible leaders a chance.

I need not elaborate further. You all are smart enough to know we have a stupid PM, Bodowi is his name.

The price of petrol is 16 cents in Venezuela, yet we have to pay RM2.70. Why should we suffer?


(Ended the speech by leading the crowd in chants of Reformasi and Keadilan)

Dr. Hatta Ramli (11 pm)

We live in uncertain times. The government has spread rumours that there is a rally planned for tomorrow. Believe me, if there is ANY Opposition rally, I would know because I would be one of the organisers.

Dato’ Seri Wan Azizah was going to bring Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim as a guest. They fear him to the point that they ban the public, MP’s personal assistants and ALL guests from attending tomorrow’s Parliament session.

They even setup roadblocks all over KL! Bad enough you have to pay a toll, now you have to do a U-turn and pay again?

In the recent papers there is all this news about corruption in the Immigration Department. The Ketua Pengarah (Director General) of Immigration was arrested. Whenever there is a crisis in our country, our PM shows his power by suddenly grabbing these corrupt people.

Yet the ACA is still not independent. They report to the PM, not Parliament. We want corruption cases to be investigated thoroughly and convictions made, regardless if the arrested are ex-ministers or even current ministers.

I am disturbed when both the Director General and his deputy are arrested. It goes to show how corrupt the Immigration Department really is. But there are other corrupt departments in the government, such as Customs (cited a case where a Customs officer used department funds for a personal function). Even the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Attorney General (AG) are not free of corruption. They abuse their power for personal reasons.

I have heard of a case involving government security cards where embezzlement occurred. The person who reported it was detained under ISA! There was no investigation of the embezzlement at all.

We need to remove the ISA immediately, as it is a tool used by the corrupt to hide their deceptions. Four years is too long to wait to seize control of the Federal Government, who knows how many more cover-ups will occur in that period?

Let us pray that tomorrow’s debate on the motion is supported by BN MPs, whom I am certain are controlled by certain parties.

Let us hope that tomorrow will be a historical day.

Saifuddin Nasution (11.17 pm)

We are seeing a reuse of a script from 1998. Tomorrow Anwar has to give a statement to the police. Why? Because a report was lodged against him. Yet why are there no efforts by the police to get statements from Najib and Rosmah? Why do we have two sets of rules in our country?

They pressure Anwar because he has incriminating evidence against the IGP, the AG and others. We hope that now a report has been lodged against the IGP, that officers below him will come forward.

We have seen a lot happening in UMNO lately, due to their major loss in the elections, poor performance by their President and interference by his son-in-law, the MP from Rembau.

Tomorrow at 4.30 pm we hope to debate motion for a vote of no confidence, provided the Speaker allows it. For the motion to be allowed it has to fulfil three criteria:

  1. Does it involve the people and is in the interest of public importance?
  2. Does it require immediate attention?
  3. Is it specific?

To these three criteria I say yes. It is specific because it involves the Prime Minister. It requires immediate attention because the longer he is in power, the longer the people will suffer. It is of public importance because it involves the leadership of the nation.

In Parliament we were informed that the average household income of 60% of the population is RM3,000/month. That is not enough to sustain a good life. Our nation is suffering under BN’s leadership!

After the debate on the motion we have two weeks to file for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. That is why they picked tomorrow to get a statement from Anwar – in the case we win the debate then they can arrest our leader!

Tomorrow Parliament has suddenly become off limits. It is a public place, where the public has the right of access! What has happened to our country?

We are merely following the rules of Parliament. Why are the police needed to restrict our movement? If Pakatan Rakyat can follow the rules, why can’t they? Instead they resort to these actions, and reuse a script from 1998!

Saiful failed at university, where the passing grade is a 2.0 GPA. He got a 1.5 GPA, yet he can go the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and ask for a scholarship? If that’s possible then ask your friends and relatives to forget about sources like MARA, just go see Najib!

Najib first said he didn’t know Saiful, but when shown the photo of his aide and Saiful at his office, he ‘remembered’ that Saiful came to see him for a scholarship.

Then days later he stated that Saiful came to him to seek advice on the sodomy that allegedly happened to him.

When did it become the Deputy PM’s job to listen to sodomy cases? Forget about reporting to the police for rape or sodomy, just go to Najib’s house!

