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Tonik setan – mangsanya orang Melayu lagi … November 30, 2008

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Siapa yang membawa masuk dan bagaimana ianya boleh masuk?

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Harian Metro: Oleh FUAD HADINATA YAACOB, SHAMRAN SARAHAN dan FAUZI RAHIM MUSTAFA

KUALA LUMPUR: Harganya murah iaitu hanya RM4 sebotol, tetapi kesannya sungguh luar biasa. Ini menjadikan arak ini ‘minuman rasmi’ mat rempit dan bohsia sebelum beraksi di jalan raya dan melepaskan nafsu di ranjang.

Arak berjenama Thai Song yang diseludup dari negara jiran ini kini dijual secara berleluasa, termasuk di kedai runcit yang boleh dibeli remaja dengan bebas.

Minuman yang dianggap ‘tonik setan’ ini dianggap mampu membuatkan mereka khayal segera bagaikan steroid untuk meningkatkan keberanian melakukan aksi maut ketika menunggang motosikal.

Lebih memalukan, ada juga remaja yang terjebak dalam gejala seks bebas percaya arak itu mampu menambah daya seksual mereka.

Thai Song dikatakan lebih ‘power’ berbanding arak lain berikutan mengandungi alkohol tinggi, mencecah 30 peratus. Bagi mendapatkan kesan lebih hebat, ada mat rempit mencampurkan arak itu dengan sejenis air berkarbonat serta pil ecstasy supaya lebih ‘kick’ (cepat dan lebih khayal).

“Sejam selepas itu, mula rasa khayal dan wujud perasaan berani. Apabila lupa diri, waktu itu ada yang berlumba, tidak kurang juga ambil kesempatan melakukan seks kerana lebih bertenaga dan menyeronokkan,” kata mat rempit yang hanya mahu dikenali sebagai Zan berusia 19 tahun.

Dia yang terbabit dalam aktiviti itu sejak berusia 15 tahun berkata, kesan khayal berlarutan antara tiga ke empat jam bergantung pada sebanyak mana seseorang itu meminumnya.

“Pernah kawan saya minum banyak botol, dia tidur dari jam 2 pagi hingga 5 petang keesokan. Apabila khayal, kita tak tahu apa yang kita buat, sebab itu kebanyakan mat rempit menjadikan tempat tersorok seperti bangunan lama atau hutan, malah kubur, sebagai tempat lepak untuk minum dan buat ‘projek’ (seks bebas).

“Apabila sudah pengsan, ia mengambil masa lama untuk sedar dan pulih,” katanya ketika ditemui di Bangsar, baru-baru ini.

Menurutnya, Thai Song dipilih kerana harganya murah dan senang dibeli, selain menjanjikan rasa khayal sama seperti minuman lain.

“Selain Thai Song, ada arak jenis lain seperti ‘kapak’ dan ‘99’ agak mahal dijual antara RM8 dan RM12 sebotol. Biasanya, kami memilih Thai Song kerana kebanyakan mat rempit dan bohsia tidak berduit dan masih bersekolah,” katanya yang sering berkongsi wang bersama rakan untuk membeli Thai Song.

Penganggur, Roy, 22, berkata dia mula minum Thai Song sejak dua tahun lalu kerana menganggap minuman itu lagi ‘power’ berbanding bir yang sekadar mengandungi lima hingga lapan peratus alkohol.

Katanya, bir yang mudah dibeli di mana-mana premis jualan runcit memerlukan belanja besar kerana ia perlu dibeli dalam jumlah banyak, antara empat hingga lapan tin bagi seorang dengan harga sekitar RM7 hingga RM9 setin.

“Kalau minum Thai Song, minum dua botol dah cukup boleh mabuk. Ia tidak sama macam bir yang membuat saya cepat mengantuk dan mudah hilang kawalan diri.

