Sunday, September 28, 2008

SALAM EIDUL FITRI


Setiap hari berlalu dengan begitu pantas. Esok sudah hari yang kedua terakhir sebelum segenap umat Islam menyambut hari kemenangan. Pendeta pula akan pulang ke Kampung Paya Lebar, Ramuan China Besar, Masjid Tanah untuk beraya disana.

Salam Eidul Fitri,

Buat semua keluarga, sanak saudara, teman seperjuangan, dan buat semua umat Islam. Semoga Hari Raya tahun ini akan menjadi satu platform bagi merapatkan hubungan silaturrahim sesama kita. Insyaallah...

Ingatan Tulus Ikhlas,
Muhammad Hilman Idham.


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MENGINGATI TRAGEDI SEMANGGI



Mengingati semula kebangkitan mahasiswa tatkala menjunamkan rejim Suharto di Indonesia. Sirah perjuangan mahasiswa Indonesia terlalu agung jika diimbas kembali. Kemunculan orde baru di zaman reformasi yang berjaya menumbangkan rejim Suharto ini digerakkan oleh mahasiswa dari kampus. Ini sememangnya kita tuntut sebagai seorang mahasiswa. Kita tidak perlu dikongkong dengan pelbagai undang-undang bacul yang sebenarnya gentar dengan suara anak muda. Turun dijalanan adalah cara untuk kita mengekpresikan demokrasi dan tidak muncul soal budaya atau tidak. Malah jika ia bukan budaya kita, mari sama-sama kita zahirkannya sebagai satu budaya masyarakat demokrasi yag mempunyai semangat juang dan tahap kesedaran politik yang tinggi.

Kita bukan mahu mencetuskan keadaan huru-hara. Kita cuma mahu kebebasan yang sebenar-benarnya. Kita mahu kebebasan bersuara, berfikir, berdiskusi, berkumpul bagi menzahir dan mengekpresikan apa yang kita pertahan dan perjuangkan. Ini adalah hakikat yang wajib kita terima bagi melahirkan mahasiswa yang berideologi. Mengapa perlu berideologi? Ideologi ini penting bagi membawa satu perubahan bukan sahaja dalam kampus tetapi juga diluar kerangka universiti yakni di kehidupan luar nanti.

Mengapa mahasiswa perlu sedar?

Mahasiswa adalah sebagai satu ukuran bagi masyarakat yang bakal menggerakkan segala situasi yang berlaku dalam politik, pentadbiran, undang-undang dan lain-lain. Hal ini kerana, golongan mahasiswa di kampus adalah golongan yang berilmu dan mempunyai pengetahuan dalam hal-hal sedemikian. Maka, jika tidak mahasiswa yang menggerakkan masyarakat tidak mungkin golongan yang tidak berpelajaran diluar akan menggerakkannya dahulu.

Apa pula hubungan mahasiswa dengan keadaan politik atau situasi yang berlaku diluar?

Pendeta bertanya adakah benar perubahan akan berlaku walaupun dengan bertukarnya tampuk kepimpinan atau kerajaan sedia ada? Benarkah hak mahasiswa akan dikembalikan dan benarkah nasib orang miskin akan kembali terbela? Semua ini memerlukan satu desakan daripada segenap masyarakat yang mahukan perubahan. Inilah yang digambarkan dalam teori pluralis. Kantung-kantung kecil dari bawah ini perlu digerakkan untuk menuntut satu perubahan. Tragedi Semanggi 1 cukup hebat sehingga mahasiswa ditembak mati. Kita bukan mahu berjuang sehingga ditembak mati. Kita tidak perlu terlalu agresif atau radikal seperti ini. Cukup sekadar semangat atau kesedaran itu muncul dalam diri setiap mahasiswa.

Semangat apa yang perlu dihidupkan?

