Tag: Mahkamah

Saman Fitnah Anwar Terhadap Utusan: Kemenangan Untuk Keadilan


Keputusan yang dibuat oleh Mahkamah Tinggi pada hari ini yang mendapati bahawa Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd serta ketua editornya, Abdul Aziz Ishak bertanggungjawab terhadap fitnah yang dilemparkan terhadap Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Kemenangan ini bukan sahaja kepada Anwar tetapi untuk badan kehakiman itu sendiri. Keputusan ini merupakan isyarat yang jelas dan nyata bahawa kewartawanan yang kotor tidak akan diberi toleransi oleh mahkamah.

Hari ini merupakan hari yang menentukan kebebasan badan kehakiman. Hakim perlu mempunyai pegangan yang berani dalam membuat penghakiman tanpa perlu mengambil peduli tekanan yang diterima. Oleh itu, saya salut kepada Hakim VT Singham untuk tindakan tegas dan keputusan yang tepat ini.

Pada pendapat peribadi saya dan saya percaya bahawa rakyat seluruhnya, tidak timbul sebarang keraguan mengenai artikel-artikel yang disiarkan oleh media alat Umno pada 17 Januari tahun lepas itu merupakan satu fitnah yang telah dirancang untuk merosakkan reputasi Anwar serta mendedahkan beliau kepada cemuhan dan penghinaan awam. Seperti yang dinyatakan Anwar didalam mahkamah, pemilikan Umno keatas Utusan Malaysia dan penerimaan arahan mereka daripada presiden parti itu bukan lagi rahsia.

Amat memberangsangkan apabila hakim memutuskan bahawa selayaknya Utusan dicemuh kerana gagal mengamalkan kewartawanan yang bertanggungjawab, saya sendiri merupakan mangsa kepada kewartawanan kotor ini. Turut membuktikan kewajaran penegasan mahkamah bahawa kenyataan Anwar telah diambil di luar daripada konteks sebenar dan sangat jelas dalam wawancara BBC tersebut kelulusan aktiviti LGBT melalui undang-undang tidak disebut oleh Anwar.

Saya menyeru Utusan dan media yang dikawal UMNO-BN yang lain untuk menghentikan serangan karakter yang sangat keji dan jahat terhadap Anwar serta sedar dan perbetulkan kesilapan mereka dan amalkan kewartawanan yang lebih bertanggung jawab mulai saat ini.

Keadilan akan terus ditegakkan.

Mohamed Azmin Ali
Timbalan Presiden

Anwar’s defamation suit against Utusan: Victory for justice


The decision by the High Court today in finding Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and its chief editor Abdul Aziz Ishak liable for defamation against Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim marks a victory not just for Anwar but for the judiciary itself. It is a clear signal that gutter journalism will not be tolerated by the courts.

It is a day of reckoning for judicial independence. Judges must have the courage of conviction to judge without having to look over their shoulders. I therefore salute Justice VT Singham for this bold but indeed correct decision.

For me personally and I believe for the rakyat as a whole, there was never any doubt that the articles published by the Umno mouthpiece on Jan 17 last year were defamatory and calculated to damage Anwar’s reputation and exposed him public ridicule and scorn. Indeed as Anwar had testified in court, it is no secret that Utusan Malaysia is Umno-owned and that it takes orders from the party’s president.

It is heartening that the judge had seen it fit to censure Utusan for failing to practise responsible journalism, having been a victim myself of this kind of gutter journalism.

Equally vindicating is the court’s assertion that Anwar’s statement had been taken out of context and that it was crystal clear that in the BBC interview that Anwar did not say that LGBT activities should be legalized.

I call on Utusan and other UMNO-BN controlled media to stop the vicious and sinister character attacks on Anwar and to realize and mend the errors of their ways and practice more responsible journalism henceforth.

Let justice continue to prevail.

