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Kedah Bergegar Mahathir Tercabar
By Kapal Berita
8/3/2001 10:54 pm Thu
[Kebangkitan rakyat Kedah begitu menggusarkan Mahathir. Banyak helah
beliau sudahpun dapat dicium oleh BA. Pengundi hantu dan penyalah-gunaan
dana serta salah-laku pemimpin Umno sudah banyak rakyat tahu. Dengan
menangkap Ezam begitu terburu-buru dan cuba menonjol kekuatan polis
nampak jelas Umno begitu takut kepada suara demokrasi. Kita jangan lupa
Anwar ditangkap selepas perhimpunan terbesar di dataran merdeka. Cara Anwar
ditangkap dan Ezam diberkas bukan lambang satu pasukan polis yang semakin
mesra tetapi ia satu sikap yang semakin gentar kepada kebenaran yang tidak
Ezam menafikan beliau menyebut untuk mengadakan demo setiap hari
sebagaimana yang dilapurkan oleh Utusan. Polis telah bertindak mengikut
catatan akhbar dan tidak mengendahkan suasana malam lebaran untuk
memberkas Ezam. Yang peliknya wartawan atau editor Utusan tidak
dipersoalkan. Dollah Badawi pun dua kali lima mengambil kenyataan
dari akhbar sebagai sandaran. Apa yang menarik tangkapan ini dibuat
selepas Mahathir memberi kata-dua bahawa KeADILan mahu menghuru-harakan
Kita perlu mengimbau kejadian polis mendera dan mengganas perhimpunan
aman kebangkitan rakyat marhaen di Kubang Pasu dan Kulim. Di Jitra Kedah
baru-baru ini 25,000 rakyat berhimpun tetapi tiada apa-apa pun kekacauan.
Polis bukan lagi bertindak untuk menjaga rakyat tetapi untuk menjaga
imej pemimpin dengan menakutkan serta mendera rakyat.
Perhimpunan cahaya lilin di sekitar stadium merakam satu sikap
kebengisan polis yang masih belum berubah sejak diasuh Dollah Badawi.
Mereka menyepak lilin-lilin bertebaran bagai di dalam geram sedangkan
lilin tidak mempunyai apa-apa kesalahan. Sebaliknya lilin mencerahkan
jalan agar polis tidak tersepak batu atau terjatuh ke dalam lubang.
Ketua polis itu memberi arahan:
"Saya mahu tangkap".
Sebagai orang melayu yang bersopan dan beradab, beliau seharusnya
"Saya ingin kamu bersurai".
Ini bukan sikap mesra rakyat tetapi satu sikap yang mahu bermusuh
dan mendera rakyat. Sembilan reformis ditangkap termasuk Raja Petra
dan isteri serta dua wanita.
Polis juga menafikan keluarga Ezam menemui beliau sempena Aidil Adha.
Padahal Ezam belum terbukti bersalah di mahkamah. Beliau ditangkap
berdasarkan lapuran akhbar yang sahihnya begitu samar. Menurut
Zainur Zakaria polis tidak mempunyai alasan kukuh untuk menahan
reman Ezam tanpa sebarang tuduhan berasas. Beliau ditahan di bawah
akta Hasutan yang boleh membawa denda maksimum 3 tahun penjara.
Akhbar Sun melapurkan satu kenyataan menarik TG Nik Aziz:
"Manusia adalah satu mahluk yang jika kita mahu menyekat mereka dari
menyatakan perasaan - mereka akan mencari cara lain. Sikap kerajaan
masakini amat tidak demokratik".
Rakyat bangkit memenuhi jalanraya kerana sistem yang ada sudah gagal
memainkan peranan. Beberapa isu penting tidak dibenarkan untuk
dibincangkan di parlimen. Malah kebebasan para peguam sendiri
dipertikaikan sedangkan mereka mewakili suara pelanggan.
Menurut pemerhati politik, Ezam mempamirkan gaya berpakaian dan
persembahan Anwar. Beliau dapat berpidato dengan begitu bersemangat
dan boleh menarik perhatian. Bayangan Anwar inilah yang menyebabkan
Umno diselubungi keresahan dan ketakutan. Apa yang berlaku di Kedah
baru-baru ini menggambarkan penduduk desa dan akar-umbi Umno sudahpun
menyeberang sehingga Lunas yang kuat pun boleh tumbang dan pohon di
Kubang Pasu turut bergoyang. Yang menarik golongan tua bekas penyokong
Umno turut tidak ketinggalan untuk bersama dalam setiap perhimpunan.
