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Who is Nizar Jamaluddin, the winning factor for the PR


Malaysia Watch: Nizar the decisive winner for the Opposition

Ali Cordoba – Riau, Indonesia – Tuesday 12th May 2009

In him the Party Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) has found a unification factor, a type of politicians who exists only in countries that are booming with a rising democratic culture. The populist figure of Nizar Jamaluddin spells trouble for the Barisan National (BN) and is bound to span a positive image of the PAS and the PR further, says analysts.

“We are a day before the remembrances of the events that led to the May 13 riots in both Singapore and Malaysia, and there we have a Malay-Muslim political leader from the PAS who is dominating the political landscape from the state of Perak,” said MIS.

“Nizar can become a national figure in no time though it is difficult to see him hold a very top post within the PAS for the moment,” added the seasoned analyst.

“Malaysia need more people, politicians like Nizar. People who can cement the race differences not by new policies but by the inner understanding of all the races needs altogether,” he said.

“At this moment his political capital is higher than any other political figures in the BN and he has taken over the popularity mantle from many of the PR politicians too. He has the winning smile, the style and the attitude of a true national political figure,” he added.

This is what has given the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) a very good chance of reclaiming the state in fresh new polls that should be held anytime soon after the probable dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) of Perak.

It is also his aura, his simple yet fantastic run of victories against the BN from March 2008 to the recent Parliamentary elections in Bukit Gantang which he won upper handed and now the court ruling that restored his rightful place as Menteri Besar of Perak, said other observers to WFOLtv.

The AFP, French News Agency, reported that Husam Musa, vice-president of the PAS said he hoped the Perak sultan would now give his consent for new polls.

“A defeat would be another humiliation for the Barisan Nasional which suffered unprecedented losses in general elections a year ago, and has lost a string of by-elections since then,” wrote the AFP. However, it is the charismatic Nizar who may be the catapult that will bring a yet unprecedented victory to the PR if the elections are held, said the observers.

Though the chances of the BN are not to be discarded in the state of Perak where it appears Malay-Muslim sentiments has shifted somehow in favor of the United Malays National Organization (Umno), most observers tend to agree that Nizar’s personality and his ‘midas’ touch with victory so far will make a difference.

The Pakatan Rakyat won five states and a third of parliamentary seats in the March 2008 polls – its best performance since independence half a century ago – and another victory in Perak will help it maintain momentum.

Husam Musa, vice-president of the Islamic party PAS which is a member of the opposition alliance, said he hoped the Perak sultan would now give his consent for new polls.

‘It is not about whether we are confident of winning the state again or not but it is a matter of principle for us to go back to the voters to resolve the political impasse that has existed for the past three months,’ he told AFP. – AFP

Nizar’s win in the High Court is a major to the BN since the court also ruled that its take over of the Perak state was illegal and that the opposition was still in charge.

Perak state has been in political limbo since February, when the Barisan Nasional coalition, which rules nationally, tried to oust the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance which won the state in elections last year.

After defections cost the opposition its balance of power, the coalition ruled out holding fresh polls and installed its own leadership, a move which triggered brawling and protests at the state assembly last week.

However, High Court Justice Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim ruled on Monday that the Pakatan Rakyat Chief Minister Nizar Jamaluddin was still the rightful ruler despite being sacked by the state’s sultan.

‘He is, and was, at all material times the chief minister of Perak,’ Judge Abdul Aziz told the court, saying that Mr Nizar could only be dismissed by a vote of no confidence in the assembly.

Nizar, who has been forced to vacate the MB office, made a triumphant return to the government offices amid statements that he will be meeting the sultan soon to seek the dissolution of the state Legislative Assembly.

‘It is an historic day for all who love democracy and will be remembered for years and years to come,’ he said in a statement and it is this kind of statements that motivates the opposition and galvanizes the crowd, said some foreign experts.

Datuk Seri Ir. Haji Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (born 17 March 1957) is the current Menteri Besar of the Malaysian state of Perak, a post equivalent to a Chief Minister and Member of Malaysian Parliament for Bukit Gantang.

