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Denggi? hahaha

June 4, 2014

Seumur hidup saya, tidak pernah masuk wad di hospital kecuali ketika melahirkan keempat-empat cahayamata.

Entah…mungkin beberapa sebab, kesihatan saya dalam sebulan ini terabai dan itulah balasannya…kena masuk wad kerana beberapa komplikasi…

Selang tiga hari berada di wad, doktor hairan kerana demam saya turun naik, tak berapa ada selera makan oleh kerana rasa loya dan sangant letih sentiasa…seluruh sendi terasa sakit.   Banyak ketika sakit kepala yang teramat sangat.   Dalam situasi sedemikian memang tak boleh tidur yang menambah derita.

Pagi ketiga itu doktor kata dia akan periksa darah untuk denggi.   Saya memang hairan…”Denggi, doktor?   Mustahil…Di mana pula saya mendapatinya?   Saya jarang dirumah dan sebahagian besar masa di pejabat.”

Doktor kata,” This is no laughing matter, you may get into a shock…people die of dengue.   I will have you tested for it.”   Saya ingat dah boleh keluarlah esoknya.   Nampak gayanya tambah beberapa hari lagi di hospital.

Keputusan pemeriksaan darah saya mendapati positif denggi.   Platlet saya telah menurun dari 239 menjunam ke 103, dan setiap hari terus menurun sehingga ke paras 60.   Saya memangnya tak bermaya selama seminggu di wad.   Semua pergerakan membebankan.   Dan saya baru terasa mungkin akan melalui fasa “shock” yang disebutnya itu dan mungkin juga maut.   Setiap hari saya rasa keadaan saya semakin teruk.   Saya diberi berbagai jenis ubat berdadah…dan drip.   Saban hari diambil darah empat kali sehari…banyak bekas-bekas jarum yang dicucuk tu sehingga hari ini belum hilang.   Allah telah menarikbalik anugerahNya…dan Dia boleh berbuat apa saja…perancanganNya untuk saya sakit tentu ada maksud-maksud yang tertentu.   Dan saya perlu menelitinya…kerana tiada jaminan dalam fasa saya sakit itu, akan terus berada dalam alam yang fana ini.

Tetapi manusia ini dididik untuk mencari ikhtiar bagi memperbaiki diri…saya mengambil keputusan untuk menggunakan rawatan alternatif  selain ubatan doktor (of courselah tanpa pengetahuan doktor).   Anak-anak saya telah membantu untuk mendapatkannya.   Allah itu Maha Pengasih dan Penyayang…anak-anak saya telah berjumpa secara kebetulan dengan individu yang paling arif tentang rawatan alternatif  itu dan saya telah diberi maklum dosage yang perlu untuk memulihkan diri dari penyakit denggi ini.   Saya perlu mengambilnya setiap tiga jam.   “Anak-anak saya akan mengingatkan saya…dah minum Myung ke ummi?”

Selepas 24 jam, saya rasa keadaan saya lebih bertenaga…selepas dua hari…platlet saya meningkat kepada 130 dan terus meningkat dan doktor berpuashati, tiada demam dan keputusan darah semuanya kembali normal dengan platlet terus meningkat…keadaan lemah saya masih terasa dan akan mengambil masa tiga minggu lagi untuk kembali pulih seperti sediakala, kata doktor.   Saya telah diberi MC untuk seminggu dan diminta berehat secukupnya di rumah (uhuh…bagaimana nak rehat, ya, dengan Pemilihan 2014 ini tak selesai-selesai).   Post denggi checkup selepas seminggu.

Ketika post denggi appointment, doktor menyarankan cuti rehat lagi selama seminggu…pemeriksaan darah mendapati semuanya normal…hanya masih rasa sedikit keletihan dan sakit kepala berkala.   Semoga saya beroleh kesihatan seperti biasa tidak lama lagi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRU N25 : HARAPAN WANITA

March 22, 2014

PRK Kajang: Anwar cadang kempen secara minimum, elak pembaziran

January 30, 2014

Oleh : AFIX REDZUAN

PETALING JAYA, 29 JAN: Calon Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kajang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan turun padang bagi menjelaskan sendiri kepada pimpinan setempat dan rakyat berhubung penyertaannya dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) kawasan berkenaan.

