Review Category : Politik

Putin on track for commanding win as Russians head to polls


MO,19/3/2018, UST-DJEGUTA,  – Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory, but his opponents alleged officials were compelling people to come to the polls so that a low turnout does not tarnish the win. Opinion polls give Putin, the incumbent, support of around 70 percent, or nearly 10 times the backing of his nearest challenger.

Another term will take him to nearly a quarter century in power — a longevity among Kremlin leaders second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Many voters credit Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy, with standing up for Russia’s interests in what they view as a hostile outside world.

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, alleged Kremlin meddling in the U.S. presidential election, and Moscow’s bombing campaign in Syria, have been condemned in the West. But for most people at home, they have only burnished Putin’s reputation as a strong leader.

A row with Britain over allegations the Kremlin used a nerve toxin to poison a Russian double agent in a sleepy English city — denied by Moscow — has not dented Putin’s standing. [L3N1R009A] “I voted for Putin,” said Lyubov Kachan, a teacher in the settlement of Ust-Djeguta, in southern Russia. “If anything is not going our way right now, that’s thanks to the world which treats us so negatively, while he is trying to stand up to that,” she said.

The only real headache for Putin’s campaign was the possibility many voters, including Putin supporters, would not bother to come to the polls because they felt the outcome was already a foregone conclusion. Putin opponents alleged employers with close ties to the state were ordering staff to go and vote, and send back evidence. Reuters reporters witnessed multiple people in different locations voting in groups, and then taking photos of themselves in front of the ballot boxes on their phones. Some arrived at polling stations on board private-hire buses. [L8N1R01JM]

In polling station 1515 in Zelenodolsk, 800 km (500 miles) east of Moscow, five people photographed themselves voting. Asked by a Reuters reporter why, one of the group, a young woman, said: “What do you mean why? It’s a photographic report for our bosses.”At polling station number 216 in Ust-Djeguta, Marina Kostina was supervising two teenage girls who were photographing voters. Asked why one woman was photographed, Kostina said: “Her work asked her to report back.”

Turnout nationwide was at 51.9 percent by 1400 GMT, official data showed. A low turnout would diminish Putin’s authority within the ruling elite, which is founded in large part on his ability to mobilise the public behind him. Nina Bostanova, a pensioner in Ust-Djeguta, said she decided not to vote. “What’s the point? They’ll get elected anyway. Why go and vote?” she said.


The first politician in years to challenge the Kremlin’s grip on power, Alexei Navalny, is barred from the race because of a corruption conviction he says was fabricated. He is calling for a boycott of the election, saying it is an undemocratic farce. Navalny’s headquarters said activists sent out to monitor the vote reported people being bussed to polling stations by their employers.

“They need turnout,” Navalny told a briefing. “Across the country people are being driven to the polling stations.” He said he would decide later on Sunday whether to call supporters out into the streets in protest. Previous demonstrations organised by Navalny have attracted several thousand people, and led to clashes with police, but they have been successfully contained by the authorities.

A day of voting across Russia’s 11 time zones began at 2000 GMT on Saturday on Russia’s eastern edge, in the Pacific coast city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Voting will run until polls close at the westernmost point of Russia, the Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea, at 1800 GMT on Sunday. The majority of voters see no viable alternative to Putin: he has total dominance of the political scene and state-run television, where most people get their news, gives lavish coverage of Putin and little airtime to his rivals.

Many Russians believe he has restored stability after the chaos that ensued after the Soviet Union collapsed. A March 9 survey by state-run pollster VTsIOM gave Putin, who was first elected president in 2000, support of 69 percent. His nearest rival Pavel Grudinin, the Communist Party’s candidate, was on just 7 percent. Ella Pamfilova, head of the commission organising the vote nationwide, has said any fraud will be stamped out.

She said those already alleging the election was rigged were biased and peddling “Russophobia”, echoing a line used by the Kremlin to describe Western criticism of Russia.

(Reuters-Additional reporting by Reuters reporters; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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Najib: BN may announce candidates earlier


MO,19/3/2018, SYDNEY: Barisan Nasional (BN) may announce its candidates for the 14th General Election (GE14) earlier than the previous practice of announcing it two or three days before the election. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Barisan chairman, said this would allow Barisan to solve problems in certain constituencies and for the candidates to make early preparations.

