Archive for June, 2009

30
Jun
09

Fauzi vs Aziz / PAS vs UMNO

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Penamaan Calon Pilihanraya Kecil(PRK) N41 Manek Urai akan menyaksikan diramalkan menyaksikan pertembungan dua orang calon iaitu Hj Mohd Fauzi Abdullah merupakan Bendahari PAS Kawasan Kuala Kerai. Hj Mohd Fauzi Abdullah adalah anak tempatan dan dilahirkan di Kawasan Kuala Kerai. Diberitakan Hj Fauzi atau nama panggilannya Abang Uji dikenali ramai di kalangan masyarakat Kuala Kerai terutama di DUN Manek Urai.

Sifat peramah dan senang didampingi seakan- akan menyerupai bekas Wakil Rakyat PAS Manek Urai sebelum ini Allahyarham Ismail Yaakob.

Pilihanraya Kecil Manek Urai diadakan berikutan kematian Wakil Rakyat Manek Urai Hj Ismail Yaakob pada Mei lalu.

Jika dilihat sejarah PRU di Kelantan Manek Urai merupakan kerusi DUN di bawah Parlimen Kuala Kerai yang dimenangi oleh PAS melalui calonnya Ismail Yaacob semenjak 1986. Pada PRU(2004) calon PAS Zamzuri Mat Lazim tewas di tangan BN dengan majoriti tipis iaitu kurang daripada 54 undi. Pada PRU(2008) sekali lagi Ismail Yaacob telah diamanahkan untuk bertanding merampas kembali kerusi DUN Manek Urai dan berjaya memenangi kerusi tersebut dengan memperolihi 5,746 undi dan meraih majoriti 1,352 undi menewaskan calon BN iaitu Mohamed Zulkepli Omar.

Kali ini BN melalui calonnya dari UMNO meletakan Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat sebagai calon untuk menentang calon PAS pada PRK yang dijadualkan pada 14 Julai 2009. Tuan Aziz, 39 tahun merupakan Pengurus Bahagian Pemantauan Projek Kesedar.

Menarik perhatian di sini oleh penganalisis politik tanahair dan pemerhati politik senario politik di Kelantan adalah amat berbeza dengan negeri- negeri lain. Cuma ada kesamaannya di beberapa pilihanraya kecil terutama dua PRK iaitu Parlimen Terengganu dan Permatang Pauh. Kedua- dua kawasan parlimen tersebut dimenangi oleh calon PKR dan PAS yang merujuk kepada anak tempatan. Di mana calon Kerusi Parlimen Parlimen Pauh yang dimenangi oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim semenjak 1982 kekal diwarisi oleh Datin Seri Wan Azizah semenjak PRK 1999 sehingga PRU(12) yang lalu. Pada PRK yang lalu Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kembali menang dengan majoriti besar di parlimen tersebut mungkin disebabkan YB Datuk Seri Anwar anak tempatan dan mangsa kezaliman UMNO di atas tuduhan liwatnya. Bagi Parlimen Kuala Terengganu pula calon PAS Tn Hj Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut yang juga orang tempatan Kuala Terengganu berjaya diketengahkan pada PRK lalu apabila berjaya menewaskan calon UMNO yang juga bekas Timbalan Menteri, Senator Datuk Wan Farid. Beliau juga adalah anak tempatan tetapi tewas di tangan calon PAS. Mungkin pengundi di Kuala Terengganu mahu menukar selera dan landskap politik di Kuala Terengganu mengalami perubahan berikutan kematian Wakil Rakyat Parlimen tersebut Datuk Razali.

