18 April 2014

Anwar: Ini mungkin pidato terakhir saya...


Ketua Pembangkang, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengingatkan rakyat Permatang Pauh supaya bangun menjadi benteng amanah dan ketelusan negara dan tidak mudah menggadaikan pronsip kepada Umno dan BN sekiranya beliau dipenjarakan buat kali kedua.

Berucap dalam ceramah Reformasi 2.0 di Seberang Jaya malam tadi, anggota Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu berkata: 

“Ini mungkin pidato terakhir saya di sini.”

Beliau antaranya mengingatkan orang ramai terhadap “ketidakadilan” sekitar kesnya.

Menurutnya, jika ditakdirkan semalam adalah pidato terakhir beliau di Permatang Pauh, Anwar mahu jentera Pakatan Rakyat diperkemaskan bagi menghadapi pilihan raya kecil (PRK) kawasan parlimen itu.

Berucap di pentas Reformasi 2.0 di Tapak Ekspo Seberang Jaya, dekat sini, beliau tidak menolak kemungkinan akan dipenjarakan jika rayuannya dalam kes Liwat 2 ditolak Mahkamah Persekutuan.

Beliau mendapat maklumat bahawa BN sudah mempersiapkan jentera untuk berhadapan dengan PRK Permatang Pauh seandai dirinya didapati bersalah serta dipenjarakan.

Pada 7 Mac, Mahkamah Rayuan di Putrajaya mendapati beliau bersalah dan menjatuhkan hukuman lima tahun terhadapnya selepas rayuan terhadap pembebasannya yang dibuat  di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur sebelum itu.

Ketua Umum PKR itu kini mempunyai sepuluh hari untuk memfailkan rayuan terhadap hukuman itu. 

Beliau kini harus menjadi peguam baru ekoran kematian peguam yang mewakilinya Karpal Singh dalam kemalangan tragik semalam.

"Andai kata Allah SWT uji kita dengan isu ini, saya mahu anda di Permatang Pauh bangun sebagai benteng mempertahankan amanah daripada penyangak Umno dan BN yang terlalu ghairah mahu merampas sekaligus meranapkan Pakatan Rakyat," tegasnya di hadapan ribuan hadirin.

Jelas Anwar lagi, keseluruhan konpirasi yang dilaluinya pasti terjawab suatu hari dan pasti terdedah satu persatu.

Menurut Anwar, walaupun dikurung di penjara sekali lagi semangat serta jiwaraganya tidak akan lemah longlai.

Anwar juga berharap penyokongnya akan mempertahankan kerusi anggota Parlimen yang disandangkan di situ jika beliau hilang kelayakan ekoran keputusan mahkamah tidak memihak padanya.

"Anwar bukan orang yang cepat lemah semangat malahan akan terus bangkit biarpun dipenjara, " katanya sambil melaungkan slogan "Lawan Tetap Lawan".

Turut berucap Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifudin Nasution Ismail, Pengarah Strategik PKR, Rafizi Ramli, Timbalan Yang DiPertua PAS Baling, Brigadier Jeneral (B) Dato' Najmi Ahmad, Pesuruhjaya PAS Pulau Pinang, Mohamd Sabu dan Timbalan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Datuk Abdul Rashid Hasnon.

Anwar juga sempat menziarahi jenazah bekas Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh di kediaman keluarga Ahli Parlimen Jelutong itu di Jalan Utama, Georgetown petang semalam.

Karpal meninggal dunia akibat kecederaan parah apabila kenderaan yang dinaikinya terlibat dalam kemalangan di Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan hala ke utara dekat Gua Tempurung awal pagi semalam.- harakahdaily/mk


Anwar menandatangani buku ucapan takziah di kediaman Karpal Singh.

Anwar: Karpal's death a personal loss to me...

The tragic death of Bukit Gelugor parliamentarian Karpal Singh has affected PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, and his family personally, he said.

"His death is a personal loss to me, to my wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and to my family," the Permatang Pauh MP said in memory of Karpal at the party's Reformasi 2.0 ceramah in Seberang Jaya last night.

Participants at the event observed a minute's silence for the veteran lawyer after being shown a brief presentation of his contribution to the country.

Karpal, 74, died in a car crash about 1am yesterday, near the Gopeng exit of the North-South Expressway, together with his helper, Michael Cornelius, 39.

The duo were travelling to Penang from Kuala Lumpur with three others, including Karpal's son, Ram Karpal.

