Saturday, 30 August 2014

SELANGOR SULTAN MUST STAY WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE CONSTITUTION


HADI AWANG FAILED THE MUSLIM YOUTHS OF MALAYSIA

Photo: Hadi Awang Could Have Been an Effective Muslim Leader in the Environment of New Politics in Malaysia Which Began in 2008

...Instead, He Chose the  Wrong Path for Himself and for  the  Islamic Party.

READ HERE FULL ARTICLE : http://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/273103

 In politics, there are always some characters who may have appeared to be rather dull and even mediocre, but may eventually rise to the occasion and establish themselves as statesmen (or women).

One such person is BJ Habibie (left) of Indonesia.As Indonesians look back at history, they really should not forget Habibie’s audacity in seizing the historical moment to right all that was wrong with the country, while giving credit also to the people who were determined for change, even if it meant they had to pay with blood.

 Sadly, the same cannot be said of Hadi Awang, the PAS president. 

Hadi Awang , too, was presented with a golden opportunity to help the country rid of more than five decades of Umno that is deeply tainted with nepotism, cronyism and corruption - three issues that consigned Suharto to history - but has only proven himself to be nothing more than a political flimsily calculative and full of vengeful spirit.

Hadi belongs to the generation of idealist Malay youths who, having witnessed student movements around the world, were inspired to change Malaysia through political activism. 

His comradeship with Anwar Ibrahim actually dates back to the late 1970s when they were both prominent leaders of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), although the latter subsequently joined Umno rather than the Islamic party, which shocked many.

 While he did rise through the rank to assume PAS leadership through hard work at the grassroots level, Hadi LACKS  the critical outlook and skills that would have better prepared him for national leadership. 

He was given a chance to prove his worth when Terengganu fell to the opposition following the Malay backlash over Mahathir Mohamad’s persecution of Anwar, only to squander it five years later.

 When PAS was entrusted to run Kedah in 2008, Hadi did nothing to rein in the underperforming but arrogant Azizan Abdul Razak despite growing discontent over the latter’s administration, causing the Islamic party to lose in 2013 and, worse, making it possible for the equally uninspiring, run-of-the-mill Mukhriz Mahathir to become menteri besar.

  Like the Ulama wing, Hadi Awang feels increasingly challenged and even threatened by the rise of the professionals within the party.

 As the Young Turks in PAS  represented by Khalid Samad, Saari Sungib, Husam Musa and Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad become household names and seek to shift the political discourse from religion to policy as well as ideas of human rights and democracy, THE CONSERVATIVE FORCES (in PAS)   well-versed only in religious rhetoric, ARE ILL-EQUIPPED TO ADAPT TO A NEW ERA. 

  After all, not everyone could be as visionary as Habibie with the acute awareness that historic chances are hard to come by.

 But in the case of Hadi, he has messed things up by refusing to allow a smooth replacement of menteri besar in Selangor out of his personal jealousies and sense of insecurity.

 That he and his allies in the party are deepening the constitutional crisis by proposing more than one candidate to the sultan is indicative amply of his short-sightedness as a leader.

 Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has already secured the support of more than half of the support in the state assembly, and there is no reason for the sultan to request more names for consideration. The refusal by PKR and DAP to go along with the condition should not be interpreted as disrespect of the ruler, but a move to ensure Malaysia’s system of constitutional monarchy remain intact and well-respected. And this is not what SMALL-MINDED POLITICIANS SUCH AS HADI UNDERSTAND IT TO  BE.  

 The longer the conundrum drags on, the higher the chances of more royal interference in other states in the future, and Hadi, Khalid Ibrahim and all their ardent supporters could one day be considered as undermining the foundation of Malaysian politics by simply procrastinating in solving the crisis.

  It is indeed tragic that Hadi and his supporters refuse to tackle the imminent crisis but continue to indulge in their own selfish interests and calculations. Most likely, he will go down in Malaysian history not only as just another has-been, but also someone who, together with Khalid, is responsible for the erosion of constitutionalism in Malaysia.



Hadi Awang Could Have Been an Effective Muslim Leader in the Environment of New Politics in Malaysia Which Began in 2008

...Instead, He Chose the Wrong Path for Himself and for the Islamic Party.

READ HERE FULL ARTICLE : http://www.mal...aysiakini.com/columns/273103

In politics, there are always some characters who may have appeared to be rather dull and even mediocre, but may eventually rise to the occasion and establish themselves as statesmen (or women).

One such person is BJ Habibie (left) of Indonesia.As Indonesians look back at history, they really should not forget Habibie’s audacity in seizing the historical moment to right all that was wrong with the country, while giving credit also to the people who were determined for change, even if it meant they had to pay with blood.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of Hadi Awang, the PAS president.

Hadi Awang , too, was presented with a golden opportunity to help the country rid of more than five decades of Umno that is deeply tainted with nepotism, cronyism and corruption - three issues that consigned Suharto to history - but has only proven himself to be nothing more than a political flimsily calculative and full of vengeful spirit.

Hadi belongs to the generation of idealist Malay youths who, having witnessed student movements around the world, were inspired to change Malaysia through political activism.

His comradeship with Anwar Ibrahim actually dates back to the late 1970s when they were both prominent leaders of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), although the latter subsequently joined Umno rather than the Islamic party, which shocked many.

While he did rise through the rank to assume PAS leadership through hard work at the grassroots level, Hadi LACKS the critical outlook and skills that would have better prepared him for national leadership.

He was given a chance to prove his worth when Terengganu fell to the opposition following the Malay backlash over Mahathir Mohamad’s persecution of Anwar, only to squander it five years later.

When PAS was entrusted to run Kedah in 2008, Hadi did nothing to rein in the underperforming but arrogant Azizan Abdul Razak despite growing discontent over the latter’s administration, causing the Islamic party to lose in 2013 and, worse, making it possible for the equally uninspiring, run-of-the-mill Mukhriz Mahathir to become menteri besar.

Like the Ulama wing, Hadi Awang feels increasingly challenged and even threatened by the rise of the professionals within the party.

As the Young Turks in PAS represented by Khalid Samad, Saari Sungib, Husam Musa and Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad become household names and seek to shift the political discourse from religion to policy as well as ideas of human rights and democracy, THE CONSERVATIVE FORCES (in PAS) well-versed only in religious rhetoric, ARE ILL-EQUIPPED TO ADAPT TO A NEW ERA.

After all, not everyone could be as visionary as Habibie with the acute awareness that historic chances are hard to come by.

But in the case of Hadi, he has messed things up by refusing to allow a smooth replacement of menteri besar in Selangor out of his personal jealousies and sense of insecurity.

That he and his allies in the party are deepening the constitutional crisis by proposing more than one candidate to the sultan is indicative amply of his short-sightedness as a leader.

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has already secured the support of more than half of the support in the state assembly, and there is no reason for the sultan to request more names for consideration. The refusal by PKR and DAP to go along with the condition should not be interpreted as disrespect of the ruler, but a move to ensure Malaysia’s system of constitutional monarchy remain intact and well-respected. And this is not what SMALL-MINDED POLITICIANS SUCH AS HADI UNDERSTAND IT TO BE.

The longer the conundrum drags on, the higher the chances of more royal interference in other states in the future, and Hadi, Khalid Ibrahim and all their ardent supporters could one day be considered as undermining the foundation of Malaysian politics by simply procrastinating in solving the crisis.

It is indeed tragic that Hadi and his supporters refuse to tackle the imminent crisis but continue to indulge in their own selfish interests and calculations. Most likely, he will go down in Malaysian history not only as just another has-been, but also someone who, together with Khalid, is responsible for the erosion of constitutionalism in Malaysia.
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HADI REFUSED TO ENDORSE PAKATAN'S CANDIDATE FOR SELANGOR MB

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THE 13 PAS SELANGOR ADUNS WHO REFUSE TO ENDORSE PAKATAN CANDIDATE FOR SELANGOR MB

Photo: BETRAYAL BY PAS's 13 ADUNS IN SELANGOR.

HERE ARE THE NAMES AND THE CONSTITUENCIES OF THE 13 PAS ADUNS WHO ARE NOT WILLING TO ENDORSE PAKATAN RAKYAT PRESIDENTIAL COUNCIL'S DECISION FOR WAN AZIZAH TO BE MB OF SELANGOR.

 NOTE:
 ONLY PAS's Morib ADUN Hasnul Baharuddin and Hulu Kelang ADUN Saari Sungib SIGNED the SD to support Wan Azizah.

