Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SULTAN SELANGOR MURKA.



Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah menzahirkan rasa teramat murka dan dukacita dengan tindakan Ahli Parlimen Subang, R. Sivarasa yang memasuki Masjid An Nur, Kampung Melayu Subang dan menggunakan ruang solat sebagai tempat berpolitik minggu lalu.

Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS), Datuk Haris Kasim berkata, Sultan Selangor telah menitahkan kepada Setiausaha Sulit baginda, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani supaya mengarahkan pihaknya mengambil tindakan terhadap nazir dan jawatankuasa masjid tersebut.

“Kita telah memanggil nazir berkenaan Jumaat lalu untuk menjelaskan kejadian itu dan menyembahkan laporan kepada baginda semalam.

“Bagaimanapun, setelah membaca laporan itu, baginda menzahirkan rasa teramat murka kerana pada Tuanku, Sivarasa tidak menghormati titah bahawa ahli politik tidak dibenarkan menyampaikan atau mengambil kesempatan dalam ruangan solat.

“Oleh itu, kita akan memanggil sekali lagi nazir berkenaan selewat-lewatnya minggu ini untuk diberikan surat tunjuk sebab mengapa membiarkan Sivarasa berucap dalam institusi masjid.

“Mereka harus ingat bahawa nazir yang tidak menghormati titah Tuanku boleh diambil tindakan sama ada diberi amaran, digantung atau dipecat mengikut peraturan kawal selia masjid Selangor,” katanya kepada pemberita dalam majlis Berbuka Puasa dan Perasmian Masjid Kampung Sementa, Kapar, di sini malam ini.

Semalam, Pengarah Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS), Datuk Mohd. Adzib Mohd. Isa ketika berucap dalam majlis berbuka puasa di Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah menegaskan pihaknya memandang serius isu penggunaan masjid sebagai pentas politik.

Beliau membacakan ucapan itu di hadapan Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

Pada masa sama, Mohamad Adzib turut merujuk kepada tindakan Sivarasa yang memasuki Masjid An Nur untuk menyampaikan sumbangan walaupun larangan penggunaan masjid dan surau sebagai tempat berpolitik telah dikuatkuasakan.

Beliau juga meminta JAIS mengambil langkah sewajarnya mengenai perkara itu.

Dalam pada itu, Haris menjelaskan, pihak penganjur mendakwa tidak mengetahui mengenai kehadiran Sivarasa dalam program tersebut.

“Nazir sebenarnya berhak menghalang Sivarasa untuk berucap sebaliknya memberi peluang kepada beliau berucap.

“Kita telah menghantar surat kepada semua ahli politik supaya menghormati titah Tuanku supaya tidak dibenarkan berpolitik dalam masjid,” jelasnya.

TIE UP WITH GLEE WILL FREE PROTON FROM PERPETUAL GOVT SUBSIDIES.

The strategic partnership that Proton has just sealed with China’s Geely will free the national car maker from perpetual government subsidies at great expense to the taxpayers, a Member of Parliament said today.

Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari, the MP for Setiawangsa, said such subsidies, which had run into billions since Proton’s inception over the past 30 years, could not go on forever and the tie-up with an international auto giant like Geely brought with it very exciting prospects for Proton’s future growth.

“To begin with, Proton will now be able to increase its production five-fold to 500,000 vehicles in the just three years to the year 2020 with its entry into Asean and more significantly, the huge China market.

“Asean with a population of 600 million and China with annual car sales of 28 million. Even if Proton, via Geely, secures just one per cent of the China market, it means 280,000 extra cars for Proton to produce,” he told Bernama.

Ahmad Fauzi said Proton’s current annual production of around 74,000 was only 20 per cent of the capacity at its Tanjung Malim plant but by having the Geely partnership, “ the sky’s the limit for Proton. Just imagine the thousands of new jobs to be created for Malaysians”.

Proton Holdings Bhd, which wholly-owned Proton, signed an agreement with Zhejiang Geely Holdings Co Ltd last Wednesday in which Geely took up a 49.9 per cent stake and Proton retained the majority 50.1 per cent.

Ahmad Fauzi, who closely followed developments in the automotive industry, described Geely’s track record since taking over Sweden’s auto maker Volvo in 2010 as “ very impressive”, ramping up over 200,000 more cars than Volvo previously did on it own.

“In 2015, Volvo managed to roll out over 500,000 cars, the highest figure in its almost 90 years of existence. I am confident Geely can do the same with Proton,” he added.

The MP said he was personally excited about Proton’ future because it would mean saving some 60,000 direct and indirect jobs plus some 200,000 other vendors, distributors and suppliers.

Saving jobs had always been uppermost in the government’s mind when injecting funds into Proton all these years and the sale of the Proton’s stake should be seen strictly as a business decision and nothing else.

“I support the view of Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Ghani who hopes that moving forward, there will be no further subsidy for Proton and that it will be able to stand on its own feet without asking for government help.

“The government now cannot afford to continue to put good money into bad business. We have to cut bad business off,” he said.

Ahmad Fauzi pointed out that the automotive industry now was vastly different from 30 years ago when Proton came into being because since then, there had been an evolution in the industry with consolidation among the players becoming the name of the game.

He cited the examples of Britain’s iconic Land Rover being taken over by the Tata Group of India, British Vauxhall by PSA of France, Renault by Nissan and Volvo and London Taxi by Geely itself.

The British public had never regarded such business deals as a “sell-out” and Malaysians should be matured enough to behave similarly, he said.

From: Malaysia Today..

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PENGAMAL RASUAH IBARAT ANAI-ANAI?

APABILA membicarakan tentang isu rasu­ah, kita tidak boleh lari daripada membincangkan tentang pasukan penguat kuasa yang terlibat dengan jenayah ini. Tidak kiralah di mana kita berada, di bumi mana kita berpijak, golongan penguat kuasa akan terus menjadi sasarannya.

Baru-baru ini semasa berucap di hadapan 378 peserta Program Diploma Pascasiswazah Pengurusan Awam, Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (Intan), Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi menegaskan bahawa beliau tidak berasa malu untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap pa­sukan penguat kuasa yang terlibat dengan jenayah ra­suah.

Menurut Ahmad Zahid: “Saya tidak kira apa jawatan dan di mana kedudukan dia (pegawai terlibat rasuah). Saya tidak rasa malu untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap mereka yang terlibat menjadi ‘pegar yang memakan padi’ atau ‘nila yang merosakkan susu sebelanga’.”

Ketegasan yang disuarakan oleh Ahmad Zahid perlu diberikan perhatian serius. Dalam hal ini, tumpuan bukan sahaja perlu diberikan kepada pihak polis, kastam atau imigresen, bahkan semua agensi yang mempunyai anggota penguat kuasa terma­suk di kementerian dan juga di jabatan-jabatan. Tidak ada satu pun jabatan yang harus dike­cualikan dan tidak ada kompromi dalam membanteras masalah ini.

Sememangnya isu rasuah bukanlah satu isu yang baharu. Perang menentang rasuah sudah lama dijalankan dan jenayah ini juga sudah wujud sejak bermulanya peradaban manusia.

