Thursday, 28 February 2013



AAP, Yahoo!7February 28, 2013, 2:45 pm

In an Australian first, four men have been found guilty of assault after a Muslim convert was held down and whipped as punishment under sharia law.
Christian Martinez, 32, was whipped with an electric cord at his home in Silverwater in Sydney's west between July 16 and 17 in 2011.
His mentor, Wasim Fayed, was accused of carrying out the whipping as punishment under sharia law, while the other three men held Mr Martinez down on his bed.
Fayed, 44, along with Zakaryah Raad, 21, Tolga Cifki, 21, and Gengiz Coskin, 22, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, causing harm in company and stealing.
Fayed also faced two charges of intimidation.
Magistrate Brian Maloney convicted the men in Burwood Local Court on Thursday.
He will sentence them at a later date.
As Fayed left the court and was bundled into a car, he told reporters, "I love him for the sake of Allah", referring to Mr Martinez.
In 2011, Christian Martinez spoke exclusively to 7News, saying that he wouldn't wish the pain he experienced on anyone.
He said that he was the victim of half an hour's worth of electric cord flogging by four men who broke into his home at around one o'clock in the morning.
Wassim Fayad leaves Burwood Local Court after being found guilty of the whipping assault of Muslim convert Christian Martinez. Photo: 7News

"I was screaming, absolutely screaming," Martinez said.
"I can't explain the pain. Horrific. I mean I don't wish it upon anybody."
Martinez's shoulders and abdomen were covered in welts and bruises after the forty lashes that were inflicted on him.
The lashing was said to be punishment for drinking alcohol under the Wahhabist belief system, an extreme variant of Islam.
Martinez claimed his attackers said that the next time he felt like a beer, he would remember the pain, and that he was being punished out of love.
"That's no love," says Martinez.
"I don't hit my wife because I'm upset with her."
Christian Martinez, 32, was whipped with an electric cord at his home in Silverwater in Sydney's west between July 16 and 17 in 2011. Photo: 7News

The local Islamic community condemned the alleged violent act, and were concerned it might damage the broader perception of Islam in Australia.
"It will ruin the picture of Muslims. Islam is calling for peace." Sheikh Yahya Safi, Imam of Lakemba mosque said.
Martinez told 7News he will continue practicing his faith.
"Islam is a beautiful religion. It's a great guideline to life and I will keep being a Muslim," he said.
When asked whether he would ever drink alcohol again Martinez said he wasn't sure.
"I don't know, so definitely if I ever do. I'll always remember the lashes."


'Sharia lashing' victim describes pain

The victim of an alleged 'sharia law' lashing says he wouldn't wish the pain he experienced on anyone.


I no longer trust this Umno-led BN government now under Najib. Nor will I trust it under any subsequent Umno-appointed prime minister in the foreseeable future.

Can PI Bala deliver anything for Pakatan?

CT Ali
February 28, 2013
So far, we have seen that Deepak and Bala may have well tipped the scale against Najib on a personal level, but to what advantage to Pakatan Rakyat?
Finally, somehow, private investigator P Balasubramaniam is back in Kuala Lumpur. I do not know how much money (if any) has been paid into what account to “persuade” PI Bala that he should become the White Knight coming to rescue the people, this nation from the plundering and pillaging of the Barisan Nasional government.
I do not know what has been promised to Bala to ensure that his personal safety will be guaranteed.
I do not know and I do not care because we will never know the whole truth – not even if Pakatan Rakyat is to win this coming general election.
What we do know is that with the coming back of Bala to Malaysia, another nail has been hammered into Najib Tun Razak’s coffin. Another nail into Umno and Barisan Nasional’s coffins, too.
Whether enough nails have been hammered into these coffins will not be known until after the general election – but be warned, the stakes are getting higher by the day.
We know that in Malaysian politics it is a “winner takes all” situation. Everybody in the opposition and all of us who support Pakatan Rakyat – including Bala – understand what that means.
And more critical so do Umno and Barisan Nasional. “Tiada maaf” for those on the losing side.
So take sides if you must. All the “berani mati” foot soldiers must now take their position at the front of the army for Pakatan or BN, and be prepared to face whatever comes their way.
Damaged goods
For Bala, I know this: he has considered all options, financially and on a personal level. Like many others, he knows that he has to make a stand if he is to have any advantage over the result of the 13th general election.
So far, we have seen that Deepak Jaikishan and Bala may have well tipped the scale against Najib on a personal level, but to what advantage to Pakatan?
I tell you that it is of no advantage to Pakatan at all. It only helps Muhyiddin Yassin and Dr Mahathir Mohamad in their effort to gain control of Umno.
Deepak and Bala are damaged goods. I believe it would do Pakatan good to steer clear of damaged goods because collaboration with them are double-edged. With the resources that Najib and Umno have, who is to tell us that these damaged goods will not, once again, switch allegiance when it comes to what matters most – their own personal self.
I no longer trust this Umno-led BN government now under Najib. Nor will I trust it under any subsequent Umno-appointed prime minister in the foreseeable future.
Just as I do not trust any attorney-general, any inspector-general of police, any minister, anybody whose appointment was the handwork of this BN government.
I would rather that Pakatan take the high road – that of decency, integrity and doing the right thing by all of us – and I know that it is a road less travelled by Malaysian politicians.
But if we are to have real change, that is the only way to go. Is that not the way Pakatan has promised us that it will take on its way to Putrajaya?
CT Ali is a reformist who believes in Pakatan Rakyat’s ideologies. He is a FMT columnist.
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We are all Malaysian for sure but we are now all mostly Malaysian who will no longer be silent, be still or be accepting of the manner our politicians now choose to conduct themselves. And they ignore us at their own peril.