Kita tidak bercakap soal perjuangan ideologi seperti perjuangan politik di luar. Jangan menghambakan diri kepada politik sehingga menjadi 'political animal'. Politik di luar cukup sekadar menjadi kerangka idealisme yang isinya adalah perjuangan sebagai seorang mahasiswa itu sendiri. Cukup sekadar berbicara soal perpaduan, hak mahasiswa, kebajikan, dan soal-soal asas. Ini secara tidak langsung akan melatih kita mula beridealisme bagi suatu agenda yang lebih besar. Namun, tidak semestinya kita tidak bersuara mengenai perkara-perkara lain. Suara mahasiswa itu turut penting bagi mengerakkan pemikiran dan mengutarakan pendapat anak muda.

Ayuh kita gerakkan kembali perjuangan dan suara anak muda mahasiswa. Mungkin ada yang tidak percaya pada perjuangan. Dalam ketidakpastian itu, hanya satu ungkapan untuk mereka yakni pemikiran mereka sempit dan bacul!

Monday, September 22, 2008

SAJAK KEBANGKITAN REVOLUSI

Sajak ini dikarang dan dialunkan oleh tokoh revolusi Indonesia- WS Rendra. Mengapa tidak bangsa kita bangkit sama menuju Malaysia yang lebih gagah, hebat dan berjaya!

REVOLUSI- WS Rendra

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

THE KING NEEDS TO INTERVENE- PROF DR AZIZ BARI


http://www.malaysiakini.com/
by Abdul Aziz Bari September 18, 2008

The way Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi responded to journalists’ question on Anwar Ibrahim yesterday afternoon indicated that he actually treated the takeover threat posed by the opposition leader very seriously.

The night before Abdullah was reported to have said that Anwar’s claim that the opposition had enough MPs to form the government was “mirage and dream” and that Anwar was just bluffing.


But less than 24 hours later Abdullah changed his tone: Anwar is now a threat to both the national security and the economy; something which alluded to the possibility of using the Internal Security Act to detain the opposition leader.


The government is obviously under siege. Apart from the Anwar threat, the ruling party is now grappling with internal power struggle. Given the way ministers view the use of ISA, it is hardly convincing to say that Abdullah is in full control of the cabinet.


It is not incorrect to say that we are now approaching crisis stage and in times like this we need something that perhaps appears to be somewhat extra-constitutional to handle the situation.
It is rather naïve to expect the ordinary way of doing things here. For one thing, the government appears to be panicking and as such no longer in a position to say, advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong which, in common parlance, includes also the routine running of the administration.
It was curious to find that two days ago Abdullah met up with senior public servants; the secretary-generals of the government ministries who, under the constitution, are supposed to be neutral and loyal to the country.


A week ago, the armed forces chief General Abdul Aziz Zainal ruffled feathers when he told the government to act against those involved in creating tension between races in the country.
Apart from the unusual nature of the call, one knows that the main culprits were certain elements during the ruling party Umno itself: one of its divisional leader has been suspended from his posts.


The only option


In any case, the call was not the only occasion whereby the normally apolitical armed forces crossed the line. Some months ago there was a joint exercise between the army and the police to deal with public unrest which provoked public outcry.


Unlike our neighbours such as Thailand and Indonesia, we do not have a constitutional court to turn to. We have the Federal Court that virtually plays that role. But for the past 51 years, it has never been called upon to adjudicate constitutional impasse before.


And unlike the Supreme Court of the United States - essentially the American constitutional court which has been called upon to decide on highly controversial issues such as abortion and affirmative actions - our Federal Court was ignored during the constitutional crises of 1983, 1988 and 1993.


Perhaps this has got something to do with the confidence and faith the people have in the credibility and ability of our top judges.


That leaves us with one option: going the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the King, or the Conference of Rulers where all the nine rules sit to discuss, among others, federal matters.
And actually the king has some specific role and powers that can be used in the current situation. He may get some help from his nine brother rulers in conference which, the constitution says, may discuss anything it thinks fit.


