Sibu by Election appeal (updated)
|May 13, 2010|
As Mathama Gandhi once said, you must be the change you wish to see in the world. DAP and Pakatan Rakyat call on the people of Sibu, Sarawak and Malaysia to be part of the change by joining the Sibu by-election campaign.
We bring hope and our message is change. Sibu must take the lead to change Sarawak and Malaysia. And we know that the people of Sibu want change.
The playing field has never been level. The Barisan Nasional machinery has all the money in the world to spend to maintain the status quo to further the private interests of its leaders. The BN controls the political, administrative, and social institutions in Sibu and Sarawak and is creating an atmosphere of fear among the people.
As the by-election campaign enters its second half we need help from the people of Sibu and from all Malaysians who want change.
Let’s win Sibu together. Help us by:
- Calling your friends and family members to make sure they vote in Sibu on May 16, especially those who are not residing in Sibu;
- Helping Sibu voters find their polling station here;
- Donating to the DAP-Pakatan Rakyat by-election campaign. Every Ringgit counts! DAP Malaysia (Public Bank Account No.: 306-382-8309) or access http://www.sibu4change.com for secure, online credit card contribution;
- Forwarding this email to five friends and asking them to support Pakatan Rakyat;
- Volunteering to help us on polling day, please contact 010-537 9800 for more info.
Thank you for supporting Pakatan Rakyat and DAP in Sibu.
Chong Chien Jen
Sibu By-election Campign Director
DAP National Vice Chairman, DAP Sarawak State Secretary, MP for Bandar Kuching, Adun for Kota Sentosa
Pakatan claims 3,000 voters moved in Sibu
By Adib Zalkapli
SIBU, May 7 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) today claimed that about 3,000 voters in the Sibu by-election have been relocated to new polling stations, repeating a long-standing complaint that was also raised in last month’s Hulu Selangor Parliamentary by-election.
PKR election director Fuziah Salleh disclosed this today and said the Election Commission (EC) was repeating a similar mistake to the Hulu Selangor vote, where some 13,000 voters were relocated to new polling stations.
“At least 3,000 voters have been relocated, we have identified about 3,000 in Pelawan state constituency,” said Fuziah at the launch of the DAP campaign machinery here.
PKR lost the Hulu Selangor by-election by 1,725 votes and the party subsequently complained the transfer of voters had denied it victory, unlike in Election 2008 where it won by 198 votes. Some 200 voters from the semi-rural constituency were also moved to the neighbouring Selayang constituency.
PKR election director Fuziah Salleh claims 3,000 voters relocated… a repeat of Hulu Selangor? – Picture by Jack Ooi
The EC later defended the move, saying that the relocation was made in accordance with the law and because of the suitability of the polling stations.
Some 25,000 of the 55,000 Sibu voters are from the Pelawan constituency. In Election 2008 DAP obtained most of the votes from the area, beating Barisan Nasional (BN) by 3,132.
DAP, however, lost in the remaining two state constituencies of Bawang Assan and Nangka, resulting in the party losing the Sibu seat by 3,235 votes.
Fuziah added that PR has also identified about 400 voters that have been moved out of the constituency.
“We are more worried with the 400 voters, we will discuss the next course of action with DAP,” she said.
Nomination for the Sibu by-election has been set for tomorrow and polling is on May 16.
The contest is expected to be a three-cornered fight between DAP’s Wong Ho Leng, Robert Lau Hui Yew from BN, and independent candidate Narawi Haron.
The by-election was called following the death of five-term MP, Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, who was the uncle of Hui Yew.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim argued that today’s testimony by star witness Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan proved a high-level conspiracy against him.
Anwar, 63, when met at the end of the third day of Saiful’s cross-examination, told reporters that he had always maintained that the sodomy charge – his second in 10 years – is the result of a political conspiracy aimed at killing his political career.
“Now we have evidence that this is not just a mere coincidence. This entire team is associated with Rosmah (Mansor), Najib (Abdul Razak) and the inspector-general of police (Musa Hassan),” he said.
“This show is much better than a Tamil movie,” he quipped, before leaving the courtroom.
Throughout today’s cross-examination of Saiful by senior lawyer Karpal Singh, the key witness was asked about his meeting with then deputy prime minister Najib at his private residence in Taman Duta in June 2008.
It was during the cross-examination where Saiful revealed that he not only met Najib, who is now prime minister, two days before the alleged sodomy, but also with SAC I Rodwan Mohd Yusof, who is now Malacca police chief.
In addition, Saiful met with a host of other individuals, among them former PKR Youth chief Mohd Ezam Mohd Noor, who is now a senator, and Najib’s then special officer Khairil Anas.
Saiful, 25, also told the court that he had made a telephone call to police chief Musa a day before the alleged sodomy.
Throughout the trial today, Saiful appeared a little uneasy with some of the questions posed by Karpal, in particular his meeting with senior police officer Rodwan.
At times, the star witness, who is wearing a white long-sleeve shirt and black jacket, seemed hard pressed, but offered a smile at other times after answering questions from Karpal.
Sodomy I – deja vu
Rodwan, 52, is not a stranger to the sodomy trial.
He was the investigating officer in the alleged sodomy case involving Anwar and his adopted brother, Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja, in 1998.
