Thursday, November 26, 2009

Could This Be The Seed Of Bipartisan Politics In Malaysia?

A Kadir Jasin

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IF the Opposition-initiated parliamentary caucus on oil and gas royalties takes off under the chairmanship of the Barisan Nasional member for Gua Musang, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, history of sorts will be made.

If indeed the Kelantan Prince and Umno veteran had agree to head the caucus as was claimed by the Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim, on Nov. 24, we could end up witnessing the birth of some sort of bi-partisan politics in Malaysia.

Anwar told the Press that Tengku Razaleigh aka Ku Li had agreed to head the caucus to deliberate on the issue of petroleum and liquefied gas royalty.

Understandably, the reaction from the government side was guarded. On Nov. 25, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was reported as saying that he hoped Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah would make an “educated choice” on the invitation to head the proposed caucus.

With the Opposition parties having strong presence in the Parliament and are presenting themselves as a common front, the movement towards some form of bi-partisanism cannot be totally dismissed.

In a two-party political system, bipartisanism refers to any bill, act, resolution, motion or any other action of the legislature in which both of the major parties or coalition of parties are in agreement.

On a more personal and private level, the Ku Li-Anwar collaboration does not come as a complete surprise to me for two major reasons.

Firstly Tengku Razaleigh is a very senior and independent-minded Umno leader. He is in a class of his own, partly because he’s the last surviving key player of early era. He is beholden neither to the government nor the current Umno leadership for his position.
He’s untouchable.

Secondly the Ku Li-Anwar relationship goes back a long way. Ku Li played key role in introducing Anwar to Umno in the opening months of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Administration back in the early 1980s. Anwar joined Umno in 1982.

As for the issue at hand, I personally do not see any harm in the Parliamentarians from both sides of the House revisiting the laws and practices pertaining to the oil and gas royalties paid to states.

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ab said...

Salam dato,


Caucus...apa perbendaharaan perkataan ini didalam bahasa melayu atau bahasa malaysia Dato?... Sekumpulan ahli politik,membincang-kan,memeriksa sesuatu perkara/ isu?. satu jawatankuasa/AJK tentu lebih mudah bahasanya,tapi tak lee `glamour' bunyinya!.


Dato',yang mana dulu ni?.Draf `undang-undang' di bahaskan dan diterima diparlimen,diwartakan, dan diamalkan sesudah itu...
ATAU lepas sudah diterima, diwarta-kan, diamalkan.....lama lepas itu lepas itu DIBAHASKAN BALIK???? eiiikk macam perbahasan dulu diparlimen,pewartaan,undang-undang berkaitan hal ini dulu TIDAK BETUI NI!!.Tak betui laa undang-undang tu ya, tak betui la parlimen dulu tu ka?,ahli-ahli parlimen dulu
tu `senget' kot ya,Peguam Negara dulu tu `ada sifat correct, correect, correct ka' Yang diPertuan Agong dulu tak dinasihat olih Perdana Menteri yang waras kaa,atau pun menteri-menteri kabinet masa itu `ngok'semuanya?



Kalau tidak silap saya undang-undang/akta berkaitan petrolium ni dibuat pada tahun 1970an, dulu masa itu PETRONAS tu syarikat kecik saja...,modal tak salah 10 juta,tak ada orang nak ambik tau,geng yang terawal kursus
kat ITK jalan gurney dan kerja kat Wisma Peladang, Pudu.. TAK ADA ORANG TENGUK PETRONAS SEBELAH MATA PUUNNN!!!kompeni melayu MESTI KEOKKK punya....orang melayu,budak-budak kampung mana tau berniaga, mana ada ilmu nak cari minyak,dan mana TAU proses minyak,dll dsb.. LA NI DAH MAJU,BAIK PENTADBIRANNYA dan menjadi THE ONLY GOVERNMENT OWNED PETROLIUM AND RELATED BUSINESSES IN THE WORLD!!! cuma SATU NI saja kat DUNIA ni sejak petrolium industri (korek minyak)bermula kat bandar BATU, kalau tak silap 100-150 tahun dulu...


SO sekarang ini BUDAK-BUDAK, BAPAK-BAPAK dan EMAK-EMAK orang pekan dan bandar DAH NAK BEREBUT PETRONAS!!....macam nak melingkup ni...

