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Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud

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Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud

Riding Political Road

Posted: 02 Apr 2011 08:57 AM PDT

In an exclusive interview with FMT, Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan shares his views on politics as well as his passions, which include riding a superbike.

PETALING JAYA: On evenings when the sun dips a little lower, the distinct grunt of a superbike is heard across the grounds of Parliament. These days, the security personnel no longer bat an eyelid as the Kawasaki GTR 1400 cruises through the gates.
They know it's just Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan on his high-powered machine.
"I drive home in the late afternoon to freshen up and then I ride my bike back," he said. "It messes my hair but it clears my head so I can go working through the night. Riding is so therapeutic."
Then he leaned forward and confessed with a grin, "The highlight of the Manik Urai by-election for me was riding my bike all the way up there. It was just music, my bike and the road."
Rahman, 46, firmly believes in having passions outside politics and biking tops the list. The second is his love for gadgets, an iPhone, two iPads and an iPod. The third is American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert.
"I was devastated that he didn't win!" he declared. "Lambert has talent and I'm a sucker for talent. And he has the discpline and knowledge which in itself excites me."
"I know he's gay but that's besides the point. I wanted to attend his concert in KL but I had to be overseas and then the concert ended up being banned which was so unnecessary."
Nerve-wrecking experience
The Umno leader's earnestness made the conversation seem like the most natural one to have in a Parliament lounge. He later dished out opinions and explanations with a curious air of easy confidence and candour.
A far cry indeed from the MP who arrived an hour ahead of his first Parliamentary sitting in April 2008 out of sheer nervousness that he will be late for registration.
"I told myself the previous night that I had to beat the traffic, but when I reached there no one else was around," he said laughing. "So I sat in my car and waited for the others to show up."
And when they did, he paid close attention to the Pakatan Rakyat MPs. They were on a high from freshly denying Barisan Nasional a two-thirds majority and Parliament reverberated with their excitement. Rahman had only three words to describe his first day – a nerve-wrecking experience.
Three years on, he has discarded those jitters and is among the more vocal MPs in Parliament and the social media. He blogs, tweets, has a Facebook account and belongs to 20 BlackBerry groups.
Hardly excessive for someone whose sole focus is on reaching out and serving the people just as his father taught him, albeit with a touch of modernity.
Rahman's father, Dahlan Harun, belonged to the now defunct United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) and was the Sulaman assemblyman for six years beginning 1971. The seat is currently held by the Sabah Minister of Housing and Local Government and Rahman's first cousin, Hajiji Haji Noor.
"Politics is in the blood," Rahman shrugged.
"When I was studying in the US, I joined associations that studied public policies. I was among the founders of Umno California Utara in 1983. This was seven years before Umno came to Sabah. Kota Belud was its birthplace there."
Rahman, a "100% Bajau boy and darn proud of it", was born in Tuaran and belonged to the Umno division there. But that seat was promised to a component party in the 2008 elections so Rahman was slotted into Kota Belud instead. At the time he was also the Umno Youth secretary.
"It was tough going into a different constituency," he remembered. "But Kota Belud has always been kind to Umno so I wasn't too worried. In fact I was fretting more over other Umno Youth members particularly Khairy (Jamaluddin) who was rumoured to be faring badly in Rembau."
Rahman won with a 3,020 majority over PKR's Saidil @ Saidi Simoi but although the victory was expected, he was surprised that the majority was slimmer than what was secured in the previous polls.
Since then, he has been returning to Kota Belud every weekend and after three years, Rahman said that he can now feel the people's warmth and acceptance.
In the right direction
The common perception of BN politicians is that they march to the government's drumbeat. But Rahman has cracked that mould ever so slightly by deftly slipping in a few drumrolls of his own.
Expressing his views on Umno, he said: "I believe in what its founding fathers espoused it to be although some characters have tried to colour Umno to suit their style. When I'm confused I just return to the party's constitution which contains none of the leaders' names."
"It gives me comfort that I'm moving in the right direction. All that Umno is criticised for is related to the people's behaviour and not the party's foundation. Unfortunately the party has to suffer for it"
Rahman also believes that Umno is regaining support from the Malay community and the recent by-election results are testimonies to this.
"We've seen five straight by-election wins so it's safe to say that Umno is regaining Malay support. If you had visited the Malay belts after the 2008 general election, you could feel the anger and frustration towards Umno.
But now a lot of that is water under the bridge and the Malays are seeing Pakatan's true colours. I can sense the acceptance for Umno returning.
The return of Malay support is a result of party efforts and the prime minister's (Najib Tun Razak) work but Malaysian politics is always more personality driven.
Look at how (Pakatan leader) Anwar (Ibrahim) has glued the opposition together. It's the same with BN. Najib is the single most important factor responsible for us winning back Malay support."
Rahman also denied that BN politicians served merely as "rubber stamps."
"It may appear so but it isn't true. At each Parliamentary sitting we hold daily pre-counsel meetings during which the deputy prime minister (Muhyiddin Yassin) will present the gist of all Bills that are up for debate.
This is where we voice our support or protest. This was where BN backbenchers rejected the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and delayed its implementation.
We fight among ourselves during these meetings but when we are in Parliament we stand as one because we have already come to a unaminous decision beforehand. So it's not blind rubber stamping."
Ask probing questions