DUN Manek Urai akan menyaksikan pertembungan yang hebat di mana kedua- dua belah pihak akan berkempen menghangatkan suasana kempen bermula 7 Julai 2009 sejurus Hari Penamaan Calon. Isu Royalti Minyak Kelantan juga akan menarik perhatian kepada para pengundi di Manek Urai(merujuk Royalti Minyak Kerajaan Kelantan). Kelantan adalah pengeluar gas asli ini disahkan oleh laporan akhbar baru- baru. Para pengundi di Manek Urai terdiri pelbagai peringkat umur adalah rakyat yang bijak dan mereka boleh menilai yang mana ‘kaca dan yang mana permata’.

Isu Kerajaan Perpaduan dijangka menghangatkan kempen di Manek Urai. Isu ini akan ada kelebihan kepada kedua- dua belah pihak samada PAS atau pun UMNO. Penolakan PAS dan menutup pintu perbincangan untuk mewujudkan Kerajaan Perpaduan antara PAS-UMNO adalah langkah bijak yang dibuat. Keputusan tepat majoriti Majlis Syura dan Kepimpinan Tertinggi PAS adalah tepat bagi mengatasi kemelut yang diwar- warkan oleh UMNO bertujuan memecahbelahkan perpaduan PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat yang melabelkan ‘Penyatuan Melayu dan Umat Islam’ sebagai alasan bekerjasama. Walau pun idea penubuhan ini adalah Idea Presiden PAS tidak bermakna idea ini diterima oleh semua pihak di dalam PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat. Pelbagai pandangan telah diambil perhatian dan akhirnya pimpinan PAS matang dalam membuat keputusan.

Di pihak UMNO dan BN akan memainkan seberapa banyak tohmahan kepada PAS. Pelbagai tuduhan akan dibuat oleh mereka bagi mengaibkan PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat pada PRK Manek Urai.

Walau bagaimana pun jika dilihat mutakhir ini isu yang lebih sensasi akan mendapat perhatian pengundi antaranya kenaikan harga barang, ketidak ketelusan UMNO-BN mengatasi rasuah, sistem kehakiman, kegagalan projek antaranya keruntuhan sebahagian Stadium di Kuala Terengganu, Rampasan Kuasa di Perak dan banyak lagi isu yang akan mematangkan pengundi Manek Urai.

Sebagai pemerhati kita lihat laporan- laporan akhbar dalam tempoh dua minggu dari sekarang dan kita berharap calon PAS mendapat sokongan bagi menyebarkan Syiar Islam di Manek Urai.

30
Jun
09

The obsession to ‘Muslimize’ MJ

Great Muslim names have today paid their reverence to Micheal Jacson on his untimely death, a death that has made many people cry on the Television during interviews with TV presenters including Larry King who spoke to close friends of MJ.

A rather fantastic event hit the earth on the 25th of June in the US and it was here, at Kuala Lumpur the 26th of June in the early hours of the morning. The news of Micheal Jackson’s death hit the Internet with blogs and other twitter users carrying the story which grew like wild fires. At World Future Online, we published the story as early as 7 am in the morning and we followed it with another story on the reported conversion to Islam of MJ. Here we tell you more on the Muslim obsession to have MJ as a Muslim and why is this is very important to this community of 1.5 billion people.

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The Muslims are sometimes accused of being thirsty for big names to join the list of those who embraced Islam in the course of their successful carreer. MJ had a larger than life success as a singer, a genius that the world will not see for a long time with the kind of musical phenomenon that we might not see again, unless the prophetized ‘Dajjal’ appears.

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MJ and his influence in the Middle East

At the begining of his meteorical rise, MJ gave some Muslim thinkers reasons to fear that the ‘Dajjal’s coming was near. The reference to the ‘Dajjal’ was due to the 1982 global record sale of the Album ‘Thriller’ that took the world by storm and for ever changed the way the music industry looked at itself and was looked upon by the world.

Then came other albums, including Bad which sold very well and made MJ look like the number one dominant force in the music world. His aura, the magnetic appeal and his charismatic character turned him into a world musical giant. This again forced some people in the Musilm world to be weary. The idea that ‘Dajjal’, the anti-Christ for the Christian world and the anti-Muslim ogre for the Muslims, was on his way to earth. Dajjal will be a one eyed (perhaps biased?) singer who will capture the world with his power to deliver a music that mankind has never heard before.

