Saturday, February 28, 2004

Police reform protest drenched

Last Updated: Saturday, 28 February, 2004, 14:46 GMT

Protesters carried "Beware of Violent Police" posters
Police in the Malaysian capital have used water cannon containing chemical irritants to break up a demonstration demanding reforms of the police force.

About 200 people took part in what the police described as an illegal protest outside police headquarters.

Carrying posters reading "Beware of Violent Police", the demonstrators demanded action against corruption and an enquiry into the death of detainees.

At least 17 people, including politicians, were arrested.

There is considerable public concern in Malaysia at the high number of deaths in police custody and fatal shootings by officers.

In December, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi announced the setting up of a wide-ranging royal commission that will reassess the role of the force, its operating procedures, recruitment and training practices.

Concern

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mustafa Abdullah told reporters they turned water cannon on the crowd after they refused police warnings to disperse.

Police were only expecting a memorandum to be handed over, but some of the activists sat down by the road while others carried posters highlighting alleged cases of abuse, Mr Mustafa said.

Water cannon used on demonstrators
Protesters said the police were heavy-handed
No one was injured and police later released all of the detainees on bail.

The organisers accused police of being heavy-handed.

"It was totally unexpected and unprovoked. It was just a small gathering but police have acted with such unnecessary force. It's very unprofessional," National Justice Party vice-president Tian Chua, who was among those detained, told AFP.

But the police chief defended their actions.

The protesters should have referred their complaint to the newly-formed commission, rather than taking to the streets, Mr Mustafa said.

The commission's primary aim will be to end brutality and graft within the ranks, while increasing professionalism and instilling a greater respect for human rights.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Corruption (Iran Republic Interview)

5. As you have promised, you are fighting against corruption. However, some analysts say that this is propaganda for the coming general election. How do you respond and will this policy continue?

I am as committed as ever to root out corruption because it is a cancer that destroys society. We must nip corrupt practices in the bud before they spread further, because once it takes root and becomes an accepted practice, it is extremely difficult to remedy. – prevention will always be better than cure. There will be some people who will always be cynical and be suspicious of the motives behind our actions, but I believe the overwhelming majority of the Malaysian people are behind me in this fight. The simple message is – if the authorities compile enough evidence to the point that they are confident of securing a conviction then they will act. This approach will remain the same, before and after the elections.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

"It's Time To Walk The Talk"

February 2004: Pak Lah says: It's time to Walk the Talk!

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

"Now We Get To Work and Walk The Talk"/"Work With Me, To Work For You" (First Hundred Days)

SPEECH BY
YAB DATO’ SERI ABDULLAH HAJI AHMAD BADAWI
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
PRIME MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
TO THE CAMBRIDGE FOUNDATION
KUALA LUMPUR GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
10 FEBRUARY 2004, 8.30PM


28. MY FIRST HUNDRED DAYS WAS MY STATEMENT OF INTENT. NOW WE GET TO WORK AND WALK THE TALK. I AM AWARE THAT THERE ARE NOW HIGH EXPECTATIONS FROM MY ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS A FAR CRY FROM THE VERY LOW EXPECTATIONS THAT PEOPLE HAD BEFORE I TOOK OFFICE. REALIZING THESE EXPECTATIONS WILL REQUIRE EVERYBODY IN MY ADMINISTRATION TO PULL THEIR WEIGHT. MY CABINET COLLEAGUES, CIVIL SERVANTS AND OTHER POLITICAL LEADERS WILL HAVE TO MAKE GOOD THEIR PROMISE TO WORK WITH ME IN PURSUING THE OBJECTIVES THAT I HAVE SET. I WILL HOLD THEM TO THEIR WORD BECAUSE THE AGENDA THAT HAS BEEN SET IS CONSIDERABLE IN BREADTH AND SCOPE. IT REQUIRES COLLECTIVE WISDOM AND COMBINED EFFORT.


29. WHAT I HAVE SET OUT TO DO IS TO BRING GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE. GOVERNMENT SERVES THE PEOPLE AND ITS POLICIES MUST EMPOWER THE PEOPLE WITH OPPORTUNITIES, RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. A GOVERNMENT THAT SERVES THE RAKYAT BETTER EMPOWERS PEOPLE. A BROADER BASE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH WITH RENEWAL IN THE RURAL SECTOR EMPOWERS PEOPLE. ELIMINATING GRAFT AND ENSURING THAT THE PUBLIC IS NOT HELD RANSOM TO DISCRETIONARY DELAYS EMPOWERS PEOPLE. MY INVITATION FOR YOU TO WORK WITH ME EMPOWERS YOU. IF OPPORTUNITY AND INCLUSION THROUGH EMPOWERMENT IS WHAT YOU WANT, MY MESSAGE IS SIMPLE: EMPOWER THIS GOVERNMENT TO EMPOWER YOU. BELIEVE IN THIS LEADERSHIP THAT BELIEVES IN YOU. WORK WITH ME, TO WORK FOR YOU.

