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TS KB Beserah: Fauzi Menyiasat Sendiri
By Woon Wui Tek
1/4/2001 10:28 am Sun
Banyak kisah menarik di Pahang sekarang ini. Kita mengambil sikap
melapurkan kenyataan semua pihak, khususnya dari Fauzi sendiri.
Ada pihak mengkritik Fauzi sebagai kecewa atau merajuk tetapi Fauzi
mengatakan beliau sebenarnya mengumpul secukup bukti dan berhenti kerana
sudah tidak diminati melalui undi. Beberapa pemerhati politik berpendapat
pihak Khalil sengaja menaja untuk mengnyahkan Fauzi. Dua pencabar
Fauzi adalah rapat dengan Khalil. MB Datuk Adnan masih menghargai Fauzi
kerana berkhidmat dengan penuh cemerlang.
Menurut Fauzi lagi, beliau membuat lapuran polis dan tidak kepada
jawatankuasa disiplin parti kerana itulah yang utama dan pertama
dulu kerana ia melibatkan harta milik rakyat, bukannya parti.
Tan Sri Khalil telah membenarkan kawasan hutan balak dinodai
melebihi had yang dibenarkan oleh polisi hutan negara. (lebih
11,312 hektar). Beliau juga telah menyalah gunakan dana sehingga
tidak sampai kepada pihak yang sepatutnya menerimanya.
Umno begitu bimbang jika ada pilihanraya. Pertandingan perlu diadakan
dalam masa 60 hari selepas perletakkan jawatan itu. Ini bermakna ia
amat hampir dengan perhimpunan agung nanti yang dijadualkan berlangsung
bulan depan atau awal Mei. Banyak pihak akan kepanasan telinga jika
prestasi merosot menggila.
Sementara itu Wanita Umno Pahang juga turut bergolak. Maznah Mazlan
sedang dalam proses untuk digulingkan.
Apakah hukum karma kini sudah mula menjelma buat presiden Umno yang
masih degil memadu kuasa? Kebangkitan beratus-ratus lagi 'Fauzi' bakal
membuat ramai pemimpin Umno tidak akan dapat tidur lena - dan ini termasuk
presidennya yang sudah tumpul taringnya.
Banyak kejutan berlaku buat Mahathir selepas terkejut di Lunas dulu.
Dia baru sahaja dikejutkan oleh BBM yang menukar rentak secara tiba-tiba.
Walaupun BBM cuma bising sekadar seketika, kesannya sudah jauh menular ke
seluruh negara. Sebarang kejutan yang serupa diseluruh negara bakal
menggugat Mahathir - kerana perhimpunan agung sudah semakin dekat tarikhnya.
Patutlah dia melancarkan kempen Semarak II kerana bimbang kebangkitan
rakyat, khususnya akar-umbi Umno. Lagipun pembangkang sudah sukar memberi
ceramah sejak kes Kg Medan mengorbankan nyawa. Rupa-rupanya ini adalah
antara muslihat pintarnya juga?
- Kapal Berita-
Pro-Anwar Umno boss quits
BY WOON WUI TEK
He did it after lodging a police report against a Federal Minister who was
Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman, 55, assemblyman for Beserah, said: "Yes, I have
tendered the resignation letter," but declined to comment further, reports
The police report was made against Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob. He is Umno
Secretary-General and Information Minister.
If Datuk Fauzi remains firm with his decision, a by-election will have to be
called, unless he holds on to the seat and joins another party or declares
himself an independent.
Pahang Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, said: "I have feedback
that Fauzi did not get enough nominations to even qualify to defend his post
(of Kuantan Umno division chief) and if I know him well, he will surely
resign," he said.
Datuk Fauzi filed a police report alleging over-logging in timber-rich
Pahang state - back when Tan Sri Khalil was mentri besar.
"I must do the right thing. And if I have no support, if the party doesn't
take my complaint seriously, why should I do the right thing in the wrong
party?" he told The New Paper over the telephone.
"I'm not saying it was corruption. But at the very least there was
mismanagement," quipped the feisty Datuk Fauzi.
"After I became a State Assemblyman, I began an investigation."
It showed, he said, that the rakyat (people) "were being deprived" due to
over-logging in the past.
"I represent the rakyat. If the rakyat are being cheated, I must bring
change." In a way, he has always stood apart. When former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim fell, Datuk Fauzi was one of
only a few ruling-coalition leaders to publicly protest.
In a way, he has always stood apart.
When former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim fell, Datuk Fauzi was one of only a few ruling-coalition leaders to publicly protest.
Even so, Datuk Fauzi stayed loyal to his ethnic-Malay Umno party.
And last night, the man often described as "close to Anwar" would not rule
out jumping ship altogether.
To critics, however, Datuk Fauzi has simply been driven to desperation by a
challenge to his Umno base.
Datuk Fauzi was once a deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department
and member of parliament for Kuantan.
Already, there had been his "demotion" from parliament to the state assembly
in the last election. Now, a protege of the Information Minister is after
Datuk Fauzi's Kuantan division leadership.