Mohamed Azmin bin Ali
Deputy President

Malaysia’s Anwar Is Charged Over Protest Fracas

By James Hookway

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his party deputy were charged in court Tuesday in connection with a street protest last month in Kuala Lumpur that led to riot police turning tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators, in some of the most chaotic scenes Malaysia’s capital has seen in years.

If convicted, Mr. Anwar could lose his seat in Malaysia’s Parliament, adding to a long list of legal problems the opposition leader has faced in his political career, including two sodomy charges. He was eventually cleared of the charges in both those cases, which he said were politically motivated.

The deputy leader of Mr. Anwar’s People’s Justice Party, Azmin Ali, was charged in Kuala Lumpur’s Sessions Court along with Mr. Anwar for allegedly urging demonstrators to surge into an area cordoned off by police. A party member, Badrul Hisham Shaharin, was also charged. All three said they were innocent.

By charging Mr. Anwar, 64 years old, state prosecutors risk heightening political divides in a polarized nation, with elections expected to be called in the next few months. The protest at the center of the cases involving Messrs. Anwar and Azmin was one of the biggest in Kuala Lumpur in more than a decade.

“It is clearly a politically-motivated charge. Elections are around the corner,” Mr. Anwar told reporters, the Associated Press reported.

On April 28, more than 50,000 people protested in a mostly peaceful show of support for electoral reforms, as Prime Minister Najib Razak and his ruling National Front coalition prepare for national elections that must be called by spring 2013, and which could come sooner.

The protests, dubbed Bersih, the Malay word for “clean,” came after a run of political changes that the prime minister introduced in response to calls for reforms to strengthen Malaysia’s democracy, and to boost the electoral appeal of the National Front, which has governed Malaysia for decades.

While moves such as ending arrests without warrants and allowing more political dissent have helped improve Mr. Najib’s opinion poll ratings, some Malaysians want to see faster and wider changes aimed at helping this resource-rich but authoritarian-minded nation emerge as a full democracy.

The credibility of the Peaceful Assembly Act—a centerpiece of Mr. Najib’s changes, enacted after a 2011 prodemocracy protest—could be affected by Mr. Anwar’s latest case. The government says the legislation was designed to create more leeway for political protests in the country, but critics and opposition political say it criminalizes protesters who step beyond the bounds of the law.

In a statement, a Malaysian government spokesperson said state prosecutors will pursue charges against anyone involved in inciting or committing acts of violence during the recent Bersih protest.

“To date, charges have been brought against various individuals, including two policemen, for events that took place during the protest,” the spokesperson said. “Charges are decided on by the public prosecutor following receipt of police investigation papers.”

Political analysts said Mr. Anwar’s prosecution reflects a pattern of government officials using legal cases to question the credibility of opposition figures, especially Mr. Anwar.

“There is a fine line between these tactics succeeding, or galvanizing support for the opposition,” said Bridget Welsh, a professor at Singapore Management University and a long-time observer of Malaysian politics.

In 1998, government leaders attempted to portray Mr. Anwar as a dangerous radical when he led mass protests after being sacked as deputy prime minister. He was charged with sodomy–a crime in this conservative majority-Muslim nation—later that year. Mr. Anwar denied the charge and was later cleared of it in 2004 after spending six years in jail.

In 2008, Mr. Anwar was charged with sodomizing a young male aid. Mr. Anwar again said he was innocent and called the charges trumped up to destroy his political career. He was acquitted in January, although state prosecutors have appealed that decision.

Mr. Najib has denied orchestrating a conspiracy against Mr. Anwar.

New York-based Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, urged Malaysian authorities not to use aftermath of the latest Bersih demonstrations to sideline opposition leaders.

“The Malaysian authorities appear to be using what happened at the Bersih demonstrations as a pretext to prosecute political opposition leaders,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “These charges, and the actions by police at the Bersih rally, don’t inspire confidence that the Malaysian government is committed to protecting basic free expression rights.”