“We will do it earlier this time but not too early. If there are problems in certain constituencies, we will have time to resolve it. It will also give time for the candidates to make preparations,” he told Malaysian reporters here Sunday (March 18). Najib said he had the initial list of candidates but needed time to scrutinise it before making the announcement.”I’m still going through the list. I need a little more time to study it thoroughly and to get the evaluation from the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and other relevant parties,” he said.

Najib is in Sydney to attend the two-day Asean-Australia Special Summit 2018 which began on Saturday (March 17). Commenting on the suggestion for Barisan to name the candidate for Selangor Menteri Besar’s post if the party managed to wrest back the state, Najib said it could be done if all Barisan leaders agreed to it.

“If there is a consensus, why not? But there must be a strong consensus. Barisan must identify potential candidates for the Mentri Besar’s post. If there is consensus among Barisan leaders, then we will announce the candidates,” he said. Najib was commenting on former Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib’s statement calling for Barisan to name the candidate for the Selangor Mentri Besar’s post.

– Bernama


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It is war in Johor for MCA


MO,19/3/2018, JOHOR BARU: For MCA, this general election is war. And it needs the strength of the Chinese community to arm itself for the war. At a rally with about 5,000 supporters, party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai sought to drive home the message that MCA had never once abandoned the community despite the many ups and downs since its inception 69 years ago. Liow however noted that the second largest Barisan Nasional component party needed the support of the Chinese to continue its struggle.

Liow pointed out that the DAP could not and would not defend the rights and interest of the community. “The DAP says it does not represent the Chinese community after winning big in the last elections,” he said, in an obvious reference to the Opposition party which got 85% of the Chinese votes in the last elections and, won 38 parliament seats and 96 state seats.

The two-hour rally in a packed hall ended with repeated shouts of “jiu guo, jiu jia, gei li ma hua, zhan, zhan, zhan” (save the country, save the family, give MCA strength to go to war). At a press conference later, Liow said the party leadership was also in support of another rally in Ayer Hitam to back incumbent MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, in the wake of the challenge by Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong. Dr Wee, who is party deputy president and Johor MCA chief, will be defending the seat he has held for three terms.

Dr Wee in response to Liew’s candidacy, said he never took voters’ support for granted, and described the ground sentiment as “very challenging”. On rumours of a “Malay tsunami”, he said he knew the pulse of his Malay constituents, adding that they were with him. Dr Wee said Johoreans were practical and liked the presence of their elected representatives. “Most DAP elected representatives hardly come back to serve their constituents after getting their support,” he said.


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‘Selangor in crisis’ | Merdeka Online


MO,19/3/2018, SHAH ALAM: Selangor has been pushed into a state of crisis under Pakatan Harapan’s leadership, hence the 14th General Election may see Barisan Nasional wresting back the state. Universiti Utara Malaysia political and international studies senior lecturer Md Shukri Shuib said the state government, under Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, failed to address people-centric issues, adding that this made BN an alternative favourite.

He said the state was plagued by unresolved and recurring problems, such as water crises and land misappropriations, which raised doubts about the opposition’s capability to run a government. “Selangor has become one of the most problematic states under Azmin’s leadership. “He is no longer considered a favourite leader. He has to resign if Pakatan is to have any chance of retaining Selangor,” he told the New Straits Times.

Shukri said while governments should provide a good quality of life for the people, Pakatan was focused on bringing down BN and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is the coalition’s chairman. “Selangor PKR does not understand state governance. When it works with the Federal Government to resolve issues concerning the people, Selangor prefers to work in a silo. “This has burdened the public. The quality of life of the people of Selangor has declined under PKR’s leadership. It is time for the people to reconsider the mandate given to the opposition.”

He stressed the need for Selangor BN to focus on all four segments of the state, particularly the “critical” southern region, made up of Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang. He said BN should field candidates based on their “suitability and ability to win”. Universiti Malaya political analyst Associate Professor Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said to form a strong government, a coalition would have to win at least 37 state seats for a comfortable two-thirds majority advantage, while a simple majority would require at least 28.

“Umno may win the 12 seats it is currently holding plus three additional seats lost in the last election by a thin majority or in mixed constituencies with a significant Malay voter population, such as Gombak Setia, Kajang and Seri Andalas.” Political analyst Associate Professor Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani said Selangor BN should prove that it had better policies than the Pakatan government. He said component parties, such as MCA, MIC and Gerakan, should work hard to attract non-Malay voters to BN.