Laman ASWJ pula menyebut kerajaan sudah mula mengawal kemasukkan
majalah FEER dan Asiaweek sehingga ia tertunda seminggu lamanya.
Edisi baru sudahpun tercetak tetapi yang lama belum diluluskan
untuk edaran walaupun tiada rencana yang begitu menyakitkan Umno.
Tetapi 8% rakyat Malaysia yang berjumlah 22 juta itu masih mampu
menerokai internet untuk mencari berita. Menurut sumber dalaman
arahan terhadap majalah itu datang dari pejabat Dr Mahathir.
Ini membayangkan Mahathir sendiri begitu takutkan demokrasi.
Beliau begitu terkilan dan geram walaupun kepada sekeping gambar
sahih yang disiarkan.
Ezam ditangkap untuk membantutkan beberapa tunjuk perasaan yang
mungkin lebih besar kerana beberapa krisis yang dijangka akan
menyatukan semua rakyat dinegara ini tidak mengira kaum mereka.
Banyak isu ketidakadilan akan memadamkan warna kaum dan menyatukan
mereka untuk bertindak berdemo bersama-sama.
April 6 akan sidambut sdebagai hari dana disalahgunakan manakala
April 14 adalah hari ulangtahun Anwar dijatuhkan hukuman pertama.
Detik Gelita 14 itu dinamakan sebagai "Hari Kezaliman Mahathir".
Kesimpulannya Ezam adalah kuasa penggerak utama (driving force)
kebangkitan rakyat marhaen mutakhir ini. Dengan merebaknya
kebangkitan sehingga ke bumi Kedah dan tumpasnya Lunas, sokongan
kepada Umno di negeri tumpah darah celup Mahathir itu menjadi
semakin parah. Mahathir sebenarnya sudah menggelabah. Soalnya
kenapa dia masih degil untuk memerintah? Padahal Ezam cuma
bersenjatakan dengan satu lidah!
Anwar ally faces sedition charges
Seven arrested after police disrupt candlelight vigil for detained
AGENCIES in Kuala Lumpur
Mohamad Ezam Noor: 'misquoted' by newspaper
Police last night dispersed a crowd holding a candlelight vigil for an
opposition leader arrested on suspicion of sedition after he
reportedly called on supporters to take to the streets and protest
against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's Government.
At least seven of the 60 protesters were arrested for violating laws
against illegal assembly. There were scuffles but no serious violence.
Officers kicked the candles across the street and district police
chief Bakri Zinin was heard shouting: "I want arrests!"
Earlier, members of the four-party opposition coalition denounced the
arrest of National Justice Party youth leader Mohamad Ezam Noor as
persecution and accused Dr Mahathir of using police to suppress
political dissent. Mr Mohamad Ezam, a former political secretary to
jailed ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, was arrested on Monday.
He denies making the call, saying he was misquoted by a pro-government
Police are due to seek a court order today to remand him in custody
pending further investigation. Yesterday was a public holiday, so
police had to wait until today to lodge their request.
"Police are viewing seriously the claim that Ezam was reported to be
planning a mammoth street demonstration daily throughout the country,"
said Mohamad Bakri Zinin, police chief for the capital's Dang Wangi
district. "Street demonstrations are illegal. We will investigate
under the Sedition Act. Whatever action is unlawful . . . we will take
"With this arrest, it is obvious that the mainstream media and the
police have become partners in supporting a government bent on
establishing a farcical democracy," the opposition said.
Mr Mohamad Ezam was arrested on Monday night by plainclothes policemen
as he arrived at party leader Wan Azizah Ismail's house for a meeting,
a police spokesman said. He is being held under Malaysia's Sedition
Act, and faces a maximum three years in jail and a fine.
"The timing of the arrest smacks of nothing less than political
persecution," said Azmin Ali, a leader of the National Justice Party,
known as Keadilan in Malaysian.
Mr Mohamad Ezam's wife, Bahirah Tajul Arif, said police refused to
allow her family to meet him yesterday or have food delivered to him
for the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha on the grounds that he was not
entitled to special privileges. "My children just want to seek their
father's blessings on this special day," she said.