When Anwar was arrested in 1998 they broken into the house, snatched him, blindfolded him and took him to a lockup in Bukit Aman. The IGP of that time, Rahim Noor, beat him while handcuffed. The police hid this crime. If the police hide crime, how can people trust them?

After much pressure by us, an investigative commission was formed. After MUCH investigation, they confirmed that Anwar was beaten, but they did not know who beat him!

They don’t know who beat him? He was arrested by police, rode in police vehicles, taken to police lockup, interviewed by police – who else could have done it? Apparently police can’t identify other policemen!

In 1998 they took DNA samples from Anwar. Don’t be surprised if they fake evidence to support Saiful’s case today. That is why Anwar lodged a report in the Syariah Court, where there is no room for DNA evidence.

Putera Umno is suddenly talking about taking an oath on the Quran, when all they have done is step on all it stands for!

Anwar will continue his tour of the nation, to bring his message to the people. This is just the beginning.

Nurul Izzah (11.44 pm)

(Greetings to those present)

Despite the police roadblocks, I am glad you all made it. We are gathered here to oppose cruelty and falsehood. For me what is important is that when we face lies, we oppose it!

Now we are experiencing a repeat of what happened 10 years ago. They are using government machinery to pressure us, to intimidate us. I feel sad that despite the results of the election, the BN government remains arrogant. The people have shown their support for the Opposition, yet they still resort to dirty tactics!

Before the elections the Deputy PM said the petrol price won’t change. What happened after the elections? The petrol price was increased without a care for the needs of the people!

Now you read in the news about ‘taking oaths on the Quran’ – it is merely a distraction. Let us not lose focus of the main issue which is the ruination of our economy by the PM and his Cabinet!

I congratulate those of you who attended the PROTES rally at the stadium. It is clear that our people are suffering and need an advocate to fight for them.

Today while I was visiting the victims of a fire in my constituency, my sister called me. Fifteen police officers had come to my house. I thought for a moment, did they come to arrest me? With these ceramahs being held, you wouldn’t know right?

I was shocked to hear that they had not come for me, but to deliver a Court Order to my father, stating that he and his supporters are not allowed within 5 kilometres of Parliament House tomorrow! So to those of you who are going tomorrow – if asked, say you are from DAP or PAS.

We are facing many problems in our nation, and we need all the support you can get. I am glad that SAPP has come out in support of us.

Now is the real test for us, so please spread the message to everyone that we are here to fight for your rights!

I thank you.

(Talk ended and crowd dispersed at 12 am)

Written by ak57

July 14, 2008 at 2:34 am

Tremors in Terengganu Leadership

If you are familiar with the sequence of events in the Terengganu MB crisis a fortnight ago, then by all means watch the video below. Its a humorous summary of the events, to the tune of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” 🙂

If you are not familiar with the events, then please read this whole post first otherwise the video won’t make a lick of sense.

The Drama Begins

The 2008 elections resulted in BN comfortably retaining the Terengganu state by winning 24 out of 32 state seats. Idris Jusoh (State Assemblyman – Jertih) was expected to continue on as Chief Minister but his swearing-in ceremony on March 10th was unexpectedly postponed by the palace.

On March 15th the Terengganu Regency Advisory Council called for a meeting with 23 of the BN State Assemblymen – Idris was not invited. Though the meeting was cancelled at the last minute, the non-invitation of Idris strongly implied that the palace was going to choose someone else as Chief Minister.

Malaysiakini cited sources claiming that the Sultan of Terengganu (our present King) was unhappy with Idris for various reasons:

  • The shooting incident at Batu Burok on September 8th, 2007
  • The cocky attitude shown by Idris during his tenure as Chief Minister – disrespectful towards the Sultan
  • The strong measures used by police on polling day to disperse PAS supporters in Rusila, Marang
  • Grassroots UMNO members being unhappy with Idris

Constitutional Clarification

By March 19th it was safe to assume that Kijal Assemblyman and Kemaman UMNO division chief Ahmad Said was the preferred choice of the Terengganu palace. Idris Jusoh however had the public support of the Prime Minister and the other 22 BN Assemblymen.

The Attorney-General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, stated:

… that the federal constitution does not grant the sultan as the sitting Yang di-Pertuan Agong the right to nominate anyone for the menteri besar post.

… that the candidate appointed as the menteri besar was not the nominee of the regent or the Regency Advisory Council but a person who was appointed according to the laws of the state.

