Archive for August, 2014


Sedition used to silence Gandhi

NGO: British used sedition to silence Gandhi

As the nation celebrates independence from British rule today, the government’s use of the colonial-era Sedition Act 1948 has come under severe criticism.

Rights group Proham notes that the British had used the law to silence India’s iconic Mahatma Gandhi who had questioned the illegitimacy of the colonial rulers.

“Proham is of the opinion that the Sedition Act 1948 is a legislation which was first introduced by the colonial administration to stifle the activities of independent fighters.

“While it was not extensively used in Malaya then, the situation was very different in the Indian independence struggle when the then colonial administration used it extensively to arrest and detain Gandhi and other Indian independence fighters,” said the NGO’s chairperson Kuthbul Zaman and secretary-general Denison Jayasooria.

The duo in a joint statement today said the Act must not be used to silence ” legitimate questions and criticisms” against politicians and rulers as it is part of the democratic process.

Instead, they argued, the government should be “more concerned with those who advocate the use of violence and associated with groups locally or internationally”.

The lead up to this Merdeka has seen the government cranking up the use of the Sedition Act against opposition leaders and critics, with four being charged in just a space of last week.

This comes in spite of the governments repeated insistence that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s promise to repeal of the Act made a whole two years ago, is still on track.

Aug 31, 2014 – Malaysiakini
NGO: British used sedition to silence Gandhi


Sedition Act used to silence critics

Putrajaya using Sedition Act to silence critics, says Bersih 2.0

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) today expressed concern at the continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 “to silence dissenters and freedom of speech”.

In a statement, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad of PAS was the latest opposition lawmaker to be charged with sedition.

“Khalid had merely given his opinion about dissolving the executive powers of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais),” Maria said.

“But he has now been charged under the Sedition Act 1948 for giving his opinion.”

Maria said Seri Delima state assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer was expected to be charged with sedition for uttering the remark “Umno celaka”.

Furthermore, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli from PKR also has several cases against him pending under the Sedition Act.

“The list of opposition figures and activists who have been charged under the Sedition Act is not short either,” Maria said.

On the list are Padang Serai MP N. Surendran (PKR), student activist Adam Adli, Batu MP Tian Chua (PKR) and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok (DAP).

Maria said Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman had also been charged with sedition.

“Considering the latest developments, it is clear that the Sedition Act will continue to be used as a weapon to silence dissenting voices.

“This is clear infringement of democratic spirit which always encourages different opinions and voices.”

She said a government, which curtailed the freedom of speech, was also denying voters the rights of personal opinions which influenced their choice during the general election.

Bersih 2.0 called on Putrajaya to abolish the Sedition Act 1948.

“Putrajaya should be confident that the people can draw their own conclusions when confronted with alternative opinions or provocative speeches.

“Malaysians do not need such a draconian act to decide how to think,” Maria said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had promised to abolish archaic and draconian acts when he took over the administration of the country in 2009.

Putrajaya using Sedition Act to silence critics, says Bersih 2.0
26 August 2014 – TMI


Dr M only happy when clone takes over

Dr M only happy when ‘Dr Mahathir clone’ takes over Putrajaya, says Musa Hitam

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not be satisfied until there is a clone of himself in the seat of power, says Tun Musa Hitam, in reference to the former prime minister’s latest outburst against the Najib administration.

Musa, who was deputy prime minister from 1981 to 1986, said Dr Mahathir had never stopped feeling unhappy with any sitting leader since leaving public office in 2003.

“He will only be satisfied if there is a Mahathir clone who becomes the top leader in Malaysia,” Musa told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview this week.

He was commenting on Dr Mahathir’s decision to withdraw support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s government.

Dr Mahathir also outlined a laundry list of complaints against Putrajaya.

“Look at all the deputies who served during Dr Mahathir’s 22 years in office. I was considered dangerous. Tun Ghafar Baba (1986-1993) was considered to be all right, loyal. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (1993-1998) was considered to be a terrible fellow.

“Anwar was said to be disloyal and alleged to have done this and that. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (1999-2003) was such a nice guy,” Musa said.