Karpal's remains are currently at his family home in Jalan Utama, Penang, until 11 am on Sunday when  the body will be taken to Batu Lanchang for cremation.

During his speech, Anwar recounted the last moments he had with the former DAP national chairperson, who has been his lawyer for the past 15 years, after his  sacking from his deputy prime minister's post in 1998, sparking the Reformasi movement.

Four missed calls from Karpal

Anwar said that at 6.20pm on Tuesday, while on the way to the airport to catch a flight to Alor Setar, Kedah, he received four missed calls from Karpal.

He learnt later that the calls from to inform him that Karpal had obtained all the documents pertaining to the Sodomy II case from the Court of Appeal, Anwar said.

Karpal was working on the notice for Anwar's appeal to the Federal Court to overturn the Court of Appeal decision to jail him, which had to be submitted in 10 days, Anwar said.

"This is because there are efforts by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to appeal for a higher sentence against me," Anwar claimed.

"This is really sial. The five years’ jail sentence is already cruel. Karpal told me, ‘you carry on, Anwar. I will do my best, I will fight them in the Federal Court’," Anwar told the 2,000-odd crowd at the rally.

Now that Karpal is gone, Anwar said, he was uncertain who will replace Karpal as his lawyer, adding that a newly-appointed lawyer "has to read everything all over again".

"It is difficult to find lawyers like Karpal. There are Umno lawyers but many want a contract. It seems we can have the best counsel, but it will be pointless if the decision has already been made in our cases," he said.

"The attorney-general wants to counter-appeal for a higher sentence for me. What kind of human being is this?" Anwar asked.

"We are supposed to be good human beings. How do you want the non Muslims to respect us?

"Karpal is not just a lawyer for me, but a friend and a comrade in our political struggle,. When I was in jail for six years before, he visited me at least once or twice a month."


Karpal refused payment for legal service


Another fond memory he had of Karpal was when Karpal refused to receive any payment for his legal services.

At that time, Anwar was serving his six-year sentence for Sodomy I, from 2001 to 2006, at the Sungai Buloh Prison.

Anwar said his family raised the money to pay the legal fees but Karpal had refused to take the money.

"He chided my brother Rosli, who took the money to him. I didn't know about this," Anwar recalled, until Karpal told me, "Anwar, you better tell your family members not to disturb me."

Anwar said he insisted that Karpal accepts his fees, since he had commitments such as staff salaries and office rental, but Karpal retorted: "You, Anwar, have sacrificed yourself, went to jail, beaten half-dead...  how can I take money from you?"

Karpal then told me, Anwar said to loud clapping from the crowd: "You tell your family, since you sacrificed for the nation, I am only contributing a small part of it to defend you."

He then went on to rap some Umno members who disrespected Karpal's death with their tweets, saying even the Prophet had shown respect to the passing cortege of a Jew, supposedly an enemy of Islam.

Principled stand on issues


"Karpal opposed hudud as he is not Muslim, but what about Muslims like former prime minister Dr Mohamed protesting the law?" Anwar asked.

Karpal is well-known for his principled stand on issues and strong objection to hudud, which he argued was in contravention of the the Federal Constitution.

"Why no one said anything when Mahathir supports the anti-hadith movement? These people are munafik (hypocrites)."

Meanwhile, PAS deputy chief Mohamed Sabu, who also spoke at the event, remembered Karpal as a good lawyer who defended the voiceless, including a purdah-wearing woman who was sacked by her employer.

"Karpal asked me to look for a Muslim scholar who could advised him on women's attire in Islam," Mohamed, who is widely known as Mat Sabu, said.

"Of course, this kind of story will not be told in the press but that is how Karpal was. We were close as we were in Kamunting together, during our Internal Security Act detention during Operasi Lalang from 1987," Mat Sabu said.

Other leaders present with Anwar at the Reformasi 2.0 ceramah included Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Rashid Hasnon, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and MPs Rafizi Ramli (Pandan), Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Sim Tze Tzin (Bayan Baru) and Johari Abdul (Sungai Petani).

Other than Rashid, the assemblypersons from Penang present included Norlela Ariffin (Penanti), Lee Khai Loon (Machang Bubok) and Ong Chin Wen (Bukit Tengah).- mk



 Karpal hanya menentang kerana tak faham hudud...

Bekas Ahli Jawatankuasa Umno bahagian Wangsa Maju, Shahbudin Husin mempertahankan tindakan bekas Pengerusi DAP, mendiang  Karpal Singh yang selama ini menentang pelaksanaan hukum hudud dalam negara.

