Monday, May 4, 2015

Utusan Hari Buruh 1 Mei Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)

Utusan Hari Buruh 1 Mei Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)

Bersatulah Seluruh Umat Buruh Malaysia dan Sedunia  

Parti Rakyat Malaysia mengucapkan selamat Hari Buruh kepada seluruh umat buruh Malaysia dan Sedunia. Bersatulah, buat kesimpulanlah perjuangan  setahun yang lalu, tingkatkan kesedaran politik dan ekonomi umat buruh.  Dalam keadaan sosio-ekonomi negara dan dunia yang  kurang menggalakkan dan penuh dengan ketidakpastian,  tuntutlah  keterjaminan pekerjaan umat buruh (job security), suasana kerja yang lebih kondusif, gaji dan kebajikan yang lebih baik, dan pertahankan hak-hak umat buruh  untuk masa setahun akan datang.  

Hari Buruh tanda kemenangan perjuangan umat buruh di seluruh dunia menentang penindasan dan eksploitasi yang zalim,  menambahbaik keadaan dan suasana tempat kerja, meningkatkan kebajikan dan gaji, serta tuntut dan pertahan   hak-hak umat buruh.

Kini, negara dan masyarakat  kita sedang menghadapi kemelut ekonomi yang serius. Harga minyak mentah dan hasil sumber asli seperti getah terjunam jatuh, sumber-sumber lain kian berkurangan, eksport barangan pembuatan kurang baik, manakala elit pemerintah hidup dengan mewah dan boros, sedangkan rakyat jelata hidup sengsara dan susah.

Dalam keadaan sumber-sumber kita makin tipis,  demi mengisi kewangan yang makin kurang, elit pemerintah tidak menghiraukan kesusahan dan bantahan rakyat jelata, subsidi untuk barangan keperluan asas  ditarik balik, pelbagai cukai dilaksana serta dinaikkan, GST (cukai penjualan dan perkhidmatan) dikenakan dan sebagainya.

Akibatnya, harga barang melambung naik, menyebabkan kehidupan orang ramai tertekan dan terhimpit, kehidupan mereka kian hari kian susah, khususnya keadaan hidup  umat  buruh kasar dan yang bekerja manual paling teruk. Sebaliknya upacara perkawinan anak elit pemerintah mencurahkan perbelanjaan 3 juta ringgit  untuk menghias dewan perkahwinan, sedangkan rakyat  dikenakan dan dibebankan membayar cukai GST 6%.  

Parti Rakyat Malaysia menyeru seluruh umat buruh sama ada bekerja secara manual atau secara intelek  bersatulah, berkesatuanlah, tingkatkan semangat perjuangan  menentang tekanan, penindasan dan eksploitasi, menentang dasar buruh murah  buruh pendatang. Kita semua senasib, sama-sama kita berjuang, mengubah sistem yang tidak munasabah dan menekan, sama-sama mencipta masa  depan yang ceria dan cerah.

Yang benar,

Koh Swe Yong
(Setiausaha Agung PRM)

I have many pet names, but mine is Azman Shah Othman(Rakyat Post)

I have many pet names, but mine is Azman Shah Othman


PRM Permatang Pauh candidate Azman Shah Othman says while he supports hudud, he wanted a detailed explanation of the syariah based law. — TRP pic by Michael Murty

PERMATANG PAUH, May 2, 2015:


One-month-old Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) member Azman Shah Othman was named as its candidate in the Permatang Pauh by-election, amidst controversy and inconsistencies.
It was previously reported that former Penang PRM chairman Datuk Gary Nair called on Azman to withdraw from the by-election.
The central leadership later refuted that claiming Azman was a candidate of their choosing.
Azman,50, a businessman, entered the race in controversy on nomination day, when he told reporters his name was Azman Shafie and that he was an independent candidate.
At the press conference today, he denied ever giving that name.
“I have many pet names but my name is Azman Shah Othman.
“I said I was independent because I am not aligned to either Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat. I was not well, it was very hot there and I was thinking of all kinds of things,” he said at a press conference at Safira Country Club, here today.
He said the party did not have a manifesto and people did not have to hear from him as they could always go for ceramahs held by BN and PR.
“I have held small greet sessions with voters, but let BN and PR hold their ceramah first and we will show up at the end to brainwash them and surprise them.”
When asked if he supported hudud, he said the party did but wanted a detailed explanation as many aspects of it was still unclear.
The candidate who claimed he knew a little Mandarin because he studied in a Chinese school, alleged although he had only been a PRM member for one month when he joined on April 9, he was the perfect choice for the people to have their voices heard in Parliament.
“I want to help channel their disappointments and meet their needs as their representative.”
PRM president Ariffin Salimon, 77, meanwhile said the party did not support the Sedition Act 1948 and the implementation of the Goods andServices Tax (GST).
“The GST burdens the low income people, this is our stand.”
PRM secretary-general Koh Swe Yong said Azman’s nomination was the first northern zone candidate of their party in over 40 years.
“The decision to field him was last minute and there was some confusion between our members about that.
“We want to announce that he is our candidate and despite us not having alliance with any coalition, we are willing to work with anyone that can bring benefit to the people.”
Party vice-president and PRM northern zone coordinator Goh Chuin Loon said Azman was chosen despite being a relatively new member, because the latter was local and the party found he had what it took to be the candidate.
“We at the PRM northern zone suggested him and the central leadership agreed.
“We classify what happened with Gary Nair as a miscommunication and despite that we want to say that we value his contributions to the party.”
-The Rakyat Post

Parti Rakyat man backs hudud in Kelantan

Parti Rakyat man backs hudud in Kelantan

 | May 2, 2015
We must first look at how they plan to implement and enforce it, he says
shah hukum hudud
SEBERANG JAYA: Azman Shah Othman, the Parti Rakyat Malaysia candidate in Permatang Pauh, has declared support for hudud, the Islamic criminal penalties. He said he backs the PAS-led Kelantan state government’s controversial decision to implement hudud in Kelantan.

But he said PRM must first scrutinise the Kelantan government’s plans on enforcing the law.

In March the Kelantan government passed amendments to existing state Syariah law to pave way for enforcing hudud, pending parliamentary approval.

“We support hudud as it is Allah’s law. But we have to first look at how the government plans to implement and enforce it,” said Azman, who was born in Permatang Pauh 50 years ago but now lives in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

He was unveiled as PRM candidate for the Permatang Pauh by-election by PRM vice president Goh Chuin Loon today, just five days away from polling on May 7.

Goh said Azman was not an independent candidate as claimed last week by former party Penang chairman Gary Nair who, he said, was an ordinary party member and not in a position to declare Azman’s status.

Nair, claiming to be chairman of the Penang chapter, had said the party had rejected Azman’s candidacy as he was not even a PRM member.

Goh said the party had pooled together all northern region branches into a combined northern zone at the national congress in November. The Penang branch ceased to exist, and Nair’s purported position as Penang chairman was redundant.

The northern zone PRM is based in Sungai Petani, Goh said, clarifying that Azman had been an ardent party supporter before becoming a member on April 9 last year.

Asked about Nair’s stand against Azman’s candidature, Goh merely said that “his views could be caused by a misunderstanding and miscommunication.”

Azman meanwhile said Parti Rakyat planned to have small dialogue sessions and a door-to-door campaign to “reach out to voters” and leave the task of organising large scale public rallies and events to its opponent from Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional.

He said PRM, which began its by-election campaign on May Day, was capable of springing a surprise on polling day.

Azman faces PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, BN’s Suhaimi Sabudin and independent candidate Salleh Isahak.