 By not signing, it is BETRAYAL by these 13 PAS ADUNS to the spirit of collaboration and cooperation with the other Coalition partners. 

 PAKATAN SELANGOR VOTERS SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF THE CONSTITUENCIES AND THE NAMES OF THESE 13 PAS ADUNS WHEN AND IF A SNAP ELECTION IS CALLED OR WHEN GE-14 COMES. 

 THESE 13 ADUNS DON'T DESERVE ANY OF THE PAKATAN SELANGOR VOTERS' VOTES. 

 WHAT FOR???

 So, if these candidates stand against an UMNO candidate IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THE VOTE TO THE UMNO CANDIDATE.. For the simple reason, we cannot afford to tolerate betrayal of trust, and the PAS leadership reneging a prior agreement with other Pakatan partners to support the candidate of choice by the Pakatan Presidential Council.

 In fact, there is NO necessity to vote any of these 13 PAS candidates the next time around. 

 ( Not to worry: A continuous reminder of these 13 PAS ADUNS will be posted when the snap election or at GE 14 are announced)

 THE ONLY PAS ADUNS WORTHY OF PAKATAN SELANGOR VOTERS' VOTES ARE THE FOLLOWING:

 1. . ADUN FOR HULU KELANG: SAARI SUNGIB

 2. ADUN FOR MORIB: HASNUL BAHARUDDIN

PAS CANNOT BE TRUSTED

Photo: EDITORIAL BY MALAYSIAN INSIDER

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/in-selangor-no-value-to-pass-pledge-or-promise

IN SELANGOR, THERE IS NO VALUE TO PAS's PLEDGE OR PROMISE
 
 After taking nearly three weeks to decide who it supports as the Selangor menteri besar, PAS today did a volte-face and said it would leave it to the state ruler to decide who should get the post. 

What it boils down to is this:  THAT PAS CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO KEEP ITS WORD, EVEN IF TKAES ALMOST A MONTH TO COME TO A DECISION.   

And beyond that, PAS has taken upon itself TO ASSIGN POWERS TO THE SULTAN OF SELANGOR that the Selangor constitution does NOT even give him – the power to decide who can be menteri besar.  

The last we heard, the state ruler is a constitutional monarch and is guided by the law and the conventions set since Merdeka in 1957. 

The convention is simple: the leader of a coalition of parties will recommend and endorse the lawmaker who has the confidence of the majority of assemblymen in the state legislature. 

Only since 2008 has that convention been broken: in Terengganu, Perlis and then Perak.

 Two cases involved Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers and the third saw a change of government in Perak.

 And today, PAS DECIDED THAT IT CAN IGNORE THE CONVENTION   and leave it to the state ruler to decide who should be the menteri besar. 

Not the coalition, and not the people

PAS Secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said  after attending a meeting at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur:

. "The special central committee meeting on August 25 agreed to leave it to the wisdom of the sultan of Selangor to determine the Selangor menteri besar position.

 "We are making an open statement. When we say that we will leave it to the sultan, it means the sultan can choose.

We are not saying anything specific... You interpret it yourself."

 With that, 13 PAS lawmakers in Selangor will not sign statutory declarations in support of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, nor will the Islamist party endorse the PKR president for the job.

 Not that it matters.

 Dr Wan Azizah has the support of 30 lawmakers in the 56-seat state legislature. She does not need the support of the 13 lawmakers.

 But what does it tell you about PAS apart from the fact that it cannot be trusted? It does not understand the rules of coalition politics and, worse, it is prepared to go beyond the law to get its way.

 Did it consider coalition politics when both DAP and PKR agreed to let Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin be Perak Menteri Besar in 2008 despite not having a majority of the seats?

 Perhaps this just confirms PAS's true colours. The Islamist party that spoke of a welfare state before the general elections now talks about the Islamic criminal law hudud and punishments rather than charity and benevolence.

 Today's decision by PAS has shown just how empty its “PAS for all” slogan really is. PAS is not for all. It is only for itself.

THE HEROES IN THE SELANGOR MB CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

Photo: http://tinyurl.com/o34lvk3

Federal Territories PAS chief Mohamad Noor Mohamad has called for the “immediate” punishment of Selangor assemblymen Saari Sungib and Hasnul Baharuddin for going against the party in backing Wan Azizah Ismail for the post of Selangor Menteri Besar.

“The two have undermined a party decision,” he said in a Facebook posting.

Mohamad Noor said Federal Territories PAS decided at a meeting yesterday to submit to PAS headquarters a formal complaint against Saari and Hasnul for going against a decision by the PAS Ulama Council.

The Ulama Council, at a meeting last Aug 6, decided to support the continuation of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as Menteri Besar.

SELANGOR MB CRISIS: ONLY THE CONSTITUTION MATTERS... NOTHING ELSE

Photo: Following past precedence and convention, PKR, DAP sticking to Wan Azizah as SOLE MB candidate despite Sultan asking for 4 names from  Pakatan for him to choose.

http://tinyurl.com/m2u7rf3

PKR and DAP  ( NOTE: PAS is now IRRELEVANT and MARGINALISED in Pakatan policy making)  is standing by their decision to nominate ONLY Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the Selangor menteri besar candidate.

This is despite  Selangor Sultan's decree that each party in Pakatan Rakyat submit three names to him.

In the statement, PKR and DAP said the sultan had last year accepted Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the sole candidate for the MB’s post, despite similarly requesting more than one nominee.

Because of that, PKR and DAP said it is upholding the sultan's decree and therefore will present Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah's candidacy for the sultan's consideration, in line with the convention practised by PR in 2013, AS SHE HAS THE SUPPORT OF AT LEAST 30 ASSEMBLYMEN.

The statement was signed by PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and DAP publicity chief Tony Pua.

PKR and DAP also confirmed in their statement that the SULTAN  HAD ACTED ACCORDING TO CONVENTION WHEN HE REQUESTED MULTIPLE NAMES BE SUBMITTED TO HIM.  

The statement from PKR and DAP said,

"The Sultan of Selangor had also decreed that each party from PR nominate more than one candidate when appointing the menteri besar in 2013," (citing a letter on May, 2013.)

"After taking into account the Sultan of Selangor and the convention that was practised before this in appointing the menteri besar, the PR parties nominated only one name which was Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for the sultan's consideration in 2013.

"The nomination was consented and accepted by the Selangor Sultan."

A copy of the May 7, 2013 letter, addressed to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, the late Karpal Singh who was then DAP chairman, and Dr Wan Azizah, revealed that the palace had requested four menteri besar candidates from the coalition.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday a letter nominating only Wan Azizah for the position had been sent to the palace, and was signed by himself, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng  AND PAS deputy president Mohamed Sabu.

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PAS is now superfluous in Pakatan politics. That should be the way FROM NOW until GE 14, unless PAS grassroots root out its current president and his PRO-UMNO faction in PAS.

No use asking PAS to participate in Pakatan policy discussion as its President has shown to break all agreements reached whenever he likes and creating unnecessary uncertainties in trying to govern the state. 

It is the polite way of letting PAS know to get its house in order fast or leave the coalition. Enough is enough.

SULTAN HAS NO CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO ASK FOR MORE NAMES

Photo: SULTAN HAS NO CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO ASK FOR MORE NAMES, SAYS CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERT ABDUL AZIZ BARI. 

http://tinyurl.com/lqwuzya

Without mincing words, constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari claimed that the Selangor sultan had NO POWER to request for more names with regard to the menteri besar post.

He also said THE REQUEST IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL  since THERE IS  candidate, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, with CLEAR MAJORITY SUPPORT. 

"MAJORITY is the ONLY CRITERIA, thus the sultan has no power to ask for more names when there is already a majority," he told Malaysiakini today.

Aziz pointed out that UNDER PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, THE GOVERNMENT IS OWNED AND ANSWERS TO THE LEGISLATIVE HOUSE, NOT THE PALACE. 

And the PALACE's ONLY ROLE, he added, IS TO APPOINT WHOEVER THAT HAS MAJORITY SUPPORT IN THE HOUSE. 

Meanwhile, Aziz said the request for more names when there is a clear majority also deviated from the usual practice in Malaysia.

Normally, he added, the sultans, governors, and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong accepted ANY NAME submitted by the majority party.

"Note the smooth changes the Agong and sultans accepted and appointed incoming leaders WITHOUT A FUSS.

