November 2nd, 2014

Usaha cari minyak di wilayah 'maut'

Dalam beberapa coretan saya terdahulu, saya berkata banyak pemikiran Mao Tse-tung bukan saja songsang malahan gila dari segi kesannya terhadap nyawa dan kebajikan rakyat China. Terhadap Red Guards, saya menganggap mereka seperti telah dirasuk syaitan melihat kepada keganasan-keganasan yang dilakukan.

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Utusan Malaysia Renca  02 November 2014 2:56 AM

Harrison Salisbury, yang telah mengambil masa 20 tahun mengkaji secara empirikal keadaan negara China semasa pemerintahan Mao Tse-tung untuk menghasilkan bukunya The New Emperors: Mao and Deng, semacam senada dengan pandangan saya itu. Dalam halaman 247 bukunya dia berkata, “There was nothing accidental about the madman’s (Mao’s) rage that boiled up in the streets and hutongs (narrow streets or alleys) of Beijing’s dusty August 1966. Later, some would suppose that the madness was a fever that spontaneously swept China’s young people into delirium over Mao Zedong.”

Bagi Salisbury, keadaan huru-hara yang membakar di seluruh Beijing bukan datang secara tidak disangka-sangka atau secara kebetulan. Ia berpunca daripada sikap gila seseorang (Mao Tse-tung). Kegilaannya melimpah keluar ke jalan-jalan raya di Beijing dan bandar-bandar lain utama China, semacam ia sudah menjadi satu wabak demam kepialu, yang menimpa anak-anak muda seluruh China. Kita sedia maklum, suhu badan pesakit demam kepialu boleh sampai ke tahap luar biasa tingginya. Ia boleh menyebabkan pesakit yang malang itu mengalami gangguan fikiran disebabkan tahap suhu badan yang terlampau tinggi. Ini disebut delirium. Dalam keadaan itu, tidakkan kita tahu pesakit akan kerap cakap merepek atau meracau?

Pada satu ketika dahulu, masyarakat di kampung saya –mungkin juga dalam kalangan masyarakat Melayu amnya – apabila berhadapan dengan pesakit demam kepialu dan pesakit mula meracau, dukun akan berkata pesakit terkena sampuk. Ada juga berkata telah dirasuk hantu. Tidakkah hantu juga syaitan? Jadi, penjelasan Salisbury tidak jauh berbeza dengan pendapat saya.

Seperti saya kisahkan dalam coretan terdahulu, Mao Tse-tung telah memberi surat kepada Jiang Qing pada Julai 1966. Dua inti kandungan surat itu – pertama, pemikiran Mao bahawa keadaan huru-hara besar seluruh China pasti berakhir dengan wujudnya keadaan aman, dan kedua, pemikiran gila Mao, bahawa setiap tujuh atau lapan tahun, China akan diganggu oleh makhluk hantu besar yang sangat menakutkan dan akan mengganas di seluruh pelosok China. Tentulah bagi saya, makhluk hantu besar itu tak lain daripada Mao Tse-tunglah. Dialah yang membebaskan hantu besar itu untuk membaham masyarakat China. Itulah Red Guards, yang bertindak liar atas nama makhluk hantu kalau kita ikutkan pemikiran gila Mao Tse-tung.

Penerokaan

Dalam keadaan itulah nasib malang menimpa Wang Jinxi, yang sebelum dia diseksa dengan teruk oleh Red Guards, telah dijulang oleh parti komunis dan negara China sebagai penggerak utama pengeluaran minyak di Daqing, satu kawasan sangat terpencil (lokasinya antara Harbin dan Qiqihar), provinsi Heilongjiang, utara China bersempadan dengan Rusia. Provinsi ini adalah sebahagian dari wilayah besar Manchuria. Semasa Jepun menjajah Manchuria (1937 – 1945), Daqing didapati berpotensi menghasilkan minyak. Tetapi minyak tidak banyak diterokai semasa pendudukan Jepun sehinggalah tahun 1958 apabila pemerintah komunis China menghantar satu pasukan pakar geologi ke Daqing sebagai langkah pertama untuk penerokaan minyak secara lebih serius.