Celine Fernandez in Kuala Lumpur contributed to this article

Kenyataan Media Untuk Edaran Segera – Isu 901

5 Januari 2012

Hak untuk berhimpun secara aman merupakan hak rakyat yang sejajar dengan semangat keperlembagaan. Ianya merupakan antara teras kepada amalan sesebuah negara demokratik. Justeru sebarang usaha atau tindakan yang menggasir hak untuk berhimpun secara aman dan hak menyatakan pendirian politik (political expression) rakyat Malaysia adalah bertentangan dengan asas pembentukan negara Malaysia yang demokratik, bebas dan merdeka. Pencabulan ke atas hak ini dianggap sebagai mengkhianati asas penubuhan negara Malaysia yang merdeka.

Oleh itu saya menyambut baik kenyataan YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Menteri Dalam Negeri dan Ketua Polis Negara yang memperlihatkan kesediaan pihak polis untuk berbincang dengan KEADILAN dan Pakatan Rakyat bagi menjamin kelancaran perhimpunan aman 901 untuk membantah rekayasa politik ke atas Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. KEADILAN menyatakan kesediaan untuk berbincang dengan pihak polis demi memastikan perhimpunan aman ini berjaya diteruskan dengan aman dan teratur.

KEADILAN tegas menyeru semua anggota parti dan penyokong Pakatan Rakyat serta rakyat Malaysia yang cintakan keadilan dan kebenaran untuk berhimpun secara aman dan menyatakan sokongan terhadap reformasi demi rakyat dan negara Malaysia yang tercinta.

KEADILAN turut menggesa pihak polis untuk memelihara keselamatan awam termasuk para demonstran dan rakyat keseluruhannya yang berhimpun di Kuala Lumpur. Kita berharap insiden keganasan seumpama tragedi UPSI dan BERSIH tidak akan berulang. Ini adalah peluang terbaik Menteri Dalam Negeri dan Ketua Polis Negara untuk memulihkan imej polis yang sekian lama tercalar dan mengembalikan keyakinan awam terhadap institusi polis selaras dengan janji Perdana Menteri untuk melaksanakan transformasi politik di dalam pentadbirannya.

Mohamed Azmin Ali
Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN

Muslihat UMNO-BN Tidak Akan Menggelincirkan KEADILAN dan Pakatan Rakyat Dari Perjuangan Melaksanakan Perubahan.

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Reformasi 98 tercetus apabila rakyat bangkit meluahkan rasa marah dan tidak puas hati mereka terhadap kezaliman UMNO. Berhadapan dengan krisis kewangan 97/98, pentadbiran Dr Mahathir mulai dipertikaikan rakyat. UMNO terburu – buru untuk menyelamatkan elit korporat dan kaum keluarga yang dekat dengan pemerintah. Menjadi halangan kepada cita cita mereka adalah Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan tuntutan rakyat. Mantan Menteri Kewangan yang kini Ketua Umum KEADILAN itu tuntas mahu menyelamatkan negara dan rakyat. Dato’ Seri Anwar tidak bertolak ansur dengan hasrat menggunakan dana awam demi menyelamatkan kroni pemerintah. Maka sebagaimana yang dirakamkan oleh sejarah, Dato’ Seri Anwar dihumban ke penjara dan diaibkan dengan fitnah melampau yang direkayasa UMNO.

Selepas meringkuk selama 6 tahun beliau pun dibebaskan. Bersama – sama pimpinan KEADILAN dan kerjasama PAS serta DAP maka kita berjaya mengecapi keputusan yang memberangsangkan pada tahun 2008. Sejarah pun tercipta. Permuafakatan Pakatan Rakyat kian hari semakin kukuh didasari cita-cita membangunkan Malaysia yang lebih gagah, A Mighty Malaysia. Menyedari rakyat Malaysia bersama-sama dengan Pakatan Rakyat, UMNO terus menganyam muslihat baru yang dicedok dari skrip usang. Sekali lagi DSAI ditohmah dengan fitnah keji. Makanya pada 9hb Januari 2012 adalah tarikh genting. Ianya bukan sahaja mengenai batang tubuh Dato’ Seri Anwar dan keluarga beliau. Akan tetapi keputusan mahkamah pada hari itu pastinya melibatkan rakyat Malaysia keseluruhannya.