Menurut Shahbudin, Karpal merupakan seorang yang tegar dalam memperjuangkan keadilan dan pemergiannya pastinya akan dirasai oleh mereka yang berpegang teguh kepada perlembagaan negara.

“Hormati beliau sebagai manusia dan perjuangannya terhadap keadilan sepanjang hidupnya. Penentangannya terhadap hukum hudud barangkali boleh dimaafkan kerana beliau bukan beragama Islam yang memahami sepenuhnya perlaksanaan hukum tersebut.

“Tetapi bagaimana dengan adanya orang Islam sendiri yang menentang hudud dengan pelbagai hujah tidak Islamik? Pemmpin Umno sendiri, termasuk yang berpendidikan agama, ramai yang mengeluarkan pendapat memperlekeh hudud dengan antaranya termasuk Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim yang berkata, jika selepas dipotong tangan kanan kerana kesalahan mencuri pertama, kemudian tangan kiri pula kerana kesalahan kedua, selepas itu apa pula yang mahu dipotong.

“Bukankah ia lebih menghina berbanding Karpal yang hanya berkata, “langkah mayat saya dulu” jika mahu melaksanakan hudud,” soal Shahbudin melalui entri blognya semalam yang bertajuk ‘Kematian Karpal Singh Perlu Disimpati, Bukan Dikeji’.

Shahbudin turut membidas penggunaan kata-kata keji yang dilemparkan oleh pengendali laman sosial pro-Umno kepada mendiang yang disifatkannya sebagai tidak beretika.



“Begitu juga dengan tindakan bekas ahli parlimen Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Datuk Zulkifli Nordin yang cuba mempolitikkan kematian Karpal dengan mengatakan kematiannya sengaja ditakdirkan Allah SWT untuk memudahkan perlaksnaan hukum hudud, juga tidak boleh diterima serta melambangkan sarang pemikirannya yang kotor lagi keji.

“Tidakkah beliau sedar yang paling utama menentang hudud ialah (Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad)? Bekas perdana menteri itu bukan saja menulis surat mengenainya, bercakap dalam pelbagai nada, bahkan menggunakan parlimen untuk menghalangnya dengan mengatakan perlaksanaan hudud tidak boleh dilaksanakan kerana bertentangan dengan perlembagaan persekutuan.

“Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri Terengganu (Mohd Zubir Embong) pula baru-baru ini turut menolak usul hudud yang dibentangkan. Jadi siapa sebenarnya yang lebih menolak hudud?” tegasnya lagi.

Dalam masa yang sama, Shahbudin turut memuji tindakan Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin yang menempelak kenyataan Zulkifli itu di laman Twitter.

“Sebab itu tindakan Khairy Jamaluddin yang menempelak Zulkifli dengan teguran keras “Shut up. Really shut up” amat bertepatan sekali walaupun KJ (Khairy) jarang-jarang memakai kopiah putih di kepalanya seperti penampilan Zulkifli itu,” katanya lagi.- fmt

BN and Pakatan leaders throng Karpal's wake...

BN and Pakatan Rakyat leaders continued to pay their last respects to Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh.

At 10.30am, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri came by, saying she fondly remembered Karpal as a "very professional politician and lawyer".

"Even when he tabled the motion on judges in Parliament, Karpal never mentioned his Sedition case," she  told reporters.

Some 30 minutes later, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali stopped by with his entourage of state leaders.

Accompanying him were state executive councillors Abdul Malik Kassim and Dr Afif Bahardin, and party women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin.

"Karpal defended me when I was asked to leave the Parliament proceedings when the motion on judges the judiciary was tabled, I will always remember that," Azmin said.

That was the day when Pakatan leaders staged a walkout from the Dewan Rakyat in support of Azmin, who is also Gombak MP and Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyperson

State Opposition Leader Jahara Hamid also came by at about 11am with several Umno assemblypersons including Shahedan Kassim (Teluk Bahang) and Roslan Saidin (Pinang Tunggal).

"He was never personal, he was beyond that," Jahara said.

Even before 10am, Karpal’s family had opened their gates and the public lined up to pay their last respects to the veteran lawyer.

Party flag draped on coffin


Around noon, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, his father Gelang Patah MP Kit Siang and a host of other DAP leaders arrived and draped a party flag over the coffin.