Pada tahun 1960, Mao Tse-tung menetapkan dasar supaya China berusaha lebih keras agar tidak lagi bergantung kepada bekalan minyak dari luar negara. Kebergantungan China kepada minyak luar negara bagi Mao, bukan saja berbahaya dari segi strategi pertahanan China, malah ia boleh menghambat kelancaran dasar menjadikan China sebuah negara industri yang hebat seperti Britain dan Amerika Syarikat. Mao mahu ini terjadi semasa hayatnya. Hasrat Mao Tse-tung menjadikan China setanding dan sebaris dengan kedua-dua kuasa Barat itu pernah saya ceritakan dalam coretan-coretan saya sebelum ini. Idaman ini, sebetulnya, semacam satu obsesi bagi Mao, menghantui fikirannya ‘siang dan malam’. Ego atau harga dirinya semacam akan tercalar sekiranya dia gagal mencapai hasrat itu. Kalau saya boleh mengulanginya – itulah mesej terpendam di sebalik dasar gilanya yang digelar Great Leap Forward (1958 – 1962) untuk bidang industri dan pertanian yang berkesudahan dengan kemusnahan dan kesengsaraan hidup rakyat China.

Wang Jinxi lahir pada tahun 1923 di daerah Yumen provinsi Gangsu di bahagian tengah China. Kemiskinan menyebabkan Wang tidak bersekolah walau satu hari pun. Wang Jinxi yang buta huruf itu mengenal keperitan hidup sejak berumur sembilan tahun apabila dia bekerja sebagai gembala kambing milik satu keluarga di kampungnya. Selepas itu, pada umur dua belas tahun, dia mencari nafkah di sebuah kilang arang batu.

Tiga tahun kemudian, pada tahun 1938 pada umur 15 tahun, Wang Jinxi melangkah ke bidang penghasilan minyak di Yumen. Syarikat minyak itu bernama Yumen Oilfield, milik parti Kuomintang yang memerintah China ketika itu. Oleh sebab syarikat itu milik parti Kuomintang, maka pemerintah China pun mempunyai kepentingan dalam perusahaan itu.

Sedikit mengenai latar belakang penghasilan minyak di Yumen: ia merupakan kawasan pertama penghasilan minyak di China. Mula beroperasi pada 1939, Yumen merupakan salah sebuah kawasan di bahagian barat China yang diterokai oleh kerajaan Kuomintang pada tahun-tahun 1930-an untuk menjadikan China tidak lagi oil-poor country.

Selain Yumen, lain-lain kawasan ialah Jinquan, Junggar Basin, Tarim Basin, Qaidan Basin dan Ordos Basin di provinsi Xinjiang. Namun, kawasan Yumen di Gangsu itu dipastikan paling besar untuk negara China. Sewaktu bekerja dengan syarikat minyak itulah Wang Jinxi menimba pengalaman tahun demi tahun sehingga dia menjadi terkenal di seluruh China – sampai menarik perhatian parti komunis, apa lagi Mao Tse-tung secara peribadi.

Pada tahun 1956, semasa di Yumen, dia memasuki Parti Komunis China sebagai ahli. Tiga tahun kemudian (1959) dia menghadiri Perhimpunan Wira-wira Pekerja di Beijing, mewakili kaum buruh industri pengeluaran minyak. Pada bulan Februari 1960, apabila Mao Tse-tung dan Jawatan-kuasa Pusat Parti memutuskan untuk ‘menggempur cabaran hebat’ membuka Daqing sebagai kawasan pengeluaran minyak terbesar di China, Wang Jinxi serta-merta menyahut cabaran itu.

Dia bergegas ke Daqing bersama dengan pasukan rakan sekerjanya yang sudah pun sedia terkenal di China pada ketika itu. Ia diberi nama, No. 1205 Drilling Team (Pasukan Penggali No. 1205) yang dianggotai 30 orang.