“BN is relying too much on Malay voters. Selangor BN requires rebranding as a party for the people with new leaders replacing the old guard. “There should not be para-chute candidates. Candidates must be from the constituencies they are to represent. They must be likeable and friendly.” Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said three-cornered fights in Selangor would pose a problem, but it was difficult to see how big it would impact the state.


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3:21 pm – Thursday March 19, 2218




1. Keputusan Parlimen Switzerland dua hari lepas menolak fitnah dari segelintir rakyat Malaysia mengesahkan dana 104 juta Swiss Franc (RM430 juta) yang cuba dikaitkan dengan Malaysia sebenarnya bukan pun milik 1MDB. Ianya milik negara-negara lain yang dikumpulkan. Parlimen Switzerland menyifatkan penolakan usul pelik dari Carlo Sommaruga dengan 138 wakil mengundi menentang, hanya 53 yang menyokong.

2. Parlimen Switzerland menyifatkan mereka tidak sepatutnya dipaksa mempercayai fitnah dari segelintir rakyat Malaysia. Usaha beberapa rakyat Malaysia menyalurkan info palsu kepada ahli parlimen Switzerland itu bertujuan memalukan Kerajaan Malaysia telah memalukan mereka sendiri dan pemimpin-pemimpin pembangkang yang terlibat.

3. Semasa era Tun Dr. Mahathir, antara dalang asing yang dipercayai memberi dana besar ialah NED (National Endowment For Democracy), National Democratic Institute (NDI), Konrad Adeneur Foundation (KAF), Open Society milik George Soros dan banyak lagi di mana mereka dikenali di seluruh dunia sebagai agen pelaksana ‘regime change’ yang membantu menjatuhkan sesebuah kerajaan yang telah dipilih oleh rakyat yang tidak memenuhi citarasa mereka.

4. Begitu juga insiden pertemuan segelintir duta asing di Kuala Lumpur baru-baru ini jelas menunjukkan campurtangan mereka dalam politik dalaman negara. Nasib baik bantahan Wisma Putra dan rakyat Malaysia telah menyedarkan mereka. Dalam hal ini, data-duta asing di Malaysia patut mencontohi Duta USA dan Pegawai-pegawai kedutaan USA di Kuala Lumpur, kerana sebelum mereka bertugas di Malaysia, terlebih dahulu mereka menghadiri kursus orientasi mengenai budaya Malaysia di Washington (2016).

5. Sehari dua yang lalu, Tun M melalui channel TV Australia mendesak Perdana Menteri Australia supaya tidak menemui Perdana Menteri DS Najib di Sydney dalam Mesyuarat ASEAN-Australia. Malang kepada Tun M, Perdana Menteri Australia tidak memperdulikan desakan Tun M. Berbeza ketika dahulu, Tun M mengambil langkah drastik mengkritik Australia kerana campurtangan Australia dalam politik Malaysia. Hari ini Australia menolak cara Tun M.

6. Dalam kes Switzerland, kerajaan patut menyiasat dan jika terbukti hendaklah menarik balik kerakyatan individu rakyat Malaysia yang memburuk-burukkan Negara.

7. Jika Kerajaan Switzerland boleh menolak fitnah yang diusahakan oleh satu dua orang rakyat Malaysia yang tidak patriotik itu, Kerajaan Malaysia juga boleh mengambil tindakan yang tegas seperti mana pemilik resort warga Singapura di Johor yang ditarik balik kerakyatannya (2013). Jika hal ini berlaku semasa era Tun M memerintah, sudah pasti mereka akan dikenakan ISA.

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Hanya Mahathir yang betul – TheRakyat

APABILA beberapa kepentingan peribadi tidak dituruti Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, maka Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad membuka langkah untuk menyerang dan menggulingkan mereka yang enggan mendengar cakapnya.

Sebenarnya, kempen menjatuhkan Perdana Menteri Keenam, Najib yang dipelopori Dr Mahathir dimulai pada awal 2015.

