Mediarakyat http://mediarakyat.net Information for the people Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:02:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.16 Syed Saddiq: What Will Happen If UMNO Barisan Nasional Remain In Power After GE14? http://mediarakyat.net/2017/10/19/19479/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/10/19/19479/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:02:00 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19479 ]]> http://mediarakyat.net/2017/10/19/19479/feed/ 0 Syed Saddiq: What Malaysia Do We Want To See In The Future? http://mediarakyat.net/2017/10/18/19475/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/10/18/19475/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:42:05 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19475 ]]> http://mediarakyat.net/2017/10/18/19475/feed/ 0 Tian Chua: Prison walls cannot block our march towards Change! http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/29/19471/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/29/19471/#comments Fri, 29 Sep 2017 04:08:32 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19471 My Lords (and my ladies),

This morning I have discharged my defence lawyers, and after five years of trial, I would like to take this occasion to address this honourable court.

I made this decision after long and careful consideration, and this is by no means an indication of any doubt in the capability of my lawyers. I indeed have full confidence that they would provide the most competent legal defence. I shall take this opportunity to express my upmost gratitude to my lawyers.

My lords (and my ladies),
On 28 April 2012, I was arrested at the peaceful assembly of BERSIH. And at that evening, together with some 500 people who had been arrested, I was sent to the Police Training Centre or Pusat Latihan Polis (PULAPOL).

On that day, the participants of the BERSIH assembly not only were hit by tear gas and water canons, but many, including myself were slapped and physically assaulted during the process of the arrest.

Nevertheless, I was not charged for taking part in an illegal assembly. My charge was in connection with my presence in Pulapol, where I was detained that particular night. I was accused of committing an offense of trespassing a “Protected Area”, namely the Pulapol.

My lords, in my opinion, it is an absurdity to penalize me for my being in the compound of the Pulapol, in a situation which I was brought in by force and against my will. Subsequently, I was convicted by the Sessions Court on 24 January 2014, and sentenced to one-month imprisonment and RM1000 fine.

My participation in BERSIH has been part of a very long journey of struggle for a fairer and better Malaysia.

The objective of BERSIH is to call for reforms in our very skewed election system.

A truly democratic government is never allergic to public criticism. Democracy must always be tolerant to disagreements, and through this noisiness, it will progress with the process of reforms. A government with integrity must not use law enforcement agencies to clamp down on dissenting political voices.

Laws are made to protect the well being of citizens, and to grant the people freedom, equality and dignity. Unfortunately, these very laws have become instruments of repression, and have been used to intimidate and silence people under the dark shadow of fear.

Increasingly, the abuses and blatant corruption of the regime are widely witnessed by the people. Yet the regime has survived, supported by a seriously flawed electoral system. It clearly intends to cling to power by spreading hatred and suspicion in this beloved country of ours.

I am like the millions of Malaysians out there. We long for change. For a better world where justice, liberty and fairness are upheld. Malaysians want to be free to speak up, to openly share their thoughts without fear. This is guaranteed in our federal constitution —  all citizens have the right to be critical, to free speech, to free movement, and to hold the authorities accountable for their actions.

If the price for changing this repressive and corrupt system is to go to prison, I shall say I am more than ready to accept. At the same time, I would like to emphasise that accepting my prison sentence is not an admission of wrongdoing. On the contrary, I intend to highlight the wrongs of this very government, and call on the people not to be intimidated and frightened by the instruments of oppression.

My lords,

Respectfully, I wish to inform this court that I withdraw my appeal.

Finally this is my message to all Malaysians, the members of public out there: Thank you for your support. Please continue the fight for justice. We shall not and must not be afraid when we are on the side of Truth! Prison walls cannot block our march towards Change!

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Tian Chua: Tembok penjara tidak akan menghalang kita dari mencapai Perubahan! http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/29/19466/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/29/19466/#comments Fri, 29 Sep 2017 03:54:10 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19466 Yang Arif-Yang Arif,

Pagi ini saya telah melepaskan peguam bela saya, dan selepas perbicaraan lima tahun, saya ingin ambil peluang ini untuk memberi sedikit ucapan di mahkamah ini.