“Jika minum Thai Song, kepala ‘berdenyut’ dan membuatkan saya segar. Saya jadi lebih berani ketika beraksi di jalan raya, buat apa saja saya tidak takut,” katanya yang berasal dari Shah Alam.

Menurut Roy, dia dan rakan mengambil minuman berkenaan biasanya sebelum keluar merayau-rayau dengan motosikal mereka, sama ada sekitar Shah Alam dan Kuala Lumpur.

Katanya, untuk tujuan itu, mereka sekadar mengambil dua hingga tiga botol minuman itu kerana jika diambil berlebihan mereka boleh lupa diri dan mabuk keterlaluan.

“Bahaya jika minum (Thai Song) dalam kuantiti banyak. Ia boleh menyebabkan saya hilang kawalan dan tidak sedar apa yang dilakukan.

“Cukup sekadar mengambil dua botol, itupun sudah ‘kick’. Bukan saja hilangkan rasa segan dan malu, malah ada kala saya dapat lakukan aksi luar biasa, seperti aksi ‘pacak’ dan memecut laju dengan lebih berani berbanding dalam keadaan normal,” katanya.

Pekerja kilang, Adi, 21, dari Kuala Lumpur, berkata meminum arak murah itu bagaikan perkara wajib kepada dia dan rakan jika hendak berlumba dengan geng motosikal daripada kumpulan mat rempit lain.

Katanya, selain mendapat keseronokan dan mabuk selepas meminum arak itu, mereka menjadi agresif dan ia dapat menghilangkan rasa gementar sebelum memulakan perlumbaan.

“Walaupun berlumba sekadar enam hingga 10 tiang (lampu), dalam keadaan normal saya akan berasa gementar. Selepas minum (arak), semua perasaan itu hilang.

“Ketika menarik pedal minyak motosikal, saya bertukar ghairah dan bersemangat. Ia sangat menyeronokkan,” katanya.

Menurut Adi, minum arak itu juga membuatkan dia kelihatan lebih hebat dan digeruni di kalangan mat rempit lain.

Katanya, ini kerana mat rempit yang tidak mengambil arak atau ganja dipandang rendah.

“Memalukan jika turun atas jalan kalau ‘kepala kosong’. Sudah jadi ‘trend’ di kalangan kami buat begini. Tidak kira sama ada ambil Thai Song atau ganja.

“Namun, bagi saya lebih selamat ambil arak. Jika dicekup polis dan pihak berkuasa pun, kesalahan minum arak tidak seperti ambil ganja yang boleh menyebabkan kami dihantar ke pusat serenti,” katanya.

Bagi pemuda berusia 18 tahun yang dikenali sebagai Ali, dia ketagih Thai Song sejak tamat sekolah tahun lalu.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, dia sangat terseksa ketika mula mencuba minuman itu kerana rasanya pahit dan membuatkan dia mabuk sehingga pengsan.

“Arak ini memang kuat, pertama kali mencuba sukar mengawal diri. Perlu kerap minum supaya lebih biasa. Tidak seperti minum bir, mabuknya boleh dikawal kerana ‘kick’ lambat (terasa).

“Berbanding Thai Song, minum sebotol saja, kalau tidak biasa sudah boleh dapat kesannya. Paling penting, harganya murah dan tidak perlu berbelanja banyak untuk mabuk,” katanya yang kini menetap dengan keluarga di Petaling Jaya.

Selain berseronok, Ali berkata, dia juga meminumnya untuk mendapatkan keberanian ketika melakukan kegiatan mencuri motosikal bersama rakan.

“Susah bergerak (mencuri motosikal) dengan rakan kalau kepala tidak ‘berisi’. Jika dalam keadaan mabuk, saya lebih berani dan mudah jalankan tugas,” katanya.

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Warning: Strong winds, high waves November 30, 2008

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The Star: Updated: Sunday November 30, 2008 MYT 7:27:34 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: A strong north-easterly wind of 50 to 80km an hour and rough seas are expected off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor, Sarawak, Labuan, Sabah (West Coast, Kudat) until Monday.