Perlu diingatkan bahawa sejak 2014 hingga tahun lalu, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) telah menahan seramai 2,329 orang dengan 54 peratus daripadanya iaitu 1,267 individu berumur 40 tahun ke bawah. Statistik ini menggambarkan yang golongan muda, iaitu 40 tahun ke bawah sudah pandai menyalahgunakan kuasa untuk mendapatkan keuntungan yang akhirnya menggadai maruah diri, agama, bangsa dan negara.

Dalam hal ini, Ahmad Zahid telah memilih majlis yang sesuai untuk mengingatkan kepada para peserta program anjuran Intan itu yang semuanya dalam lingkungan usia muda dan boleh dikatakan masih hijau dalam dunia pekerjaan yang sebenar.

Kempen menentang rasuah perlu dilaksanakan dari peringkat bangku sekolah lagi. Melentur buluh biarlah daripada rebung­nya. Penulis faham usaha ini sudah pun dilaksanakan oleh SPRM dengan kerjasama beberapa pi­hak dan mendapat sambutan yang sangat positif dalam kalang­an pelajar. Namun usaha seperti ini perlu dipergiatkan dan diperluaskan lagi.

Bagi mereka yang masih mengamalkan jenayah rasuah ini perlulah segera bertaubat. Apa yang anda lakukan bukan sahaja telah menjual maruah diri tetapi juga menghakis kepercayaan masyarakat terhadap para penjawat awam. Bukan itu sahaja, imej negara juga akan rosak dan tercemar di mata dunia.

Bagi mereka yang tidak ada rasa bersalah melakukan ra­suah, cubalah cermin diri sendiri dan jawab dengan jujur. Sampai bilakah anda hendak memberi makanan yang datang daripada sumber haram kepada isteri dan anak-anak?

Penulis pernah membaca sebuah artikel yang membincangkan isu rasuah ini. Dalam artikel itu, rasuah dianggap se­perti anai-anai yang boleh meruntuhkan bangunan yang kuat dan mantap. Jika tidak ditangani de­ngan betul dan dibiarkan terus berleluasa, anai-anai ini akan memakan tiang, dinding, bumbung dan lantai ba­ngunan, sehingga akhirnya tidak ada lagi bahagian yang kukuh sebelum menyembah bumi.

Itu sebabnya ketua di setiap organisasi sama ada kementerian, jabatan atau agensi perlu membuka mata dengan lebih besar dan mengawasi kewujudan elemen dan gejala rasuah dalam kalangan kakitangan bawahan, lalu menghentikannya sebelum menjadi anai-anai yang merun­tuhkan struktur bangunan. Te­ngok-tengoklah penjawat awam yang hidup mewah, tidak sepadan dengan pendapatan diperoleh dan ambillah tindakan sewajarnya untuk menyelamatkan mereka daripada terus terjerumus di kancah rasuah.

Janganlah pula ‘ketua-ketua’ ini yang turut sama bersekongkol atau lebih teruk lagi menjadi ‘raja anai-anai’. Jika ini berlaku, memanglah amat menyedihkan.

By: Shahbudin Embun.

SIAPA SEBENARNYA YANG MEMIMPIN KERAJAAN KLEPTOKRASI?


Ketika ini Malaysia dipopularkan dengan cemuhan sebagai sebuah negara yang sedang dipimpin oleh pemimpin kleptokrasi yang sedang memperkayakan anak-beranak, kroni dan diri sendiri dengan mencuri harta kekayaan negara.

Kita pun tidak pasti adakah benar pemimpin hari ini adalah benar dari kalangan pemimpin kleptokrasi, kerana rata-rata yang kita lihat semuanya berada didalam kesederhanaan yang bersesuaian dengan kerjaya mereka.

Tidak banyak yang kita ketahui adanya pemimpin yang memiliki kapal terbang peribadi sahinga berbelas biji, atau helikopter untuk kesana kemari, kebanyakkannya masih menaiki kenderaan yang kita ketahui ianya didalam kemampuan sebenar seorang yang mempunyai status sebagai pemimpin.

Jika sekadar memiliki sederetan kereta mewah berjenama sedangkan pemiliknya adalah seorang saudagar kereta apa yang menjadi kepelikkannya berbeza dengan sesaorang yang tidak mempunyai apa-apa kelayakkan dan bukan dari keturunan orang kaya-kaya tetapi mampu memiliki jenama kereta mewah maka ianya perlulah diragukan.

Begitu juga dengan tuduhan Mahathir bahawa kerajaan hari ini adalah sebuah kerajaan yang dipimpin oleh pemimpin kleptokrasi juga perlu dihurai dengan pembuktian yang lebih jelas dan jitu serta bukannya dengan mengelirukan orang ramai dengan istilah-istilah yang tidak difahami oleh mereka.

Sahingga kini pun Mahathir belum lagi memberi penjelasan akan dawaan sesetengah pemimpin di eranya bahawa beliau banyak mengkayakan rakan-rakan dan anak-beranaknya, seperti mana yang pernah didakwa oleh Anwar Ibrahim bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang dipecat diketika Mahathir menjadi Perdana Menteri atas tuduhan salah laku.

Didalam kebangkitan Anwar mempertahankan dirinya, setiap kali itulah beliau membuat dakwaan bahawa Mahathir telah memperkayakan anak-beranaknya serta orang sekeliling yang menjadi pengampu kepada Mahathir ketika itu, walaupun pada ketika itu Anwar tidak mengunakan istilah kleptokrasi bagi menampakkan keseriusannya dakwaannya.

Tetapi dihari ini, Mahathir yang suatu ketika dahulu cukup membenci kaum Cina dari keturunan DAP, hampir berpuluh tahun beliau menghina dan mencemoh DAP tetapi telah membuat pusingan 180 darjah atas kepentingan politik telah mengunakan istilah kleptokrasi bagi menampakkan keseriusannya didalam menuduh kerajaan pimpinan Dato’ Seri Najib.

Jika dinilai dari tuduhan yang tidak disertakan dengan bukti jelas, rakyat yang berakal fikiran waras akan tertanya siapakah yang telah di kayakan oleh Najib, atau adakah Najib sendiri sudah menjadi kaya-raya yang memiliki berbilion aset di serata dunia.

Malah kita juga tertanya siapakah di antara kroni Najib yang kini yang telah mencapai status bilionwan setelah mengaut segala keuntungan negara diatas restu Najib Tun Razak, jika dibandingkan dengan dakwaan Anwar satu ketika dahulu terhadap kroni Mahathir.

Walaupun Mahathir pernah menjawab tuduhan tersebut bahawa anak-anaknya memiliki kelayakan sebagai seorang ahli perniagaan dan tidak menjadi kesalahan untuk anak-anaknya berniaga, adalah tidak menjadi kesalahan jika memiliki perniagaan kerana kepakaran berniaga, tetapi jika tiada sokongan dari Mahathir seperti yang didakwa bolehkah mereka berjaya.

