As what I told Anwar earlier this week when we quarreled about me being too vocal: you should be happy that I still speak out. That means I still care. When I keep quiet that is when you should start getting worried. That means I no longer care a damn.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Rahimi under no duress when signing SDs, trio claim
(The Star) - Two PKR Youth exco members and a driver have refuted claims by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s former aide that he was forced to sign a statutory declaration (SD) implicating Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in a sodomy case involving Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
They said the aide Rahimi Osman was never under duress when he signed the declaration.
Amirzudin Ahmad, Zulkifli Ibrahim and Dzulimran Md Nasar, who is Rahimi’s former driver, claimed they were with Rahimi when he signed the SD at Quality Hotel in Shah Alam on June 28, 2008.
They also denied Rahimi’s claim that he was held captive in the hotel.
Amirzudin, who spoke on behalf of the other two, said Rahimi even went to watch a live telecast of a football match at TV3’s Seri Pentas and later had coffee at a nearby mamak stall.
“There was no way that he was held captive as claimed,” he told a press conference at PKR headquarters here yesterday.
Also present were PKR information chief Latheefa Koya and lawyer for the three, N. Surendran.
Rahimi last week lodged a police report claiming that he was forced to sign the SD which was prepared by Latheefa.
Another Anwar’s former aide, Mohd Rasid Rosdi had also lodged similar report, claiming that he, too, was confined in the same hotel with Rahimi and made to sign a SD prepared by Latheefa against his will.
Criticising your own country is not the trait of a leader,” said Rais Yatim. Well, there are hundreds of videos on YouTube of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad whacking Umno and its leaders. He even calls Malays cheap who can be bought off with a mere RM200. He also says that Umno has been destroyed and calls upon the Umno members to reject its leaders. Any comments from Rais?
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Rais: Criticising your own country is not the trait of a leader
(Bernama) - The antics of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders, particularly Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in criticising their own country abroad do not reflect good leadership qualities, said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
"We should look back at history and the world leaders because none of the world leaders had gone out of their country to criticise their own homeland," he told reporters after opening the Simpang Pertang bamboo craft incubator centre, near here today.
He said this when commenting on Anwar's interview by TVOne television station in Indonesia yesterday where he belittled the capability of the country's leadership in resolving disputes and problems between the two neighbouring countries by claiming that if he were to become the prime minister, the problems could have been resolved immediately
Rais, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Jelebu, said Anwar as the MP for Permatang Pauh, was earning salary as a Member of Parliament as well as the Opposition Leader.
"As the Opposition Leader, it does not mean that he has the licence to criticise and belittle his own country. He (Anwar) has a responsibility just like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak is responsible for the country.
"Thus, when he has criticised, to me his marks as a leader have dropped very low," he said.
It's not the system but the people that's bad: Mahathir