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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah interview as Petronas Chairman
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The 'go go years' are over and our 'oil lottery' money is fast depleting mainly due to mismanagement by the powers-that-be, decried veteran politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, According to the Petronas founder, the original plans of the oil giant did not include over-producing oil to pay for billions of ringgit worth of unnecessary government projects. "It started with this (defence equipment purchase) agreement with (then British prime minister) Margaret Thatcher, and suddenly the production of oil was doubled from 650,000 barrels per day to over a million barrels a day (to fund the purchase). That was too much for us," he said.

As one of the architects of the Malaysia oil blueprint, the Kelantan royal is now out to set things right, especially for his home state which he believes have the "sovereign right" to be paid royalty for oil found on its shores.

"It's not a complicated issue for as long as oil is found along the shore of Kelantan, whether it's in the joint development area or whether it is off-shore in the exclusive economic zone of the country, Petronas is obliged to pay," he said. Another matter which needs to be address is the arrangement between the states and the centre, which Razaleigh said is outdated and cannot provide the revenue required to meet the development plans of each state. The former finance minister, who met with Malaysiakini last week, was unfazed by the warning from Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin not to accept an opposition invitation to head a parliamentary oil royalty caucus.

Razaleigh said Muhyiddin can "climb to the top of the mountain" to warn him but it would not stop him from doing what is right. " I don't care who warns me. I'm doing this for the country; I'm not beholden to anybody. People can climb to the top of a mountain to warn me. I couldn't care less. I plan to see that the sovereign rights of the people are protected. The following are excerpts of the interview. Content has been edited for brevity.

Malaysiakini: You gave a stinging speech arguing that Malaysia has "squandered" quite a lot of our oil money. What prompted you to give that speech?

Razaleigh: It's because we will get caught flat-footed. What happens if the oil runs out? We have not planned to have substitute revenue in the event that we ran out of oil revenue in the years to come. Some economists have put the amount of money already lost (due to mismanagement of oil revenue) at about RM100 billion... some estimated about RM350 billion, while others put it as RM500 billion. I can't put my finger on the numbers precisely because I don't have access to the accounts. But Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) has said something to the extent that there are some huge sums of money unaccounted for... missing...

Malaysiakini: Was this in reference to the RM270 billion of oil revenue which Mahathir alleges to have been spent during the previous prime minister Abdullah Badawi's term?

Razaleigh: I can't quite remember... but he did come up with the statement querying Petronas, asking, 'where has this money gone to?' The amount I referred to in my speech, (was the amount spent during the) time when (Mahathir) was in control of the company and Petronas. The amount that was utilised for all sorts of expenditure, including defence equipment which was purchased from Britain, for instance, amounted to RM7 billion. This was the defence purchase made with (former British prime minister) Margaret Thatcher at that time after (Mahathir and Thatcher) patched up. This was after Mahathir threatened to 'buy British last'. Forward contracts were being made to satisfy these purchases.

Source: rakyat marhaen

Opening speech
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winding up speech by anwar ibrahim

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Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim declared this evening that his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had now achieved something which Barisan Nasional (BN) could not – to have a common policy for all races in the country. Speaking at the end of PR's inaugural convention here, he said his fledgling coalition of DAP, PKR and PAS could no longer be accused of not having a clear policy. Anwar argued that the ruling BN coalition had been unable to come out with such a comprehensive policy statement.

Among the highlights of the common platform tabled today were pledges to introduce means-based affirmative action, to bring back judicial independence and to ensure what PR says is people-centric economic policies. “Many people have said, Pakatan is a weak coalition, with no clear policy. “Today our direction is clear, I urge my friends to study the document thoroughly, I was in Umno and BN before, let me tell you that BN cannot come out with something like this,” said Anwar.

In his speech, Anwar also said the policy framework was a dynamic document and allows mechanism on the implementation to be worked out later. “We the elders, we are giving the younger generation the space to improve,” said Anwar, in response to demands made some leaders who asked PR to commit to the restoration of local government elections. At the press conference after the closing of the convention, Anwar said members of the coalition only had problems with implementing the principles agreed. “In the three-party talks, nobody spoke up against the democratic process, what we discussed was the method to implement the process,” he told reporters.

“If there is any assumption that some of us are against it then, it is not true,” said Anwar referring to the opposition to the restoration of local elections. He added that there are many issues on local government elections that needed to be addressed, such as the structure of the councils and their boundaries. “We take this document seriously,” said Anwar adding that the coalition will also engage with civil society groups to work out the details of the policy framework. The policy framework was prepared collectively by all the three parties and coordinated by former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who is a PKR supreme council member. It was endorsed and officially adopted by the three parties after a one-day debate by the convention delegates.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s debut Budget 2010 was nearly scuttled by the Pakatan Rakyat late last night when it barely got through by a 66-63 vote margin at the third reading in the Dewan Rakyat. Najib and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat saved Barisan Nasional the blushes when they turned up to tilt support to the ruling coalition which lost its customary two-third parliamentary majority in Election 2008. It is understood that this is the first time that the national budget was approved with such a narrow margin, where a rejection would have a negative implication for the Barisan Nasional government which has been in power since independence in 1957 when it was called the Alliance.

