AMK: Memorandum Kepada Kedutaan Palestin

MEMORANDUM FOR
AMBASSADOR OF PALESTINE (MALAYSIA)

FRIDAY, 2 MARCH 2012

A FIRM STAND OF SUPPORT ON THE STRUGGLES &
UPHOLDING THE RIGHTS OF PALESTINE
AND
TO URGE SUPPORT OF CONDEMNATION
TOWARDS HYPOCRICY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA
AS A TRADING PARTNER and RELATED TIES with
ZIONIST ISRAEL STATE

Assalamualaikum wrt wbt

ANGKATAN MUDA KEADILAN (AMK) MALAYSIA of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (Youth Wing of People’s Justice Party of Malaysia) hereby today through this documentation and handover of memorandum to your highest ranking diplomat of Palestine State embassy in our country Malaysia, for the following purposes :-


1.A FIRM STAND OF SUPPORT ON THE STRUGGLES & UPHOLDING THE RIGHTS OF PALESTINE AS A SOVEREIGN STATE

Inline with People’s Justice Party of Malaysia (KEADILAN) core principles and practise primarily focussing among others on human rights issues, the leadership of AMK MALAYSIA vividly again wish to declare and ensure your comfort of trust and our undeniable show of support for the cause and struggle of Palestinians with your homeland to be recognised as a sovereign and Islamic state (al-dawla al-Islamiyya) acknowledged by the world power especially Malaysia with ISLAM as our official religion as stated in our constitution.

AMK of KEADILAN as the official Youth Wing of KEADILAN with DATO SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM as our highest leader in party ranking has always been consistent and true in standing by to our words of principle and actions of deed which can never be in judgmental in any form or situation for the cause of Palestine and its political turmoil that is sadly disgraced by the politics of certain quater world hegemony powers that do not wish to Palestinians live freely, peacefully and independently especially as an Islamic State that the world and Muslim Brotherhood UMMAH can be proud of.

BELOW ARE SUBSTANTIVE EVIDENCES OF ANWAR IBRAHIM’S COMMITTMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF ISLAM, PALESTINE ANDOTHERS RELATED TO IT.

REMARKS ON ISRAEL, APCO AND 1MALAYSIA

Anwar has made numerous remarks about a supposed conspiracy among the Malaysian government, APCO (a public relations firm retained by the Malaysian government), Israel, and the United States. Anwar has condemned the Malaysian government for seeking advice from APCO and provided substantial evidence that the APCO firm is linked to the “murder of Muslims in Palestine.” And that APCO is a front for the Israeli government firm was controlled by Jews and working on behalf of the American government to influence Malaysian foreign policy and implied that changes in Malaysian foreign policy could only be explained if Jews were manipulating Malaysia for the United States. (Which had impact on Anwar Ibrahim to a disciplinary committee of the Malaysian parliament investigating his comments and later for 6 months not allowed,banned from participating in Parliament debates and sessions. To add on 22 April 2010 Anwar was censured by Malaysia’s parliament for remarks he made during a press conference in parliament on 30 March 2010 eventhough Anwar Ibrahim have documents linking 1Malaysia, One Israel, and the public relations firm APCO).

In a press conference at the London School of Economics Anwar made comments about Zionists and “nasty Jews”.

In May 2010, B’nai B’rith International, a prominent Jewish human rights organization condemned Anwar in a letter to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, claiming that Anwar was a “purveyor of anti-Jewish hatred” and asked the American government to suspend all contact with Anwar Ibrahim even however Anwar has often been mocked for having “Jewish friends.” In homeland Malaysia, former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad even went so far as to say Anwar Ibrahim “would make a good prime minister for Israel.” In return, Anwar seized proof Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak hiring of APCO on the firm’s supposed ties to Israel.

2. TO URGE SUPPORT OF CONDEMNATION TOWARDS HYPOCRICY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA AS A TRADING PARTNER WITH ISRAEL

AMK of KEADILAN today also wishes to address our utmost disgust to the hypocricy potrait by the UMNO BN (UNITED MALAYS NATIONAL ORGANIZATION-BARISAN NASIONAL). This is especially in the latest development of clear evidences covered by wide media coverage on the trading ties and allowing Israel business links trading companies and its cargo to sail in Port Klang State of Selangor Darul Ehsan and have business ties which is undeniable and ever since remained silent by UMNO BN. This act of ongoing denial is a shame to the traits of our UMNO BN (UNITED MALAYS NATIONAL ORGANIZATION-BARISAN NASIONAL) coalition led government in trying to so called itself as a government adhering to mediocrity of falsehood Islamiyyah Wasatiyyah. All these can be denied through study of government policies and implementation of activies in arts, sports, education especially business and trading with Zionists government Israel.