State DAP chairperson Chow Kon Yeow said Karpal's cortege will leave his home in Jalan Utama at about 8 am on Sunday.

His cortege will arrive at the Dewan Sri Pinang an hour later where the public can pay their last respects for two hours. His remains will then be taken to the Batu Gantung cremation centre.

"His cortege will stop at several sites which are of significance to Karpal like the Penang High Court and St Xavier's Institution on Light Street, the state assembly legislative building along Farquhar street and his own legal office on Jalan Greenhall," Chow said.

He added that the St Xavier's Institution band will accompany the cortege.

The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Penang branch leaders, who were also at the wake, remembered Karpal as a champion of workers' rights.

"His advice, guidance were invaluable to us. He was always a fighter for the downtrodden and the underprivileged," said MTUC secretary K Veeriah.

MTUC state chief S Ravindran said Karpal was "beyond colour".

"He acknowledged everyone, regardless of their race or social standing," he added.

Family overwhelmed with public support


Karpal’s eldest son, Jagdeep, said his father never asked for recognition when he was alive but the family is overwhelmed with the public support shown thus far.

“We thank everyone for the support, my mobile phone broke down last night after receiving thousands of condolences messages from the public, who honoured the memory of my dad,” he added.

He thanked the state government, which after an emergency state executive council meeting yesterday, decided to honour Karpal with a state-honoured funeral.

The decision also includes flying all state agencies flags at half mast until Sunday, and for allowing his cortege to be placed at the Dewan Sri Pinang for two hours in the premises so that state dignitaries, the public, family and friends can pay their last respects.

“My dad never asked for any recognition for his contributions during his lifetime but we are thankful for all the honour that has been shown to him so far,” said Jagdeep.

“The public have broken down and cried, we are deeply touched by all the prayers, well-wishes and the kind thoughts,” he added.- mk


Karpal Singh- Tiger of Jelutong 

Samy Vellu cries for Karpal, hugs Guan Eng




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Pulau Pinang adakan upacara pengkebumian dengan penghormatan negeri, as the tiger will not roar again...

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Karpal akan dikebumi dengan penghormatan negeri Pulau Pinang...

Selepas seumur hidup berkhidmat kepada negara, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang akan mengiktiraf sumbangan Karpal Singh dengan mengadakan upacara pengebumian penghormatan negeri.

Bendera Pulau Pinang akan dikibarkan separuh tiang sehingga selesai majlis pengebumiannya pada Ahad ini.

Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng berkata, bendera juga akan menutupi keranda Karpal.

 "Kita tidak boleh mengadakan pengebumian negeri kerana itu di bawah bidang kuasa persekutuan jadi kami hanya boleh memberi mendiang upacara pengkebumian dengan penghormatan negeri," kata Lim pada satu sidang media ringkas di rumah Karpal di Jalan Utama petang ini.

Orang ramai katanya, juga akan dapat memberi penghormatan terakhir kepada Karpal di Dewan Sri Pinang pada pagi Ahad bermula jam  9:00 pagi hingga 11:00 pagi.

Lim berkata hal ini diputuskan oleh exco kerajaan negeri dan dipersetujui oleh keluarga Karpal.

Karpal, bekas pengerusi kebangsaan DAP yang dihormati dan diberi jolokan “Harimau Jelutong”' meninggal dunia dalam kemalangan kereta awal pagi ini di Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan berhampiran Kampar, Perak.

Beliau ketika itu sedang dalam perjalanan ke Pulau Pinang dari Kuala Lumpur bagi menghadiri perbicaraan kes bunuh di Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang apabila keretanya melanggar sebuah lori. Beliau meninggal dunia di tempat kejadian.

Pembantunya, Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu juga meninggal dunia manakala anak Karpal, Ramkarpal dan pemandu mengalami kecederaan ringan.‎

Mayat Karpal akan dibakar mengikut adat Sikh pada pukul 11 ​​pagi Ahad di krematorium Batu Tergantung.

Anak-anaknya, Ahli Exco Pulau Pinang, Jagdeep Singh Deo dan Ahli Parlimen Puchong, Gobind Singh Deo, mengucapkan terima kasih kepada kerajaan negeri kerana memberikan kepujian negeri kepada bapa mereka.

"Saya amat yakin dia akan sangat bangga menjadi anak Pulau Pinang dan dianugerahkan penghormatan negeri," kata Jagdeep.‎

Mereka juga mengucapkan terima kasih kepada orang ramai dan pemimpin politik di atas simpati dan ucapan takziah mereka.

