Monday, May 14, 2007

Umno Parti Sekular

Sunday, 17 September 2006


“Al-Quran itu bukan hanya untuk disimpan sebagai azimat semata-mata, bukanlah untuk disimpan dalam perpustakaan untuk dilihat sekali-sekali, tetapi sebenarnya al-Quran itu perlu sentiasa dibaca kerana ia adalah penawar dan memberi kita pengajaran berkaitan sejarah silam dan kisah Nabi dan Rasul,” demikian kata Presiden Umno pada sidang media selepas merasmikan pameran ‘Al-Quran: Kesucian Seni Wahyu & Ilmuan Islam’ di Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia (Berita harian,9 September 2006).Sekali imbas kata-kata Perdana Menteri Malaysia ini tiada salahnya kerana ada unsur pengagungan terhadap Al-Quran. Bagaimanapun,jelas di sini bahawa Islam itu sudah di batas apresiasinya kepada empat hikmah terhad sahaja iaitu untuk di baca,di jadikan penawar,sejarah dan kisah–kisah Nabi dan Rasul. Samaada ia di sengajakan atau tidak, jelas di sini bahawa al-Quran ini tidak di hubungkan sedikit pun oleh Presiden Umno dengan fungsi asasinya bermatalamatkan ‘hudhallil muttaqiin’ seperti yang di gariskan dengan jelas oleh Al-Quran berbunyi, “kitab (Al-Quran) ini tidak ada keraguan padanya; petunjuk bagi mereka yang bertaqwa.’(Al-Baqarah Ayat 1). Setelah mendapat petunjuk ,Al-Quran semestinya bertujuan untuk di laksanakan. Apa erti petunjuk jika amalan memerintah negara tidak di buat mengikut petunjuk? Tidakkah menolak petunjuk samalah juga dengan seorang buta yang menolak tongkat ?Bagaimana pihak yang sesat tidak bertongkat hendak di jadikan ikutan? Allah SWT. seterusnya menegaskan lagi bahawa “Kami tidak turunkan Al-Quran ini kepadamu agar kamu menjadi celaka.”(Thoha Ayat 2). Maknanya disini,dengan melaksanakan petunjuk Al-Quran dalam konteks negara, negara itu akan di rahmati dan jauh sekali dari beroleh kecelakaan. Takutkan kecelakaan itulah Kelantan berikhtiar sehabis mampu untuk melahirkan insan yang bertaqwa untuk “Membangun Bersama Islam”.Soalnya di sini, kita sudah 49 tahun merdeka. Selama ini apa layanan Umno terhadap Al-Quran sebagai sebuah sistem dan peraturan hidup terbaik yang wajib di laksanakan dalam segenap cabang pemerintahan? Apa jaminan Umno menggunakan faham nasionalis yang menolak Quran dan membuat undang-undang sendiri untuk selamatkan rakyat dari kemurkaan Allah SWT ? Sesungguhnya,Umno tidak mempunyai “locus standi” sedikit pun untuk pandai-pandai membuat undang-undang yang tidak selari,bahkan mencanggahi undang-undang Allah SWT. selaku Tuan Punya alam. Menurut Al-Quran,dunia ini bersambung dengan akhirat. Segala aktiviti kita dalam pelbagai lapangan hidup di dunia adalah di catat dalam dua salinan. Ia tertulis di kertas pendua di mana salinannya dalam segenap perkara ada di failkan dalam fail peribadi setiap orang dari kita di bilik fail di akhirat. Soalnya selamatkah rakyat yang tidak dididik dengan semangat iman dan taqwa oleh kerajaannya di akhirat kelak jika menolak peraturan Allah? Jika di dunia pun,sudah tampak kegawatan dan semakin tidak selamanya planet bumi, maka lebih teruk lagilah keadaan kita di akhirat jika terus menerus menolak hukum Allah. Jika di perhatikan betul-betul, Presiden Umno sendiri pun sedang menjadikan Al-Quran ini sekadar tangkal azimat buat partinya yang kebangsaan itu untuk menghalau hantu dan pontianak. Pengajaran yang di ambil dari perjuangan Nabi-Nabi hanyalah untuk di telaah di perpustakaan,di hafal dan di hiasi dalam bingkai berkhat dan di jadikan teks-teks ucapan. Meniru perangai penjajah, Umno kurung Al-Quran di masjid,surau dan musolla. Jika Umno buat-buat kasihkan Al-Quran sekalipun, ia di lakukan dalam kerangka perlembagaan negara tinggalan penjajah yang sekular. Merdekakah ini apabila tangan dan kaki rakyat di paksa berjalan di atas sistem yang memisahkan pemerintahan dengan Agama?Sebenarnya,saya ada bukti kukuh untuk menuduh Umno tidak jujur dengan pelaksanaan Islam. Baru minggu lepas, Dato’ Seri Menteri Pelajaran kita ada membuat kenyataan ini: “Apabila anda campurkan agama dan politik,ia adalah sesuatu yang tidak boleh di maafkan. Saya tidak akan bertolak ansur dengan hujah sedemikian.’(Berita Minggu,3 September 2006).Pendirian ini sekular sepenuhnya Jika sudah itulah pendirian Menteri Pelajaran Malaysia yang akan tentunya mensekularkan pula seluruh generasi pelajar, maka khilaf lagikah untuk kita ramalkan bahawa Malaysia sedang menempuh satu masa depan yang sehabis gelap serta menuju jalan mati selagi di perintah oleh Umno. Dengan kata-kata ini, bersesuaian sangatlah kata-kata Perdana Menteri Malaysia untuk meletakkan ayat-ayat Quran itu di mangkuk–mangkuk suci; sekadar layak dijadikan air penawar. Kisah Nabi Musa menentang Firaun atau Nabi Ibrahim menentang Namrud di sisi Umno nampaknya cumalah tidak lebih dari secebis kisah teater persis sebuah telemovie Leftenan Adnan, Lantai T. Pinkie atau Puteri Gunung Ledang. Seolah-olah, hadirnya kisah Nabi-Nabi itu hanya untuk tujuan pengkisahan lalu di nazam,di nasyid dan di marhaban saja-saja di musim bulan mengambang. Ia bukan untuk di kutip moral pengajarannya demi menegakkan hak dan mengelak kezaliman. Jika ada pihak cuba menafikan hujah saya ini,izinkan saya bertanya tiga soalan mudah disini iaitu; pertama, apa beza Firaun yang menuduh Musa dan Harun sebagai cuba mengusir Pemerintah (Firaun) lalu berkonspirasi sulit untuk menghukumnya(semak maksud Surah Thoha Ayat 62 & 63) dengan amalan Umno yang kononnya mencintai Nabi tetapi masih gemar menuduh mangsa ISA lalu menyumbatnya terus ke penjara tanpa di berikan hak di mahkamah untuk di bela? Kedua, beza sangatkah sikap pihak berkuasa Musyrik Makkah yang mengepung bantuan ekonomi kepada Nabi Muhamad SAW dengan amalan diskriminasi Umno ke atas penyokong gerakan Islam. Ketiga,apa bezanya perangai Abdullah bin Ubai yang menentang Nabi SAW secara bawah tanah dengan setengah-setengah pemimpin Umno yang mengisytihar Islam Hadhari dan Negara Islam tetapi menolak pelaksanaan Islam dan melawan gerakan Islam?Dengan contoh-contoh ini,sangat jelas yang Umno cuma gemar mengakui kesucian Al-Quran sekadar di kertas. Bagi kami, PAS telah menjalankan amanah dengan menghulurkan lampu.Rupanya Umno pula cukup gemar memadam lampu. Rupanya “dia” selesa bergelap dan suka merayap di malam gelap.