The rough sea waves of up to 4.5 metres are dangerous for small vessels, ferries and fishing boats, and other coastal activities, said the meteorological department in a statement Sunday.

Strong winds of up to 60km an hour and rough seas with waves up to 5.5 metres are expected off Condore, Palawan, Reef North and Layang Layang Island until Monday. – Bernama

Ringgit may breach 3.63 against dollar November 30, 2008

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http://www.btimes.com.my/Current

THE ringgit is expected to weaken next week following the recovery of the US dollar as investors resume buying interest in the greenback, dealers said.

They said the greenback remained the beneficiary, if the risk of global recession deepened everyday, and fear prevailed in the US financial market.

“The ringgit will slowly depreciate next week and may breach the 3.63 level against the US dollar,” one of the dealer said.

Meanwhile, Bank Negara’s announcement that Malaysia’s forecast growth for the year would remain at 5-5.5 per cent will lift the ringgit in the medium term, a forex analyst said.

On Friday, Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz also said the ringgit had remained stable against most major currencies despite heightened de-leveraging activity.

“In the medium term, the ringgit can be supported by our strong fundamentals, an increased account surplus and prospects for growth,” Zeti said.

Early in the week, the central bank at its Monetary and Policy Committee meeting decided to reduce the overnight policy rate (OPR) to 3.25 per cent from 3.50 per cent, which benefited the ringgit.

The ceiling and floor rates of the corridor for the OPR are correspondingly reduced to 3.50 per cent and 3.00 per cent respectively.

On a week-to-week basis, the ringgit was lower against the US dollar at 3.6210/6260 compared with 3.6180/6230 the previous Friday.

The local unit decreased against the Singapore dollar to 2.4010/4064 from last Friday’s close of 2.3608/3664 and also dropped against the yen to 3.8000/8068 from 3.7980/8053 previously.

The ringgit was lower against the British pound at 5.5782/5877 from 5.3706/3794 last Friday and also weaker against the euro at 4.6772/6862 from 4.5319/5393 previously. — Bernama

Banyak jalan Persekutuan tak tepati garis panduan November 29, 2008

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http://www.bharian.com.my/Current_News/BH/Saturday/Nasional/20081129071918/Article/index_html

SUBANG JAYA: Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (JKJR) mendedahkan kebanyakan jalan Persekutuan di negara ini tidak menepati garis panduan pembinaan sekali gus menjadi antara faktor utama kematian dan kecederaan parah dalam kemalangan.

Ketua Pengarah JKJR, Datuk Suret Singh, berkata antara masalah utama ialah penyalahgunaan zon kosong pada bahagian tepi jalan.

“Jalan raya yang sempurna mempunyai zon kosong selebar empat meter di bahagian kiri tepi jalan kedua-dua arah dan dilengkapi penghadang jalan.

“Penghadang jalan mampu menyerap impak pelanggaran dan kawasan selebar empat meter boleh mengurangkan kadar kecederaan parah sekali gus mengelakkan kematian,” katanya pada Kempen Advokasi Keselamatan Jalan Raya di Hentian Sebelah Puchong Selatan Lebuh Raya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) di sini, semalam.

Bagaimanapun, malangnya penyediaan zon berkenaan tidak diberi perhatian dan jika ada pun kebanyakannya ditanam dengan pokok yang memburukkan lagi keadaan kemalangan.

Katanya, kenderaan yang terbabas akan merempuh pokok tanpa diserap penghadang, menyebabkan kecederaan parah sehingga menyebabkan kematian.

Justeru, beliau berkata, pihaknya kini bekerjasama dengan Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) untuk mengenal pasti dan menaik taraf jalan terbabit secara berperingkat.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya turut mengkaji struktur dan kualiti pembinaan trek perlumbaan untuk diterapkan dalam pembinaan jalan raya di negara ini.