The problem that we have now essentially revolves around the appointment of government which in the constitutional term, the appointment of the prime minister.


The constitution has put this duty on the King’s shoulder: it is his discretion. In situations whereby it is clear-cut - that there is a majority with a clear leader - the King has no option but to appoint that leader as the prime minister and then take his advice on the formation of cabinet.That situation can happen on several occasions. These include after the general elections, the death of the sitting prime minister and resignation.


Resignation can take place in various situations; such as the normal one like that of Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2003 or when the House decided that it no longer support the head of government such as the one we saw in the resignation of Harun Idris as the mentri besar of Selangor in 1976 or that of Mohamed Nasir in Kelantan in 1977.


It is unfortunate that our constitution is silent on the matter. The only provision dealing with the issue is Article 43(4) which makes it mandatory for the prime minister, upon losing the support in the house, to resign.


What can the King do?


But the provision is silent on the question of censure, which is the normal way for the House to withdraw its support from the sitting premier. This has apparently been manipulated by the ruling Umno and Barisan Nasional.


Although they were behind the moves that took place in Sarawak in 1966 - ousting Chief Minister Stephen Kalong Ningkan - and Harun Idris in Selangor, they sing different tune this time around.


We have seen how the speaker of the present Dewan Rakyat - virtually appointed by Prime Minister Abdullah - did his best to thwart the attempt made by the Pakatan Rakyat to table the motion of confidence.


But law stands and whatever they have to say we need to follow the law as it is.


How does the King come to the picture in the present impasse? As a matter of law, the King has to act on the advice of the government. And thus, although the constitution does not say it, he must ensure that he has a government at all times.


And when there is a situation where there are questions and claims being about the fitness of the sitting government, the King should not just suit back and wait: he must move forward and take charge of the situation.


Apart from his constitutional duties, apparently, in our system now, there is no one else to do so. We cannot rely on the government for its legitimacy - some may say its legality - to stay in power is very much in question.


As a matter of protocol it might be improper for Anwar to go the palace now. As such, the King should send for him in order to furnish him with the list of MPs he has been claiming.


Of course, the King has every right to speak with MPs to ascertain the truth. This was indeed done by the Rulers of Selangor and Perlis in the aftermath of 12th general election last March.


Should the King find that the claim of Anwar - that he has got enough MPs to form the government - to be true then the King should tell Abdullah to tender his resignation.


As has been stated above, a prime minister who has lost the support of the House has a legal duty to resign together with his entire cabinet.


The original draft prepared by the Reid Commission contained a provision which empowered the King do dismiss such a premier but somehow was deleted in the final draft which now stands as our constitution.


But the King could still assert the power as it is obviously necessary to remove the clog that stands in the way of government appointment.


Suspending the constitution


In any case, the recalcitrant prime minister is no longer prime minister as he has lost the support: in other word, the King is just doing something to allow the constitution to function.


Article 43(4) of the Federal Constitution also talks about dissolution.


However one needs to read this provision in conjunction with Article 40(2)(b) which gives the King a discretion whether or not to grant a dissolution requested by the prime minister.


The Reid Commission recommended that there are reasons - given the experience of the Commonwealth - why the matter should be left for the King to decide.


One of the reasons was to prevent the country from being put on “dissolution diet” by a besieged government.


Coming back to present situation, it constitutionally incorrect for the King to grant a dissolution to pave the way for another round of elections: we have just had one in March and that now there is a likelihood to form a government without going through another elections.


The possibility of invoking Article 150 which empowers the federal government with vast powers - virtually suspending the constitution - has been raised in some quarters.
It must be said that only the king can do so.


Although he has to act on the advice, government there are good reasons to argue that the general provision under Article 40(1) of the Federal Constitution admits exceptions: advice must be constitutional and that it does not have the implication that run counter to the notions of democracy and constitutionalism which stand at the very heart of the constitution.



Dr ABDUL AZIZ BARI is professor of law at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

KOMITED PADA MAUDU' YANG MANA?