Kerosakkan yang berlaku kepada Mahathir hari ini adalah berikutan dendam politik dan peribadi yang menyebabkan beliau berlutut kepada parti kaum Cina DAP yang amat dibencinya suatu ketika dahulu semata mahu menjatuhkan kerajaan pimpinan Najib Tun Razak.

Beliau sudah tidak lagi berpegang kepada prinsipnya apabila kini semakin rancak menjalinkan kerjasama dengan DAP demi kepentingan politik peribadinya, jika dahulu Mahathir dikenali sebagai individu yang kuat memertabatkan kedaulatan agama bangsanya, kini ia ketepikan.

Mahathir kini sudah terperangkap didalam permaianan politik DAP dan Lim Kit Siang, yang mana dahulunya adalah musuh utama beliau, segala kerangka dan rancangan serangan terhadap kepimpinan kerajaan masih boleh lagi dikesan bahawa itu adalah taktik yang diguna pakai sejak dahulu lagi, sama seperti ketika mereka menyerang kerajaan pimpinan Mahathir.

Mereka pernah mengunakan Tunku Abdul Rahman, untuk menyerang Mahathir dan kini mereka mengunakan Mahathir untuk menyerang kepimpinan Dato’ Seri Najib, sesuatu gerakkan yang tidak disangka, Mahathir yang terkenal dengan gelaran ‘Altra Malay’ itu kini terduduk dibawah telunjuk pemimpin Cina DAP.

Jika dahulu Mahathir tidak memerlukan kaum Cina untuk memenangi undi pilihan raya tatapi kini Mahathir memerlukan sokongan Cina DAP untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan Melayu Najib Tun Razak, dan bagi menampakkan keseriusannya maka pelbagai istilah telah dicipta bagi menampakkan gerakkan mereka adalah satu tindakan yang benar.

Seperti mana Anwar yang mencipta gerombolan reformasi yang membangkit semangat rakyat untuk menentang kerajaan Mahathir ketika itu, Mahathir pula cuba menirunya kerana Mahathir tahu orang Melayu tidak mahu dan tidak suka mengkaji malah lebih mudah mengikut telunjuk sahaja.

Maka pelbagai istilah dicipta ketika bersama kumpulan pembangkang DAP untuk mengkaburi mata rakyat seperti Deklarasi Rakyat, Selamatkan Malaysia dan yang terkini ialah istilah menetang pemimpin ‘Kleptokrasi’ yang membawa maksud bahawa mereka sedang menentang pemimpin yang mencuri duit rakyat untuk mengkayakan anak-beranak dan kroni.

Rakyat yang bijak sudah pasti dapat menilai pemimpin yang mana boleh diangap sebagai pemimpin kleptokrasi, sama ada pemimpin terdahulu atau pemimpin terkini di bawah kepimpinan Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Rakyat juga seharusnya diseru untuk membelek kembali buku tulisan Mahathir yang berjudul ‘The Malay Dilemma’ yang pernah diharamkan ketika era kepimpinan Tunku Abdul Rahman, agar Melayu itu tidak lupa akan sejarah bangsanya.

Dari: B1SK.

 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

WHEN NATIONAL PRIDE IS TOO COSTLY.

LET’S be frank – it isn’t wrong to suggest that most Malaysians have long grown tired of using taxpayers’ money to keep the national car project afloat.

In other businesses, when a company is bleeding, immediate steps are taken to cut losses – either shut it down or sell it to another entity. In some cases, even firms which are making money are sold if the offer price is just too good to resist.

In the case of Proton Holdings Bhd, however, money has been continuously pumped in to keep the company alive, even when it was languishing in the intensive care unit.

We were just too afraid of offending Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad because he is regarded as the brain behind the national car. But we need to face the truth. As much as we tried to keep Proton alive in the name of national pride, we all knew, deep in our heart of hearts, that Proton had become a national liability.

Since DRB-Hicom Bhd acquired Proton Holdings Bhd for RM1.29bil (or RM5.50 a share), it hurt the former’s earnings badly.

In the three years following the acquisition, Proton incurred RM1.93bil in after-tax losses for DRB-Hicom (as at March 31, 2015) as revenue fell on weakening sales volume.

The reality is that DRB-Hicom would have performed well if not for Proton. In the past four years, DRB-Hicom reportedly managed to almost double its Honda sales – from around 46,000 units a year to over 87,000 in 2015.

During that period, Proton’s sales declined about 33% to 102,175 units as at December 2015, according to a report.

Last week, following the announcement of the deal with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the share prices of DRB-Hicom shot up.

The DRB-Hicom shares rose to a high of RM1.86 early Thursday, when it resumed trading following the announcement of the deal.

The fact is this: Malaysia is just too small a market for a national car, and it doesn’t help that many Malaysians find other car brands to be more attractive than Proton.

In short, Proton’s acquisition was a huge burden on DRB-Hicom and its balance sheet. DRB-Hicom’s gross gearing – or borrowings – shot up to 0.91 times from only 0.26 times before the acquisition of Proton.

Last week, the former prime minister lamented the sale of Proton Holdings to foreigners and with some cynicism, remarking that the sale was just the beginning of having Malaysian assets, including land, sold off to foreigners.

“They say Proton is my brainchild. Now the child of my brain has been sold. Yes. I am sad. I can cry. But the deed is done. Proton can no longer be national. No national car now,” he was quoted as saying.

“Proton, the child of my brain, has been sold. It is probably the beginning of the great sell-out. The process is inexorable. No other way can we earn the billions to pay our debts. The only way is to sell our assets. And eventually, we will lose our country, a great country no doubt, but owned by others.”

Dr Mahathir must accept the reality that Malaysia is too small a market to support Proton’s growth. He cannot deny the fact that China is a huge market, selling 28 million cars a year, and with Geely’s stake in Proton, that door is now open to Proton.

The former premier is understandably sentimental about Proton, as it started with much optimism and hope. Every Malaysian wanted it to succeed, and most of us have, at some point in our lives, owned a Proton car.

But we need to look at the hard facts. Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton) was incorporated on May 7, 1983, to manufacture, assemble, and sell motor vehicles and related auto products. It produced Malaysia’s first commercial car, the Proton Saga, in July 1985.

Soon after its launch, Proton commanded the lion’s share of the local automotive market, but in the last 15 years, the market share has dropped. Last year, it fell to 12.5% of the local market share from 15.3% in 2015. Its total sales fell 29% year-on-year to 72,300 units due to deteriorating market conditions, said Hong Leong Investment Bank Research in a recent report.

We should be crying over this sad state of affairs and rejoicing that the financial burden of DRB-Hicom has now become lighter after Geely, which owns the Sweden-based Volvo Cars, agreed to buy 49.9% of Proton and a 51% stake in Lotus Cars from DRB-Hicom Bhd.

It doesn’t take a genius to guess that if the Chinese had their way, they would just take Lotus, as it is a premium brand name, surely desiring the technology from this James Bond car. But the deal was crafted in such a way that, if the Chinese wanted Lotus, it would need to take 49.9% of Proton.