SULTAN HAS NO CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO ASK FOR MORE NAMES, SAYS CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERT ABDUL AZIZ BARI.

http://tinyurl.com/lqwuzya

Without mincing words, constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari claimed that the Selangor sultan had NO POWER t...o request for more names with regard to the menteri besar post.

He also said THE REQUEST IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL since THERE IS candidate, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, with CLEAR MAJORITY SUPPORT.

"MAJORITY is the ONLY CRITERIA, thus the sultan has no power to ask for more names when there is already a majority," he told Malaysiakini today.

Aziz pointed out that UNDER PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, THE GOVERNMENT IS OWNED AND ANSWERS TO THE LEGISLATIVE HOUSE, NOT THE PALACE.

And the PALACE's ONLY ROLE, he added, IS TO APPOINT WHOEVER THAT HAS MAJORITY SUPPORT IN THE HOUSE.

Meanwhile, Aziz said the request for more names when there is a clear majority also deviated from the usual practice in Malaysia.

Normally, he added, the sultans, governors, and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong accepted ANY NAME submitted by the majority party.

"Note the smooth changes the Agong and sultans accepted and appointed incoming leaders WITHOUT A FUSS.

SELANGOR PALACE IS PROLONGING THE CRISIS IN SELANGOR

Photo: Constitutional expert  Abdul Aziz Bari said the palace is "unnecessarily" prolonging the crisis by "flouting" the rule of appointing the person who has majority of the House.

http://tinyurl.com/lsymc8e

Aziz, who had contested on a PKR ticket in the last general election, added that the palace is also going against the principle that "the sultan must have a government at all times".

"(A government) must be appointed without delay, as government business can only be done by an elected government.

"Sultan or civil servants cannot run the state as they are not elected and cannot be made answerable to the House," he said.

He said that with 30 reps backing Wan Azizah, the palace may "end up in an embarrassing position" as a candidate from PAS, for example, may only get up to 26 members to back him or her.

He also said PAS for making a "baffling" decision to accede to the decree unlike its Pakatan partners.

"But it appears that PAS has become the spokesperson for the palace as it (the palace) never denied what the party said about the wishes of the palace," he said.



Constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari said the palace is "unnecessarily" prolonging the crisis by "flouting" the rule of appointing the person who has majority of the House.

http://tinyurl.com/lsymc8e

Aziz, who had contested on a PKR tic...ket in the last general election, added that the palace is also going against the principle that "the sultan must have a government at all times".

"(A government) must be appointed without delay, as government business can only be done by an elected government.

"Sultan or civil servants cannot run the state as they are not elected and cannot be made answerable to the House," he said.

He said that with 30 reps backing Wan Azizah, the palace may "end up in an embarrassing position" as a candidate from PAS, for example, may only get up to 26 members to back him or her.

He also said PAS for making a "baffling" decision to accede to the decree unlike its Pakatan partners.

"But it appears that PAS has become the spokesperson for the palace as it (the palace) never denied what the party said about the wishes of the palace," he said.
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PAS Grassroots Upset with Hadi Awang

Photo: TROUBLE BREWING FOR PAS PRESIDENT HADI AWANG FOR TRYING TO WORK WITH UMNO ON A PAS-UMNO UNITY GOVT  BEHIND THE PARTY'S BACK.

 PAS LOYALISTS VERY UNHAPPY WITH THEIR PRESIDENT HADI AWANG FOR TRYING TO FORM A UNITY-GOVERNMENT WITH UMNO WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PARTY

 by

 Abdul Rahim Sabri

 Read here in malaysiakini:http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/273040 

 PAS loyalists are furious PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang attempted to form a unity government with Umno in Selangor behind the party's back.

 PAS leaders, particularly among those who are pro-Pakatan Rakyat, were said to be incensed that Hadi had offered PKR deputy president Azmin Ali the post of Selangor menteri besar and enticed state assemblypersons aligned to him to defect to PAS - giving the party enough numbers to take over Selangor by forming an alliance with arch-rival Umno.

 Hadi was reportedly confronted about the secret plan by other PAS central committee members at a party meeting on Aug 25 to discuss its latest move on the Selangor crisis.

 Hadi Awang, through his political secretary Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, vehemently DENIED the matter ATER IT BECAME PUBLIC. 

 But SEVERAL PAS SOURCES told Malaysiakini that Hadi DID ADMIT at the central committee meeting HIS CLANDESTINE SCHEME TO WORK WITH UMNO. 

 The revelation even shocked some conservative PAS members who have been Hadi’s most ardent supporters.

 PAS sources said that several leaders had engaged in a heated argument with Hadi at Monday’s meeting, while OTHER DISGRUNTLED MEMBERS GAVE UP TALKING TO THEIR LEADER. 

 Some PAS leaders were also upset that Hadi's stubborn refusal to back Wan Azizah had put them at odds with their Pakatan partners, THUS PROLONGING THE SELANGOR CRISIS.

 The PAS muktamar, scheduled for Sept 18 to 20 in Johor Bahru, will not see any party election which was already conducted last year.

 But a party insider told Malaysiakini that a manoeuvre against the president is not out of the question.

 HISTORY OF PAS OUSTING ITS PRESIDENT

 At least two PAS presidents have been ousted in past muktamar sessions, even though not election years.

 The source drew parallels with the 1982 muktamar where the policy speech of the then president, Asri Muda, which would customarily be approved by delegates, was suddenly voted down.

 The move was seen as a symbolic rejection of Asri, similar to how a defeated budget in a Westminister parliamentary system is taken as a vote of no confidence against a prime minister.

 Asri, who later joined UMNO, was subsequently replaced by Yusof Rawa.

 Meanwhile in 1986, Yusof himself came under siege when a motion on using the Chinese Consultative Council (CCC) to promote PAS policies to non-Muslims was rejected by the muktamar, even though the idea was promoted in Yusof's policy speech. "This was seen as a rejection of the president," said the source.

 However, according to the source, the groundswell against Hadi may not have reached a breaking point as yet and those disillusioned with him may have to wait until next year's polls to oust him.

 PAS elected leaders serve for short two-year terms, compared to other parties which generally observe a three-year term. "The president will be challenged (in an election)," the party insider said.

 WHY PASS GRASSROOTS UPSET WITH HADI AWANG

 1. Those upset with Hadi are puzzled by his particular resentment with PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim as their leader's anger against the opposition leader was apparent at Monday's meeting.

 Hadi was reportedly outraged that two PAS state assemblypersons had unanimously backed Wan Azizah, seeing it as PKR's “theft” of its elected representatives, and used it to justify enticing defections from PKR to PAS and for the Islamic party to join forces with Umno.

 2. Hadi had, in the past, also caused friction in Pakatan, particularly during the 13th general election, when he approved PAS candidates in several constituencies that the coalition initially agreed would be contested by PKR, resulting in three-cornered fights.

 3. PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli earlier this month also revealed that Hadi did not want Anwar as prime minister had Pakatan taken Putrajaya the last general election, preferring instead Umno's Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah in the top job.

 4. Others are also unhappy with Hadi for his ‘one man show’ in leading the party. 

 This perception stems largely from the president's tendency to rely on his inner circle, mostly from the conservative faction, instead of delegating tasks or discussing issues with his elected lieutenants, who include the Erdogans.

WHO WILL SUCCEED HADI AWANG

 However, many PAS members are in two minds about ousting Hadi as there is no clear successor given the convention since the early 1980s requiring that PAS's president be an ulama (cleric).

 At present, there is only one ulama in the senior-most leadership, PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, with the deputy president and other vice-president posts being dominated by the Erdogans.

 One of the party's vice-presidents, Salahuddin Ayub while conceding that the ouster of PAS president in the past was not unheard of, called on the members to judge Hadi fairly.

 Regardless of whether a manoeuvre against Hadi is initiated next month or next year, the president can still rely on his core support base. Already, some of his supporters have come out in his defence, albeit subtly.

PAS LOYALISTS VERY UNHAPPY WITH THEIR PRESIDENT HADI AWANG FOR TRYING TO FORM A UNITY-GOVERNMENT WITH UMNO WITHOU...T THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PARTY

by

Abdul Rahim Sabri

Read here in malaysiakini:http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/273040

PAS loyalists are furious PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang attempted to form a unity government with Umno in Selangor behind the party's back.