Pada ketika itu, rakyat di negara ini termasuk beberapa jemaah menteri dan ahli UMNOberada dalam keadaan keliru. Mereka anggap serangan Dr Mahathir itu ada asasnya. Bagaimanapun, selepas memperinci setiap tuduhan yang dilemparkan kepada Najib, terserlah ia hanya kebatilan semata mata.

Hakikatnya, setiap kejahatan pasti kalah dengan kebaikan. Lantaran itu, sedikit demi sedikit kekeliruan mereka semakin reda. Kepercayaan dan keyakinan kembali semula kepada Najib selepas fakta menunjukkan Dr Mahathir sebenarnya yang berbohong.

Natijahnya, serangan yang dimulai pada 2015 sehinggalah ke hari ini, memperlihatkan Dr Mahathir sudah gagal. Serangan dan propaganda beliau untuk menjatuhkan ekonomi negara juga gagal. Kelmarin ringgit terus kukuh selepas penyelesaian International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) dan 1MDB.

Akhirnya, kebenaran mengatasi kebatilan.Pada 2017, menyaksikan kegagalan besar kempen yang dimulakan Dr Mahathir untuk jatuhkan Najib. Mungkin satu isu besar terdedah pada ketika itu melalui penyiasatan Skandal Forex di Bank Negara. Namun kempennya untuk menjatuhkan Najib sudah gagal.

Berikut adalah senarai kesalahan Dr Mahathir. Dia menyalahkan semua orang tetapi bukan dirinya sendiri:

  • Dr Mahathir menyalahkan Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM) untuk tindakan pada 1998 terhadap Anwar Ibrahim.
  • Dr Mahathir menyalahkan mantan Gabenor Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Jaafar Hussein dan timbalannya, Nor Mohamed Yakcop terhadap kerugian Forex.
  • Dr Mahathir menyalahkan orang Melayu ‘malas’ kerana kegagalan meningkatkan ekonomi kaum Melayu.
  • Dr Mahathir menyalahkan PAS kerana memecah belahkan orang-orang Melayu.
  • Dr Mahathir menyalahkan Yang di-Pertuan Agong kerana memecat hakim-hakim.
  • Dr Mahathir menyalahkan bekas pemimpin MIC kerana kegagalan masyarakat India.

Untuk itu, adakah rakyat Malaysia akan memberikan Dr Mahathir, peluang kedua untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri mewakili parti DAP pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14)?

Jadi, tidak hairan apabila Ketua Penerangan UMNO, Tan Seri Annuar Musa melabel Dr Mahathir sebagai seorang ‘machiavelli’ semasa program diskusi ‘Anda Tanya Kita Jawab’ yang membicarakan topik ‘Memahami Mahathirism’ di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC), baru-baru ini.

Kata Annuar:

  • Mahathir boleh disamakan dengan Machiavelli. Dia berpegang kepada prinsip Machiavelli, iaitu matlamat menghalalkan cara. Mahathir tidak kisah soal cara, janji matlamatnya tercapai. Saya nampak dia konsisten dan fokus serang Najib sahaja. Saya tidak fikir benda itu terjadi dengan sendirinya.
  • Mahathir adalah ‘strategist’. Dia sudah guna strategi ini ke atas ramai orang. Cuma kali ini dengan Najib dia kurang berjaya sikit. Ini kerana Najib berguru dengan Mahathir lama. Najib is very smart, patient and knows Mahathir very well. Kita pun kenal cara Mahathir. Kita tahu dia sengaja berbohong dan buat cara ekstrem supaya orang menyokongnya. Dia boleh putar 360 darjah.

Razali Yahaya, Batu Caves, Selangor

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Wakil Rakyat Batu Pahat, ini kalilah!

TEMPOH satu penggal Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU 13) hampir ke penamat. Wakil rakyat yang menang pilihan raya lalu akan berdepan dengan penilaian rakyat, sama ada mereka lulus untuk disambungkan kontrak satu penggal lagi atau ‘disembelih’ spada PRU14 ini.

Sebagai wakil rakyat, sama ada di peringkat Parlimen mahupun Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), kalau mereka berjiwa rakyat dan sentiasa dekat dengan rakyat, tidak ada sebab untuk takut kalah pada PRU ini.

Rakyat tidak zalim. Rakyat adalah manusia yang tahu membalas jasa, kenang budi dan berterima kasih. Rakyat hanya akan memberi undi kepada pemimpin yang cakna, ambil berat, menyelesaikan masalah dan bekerja untuk kebajikan rakyat.