… that the state constitution stated that the menteri besar appointee must be a person who is a member of the state legislative assembly who commanded majority support in the assembly.

…that the sultan was fully aware of the provision and that he cannot interfere in the appointment of the menteri besar.

This is because under Article 34(1) of the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong cannot function as a ruler of a state except as the head of the Islamic religion.

In connection with this, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong does not have his own candidate for the post (menteri besar of Terengganu).

– quoted from an article published in Malaysiakini on March 19th 2008 (link)

I checked what the Attorney-General said and he is right – once a Sultan becomes an Agong he no longer does his ‘Ruler’ duties, so any such duty is then relegated to a Regent/Regent Advisory Council.

34. Disabilities of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, etc.

(1) The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall not exercise his functions as Ruler of his State except those of Head of the religion of Islam.

Eighth Schedule (Article 71)

The Executive Council

2. (2) (a) the Ruler shall appoint as Menteri Besar to preside over the Executive Council a member of the Legislative Assembly who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly

– Federal Constitution

It could be argued however that only the official appointment is to be done by the Regent, and the Sultan is free to decide who gets to be Menteri Besar, or at least reject candidates that he does not find suitable. Given the public support of the 22 State Assembly members for Idris, Ahmad Said does look like an unconstitutional choice.

Bellicose Masters and Cohorts

The palace announced their choice of Ahmad Said as Chief Minister on March 22nd. The other BN Assemblymen immediately responded by stating that they would not accept anyone but Idris Jusoh. Some even stated they would vacate their seats to force by-elections if Idris was not appointed – very bold words indeed.

UMNO Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor also stated that disciplinary action would be taken against Ahmad if he went ahead with the swearing-in. In fact that very night the state leadership decided to sack Ahmad Said if he was sworn-in as Chief Minister.

Ahmad Said was given his letter of appointment on March 23rd.Amusingly enough the other BN Assemblymen were not able to boycott the ceremony because they weren’t even invited, though they did show up at the palace to deliver a letter of protest.

Idris’s public support had now grown to 22 State Assemblymen, 4/8 UMNO divisions, 5 MPs and the PM. Ahmad Said on the other hand stated that he had the support of 7/8 UMNO divisions, though there was no public show of it so he appeared to stand alone.

UMNO supreme council member Rais Yatim stated that if Ahmad Said were to convene a state assembly meeting, the others would table a vote of no-confidence and he would fall like a rotten nangka (jackfruit).

The Prime Minister even said that Ahmad Said’s appointment as Chief Minister was unconstitutional! Small wonder then that Idris made the following sarcastic remark on RTM1, “I have the backing of the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the state BN representatives and the people of Terengganu but the palace wants him”.

This is why I used the term bellicose – so much public hostility towards Ahmad Said and in so doing, bad PR for UMNO.

Past and Future Apologies

Idris Jusoh held a press conference on March 25th to inform the public that he had tendered a general apology to the Sultan on February 23rd. He stated that he was prepared to apologise to the Sultan if he had done anything wrong. Additionally, he said that Ahmad Said’s appointment was unconstitutional and unlawful.

Flip-flops Anyone?

The Prime Minister met the Sultan on March 26th after which he suddenly reversed his decision to support Idris – he now publicly backed Ahmad Said and stated that ‘his appointment was constitutional’.

With their leader turned around 180 degrees, the BN Assemblymen had to follow suit and flip as well – suddenly none were opposed to Ahmad Said. The swearing-in ceremony was held on March 30th, bringing this long drama to an end with a much publicised reconciliatory hug between Ahmad Said and Idris Jusoh.

No sacking from UMNO.

No attempt to take legal steps to remove Ahmad Said from office.
Despite all the threats and lack of support, Ahmad Said pulled through in the end.

This whole fiasco has only shown that UMNO ‘leaders’ viz. the State Assemblymen are forced to follow the leaders above them, rather than make decisions on their own. Who wants leaders that lack free will? How will Ahmad Said work with these people who took strong measures to block his ascension to the post of Chief Minister? We will just have to wait and see.

Now that you know the story, here is the video again. Enjoy!