Apa bakal terjadi kepada Wang Jinxi dan pasukannya selepas tiba di Daqing awal tahun 1960 itu dengan menghadapi cuaca yang sangat sejuk, keadaan sekeliling yang tidak dihuni manusia, sunyi-sepi dan menggerunkan bagi sesiapa pun manusia yang kurang kental semangatnya? Ikutilah coretan saya di minggu hadapan.

Berdepan mafia antarabangsa

TIGA puluh dua tahun lalu, pada 3 September 1982, Jeneral Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa ditembak mati dalam serangan hendap oleh pembunuh mafia di Sicily, Itali. Turut terbu­nuh ialah isteri dan pengawal peribadinya.

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Utusan Malaysia Rencana 02 November 2014 3:03 AM

Chiesa baharu sahaja empat bulan memulakan tugas setelah kejayaan menumpaskan kumpulan pengganas berhaluan kiri Brigate Rosse yang melancarkan kempen pembunuhan politik, penculikan, rompakan dan sebagainya.

Pada 1974, Chiesa menubuhkan skuad antipengganas di Turin mengandungi 10 anggota untuk menumpaskan Brigate Rosse yang berkesudahan dengan penangkapan dua pemimpin kanan kumpulan tersebut.

Berikutan statusnya sebagai hero kebangsaan, Chiesa dihantar ke Sicily, wilayah kepulauan di selatan Itali yang menjadi lubuk mafia yang bermaharajalela sehingga memiliki pengaruh luar biasa di Parlimen Rome.

Begitu dahsyatnya penguasaan mafia itu, nama Chiesa terus tercatat dalam senarai 'Mayat Bergerak’ iaitu istilah sasaran pasti untuk dibunuh oleh mafia.

Di sebalik itu, reputasi Chiesa sebagai penumpas kumpulan pengganas tidak menakutkan secubit pun mafia. Isyarat yang mahu diberi mafia ialah Sicily adalah kubu mafia dan tiada siapa boleh menewaskan mafia.

Pembunuhan Chiesa mendorong kerajaan Itali ketika itu, melipatgandakan tindakan memerangi mafia di Sicily. Majistret, Pendakwa Raya Giovanni Falcone yang merupakan anak jati Sicily, mati dalam serangan bom, 10 tahun kemudian. Penggantinya, Majistret Paolo Borsellino turut dibunuh.

Ketua segala ketua mafia atau Capo di tutti capi yang memerintahkan pembunuhan Falcone dan Borsellino dikenal pasti sebagai Salvatore 'Toto’ Riina, lahir pada 16 November 1930. Dia memimpin kumpulan mafia Corleonesi, telah menjadi pelarian selama 23 tahun sebelum ditangkap pada 15 Januari 1993 di Palermo.

Pihak berkuasa Itali dikritik kerana mengambil masa sebegitu lama untuk menangkap Riina, yang hidup seperti biasa di Sicily, termasuk anaknya ke sekolah setiap hari tanpa 'dikenali’.

Cosa Nostra Itali hari ini, telah berubah mengikut peredaran masa. Jalinan hubungan dengan sepupunya di Amerika Syarikat sejak awal kurun ke-19 telah sebati. Pengedaran dadah walaupun sulit, ia tetap menjadi komoditi utama kerana pulangan atas pelaburannya masih tinggi. Namun, antara perniagaan yang telah diceburinya ialah pemerdagangan manusia sama ada menjual wanita untuk dilacur atau menguruskan pelarian ekonomi dari negara miskin atau bergolak, dan perjudian atas talian.

Dalam buku berjudul Thieves’ World: The Threat of The New Global Network of Organized Crime tulisan Claire Sterling (Simon and Schuster, 1994), beliau menegaskan: "Tiada siapa yang lebih mendapat manfaat daripada perubahan politik pada 1990-an berbanding kumpulan jenayah terancang antarabangsa."