Jermain Jackson on the right with Micheal holding an umbrella

Jermain Jackson on the right with Micheal holding an umbrella

With the concert ‘We are the World’ the image of Micheal Jackson took a sudden change as all the fears were torn apart. In this concert, with its background and the reasons for MJ to be involved in this project portrayed a very different Micheal Jackson. He became more fragile, human and down to earth and this made him more popular in Africa, Arabia and the Asian continent where he captured the people with his aura and charisma. The vulnerable Micheal showed his heart with ‘We are the World’ and this doused the fears of the 666 number appearing soon for many Muslims.

It is to be noted that Africa, Asia and Arabia has large populations of Muslims and the popularity of Micheal Jackson among the Muslims are uncomparable. Not a single Muslim star could reach the iconic height that MJ reached with his Muslim followers/supporters and this will probably remain as such for generations. ‘We are the World’ showed that Micheal wanted to save the world not destroy it and that he was a gentle, kind human being and never a threat to other people.

The charges against Micheal Jackson brought up by the families of the children who were his companions in his dream land sent a wave of pity across the world. The American justice system had much more to lose than to win with the accusations made against the man without a childhood. The entire world now knows that MJ wanted to be in the company of kids only to feel the same joy that they felt being at Dream Land. There’s nothing else to it and the families that made millions out of their accusations have nothing else to gain but the shame of having given a bad time to MJ. That is the global impression of people when you read blogs and other articles by people online and offline.

About his conversion to Islam, the news came as a sound of good tidings in the ears of the Muslims, battered in the war on terror and accused of being ‘extreme’ while their Prophet and their Holy Al-Quraan both suffered the ill-doings of bad intentioned non-believers. MJ a Muslim? The impact is huge. It is even bigger than Muhammad Ali becoming a Muslim in his tender age after he won the Olympic Gold Medal for the US in the 1960’s.

Muhammad Ali created a wave of joy in the Muslim world when he became a Muslim, abandoning the name Cassius Clay for his Muslim one. His successes and his ups and downs became that of the Muslim communities world wide. The fact that MJ is said to have converted to Islam too became a part and parcel of the Muslims who follows the news and are interested in MJ.

Great Muslim names have today paid their reverence to Micheal Jacson on his untimely death, a death that has made many people cry on the Television during interviews with TV presenters including Larry King who spoke to close friends of MJ. And most of them cried live on TV or said later on that they could not stop crying. Their heart broken and their hopes dashed, they loved MJ too much to have lost him so soon.

Nevertheless, for the Muslims, it is like a sort of blessing in disguise and when Jermain said the word ‘Allah’ during the official declaration of MJ’s death, it was a light in the tunnel for the millions of Muslims who are living in state of war, war caused by their enemies who are today head quartered in no other place than the Pentagon! The news of MJ becoming a Muslims had spread like wild fires in November last year. In 2006 it was also rumored that he embraced Islam but it was later denied. Yet the 2008 news were never denied.

The impact of the MJ’s death on his followers will inevitably bring some of them to consider the fact that Jermain is a Muslim and that perhaps MJ converted to Islam. The same impact was seen with Lady Diana Spencer after her passing in 1997. Though 911 will remain the greatest impact on non-Muslims who embraced Islam after that deadly event, the role MJ’s reported conversion and Jermain’s confirmed conversion will play in the future. This will be of great importance to Muslims and also to non-Muslims as the latter folks will see a new light, a new way to understand Islam despite the massive anti-Islam campaigns by the American Neo-Cons and the Jews.