Too many times have I despair about the fate of my beloved tanah tumpah darah ku – Malaysia. Too many times have I been angered at the incoherence of our leaders to do what they should for the common good of our Rakyat, our Nation and our future. Despair, anger and the unbearable helplessness of seeing my country led by leaders who continues to astound and awe us in the manner they conduct themselves in their personal and public life with the impunity such as that exhibited by Hitler ravaging Europe as if it were his God given right to do so and of Idi Amin consigning Uganda to economic ruins with his purge of Asians from Uganda’s economy. Yes this BN government does all this and more!   

And who am I to be so bothered about the goings on 3000km away from where I now live?

I am a 65 year old Malaysian no longer able to be quiet or still at the continued dalliance of our political leaders with one preoccupation and one preoccupation only! That of maintaining and/or seizing political power at this coming 13th general election.

I am that Chinese person who have long endured the constant barrage of abuse and accusations from UMNO for being a Chinese, for not being a Muslim, for taking from the Malays their hereditary rights of Ketuanan Melayu, for being unpatriotic towards a country I call home because I know of no other home, for being an ungrateful person to a country that has given me everything that I now have. All this I am accused of even as I do all that this BN government has asked me to do. Even as I call Malaysia my home and its people my brothers and sisters.

I am that Indian individual that knows that still too many other Indians live in abject poverty even as my representative in Government do much more for themselves that for the Indians, even as this BN government promise much but deliver little to better the condition of the Indians. I am that Indian who knows what Hindraf stands for and what it did at the 12th general election and I am also that Indian who understand that Malaysians "mudah lupa!"

I am that East Malaysian that knows that the BN government understands little of our sensibilities and aspirations to be treated with the respect due to a sovereign state rather than that of a vassal state – and our demand that our inherent wealth and state resources should be used first for the betterment of our own people – not that of our leaders and much less for the gain of West Malaysian – at least not until our interests are taken care of first.

We are all Malaysian for sure but we are now all Malaysian who will no longer be silent, be still or be accepting of the manner our politicians now choose to conduct themselves. And they ignore us at their own peril.

For I am also a supporter of Pakatan Rakyat. An activist of Bersih, Lynas and any other group or NGO’s that seeks to bring positive change to the way our politics are now evolving. I am that person that will insist on ABU – Anything But UMNO. I am for PKR, DAP and am a PAS supporter as I am against Najib, Muhyiddin or Mahathir – against UMNO and BN. I am all that and more as I am determined that we will take back our country for ourselves. Take back the government, the state and any bit of ourselves that has been soiled, ravaged and ruin by these same politicians who now wants us again to elect them to government.         

I am Malay, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Iban, Bidayuh, Pakistani, Punjabi, Sikh,  Eurasians,   Orang Asli,  and anybody else that stands for government of the people, for the people and by the people.

I am a Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, a Sikh an Atheist and anything in between.

What is left for us to do is to go out and do what we must at the 13th general election – and that is to choose change over allowing any further extension of tenure for this BN government .

Choose to do this because after half a century of their way of government it is time we change to what has been promised to us by Pakatan Rakyat. A promise of open, responsible and good government.

This is a promise Pakatan Rakyat must keep. We will see that they do, we will ensure that they do and if they do not, we will do to them what we will now do to this UMNO led Barisan Nasional government – kick them out of office. And as God is my witness that I will do!  

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Isteri PM Terpaksa Keluar Pintu Belakang Elak Jumpa Mahasiswi

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  • UKM : Isteri PM Terpaksa Keluar Pintu Belakang Elak Jumpa Mahasiswi

    "Tahniah kepada Gerakan Mahasiswi UKM yang tampil menyatakan protes kepada DS Rosmah hari ini di UKM. Selepas Najib minggu lepas dikepung mahasiswa di Terengganu, hari ini Rosmah terpaksa melarikan diri melalui pintu belakang dengan kereta yang lain untuk tidak bertemu mahasiswi.