Hours before Mr Mohamad Ezam's arrest, members of Dr Mahathir's United
Malays National Organisation lodged a complaint with police alleging
that a vow he made to organise protests every day until the Government
was ousted was rebellious. The comment was reported in local papers.
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, speaking before the
arrest, accused Mr Mohamad Ezam of sedition, saying his remarks showed
an intention to topple the Government by force.
Defending the arrest yesterday, Mr Badawi said Mr Mohamad Ezam's
reported statement could destabilise the country and stunt economic
growth. "Ezam was arrested not because of his dissenting political
views but because of what he said," he said.
Mr Mohamad Ezam and Keadilan denied advocating violence, but have
vowed to continue the protest campaign.
His arrest also came the day after Dr Mahathir accused Keadilan of
being willing to jeopardise national security to achieve freedom for
Anwar, Dr Azizah's husband.
Anwar was fired in 1998 and later convicted of corruption and s###my.
He is serving 15 years in jail.
Malaysian Opposition Leader Is Held on Sedition Allegations
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A magistrate ordered Wednesday that a leader
of a protest campaign against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad be
jailed without charge while police investigate sedition allegations
Ezam Mohamad Noor, the youth leader of the opposition National Justice
Party, was remanded in custody following his arrest Monday for
reportedly calling for street demonstrations every day until the
government is ousted.
"This is a plot by Mr. Mahathir to destroy the opposition," Mr. Ezam
said as he was led into court, handcuffed and flanked by four police
Leaders from Malaysia's four-party opposition coalition Wednesday
accused the government of using the police to stifle political
dissent, and warned that further arrests were likely.
"Mr. Mahathir ... [is] very vicious and this action is suppressing our
leaders," said Dian Chua, the National Justice Party's vice president.
"We expect this is not the last case."
Outside the courthouse, a small crowd of supporters shouted the
opposition reform slogan "reformasi" and "keep fighting Ezam" as the
hearing went ahead in Magistrate Lim Kui Lee's private chambers.
Police said Mr. Ezam's arrest Monday night was in response to comments
reported in a Malaysian newspaper that he wanted to topple the
government. Mr. Ezam and the Justice Party have denied advocating
violence but have vowed to continue organizing protests.
Nine people were arrested late Tuesday when police broke up a
candlelight vigil outside the jail where Mr., Ezam was being held.
They were released Wednesday and ordered to report to police later to
find out if they would face illegal assembly charges.
Mr. Ezam's lawyer, Zainur Zakaria, told reporters that Mr. Lim had
ruled that Mr. Ezam be held for four days, after which police must
charge him or return to court to seek another remand order.
Mr. Zainur said he would appeal the ruling to the High Court on
grounds Mr. Ezam's detention without charge was unjust. "Police have
not given reasons to remand him," Mr. Zainur said.
Mr. Ezam has been the driving force behind a series of opposition
protests which has picked up pace since late last year has recently
extended into Mr. Mahathir's home state.
He is being held under Malaysia's Sedition Act, and faces a maximum
penalty of three years in jail if he is charged and convicted.
Earlier this week, Mr. Mahathir accused the Justice Party of being
willing to jeopardize national security to achieve freedom for Anwar
Ibrahim, his former deputy.
Mr. Anwar was fired in 1998 and convicted of corruption and s###my on
charges he insists were part of a conspiracy to extinguish any
political challenge to his former mentor. He is serving 15 years in
Separately, Malaysian censors have delayed the release of two Hong
Kong-based news magazines that report on Asian affairs for the second
week in a row.
No official explanation has been given, but both Asiaweek and the Far
Eastern Economic Review have carried reports in recent issues that Mr.
Mahathir's government would consider negative.
The restrictions come amid heightened scrutiny of the international
media since Asiaweek published a cover story and pictures in January
about Mr. Mahathir that he complained made him look tired and foolish.
Every week, the Home Ministry's powerful censorship board clears the
print editions of foreign news magazines for distribution. Permission
is usually given within a day.
According to their joint distributor, the editions of both magazines,
which should have been on sale by last weekend, haven't yet been
cleared. Nor has Asiaweek's edition from the previous week.
FEER's previous edition, which was held up for a week, reached the
newsstands Monday, a week old and after a new edition had already been
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who runs the Home Ministry, has
said that the delays are the responsibility of junior officials and
refused to answer other questions.
Officials and journalists have, on condition of anonymity, said that
they believe the orders came from Mr. Mahathir's office, but none
could predict how long the delays would last.
