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Monday, April 28, 2008

Was There Anything Wrong in 1988?

Dr Novandri Hasan Basri

Seriously, I will never ever know the real story of Juridicary Crisis in 1988. I was 20 years old. Life was ok minus the internet, blogs & websites. You can know issues & informations through radio, tv and newspapers.

And I am very sure that issues were not my first priority at that time. I think it was like class, tutorial, lab (the best part was we can dissect the cadaver (mayat)), tennis, eat, sleep & back to class next day... ya ya ya...very 'interesting' indeed.

But the massive current issue regarding Tun Salleh Abas, Datuk Zahid Ibrahim and an open confession of forgiveness by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Bawadi make me wonder, what have I missed back then in 1988?

I've got this article from another blogger. It's up for you to decide. For me, I've to take it with pinch of salts. I'm very simple, if it's true, show yourself & don't hide behind some names.

1988 crisis : Salleh Shot Himself On The Foot?

Letter to Malaysiakini
(P Suppiah)

The personalities involved in the entire episode are as follows:

* The then Yang Di Pertuan Agong (the King), now the Sultan of Johor
* Tun Salleh Abas, who was then the Lord President
* The prime minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was then Datuk Seri Dr),
* The then attorney-general, Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, now Suhakam chief.

The whole episode started with Salleh writing a letter to the King dated March 26, 1988, copies of which were sent to the Malay rulers.

On May 27, 1988 the prime minister in the presence of high-ranking government officials informed Salleh that the King wished him to step down (to retire as Lord President) because of the said letter.

The whole episode started with Salleh writing a letter to the King dated March 26, 1988, copies of which were sent to the Malay rulers. On May 27, 1988 the prime minister in the presence of high-ranking government officials informed Salleh that the King wished him to step down (to retire as Lord President) because of the said letter.

Salleh on May 28, 1988 sent a letter of resignation: the next day he withdrew it and subsequently held a press conference. On June 9, 1988 the prime minister made a second representation to the King alleging further misconduct on the part of Salleh based on his undignified use of the press to vent his grievances – such as requesting for a public hearing of the tribunal and asking for persons of high judicial standing to sit on the tribunal.

On June 11, 1988, members of the tribunal were appointed pursuant to the Federal Constitution by the King. On June 14, 1988, Salleh was served with the list of charges against him. On June 17, 1988, Salleh was served with a set of rules to govern the tribunal procedure.

On June 21, 1988, on the application of Salleh, a Queen’s Counsel was admitted for the purpose of defending him without any objection from the attorney-general.Salleh was informed of the tribunal’s hearing on June 29, 1988 and was told he could be represented by his Queen’s Counsel. On June 29, 1988, counsel for Salleh appeared and informed the tribunal that Salleh would not participate in the proceedings,

Salleh was making a series of press statements including an interview with the BBC showing unhappiness over the tribunal’s legality.The tribunal held its proceedings in camera. Salleh was accorded the right to be defended by counsel. His counsel decided not to cross-examine any of the witnesses. The tribunal was made up of the following six persons ( continue......)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sad Moment For Klinik Kesihatan Bergerak Pemuda & Bahagian Bukit Gelugor.

Dr Novandri Hasan Basri


The scenary at the back of my clinic was very different today. It's so empty. It's nothing to greet me in the morning.

As you can see in the photo (left), Mr Fuad was standing on an empty space. And if you can recalled in one of my photos in the blog, it was once occupied by our mobile clinic van, yes, 'Mat Inokom', the van bergerak yang tak bergerak for 2 years!

If you can't, let me refreshed you with this old photo (right). This was once my daily view for the past 3 years. And for the past 2 years, 'Mat Inokom' was practically stationary & 'tak bergerak' due to massive engine problem. Since then, we have to settle with our 'small rotating fan, oven & cute' van!

For your information, yesterday was a very sad day for me & my mobile clinic team. The van was finally towed to it's resting place in Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang. Our van will be torn apart into pieces and will be sold as spare parts.

For that few hard broken minutes, we were there looking at this 2 tow guys who installed few cables, putting some screws, readjusting and finally gave a thumbs up to us.......they are ready to tow the van!

I couldn't believed this time will ever come. Throughout his life, 'Mat Inokom' has done very well.

We were able to serve the rakyat during The Tsunami in Pulau Pinang and Kedah. We were there, next to the beach in Kampung Kuala Muda, Kedah. The beach was calm and peaceful but then when we turned our view to the kampung, it gave us the shivers! The whole houses in the kampung were in total demolition!

One secret I would like to share with you is 'Mat Inokom' was so famous even he will be greeted with shouts of approval and hands' byes from other road users. Throughout his services during UMNO general meeting in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur, he had been admired by so many people from all walks of life, from Perlis to Sabah. Indirectly, he gave a very good impression on his bosses and the red big logo on his body!