Musa said it did not take long before Dr Mahathir viewed Abdullah as being Malaysia’s worst and weakest prime minister simply because Abdullah disregarded his wishes.

“So out with him,” he said with a wave of his hand.

Musa, 80, left the government in 1986 after tendering his resignation over differences with Dr Mahathir.

The following year, he teamed up with his then arch political foe, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, to take on Dr Mahathir and Ghafar, then a deputy prime minister and Umno vice-president for the party leadership.

Dr Mahathir defeated Razaleigh by 43 votes while Musa failed to retain his post by a similar margin.

While Razaleigh went on to form Semangat 46, Musa remained in Umno.

Musa said when Najib succeeded Abdullah, Dr Mahathir was announcing that the former was his boy and was busy advising him to do this and that.

“But when it appeared that Najib knew his mind and was doing things on his own, it got worse and worse for Dr Mahathir.

“Dr Mahathir felt that Najib was not consulting him on important issues but instead subjecting himself to foreign influences,” Musa said.

“That is Dr Mahathir for you, do not believe what he says about claiming that his criticism of Putrajaya is friendly advice.

“His objective is to get Najib out of Putrajaya,” Musa said flatly.

Dr M only happy when ‘Dr Mahathir clone’ takes over Putrajaya, says Musa Hitam
28 August 2014 – TMI


REPEAL the Sedition Act!

Movement to repeal the Sedition Act

In July 2012, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would repeal the Sedition Act 1948. The announcement was made as part of the Government’s political transformation plan, which included repealing the Internal Security Act and annulling the three subsisting proclamations of emergency.

In place of the Sedition Act, the Government would table a “National Harmony Bill”, seeking to “find a balance between every citizen’s freedom of expression, and the need to handle the complex nature of the country’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.”

Earlier this year, the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) drafted three bills to replace the Sedition Act. The three bills were made public in order to gain feedback and consultation from stakeholders and interested parties. However, because of pressure from certain quarters, it appears that the three bills have now been shelved indefinitely.

The drafting of three bills was the Government’s most serious attempt thus far to repeal the Sedition Act. Two years after the Prime Minister’s announcement, the Act is still in force.

A law that is still part of the statute books is still valid. Legally, there is nothing to stop the Government from carrying on investigations and prosecutions under the Act. But by promising to repeal the Act, the Government has tacitly acknowledged that the Act must go. There is a legitimate expectation that the Sedition Act will be on its last legs, coming ever closer to its expiry date and that there would be less reliance on the Sedition Act.

Not so. The Act it is still being applied on the citizens of this country even after the Prime Minister’s announcement. It has been used on politicians, like the late Karpal Singh, whose conviction still stands as his appeal would have abated with his passing. It has been used on activists and political dissidents. It has been used on netizens who say or post “offensive” things online. Our freedom of speech and expression is still being restricted by the Government through the use of the Sedition Act.

The Act is a colonial vestige. It was enacted before the Federation of Malaya achieved independence and it was used by the British to deal with militant communists insurgents at the time.

The Act criminalises “sedition” by making it an offence to do anything which has a “seditious tendency” or to utter any seditious words. “Seditious” is defined in the Act as any act, speech, words, publication or other thing that qualifies as one having a “seditious tendency”.

What is a “seditious tendency”? Almost anything can and would have a “seditious tendency”, going by the Act’s definition. Any criticism of the Government would be seditious. Any comment made that can raise ill will and hostility within the population. What is said or done may even be justified, yet would still fall foul of the Act. For a sedition charge to succeed, the prosecution does not even need to establish intention of the accused to be seditious.

Freedom of speech and expression is not absolute. But restrictions to freedom of speech and expression should not be arbitrarily applied. The threshold should not be what the Government believes to be seditious. It is not for the Government to decide what can and cannot be said. The Act is so wide and arbitrary that it can and has been abused by the Government to stop people from saying things it does not condone.

So what do we do when the Government has not fulfilled its pledge to repeal the Sedition Act? Well, we as citizens should pressure the Government to come good on its promise. There have been repeated calls from political parties, civil society and the Malaysian Bar for the Government to repeal the Act. But not a concentrated effort.