30
Jun
09

Tahniah kepada Yang DiPertuan Agong dan Majlis Raja-Raja

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Saya mengambil kesempatan ini mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi tahniah kepada Yang DiPertuan Agong dan Majlis Raja-Raja yang telah menitahkan supaya deraf rang undang-undang berkaitan isu kemasukan ke Islam. Tiga rang undang-undang yang dicadang untuk dipinda itu adalah
1. Akta Memperbaharui (Perkahwinan & Perceraian Sivil);
2. Akta Pentadbiran Undang-Undang Islam;
3. Akta Keluarga Islam Wilayah Persekutuan.
Tujuan pindaan ini adalah untuk menangani masalah apabila seseorang bukan Islam daripada sesuatu perkahwinan bukan Islam memeluk agama Islam dan pasangannya tidak mahu menuruti memeluk Islam. Persoalan timbul tentang status perkahwinannya, kedudukan status agama dan hak penjagaan anak-anaknya, harta sepencarian semasa perkahwinan, dan jika mereka mati bagaimana harta pusaka mereka hendak dibahagikan.
Masalah ini timbul kerana Akta Memperbaharui (Perkahwinan & Perceraian Sivil) tidak memberi sebarang peruntukkan kepada mu’alaf tersebut untuk memfailkan petisyen untuk membubarkan perkahwinannya serta mendapatkan perintah-perintah sampingan yang berkaitan. Oleh itu mu’alaf tersebut tidak ada pilihan lain selain pergi ke Mahkamah Syariah untuk mendapatkan perintah sewajarnya. Bagi maksud itu, Mahkamah Syariah sememangnya mempunyai bidangkuasa menurut Seksyen 46 (2) Akta Keluarga Islam. Berdasarkan Artikel 121 (1A) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Mahkamah Sivil tidak mempunyai bidangkuasa didalam kes-kes yang mana Mahkamah Syariah mempunyai bidangkuasa.
Tetapi kemelut timbul apabila mereka yang bukan Islam tidak mahu dan enggan pergi ke Mahkamah Syariah. Ini adalah kerana timbul salah tanggapan bahawa jika mereka pergi ke Mahkamah Syariah saperti mereka memeluk Islam. Ini ditambah pula oleh propaganda pihak-pihak tertentu yang menakut-nakutkan golongan bukan Islam ini bahawa Mahkamah Syariah akan bertindak tidak adil dan memihak kepada orang Islam sahaja.
Sebenarnya ini adalah tanggapan yang salah kerana sekiranya mereka yang bukan Islam, terutamanya wanita tahu tentang keadilan dan kesaksamaan perundangan Islam, mereka akan berebut untuk memilih dibicarakan di Mahkamah Syariah.