Now the time has come! Let you rest in peace. May your parts (spareparts) help to revive and prolong the life of other vans so they can serve better.

At this very moment, I've just received a sms from Datuk Hamid, Treasurer of UMNO Youth Malaysia that we will be getting a new van in two to three weeks time! It's great and we are looking forward for the historic day, insyaallah.

I'll keep you inform....

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

HardTalk:Persepsi Barat Yang Tidak Akan Berubah

Dr Novandri Hasan Basri

Walau apa pun persepsi sesetengah masyarakat mengenai Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Forum Hardtalk di BBC pada 21hb April 2008 membuatkan penulis berasa bangga mempunyai seorang pemimpin Melayu yang sangat berkaliber, karismatik, persisten dan hebat seperti Tun.

Di dalam masa 30 minit yang diperuntukkan itu, ianya lebih kepada interrogation seperti di dalam mahkamah tanpa BBC sebenarnya ikhlas mahukan penjelasan daripada Dr Mahathir. Walau apa pun, seperti biasa, Dr Mahathir berjaya menangkis dengan senangnya.

Pengacara BBC, Stephen Sackur begitu jelas mencuba sedaya upaya untuk memerangkap Dr Mahathir dengan mengemukakan petikan-petikan ayat yang dikeluarkan oleh Dr Mahathir sendiri di sepanjang karier beliau sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Petikan-petikan tersebut menyentuh beberapa perkara yang sehingga hari ini jelas masih terbuku dan terngiang-ngiang oleh sesetengah pihak di Eropah, US dan Israel.

Stephen mengeluarkan kenyataan Dr Mahathir mengenai Anti-Yahudi, ISA dan Anti-Barat, isu-isu lama yang telah berulang kali diulas dan dijelaskan oleh Dr Mahathir sendiri di beberapa forum internasional dan media-media tempatan serta antarabangsa.

Sebagai contoh, Amerika Syarikat sebagai proksi Yahudi merupakan satu fenomena yang nyata di dalam dunia ini. Kelantangan Dr Mahathir melawan arus kuasa besar Amerika Syarikat dan sekutunya itu memang ternyata benar cuma ianya ditutup oleh ahli-ahli politik dunia dan kuasa-kuasa media antarabangsa yang dikuasai oleh Yahudi

Akan tetapi, di dalam ucapan beliau yang menyentuh perkara itu semasa sidang OIC beberpa tahun yang lalu, beliau tidak menyalahkan kesemua orang Yahudi, hanya mereka yang bersalah sahaja. Dan yang melenting sekarang ialah orang-orang Yahudi yang bersalah itu. Bak kata perpatah Melayu, siapa yang makan cili, dia yang akan rasa pedasnya.

Malah, dalam masa yang sama, Dr Mahathir turut menekankan pendirian beliau dengan tidak bersetuju kepada pendekatan sesetengah kumpulan militan Islam yang menggunapakai kaedah bunuh diri atau membunuh orang awam sebagai jihad.

Perkara di atas tidak disentuh pun oleh Stephen Sackur. Ternyata, seorang pengacara berkaliber seperti Stephen Sackur tidak melakukan ulangkaji beliau serta memahami keseluruhan teks ucapan Dr Mahathir semasa sidang OIC tersebut.

Sikap remeh dan tidak bersedia Stephen dan BBC itu merupakan salah satu contoh keegoan negara-negara Barat yang memandang rendah orang Melayu, Malaysia dan Asia selama ini.

Begitu juga dengan isu-isu lapuk yang telah lama ditangkis oleh Dr Mahathir dengan jayanya seperti kononnya berlakunya penyalahgunaan ISA.

Stephen telah berulangkali mempersoalkan hak-hak asasi manusia yang kononnya tercalar oleh pendekatan ISA yang digunakan di dalam Malaysia. Beliau cuba menggunakan nama-nama agensi Hak-hak Asasi negara-negara Barat untuk memperkukuhkan tuduhan beliau itu. Stephen Backur turut berkata beratus-ratus orang telah dianiaya dan dimasukkan di dalam penjara kerana ISA.

Akan tetapi apabila Dr Mahathir meminta Stephen Sackur memberikan nama-nama mereka yang kononnya dianiaya, Stephen Sackur terkedu-kedu kerana tidak mempunyai bukti kepada tuduhan beliau.

Dr Mahathir menambah lagi kehangatan HardTalk itu dengan mengatakan ketidakadaan bukti-bukti seperti yang dilontarkan oleh Stephen itu merupakan masalah besar media-media barat yang selama ini telah melaporkan perkara-perkara yang tidak benar dan berat sebelah mengenai beliau dan Malaysia.