Saya telah membuat pilihan ini selepas berfikir panjang, dan ini langsung tidak bermakna saya tidak mempercayai kebolehan peguam-peguam saya. Saya memang percaya sepenuhnya yang mereka mampu mengendalikan kes ini dengan baik. Oleh itu, pertama sekali saya ingin ucapkan berbanyak terima kasih kepada para peguam saya.

Yang Arif-Yang Arif,

Pada 28 April 2012, saya telah ditahan sewaktu perhimpunan aman BERSIH. Pada petang itu, saya bersama-sama 500 orang yang ditahan telah dihantar ke Pusat Latihan Polis (PULAPOL).

Pada hari tersebut, peserta-peserta perhimpunan BERSIH bukan sahaja terkena tembakan gas pemedih mata dan air kimia, tetapi ramai termasuk diri saya sendiri telah dipukul dibelasah sewaktu kami ditahan.

Walaupun begitu, saya tidak didakwa kerana mengambil bahagian di dalam satu perhimpunan haram. Dakwaan terhadap saya adalah berkaitan kehadiran saya di PULAPOL, di mana saya ditahan pada hari tersebut. Saya didakwa melakukan kesalahan menceroboh “Kawasan Larangan” iaitu PULAPOL.

Yang Arif-Yang Arif,

Pada pandangan saya, amat tidak munasabah untuk menghukum saya kerana saya berada di dalam kawasan PULAPOL pada ketika saya dibawa ke tempat itu dengan paksaan dan tanpa persetujuan saya. Akibat dari itu, saya telah didapati bersalah oleh Mahkamah Sesyen pada 24 Januari 2014 dan dijatuhkan hukuman penjara satu bulan dan denda RM1,000.

Penyertaan saya di dalam BERSIH adalah sebahagian dari perjuangan cukup lama untuk menegakkan Malaysia yang lebih adil dan lebih baik.

Matlamat BERSIH adalah untuk menggesa dilaksana reformasi ke atas sistem pilihanraya kita yang cukup berat sebelah.

Sebuah kerajaan yang benar-benar demokratik tidak takut kritikan umum. Demokrasi perlu sentiasa toleran terhadap perbezaan pendapat, dan melalui kebingitan ini masyarakat akan maju menerusi proses reformasi. Sebuah kerajaan yang berintegriti tidak patut menggunakan agensi penguatkuasaan untuk menzalimi mereka yang tidak bersependapat dengan pemerintah.

Undang-undang digubal untuk menjaga kebajikan rakyat, dan menjamin kebebasan, kesaksamaan dan maruah rakyat. Malangnya, undang-undang inilah juga yang telah menjadi alat para penzalim, yang telah menggunakannya untuk menakut-nakutkan rakyat.

Hari demi hari, korupsi dan salah guna kuasa rejim disaksikan ramai rakyat. Namun rejim ini terus bertahan, dibantu sistem pilihanraya yang cukup bermasalah. Rejim jelas mahu terus memegang kuasa dengan menyebar kebencian dan syak wasangka di dalam negara tercinta kita ini.

Saya sama seperti jutaan rakyat Malaysia di luar sana. Kami mendambakan perubahan. Demi sebuah Malaysia yang lebih baik di mana prinsip keadilan dan kebebasan ditegakkan. Rakyat Malaysia mahu bebas bersuara, untuk menyatakan pandangan mereka tanpa rasa takut. Hak ini termaktub di dalam perlembagaan persekutuan — bahawa semua warganegara berhak mengkritik, bersuara, bergerak bebas, dan memastikan pihak berkuasa mengambil tanggungjawab di atas segala yang mereka lakukan.

Sekiranya harga mengubah sistem yang zalim dan korup ini bermakna saya perlu ke penjara, maka saya amat bersedia membayarnya. Pada masa yang sama, saya ingin tekankan bahawa saya ke penjara tidak bermakna saya mengaku bersalah. Sebenarnya, saya mahu mengetengahkan kesalahan-kesalahan kerajaan ini, dan saya gesa seluruh rakyat Malaysia agar tidak berasa takut dengan para penzalim ini.