Latest of double standard act by UMNO BN is through the revelation of letters between former Prime Mininster Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad during his primiership with Israel under the tenureship of Yitzhak Rabin to have diplomatic ties in nearby time and only acknowledging FATAH leaders and not supporting the HAMAS aspiration leadership by the mass majority of Palestinians. This is evidence Malaysia was to comfort the United States of America especially Israel.

We strongly believe that UMNO BN Government had purposely misabused its power and created confusion to the people especially Malaysian citizens, in homeland and abroad and with high ranks of political personnel among the Islamic parties as well as Non-Governmental organization carrying the banner of jihad of struggles for the rights of Palestian cause and achieving an end to your Palestine country’s dismay for more than half a century since 1948.

Furthermore this is againt the noble teachings of the Holy Quran sent down by Allah s.w.t. in commanding truth, justice, equality and transparency, and condemning such wrath act of falsehood and slandering worthy to be labelled as Munafiqeen (those who incite nifaq and fitnah). This is seen in view of UMNO’s motive to potray a bad and false image upon Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s credibility as the Head Of Opposition for Malaysia’s Lower House of Parliament (Dewan Rakyat) as well as as a consistent supporter and advocate of Palestinian cause and rights to be respected as a sovereign state in its own soil.

Therefore we call upon your Embassy to show support on our struggle to reveal this act of hypocricy by UMNO BN government and seek demand and apology for their unethical, unIslamic behaviour as a Muslim led government to protect the good name of Islam, Malaysia and our ties and feelings for Palestine’s cause.


Thank you. Wassalam.

ROZAN AZEN BIN MAT RASIP
Deputy Head Information Bureau
ANGKATAN MUDA KEADILAN-AMK (Youth Wings for KEADILAN)

Israel Sudah Lama Berhubungan Dengan Najib dan Mahathir


Dari Keadilan Daily

03 Februari 2012

Najib, Mahathir jalin hubungan dengan Israel sekian lama- AMK

(Oleh: Masdar Wahid)

KUALA LUMPUR 3 Feb: Angkatan Muda KEADILAN (AMK) berpendapat Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan pimpinan Umno lainnya bersikap talam dua muka berhubung dasar luar negara dengan menjalinkan hubungan dengan Israel sejak sekian lama.

Ketua AMK, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin mengulas kenyataan semborono pemimpin Umno, termasuk bekas presidennya, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad yang menyerang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kononnya ketua pembangkang itu menyokong Israel.

Dokumen EU menunjukkan Malaysia di kedudukan ke 15 menjalin hubungan dagang dengan Israel

Menurut Shamsul, Malaysia menduduki tangga ke 15 sebagai rakan dagang utama dengan Israel pada 2010, melalui dokumen rasmi yang didedahkan oleh Kesatuan Eropah (EU), selain kapal Israel dibenarkan berlabuh di perairan Malaysia.

“Pendedahan dokumen yang menyatakan Malaysia menduduki tangga ke 15 sebagai ‘The Major Trade Partner 2010′ dengan rejim Israel membuktikan sikap sebenar hipokrasi Umno.

“Namun di dalam negara, mereka (pemimpin Umno) cuba menyatakan Malaysia tiada hubungan langsung dengan Israel, samada secara rasmi atau tidak rasmi,” katanya.

Selain itu, katanya, Najib melantik syarikat perunding komunikasi Israel, Apco Worldwide untuk menaikkan imej kerajaan dengan membayar sebanyak RM77 juta setahun kepada syarikat zionis itu.

Manakala Mahathir pula mengakui pernah membayar seorang pelobi Zionis, Jack Abramoff bagi menemui bekas Presiden Amerika Syarikat, George Bush.

“Najib mengupah Apco dan Dr Mahathir pula membayar pelobi zionis jutaan ringgit, ini semua mengukuhkan lagi sikap bermuka-muka Umno yang mempercayai kepakaran Israel berbanding keupayaan rakyat Malaysia sendiri.

“Sebab itu fitnah Umno bersama media kawalannya kononnya Anwar menyokong Israel jelas menggambarkan sikap hipokrit dan bertujuan cuba mengalih isu sebenar,” jelas beliau kepada keadilandaily.com

Sebelum ini, pentadbiran Najib membayar RM77 juta setahun kepada Apco Wordwide, untuk tujuan perundingan komunikasi selain mengilhamkan slogan 1 Malaysia yang meniru konsep One Israel.