PAS leaders, particularly among those who are pro-Pakatan Rakyat, were said to be incensed that Hadi had offered PKR deputy president Azmin Ali the post of Selangor menteri besar and enticed state assemblypersons aligned to him to defect to PAS - giving the party enough numbers to take over Selangor by forming an alliance with arch-rival Umno.

Hadi was reportedly confronted about the secret plan by other PAS central committee members at a party meeting on Aug 25 to discuss its latest move on the Selangor crisis.

Hadi Awang, through his political secretary Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, vehemently DENIED the matter ATER IT BECAME PUBLIC.

But SEVERAL PAS SOURCES told Malaysiakini that Hadi DID ADMIT at the central committee meeting HIS CLANDESTINE SCHEME TO WORK WITH UMNO.

The revelation even shocked some conservative PAS members who have been Hadi’s most ardent supporters.

PAS sources said that several leaders had engaged in a heated argument with Hadi at Monday’s meeting, while OTHER DISGRUNTLED MEMBERS GAVE UP TALKING TO THEIR LEADER.

Some PAS leaders were also upset that Hadi's stubborn refusal to back Wan Azizah had put them at odds with their Pakatan partners, THUS PROLONGING THE SELANGOR CRISIS.

The PAS muktamar, scheduled for Sept 18 to 20 in Johor Bahru, will not see any party election which was already conducted last year.

But a party insider told Malaysiakini that a manoeuvre against the president is not out of the question.

HISTORY OF PAS OUSTING ITS PRESIDENT

At least two PAS presidents have been ousted in past muktamar sessions, even though not election years.

The source drew parallels with the 1982 muktamar where the policy speech of the then president, Asri Muda, which would customarily be approved by delegates, was suddenly voted down.

The move was seen as a symbolic rejection of Asri, similar to how a defeated budget in a Westminister parliamentary system is taken as a vote of no confidence against a prime minister.

Asri, who later joined UMNO, was subsequently replaced by Yusof Rawa.

Meanwhile in 1986, Yusof himself came under siege when a motion on using the Chinese Consultative Council (CCC) to promote PAS policies to non-Muslims was rejected by the muktamar, even though the idea was promoted in Yusof's policy speech. "This was seen as a rejection of the president," said the source.

However, according to the source, the groundswell against Hadi may not have reached a breaking point as yet and those disillusioned with him may have to wait until next year's polls to oust him.

PAS elected leaders serve for short two-year terms, compared to other parties which generally observe a three-year term. "The president will be challenged (in an election)," the party insider said.

WHY PASS GRASSROOTS UPSET WITH HADI AWANG

1. Those upset with Hadi are puzzled by his particular resentment with PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim as their leader's anger against the opposition leader was apparent at Monday's meeting.

Hadi was reportedly outraged that two PAS state assemblypersons had unanimously backed Wan Azizah, seeing it as PKR's “theft” of its elected representatives, and used it to justify enticing defections from PKR to PAS and for the Islamic party to join forces with Umno.

2. Hadi had, in the past, also caused friction in Pakatan, particularly during the 13th general election, when he approved PAS candidates in several constituencies that the coalition initially agreed would be contested by PKR, resulting in three-cornered fights.

3. PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli earlier this month also revealed that Hadi did not want Anwar as prime minister had Pakatan taken Putrajaya the last general election, preferring instead Umno's Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah in the top job.

4. Others are also unhappy with Hadi for his ‘one man show’ in leading the party.

This perception stems largely from the president's tendency to rely on his inner circle, mostly from the conservative faction, instead of delegating tasks or discussing issues with his elected lieutenants, who include the Erdogans.

WHO WILL SUCCEED HADI AWANG

However, many PAS members are in two minds about ousting Hadi as there is no clear successor given the convention since the early 1980s requiring that PAS's president be an ulama (cleric).

At present, there is only one ulama in the senior-most leadership, PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, with the deputy president and other vice-president posts being dominated by the Erdogans.

One of the party's vice-presidents, Salahuddin Ayub while conceding that the ouster of PAS president in the past was not unheard of, called on the members to judge Hadi fairly.

Regardless of whether a manoeuvre against Hadi is initiated next month or next year, the president can still rely on his core support base. Already, some of his supporters have come out in his defence, albeit subtly.
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Selangor Sultan's Appointment of Khalid as Interim MB is Questioned

Photo: The Selangor MB Crisis: The Palace Needing to be In Step  With the Rakyat's Concerns to Overcome Impasse.

THE LEGITIMACY OF KHALID IBRAHIM TO CONTINUE AS MB IN THE INTERIM PERIOD UNTIL THE NEXT MB IS APPOINTED IS QUESTIONED.
 
Read here full article by Law  Professor  Gurdial Singh Nijar  http://tinyurl.com/k7v56u7

( SINGH NIJAR is professor at the Law Faculty, Universiti Malaya. He is part of the Perdana Global Peace Foundation's Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal ) 

by 

Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar

 The disquiet expressed by the Palace over remarks regarding the Selangor MB crisis is perfectly understandable, and to some extent, even justified.

 The LIMITS of a monarch’s discretionary powers in a functioning democracy has exercised the minds of many a constitutional lawyer the world over. The debate always intensifies and burnishes when there is intense political contestation; and a party feels that its mandate, so painstakingly won through elections, may be at stake.

   As the Palace statement, with respect, correctly points out:

 "The sultan wants someone who will take care of the RAKYAT'S NEEDS and develop Selangor to HIGHER levels".

AND WHAT  BETTER WAY TO GAUGE THE "RAKYAT'S  NEEDS" THAN HAVE THE RAKYAT ITSELF PROVIDE ITS FEEDBACK - THROUGH THE MEDIA AND OTHER RECOGNISED CHANNELS.

1.  The rakyat chose the party that must govern. And their expectations as to who must helm the government to develop the state “to higher levels” must rank at par with that of the Ruler’s.

2. That’s why an orderly and smooth transition – consonant with respect for the ‘constitution and established conventions’, which is how the federal Court phrased it in the Nizar case, is vital.

 And that, precisely, is what is being advanced.

 3.  Our Federal Court said that once this loss of majority confidence is made clear, then resignation must follow; indeed the Chief Judge said if the MB refuses to tender his resignation (as happened in the Perak case) “… the fact remains that the executive council is dissolved (which include the Menteri Besar) on account of the MB losing the confidence of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly”.

The Court went on to say: “Therefore, it is not necessary for the DYMM Sultan of Perak to remove Nizar and other members of the executive council”.

4, In short the MB and his exco lose all legitimacy to continue to govern.

5. BUT can the power to govern be extended? Indeed an intriguingly novel question.

 Perhaps we can refer then to constitutional conventions established by the country on which our Westminster model of the constitution was crafted.  An authoritative constitutional authority says this, of the practice in England:

“In the event of … resignation of the Prime Minister, the governing party would doubtless expedite its election procedures. If there were still to be substantial delay before a successor could be chosen, the Cabinet could be expected to bring forward a minister who would assume temporary leadership of the government, the Queen being invited to confirm his or her authority to act. Otherwise the Queen might call on the deputy Prime Minister or, if there were none, the Minister ranking highest in precedence to take this responsibility”.

Practically, THIS CONVENTION SEEMS TO SUGGEST THAT IT MAY NOT BE QUITE APPROPRIATE TO APPOINT IN THE INTERIM A PERSON WHO HAS LOST THE MAJORITY SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY.  

(Note: The Sultan  asked Khalid Ibrahim, who had lost the majority support of the State Assembly,  to continue to be MB until the next MB is appointed)

THE QUESTION IS : IN WHOSE NAME DOES THE PERSON (read Khalid Ibrahim)  REJECTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE EXCO, RULE?

THE LEGITIMACY OF KHALID IBRAHIM TO CONTINUE AS MB IN THE INTERIM PERIOD UNTIL THE NEXT MB IS APPOINTED IS QUESTIONED.

Read here fu...ll article by Law Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar http://tinyurl.com/k7v56u7

( SINGH NIJAR is professor at the Law Faculty, Universiti Malaya. He is part of the Perdana Global Peace Foundation's Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal )

by

Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar

The disquiet expressed by the Palace over remarks regarding the Selangor MB crisis is perfectly understandable, and to some extent, even justified.

The LIMITS of a monarch’s discretionary powers in a functioning democracy has exercised the minds of many a constitutional lawyer the world over. The debate always intensifies and burnishes when there is intense political contestation; and a party feels that its mandate, so painstakingly won through elections, may be at stake.

As the Palace statement, with respect, correctly points out:

"The sultan wants someone who will take care of the RAKYAT'S NEEDS and develop Selangor to HIGHER levels".

AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO GAUGE THE "RAKYAT'S NEEDS" THAN HAVE THE RAKYAT ITSELF PROVIDE ITS FEEDBACK - THROUGH THE MEDIA AND OTHER RECOGNISED CHANNELS.

1. The rakyat chose the party that must govern. And their expectations as to who must helm the government to develop the state “to higher levels” must rank at par with that of the Ruler’s.

2. That’s why an orderly and smooth transition – consonant with respect for the ‘constitution and established conventions’, which is how the federal Court phrased it in the Nizar case, is vital.

And that, precisely, is what is being advanced.

3. Our Federal Court said that once this loss of majority confidence is made clear, then resignation must follow; indeed the Chief Judge said if the MB refuses to tender his resignation (as happened in the Perak case) “… the fact remains that the executive council is dissolved (which include the Menteri Besar) on account of the MB losing the confidence of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly”.

The Court went on to say: “Therefore, it is not necessary for the DYMM Sultan of Perak to remove Nizar and other members of the executive council”.

4, In short the MB and his exco lose all legitimacy to continue to govern.

5. BUT can the power to govern be extended? Indeed an intriguingly novel question.

Perhaps we can refer then to constitutional conventions established by the country on which our Westminster model of the constitution was crafted. An authoritative constitutional authority says this, of the practice in England:

“In the event of … resignation of the Prime Minister, the governing party would doubtless expedite its election procedures. If there were still to be substantial delay before a successor could be chosen, the Cabinet could be expected to bring forward a minister who would assume temporary leadership of the government, the Queen being invited to confirm his or her authority to act. Otherwise the Queen might call on the deputy Prime Minister or, if there were none, the Minister ranking highest in precedence to take this responsibility”.

Practically, THIS CONVENTION SEEMS TO SUGGEST THAT IT MAY NOT BE QUITE APPROPRIATE TO APPOINT IN THE INTERIM A PERSON WHO HAS LOST THE MAJORITY SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY.

(Note: The Sultan asked Khalid Ibrahim, who had lost the majority support of the State Assembly, to continue to be MB until the next MB is appointed)

THE QUESTION IS : IN WHOSE NAME DOES THE PERSON (read Khalid Ibrahim) REJECTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE EXCO, RULE?
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PAS CAN FORGET ABOUT NON-MUSLIM VOTES

Photo: PAS HAS TOTALLY LOST THE PLOT.....

AND LOST ITS SENSE OF DIRECTION ON THE PAVED ROAD TO PUTRAJAYA.

AND IN FOOTBALL PARLANCE,  PAS LEADERS COULD NOT SEE THE GOALPOSTS  EVEN FROM THE PENALTY BOX.



IF PAS LEAVES PAKATAN, PAS WILL BE THE BIGGEST LOSER BECAUSE THE CHINESE WILL NOT VOTE THEM ANY MORE, SAYS FORMER UMNO SELANGOR AND CURRENT PAS MEMBER, TAN SRI MUHAMMAD MUHAMMAD TAIB.

http://tinyurl.com/lj5z5nf

Muhammad Muhammad Taib, .a... former Selangor menteri besar, who is also known as Mat Taib, reminded PAS that Chinese voters had supported PAS since it joined the Pakatan pact.

Muhammad said based on his 10 years experience in helming the state, he understood the voting trends of the electorate and he felt PAS would be safer if they continue to be with the coalition.

He said regardless of whatever decision the party takes, there should be cognisance that Chinese voters do play an important role.

Mat Taib was speaking to a Merdeka forum in Universiti Selangor in Shah Alam attend by about 100 people.

Mat Taib said,:
.
"PAS will lose out as the Chinese will NOT want to vote for them any more.

" Do not carry Allahu Akhbar sentiments only, we need to be practical with the needs and mood of the voters. If we miscalculate, Pakatan will win and PAS will not obtain any votes.

" If there is an election in Selangor, I feel PAS will lose at least 10 seats.

"I think if PAS takes a new stand, they will lose a lot. The Chinese voters will leave and will not vote for PAS candidates. I have looked at the Selangor voters trend and found that PAS candidates did not win with a huge majorities.

"This is based on my experience as MB. I know the trend, WE SHOULD NOT BE SYOK SENDIRI.

"If PAS changes its stand and feels that it can stand on its own or for example, wants to form a partnership with Umno, I think Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz (Nik Mat) had repeatedly stated 'do not believe'.

" Umno will continue to find opportunities to strengthen people's support towards itself in all kinds of ways.

"PAS had previously worked with Umno before and the partnership did not last.

"Umno only wants PAS when it showed some weakness. In my opinion, it is better for PAS to stick with Pakatan. Let Umno be with MCA and MIC.

"Any views that said Umno and PAS can administer together, that is just temporary. When Umno and BN regain back Selangor, they will kick out PAS when they are back in power.

"We must know our strengths. Don't change our strategies just because we have won because in the end, we will fall into Umno's trap."

Should the Agong Empowered to Choose Malaysia's Prime Minister?

Photo: This is not imagination running wild, but exactly the consequence if the Sultan of Selangor now gets his way in choosing the next menteri besar.

QUOTE

"Pakatan must be brave to face the voters. It must be brave to defend parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy in Malaysia, rather than see the nation being dragged towards chaos and instability by unscrupulous elected and unelected players."

http://s.m5.malaysiakini.com/news/272895.html

After all, the provisions in the federal and Selangor constitutions on the appointment of the chief executive are similar. 

If the Sultan of Selangor can enjoy extra-constitutional power, why should the next Agong (the Sultan of Kelantan if GE14 is held after 2017; Sultan of Kedah if before) be denied the same power? 

How can His Majesty be stopped then if His Royal Highness cannot be now?

And the next questions: 

- Why do we need elections for, if the political parties contest only for the power to nominate a number of prime-ministerial candidates? 

-How can we possibly have "responsible governments" if heads of governments are chosen, not by whether they command the backing of the legislatures, but by whether they please the palaces?

The very existence of parliamentary government and constitutional monarchy will then be called into question.

Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution stipulates: 

"The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall first appoint as Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to preside over a cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House."

In similar language, Article 53(2) (a) of the Selangor State Constitution stipulates: 

"His Royal Highness shall first appoint as Menteri Besar to preside over the State Executive Council, a member of the Legislative Assembly who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly."

While Article 40(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution and Article 55(2)(a) of the Selangor Constitution provide for royal discretion in the appointment of the prime minister or menteri besar, the discretionary power is purely on the exercise of judgment  on the commanding of "THE CONFIDENCE OF THE MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS" of the respective legislatures.

Such judgment is necessary only when it is NOT clear which party/coalition has the majority in the legislature. 

A head of state has NO DISCRETION IN APPOINTMENT,  beyond the exercising of such judgment, and certainly the state constitution mentions nothing about his preference.

By asking the Pakatan Rakyat parties to submit more than one name, THE SULTAN HAS ACTED BEYOND HIS CONSTITUTIONAL POWER.  He is effectively transforming his power to assess to the power to choose.

Instead of approving whoever commands "the confidence of the majority of the members of the assembly" (technically 29 assemblypersons at the minimum), the sultan is asking the parties to make themselves a shortlisting board and himself the FINAL decision maker.

The Sultan of Selangor is certainly not the first ruler WHO DESIRES MORE POWER THAN A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCH IS ENTITLED TO 

So, why should we jump on this? 

Two reasons rule out our excuses for silence.

First, the majority bloc is crystal clear - Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has had the support of 30 lawmakers since Aug 14 and this majority has not evaporated after 12 days, when the sultan made his unconstitutional request for extra names. 

To insist on an alternative candidate, the Sultan is openly sidelining and dividing the political parties - which are the basis of parliamentary government.

The accession of Najib in 2009 was decided by Umno, NOT by the Agong.

The question is NOT whether Wan Azizah is qualified to be the menteri besar. It is NOT  even about  what policies Pakatan can bring to Selangor. 

It is about whether Pakatan still believes in and is committed to parliamentary democracy, the very basis of constitutional monarchy.

If the answer is ‘yes’, then Pakatan must stand firm on its menteri besar candidate. 

a) It must not accept a menteri besar selected by and answerable first to the Selangor palace. 

b) It cannot be a party to any compromise that may sink Malaysia into disaster after GE14.
 
If PAS cannot commit itself to parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, it should just leave Pakatan. 