- See more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/05/02/parti-rakyat-man-backs-hudud-in-kelantan/#sthash.gGvewohV.dpuf

After week’s silence, PRM finally starts Permatang Pauh campaign (Malay Mail)

After week’s silence, PRM finally starts Permatang Pauh campaign

By Opalyn Mok
Saturday May 2, 2015
12:38 PM GMT+8
Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) candidate Azman Shah is set to start his campaign for the Permatang Pauh by-election, May 2, 2015. — Picture by K.E. OoiParti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) candidate Azman Shah is set to start his campaign for the Permatang Pauh by-election, May 2, 2015. — Picture by K.E. Ooi PERMATANG PAUH, May 2 — Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) that is also contesting in the Permatang Pauh by-election finally made an appearance today on the eighth day of the campaign.
The little-known party called a press conference this morning to introduce its candidate, Azman Shah Othman, and explain its campaign strategy.

“We are not going to organise any large scale ceramahs or events but we will be meeting the people more,” Azman said at the press conference at Safira Country Club in Seberang Jaya here.

He said they will let their political opponents, Barisan Nasional and PKR, organise the major events and ceramahs.

“People can go for their large scale events and after that, we will meet the people to ‘brainwash them’ and we will ‘surprise’ everyone in the end,” he said.

PRM only started meeting the people yesterday and Azman said they will continue doing so to “reach out to the people” throughout the campaign period until polling day on May 7.

He said his goal is to be there for the people and really listen to them, which he believed the young voters are more receptive to.

When asked about the Penang PRM branch’s objections against Azman as the candidate, the party vice president Goh Chuin Loon said the former Penang PRM chairman Gary Nair is now only an ordinary member.

She also said the Penang PRM branch no longer exists as the party, during its last congress in November, had combined all branches here into the northern zone PRM.

“We respect Gary’s views on this as he is a long-time member of PRM but we believe that his objections were due to a misunderstanding and pure miscommunication,” she said.

Gary had objected to Azman’s candidacy and PRM contesting in the by-election, while claiming Azman was not a party member.

Goh said Azman had joined PRM on April 9 this year but before that he had been a “strong PRM supporter”.

When asked why a new member was picked as a candidate, she said it is because he was a local and very passionate about serving the people.

As for PRM’s stand on the controversial hudud bill submitted by PAS, Azman said they support hudud as it is Allah’s law but they must first look at how the government plans to implement and enforce it.

The northern zone PRM is based in Sungai Petani, Kedah and they admitted that they had “very few PRM members in Penang”.

Azman is in a four corner fight with PKR’s Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, BN’s Suhaimi Sabudin and independent candidate Salleh Isahak for the May 7 by-election.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-weeks-silence-prm-finally-starts-permatang-pauh-campaign#sthash.4r04efYQ.dpuf

Sunday, May 3, 2015

PRM: Let Ptmg Pauh be third force in Parliament

PRM: Let Ptmg Pauh be third force in Parliament

The Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) candidate for Permatang Pauh by-election hopes that the voters will give him and the party a chance to be the 'third force' in the Parliament.

The 50 year-old businessman Azman Shah Othman said, Malaysians could be in dire need of a representative that could act as the 'check and balance' to both BN and Pakatan Rakyat, an aspiration that he was keen to achieve.

"BN is a federal government while DAP is a component of the opposition pact that is the Penang state government... here PRM wants to play a role.

"We want to have a check and balance. And if there is something that is not right or not beneficial (their policies or programmes), we will come forward," he told a press conference in Permatang Pauh today.

When asked on his plan for the Permatang Pauh should he wins the four-cornered fight, Azman Shah said, his promises among others, were to ensure the welfare of the lower and middle-income groups were well taken care of, spend all his allowances as a member of parliament for the needy, and to work with the authorities to reduce the crime rates.

Azman Shah also pledged to oppose the Sedition Act to ensure the freedom of speech, to fight against corruption, to ensure the abolishment of Goods and Services Tax (GST), as well as to solve local problems such as health, waste and drainage.

However, the little-known Azman Shah, admitted that he had just joined PRM barely a month ago, and his candidacy was approved by the party's central leadership based on his 'overwhelming' support towards the party's ideology.