Kemudian Dr Mahathir melontar kembali tuduhan Stephen dengan mengatakan bahawa negara Barat dan Amerika Syarikat turut mempraktikkan penahanan tanpa bicara dan tidak pula dipersoalkan oleh agensi-agensi dunia yang kononnya memperjuangkan hak-hak asasi manusia. Jelas Dr Mahathir, itu merupakan pendekatan negara Barat yang jelas berat sebelah.

Apabila ditekan sekali lagi oleh pengacara BBC tersebut, Dr Mahathir menerangkan bahawa beliau bukannya anti-Barat yang total tetapi beliau menentang perkara-perkara yang tidak benar serta berat sebelah yang telah dilakukan oleh negara-negara Barat.

BBC turut menyentuh isu demokrasi yang kononnya tidak dipraktikkan oleh Malaysia. Dr Mahathir sekali lagi terpaksa menjelaskan bahawa demokrasi di Malaysia adalah acuan negara Malaysia itu sendiri dan tidak semestinya terikat kepada mana-mana konsep kerajaan di dunia ini. Tambah beliau, negara-negara dunia yang kononnya mengamalkan demokrasi sebenarnya tidak juga demokrasi.

Isu-isu yang hangat diperdebatkan hari ini iaitu isu desakan agar Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi meletakkan jawatan sebagai Presiden UMNO dan ketidaksanggupan Timbalan Presiden UMNO untuk mendesak Datuk Seri Abdullah meletakkan jawatan turut menjadi topik utama di dalam HardTalk itu.

Sungguh pun topik ini telah berulang kali diperjelaskan dan didebatkan di dalam negara kita ini sendiri, penjelasan dan pendirian Dr Mahathir tidak berubah walau pun dihujani dengan hujah-hujah yang bertalu-talu oleh pengacara BBC, Strephen Sackur.

Penjelasan Dr Mahathir begitu straight forward dan concise bahawa selagi berlakunya kelemahan dan kesalahan oleh pihak tertinggi UMNO dan kerajaan BN sekarang, Dr Mahathir tidak akan berdiam diri.



Baginya, UMNO memerlukan perubahan pucuk pimpinan yang segera disebabkan oleh beberapa perkara dalaman yang jelas berlaku tetapi tidak ditangani dengan berhemah dan bertanggungjawab.

Pada pandangan penulis, walau apa pun pendirian beliau, Dr Mahathir masih kukuh bersama-sama UMNO dan tidak mempunyai hasrat untuk memimpin kembali.


Dan jika berpandukan kepada kredential beliau yang sangat cemerlang di sepanjang karier beliau sebagai Perdana Menteri, saranan dan pendirian Dr Mahathir itu pastinya berasas dan mesti diambil kira dengan ikhlas dan segera.

Ironinya, sesetengah pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO yang begitu lantang menyuruh Dr Mahathir supaya berdiam diri, tidak pula lantang mempertahankan Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden apabila dicerca bertubi-tubi oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat.



Hakikatnya Anwar Ibrahim dan rakan-rakannya merupakan musuh politik UMNO dan BN yang sebenarnya perlu ditentang habis-habisan dan bukannya Tun Dr Mahathir.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Close Encounter Of The Man Himself

Dr Novandri Hasan Basri

It has been 4 weeks since I last met Dato' Seri Hishammuddin, Malaysia UMNO Youth chief. Yesterday, I met him again with the rest of Penang UMNO Youth divisions' committees in SunShine, Bayan Baru. Coincidently, it was held on the 4th floor (if you know what I mean)!

The last time I met him was in Pak Rejab's house, Dato' Seri's 'bapa angkat' in Permatang Pauh. Me & my mobile clinic team were in Pak Rejab's house earlier to give our medical services to the people in the kampung.

We talked, I explained to him about our schedule for the rest of the day. The adorable Datin Seri was also there, listening with deep interest & asked several questions regarding our mobile clinic which was easily answered by Dato' Seri himself.

Yes, by the man himself. He answered fluently, spice it up with the history of the Klinik Bergerak Pemuda, way back in 2001.

How can the man know so much about our mobile clinic here in a small tiny UMNO division called Bukit Gelugor?

You see, he was the man who launched the mobile clinic 8 years ago.

Yes, 8 years ago, year 2001 to be exact!! We also met Dato' Seri several times during our programmes. We kept him informed of all our major activities eg. Tsunami, Banjir Besar, Program Putera Penang etc.

He believed & shared the same vision of promoting good & the caring side of UMNO to the needy & the grass roots.

We, Pergerakan Pemuda & Bahagian Bukit Gelugor are the FIRST to establish this mobile clinic among other political bodies & we're very proud of it. Who says Melayu can't be the first, right? :-)

As at now, our vision & hope are still the same. We want to give free services to the grass roots, the poor & the needy.

