Daw Suu, Wan Aziza, , DSAI, Corazon Aquino and Estrada?

Daw Suu, Wan Aziza,

DSAI, Corazon Aquino and Estrada?

Anwar Ibrahim: Memories of triumph and tragedy

Posted in Malaysia Today by Super Admin on Sunday, 08 June 2008

Anwar had come for a two-day visit, met with ousted House Speaker Jose de Venecia, former President Fidel Ramos, and Senate president and presidential aspirant Manuel Villar.

By Fernando del Mundo Philippine Daily Inquirer

Their ties were bound in good times and in bad, and for one special evening they shared memories of triumph and tragedy.

There was Anwar Ibrahim, 60, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia. He had been clapped in jail for six years as he sought to become premier. He is now on the cusp of political restoration.

There was his wife Wan Azizah Ismail. She had struggled to seek justice for her husband, when he was in jail on what she said were trumped up charges of corruption and sodomy. She had tried to fill the political shoes of the husband and became a member of the Malaysian parliament.

There was Corazon Aquino, now cancer-stricken, the icon of People Power revolutions in countries yearning to be free, widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

Wearing her traditional yellow-colored dress, the former President came out for the first time since it was announced that she had to undergo chemotherapy to attend a soiree in honor of one she had inspired.Wan, slighter than she was only a few months ago, she nevertheless was engaged in an animated conversation with Azizah during most of the evening.

“We reminisced about the past,” Azizah later said. “She talked about Ninoy when he was in jail.”The dictator Ferdinand Marcos had imprisoned Ninoy upon the declaration of martial law for eight years. He was later freed, went on self-exile in the United States for three years, and was murdered on his return to rally the opposition against Marcos.

After she stepped down as President, Aquino had taken the cause of the violent fates that had befallen husbands and wives of political leaders.

She once read a letter smuggled out of Burma on behalf of detained Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aquino had given Azizah a political pulpit in Manila to seek justice for her then incarcerated husband in Malaysia.

Ex-President Joseph Estrada hosted the evening of sumptuous meals, wine, and song on Friday in his opulent, centrally air-conditioned home on Polk Street at the wealthy Greenhills subdivision in San Juan.

Beside him stood his wife Loi, who, while her husband was detained on plunder charges for six years, had run and won a Senate seat, as Azizah did.

Anwar had come for a two-day visit, met with ousted House Speaker Jose de Venecia, former President Fidel Ramos, and Senate president and presidential aspirant Manuel Villar.

A ban on Anwar seeking political office ended in April. After he emerged from prison four years ago, he cobbled together the People’s Alliance of opposition parties that in March won in five of Malaysia’s 13 states.

The alliance is seeking a no-confidence vote on the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who had a falling out with the powerful former premier Mahathir Mohammad, Ibrahim’s jailer.

Political analysts say it is likely that Azizah will become prime minister (Insyallah, if our dreams come true, please dont forget our Daw Suu, your icon and the plight of all the Burmese Migrants in your country) and hold the post for her husband, who was unable to run for Parliament in March because of the ban still in effect. Anwar could ask an ally to resign so he could then run for the vacant seat in Parliament to pave his way to the premiership, something he hopes he will get in September.

If that happens, Estrada might well be at Anwar’s inaugural. “He will be one of the first few to be invited,” Anwar said.

“There’s a long way to go. I came to seek the advice of my great friend,” Ibrahim told reporters after posing for pictures with Estrada. “I’ve been looking forward to this,” he said.

“We don’t have that many loyal friends. I look at him as part of my family. He has a good heart. He has a passion for the poor and justice. It’s too strong.”

Upon his release, Anwar had wanted to visit Estrada while he was under detention in his rambling Tanay estate.

“The least I can do is just to go and express my sympathy and ask for his welfare,” said Ibrahim.

Estrada was convicted of plunder last year, sentenced to 40 years in jail, but was pardoned by President Macapagal-Arroyo.

Estrada described Anwar as a “mutual friend,” meeting him for the first time when the movie actor turned politician was vice president and the one time Islamic firebrand was then deputy prime minister.

When Estrada was President, he met with the wife and daughter of Anwar, earning the ire of Mahathir and causing a diplomatic flap.

Ibrahim also was very pleased that Aquino had gone out of her way to see him. She stayed for two hours. “I had to persuade her to leave earlier. In her condition, it could be bad,” said Anwar.

Asked if he expected to see Estrada in Malacañang in 2010.

He smiled and said: “That’s, of course, for the Filipino people to decide. But he’s a great friend and to my mind, I believe in his passion for justice, for the goodness of the people.

Selfishness leads to search and hit the softspots

 Selfishness leads to search and hit the softspots

“Think of national interests”, Suaram told by

unjust leader from the Justice Party

On the protest voiced by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) on the Selangor-levy plan, he said local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Suaram must place priority on national interests and not champion universal human rights and attack the state government for looking after its residents in their own homeland.