Quizzed on the role of the social media, Rahman said it is definitely the way forward.
"When I'm replying tweets, it strikes me that I could be connecting with a teenager sipping a latte at a bus stop. This is the meaning of empowerment.
Its time politicians acknowledged that public discourse can no longer be dictated by government policies and ideas can no longer be contained."
And what about the alternative media?
"I embrace them. They are important. But we must be careful not to abuse the very tools we need in our journey to become a mature democracy. The younger generation demands transparency from the government but not from the opposition.
So I ask of them to be bi-partisan. If they think PKR is doing good, then support it. But if the government is also doing good, then support it too.
Journalists should also ask more probing questions to expedite responses from the MPs and help people understand the full scope of the issue at hand. If a MP makes a statement, journalists should anticipate the probable response from the other side and ask a related question that will expand the story. Otherwise we'll only be reading what the ministers want to say.
How seriously do I take the alternative media? Let's put it this way. The first three websites I visit every morning belong to the alternative media. Only then, do I read the mainstream ones."
On the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah, the Kota Belud MP said until more West Malaysian MPs join the fight, the issue will not be resolved anytime soon.
"It's a long standing issue that has raised a lot of concern. What's worse is that a government survey showed that illegal immigration isn't among the top ten issues on the minds of Malaysians. This has infuriated Sabahans.
West Malaysians don't feel its weight but Sabahans believe that this is a security and sovereign issue that involves everyone."
Sharing his views on Parliament itself, Rahman said the time has come for it to move into the electronic age.
"First, the amount of paper that we use is murderous. We all have laptops so why can't we do everything electronically?
Second, all questions in Parliament that are answered in writing should be electronically stored because it contains the latest data which would greatly benefit journalists and the public.
Third, Parliament doesn't move. This building is tradition and moving would mean losing that. Yes it's compact and crowded but this is what it's all about."

This article first appeared in Free Malaysia Today. It was written by Stephanie Sta Maria. 
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umno bahagian cheras

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Syed Ali minta polis dedahkan segera identiti sebenar pemimpin pembangkang beraksi lucah

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 07:34 PM PDT

POLIS perlu dedahkan segera siapakah lelaki yang dikatakan pemimpin pembangkang beraksi lucah dalam video seks membabitkan pelacur asing bagi menghentikan pelbagai tududan dan andaian mengelirukan.

Menurut Ketua UMNO Bahagian Cheras, Datuk Wira Syed Ali Alhabshee penjelasan itu amat diperlukan kerana sebelum ini timbul pelbagai tanggapan termasuk mengaitkan pemimpin UMNO sebagai perancang dalam pembikinan video berkenaan.

"Sejak isu video seks itu terbongkar, pembangkang mula menabur fitnah jahat kononnya kospirasi UMNO termasuk didalangi Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad," tegasnya.

Tuduhan liar itu kata Syed Ali, amat tidak bertanggungjawab dan sengaja dilakukan pembangkang untuk menimbulkan kemarahan rakyat terhadap kerajaan.

"Semalam Ketua Polis Negara (KPN), Tan Sri Ismail Omar kata lelaki yang beraksi lucah itu adalah tulen, maka saya desak polis mendedahkan siapakah identiti berkenaan," tegasnya.

Ismail semalam telah menjelaskan kepada media bahawa rakaman video seks yang didakwa memaparkan seorang pemimpin pembangkang adalah tulen, hasil laporan pakar.

KPN difahamkan telah menyerahkan keputusan laporan siasatan berkenaan kepada Jabatan Peguam Negara untuk tindakan seterusnya.

