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Mohamad Sabu minta undi pos tidak dikira ?

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28/04/2008 5:23pm

KUALA TERENGGANU 28 April - Naib Presiden Pas, Mohamad Sabu hari ini memfailkan petisyen di Mahkamah Tinggi di sini, memohon supaya 1,089 undi pos bagi Parlimen Kuala Terengganu dikeluarkan daripada kiraan keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12 bagi kawasan itu.

Mohamad melalui peguamnya, Mohd. Kamaruzaman Abd. Wahab memfailkan petisyen itu kira-kira pukul 11.30 pagi yang diserahkan kepada Penolong Kanan Pendaftar Mahkamah Tinggi, Nurul Huda Akmal Mohamed.

Petisyen tersebut dikemukakan Mohamad bagi meminta supaya kertas undi pos itu tidak dikira sebagai undi bagi kerusi Parlimen Kuala Terengganu yang dimenangi oleh calon Barisan Nasional (BN), Datuk Razali Ismail.

Ianya sesuatu yang pelik bagi calon PAS ini. Mereka selalu mengatakan hak rakyat perlu dihormati. Namun kali ini sebaliknya, walaupun ianya undi pos hakikatnya undi ini masih undi daripada rakyat. Rakyat telah buat keputusan dan bukannya kesilapan teknikal. Inilah konsep demokrasi, walaupun menang dengan satu undi masih dikira menang. Terima sahajalah hakikat...

Karpal: I didn't insult Islam

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Athi Veeranggan | Apr 28, 08 12:02pm
The Penang police have asked their Johor counterparts to investigate a death threat made on a PAS Johor-related website against DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh.

Penang acting chief police officer Salleh Mat Rasid said although a police report on the threat was lodged by Karpal in Penang, the case was being referred to Johor police because the alleged threat was made in the state.

Malaysia Kini 28/4/08 - English ersion

Why Islamists Don't Win Elections

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by Amir Taheri

Posted on April 26, 2008.

Want to win votes in a Muslim country in Asia? Keep your Islamic agenda hidden. This is the lesson taught by recent elections in Malaysia and Pakistan, among other Islamic nations.

In the Malaysian parliamentary election last month, the group known as PAS (Parti Islam se-Malaysia) increased the number of its seats from six to 23 while the governing National Front, led by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi suffered its heaviest defeat since 1969.

There were many reasons for this. However, the most important might have been Mr. Badawi’s decision to play the Islamic card while PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang
went in the opposite direction. Waving the pan-Islamist flag, Mr. Badawi promised to draw Malaysia closer to an ill-defined Muslim world.

By contrast, Mr. Awang opened his campaign by abandoning the principal plank of PAS’s ideology: the demand for an Islamic state. “We are not calling for an Islamic state,” he said. “All we want is clean government and social justice." Mr. Awang also dropped his party’s plan to force women to wear the hijab and agreed to allow some women, and some non-Muslims, to become candidates on his party’s slate.

To many Western commentators, the February general election in Pakistan had been a defeat for President Pervez Musharraf. The real losers, however, were the Islamists. Parties linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda saw their share of the votes slashed to about 3% from almost 11% in the previous general election. The largest coalition of the Islamist parties, the United Assembly for Action (MMA), lost control of the Northwest Frontier Province—the only one of Pakistan’s four provinces it governed. The winner in the province was the secularist National Awami Party (NAP).

So far, no Islamist party has won a majority of the popular vote in any of the Muslim countries where reasonably clean elections are held. Often, the Islamist share of the votes has declined. In Malaysia, the Islamists have never gone beyond 11% of the popular vote. In Indonesia, the various Islamist groups have never collected more than 17%. The Islamists’ share of the popular vote in Bangladesh declined from an all-time high of 11% in the 1980s to around 7% in the late
1990s. Even in once-Taliban dominated Afghanistan, Islamist groups, including former members of the Taliban, have managed to win only around 11% of the popular vote on the average.

In the Middle East and Arab nations Islamists don’t fair much better.

In Iran’s general election last month, candidates who toned down their Islamic rhetoric generally did better than those who clung to old slogans of religious fanaticism. Even then, only 46% of those eligible actually voted. In most cities, turnout was below 30%; in Tehran it was just 19%. Because only government-approved candidates were allowed, there wasn’t much of a choice. Nevertheless, wherever possible voters picked those least identified with Islamism.

In last November’s general election in Jordan, the Islamic Action Front suffered a rout, with its share of the votes falling to 5% from almost 15% in elections four years ago. The group, linked with the Islamic Brotherhood, kept only six of its 17 seats in the National Assembly. Its independent allies won no seats.

In Gaza and the West Bank, Hamas—the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood—won the 2006 general election with 44% of the votes, far short of the “crushing wave of support” it had promised.