Beliau yang juga Ketua Umum PKR berkata, setakat ini tidak ada format kempen yang ditetapkan dan akan berbincang dengan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) berkenaan perkara terbabit.

Katanya, beliau mencadangkan supaya peruntukan kempen diminimum dan Barisan Nasional (BN) sendiri tidak perlu meletakkan calon berhubung kenyataan pihak lain dalam soal pembaziran.

Anwar Kongres PKR“Saya sudah bincang dan minta mereka meminimakan peruntukan kempen pilihan raya dan menggunakan poster saya sedia ada. Kita gunakan bahan yang lama dan Selangor maklumkan bahan itu masih ada serta boleh digunakan.

“Yang penting saya kena turun ke Kajang untuk jelaskan pencalonan ini,” katanya dalam sidang media di Ibu Pejabat PKR, di sini, hari ini.

Anwar menjelaskan, terdapat banyak lagi pembaziran yang berlaku selain daripada PRK seperti menghabiskan wang berbilion ringgit.

“Membazir berbilion ringgit tidak nampak. Saya terima pandangan berkenaan dan sebab itu respon pertama kita kalau ada pembaziran, BN jangan letak calon.

“Tok Guru Nik Aziz sudah cakap, jangan letak calon sebab kawasan itu dianggap kubu kuat PR. Kalau anggap pembaziran kos itu perlu diturunkan,” katanya.

mat sabu pc pkr hq 01Sementara itu, Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu berkata, PAS daripada sudut PR tidak mempunyai sebarang masalah berkenaan siapa yang dicalonkan PKR memandangan kerusi terbabit adalah milik parti itu.

Mohamad Sabu ketika ditanya berkenaan pandangan beberapa pimpinan PAS yang mempertikai keputusan terbabit menjelaskan, setiap pihak boleh menyatakan pandangan peribadi dan tindakan itu dihormati kerana selaras dengan prinsip demokrasi.

-NFN-

http://bm.selangorku.com/43690/prk-kajang-anwar-kempen-secara-minima-turun-padang-beri-penjelasan-sebagai-calon/

LAIN-LAIN BERITA-BERITA :

http://bm.selangorku.com/43651/rafizi-pencalonan-anwar-untuk-kukuh-benteng-di-selangor/

http://bm.selangorku.com/43632/dap-selangor-zahir-sokongan-penuh-terhadap-pencalonan-anwar/

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA KEDUA TERCOROT DI ASIA TENGGARA

December 4, 2013

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA KEDUA TERCOROT DI ASIA TENGGARA MENGIKUT PENILAIAN PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA KEDUA TERCOROT DI ASIA TENGGARA MENGIKUT PENILAIAN PISA

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA KEDUA TERCOROT DI ASIA TENGGARA Status Pencapaian Malaysia Dalam TIMSS dan PISA

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA KEDUA TERCOROT DI ASIA TENGGARA(2)

Keputusan Program Penilaian Antarabangsa Pelajar (atau “Programme for International Students Assessment” PISA) menunjukkan Malaysia menduduki tangga kedua tercorot di Asia Tenggara di kalangan negara-negara yang menyertai penilaian ini di belakang Singapura, Vietnam dan Thailand. Hanya Indonesia yang berada di belakang Malaysia di kalangan negara-negara Asia Tenggara yang turut serta dalam penilaian ini. PISA adalah sebuah program penarafan mutu pendidikan di sekolah-sekolah yang dikendalikan oleh OECD (“Organisation for Economic Corporation and Development”) bagi pelajar-pelajar 15 tahun yang melibatkan negara-negara dari seluruh dunia. Ia menguji kemampuan dan penguasaan pelajar dalam 3 bidang utama iaitu membaca, matematik dan sains. PISA telah menjadi piawaian antarabangsa yang digunakan untuk menilai keberkesanan dan mutu sistem pendidikan sekolah di dunia.