The National Young Lawyers Committee of the Bar Council will take the initiative. But this is not just a movement for lawyers. It will be a nationwide movement, made out of all members of society. The law affects everyone, so its repeal must be demanded by everyone.

The time for talking is over. It is time to take action. It is time for all those who want to see the end of the Sedition Act to come together. It is time for a movement – focused and dedicated to a singular goal – to make the Government repeal the Sedition Act.

Movement to repeal the Sedition Act
by syahredzan johan
August 25, 2014 –


HIGH-COST or high-income nation by 2020?

The reality and hyperbole of high-income Malaysia by 2020

According to government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Malaysia is on track to achieve its high-income target of US$15,000 (RM47,414) by 2020, if not sooner, as a result of the policies under the National Transformation Programme (NTP).

That is like Manchester United football team coach Louis Van Gaal predicting his team will win the English Premier League this year as a result of his player buys and tactics.

Or for that matter, Malaysia saying its football team will make it to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Those are really targets, not reality until it happens. But Senator Jala, who heads the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), is fond of taking numbers to insist the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and Government Transformation Programme (GTP) is working to plan.

Jala said yesterday gross national income per capita had climbed steadily from US$7,059 (RM22,313) in 2009 to US$10,060 (RM31,799) in 2013, representing a 42.5% growth during the period.

In a statement yesterday, he said since the launch of the ETP in 2010, the areas under the National Key Results Area (NKRA) have generated a total of 1.3 million additional employment opportunities, where the ETP targets to create 3.3 million new jobs by 2020.

One would like to believe him. After all, under his leadership, flag carrier Malaysia Airlines booked profits but flew back into red ink after he left. Why? Didn’t his policies stick and work for the national airline?

Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed also said approved pipeline investment has been increasing year-on-year since 2010, surpassing the government’s annual investment target of RM148 billion under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

In 2011, approved investment stood at RM154.6 billion; in 2012, RM167.8 billion; and in 2013, RM216.5 billion.

That should be good news for many of us but it remains as headline figures. The reality on the ground is that not many Malaysians are having a share of the wealth or a rise in incomes.

Putrajaya is using the assumption that once US$15,000 is achieved as per capita income, Malaysia will be a high income nation. As simple as that? But per capita income is not a reliable indicator as only 30% of per capita income counts as income, the rest are booked as profits.

How can Malaysia even talk about a high income economy when a significant percentage of the local workforce cannot make ends meet and do not appear to have the capability of doing so anytime soon.

We have soup kitchens in the cities and programmes for affordable housing. We have direct cash aid. How does that gel with Malaysia well on its way to a high income nation status by 2020?

That is why even though the government announced the 6.4% growth in the last quarter, it had little impact on the wellbeing of ordinary Malaysians. It is just a statistic, a headline figure and nothing more.

Jala and Pemandu’s time has been punctuated by fantastic headline numbers and hyperbole but both do not reflect the real situation on the ground.

Malaysia is six years away from 2020 and the target for a high-income nation. Repeating it ad nauseam won’t help the cause or the people who don’t feel the money that Putrajaya says is in our pockets.

The reality for most Malaysians is Malaysia might just be a higher-cost nation by 2020 with perhaps a few more billionaires to make sure the hyperbole per capita figure looks just right. – August 24, 2014.

The reality and hyperbole of high-income Malaysia by 2020
24 August 2014 – TMI


Absurd sedition charges

Criticising court judgment not an offence, say ex-judge, lawyers

It is unheard of to frame a charge against lawyer N. Surendran for criticising a written judgment of the court, a retired judge and lawyers said.

They said it was ridiculous to prosecute him under the Sedition Act for expressing his opinion, adding that there must be room for dissent and criticism in a democratic society like Malaysia.

Retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said anyone was welcomed to criticise a judgment in the strongest terms.

“You only run foul of the law like contempt of court for attacking the judges personally.”

He said he had never come across anyone, let alone a member of the Bar, being prosecuted under the archaic law, from the time he started practice in 1970 until his retirement from the bench in 2010.

“It is common for lawyers and academicians to dissect judgments. Are we not now allowed to make a critical evaluation of the judges’ legal opinions?”