Yang tunjuk muka sekali atau dua kali dalam tempoh lima tahun, walhal beliau adalah wakil rakyat di kawasan itu, yang ini memang boleh dihumban ke gaung. Jangan beri peluang untuk menang.

Keadaan ini samalah dialami rakyat dalam Parlimen Batu Pahat. Beberapa penduduk mengadu, sejak lima tahun lalu mereka tidak pernah didatangi wakil rakyat untuk bertanya khabar. Ada beras ke tidak. Zink rumah bocor ke tidak.

Sehinggakan seorang makcik, yang hanya mahu namanya dikenali sebagai Wan Rogayah, 67, mengakui tidak pernah kenal wakil rakyat Parlimen Batu Pahat.

“Entah, makcik tak kenal… tak pernah jumpa. Dia (wakil rakyat) pun tak pernah datang nak tengok atau jenguk rakyat,” katanya ketika ditemui portal theRakyat di program Ijtimak Majlis Perundingan Islam Kebangsaan 2018 di Cyberjaya, baru-baru ini.

Batu Pahat diwakili wakil rakyat dari Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Mohd Idris Jusi. Beliau menang mencabar penyandangnya, Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi pada PRU 13 dengan majoriti 1,732 undi.

Sebelum menyertai Pakatan Harapan, Mohd Idris adalah seorang guru dan bekas Timbalan Pengarah Biro Tata Negara (BTN). Dalam pertandingan itu, beliau mendapat 38,667 undi, manakala Mohd Puad memperoleh 36,935 undi.

Mohd Puad pula ketika menyandang Parlimen Batu Pahat adalah Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran II. Beliau banyak terlibat dalam mentranformasikan sistem pendidikan ke arah kecemerlangan murid dan guru.

Walaupun kalah tipis kepada calon PKR pada PRU13, Mohd Puad meneruskan khidmat baktinya kepada rakyat Batu Pahat. Sekali tengok, seolah beliau wakil rakyat di kawasan itu, padahal beliau kalah.

Yang menang ialah Mohd Idris dari PKR. Tapi wakil rakyat ini lebih lama hilang dari timbul. Penulis tidak kata, tapi Wan Rogayah yang kata. Kata makcik ini lagi, Ahli Parlimen itu tinggal menetap di Kuala Lumpur. “Dia ada rumahnya di sana, tentulah sayang nak tinggal datang duduk di Batu Pahat,” katanya.

Difahamkan, kalau Mohd Idris balik ke kawasan pun, beliau bukan balik atas program bersama rakyat, sebaliknya berjumpa dengan jentera partinya. Dia juga dikenali sebagai pemimpin yang tidak mesra rakyat, selain tidak pernah nampak muka.

Sepanjang lima tahun dari 2013 sehingga kini, beliau gagal menyelesaikan masalah rakyat seperti rumah daif, masalah banjir dan pelbagai masalah berkaitan dengan Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT).

“Kalau ada rakyat mengadu masalah, dia hanya jawab, itu urusan kerajaan bukan bawah tanggungjawab dia. Apa lagi rakyat nak kata, kalau wakil rakyat dia dah jawab macam tu?

“Senangnya jadi wakil rakyat bawah Pakatan Harapan ni. Mereka boleh lari dari berdepan dengan masalah rakyat, tetapi hairannya, dia boleh menang dalam pilihan raya,” katanya mengakhiri perbualan dengan wartawan theRakyat.

Difahamkan, dalam PRU14 ini, Mohd Idris bakal dicabar Mohd Puad, yang merancang dan bercadang akan mengambil alih semula kerusi Parlimen Batu Pahat.

Mohd Idris memang patut dikalahkan kerana dalam tempoh satu penggal PRU13, beliau bukan seorang Yang Berhormat yang cergas dan cerdas. Bukan setakat di kawasan selalu mengilat, di Dewan Rakyat pun beliau tidak pernah membangkitkan isu atau masalah rakyat yang berlalu di kawasannya.