Berikut adalah kedudukan Malaysia berbanding negara jiran dalam penilaian PISA 2012 yang baru diumumkan:

[Matematik Mata dicapai, Membaca Mata dicapai, Sains Mata dicapai]

Singapura 573 542 551

Vietnam     511 508 528

Thailand    427 441 444

Malaysia    421 398 420

Indonesia   375 396 382

Purata mata negara-negara OECD 494 496 501

Ini satu keputusan yang sangat mengejutkan apabila terbukti mutu dan keberkesanan sistem persekolahan kita ternyata jauh ditinggalkan oleh Vietnam, sedangkan Vietnam pernah dimusnahkan di dalam peperangan dan ekonominya jauh lebih mundur berbanding Malaysia. Bukan sahaja Malaysia jauh ketinggalan dengan Singapura yang menduduki tangga kedua pencapaian di seluruh dunia, kini kita dikejutkan dengan peningkatan mendadak sekolah-sekolah di Vietnam yang mengatasi prestasi sekolah-sekolah di negara maju dan Eropah.

Dalam tahun 2012, Vietnam berjaya memasuki tangga 10 negara teratas dalam mata pelajaran sains dengan menduduki tangga 8 mengatasi Amerika Syarikat, United Kingdom dan negara-negara Eropah lain.

Sudah tentu menjadi tanda tanya kepada kita bagaimana Vietnam yang sumbernya cukup terhad, infrastruktur kurang baik dan ekonominya lebih kecil dari Malaysia berjaya melonjakkan mutu pendidikan sekolahnya sedemikian rupa.