THANK YOU.

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Friday, February 6, 2004

"Nothing to fear from the truth"/"Berani Kerana Benar"

Friday, 6 February, 2004, 13:10 GMT

Malaysia PM urges nuclear probe

PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Malaysia's prime minister has told police to investigate "without favour" allegations his son had a stake in a company making nuclear parts for Libya.

Abdullah Badawi said there was nothing to fear from the truth.

Police say foreign intelligence warned them that Malaysian centrifuge parts were on a Libyan-bound ship last year.

The company, controlled by Kamaluddin Abdullah, made the parts after being told they were for oil and gas work, a spokesman said.

"We received the drawing for the part and made it according to the drawing. We were told these parts were for the oil and gas industry," factory manager Che Lokman Che Omar told reporters.

The BBC's correspondent in Kuala Lumpur, Jonathan Kent, says that the Malaysian media have been slow to draw attention to the links between Scomi and the prime minister's son.

The Malaysian government has denied that the country in any way contributed to the spread of nuclear technology.

KAMALUDDIN ABDULLAH
  • Only son of PM Abdullah Badawi
  • Educated at Cambridge University
  • Owns controlling stake in Scomi, no management role

    "Investigations so far showed that not one company in Malaysia has the ability to manufacture a complete centrifuge unit," Malaysia's Inspector General of Police Mohammad Bakri Omar said in a statement.

    "This requires technological capability and high expertise in the field of nuclear weapons," Mr Bakri said.

    Analysts say the news of Scomi Precision Engineering's involvement in the probe could be embarrassing to Mr Badawi, who was only appointed prime minister last October.

    Businessman investigated

    Mr Bakri said the tip-off was received by British and US intelligence services in early November.

    He said the CIA and MI6 claimed the parts had been found a month earlier on board a ship heading to Libya during a stopover in Italy.

    "The components were said to have been placed in wooden boxes labelled Scomi Precision Engineering Sdn Bhd (Scope). Scope is a subsidiary of Scomi Group Bhd," said a police statement.

    Scomi - a medium-sized oil and gas company - said Scope had been awarded a contract to provide tooling services to a Dubai-based firm.

    In a statement, the company said it shipped the components in four consignments to Dubai between December 2002 and August 2003.

    Scomi said the contract had been arranged by BSA Tahir, a Sri Lankan businessman who is currently under investigation in Malaysia. They were not told the "end-use" of the components.

    "The company was recently informed by the Malaysian police that Mr Tahir is currently the subject of an investigation by Malaysian, American and British intelligence authorities over his alleged involvement in the supply of nuclear technology to Libya," said Scomi.

    A high-level government source noted that any firm knowingly involved in the clandestine nuclear trade was unlikely to label its cargo with its own name.

    Mr Bakri said Mr Tahir was co-operating in the investigation and was not under arrest.

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2004

    "Malaysia Belongs To All Races"

    Oleh/By : DATO' SERI ABDULLAH BIN HAJI AHMAD BADAWI
    PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA
    Tempat/Venue : STADIUM PUTRA, BUKIT JALIL, KUALA LUMPUR

    Tarikh/Date : 02/03/2004
    Tajuk/Title : MAJLIS PELANCARAN KEMPEN “SAYA ANAK MALAYSIA” (02-03-2004)

    . SAYA YAKIN BAHAWA KEHIDUPAN DI NEGARA INI AKAN TERUS AMAN DAN MAKMUR DENGAN SYARAT, SEMANGAT PERPADUAN DAN SEMANGAT PATRIOTISME TERUS DIPUPUK. PERHUBUNGAN RAPAT MASYARAKAT MALAYSIA PERLU TERUS DIPERKUKUHKAN. RAKYAT MALAYSIA YANG MAJMUK PERLU MENYEDARI BAHAWA NEGARA MALAYSIA YANG DIDUDUKI SEKARANG BUKAN MILIK SATU PIHAK SAHAJA, TETAPI MILIK BERSAMA DAN KITA PERLU MEMPERTAHANKANNYA.