The online editions of both magazines were available to the 8% of
Malaysia's 22 million people who use the Internet. Neither currently
carries articles that appears to put the government in a bad light.
The previous week, FEER carried a report about Mr. Mahathir losing
support among his ethnic Malay Muslim powerbase, while Asiaweek showed
links between influential Malaysians and Muslim rebels in the
FEER is wholly owned by Dow Jones & Co., which also publishes The Wall
Street Journal and its international and online editions, as well as
news wires, Barron's and other magazines. Dow Jones also owns 50% of
CNBC financial television operations in Asia and Europe, and provides
content to CNBC in the U.S.
Malaysian opposition condemns arrest of Anwar aide
By Simon Cameron-Moore
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The wife of Anwar Ibrahim, the jailed rival of
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, led Malaysia's opposition on Tuesday in
condemning the arrest of an activist accused of planning unrest to topple
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who formed the opposition Parti Keadilan Nasional
after her husband's arrest in 1998, said activist Ezam Mohd Noor expected
to be charged under the Sedition Act on Wednesday.
Ezam, leader of Keadilan's youth wing, was arrested on Monday outside Wan
Azizah's house after Mahathir supporters asked police to investigate a
pro-government newspaper report saying he planned daily protests to
overthrow the government.
The Barisan Alternatif (Alternative Front), grouping four opposition
parties, issued a statement denouncing Ezam's arrest.
"With this arrest, it is obvious that the mainstream media and the police
have become partners in supporting a government bent on establishing a
farcical democracy," the opposition said.
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi drew parallels with Malaysia's
fight against communist rebels.
"The communists brought about chaos...burnt buses, trains and destroyed
property with the intention of toppling the government," Badawi said.
But Wan Azizah, who attended a rally of more than 20,000 people in
Mahathir's home state of Kedah at the weekend, said Keadilan did not want
"We uphold the right to peacefully assemble," she told Reuters. "A rally is
not part of the party programme it is (an expression) of ordinary people."
Police have got tough with demonstrators and fired water cannon and
tear-gas at two Keadilan gatherings last month.
The spiritual leader of the main Islamic opposition party, Parti Islam
se-Malaysia (PAS), which organised the Kedah rally, also blasted the curbs
on rights of assembly and media criticism.
"Humans are such that if you try to stop them from voicing their feelings
they will find other ways," Nik Aziz Nik Mat said, according to the Sun
newspaper. "The government's present stand is undemocratic," he said.
"The government's present stand is undemocratic," he said.
IN ANWAR'S MOULD
Ezam and leaders of the other youth wings of parties in Barisan Alternatif
(Alternative Front) led by PAS, launched a nationwide campaign last week to
highlight alleged misuse of public funds to bail out Malay tycoons with
ties to government.
"We don't want to ruin the country or frighten people. It is just to raise
people's awareness of how our country's coffers are being used," Wan Azizah
"People may be moved to register their protest, because sometimes they are
not aware how the country is being run."
Ezam is the highest profile Keadilan leader after Wan Azizah. Formerly he
was Anwar's political secretary and observers say he has cultivated a style
of dress and speech similar to Anwar's.
Reform of Malaysia's enforcement agencies is a priority for Ezam, who is a
standard-bearer for Keadilan's Reformasi movement.
"The reform movement is real. It is a continuous process and it is beyond
Anwar," he told Reuters two weeks before his arrest.
"Most critical is the empowerment of the enforcement agencies -- the
judiciary, the ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency), police and AG
(Attorney-General's) Chamber," he said.
"They have to be empowered, have to be free, independent from the control
of one man -- the PM," Ezam said.
The Muslim Hari Raya Aidiladha festival on Tuesday could mean Ezam is held
longer than the customary 24 hours before being charged, whereupon he could
be given bail.
Ezam told Reuters the campaign against misuse of funds aimed to mobilise
support for a major rally on April 6.
He also said events were planned for April 14 to mark the second
anniversary of the day Anwar received his first guilty verdict. Ezam billed
the date as "Mahathir's Cruelty Day".
Anwar, a former finance minister and deputy prime minister, is serving a
15-year sentence for sex and corruption convictions he says were concocted
for daring to challenge Mahathir.
Mahathir said Anwar was immoral and unfit to rule. The U.S. State
department says he is a political prisoner.