Nizar is the secretary of the Perak’s Branch of the PAS. As Menteri Besar of Perak, he heads the PR coalition in Perak which comprises mainly of members mainly from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), the Parti Keadilaan Rakyat (PKR) and his own party, PAS. Nizar was the first MB from the PR coalition.

Appointed by the Crown Prince of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah over two other candidates, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, his appointment was shrouded in controversy, particularly because his party was the smallest party in PR and in the state assembly. The controversy did not last, as very soon all the PR Legislative Members threw their support behind Nizar enabling him to be sworn in on 17 March 2008, his 51st birthday.[1] (Wikipedia)

Nizar is an engineering graduate from Aston University in Birmingham, UK. He took over the chief minister post from Datuk Seri DiRaja Tajol Rosli Mohd Ghazali of Barisan Nasional. Nizar is the son of a Malay-Muslim father and a Chinese mother, who was raised in a Malay-Muslim household from birth


The Manohara case: Malaysians targeted in ‘sweeping’


The mother of Manohara Pinot, the Indonesian beauty married to the Kelantan Prince is willing to sell her body parts to free her daughter from the marriage while 100’s of activists belonging to the Laskar Merah Putih (LMP) in Jakarta are going to carry out an anti-Malaysian sweep in the capital City.

Eddy Hartawan, the head of the LMP invited hudreds of supporters to express their dissatisfaction over the handling of the Manohara Pinot case and to support the mother of the model, Daisy Fajarina. The LMP also want the United Nations’ offices in Jakarta to enter the fray of the debate on what really happened to Manohara in Kelantan.

“Daisy was fighting alone but now she has the soldiers of the LMP to fight alongside her,” said the leader Eddy, who added that it was the duty of his group to support a local, an Indonesian who is fighting for her daughter to be ‘released’ from the Kelantan Royal family.

The issue transpiring around Manohara, who has remained silent since the story of her alleged mistreatment became public thanks to the mother’s numerous press conferences and press statements issued in Indonesia, remains a high priority and a popular one in Indonesia.


From the province of Riau to Jakarta and Kalimantan, the newspapers are filled with stories of what could have happened to Manohara and this despite the official declarations by the Kelantan Palace in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Eddy called for the boycott of Malaysian products imported by Indonesia and suggested that a ‘sweeping’ of Malaysian nationals living in Jakarta, targeting mostly tourists travelling to the great city, to be forced to return to Malaysia.

“We will have a sweeping of Malaysian citizens who are in Indonesia. If necessary, we will launch a boycott campaign of Malaysian products too,” said Eddy.

“Malaysia is treating our people like the small people that can be bullied.Thus we need to take action and we will struggle for as long as it is necessary to get the answers that we all want regarding Manohara,” he said.

“We will do the sweeping all over Indonesia and all our members across the country will participate,” he told the local press.

On the other hand, vice-Presidential candidate General Wiranto is said to have given his full support to the mother of Manohara to get her child out of Kelantan and back to Indonesia. It is also learnt that a few hundred of Wiranto’s aides and supporters together are willing to start a campaign of sensibilitzation on the issue of Manohara’s situation in the Kelantan Palace.

Manohara is married to a Prince from Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra when she was 15 and half years old, an age considered too young to be married even in Indonesia. Manohara is a very popular figure in Indonesia, admitted in all the high class society events and always seen with the rich and famous in the country.

It is rumored that she married the prince without the accord of her mother who later blamed the prince for having taken the virginity of the young girl. “That was the reason why she had to marry him,” Daisy had earlier said in one of her numerous interviews to the Indonesian press.


Taliban and its war policies

The Taliban was not created by the US or by one of the powerhouses in the US that is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). It existed long before the Communist Russian invasion of the Afghan nation and has a long tradition of Political Islam. This article studies its war policies and why it does not act like the regular armed forces of the western world.

