Saturday, August 23, 2008
Naib Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Khairy Jamaluddin (gambar) berkata, Anwar sendiri telah mengaku tidak mempunyai wang yang cukup untuk berkempen namun masih mampu melakukannya.
‘‘Dia sendiri telah berkata bahawa dia tidak mempunyai wang yang cukup untuk kempen, malah sanggup meminta bantuan penyokongnya melalui laman web untuk mendapatkan wang.
‘‘Namun, saya hairan bagaimana dia boleh meletakkan bendera dan poster partinya dengan banyak di sini. Oleh itu saya yakin bahawa dia mendapat bantuan AS,’’ katanya.
Khairy berkata demikian ketika memberi ceramah di hadapan kira-kira 3,000 penduduk di Permatang Pasir, di sini semalam.
Menurut Khairy sebagai balasan kepada bantuan yang diterima Anwar itu, perkara pertama yang akan dilakukannya jika berjaya menjadi Perdana Menteri ialah menandatangani Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas (FTA) Malaysia-AS.
‘‘Saya tahu ini adalah perkara pertama yang akan dilakukannya yang akan menyebabkan rakyat negara ini sendiri rugi,’’ jelasnya.
Tambahnya, dia juga mempunyai maklumat yang Anwar telah berjanji dengan kerajaan AS bahawa satu pangkalan tentera laut akan dibina di Sabah jika hajatnya menjadi Perdana Menteri tercapai.
‘‘Saya sendiri tahu Anwar akan meluluskan pembinaan pangkalan tersebut jika beliau berjaya menunaikan cita-citanya.-Utusan
Peristiwa yang berlaku pada jam 4 petang ini telah membakar semangat penyokong parti Keadilan yang telah datang beramai-ramai untuk melihat banner yang dipasang disekitar hotel dimana ramai penyokong UMNO yang tinggal dihotel berkenaan. Menurut saksi, pemasang banner itu hanya sempat memasang 5 keping banner dan mereka telah menangkap si pemasang banner.
Shamsul juga telah menuduh kerja-kerja ini dilakukan oleh orang UMNO kerana budak yang memasang banner ini memakai baju UMNO.
Apakah UMNO begitu bodoh untuk memasang banner berkenaan pada siang hari dan memakai baju UMNO? Yang peliknya bagaimana Shamsul dan rakan boleh tiba tepat pada waktu mereka memasang banner, apakah Keadilan begitu terdesak sehingga membuat lakonan bagi memenangkan Datuk Seri Anwar.
Menurut beberapa orang yang menjadi saksi, mereka telah melihat lori itu parking dihadapan hotel hampir sejam dan apabila Shamsul sampai baru mereka mula memasang banner berkenaan. Kami telah menghubungi bilik gerakan UMNO dan juga bilik gerakan Pemuda dan mereka menafikan terlibat dalam perbuatan ini.
Antara baner yang dipasang tertulis:
-Anwar jadi PM-Esok Isarael buka kedutaan KL-Lusa Amerika buka pangkalan di Butterworth
-Penang gua punya - Lim Guan Eng
-Hj Hadi layak jadi PM dari Anwar.
Norhisham Abu Bakar
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Barisan Nasional will not only defeat Anwar Ibrahim in the Aug 26 Permatang Pauh by-election, the ruling coalition will also bury his political career.
This bold prognosis came from Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
Speaking at a ceramah in Seberang Jaya last night, he riled up the audience by characterising the upcoming contest as one that would decide the fate of the nation.
During a fiery 30-minute speech, Khairy said BN candidate Arif Shah Omar Shah's true challenge was to end the career of the 'power crazy' opposition leader.
"We are here to bury Anwar's political career. We are here to make history to ensure our nation's future is free and safe from him!" he thundered to loud cheers from those present.
Standing on a makeshift stage, the Umno Youth leader fired a volley of scathing attacks, punctuated with biting jokes, against the PKR supremo.
Among others, he took a swipe at the opposition leader's plan to form government, his alleged cronies, the explosive sodomy charge and the relationship between Pakatan Rakyat parties.
Reveal source of funds
Citing the arrests of two PKR Perak executive councillors by the Anti-Corruption Agency yesterday, he chided the opposition party for being inconsistent in their graft-busting campaign.
He also touched on the RM15 billion worth of contracts which Anwar had allegedly given to his cronies - without tender - while he was in the BN government.
Khairy, who is the son-in-law of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, also asked Anwar to reveal the source of his election war chest.
"I am afraid that if Anwar is elected as a MP and forms a new federal government, our country will be sold to the United States. I want to know where his (election) fund comes from," he said.
The Rembau MP also reiterated his challenge to Anwar to make a religious oath to prove his innocence in relation to the sodomy allegation against him.
Why take Saiful overseas?
On June 28, Anwar's former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan filed a police report claiming that he was sodomised by the politician, who was subsequently charged with the offence.
Last Friday, Saiful, 23, swore on the Quran that he was sodomised by the opposition leader.
Anwar has denied the accusation, calling it a political conspiracy. He also dismissed the religious swearing, done on the eve of nomination day for the by-election, as a political gimmick.
Meanwhile, Khairy had the crowd in stitches when he avoided using the word sodomy. Instead, he said Saiful had swore on the Quran that he was indeed "dot, dot, dot" by Anwar.
Drilling further into the matter, he also asked why the PKR leader brought 'coffee boy' Saiful along for his travels abroad.
"I don't understand why he would take a coffee boy, a volunteer without a fixed salary, overseas. I never take my coffee boy abroad.