Nik Abd.Aziz Nik Mat,Menteri Besar Kelantan.

Be fair, so what’s the Bumi share?

A. Kadir Jasin Mon May 14, 07 04:07:32 PM


THE Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, according to The Star report today (May 12) said that Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) must be fair to all.

He was quoted as saying that the bank should always be “fair and just” to all.
The Prime Minister said the bank’s requirement that legal firms dealing with it must have a Bumiputera partner with at least a 50% stake was never a government directive.
Abdullah’s statement came after the bank was similarly admonished by two other Umno and Government VIPs, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak and his cousin Hishammuddin Hussein.
The former is the Deputy Prime Minister and the latter Education Minister and Umno Youth head, who is famous for unsheathing the kris and swearing by it. Najib too had his moment of glory when he led a Malay demonstration in 1987.
On Wednesday, the Cabinet directed Maybank to withdraw the directive following criticism from various groups including the MCA, Bar Council and the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Following that, the country’s biggest bank reversed this internal guideline and said it would elect its panel of lawyers based on efficiency, performance and merit, and not ethnic composition.
However, the Utusan Malaysia reported yesterday (May 11) that Malay intellectuals and businessmen were asking for Maybank to retain the 50% Bumiputera stake requirement.
I congratulate the Utusan for daring to publish the report on the front page. I hope its editor gets to keep his job.
Asked about the Maybank action, Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, said there was “no need to ask Maybank to do this and that. They know what is needed.”
But the Cabinet had earlier ordered the bank what to do, i.e. to withdraw the ruling. So does it mean the Cabinet acted against the wishes of the Prime Minister?
On my part, I would like to ask Maybank if it has been “fair and just” to all Malaysians. By that I mean 60 per cent or more of its loans and advances are directed at the Bumiputeras, 30 per cent at the Chinese and seven per cent at the Indians.
It’s unfair and unjust if Bumiputeras receive less than that because they make up more than 60 per cent of the population.
No, the figure should not include loans and advances to the government, its agencies and GLCs as they belong not to the Bumiputeras but to all Malaysians. - http://kadirjasin.blogspot.com/

