Badan kehakiman lakukannya!

 

Mahkamah Rayuan tidak mengecewakan rakyat Malaysia yang berasa ragu-ragu dan yang selalu sangsi terhadap badan kehakiman. (English version below)

Wan Azizah reacts - Photograph: bumilangit/Twitter

Wan Azizah reacts – Photograph: bumilangit/Twitter

Keputusan mahkamah yang mendapati Anwar bersalah telahpun diramalkan sebelum kes ini disebutkan di Mahkamah Rayuan.

Umno Baru akan merasa gembira kerana Anwar akhirnya dihentikan daripada bertanding dalam pilihan raya kecil (PRK) Kajang. Apa yang mereka tidak capai secara politik sekarang telah dapat dilaksanakan melalui badan kehakiman.

Keputusan ini ditentukan begitu lambat dan Anwar dijatuhkan hukuman penjara lima tahun; bagaimanapun, perlaksanaan hukuman ini ditangguh sementera menunggu rayuan dengan ikat jaminan ditetapkan sebanyak RM10,000. Ini mungkin menidakkan Anwar ruang untuk beliau menyerahkan kertas pencalonannya pada hari Selasa, 11 Mac 2014. Tetapi jika Anwar menyerahkan kertas pencalonan pada hari itu, yang mana beliau berhak berbuat demikian di bawah Perlembagaan, Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya mungkin tidak akan menggunakan budi bicaranya untuk membenarkan Anwar bertanding.

Kebanyakan rakyat Malaysia terpaksa bertahan mengalami keputusan yang tidak adil ini, yang boleh ‘membunuh’ kerjajaya politik Anwar. Tetapi mereka jangan sekali-kali hilang harapan kerana ini mungkin sesuatu yang diperlukan untuk meyakinkan kita bahawa sudah tiba masanya kita nyahkan pemerintahan Barisan yang berlumuran rasuah yang telah menjahanamkan apa yang kita hargai dan cintai.

Beban tanggungjawab ini yang perlu dipikul bermula di Kajang apabila pengundian dijalankan pada 23 Mac 2014. Rakyat Malaysia di Kajang mesti menunjukkan kebencian mereka terhadap pemerintahan BN dengan mengundi besar-besaran calon pembangkang tak kira siapa dia. Jadikan PRK ini sebagai satu referendum terhadap kepimpinan Najib dan celaan orang ramai terhadap dasar-dasar BN. Mari kita tunjukkan dengan jelasnya bahawa kita menentang kepimpinan BN dan polisi pecah-dan-perintahnya.

Napoleon 1 pernah berkata, “Untuk bersikap adil bukanlah semata-mata berbuat sesuatu yang betul, rakyat yang diperintah perlu yakin bahawa ianya benar-benar betul.”

Bagi rakyat Malaysia yang prihatin, apa yang telah dilakukan bukan betul dan kami tidak yakin ianya betul.


English version:

The judiciary did it!

The Court of Appeal did not disappoint sceptical Malaysians who have always viewed the judiciary with suspicion. This guilty verdict was predicted even before the case appeared in the Court of Appeal.
 
Umno would be happy that Anwar was finally stopped from contesting in the Kajang by-election. What they could not achieve politically has now been realised through the judiciary.

The guilty verdict was delivered late and Anwar was sentenced to five years jail; nevertheless, a stay of execution was granted pending appeal with bail of RM10,000. This may rule out Anwar from filing his nomination papers on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. But if Anwar presents the nomination papers on the day, which he is entitled to under the Constitution, the Election Commission may not exercise its judicial discretion to allow him to contest.
 
The majority of Malaysians will have to endure this unjust and unfair outcome, which would kill off Anwar’s political career. But they must never, ever lose hope that perhaps this is what we needed to finally convince us that it is truly time to get rid of this corruption-ridden Barisan Government that has destroyed all that we value and love.
 
This burden of responsibility will begin in Kajang when polling takes place on 23 March 2014. Malaysian citizens in Kajang must reflect the abhorrence felt to the BN rule by overwhelmingly voting for the Opposition candidate whoever that may be. Let this by-election be a referendum on Najib’s leadership and a public censure against BN’s policies. Let’s make it abundantly clear that we are opposed to the BN’s leadership and its divide-and-rule policies.
 
Napoleon 1 remarked, “To be just is not simply doing right, the governed must be convinced that it is right.
 
As far as caring Malaysians are concerned, what was done was not right and we are not convinced that it was so.
 
P Ramakrishnan
Aliran executive member
7 March 2014

P Ramakrishnan

P Ramakrishan, the long-serving former president of Aliran, has been granted a respite and now happily serves as an Aliran executive committee member. He has carried the flag for human rights and democracy for Aliran since its inception in 1977, when the term ‘human rights’ was considered something of a dirty word.

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  1. Whatever may happen later, let the people in Kajang vote to show the government, that the time has come to step down or be thrown out!!

  2. What kind of sick society we live in where justice is censored and denied to those who
    happen to be on the other side of the political divide. In as much as you may dislike Anwar you
    cannot deny him his constitutional rights to a fair, free and a clean trial – a trial untainted by
    suspicion.

    As T.Becker (Political Trials, 1971) aptly observes that whenever the ruling powers took up
    arms against their political foes, the court rooms were used as the most convenient and
    plausible weapons. The authority of the courts is the force that can be used both for justice and
    injustice. In the hands of a just govt. it becomes the best means of attaining right and justice,
    but for a repressive and tyrannical govt., no other weapon is better suited for vengence and
    injustice than this. It is a weapon of defamation, perjury, and contempt that are manipulated in an
    effort to bring disrepute upon a political foe and evict him from the political scene.

  3. The haste to convict Anwar just before the Kajang Election after he had announced his candidacy does not put the judiciary in the good books of the people. The suspicion that our judiciary is not independent and being used by certain quarter to achieve their cause cannot be ignored. This can be interpreted as an act of desperation. No matter what happens, this episode leave a very bad taste in our mouth.