KALAU mereka ini betui betui geliga otaknya, rebutla MEASAT!!
atau BUAT kapal penangkap ikan besar-besar dan rebut LAUT CHINA SELATAN, buat kilang ais banyak-banyak...

Dato.....MALAU BESAQ kita lagi kalau nanti kena beli ASAM PEDAS DALAM TIN dimalaysia atau diluar negara TETAPI diBUAT dithailand atau singapura!!...YANG INI TAK SIAPA NAK REBUT SEBAB tak standard laa,tak glamour...macam PETRONAS ditahun 1970an! tapi kalau negera lain buat nanti KITA MELOMPATTT MARAAHH!!....


Besarkan periok laa lagi baik dari pecahkan periok....teruk lagi kalau padam apinya sekali

Abu bakar Ab Rahman

Ir.MIM NUSANTARA said...

BIPARTISAN POLITICS in MALAYSIA
---------------------------------
We are now moving towards a 2party
system(or maybe 3party system).For now,its a 2 Coalition system i.e.
Barisan Nasional(BN)vs PR(Pakatan
Rakyat).Possibly later on,there might be a Liberal(3rd party)as the
case in UK and USA.
For Malaysia,the reality of things
and events from era of Parameswara
(1400)to the Portugese(1511)to the
British(1700s-1940s),to the brief Japanese and Communist era(1942-1955).The efforts of UMNO-led Perikatan(with MCA,MIC)finally achieved Merdeka(Independence)in 1957.The rest is history from 1957 to 2008,where Malaysia was ruled totally uninterrupted until PRU12.
8th March 2008 to PRU13(2012/2013)
is METAMORPHOSIS time for the Malaysian Politics.
Either BN or PR,the focus should be for the people of Malaysia,the
wellbeings of Malaysians,the good
future for Malaysians,the Quality of Life,the infrastructures for the people,the clean environment,
education,good economic condition
etc etc...so the idea of just FOLLOW what the party says i.e.,by
being PARTISAN,should be changed and reconsidered for the GOOD of the RAKYAT,from the RAKYAT(elected Rep),by the RAKYAT(voters).....
I would say YES to BiPartisan Politics in Malaysia,if it is for the Good of Malaysian in general for Present or for the FUTURE.....

Roti Planta said...

Dato',

Tak kisah bipartisan, polypartisan atau monopartisan. Paling penting KuLi mahu membantu menyelesaikan 'rompakan duit royalti' yang dilakukan keatas kerajaan dan rakyat Kelantan.

Selepas ini pula Anwar akan tawarkan KuLi untuk mengetuai Pakatan Rakyat... dimana dikhabarkan KuLi akan jadi Pengerusi Pakatan Rakyat dan Anwar sebagai PM. Pasti 1Malaysia akan terima pimpinan mereka!

Bye/Roti Planta

mack said...

Politik malaysia dah macam gila babi kesemuanya sudah menjadi karut cakap orang politik sudah sampai ketahap tak boleh dipercayai lagi. Biak yang berserban sampailah yang bertali leher bercakap mengikut rasa tidak kepada fakta hari ini cakap melalut essok berbohong lusa menipu itulah perangai ahli poltik yang ada pada hari ini semua nya zero pendek akal. TERIMA KASIH DATO AKJ

ORANGUTAN PENANG said...

Tok Kadiaq

An excellent article but mind boggling i must add.Seed of Bipartisan Politics!Wishful thinking?

It's unfortunate our DPM resorted to the old mindset.What happens to RAKYAT DIDAHULUKAN?

God is great.Sabah,Sarawak,Trengganu and Kelantan are blessed with natural resources and to deny their rights would be fatal to those in power.

Tok, it's good to know 'idealist thoughts'is alive and kicking in you.

Anonymous said...

Dato'

Bagus juga kalau trend ini menjadi kenyataan. Ianya mungkin bermula dengan individu BN mengambil risiko untuk 'berdiri dan menopang' belakang PR semata-mata untuk mencari kebenaran dan keadilan dalam isu petroleum.

Cumanya janganlah trend berkenaan mati di situ saja. Harapannya biarlah trend berkenaan terus berkembang. Kita juga ingin melihat satu masa nanti individu Pas sanggup berdiri sambil menopang belakang UMNO terutama apabila melibatkan isu yang lebih penting: kepentingan dan masa depan ummah!