Sementara itu, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd. Nazri Abdul Aziz menafikan dakwaan sesetengah pihak bahawa pita rakaman vidio seks itu telah dipertontonkan kepada Ahli Parlimen di Dewan Rakyat.

Beri peluang pemimpin politik dan isteri malang itu saksikan tayangan aksi lucah

Berikutan perkembangan tersebut juga, PAS difahamkan akan mengadakan mesyuarat tergempar dalam masa terdekat ini bagi membincangkan isu tersebut.

Sementara ramai pemimpin PAS terutama di Kelantan dan Terengganu serta Kedah dikatakan mula mengambil sikap berdiam diri dan enggan lagi 'menyebut' nama individu pembangkang yang dikatakan terbabit dalam aksi lucah dengan pelacur asing dalam ceramah politik mereka.

Sehubungan itu, Syed Ali berharap penjelasan KPN akan mematikan segala bentuk fitnah dan persespsi negatif yang tersebar sebelum ini berhubung isu video seks berkenaan.

Malah katanya, pembangkang mula menjadikan isu video seks tersebut sebagai modal ceramah politik jalanan mereka untuk memburuk-burukkan kerajaan dan pemimpin UMNO.

"Saya amat berharap Jabatan Peguam Negara akan melakukan siasatan secepat mungkin berhubung isu tersebut kerana ia merupakan kes berprofil tinggi yang didakwa membabitkan seorang pemimpin pembangkang," ujarnya.

Beliau juga turut mencadangkan kesemua pemimpin utama parti-parti politik di negara ini termasuk isteri lelaki yang didakwa beraksi lucah itu diberikan peluang menyaksikan tayangan video berkenaan.

Beliau berpendapat, isteri pemimpin pembangkang berkenaan harus bertanggungjhawab melihat pita rakaman video berkenaan bagi membolehkan beliau memberi penjelasan kepada pengikutnya secara jujur.

"Jika tak tengok kebenarannya, sampai bila isteri malang itu akan menjadi patung bernyawa dan bermain politik hanya untuk menjaga kepentingan peribadi suami daripada memperjuangkan keadilan untuk rakyat," soal Syed Ali lagi.

PAS akan bersendirian kerana kecewa betapa jijiknya moral regu mereka dalam PR

"Kita perlu kepada ketelusan dan bertanggungjawab, maka semua pemimpin politik sama ada daripada pihak pemerintah dan pembangkang wajar diberikan peluang menyaksikan aksi pelakon berkenaan," katanya.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Syed Ali yang juga Setiausaha Badan Perhubungan UMNO Wilayah Persekutuan menambah, PAS kini semakin tertekan berikutan penjelasan Ketua Polis Negara semalam.

Beliau menjangkakan hubungan PAS bersama sekutu politiknya dalam Pakatan Rakyat (PR) membabitkan PKR dan DAP semakin renggang.

"Oleh sebab itu, apabila isu video seks itu meletup, PAS mula mengambil sikap berdiam diri berbeza dengan DAP, yang melemparkan pelbagai tuduhan tidak berasas," ujarnya.

Syed Ali tidak menolak kemungkinan PAS akan keluar daripada gabungan PR kerana terlalu kecewa dengan seorang pemimpin pembangkang yang didakwa terbabit dalam aksi lucah.

"Demi mengekalkan kuasa mereka di Kelantan, Kedah termasuk di Terengganu, mustahil bagi PAS untuk mempertahankan kepentingan politik individu terbabit yang moralnya begitu rendah," tambahnya.

Beliau berkata, berdasarkan kepada perkembangan terkini, PAS dijangka akan bertanding secara bersendirian pada PRU ke-13 tanpa memerlukan sokongan DAP dan PKR.

UMNO Cawangan Bukit Ampang

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Persempadanan semula kawasan pilihan raya akan dilaksana

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 05:57 AM PDT

01/04/2011 4:25pm

PUTRAJAYA 1 April – Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) akan melaksanakan proses persempadanan semula bahagian-bahagian pilihan raya Parlimen dan negeri selepas kali terakhir ia dilaksanakan pada Mac 2003.

Pengerusi SPR Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof berkata, persempadanan semula itu perlu dilakukan sekurang-kurangnya selepas lapan tahun selaras dengan peruntukan Perkara 113 (2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

"SPR dah boleh mula sekarang tetapi SPR sedang menunggu masa yang sesuai serta lapang kerana sebaik tarikh urusan persempadanan ditetapkan ia perlu diselesaikan dalam tempoh dua tahun," katanya dalam temuramah dengan Bernama dan RTM di sini, hari ini.