Contohnya bagi wanita bukan Islam, suami mereka boleh juga menuntut nafkah jika mereka termasuk golongan tidak berupaya. Sedangkan didalam Islam wanita tidak boleh dibebankan dengan tanggunjawab nafkah. Kedua, wanita Islam akan dibayar pampasan perceraian dalam bentuk mut’ah. Ini membolehkan mereka mempunyai modal untuk meneruskan hidup selain menerima nafkah eddah. Sedangkan didalam undang-undang sivil tiada peruntukkan sedemikian. Di Mahkamah Syariah, mereka hampir pasti mendapat hak penjagaan anak-anak dibawah umur 9 tahun, sedangkan di Mahkamah Sivil belum tentu lagi. Didalam perundangan Islam, jika bekas suami mereka tidak mampu membayar nafkah, bekas isteri boleh menuntut daripada keluarga bekas suami termasuk bapa, adik beradik dan lain-lain. Malahan jika tiada pihak, maka si isteri boleh menuntut dan Mahkamah Syariah boleh memerintahkan baitulmal untuk menanggung nafkah si isteri dan anak-anak. Sedangkan di Mahkamah Sivil, jika si suami tidak berkemampuan atau menghilangkan diri, si isteri tiada alternatif lain untuk mendapatkan nafkah.
Bagaimanapun, apa yang lebih penting dalam isu ini ialah mengapa kabinet mengambil pendekatan memindahkan bidangkuasa kes-kes saperti ini ke Mahkamah Sivil dengan memansuhkan bidangkuasa Mahkamah Syariah. Mengapa tidak di ambil pendekatan untuk memperkemaskan dan memartabatkan lagi institusi Mahkamah Syariah dalam kes-kes saperti ini. Persoalan pokok yang menajdi isu bagi umat Islam, apakah jenis undang-undang yang akan dilaksanakan oleh Mahkamah Sivil bila membicarakan isu yang membabitkan perundangan Islam. Bagaimana jika Hakim yang membicarakan kes itu datangnya daripada bukan Islam? Bagaimana beliau mahu menafsir perundangan Islam beradsarkan tafsiran mana? Selanjutnya dari segi Perlembagaan, hal agama adalah didalam bidangkuasa negeri dimana Tuanku Raja-Raja adalah Ketua Agama dengan Yang Dipertuan Agong sebagai Ketua Agama Islam. Tidakkah pemindahan bidangkuasa ke Mahkamah Sivil ini secara tidak langsung memprejudis kuasa Raja-Raja?
Atas sebab itulah merupakan satu tindakan bijak bagi Yang DiPertuan Agong dan Majlis Raja-Raja menasihatkan kabinet supaya menangguhkan pembentangan dan perbahasan rang undang-undang tersebut. Semoga kita akan dapat menyelesaikan isu dengan bijak dan membawa kebaikan kepada semua pihak. Nasihat saya kepada kabinet, dapatkanlah dahulu pandangan semua pihak khususnya kalangan ulama’, para mufti dan lain-lain pakar perundangan Islam sebelujm mengambil tindakan selanjutnya.
Apa jua pun, saya mengucapkan tahniah kepada Yang DiPertuan Agong dan Majlis Raja-Raja yang betindak bijak dan tegas dalam mempertahankan kesucian dan martabat agama Islam dalam negara ini.
Wassalam.
Zulkifli Bin Noordin
25
Jun
09