Mayat Karpal tiba di rumahnya di Pulau Pinang kira-kira jam 3:35 petang hari ini dari Ipoh.

Terdahulu petang ini, Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Negeri Teng Chang Yeow berada di rumah Karpal untuk memberi penghormatan mereka. – tmi

Penang to give Karpal official send-off...

The Penang government will provide veteran lawmaker Karpal Singh an official send off.
 
According to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the Penang flag would be used to cover Karpal's cortege.
 
All state agencies will fly the Penang flags at half-mast for three days until the funeral on Sunday, said Lim.
 
He added that a public ceremony at the Dewan Sri Pinang will be held on Sunday from 9am to 11am for the public to pay their respects. 
 
Lim said that the state exco had decided this during an emergency meeting today.

He stressed that the state honour funeral is different from a state funeral, which is under the federal government's jurisdiction.

He added that the decision was made after consultation with family and as a mark of respect to a statesman.

Exco has appointed Chow Kon Yeow to handle and coordinate the funeral and Penang state financial officer Mokhtar Mohd Jait will be in charge of matters involving government machinery.

Karpal, 74, and his long-time aide Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu, 39, were killed in a road accident about 1.10 this morning near Kampar in Perak.

The former DAP chairperson's sudden departure has shocked the nation, and elicated a flood of eulogies from both sides of the political divide.
 
Meanwhile, Lim also expressed gratitude to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and others for paying respect to Karpal today.
 
"The deputy premier also conveyed the prime minister's condolences. The PM is currently in Turkey," he said.

Earlier, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim also paid his respects to Karpal and was accompanied by Penang legislative assembly speaker Law Choo Kiang and a few PKR leaders.
 
This was followed by a PAS delegation led by Penang PAS leader Mohamad Sabu and his predecessor Salleh Man.
 
Anwar said the Reformasi 2.0 rally in Seberang Jaya tonight will proceed as planned but DAP will not be taking part because the party has postponed all party functions.
 
He said organisers will be adjusting the programme for the event to include a tribute for Karpal.- mk








Pengakuan Dr Mahathir : Karpal Banyak Menyumbang Kepada Negara


Pada awal tahun 80an dahulu, UMNO telah mengharamkan pemakaian purdah oleh para muslimah.Arakian seorang muslimah bernama Hajah Halimatus Saadiah yang bertugas sebagai kerani di pejabat SUK Perak telah DIPECAT oleh kerajaan UMNO dan BN kerana memakai purdah....Walaupun purdah itu hukumnya hanya sunat, tapi UMNO tiada hak untuk mengharamkan pemakaiannya.mendiang Karpal Singh jauh lebih baik daripada Melayu yang menjadi macai belaan penyangak  dan penyamun UMNO munafikun itu.






K'jaan mahu sorok maklumat kotak hitam...

Anwar Ibrahim berkata beliau sangsi dengan tindakan Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail yang berkunjung ke UK untuk membincangkan mengenai hak menjaga kotak hitam pesawat MH370.

“Mereka bimbang dengan penjagaan kotak hitam. Ini yang menarik...

“Pada saya, dalam kes ini, sesiapa sahaja boleh membaca kotak hitam... Jadi anda boleh rasa (tindakan) menyembunyikan maklumat, tetapi (untuk) mempertahankan apa?,” katanya.

Mengikut perjanjian antarabangsa, negara tempat pendaftaran sesuatu pesawat akan mengetuai penyiasatan dalam kes kemalangan udara yang berlaku di perairan antarabangsa.

Bagaimanapun, negara tersebut boleh mewakilkan tanggungjawab itu kepada negara lain, dengan persetujuan bersama.- mk


Anwar: Are they trying to 'protect' the black box...

Attorney-general's Abdul Gani Patail's trip to the UK to determine the ownership of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370's black box arouses suspicion that Malaysia is out to ensure it does not fall into the hands of foreigners.

This raises the possibility that Malaysia doesn't want other countries to access the data before they do, said PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim (left).

"They are worried about protecting the black box. This is interesting," he said, during a recent interview with Malaysiakini.

He said acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had dismissed the importance of the custody of the black box, saying there was “no question” information in the black box would be released.

"To me, in this case, anyone should be able to read the black box... So you can sense this concealing of information, but protecting what?”

Putrajaya had led slip that Abdul Gani (right) had went to the UK last week to confer with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on the ownership of the black box.