Yes, do not champion universal human rights but just look at your party’s name.

Do you stupidly still think that  your party is established for justice to DSAI alone? BUT not for the UNIVERSAL JUSTICE?

Dear DSAI and Datin Seri Dr Wan Aziza, please give an intensive course on Democracy, Human Rights, Justice, Rule of Law, UN Human Right Decleration on this shortsighted person.

If not this MB is morbidly suffering from Myopic astigmatism, a condition in which his eye is affected with myopia (Shortsightedness) in one meridian only: that is on foreigners.

He will later start an anti-Foreigner campaigns_

Now he said foreigners took the work of locals and buy the houses.

Soon he will propose to shut down the Kelang Port to stop exporting goods and petroleum so that Malaysian citizens could enjoy the surplus, unsold, exports. Sure, commodity prices would go down because of unsold, un-exported goods.

Soon he would stop all foreign tourists from entering Selangor to reduce traffic congestion and to give more hotel rooms available to local tourists. Hotel room rates would go down up to the level affordable to all the Malaysian citizens.

Soon he would stop all foreign direct investment to give more opportunity to the locals.

Selfish politicians like him would never think globally.

Selfish politicians usually use national interests as a smokeshield to disguise their cruel deeds.

Selfish and weak politicians always try to exploit or hit the soft spots. Khalid dare not exploit on Malaysian old pendatangs so he is looking the blood of fresh pendatangs.

(Sorry Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indians for using this insulting words. I myself was labled like that in my own country and here we all are treated unfairly and unjustly as 10th. Grade foreigners amongst fresh pendatangs)

Selfish politicians always use the (Ultra) Nationalistic sentiments to incite or exploit against Foreigners.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim should be controlled by DSAI and Datin Seri Dr Wan Aziza.

Justice Party (I hope Justice for all and not for selected races and citizens only) leader, new Chief Minister Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said foreign workers living and working in Selangor enjoyed all the state’s infrastructure, like good schools, health facilities and roads and the state was just calling for them contribute something in return.

I sensed a déjà vu phenomena while reading Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s words_

Former PM Tun Mahathier had also reported to utter these words as a lame excuse when he imposed increased medical fees for the foreigners.

  • Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim  is ignorant that legal foreign workers’ children are not allowed at all in any government schools!
  • Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim  is ignorant that the government had built 3000 schools only for the illegal immigrants from Indonesia. (According to NST front page news and photograph of a school)

Even PR holders are denied the good faculties in Public or Government Universities nowadays.

  • Local students are subsidized using part of our levies and income-taxes.
  • Even in the expensive private universities, locals are supported using the foreigners’ levies and income-taxes.
  • Adding salt to that do you know that we need to pay  more then locals? And one idiot is asking to charge more on foreigners in the local universities. Is this the Justice?

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim should open his eyes and fight for that injustices and then I am sure the foreign workers would be willing to pay even hundred times more than he proposed.

He is ignorant that Government health facilities always charge THREE TIMES first clast fees to the foreigners while keeping them in the Third Class.

  • He should fight to charge same rate as locals at hospitals if he wish to charge again in his state.
  • He came from Justice party: after charging those levies (when the locals earning the same salary are usually exempted from paying income-tax because of low earning.)
  • Afterall those foreign workers are working for your country, your countrymen’s companies that your citizens owned at least 30% and for your citizens. Where is “Justice” if the workers your citizens employed are forced to pay extra charges or sometimes denied medical treatment?

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim  should be banned from claiming that he is from Justice Party if he continue to deny justice for all.

Using state Roads?

  • Foreigners also pay income-tax or levies.

  • Even if they use the taxis or busses, they paid the fees that is inclusive of all the Road Tax, Import Duty, Sales Tax, AP Fees, Tool fees etc.
  • If the Foreigners buy cars are they exempted from above?

So don’t give lame excuses Tun and Tan Seri, this is your country and State. If you want to discriminate on poor foreign workers, just do whatever you like. But don’t give those lame silly excuses. Just Hit the Soft Spots!” It is safer than exploiting the same citizens.

By the way, your “zero tolerance on squatters” is also targetting the poor. 

Please read the following news_

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in the Star Online news 

BANTING: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) should take a more national approach to foreign worker issues and not attack the state government, says Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Khalid said the state government’s proposal to collect RM9 monthly from all migrant workers in the state was aimed at setting up a fund to help provide re-training for local unemployed youths so they could land better jobs.

He said foreign workers living and working in Selangor enjoyed all the state’s infrastructure, like good schools, health facilities and roads and the state was just calling for them contribute something in return.

Well done: Khalid, you have darken your party and opposition.