Penerangan rasmi yang diberikan di laman Kementerian Pendidikan (rujuk http://www.moe.gov.my/bpk/v2/download/HOTs/Status%20Pencapaian%20Malaysia%20Dalam%20TIMSS%20dan%20PISA.pdf ) menggariskan faktor-faktor berikut yang menyebabkan keputusan PISA yang corot: 1. Sikap murid – ramai murid yang turut serta tidak bersungguh-sungguh kerana menganggap penilaian ini tidak penting. Banyak soalan yang tidak dijawab 2. Format soalan – soalan PISA lebih berbentuk teks panjang yang memerlukan pemahaman, terjemahan dan refleksi dengan kehidupan sebenar. Soalan peperiksaan awam lebih ringkas dan berdasarkan rajah dan jadual 3. Keutamaan guru – Kebanyakan guru mengutamakan menghabiskan sukatan mata pelajaran dengan cepat dan tidak mengambil masa memahamkan murid dengan konsep. Banyak jalan pintas yang digunakan untuk menghafal terutamanya melalui latih tubi Sementara saya menerima faktor-faktor tersebut dan bersetuju dengan post-mortem yang dibuat oleh Kementerian Pendidikan, ia jelas mengiyakan pandangan ramai pihak mengenai kelemahan sistem pendidikan yang ada sekarang. Kelemahan-kelemahan ini tidak boleh disalahkan kepada guru atau murid kerana mereka adalah sebahagian dari budaya pendidikan yang dibentuk melalui dasar-dasar yang mementingkan keputusan peperiksaan semata-mata, tidak memberi ruang kepada percambahan fikiran yang berbeza dan sistem imbuhan/naik pangkat yang membuka ruang kepada budaya membodek. Tindakbalas Kementerian Pendidikan yang memperkenalkan Penilaian Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) pula jauh tersasar dari matlamatnya dan berbeza dari pelaksanaan di negara-negara lain. Akibatnya, guru-guru pula dibebankan dengan tugasan mengisi borang dan kerja-kerja birokrasi yang lain sehingga mengurangkan lagi masa untuk menerangkan konsep dan pemahaman. Sebab itu, keputusan PISA yang meletakkan Malaysia sebagai negara kedua tercorot di Asia Tenggara sewajarnya mengejutkan dan meyakinkan kita bahawa sistem pendidikan sekolah yang ada sekarang tidak berjaya mempersiapkan Malaysia untuk bersaing di peringkat antarabangsa dan serantau. Saya menyeru supaya Menteri Pendidikan menerima hakikat ini dan mengambil langkah-langkah berikut: 1. Menggantung pelaksanaan Penilaian Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) untuk ditambahbaik dengan mengambil kira masalah-masalah yang disebut oleh Kementerian Pendidikan mengenai kepincangan sistem pendidikan sekolah 2. Mengubah sukatan mata pelajaran dan pendekatan pengajaran dan pembelajaran di sekolah supaya ia menekankan pemahaman konsep dan bukan mengingati fakta dan soalan latih tubi semata-mata Walaupun Barisan Nasional menghabiskan ratusan juta membayar perunding asing untuk mendapatkan idea menaiktaraf sistem pendidikan, jelas sehingga kini tidak ada sebarang langkah berkesan yang dicadangkan untuk mengatasi masalah-masalah umum sistem pendidikan negara. RAFIZI RAMLI Pengarah Strategi 4 DISEMBER 2013 Keputusan Program Penilaian Antarabangsa Pelajar (atau “Programme for International Students Assessment” PISA) menunjukkan Malaysia menduduki tangga kedua tercorot di Asia Tenggara di kalangan negara-negara yang menyertai penilaian ini di belakang Singapura, Vietnam dan Thailand. Hanya Indonesia yang berada di belakang Malaysia di kalangan negara-negara Asia Tenggara yang turut serta dalam penilaian ini. PISA adalah sebuah program penarafan mutu pendidikan di sekolah-sekolah yang dikendalikan oleh OECD (“Organisation for Economic Corporation and Development”) bagi pelajar-pelajar 15 tahun yang melibatkan negara-negara dari seluruh dunia. Ia menguji kemampuan dan penguasaan pelajar dalam 3 bidang utama iaitu membaca, matematik dan sains. PISA telah menjadi piawaian antarabangsa yang digunakan untuk menilai keberkesanan dan mutu sistem pendidikan sekolah di dunia. Berikut adalah kedudukan Malaysia berbanding negara jiran dalam penilaian PISA 2012 yang baru diumumkan: Matematik Mata dicapai Membaca Mata dicapai Sains Mata dicapai Singapura 573 542 551 Vietnam 511 508 528 Thailand 427 441 444 Malaysia 421 398 420 Indonesia 375 396 382 Purata mata negara-negara OECD 494 496 501 Ini satu keputusan yang sangat mengejutkan apabila terbukti mutu dan keberkesanan sistem persekolahan kita ternyata jauh ditinggalkan oleh Vietnam, sedangkan Vietnam pernah dimusnahkan di dalam peperangan dan ekonominya jauh lebih mundur berbanding Malaysia. Bukan sahaja Malaysia jauh ketinggalan dengan Singapura yang menduduki tangga kedua pencapaian di seluruh dunia, kini kita dikejutkan dengan peningkatan mendadak sekolah-sekolah di Vietnam yang mengatasi prestasi sekolah-sekolah di negara maju dan Eropah. Dalam tahun 2012, Vietnam berjaya memasuki tangga 10 negara teratas dalam mata pelajaran sains dengan menduduki tangga 8 mengatasi Amerika Syarikat, United Kingdom dan negara-negara Eropah lain. Sudah tentu menjadi tanda tanya kepada kita bagaimana Vietnam yang sumbernya cukup terhad, infrastruktur kurang baik dan ekonominya lebih kecil dari Malaysia berjaya melonjakkan mutu pendidikan sekolahnya sedemikian rupa. Penerangan rasmi yang diberikan di laman Kementerian Pendidikan (rujuk http://www.moe.gov.my/bpk/v2/download/HOTs/Status%20Pencapaian%20Malaysia%20Dalam%20TIMSS%20dan%20PISA.pdf ) menggariskan faktor-faktor berikut yang menyebabkan keputusan PISA yang corot: 1. Sikap murid – ramai murid yang turut serta tidak bersungguh-sungguh kerana menganggap penilaian ini tidak penting. Banyak soalan yang tidak dijawab 2. Format soalan – soalan PISA lebih berbentuk teks panjang yang memerlukan pemahaman, terjemahan dan refleksi dengan kehidupan sebenar. Soalan peperiksaan awam lebih ringkas dan berdasarkan rajah dan jadual 3. Keutamaan guru – Kebanyakan guru mengutamakan menghabiskan sukatan mata pelajaran dengan cepat dan tidak mengambil masa memahamkan murid dengan konsep. Banyak jalan pintas yang digunakan untuk menghafal terutamanya melalui latih tubi Sementara saya menerima faktor-faktor tersebut dan bersetuju dengan post-mortem yang dibuat oleh Kementerian Pendidikan, ia jelas mengiyakan pandangan ramai pihak mengenai kelemahan sistem pendidikan yang ada sekarang. Kelemahan-kelemahan ini tidak boleh disalahkan kepada guru atau murid kerana mereka adalah sebahagian dari budaya pendidikan yang dibentuk melalui dasar-dasar yang mementingkan keputusan peperiksaan semata-mata, tidak memberi ruang kepada percambahan fikiran yang berbeza dan sistem imbuhan/naik pangkat yang membuka ruang kepada budaya membodek. Tindakbalas Kementerian Pendidikan yang memperkenalkan Penilaian Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) pula jauh tersasar dari matlamatnya dan berbeza dari pelaksanaan di negara-negara lain. Akibatnya, guru-guru pula dibebankan dengan tugasan mengisi borang dan kerja-kerja birokrasi yang lain sehingga mengurangkan lagi masa untuk menerangkan konsep dan pemahaman. Sebab itu, keputusan PISA yang meletakkan Malaysia sebagai negara kedua tercorot di Asia Tenggara sewajarnya mengejutkan dan meyakinkan kita bahawa sistem pendidikan sekolah yang ada sekarang tidak berjaya mempersiapkan Malaysia untuk bersaing di peringkat antarabangsa dan serantau. Saya menyeru supaya Menteri Pendidikan menerima hakikat ini dan mengambil langkah-langkah berikut: 1. Menggantung pelaksanaan Penilaian Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) untuk ditambahbaik dengan mengambil kira masalah-masalah yang disebut oleh Kementerian Pendidikan mengenai kepincangan sistem pendidikan sekolah 2. Mengubah sukatan mata pelajaran dan pendekatan pengajaran dan pembelajaran di sekolah supaya ia menekankan pemahaman konsep dan bukan mengingati fakta dan soalan latih tubi semata-mata Walaupun Barisan Nasional menghabiskan ratusan juta membayar perunding asing untuk mendapatkan idea menaiktaraf sistem pendidikan, jelas sehingga kini tidak ada sebarang langkah berkesan yang dicadangkan untuk mengatasi masalah-masalah umum sistem pendidikan negara. RAFIZI RAMLI Pengarah Strategi 4 DISEMBER 2013