Buku yang menjadi rujukan pihak pengkuatkuasaan undang-undang dunia itu memberi gambaran yang menakutkan. "Hanya dalam ruang tiga atau empat tahun sahaja, sindiket jenayah terbesar di dunia telah menjalin kerjasama membentuk konsortium jenayah yang tidak pernah diketahui dalam sejarah.

Pax Mafiosa telah muncul – suatu perjanjian untuk mengelakkan konflik, membentuk strategi bersama dan mengeksploit dunia secara saksama antara mereka – menghubungkan mafia Amerika dengan Itali, maffiya Rusia, Triad China, Yakuza Jepun, dan kartel kokain Colombia.

Kegiatan kumpulan jenayah terancang bukan sesuatu yang mudah dihadapi. Itulah contoh mafia di Sicily, tempat kelahiran mafia sebenar di dunia. Polis dan majistret dibunuh. Kes seumpama itu nampaknya sudah merebak ke negara ini. Kita tunggu hasil siasatan pembunuhan pegawai kanan kastam.

Di Malaysia, tumpuan yang diberi oleh akhbar ini terhadap gejala perjudian atas talian dan mesin slot adalah ekoran daripada rintihan keluarga yang membuat aduan hampir setiap hari kepada kami, agar suatu tindakan muktamad membanteras kewujudan pusat-pusat ini dilaksanakan dengan kejujuran dan kehendak politik yang tiada was-was oleh pihak berkuasa.

Ramai yang menceritakan bagaimana keluarga mereka menjadi porak-poranda kesan daripada perjudian mesin slot ini. Ada kalangan anak muda, beralih kepada kegiatan jenayah untuk mendapatkan modal ketagihan mesin slot atau membayar balik hutang piutang kekalahan. Ada diceritakan, seorang bapa menebus hutangnya dengan ‘mengahwinkan’ anaknya dengan tauke judi.

Ada kes seorang pekerja swasta yang hanya tinggal setahun sahaja lagi hendak bersara, telah terjerumus dalam ketagihan mesin slot dan kini berdepan dengan tindakan undang-undang. Wang pencen tidak akan dapat. Keluarga menderita. Ini bukan cerita rekaan, cubaan atau 'merrepak' semata-mata. Ini adalah kejadian yang benar-benar berlaku.

Humility takes you far

A finance director's journey with CIMA

Since young, Penang-born Mahendran Kapuppial always knew that he wanted to do something which involved numbers.

“When I was young, my brother-in-law’s friend, an accountant, used to come over and play darts with him. He was my role model then, simply because he was sharp and used to strategise well while playing this game. In fact, he used a calculator to help him win the game. I remember telling myself that I was going to be like him,” reminisces Mahendran.

And why not? The finance director of Kimberly-Clark Trading (M) Sdn Bhd had, after all, always loved numbers and wanted to pursue qualifications of an international standard.

This eventually steered him towards pursing the CIMA Professional Qualification, upon completing his STPM examinations.

First step into the commercial field

Mahendran’s first job after obtaining his CIMA qualification was as a management trainee, which evolved into a managerial position with Motorola. This was back in the early 1990s. He was with Motorola for about two years.

“Motorola was a great start for my career. It is a renowned multinational corporation with a structured environment. I was placed in a specified area in finance where I was tasked to look after fund management. I was young, a fresh graduate and eager to learn everything.”

The one important thing that Mahendran learnt on his first job was the importance of tactfulness. Having entered an organisation as a trainee who eventually became a young boss to senior staff, he was learning a lot from people who were in the business for numerous years. They may not have had paper qualifications but they had a breadth of valuable experience.

“These people may not have the certifications like I do but they were experts in their own fields, hence I had to be tactful when engaging with them.

“It was imperative that I balanced applying what I learnt at my institution and what I gained from the experiences shared by my subordinates and staff in order to complete my assignments, while simultaneously respecting each person for the knowledge they brought to the table,” explains this unassuming father-of-one.

According to Mahendran, these traits helped him learn many new things and make great friends at Motorola. While he has left Motorola for nearly two decades now, Mahendran still keeps in touch with some of his former colleagues.