“Kita lihat kaedah digunakan di trek perlumbaan mampu menyelamatkan nyawa pelumba dan mengurangkan kecederaan dialami pelumba walau terbabit dalam kemalangan serius.

Dalam pada itu, beliau berkata, pihaknya akan bekerjasama dengan Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) untuk menerapkan unsur kesedaran mengenai keselamatan jalan raya dalam khutbah solat Jumaat.

Samjhauta Express bombing carried out by indian army officer November 28, 2008

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dipetik dari: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/nov2008/indi-n27.shtml

India: Hindu supremacist terror network had ties to military
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones

27 November 2008

The police investigation into the synchronised September 29 bombing attacks in Malegaon, a city in the west Indian state of Maharashtra, and Madosa, in the neighbouring state of Gujarat, has rattled India’s political establishment.

The police have thus far arrested 11 people, while indicating that others, potentially many others, may yet be implicated in what they have termed an “extensive” Hindu-extremist terror network.

The arrested include a lieutenant colonel attached to the Indian Army‘s Military Intelligence Corps and a retired army major. Two of the suspects, a Hindu sadhu (holy man) and a sadhvi (holy woman), have long-standing and extensive contacts with prominent politicians and businessmen. All of the alleged principals in the bombing plot have ties to one or more of India’s major “Hindu-nationalist” organisations: the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the official opposition in India’s parliament, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP, World Hindu Council), and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or RSS.

The police have said that they are investigating whether those arrested, or their as-yet-unidentified associates, are responsible for other terrorist atrocities, including the 2007 Samjhuata train bombing, which killed 68 people, most of them Pakistanis, travelling to Pakistan from India.

The Malegaon bombing killed 5 Muslims and injured more than 80 others, while the Madosa bombing resulted in one death.

Although the September 29 bombings clearly targeted Muslims—they were set off near mosques—the police and press immediately blamed them on Islamicist terrorists, and a number of Muslims were subsequently caught up in a police dragnet.

But less than two weeks later, the Maharashtra state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) said it had uncovered evidence that the bombing attacks were carried out by Hindu extremists and made the first in a series of arrests. Initially, the ATS named the sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who was long active in the BJP’s student movement, as the mastermind of the plot.

Later, the ATS arrested Lieutenant Colonel Srikant Purohit. He is now said to have led the terrorist cell that carried out the Malegaon bombing. He is alleged to have given military training to the other suspects and, even more importantly, to have provided them with the military-grade explosive RDX.

Purohit and retired army Major Samir Kulkarniand, who also helped train the alleged bombers, are reputed to be the co-founders of Abhinav Bharat (AB, Young India Society)—a fanatical Hindu-supremacist organisation established in 2006 ostensibly to defend Hindus and fight against their “oppression.”

RDX was used in the Malegaon bombings and several other recent terrorist atrocities in India. Since RDX is very difficult to obtain, its use has been cited by Indian authorities, until now, as proof that those perpetrating the bombings must be from Islamicist organisations with ties to Pakistani or Bangladeshi military-intelligence agencies.

Purohit’s arrest has shaken India’s military high command. It has rushed to dismiss him as a single rogue officer. But there have been repeated media reports suggesting several other current army officers have been implicated in the terrorist plot.

Monday’s Indian Express reported that Purohit has implicated a serving Indian Army colonel, and a television broadcast, later that same day, claimed five army officers are being investigated for their links with the Abhinav Bharat.

The November 12 arrest of a self-styled Hindu sadhu named Dayanand Pandey has also caused considerable disquiet in the Indian establishment.

In pleading yesterday for a Mumbai court to authorise the continued detention and interrogation of Pandey, a government lawyer said that police have recovered evidence from Pandey’s laptop showing he had several meetings with Sadhvi Thakur and Lt. Col. Purohit shortly before the September 29 bombings. Special Prosecutor Rohini Salian claimed that in a video clip on Pandey’s computer, he, “Sadhvi, Purohit and other persons, whose name cannot be disclosed, are seen talking about RDX, chemicals, hand grenades and training.”