Parliamentary democracy practices consider a rejected budget as a no-confidence move towards a sitting government and indirectly opens the way for the formation of a new government. Several Pakatan Rakyat leaders, including Parliamentary Opposition chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, crowed about their near success in a rapid sequence of tweets. They considered the vote a “major success” to nearly defeat Barisan Nasional in rejecting the Budget. The Malaysian Insider understands that the top leadership in the rival blocs have directed for strict action against their lawmakers who were missing in last night’s vote. The Dewan Rakyat has had extended its sessions in the past few weeks to finish its business by this Thursday before it takes the year-end recess.

Before the crucial third reading, the Budget was approved with just one vote at the committee-stage debate for the Home Ministry - which was the last ministry to have its allocation approved. Pakatan had considered a similar move to derail the Budget 2009 during debates last year after Anwar’s “Sept 16” project to take over Putrajaya failed. But that too came to naught. However, they nearly succeeded to bloody Barisan Nasional’s nose for a second time in as many years with the Budget 2010, even forcing Najib to rush back to Parliament to cast his vote from the Chong Hwa Independent School’s 95th anniversary celebrations. He was accompanied from the dinner by Ong and also Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department who cannot vote as he is a senator.

Barisan Nasional has 137 of the 222 seats in the Dewan Rakyat, followed by Pakatan Rakyat’s 82 and three independents. The Dewan Rakyat ended its annual Budget session at 11.15pm after the third reading concluded. Najib had tabled the Budget 2010 worth RM191.5 billion on Oct 23 with three strategic thrusts of moving the nation to a high-income economy, ensuring a holistic development and prioritising the people’s wellbeing.It was his first Budget as Prime Minister and themed 1 Malaysia, Prosperity for All that allocated RM138.3 bilion or 72.2 per cent for operational expenditure and RM53.2 billion or 27.8 per cent for development expenditure. The Budget 2010 was 11.2 per cent lower than the RM215.7 billion Budget 2009, which was aided later by two economic stimulus packages.

Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub commented that Pakatan Rakyat has flexed its muscles in the key Budget vote. “Our prsence was felt... We have shown an important indicator tonight,” the PAS vice-president told The Malaysian Insider after the vote last night. “The one-majority vote at the committee stage and three votes at the third reading has given us the confidence that we can do something significant in Parliament... that Pakatan Rakyat can be a serious alternative “According to House of Commons practices, rejecting the Budget would mean a no-confidence vote against the government of the day,” he added.

It is understood the government bench realised its peril after DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng asked for a vote by division after Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop wound up the debate at the committee stage. Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia acceded to the request and the vote went 64-63 in Barisan Nasional’s favour. The situaton recurred during the vote at the end of the Budget’s third reading when DAP Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran asked for a vote by division. By this time, Najib and Ong had taken their seats and the Budget 2010 was approved with 66 votes for and 63 votes against.


Me: Im very sad about that. where are those PR members? should be 82 vs 63 and PR will be the rural party. hahaha.

At 78 and now suffering heart problems, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat is the subject of widespread speculation as to when he will step down as menteri besar, as well as the identity of his successor. While he has remained vague over both, his son Nik Abdul broached one subject in a blog-entry, in which he urged certain quarters not to stop his father from leaving office. Interviewed recently at his office in Kota Bharu, Nik Aziz said he is still capable of fulfilling his duties and that there is no need as yet for him to name a successor.

“(My health) is all right. If I stand for too long, I get tired. Doctors have told me not to (go on the ground) if I am tired. I’m old, and the ‘battery’ in my heart is weakening. “Other than taking medicine, I pray (for good health). Even the Chinese are praying for me. When they see me, they tell me Jangan mati lagi, (don’t die yet), Tok Guru,” he said with a laugh. “Even the Chinese are forbidding me from dying. They are more willing to listen to me than to the people from Umno.” Asked how his successor will be chosen, he said that one of the three deputy PAS state commissioners are likely to succeed him based on the hierarchy in the state and the party.

“It is ‘automatic’ according to party methodology. It is a form of preparation. We must have an umbrella ready before it rains,” said Nik Aziz, who has headed the Kelantan administration since 1990. Pressed further, he revealed that state executive councillor Ahmad Yakob is the front runner, by virtue of being the most senior of the trio. “Ahmad is the first layer. Whether or not he is accepted by the people, that is up to God. But he is deputy menteri besar. A lot of my duties have been delegated to him.” The other two are Nik Amar Abdullah and Husam Musa. The latter is widely deemed to be Nik Aziz’s protégé, although he has not received such endorsement.