It’s a clever trade off because DRB-Hicom is still the majority shareholder, and the national car remains in Malaysian hands.

More importantly, the 60,000 members of Proton’s staff and its 240,000 vendors, distributors, and suppliers, still get to keep their jobs. Surely the negotiators must be praised for pulling this off – it was not easy to do.

Ironically, the people of Sweden didn’t turn the Volvo deal into a political issue when Geely acquired 100% of the iconic car, which is a global name and, most certainly, the pride of Sweden.

The 240,000 vendors now, in fact, have a chance to provide their expertise to Volvo as well as the London Taxi Company, which produces the city’s famous black cabs, through its list of Global Sourcing Purchasing System.

That means that if Volvo in Sweden wishes to source for components producers, our Malaysian vendors will have a chance to be selected to manufacture automotive components for Volvo.

London Taxi has been acquired by the Chinese company, which recently opened a new factory in Coventry, Britain, investing some £300mil (RM1.67bil).

Were the British complaining that the black cab, a national symbol, has been taken over by the Chinese? Not at all. In fact, unless one follows the business transaction in the financial pages of the media, the average British bloke would have no idea at all.

It is really not unusual to see big foreign companies changing owners. The iconic Harrods in London is Egyptian-owned, don’t forget.

As a prominent retired official told me, the same argument can be applied to the Proton sale.

He said Proton would now grow bigger, produce more new models, sell in the Asean market, and employ more workers at its underutilised facility in Tanjung Malim, Perak.

The Jaguar, a British brand, has been owned by India’s Tata Motors since 2008. Vauxhall, one of the oldest British carmakers, was sold to the French.

Proton has the capacity to produce 400,000 vehicles but is currently being utilised at below 20%. Presently, its sales hovers around 6,000 units monthly, which is a pathetic figure.

To suggest that Proton has been sold off to a foreigner is preposterous. It is normal for any business entity to be on a 51:49% ratio.

Malaysia has lost nothing with the sale of a 49.9% equity to a strategic partner. It would be worse if we lose our sense of rationality and practicality in the name of national pride. Let’s get real.

From: Malaysia Today.

KISAH BAHAYA PERJUANGAN DAP DAN KIT SIANG DIBUKUKAN.


Kisah bahaya perjuangan DAP serta Penasihatnya, Lim Kit Siang kepada orang Melayu dan agama Islam dibukukan dalam sebuah makalah setebal 272 muka surat.

Mengandungi 16 bab, buku bertajuk DAP: Bahaya Kepada Melayu-Islam di Malaysia memaparkan sejarah politik Kit Siang dan DAP sejak dari awal penglibatannya sehingga sekarang.

Lengkap dengan peyelidikan terperinci, karya tersebut dipilih pemenang utama pertandingan esei mengenai Kit Siang yang menyentuh persoalan rasis, anti-Islam dan diktator.

Ketua Penerangan UMNO, Tan Sri Annuar Musa berkata, sebagai ahli politik Kit Siang tidak boleh mengelak daripada dinilai dan rakyat berhak mengenali watak sebenar Penasihat DAP itu.

“Sebagai contoh kisah 13 Mei, apa ucapan Kit Siang tiga hari sebelum tragedi, apa ucapan Kit Siang pada hari tragedi (di Kota Kinabalu) dan apa tindak-tanduk Kit Siang seminggu selepas tragedi.

“Rakyat kini boleh menilai kerana dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14) hanya ada dua pilihan, kerajaan diketuai UMNO atau pembangkang diketuai DAP,” katanya selepas menyampaikan hadiah kepada pemenang penulisan esei mengenai Kit Siang di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Selangor, Tan Sri Noh Omar dan Ketua Penerangan UMNO Selangor, Datuk Zein Isma Ismail.

Dalam sidang akhbarnya selepas itu, Annuar berkata, jentera penerangan UMNO akan menjelajah ke seluruh negara bagi menerangkan bahaya Pakatan Harapan yang diketuai DAP.

Dakwanya, dengan pendekatan Malaysian Malaysia, banyak dasar bersifat keadilan sosial yang ketika ini dinikmati rakyat pelbagai kaum akan terhapus jika pakatan itu memenangi PRU-14.

“Parti-parti junior dalam pakatan ini hanyalah ‘buah sembah’ seperti dalam silat, pukulan maut tidak dimiliki PKR, PAN atau Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), itu milik DAP.

“Kita semua sedar parti-parti junior ini tidak akan mampu menandingi kekuatan DAP, baik dari segi bilangan kerusi mahupun pengaruh sebab pencatur utama dalam pakatan itu adalah DAP,” katanya.

Dari: UM.

WHEN KIT SIANG FEELS THE HEAT, HE BRINGS UP 1MDB.

Lim Kit Siang who is the self styled DAP-led Pakatan Harapan leader does not see the irony we he claims the actions by UMNO goes against values the values the political party espouses. (here)

Lim Kit Siang was referring to Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Keruak’s blog post that said the 14thgeneral election will be a battle between the DAP and Barisan Nasional.  Responding to that, Lim Kit Siang said that ‘such attempts to falsely frame the GE14 election is downright false, untrue and lies’.

This is the same Lim Kit Siang who along with his DAP-led Pakatan opposition are so adept to espouse untruths, fabrications and lies about links between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He is also the same Lim Kit Siang who quickly complains and cries whenever he, his son (Lim Guan Eng), his DAP party or DAP-led political coalition are cast in a not too flattering light.

Lim Kit Siang did not want to address the reality of the Minister’s statement so he tried to use a political Tai-Chi move and deflect the topic away from it.

Lim Kit Siang and his DAP-led Pakatan know that whenever things get too hot they should deflect the conversation to 1MDB; and this is exactly what Kit Siang did when he stated that the 1MDB scandal was huge, international and there was no way to keep its ghosts under wraps.

Side note: For once, Lim Kit Siang is right when he mentioned ‘its (1MDB) ghosts’ because no impropriety has been seen so ghosts does seem to fit quite nicely.

Lim Kit Siang rants on and claims that from the mainstream media in Malaysia (whom he uses when it serves his purpose), Parliament, the Attorney-General’s Chambers all the way to police department are all in cahoots in some sort of 1MDB conspiracy.

Kit Siang further believes that the rest of the world is so concerned over events in Malaysian that they (the international community) will lose sleep over those events.

Again, all Lim Kit Siang was doing when he tried to deflect the topic away from the DAP vs. Barisan Nasional to 1MDB was political tai-chi; and that doesn’t always turn out well, even for someone who is proficient.

http://mothership.sg/2017/05/mma-fighter-owns-tai-chi-master-in-10-seconds-sparks-debate-on-chinese-martial-arts/ 

Nevertheless, when the topic of DAP vs. Umno/Barisan Nasional is brought up, Kit Siang knows that it will conjure up memories of the Chinese tsunami of the previous general election.

Lim Kit Siang would prefer that Malays in particular to not think about or remember that (Chinese tsunami) as he sees the growing indication of a tsunami flowing counter to where it had previously flowed; especially with the shared Islamic values of both PAS and UMNO.