Anwar on TPPA

August 12, 2013

 

Full Text for Media Release

TPPA IS NOT IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a proposed plurilateral free trade agreement (FTA) currently under negotiations among 12 nations surrounding the Asia-Pacific region, namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the Philippines, the United States, Vietnam and more recently Japan, boasts a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of over US$33 trillion as at end-2012. Being a trading and foreign direct investment (FDI)-reliant nation but with a small domestic market and a GDP of less than a hundredth of the GDP of total 12 Pacific rim economies, at first glance, the TPPA would appear as a godsend to fast-track Malaysia’s ambition become a developed, high income nation by 2020.

Nonetheless, TPPA is not just a conventional FTA. As it aims to be “a comprehensive, next generation regional agreement that liberalises trade and investment and addresses new and traditional trade issues and 21st century challenges”, it does not deal only with market access for goods and services namely removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers but also contains cross-cutting “horizontal issues” that has a direct impact on our legal and judiciary system, economic structures and democratic institutions which undermines our national interest and sovereignty. At present, the US has FTAs with 6 of the TPP countries, namely Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Singapore. The TPPA has clearly gone beyond trade in goods and services to encompass ‘WTO-plus’ issues.

Being the major trade policy initiative of the Obama administration, little wonder that the US is the leading negotiator behind most proposals while the TPPA is mainly based on the typical US FTA template. With its 29 chapters in total as opposed to at most 10 chapters in an usual preferential FTA, Keadilan views TPPA as an attempt by the US, as its main driver, to impose its brand of economic model of total free market, laissez-faire approach, deregulation and small government. The glaring absence of China, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia in the TPPA only lends credence to this theory of modern-day American hegemonythat promotes primarily the US economic, business and geopolitical interests.

While some degree of confidentiality is not unexpected in any negotiation, the extent of secrecy and clandestinity in the TPPA is extremely worrying and disconcerting. Since the TPP negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy, what we have learned so far regarding the content of all 29 chapters under the TPPA either came from leaked position papers of TPP countries or can be inferred by analysing existing US FTAs.

The truth is, the negotiating protocols for such international agreements must adhere to accepted international standards especially with regards to transparency (the negotiated agreement text for WTO is made publicly available) and the democratic principle of ratification by the respective legislatures.