Ini kali, Parlimen Batu Pahat perlu ditukar kepada Barisan Nasional (BN). – theRakyat

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Felda man denies Dr M’s claim that Najib will seize settlers’ land after GE14


MO,17/3/2018, PEKAN: Pahang Felda today dismissed Pakatan Harapan’s claim that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will seize settlers’ land if Barisan Nasional remains in power after the 14th General Election. Its state Felda Affairs Committee chairman, Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun said the allegation, made by Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a ‘ceramah’ at Felda Besout 1, Slim River in Perak on Friday, was baseless.

“Implementing policies or seeking approval on matters related to Felda must be done through board meetings and not based on instruction from any parties.”  He said Dr Mahathir appeared to be trying to instill fear among Felda settlers with the unfounded statement. “The opposition always come up with something to try and influence the people. Now, he (Dr Mahathir) is trying to frighten the settlers by saying that they will lose their lands if Najib remains as the prime minister.

“Please be clear that decision-making in Felda is not with the PM. It has to go through board meetings and such. It is not something that can be easily done,” he told reporters after opening the “Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat Parlimen” programme at Taman Selasih, Paloh Hinai today. Meanwhile, Abu Bakar described Felda’s administration to date was effective and “in good order”.

“I believe the people are wise enough to judge for themselves. It is a wonder that the opposition seems to be so concerned of the settlers’ welfare now whereas before, none of them were bothered of it,” he said. Abu Bakar, who is Pekan Umno division deputy chief, said the division was not threatened by the opposition’s attempt to incite hatred towards the BN government.


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Dr M’s willingness to contest under DAP ticket shocks PPBM grassroots


MO,17/3/2018, SUNGAI PETANI: Tun Dr Mahathir’s willingness to contest under DAP’s ticket in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14) has shocked and disappointed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) grassroots members. Merbok PPBM Youth division chief Zulkifli Ahmad described such eagerness expressed by party chairman Dr Mahathir, in the event PPBM was deregistered due to its constitutional crisis, as a mockery towards party loyalty.  “It is clear that Dr Mahathir is not focused on resolving PPBM issues, but wants to take the easy way out by contesting under DAP’s ticket if the party is deregistered by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

“Is this not a mockery of our loyalty towards the party? We were even willing to face problems with our families because we wanted to join PPBM. It (what Dr Mahathir did) is an affront to all us,” Zulkifli said in a Press conference today. RoS is currently looking into 249 complaints lodged by PPBM members after it was reported that the party had violated its own constitution by holding an annual general meeting last year, without completing branches and divisional delegate elections. Last week, Dr Mahathir said he was ready to contest in the election on a DAP ticket.

Zulkifli demanded Dr Mahathir to resolve PPBM’s woes and at the same time, reiterated that issues surrounding his family’s wealth would need an explanation as well. “We want Dr Mahathir to resolve the party’s problems, and do not lie to us or blame others (over the predicament).

“Claims over Dr Mahathir’s family has 488 conglomerates under the control of one of his children has yet to be resolved as well. Are we prepared to provide an answer if the issue is going to be raised by our political rivals during the election?” Zulkifli said the PPBM leadership must be sensitive towards grassroots’ sentiments. “I hope they will listen to us. This is a party which is controlled by the rich, who (ironically) ask for members to fund party activities.”

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imageMO, 17/3/2018 – PARLIMEN dijangka dibubarkan pada bila-bila masa untuk mengadakan Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14). Pakatan Harapan dengan cepat mengumumkan manifestonya dalam usaha meraih sokongan pengundi. Memandangkan undi Melayu dikesan akan pecah kepada tiga parti terbesar yang bertanding iaitu BN, Pakatan Harapan dan Pas, maka pakatan itu mengeluarkan manifesto khas yang diviralkan secara meluas dalam media sosial menyasarkan pengundi India.

Pakatan Harapan menjangka pengundi India mampu menentukan keputusan PRU-14 di beberapa kerusi parlimen di seluruh negara. Pakatan itu menjangka sokongan pengundi India di 38 kawasan di seluruh negara akan membantu mereka mendahului BN dalam PRU-14.

Persoalannya, apakah pengun­di India menerima manifesto Pakatan Harapan PRU-14?

Secara umumnya, manifesto pakatan itu kali ini dilihat lebih membayangkan manifesto yang dikeluarkan oleh gabungan parti-parti politik DAP, PKR dan Pas (Pakatan Rakyat) pada PRU-13.