Pendedahan itu pada Mac tahun lalu menyebabkan Anwar dan tiga ahli parlimen Pakatan Rakyat digantung dari menghadiri sidang Dewan Rakyat hampir setengah tahun.

Selain Apco, pentadbiran Najib turut mengupah syarikat komunikasi, FBC media yang terlibat dalam kempen menyokong serangan tentera Israel terhadap konvoi misi bantuan Mavi Marmara ke Gaza, Mei 2010.

FBC yang dibayar kerajaan Malaysia RM94 juta turut memuji tindakan Israel menghentikan misi bantuan kemanusian kapal Mavi Marmara ke Gaza, yang menyaksikan beberapa orang terkorban.


—Keadilan Daily

Siapa Sebenarnya Membantu Zionis?


Dari Malaysian Insider

03 Februari 2012

The truth about Malaysia and Israel

Oleh: Hafidz Baharom

FEB 3 — It comes as no surprise that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim got into trouble with the federal government and Umno when he came out stating that he would support a final resolution to begin lifting sanctions against Israel.

After all, there are already Malaysians booing Israeli footballers. And Malaysia was not the first nation to start discriminating against Jews, Zionists and Israel, all three of which I look upon separately. Heck, don’t look at Germany alone. If one were to head to MPH, you can find a collection of anti-Semitic articles written by Henry Ford, the person who started the Ford Motor Group ages ago called “The International Jew”, which is available in four volumes.

Personally, I have no agenda against the Jews. After all, from a Muslim perspective all you have to remind yourself is the knowledge that the last prophet was granted to the descendants of Ismail and not that of Ishak. However, be reminded fellow Muslims that both sons, who gave birth to the Arabs and the Jews, did come together to bury their father Abraham regardless of whatever disputes they had.

That being said, let’s talk a bit about Israel and the truth about Malaysia’s relationship with the country. Israel has been lobbying for Malaysia to recognise them and begin relations through diplomacy and trade. In fact, from an online document from the Centre of Jewish Affairs forwarded to me by a friend, it seems clear that it is not the Malaysian head of the opposition who is wrong, but our federal government which would rather continue this policy of bedevilling the Zionists than tell the Malaysian people the truth.

It is easy to blame the Zionists and state that the Jews “owned everything”, a trademark of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s constant speeches to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), especially during the economic crisis when George Soros was blamed for everything. Funnily enough, nobody stood up to blame Soros a decade later during the current economic downturn.

After all, if one were to watch a documentary called “Inside Job” you will see Soros denying any involvement by stating that he is an “old school” person who did not believe in the US system. It is even more disturbing when you see a picture of Mahathir being friendly with Soros, as posted by Jeff Ooi on his blog years after.

We have been trading with Israel for some time already. We have been sending Malaysians — royals, business leaders and students — at one point to Israel for some time now. In fact, until the period of Mahathir’s 23 years in office as prime minister, our bilateral ties were honestly quite diplomatic but not done within our own borders. Only during the period of Mahathir did it become a nationwide condemnation of the Israelis.

And now, people within Umno are stating that should Anwar win, Israel could open a consul in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, some are already hooting that due to this so-called gaffe of his, Umno can now win back Kedah and Kelantan. Really?

Allow me to dampen your glee, fellow Umno people. Let’s take a look at the European Commission’s trade website which details Israel’s trade with the world. According to their charts, Malaysia imports €63.9 million (RM255 million) from Israel, exports €603.7 million to Israel and Malaysia was in fact the 15th largest trade partner of Israel in 2010.

Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government took office when, exactly?

In fact, if we were to go back further, were we doing business with Israel even when Mahathir was prime minister?

According to a paper available online at the Institute of Jewish Affairs website which was published in October 2006, there was the notion of trade with Israel from Malaysia’s side during the Mahathir administration in 1993, and only in mid-January 1996 there began the insinuation of Malaysian trade with Israel, of which it was noted to have “no political significance.”

But what is worth noting is this paragraph from the article:

“In mid-February 1996, however, a Malaysian businessman visited Israel to discuss co-operation between Israeli and Malaysian companies. In late March, a delegation of Malaysian businessmen came to Israel and held talks with heads of chambers of commerce. Although Malaysia’s official boycott of Israeli products still stood, the head of the Malaysian delegation said he had been authorised by the minister of industry and trade. In early May the Israeli Port Authority sponsored an international conference, and a 16-member Malaysian delegation attended with government approval.”