In Turkey, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won two successive general elections, the latest in July 2007, with 44% of the popular vote. Even then, AKP leaders go out of their way to insist that the party "has nothing to do with religion.”

In last July’s general election, the AKP lost 23 seats.

The AKP’s success in Turkey inspired Moroccan Islamists to create a similar outfit called Party of Justice and Development (PDJ). The PDJ sought support from AKP “experts” in last September’s general election in Morocco. Yet when the votes were counted, the PDJ collected 10% of the popular vote, winning 46 of the 325 seats.

Islamists have done no better in Algeria. In the general election, held in May 2007, the two Islamist parties, Movement for a Peaceful Society and Algerian Awakening, won less than 12% of the popular vote.

In Yemen, one of the Arab states where the culture of democracy has struck the deepest roots, elections in the past 20 years have shown support for Islamists to stand at around 25%. In the last general election in 2003, the Yemeni Congregation for Reform won 22%.

Kuwait is another Arab country where the holding of reasonably fair elections has become part of the national culture. In the general election in 2006, a well-funded and sophisticated Islamist bloc collected 27% of the votes and won 17 of the 50 seats in the National Assembly. In the general election expected within the next weeks, Islamists are expected to do worse.

In Lebanon’s last general election in 2005, the two Islamist parties, Hezbollah (Party of God) and Amal (Hope) collected 21% of the popular vote and 28 of the 128 seats in the parliament.

Why do Islamists fail to do better in elections in Muslim countries? There are many answers. The one I prefer comes from Turkish President Abdullah Gùl: “Most Muslims like to live in an Islamic society with a secular state.”

Mr. Taheri is author of "L'Irak: Le Dessous Des Cartes" (Editions Complexe, 2002). Portions of this article were first published in our sister publication, The Wall Street Journal.

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james cameron @ 2008-04-27 16:25:18

The Islamist parties also use a lot of social help for the poor to buy votes. They have no program and rely on bribes and violence. The West evrestimates the Islamists, helping inflate their egos. J Cameron

zulkefli nordin @ 2008-04-27 11:47:55

PAS of Malaysia. which call themselves the champion of islam in Malaysia. First. one should asked do they really practise Islam or mere rhetoric. Externally, they are akin to Islam,but in substance they are just riding on the islamist banner to win elections,to gain power and no more. More often they are holier than thou,and in many
instances PAS does not practice what they preached. calling muslim who does not suport PAS as infidels, and a sure ticket to paradise for those who voted for PAS in elections. While it is not uncommon for PAS leaders to spread outright lies, rumours, make believe, been cleverly blended in their so called islamic religous lectures in mosques and suraus. THe make believe are so often repeated,that many have
swallowed them as divine facts. Foul and abusive gestures are much tolerated lest a divine allowance to describe political opponents.

Sublimal, segregation of muslim in malaysia, when PAS followersperformed their daily and fridays prayer in their party operated mosque and suraus,discouraged to perform prayers at the village or distric mosque, as the imams are goverment elected,thus they are infidels ,and animals slaugtered by these imams are haram. PAS operate
their own kindergargen and schools,segregation of this kind is very rampant lately. Division of sunni muslim in malaysia has started. A classic PAS kind of Islamic interpretation which clearly contravened with Islam .

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PKR: Azizah bukan ketua pembangkang lemah

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Jimadie Shah Othman | Apr 28, 08 1:07pm
eksklusif Presiden PKR Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail - dengan gayanya yang lemah lembut dan tidak agresif - tidak akan menjadi ketua pembangkang yang lemah di Dewan Rakyat, kata naib presidennya Mohd Azmin Ali.

"Walaupun dalam kelembutannya tetapi mesej yang akan disampaikan itu cukup tegas untuk memastikan agenda reformasi diteruskan.

"Dan saya percaya beliau sedang menyiapkan ucapan sulungnya yang akan disampaikan pada pertengahan minggu depan," kata Azmin, yang juga ahli parlimen Gombak, dalam wawancara dengan Malaysiakini, Jumaat lepas.

Wan Azizah, ahli parlimen Permatang Pauh, terpilih sebagai ketua pembangkang selepas partinya menguasai 31 kerusi, manakala DAP 28 dan PAS 23.

Beliau mencipta sejarah sebagai ketua pembangkang wanita pertama di parlimen.

Ketua pembangkang sebelum ini Lim Kit Siang, seorang tokoh utama DAP yang lantang, memegang jawatan itu hampir tiga dekad.

Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang pernah memegang jawatan itu selepas menggantikan allahyarham Datuk Mohd Fadzil Noor antara 1999 hingga 2004.

Dalam wawancara eksklusif itu, Azmin juga mengakui beliau salah seorang yang terlibat dalam rundingan untuk memujuk wakil-wakil BN melompat kepada Pakatan Rakyat.