    Sekali lagi, hasrat mahasiswa/i dikecewakan orang penting negara. Mereka terlalu takut. Kalau tak salah, kenapa mahu lari? " - Azan Safar, Presiden ISI UKM.

A Jan 24, 2007 cable, marked 'secret', wrote that "Perceived irregularities on the part of prosecutors and the court, and the alleged destruction of some evidence, suggested to many that the case was subject to strong political pressure intended to protect Najib."


Wikileaks releases cables on Najib and Altantuya

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 

(Malaysiakini) - The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur closely followed the trial of the accused killers of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu and frequently discussed whether current Prime Minister Najib Razak was involved in the killing, according to diplomatic cables supplied to Asia Sentinel by the WikiLeaks website.
The diplomats, like much of the public, also speculated that the trial was being deliberately delayed and feared what one cable calls "prosecutorial misconduct" that was being politically manipulated. The embassy officials based their concerns on sources within the prosecution, government and the political opposition.

najib pc in parliamnet on altantuya murder case allegations 030708The cables also draw attention to an intriguing allegation that then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi may have attempted to use the proceedings to implicate Najib, a claim that was quickly hushed up in the Malaysian press.

Altantuya was murdered in October 2006 by two of Najib's bodyguards, chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 30 and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, who stood trial and were pronounced guilty in April 2009.

Abdul Razak Baginda, one of Najib's best friends and Altantuya's lover, was accused of participating in the murder but was freed without having to put on a defence.

The murder has been tied closely to the US$1 billion acquisition of French submarines by the Malaysian Defence Ministry, which Najib headed during the acquisitions. Altantuya reportedly acted as a translator on the transaction, which netted Razak Baginda's company a 114 million euros (RM534.8 million) "commission" on the purchase.

altantuya and son 050309Reportedly she had been offered US$500,000 for her part in translating. After she was jilted, she vainly demanded payment. A letter she had written was made public after her death saying she regretted attempting to "blackmail" Razak Baginda.

French lawyers are investigating whether some of the 114 million euros was kicked back to French or Malaysian politicians. Despite the scandal, the US government has not publicly backed away from Najib.

In April 2010, Najib visited the White House and was praised by President Barack Obama for the Parliament's passage of an act allowing Malaysian authorities to take action against individuals and entities engaged in proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The cables are replete with accounts of a long series of meetings with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who repeatedly told the Americans that Najib was connected to corrupt practices in the acquisition of the submarines as well as the purchase of Sukhoi Su-MCM-30 Flanker fighter jets from Russia. Anwar also called attention to Najib's connection to the Altantuya case.
Prosecution ineptitude by design?

A Jan 24, 2007 cable, marked 'secret', wrote that "Perceived irregularities on the part of prosecutors and the court, and the alleged destruction of some evidence, suggested to many that the case was subject to strong political pressure intended to protect Najib."

abdul razak baginda pc 201108 04In a Feb 1, 2008 cable, embassy's political section chief Mark D Clark wrote that a deputy prosecutor had told him "there was almost no chance of winning guilty verdicts in the on-going trial of defendants Razak Baginda (left), a close advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, and two police officers. She described the trial as interminably long." (That, of course, turned out to be wrong. Sirul (below, right) and Azilah (below, left) were ultimately convicted and have appealed their sentence).

Clark called the trial a "a prosecutorial embarrassment from its inception, leading many to speculate that the ineptitude was by design. On the eve of the trial, attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail dropped his lead prosecutors and replaced them with less experienced attorneys.

Similarly, a lead counsel for one of the defendants abruptly resigned before the trial 'because of (political) attempts to interfere with a defence he had proposed, in particular to protect an unnamed third party.'"

altantuya razak baginda murder 050707 sirul azhar umarThe protracted nature of the case, Clark continued, led "at least one regional newspaper to speculate that 'the case is being deliberately delayed to drive it from public view'. Malaysia's daily newspapers rarely mention the case's latest developments, and it is unprecedented in Malaysian judicial history that a murder trial could drag on for seven months and still not give the defence an opportunity to present its case.

"Such an environment has led many to conclude that the case was too politically sensitive to yield a verdict before the anticipated general elections."

altantuya trial 160707 azilahA January 2007 cable called attention to Razak Baginda's affidavit confirming that he sought the help of Musa Safri, later identified by reporters as Najib's aide-de-camp, in ridding him of the jilted woman, and in other cables pointed out that Musa had never been called for questioning.

