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TJ KB: Protes Tangguhkan Pertemuan PAS-Umno
By Reuters

21/2/2001 12:28 am Wed

[Kebangkitan rakyat Lunas terpercik ke Kubang Pasu dan kini ia sudah menjalar ke Kulim. Dengan mengirim polis untuk mengganas lagi di Kulim, kerajaan Umno hanya akan mengundang lebih musibah kerana kebanyakkan penduduk di sini adalah BEKAS penyokong kuat Umno satu ketika dulu.

Peristiwa ini menggangu hasrat PAS untuk bertemu. Umno seharusnya menyediakan iklim yang kondusif sebelum berbincang bukannya suasana yang begitu bercelaru.

Mahkamah Kulim mungkin membongkar isu pengundi hantu dan jika ini berlaku dimana Umno mahu menyimpan muka yang sudah malu kerana menipu?. BEKAS penyokong Umno di sini ramai yang sudah tahu - sebab itulah mereka mengisi borang untuk keluar dari parti itu atau keluar berhimpun beribu-ribu. - Editor]

Pengirim: MT

Terjemahan Ringkas:


PAS menangguhkan perbincangan penyatuan melayu bila polis mengganas dan memancut gas pemedih mata kepada beratus-ratus reformis di Kulim. Sekurang-kurangnya 6 orang ditahan.

Sebelum itu polis menggempur beribu-ribu rakyat Kubang Pasu dengan gas juga. Pemimpin PAS menangguhkan pertemuan selepas kejadian itu. Pertembungan polis (melayu?) yang diarah oleh pemimpin (melayu baru(a)) dengan rakyat (yang ramainya melayu juga) membuat PAS tidak senang untuk bertemu kerana pemimpin Umnolah dibelakang semua kejadian mendera rakyat itu.

Rakyat menganggap hukuman 15 tahun penjara kepada DSAI adalah tidak adil kerana kerana butiran saksi yang meragukan. Berduyun-duyun bekas penyokong Umno mula meninggalkan Umno sejak kes DSAI.

Umno memenangi kurang 50% undi melayu dalam pemilu November 1999 lepas. Itu merupakan REKOD TERBURUK parti itu. Umno perlu sokongan orang melayu yang merupakan 55% dari 22 juta penduduk dnegara ini. Tanpa undi mereka, Umno akan kecundang dalam pilihanraya menjelang 2004.

Pemimpin Umno juga masih sakit disengat oleh perhimpunan BBM 2 minggu lalu. (Ia memecahkan tradisi melayu Umno yang menentang pemimpin secara terbuka di bandaraya.)

Perbicaraan di Kulim menjadi fokus kerana 9 reformis dibicarakan kerana kununnya merusuh dalam pemilu Lunas yang dimenangi KeADILan. (Sebenarnya BN membawa berbas-bas pengundi hantu kerana Khalil Yaakob menjadi resah tidak menentu.)

-Kapal Berita-

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Monday February 19, 9:11 AM

Malaysian protests delay government talks with opposition

By Simon Cameron-Moore

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's Islamic opposition on Sunday postponed Malay unity talks with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as police in his home state fired water cannon and tear gas at supporters of jailed rival Anwar Ibrahim.

The police used the strong arm tactics to disperse hundreds of Anwar supporters protesting against the trial of opposition activists, mostly members of Anwar's Parti Keadilan Nasional (National Justice Party) in Kulim, a town in the northwest state of Kedah.

Eye witnesses and court officials said at least six people were arrested.

A few days earlier police in Kedah used water cannon to break up an anti-government rally of 5,000 people. The police said the rally was illegal as the organisers had no permit.

Leaders of Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) issued a statement after the latest incident on Sunday saying the Malay unity talks with Mahathir's party set for Monday had now been postponed. It said the talks would go-ahead at a more conducive time.

Bernama news agency quoted PAS president Fadzil Noor as saying there had been "a few incidents detrimental to the situation and as such the meeting scheduled for tomorrow... is postponed."

The fate of former finance minister Anwar, who is serving a 15-year jail term many Malays think is unjust, had been on the agenda at PAS's insistence, along with a range of other sensitive issues.

Mahathir is seeking to restore the image of his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) within the majority Malay community, which accounts for 55 percent of Malaysia's 22 million people.

UMNO, which has led every government since independence from Britain in 1957, is probably more unpopular with Malays than at any time in its history.

The current UMNO-led coalition includes parties drawn from Malaysia's minority Chinese and Indian communities.