Little is known about Ahmad, who like many Kelantan assemblypersons, shies away from the national political limelight. A religious scholar and long-serving state lawmaker, he is the Pekan Pasir state assemblyperson. However, Nik Amar has publicly endorsed Ahmad, as he wants Nik Aziz to name a successor quickly to prevent the likelihood of a power struggle in PAS.

Whatever the murmurings among the grassroots, the question as to whether Nik Aziz should stay or go may be overtaken by another development. PKR politician Zaid Ibrahim, who is spearheading a move to register Pakatan Rakyat as a coalition, has suggested that it be chaired by Nik Aziz. Nik Aziz said he is open to the idea, when asked if he would accept such an appointment. “I am the spiritual leader elected by the PAS central committee. What is wrong with being the spiritual leader of Pakatan? If you want to listen to me, thank you. If not, then I’m sorry.

“It is not a burden. It will increase my following. I would be happier leading open-minded Chinese than narrow-minded Malays,” he said with a smile. However, he instantly brushed aside any idea that PAS would compromise on its goals, such as the implementation of hudud law and establishing an Islamic state. These policies have been formulated on PAS’ religious obligations, he said, and therefore cannot be compromised. He also insisted that these policies have been generally misunderstood, and invited his Pakatan colleagues to clarify the matter with PAS. “There is no need (to quarrel). Say what you want, but listen to our reply. Don’t make accusations and (then) when I reply, you don’t listen. Tak boleh! (This won’t do). Islam means you should ask questions. If you don’t understand (our policies), ask,” he added. Pakatan will hold its first national convention this weekend in Shah Alam, where thorny issues such as PAS’ goal of a theocratic state are expected to be thrashed out.


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Wacana perdana Islam di Malaysia – Realiti dan Harapan malam tadi bertukar menjadi forum politik apabila isu tuntutan royalti minyak Kelantan pula muncul sebagai topik perbincangan. Wacana berkenaan membariskan ahli panel Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pendidikan, Pembangunan Islam dan Dakwah Negeri, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, mantan mufti Perlis Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, bekas Yang Dipertua Yayasan Dakwah Islamiyah Malaysia (Yadim), Datuk Mohd Nakhaei Ahmad dan Pengerusi Biro Agama Pemuda Umno Malaysia, Afandi Yusof.

Topik itu menjadi berlarutan selepas program yang dipengerusikan oleh Pensyarah Pusat Pengajian Sejarah, Politik dan Strategi, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Dr Muhammad Agus Yusuf itu mengutarakan soalan berhubung perkara berkaitan. Afandi mempertahankan keputusan kerajaan pusat yang mahu memberi wang ihsan berdasarkan undang-undang kononnya Kelantan tidak berhak kepada tuntutan tersebut. “Kelantan perlu ingat perjanjian baru dibuat pada 1990 sekali gus telah membatalkan perjanjian yang termaktub sebelum ini dalam Akta Petroleum 1974,” katanya. Perjanjian dibuat pada 1990 dikenali dengan perjanjian Kawasan pembangunan Bersama (JDA) antara Malaysia dan Thailand.

Bagaimanapun hujah Afandi itu disangkal Mohd Amar yang bertegas Kelantan merupakan sebuah negeri dalam Malaysia yang mana telaga minyak terdapat di kawasan perairan pantainya. “Maknanya jika tidak ada Kelantan maka tidak ada Malaysia yang mengusahakan projek pengeluaran bahan api itu pada hari ini. “Bahkan Thailand yang terlibat dengan perjanjian JDA itu memberi royalti kepada Songkla memandangkan berlakunya pertindihan antara perairan pantainya. “Jika kerajaan bukan Islam boleh bersikap adil dan telus berhubung perkara kepentingan rakyat, mana perginya integriti kerajaan pusat di negara kita dalam perkara ini?” soal Mohd Amar.

Hujah Afandi dilihat semakin tercorok ke belakang dengan penampilan Nakhaei yang cuba menyarankan agar royalti tersebut disalurkan mengikut salurannya. “Tak ada gunanya bergaduh dalam perkara ini. Berilah dulu... jika ia gagal diuruskan dengan baik, tarik balik,” kata Nakhaei disambut dengan laungan takbir penonton. Asri turut memukau ribuan penonton melalui hujah bernasnya lengkap bersama adat dan hukum. “Saya tidak menyebelahi mana-mana pihak. Sekadar mengemukakan hujah atau pandangan untuk dikongsi. Adalah baiknya isu ini diberi kepada yang berhak. Adilkan! “Menafikan hak seseorang merupakan satu perbuatan khianat,” katanya.

