Thursday, July 3, 2008

MP Temerloh mahu lompat parti?

Adakah Ahli Parlimen Temerloh, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, akan meninggalkan UMNO dan Barisan Nasional dan menyertai Pakatan Rakyat?

Yang pelik adalah bahawa hanya nama-nama MP kawasan Temerloh, dan Bera (Ismail Sabri Yakob) yang dinyatakan.

Saya kenal
Saifuddin Abdullah dan Ismail Sabri Yakob sejak masa saya di Universiti Malaya lagi. Semasa saya dalam Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (PMUM) atau 'Student Union', saudara Ismail Sabri Yakob adalah Presiden. Pada masa itu, Saifuddin Abdullah adalah Presiden Persatuan Bahasa Melayu.

Apa yang sangat pelik adalah pada tahun saya di dalam 'Student Union', ada lebih kurang 9 daripada ahli PMUM daripada Temerloh. Presiden PBMUM juga dari Temerloh.

Pada masa itu, saudara Ismail Sabri Yaakub (serta juga Saifuddin Abdullah) adalah pejuang untuk keadilan dan hak asasi, sama saperti diri saya....TETAPI kini nampaknya semangat dan nilai perjuangan semasa di kampus sudah tidak ada lagi dan dorongan dan tujuan mereka sudah berubah...

Mereka baru-baru memberi sokongan penuh kepada tindakan menaikkan harga minyak dan harga barangan --- di mana seseorang wakil rakyat yang prihatin dan berpihak kepada rakyat tidak akan memberikan sokongan sedemikian apabila nyata sekali bahawa rakyat sudah dibelenggu dengan beban yang tidak mungkin dipikul...yang sungguh tidak adil.

Apabila membaca blog bekas PM kita, nyata bahawa kedudukan kewangan negara adalah sangat baik - dan tidak ada alasan munasabah mengapa subsidi dikurangkan dan harga minyak dinaikkan begitu banyak.

Ahli Parlimen Temerloh, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, bukan wakil rakyat atau wakili rakyat --- apabila beliau menyokong kenaikan harga minyak harga barangan dsb..

Wahai, wakil rakyat - fahami bahawa kamu dipilih oleh rakyat untuk mewakili rakyat - bukan Parti, bukan BN, bukan PM.....tetapi Rakyat...(dan ini bermakna semua rakyat bukan sahaja yang kaya atau 'kroni' atau 'ahli parti')

We produce about 650,000 barrels a day, consume 400,000 and export roughly 250,000 barrels. We used to earn 30 US Dollar per barrel; today we earn 140 US Dollar, almost all profit. Work out the revenue from 250,000 barrels per day for one year.

9. Besides, we produce 900,000 barrels equivalent of gas, mostly exported. There is no need to take notice of the petrol we produce in Sudan and elsewhere, all selling at 100 US Dollar plus.

10. But we also earn more, much more from palm oil. It used to cost us RM600 per ton to produce. It must be slightly more now. But one ton of palm oil used to sell for RM800 before. Now it sells for more than RM3,000. The palm oil plantation companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

11. But the prices of rubber and even tin have also increased tremendously.

12. For the Government it must mean a great increase in revenue. The profits from petroleum accrue 100% to the Government. I believe in 2006 when oil price was about 70 US Dollar Petronas made a profit before tax of 60 billion Ringgit." - Mahathir M


Crossovers still on, says Anwar
(Malay Mail, 4/7/2008)

DE FACTO opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday that the crossover plan by four Barisan Nasional MPs was still very much alive.

In an interview with Malay Mail, Anwar dismissed talk that he had fabricated the story that four BN MPs, two from Umno, would cross over to the opposition.

“This is a big joke. Those who have been announcing they are not coming have never been approached in the first place. Have you asked Datuk (Seri) Abdullah (Ahmad Badawi) or Datuk (Seri) Najib (Razak) if they are crossing over?” he said after a Press conference at Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) headquarters in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, yesterday.

Two Umno MPs, whose names were mentioned in Internet postings as among the four crossing over, recently denied they were involved.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yakcob, who is the MP for Bera, had said that it was “ridiculous” that he would cross over to a party with an “unknown future”, even if he was offered money or position.

Deputy Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, the Temerloh MP, had said that he would never leave the party that he loves.

While declining to identify the MPs, Anwar said “there would be a right time to inform the public on who exactly would be crossing over”.

Anwar also said he may sue Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for suggesting that he reports to Washington.

“They are just busying themselves attacking me, with claims like American agents, spies, et cetera. We are looking at the possibility of suing Syed Hamid Albar over this.” Syed Hamid had two days ago described Anwar as a tukang lapor (snitch) for the United States, claiming that Anwar frequently reported back to Washington.

Anwar had earlier claimed that the sodomy accusation was timed as such to “derail” his announcement to contest in a by-election.

On where he would contest, he was not prepared to say just yet: “Anywhere in the Semenanjung.” Anwar also reiterated that the sodomy allegation against him was an attempt “to deflect and distract from all the other issues”.

On what the issues were, he said: “The economy is the number one issue. The government has failed to manage it. It is in a critical mess. Who knows what is going to happen to Umno in the next few months? “We’ll fight, we’ll expose them and fight. Whatever they say — on the issue of the allegation, the condo — we’re very, very prepared.

If everything is based on the facts and law, I will pull through. I have no doubts about that.” Anwar said there was a vast difference between now and 1998 as “we’ve gone through this in the past”.

“It was worse then,” he said in reference to the 1998 episode in which he was accused of sodomy for the first time, convicted and later cleared of the charge.

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