Which is precisely why whenever Lim Kit Siang feels the heat on topics like the DAP vs. UMNO or the DAP vs. Muslims he brings up 1MDB!

Dari: themalaysianobserver.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

RAFIZI SINDIR KETUA WANITA PKR, "BODOH" TONJOL KEMEWAHAN.

Naib Presiden PKR, Rafizi Ramli dipercayai menyindir Ketua Wanita Keadilan, Zuraida Kamaruddin kerana mengaku memiliki kereta mewah melalui peruntukkan permit import (AP) kepada umum.

“Saya adalah antara ahli Parlimen yang bodoh kerana tak pakai AP,”kata Rafizi yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pandan dalam Twitter.

Zuraida yang juga Ahli Parlimen Ampang dalam kenyataannya hari ini berkata adalah bodoh jika beliau sebagai ahli Parlimen tidak menggunakan kemudahan AP untuk memiliki semua kereta mewahnya.

“Saya sebagai ahli Parlimen diberi peruntukan AP atas nama saya, jadi bodoh saya kalau ada AP, tidak digunakan kemudahan itu,” katanya dipetik Sinar Harian.

Beliau mengakui gemar memilih barang berkualiti termasuk kereta import.

“Sebelum terlibat dalam politik pun saya sudah bawa kereta berkualiti. Dalam kehidupan, saya sentiasa utamakan barangan tahan lama,” katanya.

Kenyataan itu bagi menjawab tuduhan beberapa pihak yang mengaitkan Zuraida mempunyai kekayaan luar biasa dan memiliki pelbagai kereta mewah.

Beliau juga dikaitkan dengan Ketua Pemuda PKR Ampang, Datuk Adam Rosly yang ditahan dan didakwa Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) kerana membuat pengisytiharan palsu mengenai kekayaannya.

Zuraida mencabar mana-mana individu yang mengaitkannya dengan isu rasuah membuat laporan kepada pihak berkuasa.

“Sesiapa anak jantan pergi buat laporan, sampai sekarang saya tidak pernah disiasat oleh SPRM,” katanya.

Beliau memberi jaminan bersedia memberi kerjasama sekiranya dipanggil SPRM untuk memberi keterangan.

“Mereka mengguna isu itu untuk serang saya kerana mereka tahu saya mengangkat integriti tinggi. Nampaknya mereka tiada cara lain untuk lancarkan serangan ke atas saya,” katanya.

Dari: AIDC.

TYPICAL MAHATHIR, ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT, NEVER HIS OWN.

Proton was initially set-up by Mahathir as a 70% HICOM, 30% Mitsubishi JV.

But of course, according to Mahathir – 30% owned by Japanese is not selling the country but 49.9% owned by a Chinese company is considered selling the country?

Remember that Proton sales first started its decline in 2003 while he was still Prime Minster and advisor.

A short two years later in 2005, Perodua overtook Proton.

In 2012, Proton was no longer a government company as it was sold to Mahathir’s friend Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar. Mahathir never complained about this sale and instead, he welcomed it.

In fact, Mahathir, said in a joint interview on Dec. 12 2011 that Proton should be sold to DRB-Hicom — a company he described as being well-run and having the capacity to turn around Proton without undermining its vendors. http://bit.ly/2rn8Huj

Throughout, Mahathir was still advisor and later made Chairman.

Mahathir only resigned in 2016 when Proton made huge losses and was unable to pay their suppliers putting tens of thousands of jobs at risk

The govt  had to step in to give a RM1.5 billion soft loan, which Proton immediately used to pay off their suppliers.

In 2016, Proton made another RM1.4 billion loss and was overtaken by Honda in the local market – falling to third.

Again, the govt had to extend another RM1.7 billion in loans (on top of the RM1.5b) to enable it to continue surviving

All in all, the govt put up RM3.1 billion in BR1P (Bantuan Rakyat 1Proton) – or half of all BR1M for the year to bail out Mahathir’s failure.

And now, when a PRIVATE COMPANY which Mahathir had asked govt to sell to wants to sell a 49.9% stake to a foreign partner in a bid to survive, he now says he wants to cry and blames the govt?

It is typical of Mahathir to wash his hands of the failure he himself was the architect of and try to blame Mahathir.

Typical Mahathir. Always someone else’s fault – never his own.

When you tried to cheat the Tin Market using MAMINCO, lost billions, raided the EPF and destroyed our number one export then, it was the London Commodity Exchange’s fault – not Mahathir’s fault.

When the Ringgit dropped 65% from RM2.30 to RM3.80 when you left office and along the way almost collapsed all Malaysian banks, it is Soros’ fault – not Mahathir fault.

When BNM lost RM30 billion in the 1990s (RM80 billion in today’s money) gambling in FOREX, it was the fault of a department head, but strangely never punished nor prosecuted nor named as responsible – not Mahathir’s fault.

Again, if you want to cry so much that your “child is sold” then why not get your real sons and your friend Daim, who are the richest Malays to come in to buy the 49.9% and make you Chairman again?

Your son is the sole distributor for Porsche in Malaysia. Why can’t he sell Proton, his dad’s other child, too?

From: Malaysia Today.

 

HERE IS THE PROOF.

Lim Kit Siang wants us to prove that he is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-monarchy. That is actually the easiest thing to do, easier than trying to prove Anwar Ibrahim is bisexual. Kit Siang’s speeches and actions are on public record and there is no running away from history. So let us go through what Kit Siang has said and done for almost 30 years.

Lim Kit Siang has thrown a challenge and I would like to accept that challenge and prove that he has indicated many times in the past through his speeches, actions and silence, both expressed and implied, that he is anti-Islam, anti-Malay and anti-monarchy.

For a long time it had been the official policy of DAP to not accept awards and decorations from the Rulers because that goes against DAP’s stand of being anti-feudal and anti-monarchy. DAP also issued an official statement that if they needed to observe the dress code when having an audience with a Ruler then they would rather not meet the Ruler. DAP does not mind using western attire but not any attire that is associated with the Malays or Islam even if protocol demands it.

In 1990, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah invited DAP and PAS to form an opposition coalition with Semangat 46. DAP said it would agree to join up with Semangat 46 only if PAS was not included in that coalition unless PAS first of all officially announces that it is abandoning the Islamic Sharia laws plus the idea of a theological state and agrees to accept the secular state.

Since PAS did not agree to abandon both the Sharia and the theological state, DAP did not want to have anything to do with PAS. Semangat 46 then had to form two separate coalitions — one with DAP called Gagasan Rakyat and another one with PAS called Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah.

In 1999, PAS announced that it was going to treat the issue of the Sharia and the theological state as secondary and focus on ousting the government first. DAP then agreed to form a coalition with PAS, PKR and PRM called Barisan Alternatif. But DAP did not do well in that election while PAS won the most number of seats. Furthermore, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh lost their seats.

On 21st September 2001, ten days after 911, DAP announced it was leaving Barisan Alternatif and, in 2004, faced the general election solo. The excuse DAP gave was that it opposed the Sharia law amendments in Terengganu whereas that state already had Sharia laws long before Thailand handed Terengganu to the British in 1909. The 2004 general election was the worst in history for the opposition, which proved DAP made a disastrous decision by leaving Barisan Alternatif and going solo.