Hadi would surely be more at home as a minister in BN than an opposition leader in Pakatan.

And if, despite a clear stand from Pakatan, the constitutional crisis still persists, Wan Azizah as the leader of 30 Pakatan lawmakers should call upon the caretaker Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to seek dissolution of the assembly.  

While the menteri besar-designate does not have the legality to do so, she has every ounce of legitimacy. 

And Malaysians who remember the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis will stand by her.

Pakatan must be brave to face the voters. 

It must be brave to defend parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy in Malaysia, rather than see the nation being dragged towards chaos and instability by unscrupulous elected and unelected players.

- Dr. Wong Chin Huat

PAS's Changing Positions

Photo: Hopeless !!  No moral fibre and lacking in principles as a coalition partner.

PAS, despite declaring itself an "Islamic party", and carrying the religion on its name, is NOT giving Islam a good name, by virtue of the actions of its current crop of leaders, especially its president.

PAS HYPOCRISY EXPOSED!!

PAS's Heart and Soul is with UMNO

 Photo: THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR PAS LEADERS TO PULL PAS OUT OF PAKATAN. 

... WHY STAY ON SHAMELESSLY IF YOU DON'T TO BE A TEAM PLAYER ?

BEST ADVICE : GO SOLO IN GE14 OR JOIN UP WITH UMNO.

http://tinyurl.com/lmwgqmv

Younger PAS members feel that they have to follow the agenda set by allies PKR and DAP, so they put pressure on PAS's central leaders to strike its own path in the Selangor menteri besar impasse.

Khalid Samad said this was the reason PAS appeared defiant in the Selangor menteri besar saga and at odds with PKR and DAP in not endorsing Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new MB.

Khalid explained:

"They feel that PAS's identity under PR has become somewhat blurred. It is as though we are following the game plan decided by (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim (PKR de facto leader) and his group of people.

"PAS wanted to show its party members that it had its own stand and it was still independent.

"Some members have asked PAS leaders to review its cooperation with PKR and DAP, saying the Islamist party had compromised too much.

"Based on these sentiments, some of the leaders want to show a stand or an identity that differentiates us from the other two parties, so as to say that we are not just toeing the line as decided by PKR and DAP. 

"As an established party, PAS does not want to be seen as playing second fiddle to PKR."

"This was the agenda brought on by Umno and BN to create friction between the parties in the PR coalition.

"So, unfortunately this is what our own members and leaders do not understand... that in fact, we are not doing anything that we disagree with. 

"And whenever we may have different opinions, it would normally be resolved through discussions.”

THE PROBLEM WITH PAS IN PAKATAN

There appears to be a feeling among PAS members that their PR allies should dance to PAS's tune as it happened in Kedah before the 2013 general election and also over the hudud issue.

Kedah PAS had bickered and suffered internal strife under the rule of the late Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak but PAS stuck with the first-term MB when they went to GE13, losing the state to Barisan Nasional (BN).

PAS  also insisted that it wanted to implement the Islamic criminal law hudud despite objections from its partners PKR and DAP, who say the disquiet over the law will lose them votes in future elections.

 PAS reiterated on Wednesday that it would submit two names for the Selangor menteri besar post to the state ruler, going against the PR presidential council’s decision to nominate only the PKR president, saying it was abiding by the sultan’s decree.

PAS had also previously irked its PR allies when it took its own time to decide whether it would support the removal of Khalid Ibrahim, and despite calls urging it to make a swift decision, its central committee only met a week after PKR sacked the latter.

Analysts have painted a bleak picture for the future of the coalition, with Khoo Kay Peng, saying that PAS’s continued defiance would finish off PR at the state and national levels.

Merdeka Center's Ibrahim Suffian also noted that PAS’s insistence on nominating two names would “definitely create further tension” in the coalition.

However, Khalid downplayed the issue, saying that the contention between PAS and its allies was merely over a "strategic" matter and not a "principal" one.

"It should not be seen as a problem as it is not a big issue," he said, adding that the biggest challenge this year would be to ensure PR's continuity.

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PAS SHOULD JUST PACK THEIR BAGS AND LEAVE. 

IN HINDSIGHT, ANWAR AND KIT SIANG ARE LIVING IN A FAIRYTALE WORLD OF A STABLE FEDERAL GOVT WITH PAS AS A PARTNER WHEN THE SELANGOR MB FIASCO AND THE KEDAH MB FIASCO PROVED OTHERWISE.

The right thing to do is to politely ask PAS to leave or just exclude PAS in their point decision making. 

Hopeless !

Thursday, 14 August 2014

MALAYSIANS ARE HELPLESS WHEN SULTANS ENTANGLED THEMSELVES IN PARTISAN POLITICS

SURAT KEPADA TOK GURU NIK AZIZ NIK MAT DARI ZULKIFLI SULONG




SURAT PANJANG UNTUK TOK GURU NIK AZIZ NIK MAT

dari Zulkifli Sulong
(Zulkifli adalah bekas Ketua Pengarang Harakah, Harakahdaily dan Siasah dan telah bersama kumpulan Harakah selama 26 tahun, Sekarang beliau bertugas sebagai Pengarang Analisis dan Rencana.dengan Malaysian Insider)

KE HADAPAN TOK GURU NIK AZIZ YANG DISAYANGI.

Apa khabar Tok Guru?

Semoga Tok Guru sentiasa tabah dalam menghadapi penyakit yang dihidapi.

Saya yakin, Tok Guru dikehendaki Allah untuk terus hidup bagi menjadi penyelamat kepada parti dan jemaah yang Tok Guru pimpin ini ketika ia sedang dilanda badai sekarang.

Tok Guru,

30 tahun lalu iaitu pada 1983, saya menjejak kaki ke Pejabat PAS Kelantan untuk bertugas sepenuh masa dengan PAS. Ketika itu Tok Guru adalah pesuruhjaya PAS Kelantan.

PAS keseorangan ketika itu Tok Guru. Tidak ada kerjasama dengan mana-mana pihak. Sebagai pekerja muda yang baru berusia 20 tahun, saya tinggal di bangunan PAS Kelantan di Jalan Tok Pati. Setiap pagi Jumaat saya akan bersama-sama dengan allahyarham Ustaz Bunyamin Yaakub mempersiapkan Dewan Zulkifli Muhamad untuk Tok Guru mengajar.

Di situlah tempat bekerja dan di situlah juga tempat saya tidur. Saya masih ingat lagi bagaimana saya terpaksa makan mi segera selama dua hari ketika Kota Baru dilanda banjir pada tahun itu. Tanyalah Hashim Omar tentang cerita ini.

Kuliah Tok Guru ketika itu tidak ramai orang yang mendengarnya berbanding sekarang, tetapi cukup untuk memenuhi Dewan Zulkifli. Kuliah Tok Guru semakin ramai dari hari ke hari tetapi PAS hanyalah parti pembangkang yang mempunyai Adun tidak seberapa orang ketika itu kerana PAS bersendirian selepas ditendang keluar Barisan Nasional (BN). Tok Guru tentu lebih faham bagaimana ia berlaku.

Husam Musa (kini datuk) adalah bos saya ketika itu. Dia yang baru tamat pengajian dari Universiti Malaya (UM) bertekad tidak mahu bekerja dengan kerajaan kerana mahu berkhidmat sepenuh masa dengan jemaah. Husam pelajar yang cerdik masa di UM. Dia juga adalah pemimpin pelajar. Husam adalah setiausaha Penerbitan Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (PMUM).

Bagi memastikan beliau tidak dipaksa oleh Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) yang memberikannya biasiswa agar bekerja dengan kerajaan, Husam tidak pergi ke peperiksaan akhir di UM Tok Guru. Akhirnya beliau hanya lulus dengan gred yang rendah dan dibiarkan begitu saja oleh JPA tanpa menawarkan tempat di mana-mana jabatan kerajaan.

Untuk membolehkan PAS mempunyai media, kami terbitkan Gema Pemuda. Mula-mula kami edarkan di Kelantan saja. Tanpa modal yang cukup tetapi dengan semangat tinggi, kami usahakan projek ini untuk jemaah. Kami terbitkan seminggu sekali dan edarkan di tempat kuliah Tok Guru. Apabila masuk keluaran ketiga, kami mula edarkan di negeri lain iaitu Kedah dan Terengganu pula.

Begitulah susahnya PAS ketika itu. Tetapi kami sangat senang bekerja. Tidak ada fitnah memfitnah dan serangan yang bukan-bukan kepada kami di kalangan petugas PAS.