Alpasiku

OKJ said...

Dear DAKJ

As an ordinary man, I agree that Tengku is an extraordinary politician. He was once a brilliant minister. He also was a strong competitor and nearly succeeded as PM. Basically, he was at his acme. However, that was 20 years back. BUT, we are talking about now: today: November 2009. Maaf cakap, it is not wrong to say that he is now beyond his prime. He is not supposed to make any peculiar decision. We don’t want to have another mishap. Let’s forget about the by-gone history. History is history. We have to look forward to.

Devoutly, I think if the petroleum royalty belongs to people of Kelantan, they deserve it. No doubt about that. Nearly 20 years, Kelantanese craves for a highway, a clean town, better sanitation, no rats and no salmonellosis, better waste management, better clean clear drinking water, a new Sultan Yahya bridge (previously was the longest bridge in Malaysia), proper duty free complexes replacing the ‘high chaparral'’ shops and so on. The oil royalty belongs to Kelantanese, not the current Kelantan Government, to get rid of cheeky attitude. TQ.

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum Dato' Kadir,

Bipartisan politics in this petroleum royalty case would eventually lead to bipartisan approval InsyAllah since kelantan state government has made a very strong case with irrefutable evidence and we the rakyat has noticed that this is pretty much the case. We, the Rakyat vouch for the petroleum royalty for kelantan even though the federal govt is a bit tad slow.

There goes the kpi for this year down the drain.

cauliflower

zainal mohd jais said...

Dato',

Ku Li dah beberapa kali membuat kesilapan perhitungan dalam karier politiknya, dia tidak harus melakukan kesilapan lagi di usia kariernya yang semakin di penghujung.

Lebih baik bagi dia untuk melakukan sesuatu yang hebat bagi mengembalikan kekuatan UMNO.
Kalau tidak di peringkat nasional, di negeri kelahirannya pun ok.

Sebagai salah satu nama besar dalam UMNO, Ku Li perlu melakukan sesuatu yang besar untuk UMNO sebelum dia mengakhiri karier.
Bukan dengan mengulangi peristiwa
menikam UMNO dari belakang.

Saya yakin beliau tidak akan berbuat begitu.

Salleh Abbas said...

.Dear Kadir.

Hello Mahayuddin.be gentlement la sadikit.Apa salahnya atas nama 1Malaysia.BN enalah terima yang di Parliment mereka dah tak ada majority.

Jikalau spirit masa di gubal Petroleom Act untok memberi Royalty kapada kerajaan negeri,jangan lah salepas 40 tahun dan salepas membayar royalty kapada terangganu,Serawak dan Sabah kita hendak tukar cara wang royalty kapada wang ishan.

Tidak akan berkat kerja2 kita jika kita menipu wang hak raayat.


Kapada Brunai.mereka telah membuat kepetusan yang baik tidak memasoki Malaysia.

mack said...

WANG EHSAN MACAM MINTA SEDEKAH KALAU WANG ROYALTI ADALAH WANG RAKYAT YANG SUDAH TERTAKLUK DALAM AKTA ITULAH PERBEZAAN NYA CUMA SEGELINTIR SAHAJA ORANG UMNO/BN YANG FAHAM MUNGKIN YANG LAIN2 BENGAP JADI PAK TURUT SAHAJA ITULAH YANG SETUJU SANGAT WANG EHSAN.KENAPA UMNO/BN NAK PERTIKAI KAWASAN PANTAI MANA PUN KALAU BUKAN DALAM KAWASAN NEGERI KELANTAN YANG PASTI DALAM KAWASAN TERANGGANU KALAU SEMUA BUKAN MAKNA NYA MALAYSIA GALI MINYAK DALAM KAWASAN SIAP YA?. JADI YANG MUDAH KEMBALI KEPADA AKTA PETROLEUM MAKA JALAN PENYELESIAN NYA AKAN ADA SUDAH NAMPAK JELAS JADI ISU INI AKAN TAMAT DAN UMNO/BN AKAN MENDAPAT POLITCAL MILLAGE YANG TINGGI KERANA SENTIASA MEMATUHI PERJANJIAN SEBAGAIMANA DALAM AKTA ITU SENDIRI.SAYA HARAP YANG BERBAHGIA DATO AKJ BILA BUAT RUMUSAN DALAM RUANGAN INI BERAT SEBELAH SAHAJA INI SEMACAM UMNO/BN ITU BETUL SAHAJA MAAF LAH DATO YA KALAU BAHASA SAYA KASAR. SEKIAN TERIMA KASIH DARI ANAK RANTAU SELANGOR

airkita.my said...