Doing surveys
Asked about his slow pace even though the campaign had entered the second week, Azman Shah said, it was because he and the machinery were busy doing surveys, asking the constituents what they wanted and their needs, as well as their expectation for the constituency.

"We are not slow... firstly we let other candidates campaign first. Let them campaign and finish their campaign then we will come to bring our ideas to them," he said.

The Permatang Pauh by-election on May 7 sees a four-cornered fight between Suhaimi Sabudin (Barisan Nasional), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR), Azman Shah from PRM and Salleh Isahak (Independent).

The by-election is being held following the rejection by the Pardons Board of Anwar Ibrahim's petition, made through his family, for a royal pardon over his sodomy conviction, causing him to be disqualified as Permatang Pauh MP.

Anwar is now serving a five-year jail term for committing the offence.

- Bernama
Also carried in Malaysian Digest

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Permatang Pauh polls: PRM confirms Azman is their candidate

Kenyataan akhbar Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)
Percepat Perubahan Bersama Perjuangan PRM
Azman Shah Othman Sah Calon PRM di Permatang Pauh

1)                  Parti  Rakyat Malaysia hendak menyatakan bahawa Azman Shah Othman, calon yang bertanding di Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Permatang Pauh P044 ialah calon PRM yang direstui oleh Parti Rakyat Malaysia.

2)                  Kecalonan Azman Shah Othman dicadangkan dan disokong PRM Zon Utara. Oleh sebab kesuntukan masa dan sangat dekat hari pencalonan, setelah PRM berbincang dengan  Azman Shah Othman dan wakil-wakil  Zon Utara di pejabat Pusat Parti, keputusan dibuat untuk menerima  Azman Shah Othman sebagai calon PRM di PRK Permatang Pauh.

3)                  Gary Nair yang mengeluarkan kenyataan atas nama  Ketua PRM negeri Pulau Pinang “menafikan Azman Shah Othman  ahli PRM” dan “PRM Pulau Pinang mendesak calon itu menarik balik pencalonnya  dari   PRK Permatang Pauh adalah tidak tepat sama sekali.

4)                  Kongres Nasional PRM ke-46 yang diadakan pada 8 November 2014 telah memutuskan untuk mengadakan penstrukturan Parti    kepada  zon untuk memusatkan  keahlian, oleh itu negeri Pulau Pinang, Kedah dan Perlis digolongkan dalam Zon Utara, dan jawatan ketua negeri tidak wujud lagi.  

5)                  Gary Nair hadir dalam Kongres Nasional PRM ke-46 dan turut terlibat dalam perbahasan dan pengundian usul penstrukturan Parti yang diluluskan. 

6)                  Gary Nair bukan lagi Ketua PRM negeri Pulau Pinang dan telah letak jawatan  sebagai Ahli Jawatankuasa  Ranting PRM di Pulau Pinang pada November 2014. Apa-apa kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Gary Nair hanya merupakan pandangan seorang anggota biasa PRM dan bukan pandangan dan pendirian PRM.

7)                  Bagi PRM perbezaan pendapat adalah perkara biasa. Setelah keputusan dibuat, semua ahli dan anggota PRM Zon Utara dan di seluruh negara perlu menggembleng tenaga untuk menjayakan calon PRM di PRK Permatang Pauh. 

8)                  Akhirnya, PRM menyeru pengundi-pengundi di Permatang Pauh menyokong dan mengundi Azman Shah Othman, calon PRM, supaya hasrat rakyat untuk ubah keadaan negara dan masyarakat kita dapat dipercepatkan  bersama-sama dengan perjuangan PRM. 

Dikeluarkan oleh,

(Koh Swe Yong)
Setiausaha Agung PRM

7D Jln PJS 1/48 Taman Petaling Utama 46150 Petaling Jaya Selangor

28/04/2015 08:00 AM
Permatang Pauh polls: PRM confirms Azman is their candidate
Party secretary-general clarifies that Azman is contesting in Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election as an official PRM candidate.
Ikhwan Zulkaflee

KUALA LUMPUR: Permatang Pauh’s parliamentary by-election candidate Azman Shah Othman is Parti Rakyat Malaysia’s (PRM) candidate after all.