“Suaram feels that bringing in foreign workers is one of the solutions to human rights problems but they should understand we have to help our own people, too.

“This is a democracy, so we can open up and discuss the matter,” he told reporters after officiating at the closing ceremony of the training for local authorities’ enforcement officers at the Selangor Enforcement Training Centre (Pulapes) in Jugra here yesterday.

On Monday, Suaram executive director Yap Swee Seng hit out at the state government’s proposal, calling it unjust as foreign workers received low wages and were often exploited by employers or recruitment agencies with non-payment, unjust deduction of salary, long working hours and unfair dismissals.

He added that migrant workers were barely surviving and probably in debt after paying exorbitant fees to come to work in Malaysia.

Khalid meanwhile said the RM4,000 in levy and agency charges migrant workers paid was too large a sum, and the state planned to call on the Federal Government to reduce the amount.

He also proposed that a centralised information system be set up to keep an accurate record of foreign workers in the state.

“I was among the people involved in the corporatisation of the system for foreign workers and I can show ways to keep tabs on even the illegal workers,” he said.

Khalid also said the Federal Government should not cast aside suggestions just because they came from opposition parties and should accept the good

“We want to show the federal government how to keep records on illegal workers (Have you use illegals in your old palmoil company?) by having the state levy. I will set up a centralised information system to keep correct records on those who come and work in the state,” he said.

Abdul Khalid said the RM3,000 to RM4,000 charged by migrant worker agencies was high and that for the Selangor government this was not reasonable.

(Then you have heart to extort extra RM 9.00, that will definitely pass onto the poor workers.)

(Have your old company pay the levies for your workers.  Afterall Tun said that levies were meant to made the employers expensive to hire foreigners but Tun and all of you close your eyes and look other way round when the poor foreign workers have to pay those money.)

If you are man enough demand part of the levies to be paid to state governments from the immigration or MOF.

He said millions of ringgit were paid by foreign workers to recruiting agencies that brought them to the country and the Malaysian government collected a levy but eventually the agents concerned did not know where the workers were and this “flood of foreign workers” created problems for society.

Although migrant workers, especially the illegal ones, were eventually repatriated by the government, the problem did not seem to end as they returned to the country and the ones who benefited were the travel agents and migrant workers recruitment agencies, Abdul Khalid said.
 

See this great Malaysiakini news,

  1. Permas: New MB’s statements ‘chilling’ by Soon Li Tsin 

The community residents’ association of Selangor and Federal Territory (Permas) is disappointed with Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s decision to continue with the ‘zero squatters’ policy.   

Opposition leader Wan Azizah unveils bold agenda

The nation’s first female parliamentary opposition leader, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, today unveiled an ambitious agenda to boost economic growth and fight corruption.

Access to equal opportunities

Strengthening race relations

Withdraw Monthly Fee

on Migrant Workers

Wednesday, 26 March 2008 
Suaram is deeply disturbed with the plan of the Selangor state government to collect RM10 monthly fee from all migrant workers in the state of Selangor. The new policy was announced by the Chief Minister of the newly formed Selangor state government, Khalid Ibrahim recently during a press interview with Chinese press.

According to the Chief Minister, the money collected will be used for the purpose of setting up a re-training fund for unemployed youths. It aims to equip them with more skills and in a long run reduce the reliance on migrant workers. 

The migrant workers community is

  • one of the most exploited
  • and most marginalized groups in the society.
  • They work in conditions described as 3-Ds – dirty, demeaning and dangerous,
  • and theirs are jobs which the locals shun off.
  • They receive low wages
  • and are often exploited by employers
  • or recruitment agencies for non-payment,
  • unjust deduction of salary,
  • long working hours,
  • unfair dismissal etc.

By taxing the migrant workers

  • who are barely surviving
  • and probably in debt in order to pay the exorbitant fees to come to work in Malaysia ,
  • an extra heavy burden is added on the migrant workers and their families.

And to use the money collected from the migrant workers to re-train local unemployed youth and eventually replace the migrant workers, is scandalous, to say the least.

Even if the monthly fee is to be paid by the employer and not the migrant workers, we are concerned that eventually this fee will be deducted from the migrant worker’s wages one way or another.

The new policy reflects how unsensitized Malaysian political parties,

  • be they in the opposition

  • or the government,

are to the plight of migrant workers.

The Parti Rakyat Keadilan (PKR) has espoused the principle of justice and won a huge victory with the pledge to the people to fight against the widening income gap between the “have” and the “have-nots”.

Certainly, taxing the poor migrant workers to assist local unemployed youth, do not measure up to the principle and spirit of justice.

Suaram calls on Chief Minister Khalid Ibrahim to immediately withdraw this unjust policy. We also urge the Chief Minister to consult civil society organizations who are working on migrant workers issues before making any policy decisions in the future.

Yap Swee Seng
Executive Director