As such, I raise the question again. Who exactly is helping the Zionists? It is not Anwar Ibrahim, but instead our own federal government, which continues to bask in its constant hypocrisy of using the words of the opposition leader against him while they claim brownie points.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.
* Hafidz Baharom is a social observer who has ruffled more than a few feathers. He has written for a number of publications, and is always looking to stir up discussions on things which need to be said.


—Malaysian Insider

Pilihanraya Mesir: Parti Islam Kuasai 65% Undi

Dari Malaysia Chronicle

5 Disember 2011

Parti-parti Islam Mesir dapat 65 peratus undi

KAHERAH – Parti-parti Islam memenangi 65 peratus undi dalam pusingan pertama pilihan raya Parlimen Mesir, menurut perangkaan rasmi yang diperoleh agensi berita AFP semalam.

Parti Ikhwanul Muslimin memenangi 36.62 peratus undi diikuti Salafist Al-Nur dengan 24.36 peratus undi dan Al-Wasat sebanyak 4.27 peratus undi.

Perangkaan itu dikeluarkan oleh Setiausaha Agung Jawatankuasa Pilihan Raya Mesir, Yusri Abdel Karim.

Menurut satu senarai rasmi, Parti Kebebasan dan Keadilan yang mewakili pergerakan Ikhwanul Muslimin memenangi 3.56 juta undi daripada 9.73 juta undi sah.

Parti Salafist Al-Nur memenangi 2.37 juta dan Parti Wasat memperoleh 415,590 undi.

Perikatan liberal, Blok Mesir menerima 13.35 peratus dengan 1.29 juta undi.

“Kami mengalu-alukan pilihan penduduk Mesir,” kata jurucakap Parti Kebebasan dan Keadilan, Ahmed Sobea.

“Mesir kini memerlukan semua parti untuk bekerjasama bersama untuk keluar daripada krisis,” tambahnya.

Pergerakan Ikhwanul Muslimin dikenali sejak berdekad-dekad lalu melakukan kerja-kerja kebajikan dan menentang pemerintahan Hosni Mubarak sebagai Presiden Mesir selama 30 tahun.

Hosni meletakkan jawatan pada Februari lalu selepas sejumlah besar penunjuk perasaan berhimpun di Dataran Tahrir di sini untuk menuntut peletakan jawatannya.

Namun, prestasi Parti Salafist Al-Nur yang memperjuangkan tafsiran fundamental mengenai Islam mengejutkan sekali gus mencetuskan kebimbangan menjadi lebih konservatif dalam Parlimen yang mengandungi 498 anggota.

Pilihan raya itu diadakan pihak tentera yang memerintah sementara Mesir bagi membolehkan kuasa pentadbiran diserahkan kepada pemerintahan pilihan rakyat.

Keputusan pilihan raya di Mesir itu adalah sama seperti di Tunisia dan Maghribi apabila parti Islam turut menang kesan daripada kebebasan baharu yang dibawa oleh pergerakan demokrasi.

-Agensi


—Malaysia Chronicle

Sila hadir beramai-ramai ke Mahkamah Jalan Duta bagi memberi sokongan moral terhadap kes Fitnah II Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 8 Disember 2011 (Khamis) dan 9 Disember 2011 (Jumaat) ini.

Reformasi!

*Mohon cuti awal-awal untuk keadilan!

Kerajaan Selangor Tidak Terlibat dalam Kemasukan Peninju Israel – Exco

Kenyataan Media

Exco Pelancongan, Hal Ehwal Pengguna dan Alam Sekitar Selangor

1 November 2011

[Selangor] Mengenai kenyataan palsu dan berunsur fitnah oleh Menteri Belia dan Sukan di Parlimen pada 31hb Oktober 2011‏

Saya mengecam kenyataan palsu dan berunsur fitnah oleh Menteri Belia dan Sukan Datuk Shabery Cheek di Parlimen bahawa Kerajaan Negeri Selangor terlibat dalam kemasukkan seorang warganegara Israel ke Malaysia untuk perfileman siri televisyen realiti antarabangsa, “The Challenger Muay Thai.”

Menteri Belia dan Sukan tidak patut menunding jari pada pihak lain. Sebagai seorgan menteri, beliau patut sedar hal imigresen berada di bawah bidangkuasa Kerajaan Persekutuan.