Yang Arif-Yang Arif.

Dengan penuh hormat, saya ingin memaklumkan mahkamah ini bahawa saya menarik balik rayuan saya.

Akhir kata, inilah pesanan saya buat semua rakyat Malaysia di luar sana: Terima kasih di atas sokongan dan dokongan. Terus berjuang menegakkan keadilan. Kita tidak akan dan tidak perlu takut kerana kita berada di landasan yang benar! Tembok penjara tidak akan menghalang kita dari mencapai Perubahan!

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蔡添强: 牢狱之灾阻挡不了我们继续为改革斗争前进! http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/29/19458/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/29/19458/#comments Fri, 29 Sep 2017 03:38:29 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19458 尊敬的法官,

今早,我解除了我的辩护律师的职务。经过5年审讯,我希望借此机会向上诉庭发表我的看法。

我是在经过慎重考虑后作出这项决定,我从来没有质疑代表律师团的能力。反之,我对我的律师团充满信心,深信他们绝对能够为我提供强而有力的法律辩护。在此,我必须向我的律师团致以万分谢意。

尊敬的法官,

2012年4月28日,我在出席净选盟和平大集会时遭逮捕。当天傍晚,同时有大约500人被逮捕,而我则被送往警察训练中心(PULAPOL)扣留。

当天,参与BERSIH 大集会的出席者不仅被催泪弹和水炮夹攻,许多人包括我在内都在被逮捕的过程中遭掌掴甚至暴力对待。

不过,我并不是被控参与非法集会。我被控的罪状是被捕当晚出现在禁区。我被告抵触了“禁区法令”,而有关的禁区就是警察训练中心。

尊敬的法官,

对我而言,这是很荒谬的提控。我是被警方强行扣留在警察训练中心,然后又被控拒绝离开禁区。吉隆坡地庭于2014年1月24日裁决我抵触禁区法令罪名成立,判处监禁1个月及罚款1000令吉。

参与净选盟大集会是漫长斗争的一部分,我的参与是希望马来西亚变得更公平、更好。因为净选盟的目标是希望改革不公平的选举制度。

一个真正奉行民主的国家是不会对公开批判过敏。民主化的进程应该是容得下不一样的声音,从而不断进行改革。一个正直的政府不应该操弄司法机构打压异议声音。

法律的存在是维护公民的安宁、确保人人享有自由、平等和尊严。不幸的是,我国如今的法律变成了政府镇压,恐吓公民的工具,让人民噤声活在恐惧之中。

更严重的是,人民见证执政者明目张胆的贪污滥权,但他却牢牢掌控政权。归根究底,是因为他拥有充满缺陷的选举制度支撑。执政者想要抓紧权力,他们就会在我们热爱的这片土地上不断散播仇恨与猜忌情绪。

无数的马来西亚人其实和我一样。我们一直渴望改变。我们希望世界变得更好,存有正义、自由、公平。马来西亚人要的是言论自由,无需害怕分享任何想法,而这也是联邦宪法所赋予的权利,即所有公民有权批评、言论自由、行动自由。

如果改变这压制性与腐败制度的代价是坐牢,我已经做好准备坦然接受。我必须强调,接受坐牢并不等同于我承认犯错。相反地,我必须强调犯错的是我们的政府。同时,我呼吁人民不要畏惧各种恐吓的工具。

尊敬的法官,

我在此向法庭告之,我撤销我的上诉申请。

最后是我想对马来西亚人说的话:“在法庭外的公众人士,感谢你们前来声援,请你们继续为正义斗争。当我们站在对的一方时,请不要也不应该畏惧!牢狱之灾阻挡不了我们继续为改革斗争前进!”

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Sarawak Immigration Officers Cut short PKR Assemblyman’s speech & Deported Her To Kuala Lumpur http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/26/19452/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/26/19452/#comments Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:02:55 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19452 Sarawak Immigration officers cut short Kuala Sepetang assemblyman Chua Yee Ling’s speech at the Sarawak PKR’s “Pink Diamond” fundraising dinner in Miri. She was escorted to the Miri airport and placed on a flight to Kuala Lumpur at 9:30pm.