The head of a shrine in Kashmir, Pandey was, according to news reports, frequently visited by high-profile politicians and businessmen.

The exposure of a Hindu-supremacist terrorist network has thrown the BJP and its allies in the Sangh Parivar, a “family” of organisations historically led by the RSS, into crisis.

Initially, the BJP tried to distance itself from the sadhvi Thakur, but very quickly this gave way to a campaign aimed at discrediting and derailing the police investigation.

The BJP has long hailed the ATS, denouncing as traitors anyone who questioned, let alone criticised, its actions, including its frequent use of mass arrests. India’s official opposition has also repeatedly attacked India’s Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for rescinding the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), which among other things placed the burden of proof in terrorist cases on the accused.

But in recent weeks, the BJP has suddenly found much wrong with the ATS. The BJP has suggested that, under pressure from the government, it is targeting Hindu holy people and other Hindus, demanded that it immediately provide proof against the accused or let them go, and trumpeted claims by Purohit and his associates that the police have tortured them.

Bal Thackeray, the supremo of the Shiv Sena, a longtime ally of the BJP, has forthrightly accused the ATS of framing the Malegaon bombing accused. But he also said that if they did orchestrate the bombings, they should be defended because such murderous attacks on Muslims are justified.

Campaigning yesterday in Delhi, where state elections are soon to be held, the BJP chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, accused the Congress of maligning the military by imputing that it is involved in terrorist activities. “What Pakistan was not able to do in the last 20 years,” declared Modi, “the Manmohan Singh government has achieved in just 20 days. They have succeeded in branding our soldiers as terrorists.”

The exposure of a Hindu-supremacist terror network is extremely damaging for the BJP not just because some of the accused have long-standing ties to the BJP and/or its sister Hindu-supremacist organisations.

The BJP has long made clear that it intends to place at the centre of its campaign in the next national election, which must be held in the first half of 2009, the spurious charge that the Congress is “soft” on terrorism. For years, the BJP has claimed that the UPA government will not “crack down” on terrorism because of “vote bank politics”—that is, its alleged fear of alienating Muslim voters.

Nor can it be ruled out that prominent cadres of one or more of the major Hindu supremacist organisations could themselves be implicated in the Hindu terrorist network. The VHP, RSS, and BJP all have a long and bloody record of inciting violence against India’s religious minorities.

The Indian Express claimed earlier this week that Lt. Col. Purohit told India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that VHP General Secretary Pravin Togadia was instrumental in founding the Abhinav Bharat.

The government has responded to the Hindu right’s vehement campaign in defence of the accused in the Maleagon bombing with a series of conciliatory gestures. After BJP prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani charged that the sadhvi Thakur had been “physically and psychologically tortured” by police, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arranged for Advani to receive a briefing from National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan.

In a further attempt to get the BJP-RSS leader “on side,” police have reportedly revealed to them that Purohit’s group had plans to assassinate one or more senior RSS leaders.

This could well be true. The Hindu right is a toxic and highly unstable political movement. In recent years, the RSS and BJP, many of whose senior leaders, Advani included, are lifelong RSS activists, have been criticised, with increasing vehemence, by fellow Hindu supremacists, including the VHP leadership. The BJP, for example, has been chastised for not more aggressively pursuing key Hindutva causes, including the building of a Hindu temple at the site of the razed Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya and eliminating Kashmir’s special constitutional status, when it led a national coalition government from 1998 to 2004.

If the Malaegon bombers did plot to assassinate RSS leaders it would have been with a double purpose, with the aim of eliminating “traitors” to Hindutva and providing a pretext for inciting violence against Muslims, since such an attack would invariably have been blamed on “Muslim extremists.”