In the 1990’s, the Taliban surged as a political force with a loose military wing that gained in integrity and respect due to the fierce battles they led against the Communist forces. Headed by war hero Mullah Omar, the Taliban – which mean students of Islam – found that it was not difficult to gain an upper hand in running the country and establish an ‘Islamic emirate’. The chaos that reigned after the fall of the pro-Communist regime in Kabul and the retreat of the invading forces created a vacuum in the Muslim country. The Taliban seized the opportunity by conquering vast territory in Afghanistan with the aid of the Pakistani intelligence services called the ISI.  That was in 1990 (date to be mentioned).

Subsequently, the Taliban became the only force ruling all over Afghanistan with the tiny exception of the Northern Alliance (NA) forces headed by Commander Ma’sud. The Northern Alliance, with the help of the CIA, pushed the Taliban out of a northern tipping frontier of Afghanistan. In the long run, they became the opposition force against the Taliban and were heavily funded by the US and France. In 2001, the NA will be used by the CIA to launch the first phase of the war against Afghanistan.

Does the Taliban has a real war policy that allows it to fight its enemies and gain territories like it did before its 2001 fall from power?

Can the Taliban survive the long and arduous conquest of Afghanistan by NATO forces without the help of the Pakistani ISI?

What will be the Taliban’s war strategies in the wake of the Pakistani army’s attacks against its strongholds in Northern Pakistan and the NATO’s reinforcements in Afghanistan?

These are the three core questions that we will tackle in this essay on the Taliban’s war policies and how to understand their Political Islamic policies overall.

First of all, the Taliban did not have a military strategy when they started go conquer vast land areas in Afghanistan. They were aided by the Pakistani army’s military intelligentsia and the apathy of the US-Western governments who abandoned the Afghans after helping them against communist Russia. They achieved the success rate of ousting the Northern Alliance and the ruling government in Kabul with a form of swift diplomacy that involved a lot of political wheeling and dealing with the ‘Shura’ in towns and villages. The big cities were simply taken by the Taliban basically walking in with their troops and in most cases, the local population receiving them triumphantly. They are after all local heroes who aided in the recapture of the country from ‘enemy’ forces with the combined efforts of other ‘Afghan’ forces to oust the communist Russia army. Being Pushtoons in general, it was easier for them to run over the ruling Afghan coalition that took over from the pro-Moscow regime in the Pushtoon dominated provinces.

Taking Kabul was one of the most difficult moment in the Taliban’s progress in Afghanistan since the ruling class under Burhanuddin Rabbani did not want to relinquish power at that time, hoping that the Western regimes will bail them out against a force now known as ‘extremists’ Muslims.

The popularity of Mullah Omar and his peers led them to the conquest of a nation that is today divided on ‘ethnic’ lines thanks to the game of divide and rule by the Americans. The popularity factor, the ethnic factor – being Pushtoons – and their prowess in dislodging the communist Russian army from the country were the elements of the obscure ‘political and military strategies’ of the Taliban at the time they established the first ‘Islamic Emirates’ next to Pakistan.

Once in power, the Taliban constituted itself into a government and received one of its former Samaritan, the Sheikh Osama Bin Laden as guest. Osama came with his closest aides who followed him from Sudan. While Osama did not play an active part in the government headed by the Taliban, his expertise in guerilla warfare and the expertise of his troops in tactical weapons were seen as useful for the Taliban army. The army itself was constituted from the bands that captured the country but there was one major loophole in that bugged the Taliban army down. They did not have the equipment and weapons needed to help the Taliban maintain a sense of strength in Kabul and this contributed to the downfall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

The presence of Osama in Afghanistan became the reason for the invasion of Afghanistan by US and Northern Alliance forces. The Taliban, using its diplomatic channels, tried everything they could to prevent the American invasion. The problem is that at the particular time, the Pakistani became the prime target of the Americans and was threatened of military actions if they did not help the US invade Afghanistan. The US wanted the Taliban to betray their own provider of arms and funds and to hand him over, with his closest associates, to the CIA. The CIA had sent several missions to Pakistan and to the areas controlled by the Northern Alliance with sufficient funds to ‘buy’ Osama from the Taliban. The intent was to get the North Alliance agents to ‘capture’ Osama or to get the Pakistani military and intelligentsia to capture the Mujahideen leader. Rendition was considered with the possible daylight capture of the Saudi Arabian Shiekh and when this became impossible, the threats against the Pakistani nation increased as well as the threat of imminent war against Afghanistan.