The heart of Nik Aziz

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PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) – Party Islam SeMalaysia.

PAS is an Islamic party by choice based on their name, and a Malay-dominated party by circumstances as MAJORITY of the Muslim in our country are our Malay brothers and sisters.
By Tohkong Mosjid

UMNO (United Malays National Organization) – Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu
UMNO is a Malay party by choice based on their name, and a Muslim-dominated party by circumstances because ALL of our Malay brothers and sisters in our country are Muslim.
To Tuan Guru Nik Aziz, PAS is never a Malay party. PAS is never about race. PAS is about the struggle for Islam. ‘RACE’ word was never supposed to exist in PAS dictionary. PAS is colour-blind to skin colour. PAS is a party for all Muslims and non-Muslims are free to practice their own religion without hassle. PAS is about equality, helping the poor and needy, clean and humble. This is Nik Aziz’s version of PAS. This is the PAS he has been fighting his life for to be accepted by all Malaysians.
How many members of PAS shared Nik Aziz’s version of PAS? Few I would say. Do you know why Nik Aziz preferred to have a Chinese-Muslim to replace him as Menteri Besar of Kelantan? He is trying to send a strong message to all that PAS is an Islamic party and not a Malay party.
PAS is different from UMNO, in fact they supposed to be very different from UMNO. Unfortunately, in PAS, many of its members seem to think PAS is just another Malay party like UMNO. This is why Nik Aziz is so angry about the idea of unity government raised by its own President.
Nik Aziz is a seasoned politician. He sensed trouble when the idea of unity government idea was being welcomed by UMNO. How can your enemies of 52 years suddenly wants to be your friend in the name of Malay and Islam unity?
To Nik Aziz, what is Malay unity? PAS is never about Malay because PAS is Pan Malaysian Islamic Party. What is Islam unity? UMNO is never about Islam because UMNO is United Malays National Organization. There’s nothing to be united on, because to Nik Aziz’s believe, Malay and Islam is a different subject all together. There’s no common ground to talk about.
Nik Aziz was agitated by the way UMNO was manipulating the unity issues in their effort to turn the tide on PAS good public’s perception. That’s why he had to stop the bleeding when his own deputy president was seen singing the same tune as UMNO. Nik Aziz saw through the plot. His harsh statement on Nasharuddin was not an easy one to make. It takes a lot courage and wisdom to play such a move to save PAS from falling back to its old status. With its President, Deputy President and Secretary General are being painted as UMNO agent, Nik Aziz has no choice but to step in decisively and fast.
Nik Aziz knows in politics, your enemy wins by being able to turn the public’s perception away from you. UMNO has gained the upper hand because PAS’s top leadership now suffers from bad public’s perception because of this unity government talk. Regardless of whether their leaders were sincere and noble in their move or not, you lost the war when you lose the public’s trust. Now PAS is merely surviving on Nik Aziz’s clean image. If nothing is done in the next 3 years, we can be sure that PAS will return to its 2003 status.
Once labelled as an ultra-conservative figure, Nik Aziz together with PAS has finally turn the tide on public’s perception against them after 50 years in politics. To him, PAS’s future is everything he cares for. All his works, words and decisions, although sometimes painful and hurtful, is always in the best interest of PAS.
PAS has taken 52 years to come to this stage, Nik Aziz just can’t let it be ruin in months because his party leaders were no smart enough to smell the trap. Nik Aziz remembered very well how Bukit Gantang’s election was won, it was through the support of a diversified voters. Now he has to find a way to repair the image of its top 3 leaders before the next general election.
Let just hope time is on his side because right now, no one in PAS can repair the damage to its public image that was self-inflicted besides Nik Aziz.

25
Jun
09

Mufti Perak kurang terdedah sejarah politik Islam – Nik Aziz

(Hrkh) – Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria dianggap tidak terdedah dengan sejarah politik Islam sehingga menganggap PAS sebagai punca perbalahan orang Melayu di negara ini.

“Kalau betullah PAS menjadi punca balah, maka Nabi Muhammad saw juga menjadi punca masyarakat Arab ketika itu berbalah.

“Ini kerana PAS meniru apa yang dilakukan Nabi Muhammad saw. Apakah Nabi Muhammad saw menjadi punca belah. Sedangkan apa yang berlaku punca pecah belah datang daripada orang yang lawan Islam,” kata Tuan Guru Dato’ Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Mursyidul Am PAS itu bertanya sekarang siapa punca berpecah belah, parti Islam atau parti kebangsaan yang berteraskan sekular.

Menurutnya, orang Islam kena tengok semula sejarah, adakah Nabi Muhammad saw menjadi punca perbalahan masyarakat ketika itu atau orang yang melawan ajaran dibawanya.

“Kalaulah Nabi Muhammad saw menjadi punca balah, maka apa yang dikatakan Mufti Perak itu betullah.

“Sedangkan baginda berbalah dengan bapa saudara dan masyarakat Arab bagi menegakkan Islam. Jadi siapa yang menjadi punca balah,” katanya di sini.

Sebuah akhbar hari ini menyiarkan kenyataan Mufti Perak yang dianggap kecewa dengan gelagat sesetengah parti politik yang mendakwa Islam tetapi sanggup berkelahi dan memutuskan tali persaudaraan bagi menegakkan ideologi politik mereka.

Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz yang Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata, PAS ditubuh di Pulau Pinang oleh alim ulama yang asal berada dalam Umno.

Namun katanya mereka keluar daripada Umno dan menubuh sebuah parti Islam pada 1951.

Beliau juga berkata, Umno ialah United Malay National Organization yang memperlihatkan parti itu berjuang berteraskan kaum.