We hope that next month we can expand our services & cover the other divisions in Penang & neighbouring states. We have done it & succeeded before & we definitely do it again & again.

We are waiting for a new transport. As u can see, our existing van couldn't cope with our plans & stamina. The van is cute but with only a small rotating fan to cool the entire van, it's like in a oven & you're practically baked (roasted) if the sun is not in our side.

Me, Encik Wahab, Encik Fuad & Encik Halim were so used with this 'roasted in the van not the oven' torturing but the problem is it'll spoil the medications & other sensitive medical eqiupments.

Just imagine, after a long day in the van, the medications are equally baked and my presciptions to the patients sound like this, "Makcik, jangan lupa ye....balik ni makan ubat....errr....warna hitam ni & hangus ni."

And I'll bet that will be her first & last visit! :-)

Lastly, my heartiest appreciation to my truely friends, Encik Wahab, Encik Fuad & Encik Halim for believing & sharing the same passion.

They have been with me since the beginning & are still motivated & always ready to serve the masyarakat. May Allah bless all of you.

I'll keep you readers informed of our future activities. Sincerely, I really hope that there are more UMNO divisions who can initiate their own mobile clinic in their area & we're here to help them.

After all, Klinik Kesihatan Bergerak is for ALL.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Apakah Pemansuhan Kuota Wajar Juga Di Semua Peringkat UMNO?

Dr Novandri Hasan Basri

Kita masih lagi membincangkan isu pertandingan peringat tertinggi UMNO dan usaha untuk memansuhkan kuota pencalonan Presiden, Timbalan Presiden dan Majlis Tertinggi UMNO. Dalam masa yang sama, pendedahan Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Presiden UMNO Malaysia baru-baru ini mengenai berlakunya sabotaj di beberapa kawasan parlimen dan negeri telah menimbulkan beberapa persoalan yang perlu diteliti dengan wajar, iaitu:-

· Kenapa usaha untuk memansuhkan kuota calon hanya berkisar di peringkat MT UMNO sahaja?

· Kenapa kita tidak terfikir bahawa penstrukturan kepimpinan UMNO perlu juga melibatkan reformasi kepimpinan peringkat bahagian dan cawangan UMNO?

Dan jika berdasarkan kepada pendedahan itu, adalah tidak adil untuk Presiden UMNO sahaja memikul segala tanggungjawab jika salah satu sebab besar kepincangan prestasi UMNO adalah juga disebabkan oleh pergolakan di bahagian-bahagian UMNO.

Tambahan pula, jika tiap-tiap peringkat UMNO telah secara kolektif menyatakan komitmen dan bertanggungjawab di atas prestasi UMNO di PRU yang lepas, bukankah lebih adil jika perbincangaan mengenai pemansuhan kuota kepimpinan tertinggi UMNO pusat turut menyentuh reformasi kepimpinan di semua peringkat UMNO?

Dalam erti kata yang lain, apakah kita sebenarnya perlu juga memansuhkan kuota untuk pencalonan kepimpinan peringkat bahagian, negeri, Pemuda, Puteri dan Wanita? Apakah dengan cara ini UMNO akan lebih demokratik dan politik wang dapat dibendung?

Menurut Fasal 15.5 dalam perlembagaan UMNO, calon-calon yang bertanding untuk memegang jawatan dalam Jawatankuasa Bahagian UMNO hendaklah dinamakan oleh sekurang-kurangnya:
a) Ketua - 20%
b) Timbalan Ketua - 15%
c) Naib - 10%
d) Ahli Jawatankuasa - 2 Cawangan
daripada jumlah Cawangan yang sah dalam Bahagian mengikut Fasal 17.5.7 kecuali apabila mana-mana Bahagian di mana Cawangannya melebihi 150 Cawangan mencukupilah seorang calon itu mendapat sokongan sekurang-kurangnya 30 Cawangan bagi Ketua dan 20 Cawangan bagi Timbalan Ketua 10 Cawangan bagi Naib Ketua.

Persoalannya, apakah kita sebenarnya sekadar menyuarakan ketidakpuasan terhadap kepimpinan tertinggi UMNO pusat tanpa sebenarnya sendiri tidak berani menerima perubahan di bahagian UMNO masing-masing? Apakah Pak Lah bersalah tetapi bukan juga di peringkat bahagian UMNO? Apakah Pak Lah sahaja yang perlu ditegur tetapi tidak di peringkat bahagian UMNO?

Realitinya, jika reformasi benar-benar mahu dilakukan, pemimpin-pemimpin bahagian UMNO yang tidak efektif dan selama ini tidak berani untuk menegur kepimpinan UMNO pusat perlu juga berundur atau diketepikan.

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