The CIMA influence

After Motorola, Mahendran joined Federal Flour Mills Bhd and Pacific Ship Managers Sdn Bhd. He then worked in Kellogg’s South-East Asia for 11 years, followed by Guinness Anchor Bhd (GAB), before taking up his current position as finance director with Kimberly-Clark Trading. He says that the lessons learnt from CIMA has helped pave way for a successful career.

“The current finance field is inclusive of financial accounting, financial control and business control. Business control is where you work as a business partner with your stakeholders. You add a lot of analytics behind numbers and CIMA caters to that very nicely.”

One of Mahendran’s favourite courses during his CIMA days was strategic planning and marketing. This course teaches you to gain perspectives of the overall market dynamics and to see how your business can fit into it.

“CIMA played an important part during my days at GAB. When I started in 2011, there were new capital projects taking place in GAB which required proper strategy and planning. These scenarios were similar to the types of situations that I was exposed to, in the case studies that I took in CIMA.

“Hence, when I was faced with a real-life situation at work, I applied what I had learnt at CIMA and it turned out to be beneficial for GAB and fruitful for my career,” says Mahendran on one of the valuable lessons learnt.

Mahendran adds that through its various networking events, CIMA has been keeping all members connected even after graduation.

“We touch base at these events and this really helps us engage with each other and further develop our careers.”

<i> Mahendran with his wife and son. </i>Mahendran with his wife and son.

People and values matter

For Mahendran, some of the important attributes that has a bearing on one’s career is the need to have commercial sense, especially when, for example speaking to directors and chief executive officers.

He tries to put himself in their shoes to further understand the company’s direction. He then works on ways to help the company achieve its goals. He believes that commercial sense and the act of treating the business as if it is one’s own is crucial to achieving optimum success.

“Besides that, good people management skills are crucial as well. Being a smart cookie in your job is one thing but to get things done, you need support from your team.

“I believe in putting yourself in other people’s shoes and being more understanding. The higher you go up the ladder, the more important teamwork is.”

Mahendran also states that being a good communicator will ensure a smooth flow of the company’s strategy as it is cascaded down to its people. This will enable them to perform their tasks and adhere to instructions more efficiently.

Inspiration and advice

Mahendran, who believes in spiritual values says that his inspiration is his spiritual guru who has taught him the values of being independent, disciplined and respectful at all times.

“To the current new hires, don’t always look at ringgit and sen. At the initial stage of your career, you may have to work more than what you are paid.

“Work hard and when you have made it, you will realise that the experiences gained are priceless and cannot be measured.

“I believe my hard work in my early days has got me to where I am today,” he concludes with this sound advice.

5 important lessons learnt

1 Never assume you know everything. There is always something new to learn each day.

2 Respect everyone in your life regardless of their age, gender or status.

3 Be disciplined. Apply this to even the simplest things in your life, such as making your bed every morning.

4 Commitment is vital to succeed. Never do anything half-heartedly. Go all out when attempting something and you will definitely excel in it.

5 Be present, in terms of body, mind and soul at whichever situation you are in. For example, don’t let your mind wander off thinking about work when you are physically present and playing with your child.

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A mind-boggling spin

IT smacks of double standards and no one can fault moderate-minded Malaysians, who have some sense of justice and fairness, to feel that the statement from the Attorney-General’s Chambers lacks any conviction.

Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali

Froggie Chief

The ordinary Malaysians are finding it difficult to be convinced by the legal arguments put up by the Attorney-General on why Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali, who had called for the burning of the Bahasa Malaysia Bible, has not breached sedition laws.

We are now told that Ibrahim was merely defending the sanctity of Islam. No one can accept this mind-boggling spin, more so when it comes from the principal legal adviser to the government.

It is appropriate that former Court of Appeal judge Datuk K.C. Vohrah and the former head of the prosecution division of the AGC, Datuk Stanley Isaacs, have put forth their views (The Star, Oct 23, Oct 31 and Nov 1) on why the A-G’s legal reasoning cannot stand. Vohrah had also served in the AGC and is fully aware of how the system works.