"Saya tidak menyatakan bahawa saya penggerak utama. Ketua umum (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) penggerak utamanya yang memimpin perbincangan dengan mereka tetapi saya menolongnya kerana beliau jua ada komitmen lain," katanya.

"Saya akan memastikan perbincangan diteruskan dan saya laporkan langsung padanya tentang perkembangan terkini tentang perkara ini."

Beliau juga menafikan Anwar tidak serius apabila membuat kenyataan peralihan sokongan lebih 30 ahli parlimen BN itu akan berlaku selewat-lewatnya 16 September ini.

"Beliau mengumumkan perkembangan terkini. Semuanya berasaskan fakta dan nombor (angka mereka yang akan meninggalkan BN) ... Tetapi apa yang penting sekarang, apabila kita mengisytiharkan kerajaan persekutuan yang baru, ia mesti ada kredibiliti.

"Kita tak mahu membentuk kerajaan yang lemah. Jika majoriti (yang menyertai Pakatan) sangat tipis, ia tidak bagus untuk negara dan rakyat. Jadi, kita ada masa yang cukup. Mereka (BN) yang dikejar masa. Jadi, kita akan terus menguatkan posisi kita sebelum buat pengumuman tersebut."

Ditanya kenapa tanggal 16 September dipilih sedangkan tempohnya tidaklah terlalu panjang dari sekarang, Azmin berkata:

"(Tanggal) ini tentang strategi, bagi saya lebih cepat lagi bagus. Tapi kita tidak tergesa-gesa, asas kepada pengumuman kami ialah untuk pastikan pembinaan kerajaan yang kuat dan berwibawa. Itu keutamaan sekarang."

Beliau juga mendedahkan, ahli-ahli parlimen BN yang didekati parti itu bukan sahaja Malaysia timur tetapi juga Semenanjung.

"Tidak saja dari Sabah dan Sarawak, tapi juga daripada Semenanjung, (termasuk) dari ahli parlimen Umno dan seperti saya cakap di awal tadi, isu duit tidak dibincangkan, apa yang kami tawarkan mereka adalah perwakilan yang adil untuk Sabah dan Sarawak.

"Kita akan pastikan mereka dapat perwakilan yang lebih baik (di parlimen dan kerajaan persekutuan) dan hak orang Sarawak dilindungi. Begitu juga dengan pembangunan.

"Jika kita lihat pada Sarawak dan Sabah selepas 50 tahun merdeka, dengan semua petroleum dan royalti ... semua orang Sarawak - Iban, Kadazan, Murut dipinggirkan oleh kerajaan.

"Dan saya tak rasa kita akan sambung dasar (peminggiran) ini."

'Keterlaluan' hukum peluk kekasih

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Apr 28, 08 4:41pm
Seorang hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang menyifatkan hukuman penjara lima bulan sebagai "keterlaluan" terhadap seorang lelaki yang memeluk kekasihnya.

"Tidak ada orang akan keluar bertemu janji dengan kekasihnya dengan hukuman keterlaluan itu.

"Tidak ada lelaki yang ingin mengajak keluar anak dara kita lagi selepas ini.

"Inilah realiti kehidupan," kata hakim Abdul Rahim Uda hari ini ketika menghakimi rayuan penoreh getah Mohamad Roslan Zainol.

Pemuda itu dijatuhkan hukuman tersebut di mahkamah majistret Butterworth pada 3 Disember lalu selepas mengaku bersalah.

Beliau didakwa mendakap erat-erat kekasihnya beberapa kali dan cuba menciumnya ketika mereka berteduh di sebuah pondok sewaktu sedang hujan di pantai Telok Molek, Seberang Prai utara jam 9.30 malam pada 29 November lepas.

Selepas gadis itu bergelut cuba melepaskan diri dan kemudian berjaya lari, saudara lelakinya membawa Mohamad Roslan ke balai polis dan membuat aduan.

Hakim Abdul Rahim berkata hukuman tersebut "tidak mempunyai asas" memandangkan hubungan pasangan kekasih tersebut, lapor laman web The Star Online.

Timbalan pendakwa raya Muna Mohamed Jaafar bersetuju dengan pandangan hakim tersebut tetapi menyatakan Mohamad Roslan djatuhkan hukuman yang setimpal kepadanya dan mereka yang cenderung berkelakuan sedemikian.

Abdul Rahim menolak rayuan Mohamad Roslan atas sabitan kesalahannya, membenarkan rayuan untuk meringankan hukuman terhadapnya.

Peguam tertuduh A. Premanand berkata anak guamnya telah insaf dan berjanji tidak akan mengulangi tindakan tersebut.

Mohamad Roslan kemudian dijatuhkan hukuman denda RM1,500 atau tiga bulan penjara jika gagal membayarnya.

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