Selangor telah berjaya menarik siri televisyen bercorak realiti tersebut untuk difilemkan di negeri Selangor. Penerbit siri tersebut merupakan pihak yang mengeluarkan program-program televisyen lain yang telah memenangi anugerah seperti “The Contender,” “The Biggest Loser Asia” dan “The Apartment.”

Walau bagaimanapun, Selangor langusung tidak terlibat dalam penganjuran persaingan tersebut, pemilihan ahli sukan ataupun penerbitan siri televisyen tersebut. Kami tidak menjemput mana-mana ahli sukan ataupun menandatangani sebarang dokumen sokongan untuk membolehkan warganegara Israel memasuki Malaysia. Jika kami dimaklumkan, Kerajaan Negeri Selangor pasti memohon kepada Kementerian Belia dan Sukan dan Jabatan Imigresen supaya menolak kemasukkan warganegara Israel tersebut.

Pendirian Pakatan Rakyat adalah jelas. Demi semangat setiakawan dengan rakyat Palestin, Malaysia tidak patut mewujudkan sebarang hubungan diplomatik, perdagangan, budaya ataupun sukan dengan rejim Zionis-Israel. Hubungan dengan Israel hanya boleh dipertimbangkan kalau dan apabila ia mengiktiraf hak-hak rakyat Palestin dan menghentikan tindakan ganas terhadap negara-negara jiran.

Ini merupakan kali kedua tahun ini Menteri Belia dan Sukan telah membenarkan warganegara Israel memasuki Malaysia dengan pas masuk khas. Kami menyeru Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk menghentikan pengeluaran pas masuk khas kepada warganegara Israel sehingga negara Israel mengiktiraf kenegaraan Palestin.

YB Elizabeth Wong
Exco Pelancongan, Hal Ehwal Pengguna dan Alam Sekitar
Selangor

_____________________________

Dari KeadilanDaily

1 November 2011

Selangor tidak terlibat kemasukan Peninju Israel- Exco

SHAH ALAM 1 Nov: Kerajaan Selangor langsung tidak terlibat dalam penganjuran program realiti , ‘The Challenger Muay Thai’ yang melibatkan peninju Israel, kata Exconya, Elizabeth Wong.

Beliau mengulas dakwaan Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Shabery Cheek kononnya kerajaan negeri terlibat dalam kemasukan peninju Israel, Ilya Grad yang menyertai sukan itu di Malaysia.

“Menteri Belia dan Sukan tidak patut menunding jari pada pihak lain dan sebagai seorang menteri, beliau patut sedar hal imigresen berada di bawah bidangkuasa Kerajaan Persekutuan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

Menurutnya, pendirian Pakatan Rakyat sangat jelas bahawa demi semangat setiakawan dengan rakyat Palestin, Malaysia harus menolak sebarang hubungan diplomatik, perdagangan, budaya ataupun sukan dengan rejim Zionis-Israel.

“Kami tidak menjemput mana-mana ahli sukan ataupun menandatangani sebarang dokumen sokongan untuk membolehkan warga Israel memasuki Malaysia.

“Jika kami dimaklum, Kerajaan Selangor pasti memohon kepada Kementerian Belia dan Sukan serta Jabatan Imigresen agar menolak kemasukan warga Israel itu,” tegasnya.

Justeru itu, beliau menyeru kerajaan persekutuan menghentikan pengeluaran pas masuk khas kepada warga Israel dalam apa keadaan sekalipun.

Ilya Grad dilapor memasuki Malaysia pada satu tarikh sebelum ini untuk menyertai kejohanan ‘The Challenger Muay Thai’ yang dirakam di kampus Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang untuk stesen TV AXN.

Dalam satu tulisan di blog tinju Muay Thai Authority pada 15 Oktober, Grad turut menyatakan dia tidak sabar untuk mengibarkan bendera Israel ketika berada di Malaysia.

Beliau yang memasuki Malaysia melalui Thailand ditahan selama 25 jam di satu pintu masuk negara sebelum berjaya mendapatkan bantuan Persekutuan Muay Thai Malaysia, “dengan sokongan menteri sukan Malaysia.”

Kerajaan Malaysia sebelum ini membayar sebanyak RM77 juta setahun kepada syarikat perunding Israel, Apco Wordwide, bagi menaikkan imej. Syarikat itu juga dibayar untuk mengilhamkan slogan 1 Malaysia yang meniru konsep One Israel.

Pendedahan itu pada Mac tahun 2010 menyebabkan Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan tiga ahli parlimen Pakatan Rakyat digantung dari menghadiri sidang parlimen selama hampir setengah tahun.