Sri Ram was referring to the sedition charge against Surendran yesterday for publishing an article, in which he wrote that the Court of Appeal ruling on March 7 which found Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim guilty for sodomy was “flawed, defensive and insupportable”.

Michelle Yesudas of Lawyers for Liberty said Surendran made the statement while carrying out his duty as a lawyer and the charge is similar to the sedition charge and conviction of the late Karpal Singh.

Karpal was found guilty in February 2014 for giving his legal opinion as a lawyer during the 2009 constitutional crisis of Perak.

“Surendran’s case sets an arbitrary and unjust precedent that will allow courts to convict lawyers for legal views that conflict with the political stance of the government,” said Yesudas, who is the legal/campaign coordinator of the lawyers’ group.

She said the Najib administration held the record for the most absurd sedition charges against opposition leaders and dissidents like Teresa Kok, Tian Chua, Datuk Tamrin Ghafar, Haris Ibrahim, Safwan Anang, Adam Adli, Hishamuddin Rais, Suhaimi Shafie.

Criticising court judgment not an offence, say ex-judge, lawyers
20 August 2014 – TMI


Najib ‘deceived’ Malaysians with promise to repeal Sedition Act – Human Right Watch

Najib ‘deceived’ Malaysians with promise to repeal Sedition Act, says rights group

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to repeal the Sedition Act was “designed to deceive” Malaysians and the international community, said a global rights group, Human Right Watch (HRW) claimed.

Human Right Watch (HRW) hit out at the Najib administration saying that the “draconian law” is direct violation of freedom of expression, referring to the charges that have been levelled against PKR vice-president N. Surendran today.

“By engaging in legal harassment and persecution of opponents using a law that is an relic of colonial authoritarianism, Prime Minister Najib demonstrates that he apparently has no abiding commitment to either political moderation or human rights,” said HRW Asia’s deputy director Phil Robertson, in a statement today.

“His prior pledges to amend the Sedition Act sadly stand revealed as hollow rhetoric designed to deceive both Malaysians and the international community,” said Robertson.

Surendran was charged under Section 4 (1) (c) if the Sedition Act earlier today for criticising the appellate court’s ruling that overturned a lower court’s decision to discharge Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from his second sodomy rap.

The Padang Serai MP and lawyer was accused of committing the offence in a news release titled “Court of Appeal’s Fitnah 2 Written Judgement is Flawed, Defensive & Insupportable”, that was issued to news portal Malaysiakini on April 18 this year.

In the release, Surendran had allegedly accused the prime minister of influencing the judiciary in Anwar’s appeal against his second sodomy conviction.

If found guilty, Surendran faces a fine of up to RM5,000, a maximum three-year jail term, or both.

Robertson said that the charge against Surendran was part of Putrajaya’s campaign “systematically pursue its political opponents” using fabricated offences under the Sedition Act.

After Election 2013, PKR vice-president and Batu MP Chua Tian Chang, famously known as Tian Chua, and DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, have been hauled to court for purportedly having committed offences under the same Act.

Chua was accused of having uttered seditious words in a forum at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on May 13, 2013, while Kok was charged for sedition in May this year for a satirical Chinese New Year “Onederful Malaysia CNY 2014” video taking a swipe at the national issues such as the Sulu invasion in Sabah last year and the education system.

Najib had said in a July 11, 2012, speech that the Sedition Act represents a “bygone era” and would be replaced by a legislation to safeguard national harmony.

Najib ‘deceived’ Malaysians with promise to repeal Sedition Act, says rights group
August 19, 2014 – Malay Mail Online


Facebook ban proposal absurd

Facebook ban proposal absurd, won’t curb abuse, say critics

Suggestions that popular social media Facebook be blocked to curb abuse has drawn wide criticism, with many saying it will be a step backwards for the nation and is unlikely to solve the problem as users could turn to other social networking sites.

Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had said there were suggestions to ban Facebook, adding that it was too radical but his ministry would undertake a study on the matter.

Merdeka Center executive director Ibrahim Suffian said that blocking Facebook would not solve any problem that led to abuse of the social media.