Currently, the plane is believed to have ended its journey in the Indian Ocean and Australia has been tasked with finding it. This has sparked questions about the ownership of the black box and its valuable data.

Malaysia's responsibility for the investigation was based on the Chicago Convention of the ICAO.

When an accident or incident takes place in international waters, the country where the aircraft is registered is in charge of the investigation, although it can delegate this responsibility to another country, with mutual consent.

International scrutiny needed

Meanwhile, Anwar also called for the formation of an independent international commission to immediately investigate the plane’s disappearance, stressing that this was necessary as current investigations led by Malaysia had “lacked transparency."

"First it was incompetence, now ineptitude, which I think relates to the opaque system of government. There should be an independent international commission so we can get the truth."

Hishammuddin announced yesterday that cabinet is mulling forming an international panel to show transparency. This is on top of three domestic ministerial committees formed to probe and coordinate the investigation.

But Anwar said there was no reason to delay the appointment of the international committee, which would go some way to restoring the credibility Malaysia lost over the initial bungling of the investigation and search.

"To regain the lost trust and confidence in the country, and to show we have a leadership that is competent and willing to make the necessary adjustments and changes, they should appoint an international commission."

Anwar is sceptical of what Malaysian investigators would find, and said different forms of investigations proposed domestically had been rejected by the government, including a Royal Commission of Inquiry, Parliamentary Select Committee, and even a debate in Parliament.

"They are having ministerial investigations which will be nothing. Probably they will choose some fall guy, some director, and that will be it.

"But it involved MAS, KLIA, the air force, the Transport Ministry, and of the course the prime minister and how he dealt with it."

Opaque system

The sporadic, and often inaccurate, release of information surrounding the investigation had fuelled speculation the government was deliberately hiding something, Anwar said.

"If we were to handle it, of course we would handle it differently – we have to be transparent, we cannot lie to the international community."

The failure to release the cargo manifest was just one instance of the government withholding, or concealing, information vital to the search and rescue operation.

"It is so essential in the search, but it is not a national secret, it is not a security matter."

Even the Australian government had not been given the details of the cargo on board MH370, Anwar said.

"Frankly, under this system which is opaque, which is corrupt, I don’t think they can come out with anything substantive. I have absolutely no confidence in the system.

"But they continue; they don’t care. Dictators never learn." - mk


Photo: ADUN PALOH TERLIBAT DALAM KEMALANGAN JALANRAYA .. ISTERINYA MENINGGAL DUNIA. 
http://omakkau.blogspot.com/2014/04/adun-paloh-terlibat-dalam-kemalangan.html

Lawak bodoh daripada 2 ekoq spesis badut...


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17 April 2014

Karpal Singh maut dalam nahas jalanraya...

Tangisan, kesedihan di Hospital Ipoh ratapi kematian Karpal Singh...

Jenazah Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor, Karpal Singh tiba di Hospital Ipoh jam 7.25 pagi ini dari Hospital Kampar.

Karpal terbunuh dalam kemalangan di kilometer 301.6 Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan kira-kira jam 1 pagi tadi.

Ahli keluarganya – isteri, Gurmit Kaur; anak lelakinya, Jagdeep Singh Deo dan Gobind Singh Deo serta anak perempuannya, Sangeet dan disertai Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng serta beberapa pemimpin lain kelihatan berada di hospital menanti jenazahnya.

 Semua kelihatan menangis ketika jenazah Karpal dipindahkan dari van dan dibawa ke rumah mayat, yang baru dibuka semalam.

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Changkat Jering yang juga bekas Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, berkata ia adalah berita yang amat mengejutkan.

Beliau menggambarkan Karpal seseorang yang berpegang kepada prinsip.

“Dia akan berusaha sehabis mungkin untuk membetulkan apa yang salah. Kehilangan besar kepada negara dan masyarakat Sikh.

“Saya mengenalinya selama 20 tahun. Saya berjumpa dengannya di Parlimen dan beberapa acara DAP,” katanya ketika ditemui di hospital.

Karpal dalam perjalanan ke Pulau Pinang untuk menghadiri satu kes mahkamah ketika kejadian itu berlaku.

Menurut polis, kenderaan pelbagai guna itu remuk teruk selepas hilang kawalan selepas berlanggar dengan sebuah lori di KM301.6 Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan kira-kira jam 12.40 pagi tadi.