Observers say there's a concerted effort to depose him.
Datuk Fauzi said it was only appropriate that he vacate the seat because it
was evident that Umno members did not support him based on response from the
He said he was not afraid of being destroyed by his outspokenness.
"I will be able to sleep well. I can live happily on just ikan bilis."
A POWER struggle is developing within Pahang's Wanita Umno (woman's group).
Eleven Wanita division chiefs are making an intense bid to oust State Wanita
chief Maznah Mazlan.
They said that they had lost confidence in her leadership, reports the New
It is learnt that they have submitted a memorandum to party president Datuk
Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Pahang Umno chief Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said it was the work of frustrated
members who are not getting what they want. He dismissed the internal
squabbles as having roots in some members' obsession with positions.
"As the 'bapak' (father) to all Umno members in the state, I will meet them
if things get out of hand. But it will be better for them to resolve the
dispute themselves," he said.
The Singapore Straits Times
Last thing Umno wants - by-election
After Datuk Fauzi Rahman resigned as the state assemblyman for Beserah
in Pahang, the ruling party is forced to defend a seat it barely won
By Brendan Pereira
KUALA LUMPUR - The last thing Malaysia's ruling coalition wanted was a
by-election in the unforgiving Malay heartland. It got one yesterday.
Datuk Fauzi Rahman resigned as the state assemblyman for Beserah in
The former deputy minister said that he came to that decision after
being unable to obtain enough nominations to defend the Kuantan Umno
division chief's position.
He said that it was only appropriate that he vacate the state seat as
party members in the area did not support him.
He also alleged that corruption was rife in the nomination process for
office-bearers at divisional polls.
It is understood that party leaders in Pahang were trying to get the
55-year-old to change his mind, knowing that the ruling party cannot
afford another cycle of dirty linen being washed in public.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Adnan Yaacob led the charm offensive, saying
that Datuk Fauzi was a competent state assemblyman, who had set up his
own service centre and who worked the ground from 10 am till 1 am.
The Straits Times understands that Datuk Fauzi has met Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad a number of times with a litany of
But the Premier - who has a full plate trying to unite his party and
contain a resurgent opposition - was unimpressed with the threats to
He said that Umno members who did not receive enough nominations to
contest next month's divisional polls should not create problems for
Datuk Fauzi agreed with Dr Mahathir's observation. He said: 'I am not
causing any problems for my party. I am withdrawing.'
His action will give the ruling coalition some grief. Barisan Nasional
will face an uphill task retaining the Beserah seat.
The constituency is in a state where Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) made
significant inroads at the general election, winning eight state seats
and losing a clutch by under 1,000 votes.
So impressive was the showing by the opposition party that PAS leaders
predict that Pahang will fall into its hands in 2004, the year the
next polls are scheduled.
In Beserah, Datuk Fauzi defeated his challenger from PAS by an
uncomfortable margin of 985 votes.
His supporters say that he was able to win because many Malays who
were unhappy with the administration's treatment of former deputy
prime minister Anwar Ibrahim still cast their ballot for him.
The reason: he was a close friend of the former deputy prime minister
and was never shy to say so even after the former DPM was jailed for
corruption. His supporters say that with his resignation, that bloc of pro-Anwar
support will go to the opposition candidate and propel him into the
His supporters say that with his resignation, that bloc of pro-Anwar support will go to the opposition candidate and propel him into the state assembly.
PAS says that it is confident of victory in a by-election because its
members have been on election mode every day since the last general
Also, there is fresh ammunition to attack the government.
On Wednesday, Datuk Fauzi lodged a police report against Information
Minister Tan Sri Khalil Yaacob.
In it, he alleged that while Tan Sri Khalil was the mentri besar of
Pahang, he contravened the national forestry policy and allowed an
area larger than 11,312 ha to be harvested for timber.
There is also another reason why a by-election now is bad news for
Barisan Nasional. A contest has to be held 60 days after the resignation is accepted by
the Election Commission. As such, polling will come close on the heels of the Umno divisional
election, scheduled for next month and early May.
There is also another reason why a by-election now is bad news for
A contest has to be held 60 days after the resignation is accepted by
the Election Commission.
As such, polling will come close on the heels of the Umno divisional election, scheduled for next month and early May.
Party members will be focused on keeping their positions in the party,
rather than campaigning for a state seat with little bearing on their
Hardly the ideal preparations for a party trying to stave off a
A politician in the limelight
KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Fauzi Rahman (right) is hardly someone anybody
would describe as a controversial politician. But he has had his fair
share of the limelight.
The former deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department was
accused of expressing support for Anwar Ibrahim two years ago at the
opening of two Umno divisional meetings in Kelantan.