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Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 240, topples buildings http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/20/central-mexico-earthquake-kills-more-than-240-topples-buildings/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/20/central-mexico-earthquake-kills-more-than-240-topples-buildings/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:55:27 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19448

(CNN)Rescuers searched for survivors through the night after Tuesday’s powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states, killing scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings.

At least 248 people died in Mexico City — the country’s capital — and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said.
The epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake was 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, in Puebla state, according to the US Geological Survey.
President Enrique Peña Nieto said 22 bodies were found in the debris of an elementary school in Mexico City that collapsed due to the earthquake. At least 30 children were still missing Tuesday night, he said.
“We are facing a new national emergency,” Peña Nieto told citizens earlier on his first address following the earthquake.
Tuesday’s earthquake came more than one week after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast of the country, killing at least 90, according to the governor of the hard-hit state of Oaxaca.
In Mexico City, thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians — including college students — were working side by side to dig through tall piles of rubble from dozens of crumbled buildings.

Rescuers and residents carry a woman to safety.

Some carried away buckets full of debris while others called out the names of those who have been rescued. At times, rescuers asked for total silence as they tried to hear voices coming from under the debris.
The quake left the busiest city in Mexico in chaos. Windows buckled and shattered, falling several stories to the ground while thousands of people streamed into the streets running away from buildings and potential gas leaks.
People struggled to get home when power poles that toppled in the quake blocked the streets and the public transportation system temporarily shut down operations. Nearly 5 million customers were still without power early Wednesday.
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Azmin Ali: Pemimpin tidak boleh menggadaikan kesejahteraan ekonomi negara hanya untuk peluang bergambar http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/13/19443/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/13/19443/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:00:45 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19443 Azmin Ali: Hari Ini Maruah Nagara, Maruah Rakyat Malaysia Telah TercemarSaya sangat terkejut dengan pengumuman Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak bahawa Malaysia akan melabur sehingga AS$24 billion (RM100 billion) di Amerika Syarikat.

Pelaburan ini kononnya untuk “mengukuhkan ekonomi Amerika Syarikat” tatkala ekonomi kita sedang memerlukan pelaburan lebih besar selain daripada misteri mengapa Malaysia perlu membantu ekonomi terbesar di dunia.

Malaysia adalah negara yang ekonominya sedang berkembang dan kita sedang melakukan yang terbaik untuk menarik pelaburan dari negara-negara maju, bukannya menghantar wang kita keluar dari negara ini.

Baru-baru ini, kita memperoleh pelaburan RM1 bilion daripada IKEA untuk membina pusat pembekalan dan pengedaran serantau untuk Asia Pasifik di Pulau Indah.

Ia mewujudkan nilai tambah, menjana pekerjaan dan menggandakan kesan ekonomi negara ini.

Adalah sukar dipercayai bahawa KWSP, mengikut Najib, akan membelanjakan antara AS$3 bilion hingga AS$4 bilion ke atas pembangunan semula infrastruktur di Amerika Syarikat.

Adakah Perdana Menteri cuba memberitahu kita bahawa membantu Amerika Syarikat membina infrastruktur adalah lebih penting daripada membantu Sabah dan Sarawak membina jalan raya dan paip air?

Wang dalam KWSP adalah wang amanah untuk rakyat dan tidak boleh digunakan sewenang-wenangnya.

Kita memahami pilihan Najib untuk bertemu dengan Presiden Amerika Syarikat, Donald Trump, namun pemimpin tidak boleh menggadaikan kesejahteraan ekonomi negara hanya untuk peluang bergambar.

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Azmin Ali: Leaders cannot mortgage the nation’s economic wellbeing for a photo opportunity http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/13/19438/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/13/19438/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:57:31 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19438 Azmin Ali: Bulu & Sperma Boleh Jumpa, Tetapi RM2.6 Bilion Tak JumpaI am utterly shocked by the announcement by Prime Minister Najib Razak that Malaysia will be investing as much as US$24 billion (RM100 billion) into the United States.