“Jadi mengapa dia sibuk dengan kita, sedangkan dia parti Melayu. Pelawalah orang Melayu seramai yang boleh kerana mereka parti orang Melayu.

“Tetapi sekarang mengapa pula orang Melayu sudah ramai yang lari daripada Umno. Orang Melayu sudah lari kepada PAS, KeADILan dan DAP,” tambahnya.

Menurutnya juga Umno selama ini secara jelas menyebut agama lain dan politik lain dalam perjuangan mereka.

Sedangkan beliau berkata, Islam meminta manusia berpadu sama ada dengan orang Melayu, Cina dan India.

“Kalau perpaduan sebenar biarlah semua kaum dalam BN dan Pakatan Rakyat berpadu,” katanya.

Oleh itu beliau meminta supaya mufti terbabit supaya lebih baik menggunakan masa yang berharga untuk mempengaruhi Umno supaya tukar dasar kebangsaan kepada Islam.

“Berapa sen harga kaum Melayu atau bangsa Arab di Padang Mahsyar kelak. Dalam keadaan PAS masuk Perikatan dahulu lalu dengan dijemput pun PAS ditendang keluar.

“Inikan pula kita yang cuba sorong-sorong kepala. Sebab itu saya tengok sehari dua ini Umno macam orang gila talak pula,” katanya.

Sebelum ini ketika mengadakan pertemuan dengan warga pendidik di Kuala Krai, Timbalan Presiden Umno, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menyebut perpaduan hanya diminati antara PAS dan Umno sahaja dan bukan melibatkan parti lain.

25
Jun
09

MCMAHON: WHY THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER

Steve McMahon believes Liverpool have a real chance of bringing the Barclays Premier League trophy back to Merseyside next term.
McMahon was an integral part of the last Reds side to win the league in 1990 – and he now sees familiar title-winning qualities in Rafa Benitez’s squad.

“They went out in the last couple of months and played with a lot of confidence,” said McMahon, referring to a run of 10 wins from 11 which took the title race to the penultimate weekend.

“As a result they’ve gone at teams, so it’s a shame they just fell short.

“They won nothing but you can see an improvement and you can see things happening. The fans should be confident for next year – I’m confident.

“If we start next year like we finished this one, we’ve got a real chance of winning the league.”

In an exclusive interview with Liverpoolfc.tv, McMahon also identified an unsung hero in the Anfield dressing room – Pepe Reina.

The 17-times England international puts Reina in a similar class to his former teammate Bruce Grobbelaar.

“Pepe Reina is a fantastic goalkeeper and he’s underrated,” said McMahon.

“He is great. He and Bruce are different characters and different types of goalkeeper, but they’re both great goalkeepers in their own right.”

McMahon is promoting Liverpool’s pre-season tour to South East Asia as group commercial director of the Singapore-based Profitable Group.

25
Jun
09

Liverpool to make shock Villa bid

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Liverpool are set to make a massive bid to bring Spain international David Villa to Anfield.

According to Spanish radio reports, Liverpool’s finances seem to have improved after co-owner George Gillett agreed to sell the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens to the Molson family.

The deal to sell the NHL’s most successful team ever is worth a reported US$550 million (£330 million).

The deal could free up funds to make a massive bid for Villa and at the same time send a statement of intent to their rivals.

Villa has repeatedly stated that he would like to stay in Spain but with his friend Fernando Torres playing at Anfield, it could ease his move to England.

Liverpool also have a sizable Spanish contingent in Albert Riera, Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa.

Acording to Marca, both Barcelona and Real Madrid are locked in a battle to sign the former Zaragoza striker and Liverpool look to join the party.

It is now purely down to the player and with Torres in Villa’s ear it may not be so far fetched that Villa indeed becomes a Liverpool player.

Talks have been ongoing for several months and, despite reports of interest from Manchester United, it is understood that there are just a few final details to resolve before an announcement is made.




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