Misalnya air, tol percuma dan sebagainya. Kebanyakan janji Pakatan Rakyat dalam PRU-13 bagaimanapun gagal dilaksanakan terutamanya di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang kerana mereka tidak mampu melaksanakannya. Perkara baharu yang dikesan dimasukkan dalam manifesto PRU-14 untuk menarik perhatian pe­ngundi India adalah janji membina sekolah menengah Tamil.

Sekiranya kita meneliti janji-janji dalam manifesto pakatan itu, ia didapati lebih bersifat populis dan tidak membayangkan realiti atau progresif. Malah, janji-janji yang dikeluarkan semata-mata untuk meraih sokongan pengundi dengan menyentuh emosi pe­ngundi dalam memenangi pilihan raya tanpa memperhitungkan masa depan negara.

Sebagai contoh, Pakatan Harapan berjanji menghapuskan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST) sekiranya membentuk Kerajaan Pusat. Apa akan jadi kepada pe­ngurusan negara dan kebajikan rakyat sekiranya GST dibatalkan? GST adalah sumber hasil yang utama dan asas bagi kerajaan dalam membantu Kerajaan Pusat mentadbir negara khususnya dalam keadaan ekanomi global yang tidak menentu.

Tanpa hasil GST yang men­cecah RM42 bilion pada 2017, negara ini akan dilanda krisis kekurangan dana atau defisit. Apa impak defisit kepada negara dan rakyat? Kekurangan dana untuk menanggung memba­ngunkan negara secara berterusan akan tergendala. Malah kerajaan tidak akan mampu menanggung perbelanjaan bagi maksud pengurusan tadbiran dan menjaga kebajikan rakyat, yang meliputi membayar gaji dan elaun kepada anggota kerajaan termasuk pasukan polis dan angkatan tentera yang menjaga keselamatan dan keamanan negara, dana untuk membaikpulih dan membina sekolah baharu, menyediakan hospital, klinik malah menyediakan perkhidmatan kesihatan yang mencukupi seperti ubat-ubatan, membina jalan dan kemudahan asas di luar bandar.

Tanpa dana yang mencukupi, kerajaan juga tidak akan mampu menyediakan subsidi melibatkan berbilion-bilion ringgit untuk membantu mengurangkan dan menstabilkan harga barang-barang keperluan asas di pasaran seperti gas masak, minyak masak, petrol, gula dan tepung supaya harga-barang-barang keperluan asas tidak naik melambung pada kadar luar kemampuan rakyat membeli khususnya golongan berpendapatan rendah.

Dalam pada itu, kedudukan defisit yang berpanjangan akan menyebabkan kemerosotan ke­yakinan pelabur asing terhadap pengurusan ekonomi negara yang boleh mendorong mereka tidak melabur dalam negara kita. Kedudukan ini akan menjejaskan kadar pertumbuhan ekonomi negara. Sekiranya ekonomi negara merosot bagi tempoh masa panjang, maka negara akan dilanda krisis ekonomi yang boleh menyebabkan negara bankrap.

Apapun, pengundi India kelihatan lebih sedar kali ini bahawa manifesto pakatan berkenaan hanyalah janji-janji kosong. Mereka juga sedar pakatan pembangkang tidak mampu melaksanakan janji menyediakan sekolah menengah Tamil kerana ia bertentangan dengan Dasar Pelajaran Malaysia. Di sebaliknya kaum India secara amnya dan pengundi India secara khususnya lebih memihak dan menyokong BN kerana semua janji untuk memartabatkan kedudukan sosial-ekonomi kaum India yang disebut dalam manifesto Pakatan Harapan telah pun disediakan oleh kerajaan BN diketuai Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan dimaktubkan dalam ‘Pelan Tindakan Pembangunan Kaum India’ atau ‘Malaysian Indian Blue Print’ yang kini sedang dilaksanakan mulai tahun ini, 2018.

Apakah Pakatan Harapan ke­tandusan idea dan cuba meniru pelan tindakan pembangunan India yang disediakan oleh BN dalam usaha mereka mempe­ngaruhi pengundi India?

Yang ketara, manifesto Pakatan Harapan ditolak oleh pengundi India kerana ia tidak mendatangkan sebarang harapan baharu kepada kaum India.

DATUK M. PERIASAMY ialah penganalisis politik dan juga Pensyarah Komunikasi Strategik, Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia.

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