India’s corporate media and political and military-security establishments have expressed shock at the phenomenon of Hindu-supremacist terrorism.

But this is only because they have been willfully blind.

Willfully blind because it has served their ends to present the problem of terrorism in India as exclusively “foreign-born” and blind because they do not want to acknowledge the extent to which the “world’s largest democracy” has given rise to an aggressive Hindu communalism, in which fascist elements flourish, and their own complicity in this process.

Evidence of the existence of Hindu-supremacist terrorists significantly predates the events of September 29.

In April 2006, two leaders of the VHP’s youth movement, the Bajrang Dal, were killed when a bomb they were building exploded in Nanded, a city in southeastern Maharashtra. Four others injured in that explosion later told authorities that the dead had been responsible for a series of bomb blasts in 2003 and 2004.

In 2007, a further explosion in Nanded killed two people including a Shiv Sena activist.

The Times of India, in a report published November 8, said that at the time of the first Nanded explosion, police were provided evidence of the extensive involvement of retired military and Intelligence Bureau personnel in training Hindu extremists, but these ties were not aggressively investigated.

Even more importantly, there is the long record of Hindutvite-led and inspired mass violence against religious minorities—violence that has repeatedly demonstrated the Hindu supremacists’ willingness and ability to perpetrate murder and terror. To mention only the two most notorious examples: the 1992 razing of the Babri Majid mosque, which led to the worst communal rioting since the 1947 partition of India, and the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat, which killed some 2,000 and left a further 100,000 homeless.

Razak Baginda: Masa Untuk Bayar Balik November 21, 2008

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Selepas selamat dari pertuduhan agaknya inilah masanya untuk bayar balik … ??? Wallahu a’lam

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Razak Baginda nafi Najib terbabit

KUALA LUMPUR: Penganalisis politik, Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, semalam menegaskan Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan isteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, tidak ada kaitan langsung dengan kes pembunuhan wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibu.

“Najib dan Rosmah tidak mengenali si mati, apatah lagi menemui si mati. Itu keterangan saya berikan kepada polis dan itulah yang saya katakan dalam sidang media ini,” katanya dalam sidang media pertamanya sejak dibebaskan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam pada 31 Oktober lalu terhadap tuduhan bersubahat dalam kes pembunuhan itu.

Abdul Razak yang merengkuk dalam penjara selama 22 bulan, dibebaskan daripada tuduhan bersubahat membunuh Altantuya tanpa dipanggil membela diri dan pihak pendakwaan juga tidak memfailkan rayuan terhadap keputusan mahkamah itu.

Bagaimanapun, dua anggota Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK), Cif Insp Azilah Hadri, 32, dan Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, diperintah membela diri terhadap tuduhan membunuh Altantuya di Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor pada Oktober 2006.

Abdul Razak yang kini bermisai dan berjanggut berkata, terlalu banyak fitnah dilemparkan terhadap Najib dan Rosmah oleh pihak yang mempunyai motif tertentu.

“Fitnah itu bermacam-macam kita dengar… semuanya tidak benar dan mereka tidak langsung menunjukkan bukti bagi menyokong dakwaan mereka kerana sememangnya tidak ada bukti,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun, dua anggota Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK), Cif Insp Azilah Hadri, 32, dan Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar, 36, diperintah membela diri terhadap tuduhan membunuh Altantuya di Mukim Bukit Raja, Selangor pada Oktober 2006.

Shahrizat lawan Rafidah November 21, 2008

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Oleh Misiah Taib, Norfatimah Ahmad, Faiza Zainudin, Nazura Ngah
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Ketua Wanita Umno tekad pertahan jawatan

KUALA LUMPUR: Naib Ketua Wanita Umno, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, semalam mengumumkan akan bertanding jawatan ketua pergerakan itu, manakala Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz tetap bertegas mahu mempertahankan jawatan berkenaan pada pemilihan parti, Mac depan.