Sultan Terengganu next to snub PM? (link)
Terengganu: Stalemate continues on Idris’ appointment (link)
T’ganu MB: Palace appoints Ahmad Said, boycott looms (link)
MB Crisis deepens in Terengganu (link)
Idris apologises to sultan (link)
T’ganu MB: Abdullah backs down? (link)
Ahmad Said finally sworn in as T’gganu MB (link)

Storm brewing in the east (link)
Abdullah says Idris should be menteri besar (link)
22 reps, 5 MPs and 4 divisions back Idris (link)
He says he has support (link)
Dead end for Ahmad Said, so says Rais (link)
Idris to ‘accept any decision’ (link)
Appointment followed state constitution (link)
Ahmad ‘best decision for Terengganu’ (link)

Written by ak57

April 7, 2008 at 4:47 am

Fooled By the PM

‘Parliament won’t be dissolved today’

BANGI: Parliament will not be dissolved today.The prime minister dismissed intense speculation that he would seek to dissolve parliament on the basis of his penchant for the number 13.

“No such thing,” Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told reporters after the launch of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institut Islam Hadhari.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 13th February 2008 (link)

I stayed up all night working and was greeted by this encouraging headline in the morning paper. Breathing a sigh of relief I took a nap in the mid morning and awoke to read this headline online:

PM dissolves Parliament

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today announced the dissolution of the Parliament at a specially arranged press conference at his office in Putrajaya.

– Malaysiakini (link)

What? Why? What was the point of telling a lie like that? Its strange because it gave him no advantage whatsoever and people reading today’s and tomorrow’s paper will see the lie. There’s no other way to spin it. I’m guessing he forgot the date or was pressured into it…or maybe something else entirely, I’m too tired to speculate. Sigh..I just hope the elections are as far away as possible so there’s more time to campaign. This lie of his cost me 6 hours of sleep!

Elections #4

Written by ak57

February 13, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Incoming Horde Not A Challenge

Bersih gathering an act of defiance: PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 9, 2007): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today condemned the Coalition for Free and Fair Election (Bersih) for its defiance of authority in deciding to carry on with its illegal assembly tomorrow.

“I’ve heard from the police that they will not be given a permit (for the assembly) but I’ve seen from reports and I’ve heard from sources that the organisation wants to continue.

“This shows their stubbornness. I’m very disappointed with this act as this will cause a lot of problems,” he said in his winding-up speech at the Umno General Assembly which ended on schedule.

“Are they challenging the government and the leadership? They are challenging and ignoring the law. That’s what they’re challenging, not me. But I will not be challenged!” he said, to cheers from the congregation.

Abdullah said Malaysia enjoyed peace and stability because she upholds the rule of law.

He said the demonstration was not the way to bring change.

“This is not our way; this is not the way of Malaysia. Ours is democracy and this (the gathering) is not acceptable.

“The police have asked them to stop and when untoward incidents happen, they blame the police, when in fact, it is their doing,” he said.

In addressing Bersih’s concern for change, he said: “What changes do they want? Wait for the election!”

The Election Commission – often the target of the Coalition’s criticism – is putting up transparent boxes, and had approved the use of indelible ink, Abdullah said, adding that the country’s practice of democracy had allowed opposition wins in every election.

“I hope the people will understand that this wayside democracy is not the way to effect change and will not accept this move. People are willing change in a peaceful way. Not this way.

“How can they be leaders (when they ignore the law)? The law must be upheld and respected,” he said.

– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 9th November 2007 (link)

Looking back at this earlier article I can say that i agree with the PM on one point – when bad things happen the organisers would (and did) blame the police. The fact is that the police denied the permit and warned against the march, anyone going should have expected to be arrested, tear gassed and sprayed by the FRU.

A vast majority of the people who did go were very, very lucky indeed, as only the unfortunate ones at Masjid Jamek bore the brunt of the standard FRU dispersal tactics. Anyone from the Reformasi 1999 days can tell you far worse stories.

Will talk about this more in a later post, still going thru a stack of articles sigh 😦

Ignoring BERSIH’s demands and saying to ‘wait for the election’ doesn’t make a lick of sense sir, all the changes they are demanding need to be made before elections. Oh no, I hope the PM doesn’t make more statements like this in the future, maybe Nazri Logic is contagious 😉

The part where the PM said he will not be challenged, or ‘saya pantang dicabar!’ was sad and funny at the same time – don’t talk like a dictator sir!

Dictator Talk #1

Written by ak57

November 15, 2007 at 10:04 pm