“I think he (Shabery) should pay more attention on improving the balance in news reporting and addressing the issue of hate speech rather than considering blocking channels,” the independent pollster told The Malaysian Insider.

“Blocking channels doesn’t resolve the underlying problem or its causes.”

Umno’s Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed agreed, saying that only education would be able to solve the problem of social media abuse.

“The problem with the abuse of the Internet is that it is being used to spread terrorism and racial and religious extremism.

“Only education and educating the public will solve the abuse problem if the people understand and don’t subscribe to those views,” he said.

Shabery (pic, right) said yesterday that his ministry was in the process of gathering public feedback on the issue.

“If the people are of the opinion that Facebook should be banned, we are prepared to look into the matter but it is a radical approach,” he said.

His remarks came on the heels of a report of a man who had insulted Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on Facebook. It was reported that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was working with police to track down the individual.

Penang chief minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng described the suggestion as outrageous, saying banning Facebook would send Malaysia back to the dark ages.

“BN’s proposal 2ban Facebook is outrageous. Will revert 2feudalism n Dark Age autocracy. Does BN think they can then win back younger voters?” he tweeted.

Guan Eng said if the federal government bans Facebook the popular online social network, his party will launch a nationwide protest.

“DAP will organise nation-wide protests if BN ban n (and) close down Facebook. DAP akan buat demonstrasi 1M’sia jika BN haramkan dan tutup Facebook!” he tweeted, adding that Twitter, too, could be banned next.

Veteran newsman and former New Straits Times editor Datuk A Kadir Jasin (pic, left) questioned the mechanism being used by the ministry to gather feedback, adding that a proper investigation must be carried out before banning Facebook.

“I want to know who are the people the minister referred to. Because if you ask someone without a Facebook account, he or she wouldn’t care,” he said.

Several opposition politicians said the motive behind the minister’s suggestion was more political than concern about abuse of social media.

“It is a logical move on the part of the government. They have finally acknowledged that social media is part of the reason why they lost support in the last two elections,” said PAS’s Khalid Samad.

“They want to make sure that the public is spoon-fed with mainstream news.”

DAP’s Teresa Kok agreed, saying she was shocked at the suggestion as a means to clamp down on dissenters.

“This is one way to silence the people and critics.”

But, she said that blocking Facebook would not stop the problem of abuse as social networking users would only flock to other media such as Twitter, Instagram and others.

“In this world of the Internet, there are other social networking sites. In China, where Facebook is banned, they use Weibo.

“Anyway, even Umno politicians, including the prime minister use Facebook to communicate. I think he (Shabery) is close to insane to suggest this.”

Former deputy higher education minister Umno’s Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic, right) also took to Twitter to protest against Shabery’s suggestion to shut down Facebook.

Facebook ban proposal absurd, won’t curb abuse, say critics
10 August 2014 – TMI


The curious case of Khalid Ibrahim

COMMENT Like many Selangorians, before the 13th general elections last year, I found myself cheerleading a little for Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, the incumbent Selangor menteri besar. This was a man who is not a regular politician, he is not a good orator, doesn’t convey his opinions eloquently, but nevertheless is someone who “does work”.

He is someone who is honest, professional, works, and does not find time to speak ill about another politician. He is too busy doing work that he does not have time to retort back at political enemies. Back then, his main political rival was PKR deputy president Azmin Ali. Now, compare Khalid’s conduct in that realm of rivalry with Azmin’s often open and indiscreet criticism of Khalid, then you know Khalid was the better person.

Or so he wants us to believe. I will be the first to admit that my opinion of Khalid had stuttered and stagnated over the past few months, owing in large to his policies and his now famous lack of communication with people who work under him, and people from his own party.

This is by no means an endorsement of PKR’s decision to replace Khalid with Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, or the merit with which PKR felt fit to sack Khalid from the party without ensuring a smooth exit for him before making such a drastic decision. These are political considerations that respective parties involved should make.

But coming to the case of Khalid himself, how did he fall from grace so badly that public opinion, that has often backed him, is now starting to stutter?

Did Khalid Ibrahim change? Did the people change? Is he a victim of circumstance?