Firstly Tengku Razaleigh is a very senior and independent-minded Umno leader. He is in a class of his own, partly because he’s the last surviving key player of early era.
I agree,but I should add some more..

Tengku Razaleigh is the best PM we never had.

raja2u said...

YBhg Dato'

Assalamualaikum,

Kita sekarang sedang memasuki era apa sahaja bolih jadi.Kita sekarang melalui zaman terdapat sebahagian rakyat mahu keterbukaan sementara ada pihak berjuang bermati-matian supaya sistem yang ada sekarang dikekalkan.Tidak heranlah mengapa ada pihak yang minta Ku Li supaya tidak memasuki kumpulan yang hendak mengkaji isu royalti minyak.

Sebagai rakyat saya mahu melihat apa yang disuarakan pemimpin kita sudah difikirkan 'pro' dan 'kontranya' dan implikasinya kerana kalau tidak ia akan memakan tuannya.

Apa yang berlaku sekarang bolih membingongkan. Untuk mengelak ini dari berlaku lebih elok kita memandu apa yang berfaedah dibincangkan dari terlibat dalam perkara-perkara yang sia-sia.Sebagai contoh tidak berapa lama dahulu ada beberapa pemimpin PAS mahu tindakan diambil terhadap beberapa kerat pemimpin yang dikatakan tidak sehaluan dengan keputusan Muktamar PAS. Hairan memikirkan pemimpin PAS yang membangkitkan isu tersebut pula yang menghadapi tekanan untuk melepas jawatan beliau.

Tiap-tiap pemimpin hedaklah sentiasa ingatkan budaya cantas-mencantas orang Melayu dan dengan itu sentiasa berhati-hati.Al Arqam dibenar menjalankan aktiviti mereka sehingga disewaktu ketika pemimpinnya mengatakan organisainya mampu melahirka seorang Perdana Menteri. Kita semua maklum apa yang berlaku selepas itu.

TGNA mentadbir Kelantan selama 19 tahun tanpa masalah hinggalah ada pihak yang mengatakan beliau layak menjadi Pengerusi PR dan seterus sebagai Perdana Menteri.Tidak heranlah mengapa beliau sekarang menghadapi tekanan supaya berundur dari jawatan-jawatan beliau.

Marilah kita menukar sikap kita dari negatip kepada positif. Dari pada bersifat reaktif ia itu memberi pendapat kepada perkara-perkara yang sudah berlaku marilah kita menyatakan apa yang kita mahu dan berunding dengan pihak-pihak yang bersetuju memperjuangkan apa yang kita mahu.

Raja Abdul Rahman bin Raja Mohammad Dain
Petaling Jaya

zazliah said...

Dear Datuk,
I think let the Central Govt decide whether to call it Royalty or Wang Ihsan so long as the money goes to benefit the people of Kelantan directly and not be spent along political consideration.

Ku Li is a "has been in politics". He should try to keep far away from any political maneuverings of the opposition because he is not going to gain anything from it.

awe said...

salam,
saya ucapkan tahniah sekali lagi utk KuLi...jika kali ni usaha murni Tengku utk memberi yang hak utk orang kelantan
Hanya Allah sahaja yang dapat membalas.

Dulu pun waktu Terengganu diperintah PAS, mereka menukar royalty kepada wang ehsan dan bila BN menang kembali Terengganu diberi wang royalty kembali.

Saya berdoa moga Kerajaan yang diPimpin oleh PM sekarang memberikan Hak yang sepatutnya diterima oleh rakyat Kelantan iaitu Royalty Minyak.

Kul am waantum bil khair utk semua..

AM,
abha saudi

mad said...

i absolutely agree that ku li should be the pm of malaysia or at least the dpm. he is much smarter compared with the rest of the other dinosaurs in umno. he's way above them all.

pakbelalang said...