Wacana ini diadakan di dewan bangunan Kelantan Trade Centre (KTC) dengan dihadiri lebih 3,000 penonton. Ia dianjurkan Urusetia Penerangan Kerajaan Negeri dengan kerjasama Perbadanan Kemajuan Iktisad Negeri Kelantan, Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Kelantan, Majlis Perbandaran Kota Bharu-Bandaraya Islam, Harakah, Kelantan TV dan Aura X-klusif Guest House. Pada majlis yang sama ketika menjawab soalan moderator, Umno menyentuh isu doa bala dicetuskan Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Afandi lantang mencabar ulama PAS mengemukakan nas dan dalilnya.

“Saya cabar sekarang... kitab mana yang membolehkan umat Islam membuat perkara seperti ini. Ini satu perbuatan mungkar,” cabarnya. Namun hujahnya ditangkis Asri yang mengemukakan dalil dari hadis soheh Muslim berkaitan perkara itu. Asri menjelaskan hadis berkenaan meriwayatkan seorang sahabat pernah mendoabutakan mata seorang individu tertentu lantaran perbuatan fitnah serta penipuan dilakunya. “Akhirnya dengan izin Allah matanya buta hingga ke akhir hayat,” jelas Asri membuatkan dewan sekali lagi bergema dengan laungan takbir penonton. Mohd Amar mencelah untuk memperbetulkan kontroversi doa bala Nik Aziz. Katanya, doa itu tidak diperjelas secara menyeluruh oleh pihak bertanggungjawab mengeksploitasi perkara itu menyebabkan orang ramai menjadi keliru. “Petik sepenuhnya doa itu. Baru dapat maksudnya,” ujarnya.

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PAS spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat opened fire at Umno by claiming his political rivals are desperate to dislodge him from leading Kelantan in order to revive the troubled Barisan Nasional coalition. The long-serving Kelantan mentri besar explained that the Malay party's state of despair is akin to a drowning person desperate to do anything to say alive, including making unfounded accusations against him to unseat him. “The story is that Umno is drowning, willing to say anything including the accusations made against me. They know that they are weak. Terengganu is divided, there is Umno A and Umno B. Perak is worse, they are fighting for the speaker’s robe,” Nik Aziz told the 1,000-strong audience at Taman Melewar here.

He added that both of Umno’s main allies in Barisan Nasional are also in a state of disorder. “MCA, which is Umno’s right crutch, is in chaos. So is MIC, who is Umno’s left crutch. So they have nothing to do but make accusations against me. He advised Umno to stop ‘dreaming” of trying to capture Kelantan. “What are they going to do in Kelantan? They want to create a religion? They want to create a religion because they don’t have Islam. It is simple to build a mosque but religion and mosque are different,” the popular PAS leader said.

Nik Aziz said that Umno is pretending to build a mosque so that they can pretend that they are praying. He has been a trenchant critic of Umno and has protested any unity with the traditional political foe following the party's brief membership in Barisan Nasional between 1974 and 1977 that resulted in PAS losing Kelantan in the 1978 general election. “They don’t fight for Islam. They want to fight for people, country and race? Who taught them this? The white man. Who is the white man? Like the Prophet Muhammad no longer exists,” said the Deoband-trained cleric who was voted the 42nd most influential Muslim by a Jordanian institute recently.

He added that Islam does not differentiate between the different races. “Can a Malay movement save the religion? Malay is different. Islam is different." Nik Aziz stressed that Islam is key towards achieving 1 Malaysia. “Umno claims that Islamic is chaotic and divisive. They tried Islam Hadhari but it did not work and now comes 1 Malaysia. "Malaysia is the best place to have Islam because there are Chinese, Malays and Indians. They want to unite the people with what? With Islam,” he said to a loud applause from the crowd. The mainstream media has accused Nik Aziz of asking the people of Kelantan to pray for misfortune to befall the prime minister if the federal government refuses to give oil royalty to the state.

He has also been bogged down by accusations of cronyism and corruption since last month over the controversial appointment of his son-in-law Ariffahmi Abdul Rahman as the CEO of Kelantan Mentri Besar Corporation (PMBK) and for receiving sponsorship to perform the pilgrimage in Mecca from a businessman. He later cancelled the religious trip this year and ordered his son-in-law to leave the state investment arm following pressure from party leaders and the public. Last month, a debate on the Kelantan succession plan began when a senior state executive councillor, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, urged Nik Aziz to name his successor, arguing that a succession plan would stabilise the Kelantan government. The discussion on the succession plan has also been seen to be manipulated by Umno leaders to weaken Nik Aziz’s position. However, the Islamist party has dismissed the suggestion and said that the influential spiritual leader can continue to rule the state without naming a successor.

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