Samy: Be prepared to pay higher SMART toll

BY ROYCE CHEAH

KUALA LUMPUR: The public should be prepared to pay higher tolls for the newly-opened road tunnel here because of its cost, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
He however declined to reveal the toll for the 3km road portion of the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) which motorists would be able to use for free for a month from 3pm today.
"There are a lot of suggestions but the Government is still thinking about it," he said during a press conference after the opening ceremony.
Samy Vellu said the public had to understand that SMART took a lot of time and money to build.
"So one must not think that the toll for this 3km tunnel will be like normal highways. It is different," he said.
The tunnel is the first in the world which has a dual function. Besides being a road tunnel, it will also be used for flood water diversion.
Motorists can enter the tunnel from the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway near the Sungai Besi airfield runway and exit either at Jalan Davis and Jalan Tun Razak near the Kampung Pandan roundabout.
The tunnel is only open to cars, MPVs and SUVs not exceeding 2m in height with Touch 'n' Go and SmartTag facilities available. No motorcycles, buses or lorries are allowed.

PUNB sasar lahirkan 480 usahawan Bumiputera

PERBADANAN Usahawan Nasional Bhd (PUNB) mensasarkan untuk melahirkan 480 usahawan Bumiputera baru tahun ini menerusi empat skim yang dikendalikannya.Ketua Eksekutifnya, Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad, berkata daripada jumlah itu, 300 usahawan disasar dilahirkan di bawah Skim Projek Usahawan Bumiputera Dalam Bidang Peruncitan (Prosper), 150 menerusi Skim Prosper Siswazah, 12 melalui Skim Pembiayaan Usahawan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) dan 18 di bawah Skim Pemborong Prosper.Beliau berkata, PUNB akan mengatur strategi promosi lebih agresif bagi memastikan sasaran itu dicapai.Ini, katanya termasuk mengadakan promosi di seluruh negara membabitkan pegawai PUNB, malah beliau sendiri akan turun padang untuk jadual tertentu bagi menggiatkan lagi usaha penggalakan itu.“Sepanjang Januari hingga April lalu, kami telah menganjurkan lebih 15 sesi taklimat di beberapa lokasi seluruh negara. Ini tidak termasuk sesi taklimat mingguan di ibu pejabat PUNB di Plaza Sentral serta beberapa lokasi terpilih.“Bagi mereka yang berminat untuk menyertai skim yang disediakan PUNB mereka boleh merujuk laman web kami atau berhubung terus dengan pegawai kami,” katanya ketika ditemui di Kuantan, baru-baru ini.Skim Prosper diwujudkan pada Ogos 2000, tetapi digerakkan secara aktif pada Januari 2001.Ia menyaksikan kemajuan ketara pada 2005 apabila skim itu diperluaskan dengan mewujudkan Skim Prosper Siswazah pada Ogos tahun itu untuk menggalakkan siswazah Bumiputera tidak melebihi 31 tahun menyertai perniagaan dalam sektor peruncitan.Pinjaman di bawah skim itu bermula daripada RM50,000 dan siswazah yang dipilih hanya perlu mengeluarkan modal sendiri sebanyak 10 peratus daripada modal modal penubuhan perniagaan.Skim Prosper diperluaskan lagi tahun lalu dengan memperkenalkan Skim Pemborong Prosper pada Februari bertujuan mencari sinergi kepada peruncit Bumiputera lain untuk mendapatkan bekalan daripada pemborong Bumiputera.PUNB menawarkan pembiayaan kira-kira RM240 juta sehingga 2010 untuk membangunkan usahawan Bumiputera sebagai pemborong, pengedar atau pembekal berdaya maju dan berdaya saing.Di bawah inisiatif memajukan pemborong Bumiputera itu, kadar pembiayaan ditambah daripada had maksimum RM5 juta di bawah skim Prosper biasa.

Malaysians Pay For Both Privatisation and Corruption?