The A-G’s decision not to file charges against Ibrahim based on “context” and “intention”, which are actually matters for the court to decide under the Sedition Act, is a dangerous precedent.

In future, any extremist, of whatever faith, can call for the burning of any holy book, and then cite the same pathetic reason that he or she was merely defending the sanctity of his or her religion.

It is simply unacceptable for anyone to belittle another religion, and worse still, in this particular case, even calling for the burning of a holy book.

We were already shocked by the reply from the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri in Parliament and the A-G’s statement justifying Ibrahim’s action certainly made matters worse.

We are now told that we must read Ibrahim’s remarks “in the entire context”. Going by the same argument, how then does the A-G justify the other recent sedition cases?

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also weighed in with a comment that Ibrahim “was giving an opinion that could be accepted by Muslims as it was not seditious”.

Those of us who have followed closely the political career of the former prime minister would know that he has always stood by his supporters, in this case, Ibrahim. But with due respect to Dr Mahathir, we believe he should and would also stand by the side of justice and fairness, as we are sure he would oppose any form of extremism.

But the statements from the A-G and Dr Mahathir are unacceptable because what they are saying, in short and simple layman’s language, is that Ibrahim has done no wrong and they wonder what the fuss is all about.

Ibrahim can actually now say that he can carry on with what he has said. After all, the A-G, who is the sole authority in deciding who to prosecute, has not only let him off, but given us reasons that basically open the door for similar actions in the future. And it certainly does not help that Dr Mahathir, with his own way of reasoning over the burning of holy books, has stood by him.

The A-G’s argument on “context” and “intention” sounds more like what the defence counsel for Ibrahim would say if he had been charged. And even then, going by the provisions of the Sedition Act, such a defence would probably be struck down.

So we are to believe that Ibrahim is merely expressing an opinion which is not seditious. How convenient.

My fellow columnist in The Star and Universiti Malaya law professor Azmi Sharom has been charged with sedition for expressing an opinion which is not even about religion or race.

Many Malaysians are still wondering how Azmi’s opinion could have caused offence or threatened national security, while a number of high-profile and consistently recalcitrant extremists continue to get away with their offensive statements.

Who can blame Malaysians if they deem that the authorities are being selective in who they haul up for sedition.

If anyone dares to call for the burning of the Quran, I am confident that all rational-minded Malaysians will rise up and ask for the person to be arrested immediately and be charged with sedition.

If there is any non-Muslim stupid enough to make such a call, then all the non-Muslims in this country must speak out. No non-Muslim should remain silent if such an offensive remark is made to cause offence to their fellow citizens who are Muslims.

Likewise, I think Malaysians expect the same response from non-Christians when someone calls for the destruction of the Bible.

And the ordinary people’s response must be supported by the politicians and the leaders. It is very sad for Malaysia when politicians keep a deafening silence when gross injustice is done.

We expect our politicians to be the leaders of all Malaysians, regardless of their race and faith, and not to merely represent the interests of their own race.

No one should have the suspicion or perception that only the feelings of one race matters in Malaysia.

All it takes is for one individual or one NGO to express a negative view on the activities of another community, be it with regard to Oktoberfest, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, a concert or whatever, and suddenly the whole nation is engulfed in a major debate which takes up so much valuable time and resources, especially from the authorities who have more serious matters to deal with.

In a maturing democracy, we cannot prevent anyone from articulating their views and beliefs, even those that we find most objectionable.

Our challenge is to remind ourselves that while they do not represent the majority view, they must not be allowed to gain ground because the majority has chosen to remain silent. The voices of moderation must ring out loud and clear, all the time.

In a plural society like ours, everyone has the right to practise and celebrate any occasion. It is certainly far-fetched and even laughable to suggest that there are atheists and non-Muslims who want to weaken the faith of their fellow Malaysians.