Following his remarks, calls were made for him to be sacked from the
party, and a state leader even said that he sent tapes of Datuk
Fauzi's remarks to party president Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
But Datuk Fauzi stood his ground, insisting that all he said at the
meeting was: 'I am not ashamed to say Anwar is a friend but what is
important is loyalty to the leaders and that is the way to save the
In the 1999 general election, he won the Beserah state seat with a
Barely weeks after Barisan Nasional was returned to power in Pahang,
he was unwittingly in the limelight again.
This time, he was asked to leave Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan before the
swearing-in of new Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, who took over
from Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob, who contested and won the Kuantan
parliamentary seat. --The Star/Asia News Network
March 30 , 2001 10:23AM
Fauzi To Submit Resignation Letter Friday
KUANTAN, March 30 (Bernama) -- State Assemblyman for Beserah Datuk Fauzi
Abdul Rahman will submit his letter of resignation to vacate his state
assembly seat to Pahang Umno Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob later
Fauzi, 55, said he decided to vacate the Beserah state assembly seat after
the majority of the Umno branches in Beserah did not nominate him to defend
the post of Kuantan Umno division head in the party election next month.
"This means that there are Umno branches in Beserah which have rejected my
leadership. When Umno branches in Beserah have rejected me, it implies that
they don't endorse what I have done for the constituency and reject my
services or what I have done," he said at a media conference after meeting
Adnan at the Menteri Besar's official residence, here.
It is learnt that Fauzi's decision to tender his resignation letter was made
after he was said to have failed to obtain at least 13 nominations from the
65 Umno branches in the Kuantan division to enable him to defend his post as
the division head.
A candidate must garner 20 per cent nominations from the total number of
branches in the division to enable him to contest for the post of division
According to the Kuantan Umno division office, Fauzi had so far managed to
secure only nine nominations to contest for the post of Kuantan Umno head
while Kuantan vice-head Datuk Faisal Abdullah received 29 nominations and
deputy head Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat had 20 nominations.
Fauzi felt that the move not to nominate him to defend his post would only
be to the detriment of the people of Beserah as they had an assemblyman whom
they could not accept while he was wasting his time doing work which was not
acceptable to the constituents.
"On this basis, I feel it's better for me to step down as the assemblyman
for Beserah, unless there is an investigation by the authorities and it is
found that there are other elements involved such as corruption and so on.
"If the Beserah Umno reject me because of my inadequacy, they will only be
wasting their time in having a state assemblyman who is not compatible or
not bringing any benefit to them," he said.
On his meeting with Adnan, who is also Pahang Menteri Besar, Fauzi said he
was called up by Adnan to seek clarification on rumours that he was leaving
He said he held the principle that "he rose through Umno. When I rise
through Umno...it is Umno that will decide my position."
Fauzi said his resignation letter had been prepared and according to
procedure, as a state assemblyman he must submit it to the State Umno
Asked why he had not lodged a report with the Umno Disciplinary Committee,
he said he was not the type who liked to complain, on the contrary he
preferred to make a police report which he described as "the first of many."
He referred to the police report which he made at the Kuantan District
Police Headquarters at about 3pm on Wednesday against Umno secretary-general
Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob whom he alleged had been involved with
misappropriation of state resources when he was the Pahang Menteri Besar.
He said he reported the matter to the police because what he reported had
nothing to do with the party, on the contrary, it concerned state resources.
"After 1 year and 2 months (of being a state assemblyman) I know what the
rakyat feel and what the rakyat have been deprieved of. As a state
assemblyman, I was involved with the state administration and I feel the
acts (misappropriation) were detrimental (to the people)," he said.
In his police report, Fauzi claimed that Khalil, who is also the member of
parliament for Kuantan, had committed malpractices while he was Pahang
Menteri Besar, including awarding timber concessions in a manner which was
not according to procedure. "His actions had affected state resources and the cash flow of the present
state government. It also denied the people in the Beserah state
constituency and the people in the state of Pahang of their rights to
receive their proper allocation," he said.
"His actions had affected state resources and the cash flow of the present state government. It also denied the people in the Beserah state constituency and the people in the state of Pahang of their rights to receive their proper allocation," he said.
Khalil was the Pahang Menteri Besar for 13 years since 1986 before being
made Information Minister upon winning the Kuantan parliamentary seat during
the last general election.
Pahang Police Chief Datuk Mohd Noor Hamat confirmed that police had received
Meanwhile, Adnan said that he could not make any comment as he had yet to
see the contents of the letter.
However, he said if he did receive the letter, he would make a study based
on certain reports whether the number of nominations received by Fauzi truly
reflected that his leadership was being rejected.
"We must look into the matter because from the reports we received so far,
Datuk Fauzi had discharged his responsibilities excellently as the Beserah
assemblyman. As the MB, I am very satisfied with his performance," he said.
He said the matter would be forwarded to Umno president Datuk Seri Dr
Mahathir Mohamad to arrive at a common decision.
He said he would make his recommendations to Dr Mahathir to consider in case
it was found that the constituents in Beserah still required Fauzi's
When asked for his decision upon receiving the resignation letter, Adnan
said he could not decide immediately as he had to give time to Fauzi, at
least for a "cooling off period".