Currently, we have an expansive FTA framework through ASEAN and our own bilateral agreements that already include 9 out of the 12 TPP partners which provide equal market access suitable to each signatory country’s developmental stage and competitive capacity. In essence, it is both a Free and Fair Trade Agreement (Fair to each country’s situation unlike TPPA which disproportionately appears to benefit big multinationals).

In fact, Malaysia is negotiating  another two major trade agreements, which are the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Malaysia-EU FTA.

Since Malaysia is the world’s 17th largest trading nation, Keadilan would like to reiterate its commitment to any on-going negotiations and principles of free and fair trade. However, we would prefer to err on the side of caution by withholding our support to the TPPA since we remain unconvinced that benefits will eventually outweigh the costs in the long run. In the absence of a full public disclosure of a comprehensive and thorough Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) undertaken by the Malaysian government, we should take with a pinch of salt an assessment as a result of a study conducted in 2012 by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Washington DC-based think tank that Malaysia would be among the biggest winners under the TPPA with gains of up to RM41.7 billion in exports and RM26.3 billion in gross national income per annum by 2025.

For illustration, although TPPA may theoretically give Malaysian companies access to the US$500 billion in annual US government procurement market, the chunk of this market is for defence, which is exempt from the TPPA while all 50 US states have the authority to determine their own procurement policy and hence, no obligation to observe any US FTAs.

It is interesting to note that apart from the TPPA, the US is also in the midst of negotiating a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) with the European Union (EU). What is important to note is the different approaches used in negotiating these two agreements. The European Commission is officially quoted as stating that it negotiates on behalf of the EU and will keep its Member States and the European Parliament regularly informed and updated. The EU is committed to providing as much information as possible for the public, the media, and all other stakeholders as they move through the TTIP negotiations. For example, they have taken the unprecedented step of making available to the public a number of the EU’s initial position papers on various aspects of the negotiations and made available the list of the lead negotiators for all the areas covered by the process.

Therefore, on this difference alone between the Atlantic and Pacific regions, Keadilan holds the position that we should reject the TPPA outright until and unless a comprehensive and impartial CBA and comparative advantage study are conducted whose results are extensively communicated to the public, TPPA’s key points are made available to all stakeholders especially our members of Parliament, and the final agreement (when the entire text is disclosed) is duly ratified by our respective legislature.

We can never emphasise enough that any FTAs, whether bilateral or multilateral, must be based on mutual benefits, taking into account the level of economic development, social needs and competitive capacity or each TPP partner. While there is little disagreement over the need to push through the agenda of holistic reforms premised on innovation, creativity and high value addition in order to provide a conducive ecosystem for a sustainable economic development, thriving businesses and prosperous citizens, Keadilan believes Malaysia’s economic liberalisation and market opening should be done at our own pace and according to our needs.

In view of the 58 redlines or “red stops”, the US-Malaysia FTA talks that began in 2006 were suspended in 2009. Since there is not much difference between US-Malaysia FTA and the template for TPPA, it is mind-boggling and implausible that all these red lines seem to have suddenly disappeared only four years later.

Taking into account major fears and concerns among the public, Keadilan would urge our negotiators during the remaining rounds of the TPPA to defend our rights and privileges no matter how difficult and sensitive the issues are by pushing clear-cut redlines in particular for:

1. Trade in goods particularly exclusion of tariff elimination for rice, other ​food products, tobacco crop, alcohol, automobile`and other sensitive​industrial products with significant local production; no restriction of ​export taxes to promote local processing of commodities and​manufacturing of derivative products or other downstream activities; no ​”yarn forward rule” for the textile industry; no general or specific​provisions in the sanitary or phytosanitary (SPS) or technical barriers to ​trade (TBT) with requirements to liberalise Malaysia’s halal​certitifcation process or lower Malaysia’s halal standards
2. Services liberalisation which should be based on the “positive ​list” ​framework instead of the “negative list” framework whereby all services​sub-sectors would be assumed as liberalised unless placed on a ​”negative list” beforehand
3. Investment related issues such as no to investor-to-state dispute ​settlement (ISDS) mechanisms that will render the ​government ​vulnerable to claims and lawsuits filed by foreign investors from TPP ​countries; no restrictions on performance requirements beyond the ​WTO
4. Intellectual property particularly no requirements beyond the WTO’s ​Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS); any​extension of patent term or copyright term; any provisions requiring ​data exclusivity, linkage between patent status and medicine registration,​patents on new uses or ban on pre-grant patent opposition, etc ​especially for the sake of ​public access to affordable healthcare, ​medicines and pharmaceutical products
5. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) or government-linked ​companies (GLCs) ​and small-and-medium enterprises particularly no enforcement of​competition via state-state dispute settlement
6. Financial services particularly no obligation to liberalise Malaysia’s ​financial services industry or bind the level of its financial openness; no​restriction to Malaysia’s ability or policy flexibility to regulate the ​financial sector and to introduce new or reinforce existing capital​controls over flows of funds in order to safeguard financial sector ​stability and other mandates of Bank Negara Malaysia
7. Food safety and labelling particularly no restrictions to Malaysia’s ability ​to regulate its food safety policy especially no requirement to amend ​existing laws that require the identification and labeling of genetically​modified organisms (GMOs) and products of such organisms including ​GM food
8. Native customary rights and environmental issues
9. Effective exceptions applicable to all 29 chapters