—KeadilanDaily

Negara Palestin Diikhtiraf UNESCO

Dari The Edge Malaysia

1 November 2011

UNESCO grants Palestinians full membership

PARIS (Oct 31): The United Nations’ cultural agency granted the Palestinians full membership on Monday, a step forward in their long-running efforts to achieve recognition before the world as an independent state.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became the first U.N. agency to welcome the Palestinians as a full member since President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full membership of the United Nations on September 23.

A huge cheer erupted in UNESCO’s General Assembly after the vote, which marks a symbolic victory for Palestinians in the complex diplomacy that surrounds their collective status and relations with foreign powers.

“Today’s victory at UNESCO is the beginning of a road that is difficult, but will lead to the freedom of our land and people from occupation,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said. “Palestine has the right to a place on the map.”

Israel called the vote a “tragedy” and the decision damaged relations between UNESCO and the United States, an ally of Israel that provides about 22 percent of the body’s funding, or some $70 million.

Legislation stipulates that the U.S. can cut off funding to any United Nations agency that accepts Palestinians as a member.

The White House said the vote was “premature” and would not aid peace and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said UNESCO would suffer.

“Today’s vote to grant Palestinian membership in UNESCO is no substitute for direct negotiations, but it is deeply damaging to UNESCO,” said Ambassador Susan Rice.

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova, who previously pleaded for Washington not to withdraw support, told delegates funding may be jeopardized.

“I believe it is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that UNESCO does not suffer unduly… We need each and every member of this organization to be fully engaged,” she added.

FRENCH ABOUT-FACE

The Palestinians got backing from two thirds of UNESCO’s members to become its 195th member. Of 173 countries that voted from a possible 185, 107 voted in favor, 14 voted against, 52 abstained and 12 were absent. Abstentions did not count toward the final tally.

The Palestinians went to UNESCO after making a bid for recognition of the over-arching United Nations system in September before the U.N. Security Council, which has moved the issue to a committee where it is likely to run into a veto from the United States.

“This vote is not directed against anyone, but represents support for freedom and justice,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement to the official news agency WAFA.

“This vote is for the sake of peace and represents international consensus on support for the legitimate Palestinian national rights of our people, the foremost of which is the establishment of its independent state.”

But the breakdown of the vote reflected deep divergences in international views on Palestinian statehood.

The United States, Canada, Germany and Holland voted against Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in favor. Britain and Italy abstained.

For the European Union, which has stumbled in recent efforts to develop a common foreign policy, the UNESCO vote highlighted persistent rifts with some member states voting for and some against Palestinian membership.

Austrian UNESCO ambassador Ursula Plassnik, whose country voted in favor, said she regretted that the EU had failed to arrive at a common position on Palestinian membership.

France, which previously abstained from a vote on the subject of Palestinian membership in UNESCO, broke with precedent to vote in favor on Monday.

“Since it has been raised today, we must assume our responsibilities and respond to the substance of the issue … On the substance, France says “yes”- Palestine has the right to become a member of UNESCO,” said Hubert de Canson, France’s representative at UNESCO.

Israel has said the Palestinian bid would amount to politicization of UNESCO that would undermine its ability to carry out its mandate. It said on Monday it would reconsider its cooperation with the agency.

“We regret that the organization of science has opted to adopt a resolution which is a resolution of science fiction,” said Nimrod Barkan, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, who called the move a tragedy for the agency. “There is no Palestinian state and therefore one should not have been admitted today.”

The Israeli foreign ministry said the vote placed unnecessary obstacles on the road to renewing negotiations.

“This is a unilateral Palestinian maneuver which will bring no change on the ground but further removes the possibility for a peace agreement,” it said in a statement. - Reuters

—The Edge Malaysia

Pendedahan KPRU: Skandal FBC – Puluh juta diguna untuk pulih imej buruk Najib

Dari Malaysiakini

28 Oktober 2011

Scandal-hit FBC Media now faces bankruptcy

London-based television content producer FactBased Communications (FBC Media), which recently produced programmes to spruce up the image of Malaysian politicians, is now facing bankruptcy, reported UK daily The Independent.

The daily reports that FBC Media and its parent company FBC Group’s affairs are now being sorted out by administrators Hillier Hopkins Corporate Recovery.

“At the end of the day, if there is money available for creditors that will be paid of by way of dividend,” administrator David Butler was reported as saying.

The daily reported Hillier Hopkins saying that the it is now trying to establish “the extent of the companies’ assets in order to maximise any potential return to the ex-employees and other creditors”.