Polis berkata, Karpal meninggal dunia di tempat kejadian. Terdapat empat penumpang dalam kenderaan Toyota Alphard itu, yang bernombor pendaftaran KS9898.

Pembantunya yang sudah lama berkhidmat, Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu turut terbunuh sementara anak lelaki Karpal, Ramkarpal juga cedera di dahi dan lutut.

Pemandu dan pembantu rumah Karpal turut cedera. Pembantu rumah terbabit dikatakan berada dalam keadaan kritikal.

Sementara itu, Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail turut melahirkan kesedihan menerusi laman Facebook miliknya dengan mengucapkan takziah kepada waris dan keluarga Karpal.

“Takziah kepada waris dan keluarga mendiang Karpal yang meninggal dunia dalam kemalangan jalan raya awal pagi tadi. Seorang yang kita kenali sebagai pejuang keadilan yang meletakkan diri sepenuhnya membela rakyat. Moga keluarga tabah dan sabar dengan dugaan. Malaysia kehilangan seorang lagi pejuang rakyat,” tulisnya. – tmi


His long-time personal assistant Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu, 39, was also killed.

Karpal's son Ram Karpal and the driver were believed to be injured in the accident which occurred at 1.10am near 301.6km northbound marker along the the North-South Highway.

Malaysiakini learnt that Karpal and his son, who is also a lawyer, were heading north for a court case later today.

Photos taken at the scene of the accident - near Gua Tempurung
in Kampar - show the white Toyota Alphard badly damaged.

Contacted later, an Ipoh police spokesperson told Malaysiakini that it is believed the MPV collided with a lorry which switched lanes without indication.

Karpal's other son and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo (left) told The Star that his father had died on the spot.

"My brother Ram is slightly injured but we are trying to get through to him," he added when the daily contacted him at 3.30am.

According to a police statement later, Ram and driver of the ill-fated car, C Selvam, were not injured. However, Karpal's Indonesian maid suffered severe injuries and she is warded at Ipoh's Hospital Permaisuri Bainun.

The driver of the lorry, which was hit behind by Karpal's car, and its three passengers escaped without injury.

The police said the MPV carrying Karpal and four others hit the slow moving lorry at a hilly stretch of the highway.


The five-tonne lorry was carrying a load of cement, steel and mosaic tiles.

Karpal, 74, was involved in a previous car accident in 2005 where he was paralysed and wheelchair-bound.




The vocal politician graduated from University of Singapore and started his law practice before running for Parliament in 1978.

His long tenure as Jelutong MP and fiery speeches in the Dewan Rakyat earned him the moniker "Tiger of Jelutong".

Karpal had recently relinquished his post as DAP chairperson pending the disposal of his appeal against a sedition charge.

Last month, the High Court found him guilty of uttering seditious words against the Sultan of Perak at the height of the constitutional crisis in 2009.

PM offers condolences

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak conveyed his condolences via Twitter.

"I have just landed at Ankara when I heard the news that YB Karpal Singh died in a road accident. My condolences to the family," read the premier's tweet.

Other netizens also expressed condolences and shock over Karpal's passing.


"Shocked and sad news! DAP chairman Karpal Singh passed away in accident tonight. Malaysia has lost a truly patriotic son," wrote Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming.
 
"Our dear Mr Karpal is no longer with us... I just can't accept it...," said Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching.

The bodies of the two deceased, Karpal and Michael, arrived at the Ipoh General Hospital at 7.20am.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (right) and his deputy Mohd Rashid Hasnon, and former Perak menteri besar Nizar Jamaluddin were there.

They conveyed their condolences to Karpal's sons Gobind and Jagdeep. Karpal's wife was seen crying, while a relative tried to prevent photos from being taken. The bodies were sent for post-mortem.


Gobind said that the family expects the post-mortem to finish at 10.30am, after which they will bring the body back to their family home in Penang by 1pm.
 
He added that he was informed about the accident at 2.15am, and together with his wife, rushed to the scene. Gobind and his mother, Gurmit Kaur, managed to see Karpal's body.
 
The funeral for the veteran politician is expected to be either on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, he added.
 
"Mr Karpal has family and friends overseas and we are waiting for them to return for his funeral," he said.
 
"His body will be kept in our ‎family home along Jalan Utama (Penang)," he added.
 
Gobind said Ram, who sustained slight bruises, is well.


He also thanked all well-wishers for their support and requested the public to give the grieving family some privacy.
 
"We will be keeping everyone informed with regular updates," he added. - mk

An emotional and teary morning...