This investment is purportedly to “strengthen the US economy” at a time when our economy is crying out for greater investment, quite apart from the mystery as to why Malaysia needs to help out the world’s largest economy.

Malaysia is an emerging economy and we are doing our best to court investment from developed countries, not send our money away. Recently, we secured a RM1 billion investment from IKEA to build its Regional Distribution and Supply Chain Centre for Asia-Pacific in Pulau Indah. This creates value and generates jobs and economic multiplier effects back home.

It is also beyond belief that the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), according to Najib, is going to spend an additional US$3 billion to US$4 billion on infrastructure redevelopment in the United States. Is the PM telling us that helping the United States build infrastructure is more important than helping Sabah and Sarawak build roads and water pipes?

Money held by the EPF is money held in trust for the rakyat and cannot be used indiscriminately.

We understand that it is Najib’s choice that he meets with US President Donald Trump but leaders cannot mortgage the nation’s economic wellbeing for a photo opportunity.

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Lim Kit Siang: Please grow up, MACC Chief Commissioner! http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/07/19434/ http://mediarakyat.net/2017/09/07/19434/#comments Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:35:59 +0000 http://mediarakyat.net/?p=19434 Today, the international press reported that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigator conducting criminal investigation into 1MDB-linked funds is encountering problems as several possible witnesses are too scared to speak out.

US media network Bloomberg reported that some people in “certain foreign countries” already assisting the criminal probe, are concerned for their safety, while others say it’s too dangerous to co-operate,  FBI said in a Federal Court filing in Los Angeles yesterday.

The report said FBI has requested to keep the names of its informants secret from the alleged masterminds of the 1MDB conspiracy.

Individuals who were otherwise willing to provide information said they were worried about putting “the safety and security of both themselves and their families at serious risk,” FBI said in its filing.

FBI also cited Malaysian news reports, where local officials arrested due to their role in probing the 1MDB embezzlement and the driver of former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, who was shot at his house in Ampang Perdana late last month.

This latest development in the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal, which had made Malaysia into a global kleptocracy, should be the first item of concern of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which wants to established itself as a world-class anti-corruption body.

But apparently not, as its first concern was how to “fix” Penang DAP Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng.

The first thing on MACC’s mind after the four-day holidays was not 1MDB scandal or Malaysia as a global kleptocracy, but Lim Guan Eng, announcing that it will initiate legal action against Guan Eng over his refusal to apologise for describing the detention of state exco Phee Boon Poh as “illegal.”

PKR Vice President and MP for Padang Serai, N. Surendran has said that MACC has no legal grounds to take action against Guan Eng over his criticism of the MACC, as it was well within the protection of free speech guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.

Be that as it may, this episode highlights the misplaced sense of priorities of the MACC, and that it is time that MACC Chief Commissioner, Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad should grow up.

Surely there must be someone in the MACC leadership who could rectify the   MACC’s misplaced sense of priorities, and focus instead on the  1MDB scandal and Malaysia’s infamy as a global kleptocracy as a result of the 1MDB scandal, and what the MACC could do about it?

I do not believe that the founding fathers of the nation, like Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman and his deputy, Tun Razak, had ever  expected Malaysia to fall so low as to be regarded worldwide as a global kleptocarcy.

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak seems to have sub-contracted the task of fighting corruption to the new MACC  Chief Commissioner provided the MACC respects the “no trespass” boundaries in its anti-corruption campaign –  not to touch the Prime Minister and the top government leaders or the subject of the 1MDB scandal which has resulted in Malaysia getting the international infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy.

Can Dzulkifli  confirm this mandate from the Prime Minister or explain why the MACC is taking a hands-off attitude to the 1MDB scandal and the issue of Malaysia’s infamy and ignominy as a global kleptocracy?

The UMNO Information Chief and former Cabinet Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa has  said that Bank Negara’s forex loses a quarter of a century ago were real while 1MDB losses are only on paper.

Does Dzulkifli agree with Annuar and is this the reason why MACC has refused to re-open investigations into the 1MDB scandal or do anything to clear or cleanse Malaysia of the infamy and ignominy of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy?

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