The US stated its aims as follows: Get Osama and his closest associates remove the Taliban for cooperating with Osama and establish a Northern Alliance government in Kabul. The 911 events became the very reason for the invasion and this stunned the Taliban since there was several ‘overtures’ between the Taliban and the US before the 911 events. The Taliban assured the US that Osama had nothing to do with the 911 events but when things became clear that the US was sending its troops to attacks Afghanistan, the Taliban decided to draw its first defense plans against an invading army. The plan consisted of preventing the Northern Alliance forces from gaining grounds but the US will overtake the Taliban in this strategy by sending its own troops to support the Northern Alliance with air and other logistic support. The Taliban was of no match to the US forces in the air and long range missiles launched from the seas and the Northern Alliance held territory as well as from Pakistan and other countries. These were too much for the feeble regime in Kabul. Without the Pakistani support, the Taliban left Kabul for the Tora Bora Mountains and the Hindu Kush range in a strategy of retreat against the massive attacks by the US and the Northern Alliance forces. The Taliban as a matter of fact lost only one battle against the Northern Alliance and this was when it had to abandon Kabul while the Northern Alliance forces, backed by the US air force and marine divisions, made its way to Kabul.

The only battle plan after the Taliban lost Kabul was to disperse in the public with their beards shaved and their weapons concealed. Most of the soldiers were asked to return to their home towns or villages and to mix with the populace in order to evict arrest and attacks by the pro-US forces. This strategy paid for the Taliban since it managed to regroup in 2005 and launched more serious attacks against the coalition forces that were patrolling and controlling the country since 2001. In between, the NATO came into the picture and by 2007; the NATo was under severe attack by the Taliban which is known to excel in guerilla warfare.

In 2009, the Taliban has reached areas which are close to Kabul and is said to be very near to Islamabad after influencing – by wheeling and dealing and thanks to their diplomatic skills – part of the Pakistani Ulema and large sectors of the Pakistani civilians to join their campaign to rid the region of western occupying forces. The missteps by General Parvez Musharaf in Pakistan aided the Taliban in their efforts to undermine Pakistan and enlarge their ‘territorial’ gains which started since 2005. Thus from the ‘retreat’ strategy that salvaged the bulk of the Taliban leadership and command as well as its soldier base, the group launched its new war strategy with guerilla tactics, hit and run tactics and strategic suicide bombing. They also used the famous road side bombs that had killed many American soldiers in Iraq and this caused the NATO forces to be weary on their ‘outings’ in the country. The serious battles wages by the Taliban against British and Canadian forces in Helmand – in which the Taliban showed its grit and bravery – shocked the NATO forces and they are not going to forget the deaths they registered at the hands of the Taliban since 2007.

One of the new tactics used by the Taliban, which is truly growing into a matured armed force, is to ambush the opposing forces and this has worked with incredible results against French, Canadian, Dutch and even British forces. This tactic even forced US commando forces out of the Taliban borders with Pakistan in 2008. The battle did result in massive deaths on the Taliban side but the lesson taught to the Americans was sufficient to force the Bush regime to start trembling about the prospects of having to fight a land force that could become an invading force once again. The Taliban is actually powerful enough to conquer most of Pakistan and Afghanistan altogether and to challenge the Indian army within its own borders. It has sufficient support within the Muslim communities in the entire region but what is holding the Taliban is yet another mystery that is worth exploring here.