The administrators added that the circumstance surrounding the insolvency will also be investigated.

The Independent’s media editor Ian Burrell also today reported that FBC’s offices near London’s Gray’s Inn Road has had its “carpets taken up”, while phones are left unanswered.

In a written reply to the Dewan Rakyat, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said that the government paid FBC Media 19.6 million Euros (RM94 million) to FBC media for the duration of three years from 2007.

The payment was for “consultancy services, advice and management of a communication campaign”.

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477 Tahanan Palestin Dibebaskan

Dari Malaysia Harmoni

19 OKTOBER 2011

477 tahanan Palestin dibebaskan

Daripada jumlah tahanan yang dibebaskan, majoriti berasal dari Gaza. 315 tahanan dijatuhi hukuman penjara seumur hidup. Pembebasan itu adalah gelombang pertama, yang pada tempoh tiga bulan berikutnya, lebih 900 lagi warga Palestin akan dibebaskan.

bebasSementara itu, seramai 1027 tahanan Palestin akan ditukar dengan pembebasan tentera Zionis, Gilad Shalit yang ditawan oleh Hamas sejak 2006.

Lebih seribu wakil media dari pelbagai agensi berkumpul di pusat pemeriksaan penjara Ofer berdekatan Ramallah, dengan harapan dapat menyambut para tahanan yang dibebaskan, namun mereka kecewa kerana tentera Zionis mengubah semula jadual pembebasan.

Harian Israel melaporkan bahawa tempat ketibaan tahanan berubah menjadi huru-hara apabila terdapat segelintir orang membakar tayar di depan penjara Ofer.

Dalam pada itu, sejumlah kenderaan tentera dan polis tiba dengan tentera Zionis berkumpul agak jauh dari pusat pemeriksaan. Ketika tentera mengatakan bahawa tahanan tidak akan tiba, kumpulan pemuda mula membaling batu ke arah pasukan Israel yang membalasnya dengan tembakan gas pemedih mata dan peluru getah. Dilaporkan bahawa seorang tertembak di kepalanya dengan peluru getah.

Sementara itu, di Mu’qata, Ramallah, para tahanan sampai dan bertemu dengan beribu-ribu orang yang berasak-asak menanti ketibaan mereka. Sebahagian daripada yang hadir itu adalah mereka yang ingin menyambut ahli keluarga dan rakan-rakan yang bebas dari penjara manakala yang lain datang untuk menunjukkan sokongan.

“Ini adalah hari yang sangat indah untuk warga Palestin di Tebing Barat dan Gaza,” ujar Osama, seorang pegawai kerajaan Pihak Berkuasa Palestin seperti yang dilaporkan Palestine Monitor.

Osama yang tinggal di Nablus bersyukur kerana Hamas dapat mencapai kemenangan ini bagi rakyat Palestin.

“Mereka melakukan sesuatu yang sangat baik.”

Perdana Menteri Israel, Netanyahu sebelum ini bersetuju untuk membebaskan lebih daripada 1000 tahanan Muslim untuk ditukar dengan pembebasan tenteranya, Koperal Gilad Shalit. Namun masih terdapat 6,600 warga Palestin lagi yang merengkok di penjara-penjara Israel. Sebahagian daripada mereka telah ditahan selama bertahun-tahun.

307 tahanan yang dibebaskan kelmarin adalah milik Hamas, 99 Fatah, 27 Jihad Islam dan 23 Barisan Popular untuk Pembebasan Palestin. Yang selebihnya adalah dari parti-parti kecil atau yang tidak terikat dengan mana-mana kumpulan.

—Malaysia Harmoni

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Kenyataan Media: Perjanjian Pertukaran Tahanan Hamas

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Palestinian Cultural Organization Malaysia (PCOM)

15 Oktober 2011

PRESS RELEASE ON THE HAMAS’ PRISONER SWAP DEAL

In light of the latest news about HAMAS and “Israel” reaching a prisoner swap deal, which entails releasing 1027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier captured in 2006 in Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Cultural Organization Malaysia (PCOM) would like to congratulate the Palestinian prisoners, their families and the Palestinian people for this great national achievement.

The prisoner swap deal will result in releasing 1027 Palestinian prisoners of whom 27 are women (the total number of detained Palestinian women is 27), 315 are serving life sentences, as well as hundreds of other prisoners who have spent many years in Israeli prisons.