"However, my friend told me that if Anwar took him overseas then the coffee made by Saiful must be kaw-kaw (strong)," he added to laughter from hisaudience.
Towards the end of his speech, Khairy once again called on voters to reject Anwar and stressed that the BN-led government would be fair to all.
"Regardless if you are Malay, Chinese or Indian, we help all Malaysians," he said.
Najib on fair policies
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak also pledged equal treatment for all during another function.
He told a 700-strong Chinese audience that the BN government has been fair to the community and allows them to retain their Chinese name - unlike the forced assimilation policies practised by neighbouring countries.
"If you go to other places in the region, the Chinese had to change their names and couldn't go to Chinese schools. But here, we let everyone practise their culture.
"The name Lee Chong Wei is still Lee Chong Wei. This is BN's policy until today," he said at the ceremony to hand over a cheque for RM300,000 to the Beijing Olympics silver medalist.
Najib also announced that RM800,000 has been approved for the building of a sports complex in the constituency.
Reiterating that BN has been fair to all, he said the government approved the building of different universities ran by the Chinese-based MCA and Gerakan, as well as the Indian-based MIC.
Without a fair policy, he added, some of the wealthiest men in the country would not be Chinese and Indians.
Without naming Anwar, the deputy premier took a certain 'opposition leader' to task for making irresponsible promises to the people.
"When he was in power, he did not do anything. When he is not in power now, he makes 1,001 promises to the people. This is just playing politics," he said.
BN candidate Arif, who was also present, briefly addressed the crowd in Mandarin and Hokkien before attacking his opponent.
"Anwar said if you vote him, you get two prizes (MP and a new premier) and if you vote me, you will just get one prize. He is lying because no BN MP will defect," he said.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata kejadian itu berlaku semasa Datuk Yong Teck Lee menjadi Ketua Menteri Sabah.
"(Beliau) nak lesen itu kerana abangnya pengerusi syarikat berkenaan," katanya semasa berucap di Peti Undi Barisan Nasional di Simpang Empat Seberang Jaya di Permatang Pauh Rabu malam.
Yong dilantik sebagai Ketua Menteri Sabah pada 1996 hingga Mei 1998, sementara Anwar menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri dari 1993 hingga beliau dipecat daripada Umno pada September 1998.
Najib berkata beliau bangga dengan tindakan kerajaan Sabah yang berprinsip daripada Anwar kerana tidak meluluskan lesen itu.
"Sekarang dia menyebut-nyebut tentang masyarakat Madani tetapi dulu minta luluskan lesen judi," katanya.
Bernama melaporkan sebelum itu, pada satu majlis di Masjid Daerah Seberang Perai Tengah di sini, Najib mengumumkan sumbangan khas sebanyak RM100,000 bagi setiap masjid dan RM30,000 bagi setiap surau di kawasan Parlimen Permatang Pauh.
Beliau juga telah meminta umat Islam bersatu demi menegakkan syiar Islam dan perpaduan ummah.
Katanya tindakan itu amat perlu memandangkan ketika kini banyak pihak yang cuba mencabar Islam terutama melalui penganjuran forum terbuka.
"Dengan bersatu tidak bermakna kita hendak menggugat hak orang lain, tetapi kita perlu membuat orang merasa segan dan hormat kepada kita," katanya.
Ten years ago, political pundits had written him off but the charismatic politician has somehow managed to defy the odds and reclaim his spot in the limelight.
On Aug 26, he will take on a lesser known Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate and hitherto unknown independent contender in the Permatang Pauh by-election to chart his return to Parliament.
The charismatic politician has also proclaimed that BN will be ousted from power on Sept 16 and the federal government will be formed by the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance led by him.
The ruling coalition, on the other hand, has entrusted Arif Shah Omar Shah with the unenviable task of knocking out the heavyweight, who is 10 years his senior.
While Anwar might take pole position in the popularity contest, the 51-year-old BN candidate is no pushover. He commands respect from both friends and foes.
According to Bernama, the affable Seberang Jaya state assemblyperson is ever ready to lend a ear to the problems faced by the locals.
“His friendly personality appeals to people of all races, religious background and political leanings,” read the report.
The news agency stated that Arif, who has a service centre in Taman Pauh Jaya, can be spotted having breakfast with his supporters in the compound of his house in Jalan Persiaran Tengiri, Seberang Jaya.
“Even PKR supporters who pass by never fail to greet him or just flash a smile at the assemblyperson.”
“A stallholder near Pasar Penanti who claimed to be a PKR supporter even took pictures with Arif Shah when the BN candidate dropped by his stall recently.”
Bernama also reported that Arif Shah caught his rivals by surprise when he dropped by at the PKR operations room in Taman Siakap, Seberang Jaya, which was hit by flash flood on Monday.
The politician, who speaks fluent Mandarin and Hokkien, later attended funeral prayers for a PKR supporter at a mosque in Kampung Petani, Penanti.
Local resident Ahmad Ariffin,67, was quoted as saying that Arif Shah’s friendly characteristic is missing from the other elected representatives in Permatang Pauh.
He said even before being named the BN candidate, Arif Shah had always looked after the poor and those affected by floods irrespective of race and religious background.
Never tired to help
“For someone who is really interested in community work, the word tired does not exist in the dictionary,” he told Bernama recently.
He said tackling the people’s problems had been a routine for him since 2004 via his service centre and that it was not something seasonal.
His Seberang Jaya service centre is the only one accredited with the ISO certificate in Malaysia.
Apart from Anwar and Arif Shah, the by-election will also witness the participation of Hanafi Mamat of Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim).
The seat was vacated by Anwar’s wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to allow her husband to reignite his political career.