Given Malaysia’s bad track record in international negotiations or disputes, putting the fate of our future in the hands of our negotiators, either from MITI or other ministries/government agencies could be too big a risk to take. A series of failures in recent times makes us seriously wonder whether they can do a good job this time around in fighting for our principles and positions.

As such, the TPPA at this juncture appears to be more lopsided to the detriment of Malaysia as a whole without significant benefits. Keadilan would like to reiterate that there is no valid reason why Malaysia should rush to sign the TPPA before conducting the following:

(a) public disclosure of the results of an independent, holistic and ​detailed CBA in terms of impact of reduction in tariffs and non-tariff​barriers, and services sector liberalisation as well as trade-offs with ​ex-sovereign commitments such as dilution or even loss of sovereignty ​in the areas of policy space, constitutional amendments, government ​procurement, vulnerability to investor-state disputes, intellectual ​property rights, etc.
(b) engagement with all stakeholders via round table discussions ​or public ​forums
(c) Parliamentary scrutiny and debates

While we would prefer the establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), Keadilan still lauds the move recently to set up a multi-partisan Parliamentary Caucus, comprising both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat members of Parliament with the objectives of protecting the interests of all stakeholders including consumer associations, business & industry associations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other groups with vested interests while scrutinising all decisions made by the government regarding the TPPA. We sincerely hope that this Parliamentary Caucus will turn into a strong pressure group with the ability to exert due influence on Cabinet decisions regarding TPPA.

Keadilan is of the view that it would be more appropriate and ideal for Malaysia to focus on strengthening its regionalisation efforts through ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which will come into force by 2015. Then, leveraging on a much more powerful trade, investment and economic bloc i.e. AEC, Malaysia would be in a better position to negotiate for preferential access to developed countries instead of undertaking negotiations individually in plurilateral FTAs such as the TPPA.

Furthermore, by maintaining our current geopolitical posture especially within ASEAN and the BRIC nations where China being our largest trading partner followed by Singapore and Japan; we already have access to a market that is 60% of the world’s population and 40% of the global economy.

Instead, the real challenge for Malaysia is to enhance our competitive capacity with adequate social security networks which unfortunately have suffered badly through BN’s continued mismanagement of our economy, bad education, training and human capital development policies along with the subversion of our democratic institutions.

 

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat

Ketua Pembangkang Parlimen, Malaysia

 

12 AUGUST 2013

 

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Fitnah II Anwar

July 22, 2013
  • Sodomy II back in the limelight
  • Hafiz Yatim | 11:32AM Jul 21, 2013 malaysiakini.com
  • After a year and a half, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will return to court tomorrow for the government’s appeal against his acquittal in the much publicised Sodomy II trial.The government’s appeal will be heard at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, and it is expected that local and foreign journalists and observers will be there.

    Anwar was acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in January last year, of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan at the Desa Damansara condominium between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

    NONEJustice Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah said it was unsafeto convict Anwar as the court could not ascertain the integrity of the samples because investigating officer DSP Jude Blacious Pereira (right)  had opened the plastic bag containing them.

    “It was not safe for the court to rely on the DNA result obtained by chemist Dr Seah Lay Hong from the analysis conducted on those samples. That being the case, there was no evidence to corroborate the evidence of Saiful on thefactum of penetration,” he ruled.

