07 December 2014

Gelaran & pangkat penting utk penyangak2 UMNO/BN...

Kedudukan dan gelaran tidak penting pada saya, kata Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 7 Disember, 2014.
Gelaran tiada makna di sisi Tuhan...

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim hari ini berkata kedudukan dan gelaran tidak penting kepadanya, lapor The Star Online.

Bercakap kepada kumpulan Katolik di Gereja Holy Family di Kajang, Selangor, ketua pembangkang itu bercakap kepada portal berita berkenaan Tuhan tidak peduli mengenai kuasa atau kedudukan seseorang.

“Tuhan tidak melihat kepada kuasa. Dia tidak melihat kepada pangkat yang kita pegang, tetapi kebaikan yang kita buat atas nama Tuhan,” katanya dipetik sebagai berkata.

Istana Selangor pada Khamis, menarik balik gelaran “Datuk Seri” Anwar yang dianugerahkan kepadanya oleh Sultan Selangor terdahulu pada 1992.

Penarikan anugerah Seri Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (S.S.S.A) itu berkuasakuasa bermula 3 November lalu.

Istana berkata, keputusan menarik balik gelaran Anwar itu kerana beliau “berulang-kali mempersoalkan integriti Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah dan institusi diraja dalam krisis menteri besar baru-baru ini”.

Ketika mengulas perkara itu pada Khamis, Anwar berkata beliau akan terus menjalankan tugasnya sebagai ahli Parlimen dan penasihat ekonomi Selangor.

“Anugerah itu diberikan kepada saya pada 1992 oleh almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah tanpa permohonan daripada saya,” kata Anwar dalam kenyataan ringkasnya.

“Saya bersyukur kerana almarhum Sultan Selangor  menganugerahkan gelaran itu kepada saya,” katanya. – tmi

Anwar: Titles don't mean anything to God...

Having a host of titles does not endear a person to God, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said today. 

Speaking at a Christmas luncheon at the Holy Family Church in Kajang today, Anwar said that even the "greatest kings" cannot endear themselves to God.
"There might be a man of poor wealth, but to God, he is more holy," Anwar said.

On Thursday, the Selangor palace announced that Anwar was stripped off his Selangor datuk seri title by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah over his actions during the protracted menteri besar crisis.

Anwar also said that he felt "embarrassed" that Pope Francis and international Christian leaders remember Malaysia due to the recent "Allah" controversy and the Bible seizures.

"The Pope told me - Anwar, I know about you. Thank you for speaking up and championing the cause of justice," he said, referring to his recent meeting with the Pope.

"But, I felt a little embarrassed. That is what we are known for," he added.

He said that despite the major issues like corruption plaguing the country, the biggest issues gaining attention is whether Muslims can touch dogs.

“It is a major embarrassment for me as a Malay and a Muslim.”

He, however, asked the crowd not to despair at these actions of those with "small minds".

"Do not despair, because that is what religion and faith is all about. We must not despair, we must have the courage to do what is right, and what is good.

"Do not allow the expression of a few to dictate the future of this country," he said.- mk

Harriri Mohd Noor - ‘Saudara’ Anwar Ibrahim sounds much better and honourable.

Jason Chua - A man is not judged by his titles.

Kamarulzaman Darus - In Malaysia, there’s a saying which goes like this: Throw a stone at a crowd and it will surely land on a Datuk (which means there are too many people with honorifics). Throw a stone in Korea, and it will surely fall on a PhD holder. That's the difference.

Edmund Patrick - Titles can be removed but dreams can’t!

Johnnie Ang - It will actually increase support for Anwar.

Maurice Goon - Datukship means nothing today! In fact a man (or woman) can walk with more dignity without such titles!

Kenapa Din tak marah bila Obama puji...

Jika Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tidak boleh menerima kritikan terhadap Malaysia, beliau juga tidak patut menerima pujian antarabangsa, kata pemimpin popular DAP Lim Kit Siang.

Lim berkata demikian merujuk kepada kemarahan Muhyiddin (kanan) terhadap reaksi Naib Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS) Joe Biden yang menyatakan kebimbangan terhadap penggunaan Akta Hasutan 1948 melalui Twitter.

Biden juga berkata Malaysia patut melakukan perkara betul dalam rayuan akhir kes liwat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, yang didakwa ketua pembangkang itu bermotifkan politik.

“Kenapa Muhyiddin tidak beritahu Presiden AS Barack Obama untuk tutup mulut dan sibukkan hal sendiri apabila Obama memuji Malaysia di Perhimpunan Agung Persatuan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu pada September tetapi menunjukkan kemarahan terhadap tweet Biden?

“Muhyiddin patut beritahu presiden AS bahawa Malaysia tidak perlukan pujiannya,” kata Lim dalam kenyataan hari ini. - mk

Why Din didn't tell Obama to shut up...