UMNO won less than 50 percent of the Malay vote in the November 1999 election, its worst performance for 30 years, and has shown little sign of turning the tide ahead of the next election due in 2004.

UMNO leaders were stung by the ferocity of criticism levelled at them during a mass gathering in Kuala Lumpur two weeks ago which had been billed as a Malay unity rally.

Mahathir last month invited PAS to join in the unity talks, while Anwar's Keadilan, led by his wife, rejected a similar offer.

Keadilan won a by-election in the northwest state of Kedah, Mahathir's home territory, last November. The nine people on trial in Kulim stand accused of rioting during the by-election. y=010218113050.1eb6m4nv.txt

Malaysia's opposition group delays rare talks with ruling party

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (AFP) - Malaysia's key opposition party announced Sunday it would postpone rare talks with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's ruling party on Malay unity.

The Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) decided to delay the talks due Monday with the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to first clear several "technical" issues, said PAS secretary-general Nasharudin Mat Isa.

"We want UMNO to create a condusive atmosphere before we begin the discussion," he told AFP.

This included the reinstatement of oil royalties for the PAS-ruled state of Terengganu and the lifting of restrictions imposed on the PAS newspaper Harakah, he added.

Last month UMNO proposed a meeting with leaders of parties representing ethnic Malays on the subject of "Malay unity."

The National Justice Party, which is led by the wife of jailed former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, declined on the grounds it is not solely a Malay party. Malays are the majority race in the multiracial country.

PAS, UMNO's main political rival and the leading opposition party, accepted the invitation to the talks at the time.

The Bernama news agency quoted PAS president Fadzil Noor as saying that the talks would proceed at a later date which has yet to be fixed.

He said the two parties would continue discussions to iron out the issues of oil royalties, Harakah and calls by some UMNO members to ban the use of the word "Islam" in party names.

Fadzil said police action in dispersing opposition assemblies, such as using tear gas and water cannon on supporters in the northern state of Kedah earlier Sunday, did not augur well for proposed talks.

"Once there is agreement to these matters, we can hold discussions at any time if they are serious about the talks," he added.

Police fired tear gas and water cannon Sunday to disperse some 500 opposition supporters gathered outside a court in Kedah to support nine opposition figures charged with rioting during a November by-election.

It was the third protest in four days by supporters of PAS and allied parties.

Deputy Prime Minister and UMNO deputy president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi meanwhile said he was disappointed by the PAS move.

"I feel sad because I always believe and feel that a (discussion) is the best way of resolving whatever issues of national interest that could become common problems," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

"The proposed meeting, if it materialises, will be beneficial to both sides. I don't see it as a meeting to decide who wins and who loses.. everyone will gain and there will be much benefits." y=010218073829.8fubo25e.txt

Malaysian police disperse rally with tear gas, water cannon

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (AFP) - Malaysian police used tear gas and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters gathered outside a court in the northern state of Kedah.

Some 500 people turned up at the Kulim magistrate court in support of nine opposition figures charged with rioting during a November by-election in Lunas constituency in Kedah, the Bernama news agency said.

It said police hurled tear gas cannisters and used water cannons to disperse the crowd, which turned unruly while the trial was ongoing.

But Mohamad Ezam Mohamad Noor, youth chief of the opposition National Justice Party (Keadilan) and one of the nine on trial, said it was a peaceful assembly and slammed the police's harsh action.

He said this was the second time in a week that police had used violence to disperse opposition supporters.

Police used tear gas and water cannons to break up a rally in Kedah late Wednesday. They abstained from any action during a Saturday protest in Kuala Lumpur over the appointment of former attorney general Mokhtar Abdullah as a judge to the country's highest court, but arrested eight people.

Ezam said seven people including two women were arrested Sunday but all were expected to be released later on bail.

"We regret the police's high-handedness in handling this matter," he told AFP. He has lodged a complaint with police over the matter and against one of the officers for trying to attack him with a walkie-talkie.

Bernama said the trial of the nine would begin on June 18.

Of the nine, six were from Keadilan, which is headed by the wife of jailed ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, and three from the allied Parti Islam SeMalaysia.

The charges apparently relate to an incident during which opposition officials blocked buses of government supporters from entering Lunas. They face up to two years in jail and a fine.

Keadilan claimed they were "phantom" voters brought in from other states to vote fraudently, but the ruling National Front coalition claimed they were merely government supporters. Keadilan won the seat.