Realising that as a solo party DAP will go nowhere, it agreed, again, to join PAS and PKR to form Pakatan Rakyat in 2008. But PAS, again, has to agree that the coalition will work on consensus and that PAS will not continue to push for Sharia laws and a theological state.

After the 2013 general election, DAP pushed for the ouster of the Selangor Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim, to be replaced with Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. HRH the Sultan of Selangor, however, would not accept Wan Azizah and His Highness made that known. His Highness also wanted the names of three candidates and not just one, as DAP and PKR stubbornly insisted. So PAS complied with this royal decree or titah.

DAP and PKR then challenged the Sultan and accused His Highness of violating the Constitution. DAP and PKR, however, did not explain whether they are talking about the Federal Constitution or the State Constitution and which Article of the Constitution they are talking about. DAP and PKR demonstrated biadap towards the Sultan and taught the people to hate the Sultan (as they did in Perak a few years earlier in 2009).

Because Wan Azizah failed to become the Selangor Menteri Besar, they wanted to punish PAS for not defying the Sultan. But they could not say they wanted to punish PAS because it refused to tell the Sultan to go screw himself. So DAP used the RUU355 as the excuse.

Basically, RUU355 is an amendment to the Sharia laws that were passed by the Kelantan State Assembly 24 years ago in 1993. This was never a problem in 1999 when DAP joined Barisan Alternatif or in 2008 when DAP joined Pakatan Rakyat. Today it is a problem for DAP because they need this as an excuse to punish PAS for not going against the Sultan of Selangor.

DAP’s action of using RUU355 as the excuse to break up Pakatan Rakyat and form Pakatan Harapan has triggered Islamophobia in Malaysia. Islam is now perceived as a pariah religion that must be stopped by any and all means because Islam is a dangerous religion that violates civil liberties and human rights. Furthermore, if the non-Muslims do not oppose RUU355, then, once passed, it would affect non-Muslims and non-Muslims would suffer beheading and amputation, says DAP.

DAP’s hate campaign has succeeded and now non-Muslims hate Islam and view Islam as dangerous and a religion that must be eradicated. DAP has damaged race relations and a wave of Islamophobia is sweeping Malaysia. Islam, the Muslims, the Malays and the Rulers are the subject of attacks and Malaysians are no longer scared of saying things about Islam, the Muslims, the Malays and the Rulers, which in the past they would never have done.

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Kit Siang

Kit Siang: Prove I am anti-Malay and anti-Islam

DAP leader notes allegations of him being a communist and the cause of the May 13 riots only came about after BN lost two-thirds majority in the 2008 general election.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has challenged Umno leaders and cybertroopers to prove he has ever spoken or written anything that is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malay Rulers in his 51 years in politics.

In his speech at a dialogue in Raub, Pahang today, Lim said he had written and spoken almost daily for the past 51 years and that every word was on public record.

“They (Umno leaders and cybertroopers) are welcome to comb through what I had said or written in the past 51 years, including the rooms of records of my statements, books, tapes and videos in the Special Branch, to produce proof that I am anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malay Rulers.”

He said however, that the inability of his accusers to produce such evidence was proof of Umno’s politics of hate, falsehood and fake news.

In recent years, Lim said, he has been accused of being a communist during the Malayan insurgency as well as being the cause of the May 13 riots in 1969.

He said he has never operated underground as alleged, nor was he even in Kuala Lumpur when the May 13 racial riots broke out.

Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, noted that allegations of him being the cause of the May 13 riots and being a communist were never made before the 2008 general election, in which the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) lost its two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time.

“Why? The reasons are simple. There is no basis or truth to such lies and falsehoods!

“The Umno leadership of the first four prime ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak, Hussein Onn and Dr Mahathir Mohamad, never made these two allegations against me for the Special Branch at the time would know whether I had been the cause of the May 13 riots in 1969 or whether I was a communist.”

Lim called on Umno leaders and cybertroopers to stop their politics of lies, falsehood, fake news and hatred if they really loved Malaysia as such gutter politics harmed nation building.

“We can differ, however strongly or vociferously, about what is best for Malaysia but let us not take leave of decency, truth, honesty and honour, or we risk condemning Malaysia to the fate of a failed and rogue state.”

By: Raja Petra Kamarudin.

Friday, May 26, 2017

THE GLOVES ARE OFF: ANWAR VERSUS MAHATHIR.

Najib knew that Mahathir would go running to DAP and Pakatan Harapan, and that they would accept him with open arms. This is because DAP and Pakatan Harapan have very low standards and esteem and they would swallow dog shit if it serves their political agenda (which is to oust Umno and Barisan Nasional at all costs whether by fair means or foul).

Yesterday, blogger Din Merican wrote ‘ Anwar Ibrahim is my Prime Minister and why ’ ( READ HERE ). Reuters, on the other hand, wrote ‘Malaysiakini readers favour Mahathir for PM ’ (READ HERE ). And Malaysia Today wrote ‘Mahathir is causing more damage to Pakatan than Barisan ever could ’ ( READ HERE ).

I can almost hear Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak chuckling while he observes the antics of the Dapsters and Pakatuns from Pakatan Harapan. Najib must be very pleased that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is doing precisely what was expected of him and that the old man has played right into his hands.

When Najib ripped Mahathir to shreds at the Umno annual assembly in December 2015 that was the beginning of the end for the old man. Mahathir had hoped to use the assembly to oust Najib but instead the old man was sent home with his tail between legs.

In fact, that was the third defeat for Mahathir in a series of defeats over five months and, as they say, three strikes and you’re out.

Najib totally demolished Mahathir at the December 2015 Umno annual assembly

This first defeat for Mahathir was in July when he tried to oust Najib through a coup but failed. The second was in October when he tried to organise a vote of no confidence in Parliament and also failed. The final strike was that December Umno assembly where Najib very cleverly turned the tables on Mahathir.

Six weeks later, Mukhriz was removed as the Menteri Besar of Kedah and, as Najib had expected, Mahathir sulked and resigned from Umno on 29th February 2016.

Najib knew that Mahathir would do that and this was actually the third time that he left Umno. And after this talak tiga it would be impossible for Mahathir to go back to Umno unless he first marries a Cina Butasuch as Lim Kit Siang. But then, after marrying Kit Siang, it is doubtful that Umno would take Mahathir back even if his party, PPBM a.k.a. Pribumi, wins 30 seats in Parliament. Chances are, though, Pribumi will be struggling to win just three seats let alone ten or even 30.

Pribumi is what the Malays would call indah kabar dari rupa. This is sort of like stuffing sponge in the crotch of your pants to give an impression that you are more endowed than you really are. At the end of the day it is all an illusion. And so is the illusion of Pribumi being the new party that will replace Umno and that is going to inherit the 100 or so Umno seats.