The Taliban command centre which is still in Afghanistan despite claims by the Western-NATO forces that it has been destroyed, coupled by the promises by the Pakistani army that it will finish the Taliban soon, has decided to put all its invasion plans on hold. The Taliban is aware that it can overrun the Afghan-NATO forces in Afghanistan and it can penetrate further in Pakistan and can also take over Islamabad. But it is aware that it does not have the military capability to sustain a long term conquest of its own country and of Pakistan. If it launch a massive capture and control move in Afghanistan, this will once again render its command vulnerable to the strategic ‘invasion’ by the Americans as in 2001. For the Taliban, the lessons learned in 2001 is very useful to the extent that they are now waiting for the Pakistani army to falter in its efforts to diminish the power of the Taliban in Pakistan before they decide on yet another round of routine hit and run, suicidal attacks, road side bombings and eventually ambushes. These guerilla tactics helps the Taliban increase the moral of its troops with the display of ‘Western’ and NATO weapons and bodies in video’s to the Pakistani and Afghan populations. The Taliban  is playing the game that the Americans are so used at playing: Propaganda warfare. And in a propaganda warfare one do not need to overthrow a regime to prove one’s worth.

In Pakistan’s northern frontier, the Taliban registered a huge propaganda success with the Pakistani army falling to the American fears and attacking the Taliban elements with massive air and fire power. The order from the Taliban command was to retreat after showing off the Taliban’s capability to ‘conquer’ land held by the pro-Western forces. The rush of the Pakistani army to oust the Taliban from the Northwestern frontiers showed that the Pakistani army is now turning into yet another ‘mercenary’ force under the control of the NATO or of Washington. There is no better propaganda victory for the Taliban than when the Pakistani army and the Pakistani politicians subdue themselves to the ‘demands’ of the Pentagon and Washington. All of this forms part of the Taliban’s tactics to undermine Pakistan and the Afghan regime further and it plays well in the sentiments of the people of both nations. On both sides of the borders, there is a sense of injustice against the people that is being committed by the ruling class and the two nation’s armies tied hand in hand with the NATO’s goals in the region adds up to the sense of injustice that the masses feels. Again this is a victory for the Taliban and in the long run, the tear and wear of war will eventually get to the highest commands in the NATO and the Pakistani army headquarters. At least, this is what the planners and commanders of the Taliban are hoping to see, sooner or later.


Selangor: PAS pursuing beer ban


In a move that will be congratulated by many but condemned by beer drinkers, the Party Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) is said to be pursuing a campaign to control the sale of beer and other alcoholic products in the state of Selangor.

The Sun newspaper reported on 20th May that the PAS is urging the State government of Selangor to table a motion to limit the sale of beer in the state. The Sun however equaled the limiting of the sale to a ‘ban’ and cried foul over the issue.

The idea of controlling the sale of liquor in Selangor stems from the time former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became Prime Minister. The State’s councillors and hotel operators were in discussions with the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) to limit the sale of alcoholic products in hotels. The idea was to declare all outlets selling beer and other alcoholic products as ‘haram’ outlets that is illicit for Muslims.

Currently the state government is discussing the limitation of beer after midnight while some ideas like imposing a license to sell or buy beer was voiced. The state government is said to be in favor of the selling of beer freely considering the state being a multiracial one.

However, the PAS is also said to be against the free sale of beer in supermarkets due to complaints by Muslims who find it offensive that carbonated drinks are sold next to alcoholic products in Tesco, Giant, Jusco and Carrefour for example.

Restaurants, sundry shops and hotels selling beer and other alcoholic products also risk finding their outlet being classified as ‘haram’ to Muslims if the idea mooted during the tenure of Abdullah Badawi is picked up again, said an observer to

He added that the PAS had a point since beer is now being sold freely alongside fuzzy drinks with alcoholic contents in shopping marts. ‘The problem is the outlets make it obvious to the public that the alcoholic drinks are being sold very freely and are accessible to anyone,”

“Maybe a sort of control could help reduce the anger of Muslims who are not happy with the beer and other such products being sold normally as if they were the new ‘cola’ of Malaysia,” he said. was told the state assembly in Selangor is divided on the issue, with pro-beer Assembly men against any form of ban but they are forced to follow the move by the PAS in order to prevent any possible backlash against the PR.

With the events in Perak, the State Government in Selangor will not prevent the PAS and other councillors or state Assemblymen to pursue the idea that beer sale and other alcoholic products should be controlled in the state.