This great national achievement requires us to thank the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), the other Palestinian Resistance factions involved in this deal, as well as the Palestinian people who have been patient and steadfast in resisting the numerous Israeli attempts to free the Israeli soldier without paying a price. We also thank all parties involved in facilitating this deal which witnessed over 120 rounds of negotiations that ended in the Palestinian Resistance imposing over 90% of their terms on the Zionists successfully.

This great achievement, however, comes in a time where many of the remaining 5000 Palestinian prisoners are undergoing a hunger-strike in the Israeli jails. Therefore, we call upon the International Community, governmental and non-governmental bodies to keep the issue of these prisoners as a top priority on their agendas. We also call the Malaysian government to continue its leading role in condemning Israeli crimes and repression of the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian Cultural Organization Malaysia (PCOM)
15th October 2011
17th Dhul Qe’dah 1432 H

RM 84 juta Duit Rakyat Digunakan Untuk Menutup Imej Buruk Najib

Dari Keadilan Daily

Oleh: Nabihah Hamid

Najib bazir RM84 juta untuk tutup skandal Altantuya

KUALA LUMPUR: Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dikecam apabila menghabiskan RM83.88 juta wang rakyat, hanya semata-mata untuk menaikkan imej kerajaan di luar negara.

Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Pusat KEADILAN, Abdul Rahman Yusof berkata, Najib terpaksa berbuat demikian akibat imejnya yang buruk di peringkat antarabangsa, termasuk kaitannya dalam skandal Scorpene dan pembunuhan kejam warga Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibu.

“Imej Najib terjejas, jadi terpaksa melonjakkan imejnya semula dan ia bukan saja dalam negara, malah di luar negara.

“Kita tahu Najib dikatakan terlibat dengan banyak skandal seperti Scorpene, dikaitkan dengan pembunuhan Altantuya serta kehakiman yang tidak bebas,” katanya kepada Keadilandaily.com.

Skandal Scorpene melibatkan komisen 114 juta Euro yang dibayar kepada Syarikat Perimekar Sdn Bhd yang dikaitkan dengan Abdul Razak Baginda, seorang kenalan rapat kepada Najib Razak.

Kes pembunuhan Altantuya- orang tengah dalam transaksi berkenaan- mendapat liputan meluas media antarabangsa apabila mayatnya diletupkan dengan bom C4 di Puncak Alam, Shah Alam oleh dua pegawai pengiring Najib pada 2006.

Pembelian Scorpene dari syarikat Perancis, DCNS, membabitkan pemberian  komisen itu kini failkan di mahkamah tinggi Perancis.

Mengulas lanjut, Abdul Rahman berkata, tindakan kerajaan membayar FBC Media untuk menaikkan imej, juga dilihat  tidak bertanggungjawab ketika rakyat menderita dengan kenaikan kos sara hidup dan harga barang keperluan.

“Najib tidak bertanggungjawab kerana menggunakan duit rakyat bagi menutup kesilapan, ketidakcekapan dan kepincangan yang berlaku dalam pentadbiran beliau,”

“Rakyat membanting tulang mengisi perut mereka dengan kos hidup yang tinggi tapi terpaksa menanggung beban kerana wang rakyat digunakan hanya untuk  menanggung kos membaikpulih imej Najib,” katanya.

Semalam, dalam jawapan bertulis yang dikemukakan perdana menteri di parlimen memberitahu, kontrak selama setahun kepada FBC Media telah disambung sebanyak dua kali dan ditamatkan pada 2010.

Nilai kontrak sejak 2008 itu pula didedahkan sebanyak Euro 19.6 juta atau bersamaan RM83.88 juta yang boleh digunakan untuk tujuan lebih berfaedah kepada rakyat.

Ahli Parlimen Batu, Tian Chua berkata, perkara paling penting yang perlu ditimbulkan ialah tindakan kerajaan membayar perunding tersebut tanpa pengetahuan rakyat.

“Banyak lagi (perunding) yang terlibat dengan GTP, ETP dan sebagainya.

“Kita ingin tahu apa tujuannya kita bayar untuk perunding ini?,” soalnya lagi yang juga Naib Presiden KEADILAN.

Kerajaan sebelum ini dilapor melantik FBC- Firma penerbitan TV dan Komunikasi Strategik Britain- untuk menerbitkan program TV berkaitan kerajaan Malaysia yang ditayangkan syarikat penyiaran antarabangsa seperti CNBC, CNN dan BBC.

BBC telah menggantung semua program FBC, syarikat produksi berpusat di London itu, kerana pembayaran yang dibuat kerajaan Malaysia menyalahi undang-undang Britain dan etika media.

–Keadilan Daily