    A total of 27 prosecution witnesses and seven defence witnesses testified in the trial over a span of three and half years, including interlocutory appeals by both the defence and prosecution on several issues.

    During the trial, Anwar testified from the dock which did not allow the prosecution to cross-examine him. He is believed to be the first who testified from the dock to be acquitted.

    Previously, in two different murder cases namely in Canny Ong and also Altantuya Shaariibuu, Ahmad Najib Aris and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar testified from the dock but were convicted respectively.

    NONEAs former solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden (right) had retired early last year, and entered into private practice, the prosecution will rely on newly-appointed trial and appeals division head of the Attorney-General’s Chambers Nordin Hassan to lead the prosecution team.

    Others in the prosecuting team comprise of deputy head of prosecution division Mohd Hanafiah Zakaria and trial unit division head Noorin Badaruddin.

    For Anwar, veteran lawyer and Bukit Gelugor lawmaker Karpal Singh along with former United Nations Special rapporteur Param Cumaraswamy, Sankara Nair and Ramkarpal Singh will be counsel.

    Nine grounds

    The appeal is fixed for two days beginning Monday, and it was reported that the prosecution had cited nine grounds of appeal, including that there was no evidence the samples were tampered, as one of the grounds.

    Lawasia and inter-parliamentary union observer Mark Trowell, who also authored ‘The trial of Anwar Ibrahim Sodomy II’ is among the expected international observers there tomorrow.

    NONEIn the book he shared his observation that Saiful does not look like a normal sexual abuse victim.

    After the verdict, the case again grabbed the headlines when Saiful’s father Azlan Md Lazim (lefthad apologised to Anwar last March claiming that his son was used by certain people. He howeverretracted his apology two months later.

    Saiful also wed TV3 personality Nik Suryani Megat Deraman two months ago in Kuala Terengganu. During the trial proper, it was also reported that Saiful had an affair with one of the prosecutors and as a result she was removed from the team.

    Saiful also revealed a religious oath he made in the Holy Land of Mecca that the sodomy incident was true. Against this backdrop of the past one and half years, the appeal will be heard.

…“a massacre against the women and girls of Egypt”

July 21, 2013

Women Against the Coup condemns Mansoura clashes

  /   July 21, 2013  /   http://www.dailynewsegypt.com

Group holds interim government officials responsible for Friday clashes

Bloodshed will only strengthen our confidence, Women against the Coup said in a Saturday press conference, condemning the deadly clashes that left three women dead and one unconscious in Mansoura the day before. (Photo from FJP Facebook Page)

Bloodshed will only strengthen our confidence, Women against the Coup said in a Saturday press conference, condemning the deadly clashes that left three women dead and one unconscious in Mansoura the day before.
(Photo from FJP Facebook Page)

Bloodshed will only strengthen our confidence, Women against the Coup said in a Saturday press conference, condemning the deadly clashes that left three women dead and one unconscious in Mansoura the day before.

The clashes occurred when unknown assailants attacked a march by Morsi supporters on Friday evening. The group released a statement calling the incident “a massacre against the women and girls of Egypt”, claiming that the forces behind the 30 June uprising, including Defence Minister Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi and several interior ministry officials are to be held responsible for the killings.

The group said the female protesters were participating in a peaceful demonstration and that they were attacked for voicing their support for legitimacy and opposition to the “military coup.” They added that the unknown assailants were “thugs armed with live ammunition and melee weapons,” and had specifically targeted the women in the march.

According to Hoda Abdelmeineim, a lawyer and member of Women against the Coup, the gunshot wounds that killed the three protesters were in the head and stomach. She argued that the attack was premeditated since women were sandwiched in the middle of the march as a safety precaution.

She strongly criticised civil society for “failing to condemn” the killings and called on all human rights organisations to immediately investigate the incident.

Although Abdelmeineim claimed that the assailants were “paid thugs,” Sonia Abdelalim, an eyewitness and speaker at the press conference, maintained that they were security personnel dressed as civilians.

Women against the Coup announced that funeral proceedings for the three casualties are to take place at Al-Nour Mosque on Sunday. It will be followed by a women’s march to the Ministry of Defense.

The public prosecutor on Saturday ordered an investigation into Friday’s clashes.

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