Rodwan was then an assistant superintendent. He now holds the rank senior assistant commissioner I, and is the most senior cop in Malacca.
Meanwhile, Musa was the investigating officer in Anwar’s sodomy case involving his wife’s former driver Azizan Abu Bakar, as well as the head of the investigating team in the whole sodomy affair.
He moved up the ranks over the years and became the country’s police chief in 2006. His contract will end in September this year.
Anwar has consistently alleged that Musa was involved in a conspiracy against him in his first sodomy trial.
Saiful had also testified that he met Khairil sometime between December 2007 and January 2008 for a letter of support to obtain a study loan to be a pilot at a Kota Bharu training school.
Both Khairil and former top athlete Mumtaz Jaafar (left) – said to be a close confidante of Rosmah – were called into the courtroom this afternoon to be identified by Saiful.
Mumtaz is the executive chairperson of the National Athlete Welfare Foundation, an organisation which Rosmah is the patron.
Saiful told the court that he informed Mumtaz about the alleged sodomy incident, a day after it took place on June 26, 2008.
Mumtaz was the second person to know about the alleged incident after Saiful’s uncle, Tuah Mohamed.
Anwar files appeal
Karpal also told the court that the defence team had filed a notice of motion to appeal High Court judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah’s decision to dismiss his application to have access to Saiful’s statements which he had given to the police.
In his affidavit, Anwar said there was merit in the application as justice Zabidin’s decision was a final order, which is appealeable at the Court of Appeal.
“There are novel issues which had never been raised before and hence we also apply for a stay of proceedings with the cross-examinaton to allow the appeal to be heard (first),” Anwar states in his affidavit.
Zabidin has fixed tomorrow morning to hear an application by Karpal for a stay of the proceedings pending the appeal.
Earlier today, Karpal came close to being cited for contempt of court after he implied that the prosecution knew the outcome of today’s decision.
The senior defence lawyer had observed that the prosecution appeared to be well-prepared with case laws to object to the defence’s application.
KENYATAN MEDIA (SEBARAN SEMULA)
Cadangan Menghalalkan Judi – Dasar Tidak Bertanggungjawab Yang Membawa Kehancuran
7 Mei 2010
Parti Keadilan Rakyat membantah keras cadangan kerajaan BN untuk menghalalkan judi pertaruhan sukan. Perkara ini telah dibangkitkan di parlimen oleh Timbalan Menteri Kewangan Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein. Beliau mencadangkan bahawa rancangan ini boleh dilaksanakan sebelum tibanya musim mengaut keuntungan dalam Piala Dunia yang akan bermula bulan hadapan.
PKR dengan keras menyatakan bahawa menghalalkan perjudian sukan akan hanya menambah masalah penyakit sosial yang sedang melanda masyarakat. Meluasnya judi sukan akan secara langsung menyerang tunjang budi pekerti (moral) masyarakat yang giat berusaha menghapuskan penyakit sosial seperti rasuah, jenayah keganasan seksual, penderaan dalam rumah dan pinjaman ‘jerung’ ah long.
Kerajaan BN tidak menghiraukan fakta bahawa golongan miskin dalam masyarakat akan menerima kesan buruk akibat pelaksanaan dasar judi ini. Biarpun perjudian merupakan tabiat yang wujud pada setiap peringkat golongan masyarakat, namun ia memberi kesan besar terhadap golongan berpendapatan rendah yang sebenarnya tidak boleh kalah dalam perjudian mereka untuk cepat kaya. Kajian menunjukkan golongan miskin lebih mudah terpengaruh dengan judi dan mempertaruhkan sebahagian besar daripada pendapatan mereka berbanding dengan golonganyang kaya.
Tidak ada jaminan bahawa menghalalkan perjudian sukan akan dapat menghapuskan judi haram. Malah ia akan memperbanyakkan lagi pembuat pertaruhan haram dan ‘jerung’ ah long pula akan menawarkan pertaruhan yang lebih baik dan menarik, termasuklah jerat pinjaman haram.
Cubaan tidak masuk akal Awang Adek untuk meluluskan rancangan ini sebelum Piala Dunia menunjukkan betapa rakusnya BN untuk mengeruk duit Rakyat.
Warga Malaysia menyukai Piala Dunia dan sukan bola sepak umumnya. Menghalalkan perjudian akan hanya membawa lebih ramai orang ke dalam kancah kitaran ganas yang berakhir dengan kemiskinan dan ketagihan judi.
Lebih teruk lagi, kerajaan BN bersekongkol dengan agensi perjudian yang tidak telus dalam urus niaga kewangan dan keuntungan mereka, berbanding dengan negara-negara lain yang mana terdapat perjudian terkawal.
Cadangan ini hanyalah skim buat duit yang tidak bertanggungjawab dan dicadangkan oleh BN serta ianya merupakan permulaan yang berbahaya dan menghancurkan. Ia perlu ditolak dengan serta-merta.
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7 May 2010
Parti Keadilan Rakyat strongly opposes the proposal by the BN government to legalise sports betting. The issue was raised in parliament by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein who suggested that the proposal could be implemented before the revenue-spinning World Cup which kicks off next month.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
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