Events like Halloween and Valentine’s Day do not even have any religious significance. In fact, they are nothing more than commercially driven opportunities for the entertainment and food outlets.

We should be thankful that we are a nation where religion is paramount. The first principle of our Rukunegara espouses our “Belief in God”.

But our faith is not just about religious rulings and paraphernalia. It is in the way we live our lives – how we exhibit compassion, mercy, justice for fellow human beings, and in our concerns over what is wrong and unjustifiable in our country, be it with regard to corruption, intolerance, violence, and the growing divide between the rich and the poor.

These should be the concerns of all religious leaders in their sermons and statements, instead of dwelling on petty issues. They should focus on common values shared by all Malaysians instead of dividing us further.

The Kelantan PAS state government is now determined to go ahead with the implementation of hudud law and again, non-Muslims are expected to believe that they would not be affected by these Islamic laws.

Whatever our faith, we are all closely linked in our daily lives. The laws peculiar to one faith, if implemented in a plural society, will have implications for everyone. To even suggest non-Muslims are not affected is laughable but there will be non-Muslims, because of their anger towards the federal government, who would actually want to believe so and even vote for PAS, which has never hidden its Islamist plans and ambition.

Let’s get our priorities and bearings right.

Malaysia is at the crossroads. We can, as a united people, go straight and take the middle path, and be sure we are on the correct track where we support one another.

Or we can allow ourselves to be divided and take different roads, which will mean we no longer believe in a common destiny.

Our choice is simple – we must all fight to keep Malaysia moderate and inclusive, and fully embrace the vision of our founding fathers.

Hipokrasi Majlis Peguam a.k.a Bar Council

Hipokrasi Majlis Peguam



Malaysian Bar dalam mesyuarat agung tahunannya (AGM) pada 15 Mac 2014 telah meluluskan resolusi menghalang bekas-bekas Hakim Mahkamah untuk bertindak mewakili anak guam di mahkamah kerana tindakan ini adalah bertentangan dengan prinsip dan tradisi "by convention" Common Law.

Resolusi tersebut diluluskan berikutan cubaan Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, bekas Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan untuk bertindak sebagai peguam dalam satu kes Perlembagaan.

Tiba-tiba apabila Gopal Sri Ram bertindak mewakili Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Mahkamah Persekutuan, Presiden Majlis Peguam bersikap hipokrit kerana hanya berdiam diri dengan tindakan Gopal Sri Ram dan Majlis Peguam telah gagal mematuhi resolusi yang mereka luluskan sendiri berkaitan isu ini.

Hasil daripada desakan banyak pihak termasuk kritikan daripada ahli-ahli Malaysian Bar berkaitan hipokrasi Majlis Peguam ini, selepas tiga hari berdiam diri, barulah Presiden Majlis Peguam mengeluarkan kenyataan media yang saya sifatkan sebagai kenyataan sekadar 'bagai melepaskan batuk di tangga' sahaja.

Ini kerana kenyataan lemah yang dikeluarkan oleh Presiden Majlis Peguam telah menyatakan bahawa Majlis Peguam tiada kuasa untuk menguatkuasakan resolusi AGM mereka selagi Parlimen tidak meminda Akta Profesion Undang-Undang 1976 dan Majlis Peguam menjadikan satu keputusan mahkamah yang tidak melarang bekas hakim untuk bertindak mewakili anak guam sebagai asas untuk tidak berbuat apa-apa setiap kali melibatkan Anwar Ibrahim.

Persoalannya mengapa selepas resolusi berkenaan diluluskan, Majlis Peguam tidak bersungguh-sungguh menjelajah mengumpul tandatangan rakyat bagi mendesak Parlimen meminda Akta Profesion Undang-Undang 1976 seperti mana yang sedang Majlis Peguam lakukan dalam kempen mereka Mansuh Akta Hasutan seperti sekarang?

Selanjutnya mengapa ketika meluluskan resolusi AGM berkenaan, pihak Majlis Peguam tidak langsung menimbulkan isu menghormati keputusan mahkamah yang membenarkan bekas hakim untuk mewakili anak guam?