Pada 1990, menerusi kerjasama dengan Semangat 46, kita berjaya merampas Kelantan. Semua kerusi DUN di Kelantan berjaya kita menangi bersama dengan Semangat 46 pimpinan Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. Tok Guru dilantik sebagai menteri besar. Alhamdulillah melalui kerjasama itu, kerajaan kita di Kelantan kekal sehingga kini.

Kita berjaya menang besar lagi pada 1999 apabila kita bekerjasama dengan Barisan Alternatif (BA) iaitu bersama dengan DAP dan PKR. Bukan saja berjaya mengekalkan Kelantan, kita juga berjaya merampas Terengganu. Kita berjaya menang atas sentimen masyarakat Melayu terhadap penganiayaan yang dibuat terhadap Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Presiden PAS Allahyarham Datuk Fadzil Mohd Nor menubuhkan Gerak ketika itu dan membawa pelbagai pihak bersama dengan PAS melawan BN.

Namun apabila datang isu Dokumen Negara Islam, kita kalah teruk dalam pilihan raya 2004 kerana, DAP mengambil sikap keluar BA selepas tidak senang dengan kita.

Kita kehilangan Terengganu dan hampir kehilangan Kelantan. Beza kita dengan BN hanya tiga kerusi saja di Kelantan. Apabila pilihan raya kecil Pengkalan Pasir diadakan, kita kalah dan menjadikan beza kita dengan BN hanya satu kerusi.

Di era inilah Tok Guru banyak diuji. Pelbagai ujian datang Tok Guru. Yang paling besar dan saya masih ingat adalah Tok Guru diuji dengan menantu Tok Guru yang ketika itu menjadi ketua pegawai eksekutif Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan (PMBK). Pelbagai fitnah yang Tok Guru hadapi.

Ingat tak lagi bagaimana Husam pergi menangis di depan Tok Guru memohon agar menantu Tok Guru itu ditamatkan perkhidmatannya? Akhirnya Tok Guru bersetuju dengan pandangan Husam dan selamatlah Tok Guru daripada fitnah itu.

Dengan pelbagai projek yang dibuat olehnya, kerajaan Kelantan berjaya mengharungi zaman cemas apabila bermajoritikan satu kerusi saja di Kelantan. Akhirnya pada pilihan raya umum 2008, kita menang besar di Kelantan dan juga Malaysia. Kita juga berjaya membentuk kerajaan di Selangor, Kedah dan Pulau Pinang. Selepas itulah terbentuknya Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Melalui PR juga kita menang besar dalam Pilihan Raya Umum 2013 lalu walaupun kita kehilangan Kedah kerana perpecahan dalaman yang berlaku di dalam parti kita.

Tok Guru yang dikasihi,

Kini, buat pertama kalinya PR berada dalam suasana paling runcing sekali. Ini ekoran krisis yang berlaku di Selangor apabila PKR tidak berpuas hati dengan Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. Mereka memutuskan untuk menukar Khalid dengan Presiden PKR Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Namun, sebelum mesyuarat AJK PAS Pusat yang akan memutuskan sikap kita, Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang menyatakan sokongan terbuka kepada Khalid. Tok Guru juga kemudiannya menyokong pendirian presiden itu. Majlis Syura Ulama yang diketuai Tok Guru juga membuat keputusan yang sama, menyokong Khalid kekal sebagai MB.

Namun sehari selepas mesyuarat itu, Tok Guru dalam sidang media di Majlis Rumah Terbuka PAS Kawasan Kota Baru berkata kepada media, Tok Guru hanya mempengerusikan mesyuarat itu setengah jam saja kerana tidak sihat. Tok Guru juga kata, tidak berminat untuk campur urusan MB Selangor itu dan biarlah orang Selangor menguruskannya.

Daripada kenyataan itu, saya terasa Tok Guru cuba untuk menjarakkan diri Tok Guru dengan keputusan Majlis Syura itu. Apa sebabnya semua orang tidak tahu. Mereka hanya boleh meneka-neka saja.

Saya beranggapan Tok Guru cuba menjadi orang tengah dengan tidak memihak ke mana-mana pihak yang sedang berbeza pendapat ini.

Tok Guru yang disayangi,

Sejak 10 tahun lalu, saya mula merasai kehadiran suasana yang tidak sihat dalam parti dan jemaah kita. Ramai orang muda di kalangan kita yang mudah sangat membuat tuduhan dan fitnah sesama kita, seolah-olah nilai ukhuwah yang ditanam dalam setiap usrah dan tamrin yang kita lalui dulu sudah tidak ada.

Sejak kebelakangan ini Tok Guru, perkara ini semakin menjadi-jadi. Ada-ada saja tuduhan yang dilemparkan sesama kita. Mereka yang paling banyak menjadi mangsa adalah pihak yang mahu mempastikan PR yang kita dapat manafaat maksima daripadanya terus kekal dan utuh.

Saya antara sasaran mereka kerana tugas saya adalah menulis dan premis utama tulisan saya adalah mempertahankan kerjasama yang kita bina melalui PR. Turut diserang adalah beberapa pemimpin PAS. Mereka dituduh lebih wala' kepada pemimpin lain daripada pemimpin parti kita sendiri. Padahal jika itu benar, baik mereka menyertai parti lain bukan menyertai parti Islam PAS ini.

Ada antara kita yang mengeluarkan fatwa golongan yang mempertahankan PR ini sebagai Munafik Haraki.

Ada juga antara kita yang melancarkan Gerak 2 selepas Gerak yang pertama dilancarkan allahyarham Fadzil dulu.

Yang peliknya Tok Guru, Ustaz Fadzil menarik seramai mungkin orang perseorangan dan pertubuhan untuk bersama dengan kita dalam membela Anwar yang teraniaya, tetapi Gerak 2 mempunyai tujuan yang lain.

Gerak 2 dilancarkan untuk membela seorang individu yang kononnya teraniaya walaupun terpaksa menghalau sekurang-kurang dua parti yang mempunyai pengikut puluhan ribu yang selama ini berjuang bersama dengan kita.

Kita sekarang dalam dilema Tok Guru. Antara membela seorang individu dengan membela dua parti yang selama ini menjadi rakan kita berkempen untuk mendapatkan mandat dari rakyat.

Tok Guru yang dikasihi,

Saya penuh keyakinan, PAS mendapat manafaat maksima apabila kita bekerjasama dengan pihak lain berbanding dengan kita bersendirian.

Lihatlah apa berlaku kepada kita di tahun 1980-an apabila kita bersendirian dan pada 2004 apabila pihak lain meninggalkan kita.

Bandingkan dengan apa yang kita dapat apabila kita bersama dengan Semangat 46 pada 1990 dan apabila bersama Pakatan Rakyat pada 2008 dan 2013.

Kini Tok Guru, ada semacam satu kecenderungan kita hendak diajak agar bersendirian semula. Semua keputusan, ucapan, tulisan melalui media sosial dan sebagainya menjurus ke arah kita bersendirian.

Saya dengan rendah hati memohon Tok Guru agar campur tangan segera. Jangan dibiarkan jemaah kita ini terpaksa berundur ke belakang iaitu zaman 30 tahun lalu. Jika itu berlaku saya yakin, kita akan memerlukan 30 tahun lagi untuk membina semula jemaah kita ini untuk mencapai tahap yang ada sekarang.

Sekian Tok Guru. Terima kasih kerana sudi membaca coretan panjang saya ini.

Saya sanggup bersengkang mata untuk menulisnya kerana hanya Tok Guru harapan saya untuk menyelesaikan kemelut ini.

- ZULKIFLI SULONG

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

UPDATE: KHALID IBRAHIM: THE BEST WELL KEPT SECRET MOLE OF UMNO IN PAKATAN ?



UPDATE:

.PERHAPS... ALL THIS SELANGOR MB  DRAMA LEADING UP TO NOW HAD ITS ROOTS FROM THE MYSTERIOUS OUT-OF-COURT SETTLEMENT OF KHALID IBRAHIM'S  RM 66 MILLIION BANK ISLAM DEBTS

UPDATE:

..Insiders speaking on anonymity say  events up till now seem to fulfill their predictions they most feared..KHALID IBRAHIM HOLDING ON TO THE MB POST AT ALL COSTS.... starting  from the time when the Kajang Move was initiated after PKR leaders realising the implications of the out-court-settlements of Khalid Ibrahim's debts and the players involved and what it means if Khalid is not removed.