In another cable, dated May 16, 2007, Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, a then aide to former prime minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi, told US Embassy officials that he was "certain that government prosecutors would limit their trial activities to the murder itself and the three defendants; prosecutors would not follow up on allegations of related corruption or other suspects."

In a Jan 27, 2007 cable, marked 'Secret', embassy officials wrote that "In December we heard from one of (Anwar's) lawyers that Razak Baginda's wife was in contact with Anwar and Wan Azizah, suggesting one possible source for Anwar's information."

altantuya razak baginda mongolian murder 190607 wifeRazak Baginda's wife (right), during one of his first appearances in court, screamed that her husband "doesn't want to be prime minister." That was taken by observers as a reference to the fact that Najib reportedly had been having an affair with Altantuya, but passed her on to Razak Baginda because it would be unseemly to have a mistress when he succeeded Abdullah as premier. Najib has offered to swear on the Quran that he had never met the woman.

However, in July 2008, P Balasubramaniam, a former police officer and private detective who had been hired by Razak Baginda to protect him from Altantuya, filed a sworn statement saying he had been told by the accused man that Najib not only knew the murdered woman but had an affair with her and introduced her to him.

parliament 2008 first day 280408 sharibuu setevIn a telephone interview on May 9, Anwar, however, toldAsia Sentinel that Razak Baginda's wife was not the source of his knowledge of Najib's connection and that instead he had been told of the connection by Setev Shaariibuu (seated right in photo), Altantuya's father, who said he had wished to present evidence of Najib's involvement, but was not allowed to do so. Multiple attempts to contact Setev byAsia Sentinel have been unsuccessful.

Almost immediately after he made the statement, Balasubramaniam was picked up and driven to a police station, where he was forced to withdraw the statement and write a new one saying Razak Baginda had told him nothing of the sort. Balasubramaniam fled Malaysia for India.

He later said Najib's brother, Nizam, and wife, Rosmah Mansor, had met with him and that he was offered RM5 million to forget his statement connecting Najib to Altantuya.

Balasubramaniam displayed a flock of checks drawn on the account of an associate of Najib's wife. The former private detective has made a series of statements from outside the country about Najib's involvement.

'You can die, Pak Lah'

A February 2008 cable from political section chief Clark gives a hint that Abdullah Badawi himself may have been trying to get rid of Najib by forcing Razak Baginda to implicate him in the murder.

"In the latest turn of the ongoing Altantuya murder trial, accused political insider Abdul Razak Baginda, who has remained calm and composed through most of the proceedings, unleashed an emotional tirade shortly after the Feb 20 noon recess on the trial's 90th day," Clark wrote.

"Referring to the prime minister by his nick-name 'Pak Lah', Razak reportedly exclaimed: 'You can die, Pak Lah! (in Malaysian - Matilah kau, Pak Lah!) I'm innocent!' according to unpublished journalist accounts.

Last day of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Najib Abdul Razak takes over as prime minister in Putrajaya"Local newspapers and the government news serviceBernama reported the fact of the outburst, but did not print Razak's statements. The short-lived exception was the English language newspaper The Sun, which included the quotations from Razak in its early morning Feb 21 edition.

"Sources at newspaper confirmed to us in confidence that the Ministry of Internal Security compelled The Sun to withdraw and recall thousands of copies of their first run paper in which the original quote was included. Prime Minister Abdullah serves concurrently as Minister of Internal Security."

During the trial, Clark wrote, Razak Baginda, "appeared uneasy throughout the morning session of court on Feb 20. Razak's father, Abdullah Malim Baginda, had whispered something to him shortly before the trial had begun for the morning and apparently upset the accused.

Razak had remained quiet throughout the morning hearings, but just after the noon recess was called and as he was leaving the courtroom he kicked and banged the door and yelled, 'You can die, Pak Lah! Die, Pak Lah! I am innocent. I am innocent.' He was later seen crying before his lawyer while his mother attempted to comfort him.

razak baginda acquitted 311008 06"Speculation is rife in Malaysia's online community concerning what it was that set off Razak Baginda outburst, including conspiracy theories alleging the Prime Minister's Office had urged Razak to implicate Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak ... in return for sparing Razak a guilty verdict and its mandatory death sentence," officials wrote.

The cable goes on to write, "Regardless, the Internal Security Ministry would want to limit any possibly inflammatory reference to the prime minister at the trial, and particularly at this juncture due to the proximity of Malaysia's general election to be held on March 8. Any connection between the prime minister and the murder trial would be scandalous.

"The GOM (government of Malaysia) reportedly has worked hard to 'drive (the case) from public view' ... and is not about to allow the case to influence the coming elections."