Or maybe, Khalid is neither the man we think he is right now, nor the man we thought he was back then. He did not change. Not a bit. The fact is, Khalid Ibrahim is a very good politician despite affirmation from his supporters claiming otherwise.

In politics, perception is reality and truth is negotiable. Khalid knew that. And for six long years, he mastered that. He might have lacked the persona and skills that politicians like Anwar Ibrahim had, but he more than made up for it by picking a strategy and sticking to it. The strategy was simple – selling the image to the public that he was a honest, simple man who does not get his gloves dirty on the boxing ring.

He was a fresh breath of air, he didn’t “play” politics, we perceived, but he was “managing” that perception all along.

People did not find a reason to hate him because he had a track record, albeit it is almost always about the amount of state reserves he amassed. He did not burn bridges with anyone by slandering them and throwing political jibes. He was just an ordinary man, and you would not know what was going on in his mind.

The uncombed hair and the messy outlook was all part of that perception – this man didn’t care for appearances, but more on substance. When the Selangor menteri besar crisis came to a head, suddenly Khalid was able to be tidy, dressed to the hilt, and look genuinely happy.

Aug 12, 2014 – Malaysiakini
by Ram Anand
The curious case of Khalid Ibrahim


Legitimacy as Selangor MB over

Legitimacy as Selangor MB over, Husam tells Khalid

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s legitimacy as Selangor menteri besar is over, PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa wrote in an open letter to the embattled leader today, although the Islamist party has yet to make an official stand on the issue.

Husam said that Khalid’s hope to get another Selangor lawmaker to join his side has ended after Batu Tiga assemblywoman Rodziah Ismail quit as state executive councillor to join her PKR colleagues in repudiating the menteri besar’s leadership.

“What more when two PAS assemblymen took their personal step to reject Tan Sri as a menteri besar openly,” he said in the open letter made available to The Malaysian Insider.

Khalid is running the Selangor government with the help of four PAS executive councillors and support from the 12 Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen in the 56-seat state legislature.

PAS has 15 assemblymen in the legislature, but two have now joined the 13 PKR lawmakers and 15 DAP lawmakers to support PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new menteri besar for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had openly backed Khalid to remain as menteri besar but the party’s central working committee will only meet this Sunday to finalise its decision, which must be ratified by the party’s Shura council.

Another vice-president Salahuddin Ayub yesterday said the Islamist party has delayed its decision as changing a state menteri besar is not as simple as replacing a village chief.

But PKR had signalled to its PR allies PAS and DAP on July 23 that it wanted to replace Khalid. The PR leadership meeting on that day agreed that PKR can keep the MB post and that the allies would consider Dr Wan Azizah’s candidature for the post.

DAP has agreed to Dr Wan Azizah taking over the post in the country’s wealthiest state but PAS has objected, although saying it went beyond the issue of gender.

Husam said that given current circumstances, Khalid must know his limits when it comes to riding on PAS support. The party should not be dragged any further into this controversy for his own survival.

“He can get sympathy, temporary protection and support from PAS in the spirit of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had also extended the olive branch to him.

“But that episode is over.”

Husam said PAS should not be in limbo with Khalid and sacrifice its principles or the good name it holds within the Pakatan coalition as mandated by the people of Selangor.

He added that after being sacked from PKR and not being accepted into any of the coalition parties, Khalid did not represent Pakatan anymore.

“The Selangor government is a PR government, not the government of Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.”

He also said Khalid’s actions in sacking PKR and DAP exco members and his other moves had implicated PAS when the party never knew what he had planned to do.

These actions, he said, can cause Pakatan to break up, given the impression that PAS continued to support an illegitimate menteri besar.

He added that when Khalid decided to sack the PKR and DAP exco members but retained the PAS four, the matter should have been discussed with the Islamist party’s central committee. He should have also obtained the approval of its coalition partners.

He said that as far as he was aware, the PAS central committee never discussed that move and that it never gave the mandate to anyone to arrive at that decision.

“By doing this, Tan Sri is involving PAS in his survival as menteri besar and also compromises the party’s good name in the eyes of the people of Selangor.

Legitimacy as Selangor MB over, Husam tells Khalid
15 August 2014 – TMI

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for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

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fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

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