The generally held view by some insiders  as of yesterday is that  Khalid will be holding on to the MB  post UNTIL ALL  the business deals and promises he made to the powers-that-be  as part of his settling of his Bank Islam debts are finalised AND SEALED  before he will actually let go of his MB position.   

PAS support is more crucial than BN for Khalid to achieve his objective. And to seal PAS support,  acccording to some insiders, Khalid needs to get the Sultan on side because PAS leaders will NOT  oppose the position of the Sultan. Khalid knew this from the Bible incidents in Selangor. (NOTE: Khalid did say confidently  the 4 PAS Exco will be working under him after he met up with the Sultan)

The worst case scenario  which is seen as a strategy of last-resort was  to have Selangor  under  emergency rule  by Putrajaya on the excuse that Selangor is ungovernable (as in Kelantan 1977) and  the state taken over by the Federal Government. Well aware of that fact, insiders believe that seems to be the fear of Pakatan leaders when they told their Exco members not to resign and stay on their jobs until the du
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According to another  insider who did not want to be named, the strategy was to be in place until close to the GE 14. But it was flung open early and UMNO had to follow through.

Somehow PKR knew something was not right and when  Bank Islam did not pursue the RM 66 Million debt from Khalid,  PKR leadership's worst nightmare became a reality and all those  suspicions  seem to fall in place. The peculiar behaviour and decisions by Khalid throughout begin  to make sense.

That was why the KAJANG MOVE became urgent and imperative for PKR and for Pakatan.

Remember,  according to the insider,  the out of court settlement between Khalid and Bank Islam took place in mid-February 2014, and immediately  the KAJANG MOVE was  put into effect in March 2014 to stem the  political damage to Pakatan. 

Because the  Selangor Palace got enmeshed in all this, it became sensitive for PKR to spill out the true details and reasons for the KAJANG MOVE. However, that became a fact in recent days.

By then, Khalid knew the game was up. He played on his role in the Kajang Move while his handlers sort out this un-expected hit back by PKR.

Khalid was advised to hang on to the post after UMNO knew they secured the support of the Selangor Palace. The forced  outcome when it comes to the final push and shove by Pakatan is  fresh elections in Selangor

The MB Selangor issue was too big and the stakes were too high, and that is why   the Kajang Move was crucial to counter act and negate  the POLITICAL  manuveures of Putrajaya and those advising the Selangor Palace.

Unfortunately, PAS had a myopic view of the Selangor MB  issue because Khalid played the Palace card.



What is not understood is why PAS President Hadi Awang decided to continue to back Khalid since it is rumoured he  was told and knew exactly the reasons for the Kajang Move.  Has UMNO-BN got one on him too ? 

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Progressives and Professionals in PAS Should Form a Breakaway Party.

SELANGOR 2014... DE JA VU... KELANTAN 1977





 1977 IN KELANTAN

PAS BEHAVING EXACTLY LIKE UMNO ...What UMNO did to PAS in 1977 , PAS is doing the same to PKR in 2014

PAS was in a partnership coalition with UMNO-BN in a Unity Govt to govern Kelantan at that time.

Datuk Mohd Nasir was the PAS MB for Kelantan. PAS had the majority in the Kelantan State Assembly.

In 1977, PAS passed a vote of NO Confidence on their own man, the Kelantan MB through the 20 PAS ADUNS,But the Kelantan MB still refused to resign.

PAS's partners, the 14 ADUNs from UMNO and MCA walked out in protest because they did not agree to PAS removing their own man as Kelantan MB.

The Kelantan MB instead wants to dissolve the Kelantan state assembly for fresh elections to be held. Chaos ensues.

What happens next. AN EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED IN KELANTAN.

IRONICALLY, IT WAS PAS WHO IN 1977 complained that UMNO and MCA refused to abide by the coalition principle that the party entitled to the MB post shall have the full right to nominate the candidate of its choice.

The circumstances are eerily similar in Selangor, with REVERSAL of Role by PAS. PAS was the victim of its coalition partners in 1977.

In 2014, PAS now takes the role of the villian in the coalition, as UMNO-MCA did in 1977.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

BETTER TO ASK PAS TO LEAVE THE PAKATAN RAKYAT COALITION NOW THAN LATER



MALAYSIAN INSIDER EDITORIAL

http://tinyurl.com/qjvnqa3

The only bright spark from the sorry Khalid Ibrahim saga is that it has shown PAS HAS DELUSIONS about its own stature and grandeur.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang seems to carry a boulder on his shoulder regarding his standing in PR, and his camp is stuffed with politicians with serious reservations about working with non-Muslims and viewing women as equals.

But the most troubling fault line is this: PAS BELIEVES IT SHOULD BE A KING MAKER AND FINAL ARBITER ON ALL DECISIONS OF PR, from the choice of the country's prime minister to the Selangor menteri besar.

In anticipation of winning GE13, PAS leaders picked Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as their choice of PM. LITTLE REGARD was obviously paid to the important fact that the prince, for all his bluster about transparency and good governance, is still a MEMBER OF UMNO and in fact, seems unable to sever his links with a party he criticises regularly. 

But what PAS wants, PAS believes it must get.

Never mind that PKR and DAP were comfortable with making Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the PM of Malaysia if PR had won GE13. 

In the minds of PAS, the majority view must give way to their way. 

WHY ?

Because PAS LEADERS ACTUALLY BELIEVE that they are doing the heavy lifting in the coalition and have the strongest support base. Therefore, they deserve to have the final say on all things in PR. It is the same thinking that is making Hadi and his clerics believe that they should decide whether Khalid should be removed or retained as the MB.

Yet, there is NO EVIDENCE that PAS has outperformed its coalition partners or is even carrying PKR and DAP on its shoulders. In fact, empirical and anecdotal evidence would suggest that for its bluster and posturing, PAS HAS BEEN A LET DOWN AT THE BALLOT BOX. 

1) It did not secure the rural Malay vote for the coalition in GE13.

2) Prior to joining Pakatan Rakyat, PAS had been struggling for its voice to be heard beyond the east coast. Let's put it more simply, the party that has its roots in the rural Malay heartland COULD NOT DELIVER WHAT IT PROMISED. 

3. More than half of the parliamentary seats PAS candidates won were delivered because of NON -Malay votes. In Selangor, at least seven of the 56 state seats held by PAS were won BECAUSE OF THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT OF NON MALAYS TO PAKATAN RAKYAT. 

4 So in effect, it was DAP and PKR WHO HELPED PAS PUT UP A RESPECTABLE SHOW IN GE 13, and NOT the other way around. 

The non-Malay electorate were willing to cast aside their long suspicion of PAS because of the inclusive rhetoric of Anwar, Rafizi Ramli, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng.

5. To be fair to PAS, the electorate were also enamoured with Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Khalid Samad and other moderate voices in the Islamist party, BELIEVING TGE MODERATE AND PROGRESSIVE BLOC WAS STEERING THE WAY FORWARD FOR PAS. 

In short, non-Malay voters were willing to support PAS candidates because they contested on the PR platform.

6. WiITHOUT this important support from Chinese and Indian voters, PAS would have performed disastrously in GE13.

PAS would have returned to what it was before it joined PR: a political party struggling for its voice to be heard beyond the east coast of West Malaysia.

7. The party could not even hold on to Kedah, losing the state to Barisan Nasional (BN) after it refused to change a menteri besar who was not only out of his depth, but insistent on focusing on the form as opposed to the substance of Islamic governance.

Incidentally, it was this same combination that led to the fall of the HADI-led TERENGANU government in 2004, AFTER JUST ONE TERM IN OFFICE,.

BUT THIS POLITICAL REALITY IS LOST ON PAS. 

Hadi Awang and friends actually believe that they are in a position to dictate terms. THEY ARE NOT. 

And it is time that PKR and DAP stand up to the bullying and posturing of PAS.

It is far more palatable to TAKE THE PAIN NOW AND EVEN AT THE NEXT GENERAL,ELECTION , than to go along hoping that the major fault lines (PKR/DAP - PAS) in this coalition will go away.

The rhetoric of Hadi's camp about its queasiness in working with NON-Malays, and their archaic and offensive ideas about women in high political office, ARE PROOF THAT PAS DOES NOT HAVE THE CREDENTIALS to be a coalition with supposedly progressive ideas about governing Malaysia. 

Let alone lead it. 

MALAYSIAN INSIDER
– August 7, 2014.