Press Statement by Lim Guan Eng Petaling Jaya,


Thursday:

DAP disputes Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's contention that Malaysia's privatization programme is a success as the people have been unable to enjoy the benefits of privatization in the form of cheaper pricing and higher efficiency whilst being forced to give up regulatory control over provision of essential services. Najib had claimed in the Jeddah Economic Forum yesterday, "The government's budgetary commitments were reduced whereby RM7.7 billion were saved in terms of its operating expenditure annually whilst capital or development expenditure savings are estimated at RM153.6 billion, equivalent to one third of our gross domestic product. …the government's administrative burden was equally reduced, with more than 113,000 public sector employees transferred to the private sector through the privatisation exercise." Najib is clearly confused between fact and fiction. It is a fact that one of the aims of the privatization policy was reduce the number of civil servants public servants to just over 500,000. But it is pure fiction for Najib to hail the success of privatization by claiming that the government has succeeded as shown by the transfer of 113,000 public sector employees transferred to the private sector. Unfortunately, instead of declining the public sector continued to expand. In 1990, the federal government had 773,997 employees but by 2000, there were 894,788 - a rise of 15.6%. In 2007, the federal government employed 1.1 million civil servants, a rise of 42% since 1990. The figures could be higher than 1.1 million as it does not include employees of state governments. Whilst it is a fact that the government saved RM 7.7 billion annually in operating expenditure and RM 153.6 billion in development expenditure from privatization, it is pure fiction to maintain that the government did not suffer any losses. Has Najib forgotten the following hundred billion ringgit costs of privatization? RM11,022 million to rescue only 7 privatised projects from 2001-2006 One, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk Abdul Rahman Suliman told the Dewan Rakyat in December last year that the government spent more than RM11,022 million to rescue seven ailing privatised ventures over the past five years from 2001-2006 as follows:- · the Putra transport system, which cost RM4.486 billion; · the STAR-LRT bailout costing RM3.256 billion; · MAS bailout costing RM2.802 billion respectively; · the takeover of the National Sewerage System costing RM192.54 million; · the Seremban-Port Dickson Highway costing RM142 million; · the Kuching Prison costing RM135 million; and · the Unit Kajian Makanan dan Gunaan Orang Islam costing RM8.3 million. The original cost of these sick 7 privatised projects amounts to RM 15,864 million. In other words spending an extra RM 11,022 million represents an extra 70% of the original cost, far above the variance of 5-10% for construction projects. More importantly, this only includes the money spent by the government to bail out failed privatized ventures during the past 5 years from 2001-2006. There were 490 projects were privatised from 1983 to 2005, and Malaysians do not know the number requiring bailouts out of the 490 privatised projects since 1983 by the Federal government. Amongst those failed government project not included are the RM120 million Middle Ring Road 2, where an additional RM70 million had to be paid for repair work; the RM167 million Matrade building which was eventually completed at a cost of RM287 million; and the RM198 million Navy Recruit Training Centre (Pularek) which had 7,032 defects and needed an additional RM13 million. RM 38.5 billion in compensation payment to highway concessionaires Two, on September 22 last year in Parliament, Works Minister Datuk S Samy Vellu revealed that the government had paid RM 38.5 billion in compensation to the 20 highway concession companies in the country. The first toll collection began at the Shapadu highway in Klang in 1984 followed by the North-South Expressway in 1988.Of the total RM38.5 billion, the government paid RM1.76 billion in cash while the remainder was in tax exemption and extending the concession period. Clearly the RM 38.5 billion in compensation to the 20 highway companies does not include the toll collected from motorists using the highways. The RM 38.5 billion compensation paid by the government exceeds the construction cost of all these highways without including the tens of billions ringgit in toll collected from motorists. Morgan Stanley estimates US$100 billion losses from corruption since 1980s Three, what about those allegations of financial scandals attending failed privatized ventures such as the twin RM 3.5 billion Bumiputra Finance scandals or RM 5 billion Perwaja scandals? In Time Asia magazine issue on March 15 2004, South East Asian economist at Morgan Stanley in Singapore Daniel Lian, figures "that the country may have lost as much as U$$100 billion or RM 380 billion since the early 1980s to corruption." If Malaysia lost RM 380 billion to corruption both from privatized and government ventures during Mahathir's 22 year old reign, the situation now could have worsened. When Mahathir stepped down as Prime Minister in 2003, Malaysia's ranking was No. 37 under the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. And Morgan Stanley estimated RM 380 billion losses due to corruption during that period. Three years later, Malaysia 's corruption ranking has deteriorated to No. 44 in 2006. By slipping down 7 places during Abdullah's rule as Prime Minister, many fear that corruption has worsened and the cost to the nation may be even higher than during Mahathir's era. Clearly the costs of privatization are substantial and may even exceed the savings of RM 7.7 billion in annual operating expenditure and RM 153.6 billion in development expenditure. No wonder many refer to the government privatization programme as a piratisation exercise which benefits the few to the detriment of all Malaysians.