“If the PAS is ridiculized on this issue, the DAP and the PKR may end up in the opposition in Selangor. This is a very important test for the PR in the state,” said the observer.

The PAS may also push for sellers to have a liquor license to sell beer and if that is made possible, it will simply mean any outlets selling beer will be considered ‘haram’ outlets and Muslims will not be able to buy any products from such outlets.

“It is also up to the outlets like Tesco and Carrefour etc to park their beer products in the ‘haram’ sector in their supermarts,” said the observer when asked about a solution that will resolve the upcoming conflict



A traveller once came to the mosque to see the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). After greeting
the prophet, he was asked where he was from. The traveller replied that he came from very far just to get a few questions answered.
Following is the dialogue between the traveller and the prophet.
Traveller: I do not want adhab (punishments) to be written in my account.
Prophet: Behave well with your parents
Traveller: I want to be known amongst people as an intelligent person.
Prophet: Fear Allah (Jalla Jalal), always.
Traveller: I want to be counted amongst Allah’s favourites.
Prophet: Recite quran every morning and evening.
Traveller: I want my heart to always be enlightened. (Roshan and Munawer)

Prophet: Never forget death.
Traveller: I never want to be away from Allah’s blessing.
Prophet: Always treat fellow creatures well.
Traveller: I never want to be harmed by my enemies.
Prophet: Always have faith in only Allah.
Traveller: I never want to be humiliated.
Prophet: Be careful of your actions.
Traveller: I wish to live long.
Prophet: Always do sile rahm. (Goodness towards blood Relations)
Traveller: I want my sustenance to increase.
Prophet: Always be in wudhoo.
Traveller: I wish to stay free of adha¢b in the grave.
Prophet: Always wear pure (paak) clothes..
Traveller: I never want to be burned in hell.
Prophet: Control your eyes and tongue.
Traveller: How do I get my sins forgiven?
Prophet: Always ask forgiveness from Allah with a lot of humility.
Traveller: I want people to respect me always.
Prophet: Never extend your hands of need at people.
Traveller: I want to always be honoured.
Prophet: Never humiliate or put down anyone.
Traveller: I don’t want to be squeezed by fishare qabr. (Squeezing in the grave)
Prophet: Recite surat el Mulk (The Dominion) often.
Traveller: I want my wealth to increase.
Prophet: Recite surat el Waqiah (The Inevitable) every night.
Traveller: I want to be safe and at peace on Day of Judgement.
Prophet: Do zikr (Praises) of Allah from dusk to night..
Traveller: I want to be in full attention and concentration during prayers.
Prophet: Always do wudhoo with concentration and attention.


RPK reveals who was present when Altantuya was killed


By Wong Choon Mei (Suara Keadilan)

Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin has hit the headlines again with a much-awaited revelation that it was the No 2 man in the Special Branch of the Military Intelligence, no less, who told him that First Lady Rosmah Mansor was at the scene of the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Read here: The mystery of the missing confession

Indeed, French newspaper Liberation had previously reported that a jealous Rosmah refused to pay the beautiful and pregnant 28-year old Altantuya a cent of the US$500,000 commission due to her for her role as a go-between in Malaysia’s  purchase of three high-tech submarines from shipbuilder Armaris .

The deal had been sanctioned by Prime Minister Najib Razak during his time in the defence ministry. Both the 55-year old Najib and his 58-year old wife Rosmah have repeatedly denied allegations that they were involved with Altantuya.

But Najib’s close associate, Razak Baginda, who allegedly was his main intermediary for the 114 million euros commission (about RM540 million) paid by Armaris, was charged with abetting Altantuya’s murder although he was later acquitted.

Speculation remains rife that Altantuya, a widely-travelled lady who speaks four foreign languages including Russian, was Najib’s mistress at one time before she became Razak Baginda’s lover, which Razak has confirmed although he denies Najib knew her.

Two special police officers – part of Najib’s security detail – have since been found guilty and sentenced to hang for the killing.