Perjuangan mesti diteruskan! Tinggalkan segala perkara remeh yang membelenggu hidup selama ini. Pendeta juga mulai berhenti berfantasi dengan sosialis. Bukan kerana hampa atau putus asa, tetapi ada perkara lain yang lebih memerlukan komitmen dari pendeta. Kadangkala dalam perjuangan ini ada yang kecewa bila perjuangannya tidak di hargai. Ezam juga kecewa barangkali. Pendeta juga begitu, tatkala memikirkan mengapa harus terus berjuang dalam fantasi sosialis sedangkan tiada apa yang dihargai dan akan dihargai. Maka lebih baik berjuang dalam realiti yang sudah menunjukkan ada dukungannya. Mungkin sosialis berkata perjuangan mereka dalam hidup tidak pernah selesai. Bagi pendeta, perjuangan itu memang tidak akan selesai jika tiada prinsip perjuangan dalam hidup. Tiada istilah berseronok dalam hidup. Semua yang dilakukan perlu komitmen yang tinggi lebih-lebih lagi dalam perjuangan. Situasi ini telah menentukan, perjuangan dalam realiti perlu diutamakan daripada berjuang hanya dalam fantasi hidup yang tidak pernah memberi walau satu harapan!

Monday, September 15, 2008

MASA ITU PASTI DATANG DAN KEBENARAN PASTI MUNCUL...

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SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI MALAYSIA

Tiada komentar, semoga terhibur.

SIDI MANSOUR YA BABA!

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SEKALI LAGI BENARKAH 16 SEPTEMBER?


DSAI malam ini di stadium MBPJ sekali lagi mengumumkan bahawa bilangan ahli parlimen telah mencukupi untuk membentuk kerajaan baru esok. Benarkah kerajaan baru akan dibentuk esok hari? Tunggu dan lihat sejauh mana kebenarannya...



MANSUHKAN ISA !


Thursday, September 11, 2008

BENARKAH 16 SEPTEMBER? -CARBINA BURANA

O Fortune,
Like the moon ever changing..

You are always waxing or waning,
Hateful life gives the gambler now good luck, now bad
Poverty and power are melted like ice,
Monstrous, senseless fate,
You are a turning wheel,
With bad luck,
Good health can always be ruined

Shadowy and veiled,
You opress me too,
While I gamble,
My naked back is exposed to your wickedness,
My health and strength fail

Luck is against me,
Attacked, enfeebled,
Forever in your grip,
In this hour, without delay,
Pluck the sounding strings,
All weep with me for the strong man defeated by fate

CARMINA BURANA

Apakah benar akan 16 September? Anwar tampak begitu yakin akan kejayaannya. Teman-teman rapatnya juga tampak begitu yakin sehingga Khalid Jaafar mengajak kita menyanyikan lagu Carmina Burana!

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Friday, September 5, 2008

FANTASTIKA MAYA BERULANG LAGI

Sehari saja lagi genap seminggu berpuasa di bulan barakah. Teman-teman terus disisi pendeta dalam perjuangan mencari ilmu di varsiti. Akhir-akhir ini, fantastika itu berulang. Hari yang keempat ini sudah dapat bersama sang sosialis sekali lagi. Sedikit gembira namun tidak terlalu menekan. Hari demi hari mematangkan diri untuk terus hidup. Walau kota sang sosialis masih belum ditawan namun pendeta masih terus mencuba. Tidak mengapa jika lewat tapi pantang menyerah itu prinsip yang dizahirkan Marx dan menjadi pegangan pendeta. Yakinilah bahawa kapitalis itu bakal diganti oleh sang sosialis. Pendeta masih berusaha dan akan terus berusaha. Menunggu lagu Tan Ah Liat dari permatang pauh yang belum update lagi. Pendeta beradu dahulu untuk menanti fantastika maya berulang lagi. Siapa tahu mungkin mampu menjadi realiti!