Adil was launched to oust Mahathir from power and to free Anwar from jail and now it has transformed into making Mahathir or his proxy the next Prime Minister 

When Anwar Ibrahim was arrested in September 1998, a movement called Adil was launched (‘adil’ means ‘just’). Then, in April 1999, Adil was turned into Parti Keadilan Nasional (the National Justice Party). For the last 18 years, PKN, and now PKR, is about ‘justice’ for Anwar and about freeing him from jail. A very close second to that, Adil/PKN/PKR is about ousting Mahathir from power.

Now, the irony to this whole thing is Anwar, yet again, is in jail, and PKR’s new mission is to help Mahathir get back into power — either as the Prime Minister or as the de facto Prime Minister with his proxy as Prime Minister. This is indeed a very strange and puzzling development.

Malaysiakini is also known as (a.k.a.) Suara Anwar. In fact, the PKR people are very much behind Malaysiakini and have helped fund this online news portal for the last 18 years or so since it was first launched. The PKR people even helped Malaysiakiniget money from George Soros. And we are talking about RM6 million a year or a total of about RM100 million over the last 18 years.

Yes, RM100 million, not a small amount of money. And without this RM100 million Malaysiakini would have closed down a long time ago just like The Malaysian Insider (which swallowed RM13 million in just two years and then went bust).

So, the question we now need to ask is: if Anwar’s people are behind Malaysiakini and helped them get RM100 million since they started business 18 years ago, why did Malaysiakini’s opinion poll rate Mahathir as the most popular choice for Prime Minister? Should they not have rated Anwar as the most popular choice for Prime Minister?

DAP Chinese infest Malaysiakini like rats in a sewer

The answer is actually quite simple. Malaysiakini is infested with DAP Chinese like rats in a sewer. And the DAP Chinese feel that Mahathir rather than Anwar has a better chance of ousting Umno and Barisan Nasional. The DAP Chinese do not care too much about who becomes Prime Minister. They just want Umno and Barisan Nasional ousted and replaced with the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan. Then they can worry about who becomes Prime Minister because that decision will be in DAP’s hands.

The DAP Chinese game-plan is very simple. Kill Umno and the Umno-led Barisan Nasional and once DAP and the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan takes over all the others matters will fall into place.

Mahathir, too, shares this sentiment, which is why he said it is syok sendiri (getting a hard on) to talk about who should be Prime Minister at this stage. First win the general election then talk about who should be Prime Minister, said Mahathir. If you do not win the general election then talking about who should be Prime Minister is an academic exercise.

Syed Saddiq says Pakatan Harapan must resolve the issue of the Prime Minister-in-waiting now or else people will say Kit Siang is going to be Prime Minister

Mahathir’s boy, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, however, disagrees. He says the Prime Minister-in-waiting must be named now and he gives his reasons why ( READ HERE ).

Now go to the pro-Anwar blogs such as blogger Din Merican’s blog and see what they say. Din used to work for Anwar and he says his choice for Prime Minister is Anwar and he explains why ( READ HERE ).

This was what Din wrote:

It shows to me at least how desperate Malaysians have become to want a 92 year old ex-UMNO President to lead our country. This is good news to the incumbent Najib Razak because he can beat Dr. Mahathir quite easily. He has enough information about his predecessor twice removed to sway voters against Pakatan Harapan. It will then be from “Ada Harapan to Tiada Harapan” (Hope to No Hope).

So the gloves are now off. This is about Anwar versus Mahathir rather than Anwar-Mahathir versus Najib. And where does Kit Siang come into all this? Is he with Anwar or is he with Mahathir? Or does he hope with Anwar and Mahathir fighting that gives DAP an even stronger hand because both will need DAP in the end?

It is now no longer about Anwar-Mahathir versus Najib but about Anwar versus Mahathir

DAP hopes to win 55 parliament seats opposed to a total of 60 for PKR, PAN and PPBM combined (assuming Pakatan Harapan succeeds in winning 115 seats in the next general election and gets to form the new federal government). Hence DAP decides what happens and chooses who gets to become the Prime Minister.

Najib is a genius who played Mahathir like a chess grandmaster from January 2015 right until now. And Mahathir followed the script to the letter. Najib knew what Mahathir would do to every move that he made. And Najib made these moves knowing that Mahathir would go running to DAP and Pakatan Harapan and that this would not only mean the end of Mahathir but the end of DAP and Pakatan Harapan as well.

Najib did not sack Mahathir from Umno like they did in 1969. Instead, Najib sacked Mukhriz knowing that Mahathir would sulk and resign. If Mahathir is sacked he would be able to use that as a badge of honour like he did in 1969. If instead he resigns he would be seen as sulking like in 2008. And sulking and resigning a second time in 2016 would turn people off.

Kit Siang thought Najib had sent him a stallion but instead it was a flea-bitten donkey

Najib also knew that Mahathir would go running to DAP and Pakatan Harapan and that they would accept him with open arms. This is because DAP and Pakatan Harapan have very low standards and esteem and they would swallow dog shit if it serves their political agenda (which is to oust Umno and Barisan Nasional at all costs whether by fair means or foul).

And this is why Najib is going to win the next general election and most likely with a two-thirds majority as well. It is because he is brilliant while Mahathir, DAP and Pakatan Harapan are a bunch of bumbling fools.

A win of 85 seats for Umno and 60 for the rest of Barisan Nasional is almost guaranteed. So all they need is another three seats to win a two-thirds majority in Parliament. And if PAS can bring in not less than 15 seats and form a unity government with Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan would be done to 62 seats and would fade away into the sunset.

By: Raja Petra Kamarudin.

 

IMUNITI PBT WAJAR DISEMAK SEMULA.

IMUNITI atau kekebalan pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) daripada sebarang proses undang-undang di negara ini termaktub dalam seksyen 95, Akta Jalan Parit dan Bangunan 1974 (Akta 133). Dalam subseksyen (1), peruntukan ini menyatakan tidak ada apa-apa tindakan atau tuntutan boleh dibuat terhadap pihak berkuasa negeri (PBN), mana-mana pegawai atau orang lain yang bertindak bagi pihaknya secara bona fide bagi maksud akta ini. 

Dalam subseksyen (2) pula, peruntukan ini menyatakan tidak ada apa-apa tindakan undang-undang atau tuntutan boleh dibuat terhadap PBN, PBT, mana-mana pegawai atau petugasnya berhubung apa-apa kerja bangunan atau selainnya yang dilaksanakan di bawah akta ini. Peruntukan ini juga menyatakan tidak ada apa-apa dalam akta ini yang mewajibkan PBN atau PBT memeriksa apa-apa bangunan, kerja pembangunan atau bahan atau tapak bangunan untuk memastikan peruntukan akta ini dipatuhi. Dalam bahasa mudah, sekiranya PBN atau PBT atau pegawai-pegawai berkenaan tidak (enggan atau gagal) melakukan sesuatu yang sepatutnya mereka lakukan, kegagalan berbuat demikian tidak boleh dijadikan asas bagi sesiapa mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap mereka.