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the highest government leader to fly into a rage at the United States Vice President Joe Biden’s tweets expressing concerns about the Sedition Act and other laws being used to stifle the opposition, as well as expressing hope that Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal against his Sodomy II conviction would give Malaysia a chance to put things right and promote confidence in its democracy and judiciary.

Why didn’t Muhyiddin tell the United States President Barack Obama to “shut up and mind his own business” when Obama praised Malaysia at the United Nations General Assembly in September and yet bristle with rage over Biden’s tweet?

Muhyiddin should have told the United States President that Malaysia does not need his praises!

In any event, is this the position of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet?

In fact, the Umno/Barisan Nasional Cabinet Ministers and government were in seventh heaven at Obama’s praise at the UN General Assembly in September, with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak immediately claiming at a black-tie dinner attended by Malaysian students in New York the next day that Malaysia topped the list of countries praised by the United States President for developing entrepreneurship and heading towards an advanced economy.

Najib practically purred when he referred to Obama’s praise, saying:

“He singled out Malaysia in his speech. There were other (countries cited as) examples (in the speech) too but if you look at those examples, they were not as great as the example of Malaysia, because more or less, it recognised that we are heading towards an advanced economy.”

Is the Foreign Minister, Datuk Anifah going to send a diplomatic note to all foreign governments and their embassies, high commissions and consulates to remind them with the threat of rupture of diplomatic relations that Malaysia can only be praised but not criticized?

This is how stupid Malaysia looks in the eyes of the world from the over-reactions by government leaders, from the Deputy Prime Minister downwards and including a former Prime Minister who claims that his advice is not being heeded by the sitting Prime Minister, to Biden’s tweets.

Malaysia’s government leaders seems to have suddenly forgotten that they live in a borderless world where information travels at the speed of light and no country or government – not even North Korea – can live in a cloistered surroundings unbothered by international events and opinions.

Why do we want to get elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council or as a member of the the United Nations Human Rights Council if we maintain strictly the principle of non-interference in the affairs of other countries?

Malaysia will be taking a stand on the major international issues on democracy, human rights and international relations whether in the UN Security Council or UN Human Rights Council, which we have no right to do if we take the pristine position that other countries have no right to criticize our position on important issues by equating it as interference in domestic affairs of other countries.

UMNOI/BN leaders are entitled to respond to criticisms from foreign governments by pointing these government’s own weakness and faults, but we are doing ourselves no favours by going overboard in the way some “hot heads” and even “mule heads” have done in the past two days over our major faults and failings whether about democracy, the judiciary or Anwar’s Sodomy II case in Biden’s tweets.

I find Joe Biden’s tweets quite apt, although Malaysians should not have to wait for adverse international criticisms from outsiders before waking up to our national and institutional flaws and policies with regard to democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the judiciary.

If the criticisms from outsiders are valid and legitimate, let us wake up and correct them instead of going off tangent; but where they are misinformed or misguided, by all means expose them.

I am really astounded by Muhyiddin’s announcement when officiating the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party’s fourth triennial delegates’ conference in Bintulu yesterday that the government had “conducted a thorough analysis on how the act (Sedition Act) was implemented over the past 57 years before deciding to retain it”.

How come the other non-UMNO Cabinet Ministers know nothing about this “thorough analysis” of the implementation of the Sedition Act for the past 57 years, as all the MCA, Gerakan and MIC Ministers and leaders have professed total ignorance about the reneging of the Prime Minister’s 2012 pledge to repeal the Sedition Act as announced at the UMNO General Assembly.

Can Muhyiddin enlighten Malaysians as to who had conducted such “thorough analysis” of the implementation of the Sedition Act over the past 57 years so much so that no one knew about it, or was it just “a rabbit plucked from the hat” by the Deputy Prime Minister, who was just blabbering and acting like a magician than as Deputy Prime Minister of the country?

That MCA, Gerakan and MIC are totally irrelevant in the Barisan Nasional scheme of things (which was why there was an UMNO delegate who brazenly suggested that UMNO should appoint MCA, MIC and Gerakan representatives to the BN Supreme Council) is no surprise, but what is most dismaying is that Sarawak and Sabah BN parties have not been consulted and their consent obtained to “fortify” the Sedition Act to include calls for secession of Sarawak and Sabah from Malaysia!

The Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s ;promise three month ago of a review of the sedition charges proferred against intellectual and activists like law lecturer Dr. Aziz Sharom, has disappeared into the “Black Hole” of Najib premiership.

Now, Muhyiddin talks about a “thorough analysis” of the implementation of the Sedition Act in the past 57 years. Will this also disappear into the UMNO/BN “Black Hole” when questions are raised about who and when such “thorough analysis” of the Sedition Act had been conducted? - LKSiang


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