Keputusan itu sekali gus melenyapkan pelan peralihan kuasa Wanita Umno pada Jun 2009 yang diumumkan Rafidah pada Ogos lalu dan dijangka bakal mencetuskan kemelut baru dalam kepemimpinan pergerakan yang menjadi sayap kanan parti itu.

Dalam kenyataan dua perenggannya, Shahrizat berkata beliau menerima pencalonan dan sokongan untuk bertanding jawatan itu.

“Wanita Umno mesti bersatu dalam mengukuh parti serta berani membawa perubahan dan pembaharuan,” katanya yang layak bertanding jawatan itu selepas memperoleh 73 pencalonan, manakala Rafidah menerima 117 pencalonan.

Beberapa jam selepas pengumuman Shahrizat itu, Rafidah pula mengesahkan beliau akan mempertahankan jawatannya kerana menganggap Naib Ketuanya ingkar terhadap perjanjian pelan peralihan kuasa yang dipersetujui pada mesyuarat Exco Wanita, minggu lalu.

“Oleh kerana Shahrizat telah ingkar dan membatalkan perjanjian peralihan kuasa itu dan membuat keputusan mencabar saya, maka saya akan mempertahankan jawatan saya pada pemilihan parti Mac tahun depan, Insya Allah.

“Persoalannya bukan saya menerima cabaran Shahrizat atau tidak, tetapi ada orang mahu mencabar saya dan saya akan mempertahankan jawatan saya. Kami akan bertemu di gelanggang pada Mac nanti,” katanya kepada Berita Harian.

Rafidah menerajui Wanita Umno sejak 1984 kecuali untuk satu penggal berikutan kekalahannya kepada ahli Exconya ketika itu, Datuk Seri Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman yang memperoleh kelebihan 27 undi pada pemilihan parti 1996.

Bagaimanapun, Rafidah memenangi semula jawatan itu pada pemilihan 2000 apabila menewaskan Dr Siti Zaharah dengan majoriti 12 undi.

Isu kepemimpinan Wanita Umno sebelum ini turut mendapat perhatian Presiden parti, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang mahu menemui pemimpin pergerakan itu selepas tiada kata sepakat dicapai berhubung pelan peralihan kuasa sayap itu.

Minggu lalu, mesyuarat Exco Wanita menolak cadangan Shahrizat supaya pelan berkenaan dipercepatkan pada Mac depan.

Sebaliknya, mesyuarat itu membuat keputusan mengekalkan pelan peralihan kuasa kepemimpinan pergerakan itu pada Jun 2009, manakala jawatan Ketua dan Naib Ketua tidak akan dipertandingkan pada pemilihan Mac depan.

Bagaimanapun, Shahrizat tetap mempertahankan pendiriannya supaya pelan peralihan kuasa itu diselaraskan dengan Umno induk, Pemuda dan Puteri pada Mac depan.

Pendirian Shahrizat itu turut mendapat mendapat sokongan ramai pemimpin Wanita, termasuk dari Perak. Ahli Exco Wanita, Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim pula sejak awal lagi menolak pelan peralihan kuasa itu dan tetap mahu bertanding jawatan Naib ketua.

Namun, dengan keputusan Shahrizat untuk bertanding Ketua Wanita, Kamilia secara automatik menang jawatan Naib Ketua tanpa bertanding. Ini kerana hanya Kamalia dan Shahrizat layak bertanding jawatan Naib Ketua.

INFO: Sejarah perebutan jawatan Ketua Wanita Umno

  • 1972 – Tan Sri Aishah Ghani mengalahkan Tun Fatimah Hashim
  • 1982 – Tan Sri Aishah Ghani mengalahkan Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail
  • 1984 – Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz menewaskan Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail
  • 1996 – Datuk Seri Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman mengalahkan Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz
  • 2000 – Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz merampas kembali jawatan daripada Siti Zaharah