Akta 133 berkuat kuasa lebih dari empat dekad, yang bermakna selama itulah juga PBT dan pegawai-pegawainya menikmati kekebalan daripada sebarang tindakan undang-undang oleh mana-mana pihak, termasuk daripada penduduk yang tinggal dalam kawasan pentadbiran mereka. Di tahun 80-an, saya pernah bertanya dalam satu forum apakah justifikasi kekebalan ini terus dinikmati oleh PBT dan pegawai-pegawai mereka? Seorang pegawai undang-undang yang pada masa itu bertugas di sebuah PBT di Lembah Klang menjawab bahawa perlindungan ini diperlukan kerana sewaktu Akta 133 ini diluluskan, PBT yang ada di negara ini kekurangan serba-serbinya, termasuklah tenaga kepakaran, tenaga profesional serta kemahiran mentadbir kawasan perbandaran.

Kini, selepas lebih empat dekad berlalu, apakah semua 154 PBT di seluruh negara masih belum dewasa dan serba kekurangan lalu perlu dikekalkan imuniti mereka itu? Kajian ringkas saya terhadap beberapa PBT (termasuklah yang masih bertaraf Majlis Daerah) menunjukkan mereka sudah ada beberapa jabatan khusus, seperti Jabatan Pentadbiran, Jabatan Perundangan, Jabatan Penguatkuasaan, Jabatan Kejuruteraan dan sebagainya.

Dalam kes tragedi Highland Towers yang mengakibatkan 48 nyawa terkorban (penghuni blok 1 yang tumbang) dan blok 2 dan 3 diisytiharkan tidak selamat untuk diduduki, imuniti PBT menjadi salah satu isu penting yang perlu diputuskan mahkamah. Hakim bicara memutuskan PBT berkenaan (Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya) menikmati imuniti bagi peringkat sebelum blok 1 tumbang (imunity for pre-collapse) tetapi tidak lagi menikmati imuniti bagi peringkat selepas bangunan itu tumbang.

Sebaliknya hakim bicara memutuskan PBT berkenaan bersalah kerana kecuaian. Walau bagaimanapun, apabila kes ini akhirnya sampai ke peringkat Mahkamah Persekutuan, mahkamah itu memutuskan (dengan keputusan majoriti 2:1) bahawa MPAJ masih menikmati kekebalan sepenuhnya.

Mahkamah Persekutuan bertanya apakah wajar satu PBT dikenakan liabiliti dalam kes ini? Kata mahkamah, sebuah PBT ditubuhkan untuk melaksanakan pelbagai tugas termasuk menyediakan kawasan rekreasi, mengutip sampah, menyediakan pengangkutan awam, rumah kediaman untuk setinggan, kediaman sementara sewaktu bencana alam, dan sebagainya. Untuk membiayai semua kerja ini, PBT bergantung kepada kadar taksiran dan fi untuk lesen dan sebagainya. Dengan sumber terhad begini, PBT terpaksa berhati-hati kepada perkara yang mesti diutamakan. Jika PBT dikehendaki membayar ganti rugi kepada pihak-pihak yang membuat tuntutan terhadapnya, ia mungkin terpaksa gulung tikar.

Isu sama ada imuniti PBT ini wajar dikekalkan atau dimansuhkan turut dibincangkan di luar negara, termasuk di Amerika Syarikat. Antara alasan-alasan yang biasa disebutkan untuk menjustifikasikan imuniti PBT ini adalah:

1.Perlu ada untuk memelihara dana awam;

2.Ia menggalakkan penambahbaikan dan peningkatan perkhidmatan awam;

3.Liabiliti akan memberi impak negatif kepada perkhidmatan awam;

4.Kepentingan awam perlu diutamakan dari kepentingan golongan kecil.

Barangkali tidak ramai di negara ini sedar bahawa di beberapa negeri di Amerika Syarikat, imuniti PBT telah lama dimansuhkan. Dalam kes Hargrove v Town of Cocoa Beach (1957) mahkamah Florida telah memansuhkan prinsip ini yang berasal dari common law England. Perkembangan yang sama berlaku di Milwaukee (dalam kes Holytz v City of Milwaukee, 1962) dan Ohio (dalam kes Enghauser Mfg Co v Eriksson Engineering, 1983).

Dalam kes Hargrove, seorang wanita, Ervine Hargrove (plaintif) membuat tuntutan terhadap PBT (Majlis Perbandaran Cocoa Beach) kerana kecuaiannya menyenggara penjara yang mengakibatkan suami plaintif (seorang banduan) mati dalam satu kebakaran. Hakim bicara telah menolak tuntutan plaintif atas alasan PBT menikmati imuniti. Terkilan dengan keputusan ini, plaintif merayu ke Mahkamah Agong Florida.

Mengikut Hakim Thornal, imuniti PBT ini mula diiktiraf dalam satu kes lama di England iaitu Russel v Men of Devon (1788), menunjukkan ia berpaksikan common law. Peguam PBT berhujah bahawa sekiranya imuniti PBT ini hendak dimansuhkan, ia hanya boleh dilakukan oleh badan perundangan menerusi satu akta, bukan oleh mahkamah. Hujah ini ditolak oleh mahkamah, dengan Hakim Thornal mengatakan tidak ada sebab kita perlukan tindakan badan perundangan mengenai perkara yang mahkamah sendiri telah wujudkan pada asalnya.

Menjelaskan kenapa imuniti ini wajar dimansuhkan, hakim itu berkata: “Sebuah bandar raya moden adalah seumpama satu institusi perniagaan besar. Sementara ia punyai ciri-ciri kuasa kerajaan, pada masa yang sama ia adalah satu organisasi yang melaksanakan kuasanya bagi kepentingan rakyat yang tinggal dalam kawasannya dan menikmati perkhidmatannya. Bagi mahkamah untuk terus menganugerahkan kekebalan kepada organisasi seperti ini adalah seumpama menjadikan negara dalam kurun ke-20 ini tertakluk kepada undang-undang lapuk kurun ke-18.”

Di negara ini, apa prospek pembaharuan akan berlaku di masa depan? Disebabkan mahkamah kita terikat dengan dua prinsip undang-undang, duluan mengikat (judicial precedent) dan hormati keputusan itu (stare decisis), barangkali sukar bagi mana-mana Mahkamah Tinggi atau Mahkamah Rayuan di negara ini membuat keputusan tidak mengiktiraf imuniti PBT, kerana mereka terpaksa menghormati keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan dalam kes Highland Towers ini.

Jika imuniti PBT ini hendak dimansuhkan mahkamah, satu kes baharu mengenainya perlu dibawa sehingga ke Mahkamah Persekutuan bagi memberinya peluang membuat keputusan yang berbeza. Sebagai alternatif lain, cara yang lebih mudah ialah dengan Parlimen menyemak semula dan meminda seksyen 95 Akta 133 ini, dengan matlamat salah satu perkara berikut - imuniti ini dimansuhkan sepenuhnya; dimansuhkan tertakluk kepada pengecualiannya atau PBT dikenakan liabiliti tetapi tertakluk kepada had yang ditetapkan.

By: Salleh Buang.

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