Adalah jelas kes ini bermotifkan politik dan berniat jahat. Pimpinan UMNO-BN mahu memastikan Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim tidak menjadi Perdana Menteri seperti yang dipersetujui Permuafakatan Pakatan Rakyat.

UMNO menyangka rekayasa jelik itu akan memecah-belah dan menjejaskan usaha Pakatan Rakyat dari memenangi Pilihanraya Umum ke 13 nanti. Akan tetapi itu merupakan angan-angan mereka semata-mata. Kami bertegas muslihat ini tidak akan menggelincirkan Pakatan Rakyat dari tekad untuk menubuhkan kerajaan persekutuan. Peringatan keras untuk UMNO, apa pun konspirasi untuk memenjarakan Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, kami pasti akan bangkit meruntuhkan tembok kezaliman. Pakatan Rakyat telah sepakat bahawa Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim adalah Perdana Menteri Malaysia yang ke 7.

Walau apapun keputusan pada 9hb Januari nanti, pimpinan KEADILAN bersama-sama Pakatan Rakyat dan rakyat Malaysia keseluruhannya telahpun bersedia menggalas amanah memimpin negara serta berusaha mengembalikannya ke landasan yang tepat. Justeru saya memberi jaminan bahawa kepimpinan KEADILAN akan terus menerajui agenda rakyat. Persoalan kepimpinan sememangnya diputuskan melalui permuafakatan dalam parti. Semenjak dari penubuhannya kepimpinan parti merupakan suatu “evolutionary process,” dan bukannya suatu “revolutionary process.”

Yakinlah bahawa kita akan terus istiqamah meneruskan perjuangan murni ini. Adalah menjadi tanggunggjawab kita semua untuk melaksanakan segala kebijakan, dasar dan agenda yang telah digarap sepertimana yang terkandung dalam Agenda Ekonomi Malaysia, Dasar Bersama PR, Buku Jingga dan Belanjawan PR.

Justeru saya menyeru kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia agar kekal menjana kekuatan dan memperkukuh usaha untuk memenangi Piliharaya Umum ke 13. Kemenangan tersebut adalah Demi Malaysia yang demokratik, Malaysia yang makmur, Malaysia yang aman dan harmoni, Malaysia yang bebas serta Demi Malaysia baru milik rakyat.

Inshaallah, saya, seluruh pimpinan dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia akan hadir menyatakan sokongan dan bersama-sama Dato’ Seri Anwar pada hari tersebut, 9hb Januari 2012.

Mohamed Azmin Ali
Timbalan Presiden
Parti Keadilan Rakyat



Nation dragged into immoral politics

By Muaz Omar, The Malaysian Insider

FEB 15 — Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is facing one of the most daunting periods of his political career.

If the court finds that the A-G Chambers is able to prove beyond reasonable doubt and convict Anwar, it will most probably spell the end of a tumultuous career of an enigmatic leader.

For the uninitiated, this “Sodomy Redux” of Anwar’s alleged indescretion bears a similar plot, from the main players right up to the actual charge itself.

The story goes of how Anwar, a 62-year-old father of six with a history of back problems who forced himself on his former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a young and fit mid-20s university dropout.

The storyline is bizzare to say the least that would even make Hugh Hefner, founder of the biggest pornographic empire Playboy, smirk in disgust.

While we are being fed with juicy details of the supposedly homosexual tendencies of Anwar, it is nauseating to see how the media is bent on tarnishing and assasinate the character of the person representing the biggest threat to Umno and almost single handedly dented Umno’s 50-odd years of hegemony. Read More