It was an emotional and teary morning at the Ipoh Hospital's Forensic Department as Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh's body arrived for a post-mortem at 7.20am.

Karpal's body will be taken back to his family home in Penang today and he is expected to be cremated at the Sikh cremation hall on Jalan Gurdwara at 11am on Sunday.

Arriving with his body from Kampar, where Karpal together with his helper, Michael Cornelius, died on-the-spot in an accident near the Gopeng exit of the North-South Expressway, was his son, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who looked exhausted.

Though he appeared distraught as he himself had been admitted to hospital in Kuala Lumpur recently, Gobind  (on the left) was calm and collected as he took questions from the army of reporters who have come to the hospital from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang.

Karpal's wife, Gurmit Kaur, was also in tears as she entered the waiting hall, wearing a purple scarf over her head, as relatives accompanied her into the Forensic Department's waiting area.

She was speechless but her pain was apparent as many approach her to offer condolences, as they hugged her and held her tight.

Others waiting at the scene were Karpal’s son Penang executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Perak PAS chairperson Nizar Jamaluddin and Penang leaders such as state exco member Phee Boon Poh and Seri Delima assemblyperson RSN Rayer.

As one point, Lim was seen in tears as he hugged Gobind, offering his condolences, drawing tears from onlookers as well.

Since then, many supporters of the veteran lawyer and DAP, have gathered outside the building, which was only officially opened yesterday.

About 8.30am, Karpal's driver, C Selvam was seen approaching the building, sobbing loudly, as he was whisked away by several others.

A security guard, who happens to hail from Dato Keramat in Penang, where Jagdeep is the assemblyperson, said Karpal is the first person to be brought to the mortuary.

"We have not seen such a big man die here before. This is the first time we are seeing this. I knew about the incident at 5am and I am shocked as I know about the  political careers of Karpal and his son Jagdeep," the guard, who did not want to be named, told Malaysiakini.


Family members of the late Karpal Singh carry his casket outside the mortuary at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Perak, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, April 17, 2014.

Karpal makes last journey home to Penang...

Amid tears of sorrow, a coffin bearing Karpal Singh's remains was loaded onto a van for his final journey back to Penang today.

The 73-year-old, popularly known as the "Tiger of Jelutong", died early this morning after the Toyota Alphard he was in collided with a five-tonne Mitsubishi Canter. Karpal's remains had been brought to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh at 7.25am this morning for an autopsy.

Before the casket was taken out of the morgue, Karpal's wife and other family members were allowed in to view his remains. Besides the throng of photographers and reporters, there were many mourners who waited outside the mortuary to pay their last respects.

As the casket was carried towards the van, many people strained to touch Karpal's casket. The van departed from the Ipoh Hospital at 1.30pm accompanied by three police outriders and other vehicles bearing his family. The police outriders escorted the van until the toll plaza before returning to Ipoh.

It is understood that the funeral is expected to be held on Sunday at 11am so that relatives abroad have sufficient time to return to Malaysia to pay their respects. Karpal and his aide, Michael Cornelius Selvam Velly, 39, were killed in the accident which occurred about 1.10am near Gua Tempurung in Perak. Police said they both died at the scene.

Karpal's son, Ramkarpal, and their driver were slightly injured but their maid is said to be in critical condition. Police however said that the lorry driver, who was not injured in the accident, had traces of cannabis in his urine sample.- tmi

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Karpal's body accompanied by family members being taken in an ambulance to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, April 17, 2014. BERNAMA
Karpal's body accompanied by family members being taken in an ambulance to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh.

The body of Karpal's assistant Michael Cornelius being wheeled out of the Kampar Hospital mortuary, April 17, 2014. BERNAMA
The body of Karpal's assistant Michael Cornelius being wheeled out of the Kampar Hospital mortuary.






Kereta MPV jenis Toyota Alphard yang dinaiki veteran DAP, Karpal Singh remuk dalam kemalangan negeri berhampiran Gua Tempurung, Perak, awal pagi tadi. – 17 April, 2014.

Police inspect the Toyota Alphard owned by late Karpal Singh at the Gopeng Police Station today. The Bukit Gelugor MP and veteran DAP leader was killed when his car collided with a five-ton lorry near Gua Tempurung, Perak, on the North South Expressway early this morning. – The Malaysian Insider by Afif Abd Halim, April 17, 2014.

My deepest condolence to your family, RIP Tiger Of Jelutong...

R.I.P