When contacted by Berita Daily today, Azman insisted that he was contesting in the by-election under the order of his party.

Azman made headlines recently after PRM Penang chairman Gary Nair denied Azman’s link with the party, branding him as a joke who dared to use PRM’s banner and party’s name to contest.

Gary even asked the Registrar of Society (RoS) to investigate Azman PRM appointment letter submitted to the Election Commission (EC) on Permatang Pauh by-election nomination day on April 24.

But Azman was unperturbed by Gary's complaints.

“Let him (Gary) say whatever he wants to say, that is his right. PRM central committee is the one calling the shot and I am standing in Permatang Pauh officially as the party’s candidate. I am in the right,” stressed Azman.

He added that more information will be shared with the media in a press conference soon.

Meanwhile, PRM secretary-general Koh Swe Yong also confirmed that Azman was a candidate installed by PRM.

When asked why to PRM Penang has denied the matter, Koh explained that the state’s PRM consisted of old members who were close with Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“Azman can be considered as a new member. They (Penang PRM) are not aware that the party is expanding.

“Many of our party members think that the only PRM’s members are the old ones. This is where the problem arises,” Koh said.

Koh added that PRM Penang always had different views with the party central committee member.

“Some of these Penang members are very close to PR. Since they are close with PR, they are against the idea of us contesting in this by-election or in fact any elections.

“This (reaction) is expected from Penang PRM,” Koh said.

Koh said PRM was aiming to be the third choice in Permatang Pauh to demonstrate their capability as a political party.

“There are problems brewing in both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alike. The people want changes and a new hope that they can rely on.

“It is going to be hard (for PRM) in Permatang Pauh, but I think there is a chance,” he said when asked to rate PRM’s chances to win the parliamentary by-election.

Permatang Pauh by-election, set on May 7, will see a four-cornered contest involving PKR’s Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, BN’s Suhaimi Sabudin, independent candidate Salleh Isahak and Azman for PRM.

The EC is expecting a 80% turnout from 71,890 registered voters in the constituency. The result is expected to be known as early as 9pm. - Berita Daily

Saturday, April 4, 2015

PRM Bantah Tahan tanpa Bicara Undang-undang Pencegahan Keganasan 2015 (Pota)


PRM Bantah Tahan tanpa Bicara  Undang-undang Pencegahan Keganasan 2015 (Pota)

Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) membantah penghidupan peruntukan  tahan tanpa bicara berterusan  di bawah Undang-Undang Pencegahan Keganasan (POTA) 2015, dan keputusan yang dibuat Lembaga Pencegahan Keganasan tidak boleh dicabar di mahkamah yang dibentangkan kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Kerajaan BN memberikan alasan penggubalan POTA perlu kerana ada  rakyat Malaysia menyertai kegiatan ganas Negara Islam (IS),Perkembangan keadaan yang  membimbangkan dan   mengancam  ini disebut untuk  menghidupkan kembali  undang-undang  tahan tanpa bicara   ISA ( Akta Keselamatan 
Dalam Negeri 1960) yang telah dimansuhkan.

Apabila ISA dibentangkan di Parlimen pada 1960, wakil rakyat PRM telah dengan kerasnya menolak ISA  kerana perkara tahan tanpa bicara. Tahan tanpa bicara  bukan sahaja  bercanggah dengan  semangat demokrasi  tetapi juga mencabul hak  rakyat.

Kerana tiada peruntukan check dan balance di bawah ISA, wakil rakyat PRM meragui matlamat ISA, seterusnya menyatakan ISA boleh  disalahguna oleh pihak berkuasa untuk menahan aktivis parti politik pembangkang dan  pengkritik lain yang tidak sehaluan pendapat dengan pihak pemerintah, walaupun menteri-menteri Perikatan yang kemudian diluaskan menjadi BN  berkali-kali memberikan jaminan bahawa ISA tidak disalahguna untuk menganiaya mereka, ISA hanya diguna untuk melawan “anasir ganas yang mengancam keselamatan Negara”.