Nevertheless, the case remains vivid in the minds of Malaysians and many abroad because the key question has still not been answered : But who ordered the killing?

Najib sent an ex-minister, JJ, to offer me money to shut up

In Raja Petra’s latest blog posting, he also said Najib instructed a former minister Jamaluddin Jarjis to offer him money – a monthly allowance of RM30,000 – to stop writing about Altantuya. Jamaluddin also offered to pay all his legal costs.

“JJ told me that Najib had asked him to meet me to make a deal. I asked him whether Najib really knows we are meeting and whether he had endorsed or sanctioned the meeting and JJ replied that our meeting was on Najib’s instructions,” Raja Petra said.

Raja Petra, also known as RPK, is Malaysia’s most popular blogger. Despite his often tongue-in-cheek writing style and controversial political discourse, he is also a widely respected activist, playing a key role in the 2008 general election where Malaysians voted in their first significant opposition.

RPK said he checked the information about Rosmah given to him by Lt Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin, the “number two in the Special Branch of the Military Intelligence”, before deciding to use it.

He also asked Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and Najib’s party colleague – Umno MP for Gua Musang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah – if Azmi was a reliable source.

“Anwar replied you should never trust anyone with your life. However, Lt Kol Azmi’s information is very reliable. I also asked John Pang, who also works for Ku Li, to check with Ku Li whether Lt Kol Azmi’s information is reliable. I told John what Lt Kol Azmi told us and asked him to inform Ku Li about it. John confirmed that Lt Kol Azmi told Ku Li the same thing and that the information is reliable,” RPK wrote.

The government has charged RPK for criminal defamation against Rosmah, her former aide Lt Kol Norhayati Hassan and her husband Lt Kol Aziz Buyong.

RPK was also charged for sedition for publishing the article “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell”. He jumped bail on April 23, failing to turn up in court, saying that if he had attended the hearing, he would been detained under Malaysia’s infamous Internal Security Act and send to prison immediately.


Bar Council: More must be done for Orang Asli

By Ragunath Kesavan

THE Bar Council is heartened by the Selangor government’s decision to withdraw its appeal to the Federal Court with respect to the Sagong Tasi case, which involves the 1995 acquisition of 38.477 acres of customary land in Bukit Tampoi, Dengkil that belongs to the Temuan tribe.

Sagong Tasi of the Temuan (Pic courtesy of Suaram); background image:
Orang Asli in Kampung Rembai, Selangor (Pic by Adzla @ Flickr)

We are concerned that although indigenous peoples are invaluable communities, their needs and rights have been long neglected. The majority of indigenous peoples are not able to fully enjoy their fundamental human rights because their traditions, customs and values are being eroded. Tokenism and lip service to these communities must stop. The manner in which our nation deals with the needs and rights of these communities is a reflection of our commitment to democracy and human rights.

We strongly urge the federal and state governments to take immediate action to fulfil their fiduciary responsibility to respect, promote and protect the welfare and rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007, and not to act in any way inconsistent with those rights.

We also call upon the federal and state governments, and the Department of Orang Asli Affairs, to formally recognise, protect and guarantee the right of indigenous peoples to their ancestral lands throughout the country; and to gazette such ancestral lands as reserved areas for them; and, if necessary, to amend the land laws to achieve this.

At its 63rd Annual General Meeting on 15 March 2009, the Malaysian Bar unanimously adopted a resolution relating to the rights of indigenous peoples. Pursuant to that resolution, the Bar Council supports any initiative by the indigenous communities to establish a joint committee to monitor and address issues of concern. The Bar Council is committed to serving as a partner on such a committee.

We commend the Selangor government for setting up a task force for Orang Asli land issues, and we will seek to meet this body in the near future. We hope that the Selangor government will increase its efforts to protect the rights and interests of the indigenous communities in the entire state.

The Bar Council reiterates its readiness to assist the federal and state governments to ensure the success of such initiatives, which should form an integral part of each government’s responsibility towards the people.

Ragunath Kesavan
Malaysian Bar
30 April 2009

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