Persoalan yang lebih besar, jika Majlis Peguam konsisten bersetuju dengan apa jua keputusan mahkamah, mengapa Majlis Peguam pada 16 Oktober 2013 mengeluarkan kenyataan mengkritik keputusan Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan dalam kes kalimah Allah?

Tindakan Majlis Peguam mengeluarkan kenyataan longgar dan tidak bermaya dalam isu tersebut tidak menghormati resolusi AGM mereka sendiri dan tidak seharusnya menutup hakikat bahawa sebenarnya Majlis Peguam bersikap selektif dalam melakukan atau tidak melakukan sesuatu.

Sikap hipokrasi mereka ini tidak boleh dilindungi dengan slogan mereka yang kononnya bertindak mengikut undang-undang tanpa sikap memihak dan pilih kasih.

Slogan yang lebih relevan dengan sikap selektif Majlis Peguam ini mungkin perlu diubah kepada "bertindak mengikut undang-undang dengan memihak kepada fahaman liberalisme."

Masanya telah tiba untuk rakyat bangkit menyedarkan Parlimen agar mengkaji semula penyalahgunaan kuasa-kuasa Majlis Peguam. Masanya juga telah tiba untuk 15,000 ahli Badan Peguam mengubah kepimpinan Majlis Peguam yang hanya diundi oleh 20 peratus ahli sejak 10 tahun yang lalu.


MOHD KHAIRUL AZAM AB DUL AZIZ ialah Peguam Bela dan Peguam Cara Utusan Malaysia Rencana 02 November 2014 3:19 AM

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If you dont walk the talk ,
it's probably best not to talk that you daont

Bar Council’s concern


AFTER more than two days of the ongoing appeal by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against his conviction for sodomy, the Bar Council has finally responded to charges that it was not acting to uphold its own resolution prohibiting retired higher court judges from representing clients in a court of law. The charges arose when Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, a former Federal Court judge, appeared on Tuesday to represent Anwar as his lead counsel. Almost immediately, there were calls by politicians, lawyers and even the general public for the Bar Council to clear the air. The silence was deafening. Yesterday, it clarified that retired judges can, according to the law, appear in court on behalf of clients. In the same statement, the Bar Council said its stance on this issue remains as stated in the earlier resolution.

There were several reasons for the Bar Council’s March 2014 resolution passed at its annual general meeting. It argued that perceptions and appearances matter, and that a fundamental principle of Malaysia’s legal system is that not only must justice be done, it must be seen to be done. The retired judge/counsel might have occasion to refer to, criticise or invoke decisions handed down when he was a judge. This could have the effect of intimidating the Bench, and give the perception that the said retired judge/counsel and his client have an advantage over their adversaries. Even retired judges of superior courts themselves had written to the Bar Council expressing their concern and objection with this practice.

Indeed, the possibility is real and this may explain why high profile cases engage the services of the Datuk Seri. Surely his services are not cheap. Nevertheless, given the law, is not the onus on the Bench to pass judgment without fear or favour? It is the Bench that must have the wherewithal to resist a strangled psyche. Why is this then such an issue? Could it be that the man is a good lawyer because of his years of experience and that he is a feared adversary? What appears as disingenuous, though, is the contention that the public perception of the administration of justice may be affected if retired higher court judges appear in court for clients.

Alas, the fact remains that the law permits qualified, certified lawyers to appear in court to represent clients. If then the reputation of Sri Ram precedes him, then it stands to reason that Anwar would employ the former’s services. One wonders though, why knowing that its hands are tied, the Bar Council passed the resolution in the first place? In the statement, the Bar Council also brought up controversies involving the appointment of the lead prosecutor in Anwar’s appeal which, again, the Federal Court has decided is not improper. Nevertheless, the council said it was concerned that justice might not be done, or might not be perceived to be done with both these appointments. But given the Bar Council’s delayed and rather muted response in this case, does it matter?

NST Editorial  31 OCTOBER 2014 @ 8:07 AM