It all boils down to how sincere Ku Li is. Maybe this is the opportunity for him to rejuvenate his political standing which is already in the twilight zone.

I think Ku Li should restrain himself from getting involved in this issue. Let Najib explains the whole situation and be transparent rather than continue politicising it. At the end of the the day, the loser will definitely be Najib.Najib must be conscious that his position is still fragile. Make no mistake about it. Najib cannot simply continue to be defensive and emulate the famous Tun Musa's attitude of being "elegant silence". Sort it out once and for all. Don't let others enjoy free ride on this issue and gain political mileage for FREE !!!

Nik Aziz tak payahlah mendoakan Najib supaya dia "jatuh tersungkur". Doakanlah dia supaya bukakan hatinya demi untuk keadilan.

Anonymous said...

Bagi yang mengatakan Ku Li itu, ahli politik "has been", saya ucapkan takziah atas kesempitan minda anda.

Ku Li adalah antara mereka yang mewakili Petronas semasa perjanjian antara Petronas, Federal dan negeri-negeri menjelang tertubuhnya akta Petroleum.

Malah Ku Li antara orang yang menggarap surat perjanjian tersebut.

Jika dirujuk kepada hansard (jika ada anak-anak yang tak faham apa itu hansard, mungkin boleh faham istilah "minit mesyuarat persidangan parlimen".), apa yang dikatakan Ku Li adalah betul manakala apa yang dikatakan PM adalah tidak betul.

Hak adalah hak. Perjanjian ada, kenalah ikut.

Ku Li adalah ahli politik yang kukuh berdiri disamping akar umbi. Jika tidak, kenapa UMNO tidak berjaya mendapatkan Gua Musang mencalonkan orang lain untuk pilihanraya? Sejak Semangat 46 rujuk balik kepada UMNO, dah dua kali Ku Li nak cabar calun presiden tapi beliau masih kuat di Gua Musang.

Ku Li has been? Jauh sekali. Tanah tapak PWTC tu pun Ku Li yang wakafkan kepada UMNO. Jangan tak tahu.........

Penting sangat ke bipartisan ke apa ke? Apa istilahnya sekalipun, MP dan ADUN bekerja untuk rakyat, untuk parti dan untuk kerajaan. Cuma urutan prioritinya berbeza-beza.

Saya sendiri, tentunya memilih ahli politik yang mengutamakan pengundi sebagai prioriti nombor satu.

Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu dan Kelantan semuanya negeri pengeluar minyak tapi semuanya negeri miskin. Walhal sumber pendapatan negara adalah 60% dari sumber minyak!

OKJ kata, "The oil royalty belongs to Kelantanese, not the current Kelantan Government, to get rid of cheeky attitude."

You fail to recognised that the current government was legally appointed as the steward of public affair by the people of Kelantan through PRU. And you also fail to recognised the same application of Principal for Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu. And yet again fail to recognise the particulars of the agreement via the Petroleum Act.

With RM1 billion in hand, there are much can be done than mere upgrades of High Chaparrals. When PAS took over Kelantan in 1990, Kelantan debt from Federal is hundreds of Millions. Now, the debt is not more than RM5 millions. And yet the state grow economically. Slower than most states? Yes, but growing in a most horizontal manner (wider effect) than any other states in Malaysia.

Does this prove the state government is wise enough financially?

Masa PRU12, some gave a very good remark,

"Jika ada duit RM1000, mana lagi percaya nak bagi simpan, Nik Aziz ke atau Anuar Musa?" See, kes PPRT masih kuat dalam ingatan orang Kelantan.

Giving out wang ehsan instead of royalty just reminded people of that case.

Fed Up

Anonymous said...

Too many cooks will spoil the rendang. Likewise, too many politicians will spoil a Government.

A weak Government brings instability, just as any other weak institutions. A weak army will never win wars.

Instead of having too many chiefs, we should have only one strong Government to propel the country forward, not backwards like the last few years.

Do away with stupid oppositions and stupid polititians. Gather the best brains and work as a team to make this country a role model in self-sufficiency, rather than arguing about 'he has more than me' issues. Only then, should we talk about bipartisanism to save the country from ripping apart.

Of course, the above is only a dream.

A GOOD MAN DOES NOTHING.

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