Tetapi hakikat pelaksanaannya sehingga ISA dimansuhkan jelas menunjukkan realiti sebaliknya. Setelah ISA dikuatkuasakan, perkara tahan tanpa bicara diguna menindas ahli parti pembangkang dan pengkritik lain.

 Presiden PRM Sdr Boestamam merupakan wakil rakyat yang pertama ditahan di bawah ISA pada 1963 selain anggota dan pemimpin PRM dan Barisan Sosialis banyak ditahan di bawah ISA. Pada mulanya, aktivis parti khususnya parti kiri ditahan dua tahun, disambung lagi dua tahun  dan seterusnya di bawah ISA atas alasan mengancam keselamatan negara.

Tetapi, lama kelamaan pemimpin parti pembangkang yang menyokong ISA turut ditahan di bawah ISA seperti Lim Kit Siang dari DAP dan Mat Sabu  dari PAS. PAS dan DAP sokong  ISA dengan harapan ISA hanya diguna untuk melawan anasir pengganas. Selepas pertengahan 1970an, pemimpin parti pemerintah termasuk menteri dan elemen jenayah seperti pembuat pasport dan kad pengenalan palsu juga ditahan dengan ISA.

Kuasa tidak ada check and balance

Walaupun Akta Pencegahan Keganasan baru ini mempunyai perkara menyatakan bahawa Akta tidak boleh diguna terhadap parti politik lawan, perintah penahanan diputuskan oleh Lembaga Pencegahan Keganasan, pegawai penyiasat  dilantik  oleh menteri, dan menteri juga memberikan jaminan bahawa POTA untuk menangani ancaman anasir IS, tetapi  prosedur penahanan guna POTA tidak wujud mekanisme check and balance, keputusan  tidak boleh dicabar di mahkamah dan habeas korpus tidak dibenarkan, keputusan bukan ditentukan mahkamah, serupanya kesemua isi POTA dengan ISA.

Oleh itu, pada pandangan PRM,  POTA boleh disalahguna, seperti kita saksikan, Akta Hasutan hanya diguna terhadap pengkritik kerajaan BN, individu pro-BN nampaknya terlepas dan terus bebas bersuara.

Bukan sahaja pemimpin parti pembangkang, aktivis sosial dan hak asasi manusia, ahli akademik dikenakan Akta Hasutan, muktahir ini 5 orang pemberita dan penerbit akhbar Malaysian Insider dikenakan dengan Akta Hasutan.  Keadaan dan tindakan pemerintah jelasnya berat sebelah. POTA sama juga boleh disalahguna seperti ISA dan Akta Hasutan.

PRM hendak tanya, selain peruntukan tahan tanpa bicara atau  penahanan secara pencegahan, pasukan polis tidak ada keupayaan untuk menangani gejala kegiatan IS khususnya dunia yang makin rumit dan kompleks?

Menurut laporan berita, ada tahanan ISA menyertai  IS setelah dibebas. Ini bermakna tahan  tanpa bicara tidak dapat memulihkan individu pro-IS,  keadaan dan wujudnya IS merupakan perkembangan dan fenomena baru, cara operasi dan fikirannya  di luar  amalan yang biasa diterima dan diamal dunia umum. Pendekatan berkesan dan baru perlu difikirkan.

Akhirnya, PRM juga hendak tanya , sekiranya seseorang warga dituduh di bawah POTA atas tuduhan  “menyokong” kegiatan keganasan IS Negara Khalifa, atau hanya menyokong “kegiatan keganasan”, dia tidak dibenarkan mencabar keputusan Lembaga di  mahkamah kecuali mencabar prosedur penahanan tidak diikuti, di mana letak peluang untuk dia mendapatkan pembelaan adil?

Naib Presiden PRM

Koh Swe Yong