Abdul Aziz berkata, setelah lima kali urusan persempadanan dijalankan, belum ada sebarang pelanggaran Prinsip-prinsip Persempadanan yang ditetapkan oleh perlembagaan dilakukan SPR.

Ditanya mengenai negeri mana yang perlu menjalani persempadanan, beliau berkata semua negeri dilihat perlu menjalani proses itu, secara kasarnya di negeri-negeri yang mempunyai Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) yang mempunyai jumlah kerusi yang genap.

Bagaimanapun, Abdul Aziz berkata proses persempadanan semula itu masih bergantung kepada persetujuan dua pertiga majoriti di Dewan Rakyat untuk kerusi Parlimen dan Dewan Negeri bagi kerusi DUN. - Bernama

Keputusan pilihan raya Sarawak penentu tarikh PRU - Najib

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 05:49 AM PDT

01/04/2011 7:23pm

KUALA LUMPUR 1 April – Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata beliau akan melihat dahulu keputusan pilihan raya negeri Sarawak sebelum membuat keputusan tentang waktu terbaik untuk mengadakan pilihan raya umum.

"Kami lihat Sarawak (pilihan raya negeri) dulu dan selepas tu barulah kami putuskan bilakah waktu terbaik untuknya (mengadakan pilihan raya umum ke-13).

"Kami ikut sistem British dan kami boleh putuskan bila hendak mengadakannya, asalkan tidak melebihi tempoh lima tahun," kata beliau.

Dalam wawancara dengan Bloomberg mengenai pencapaian beliau setelah dua tahun menerajui negara yang disiarkan hari ini, Najib ditanya sama ada beliau akan mengadakan pilihan raya awal sekiranya Barisan Nasional (BN) mencapai keputusan cemerlang pada pilihan raya negeri Sarawak 16 April ini.

Apabila diminta memberi bayangan bilakah pilihan raya umum akan diadakan, beliau berkata, "ramai yang ingin tahu tentang perkara itu, jadi biarlah saya tidak beri jawapannya sekarang."

Najib, yang juga pengerusi BN, berkata parti gabungan itu telah mencatat keputusan cemerlang pada beberapa pilihan raya kecil yang diadakan selepas pilihan raya umum 2008.

"Sebenarnya, kami mencapai kejayaan yang sungguh cemerlang daripada segi pilihan raya kecil. Beberapa pilihan raya kecil yang diadakan baru-baru ini mempamerkan keputusan yang amat positif bagi kerajaan BN," katanya.

BN menang lapan daripada 16 pilihan raya kecil yang diadakan selepas pilihan raya umum 2008, termasuk lima yang dimenanginya dengan majoriti lebih besar pada 2010.

Ditanya sejauh mana BN yakin akan memenangi pilihan raya negeri Sarawak, Najib berkata rakyat di negeri itu mahukan kerajaan yang mampu berkhidmat untuk mereka dan dalam konteks ini, mereka dapati hanya kerajaan BN yang mampu berbuat demikian.

"Setiap rakyat tentu mahukan kerajaan yang mampu berkhidmat untuk mereka. Saya rasa perkara ini paling penting bagi Sarawak kerana negeri itu memerlukan lebih banyak pembangunan prasarana dan kemudahan asas.

"Saya rasa rakyat Sarawak akan melihat Barisan Nasional sebagai satu-satunya kerajaan yang mampu berkhidmat untuk negeri itu," katanya.

Najib berkata beliau tidak fikir BN menghadapi risiko kehilangan kuasa (di peringkat persekutuan) memandangkan dalam tempoh beberapa tahun lepas, semakin ramai rakyat yang memberi sokongan kepada BN.

"Mereka yang meninggalkan kami pada pilihan raya lepas kini kembali menunjukkan sokongan mereka terhadap Barisan Nasional. Ini tidak bererti kami boleh mengambil mudah. Pada setiap pilihan raya, pasti ada cabarannya," kata beliau.

Najib berkata beliau berpendapat pilihan raya umum akan datang pasti sengit dan BN perlu bersiap sedia untuk menghadapinya. - Bernama

Taib jumpa PM serah senarai nama calon BN

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 05:49 AM PDT

01/04/2011 8:17pm

PUTRAJAYA 1 April – Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud hari ini mengadakan pertemuan dengan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, dipercayai untuk menyerahkan senarai nama calon Barisan Nasional (BN) bagi pilihan raya negeri 16 April ini.

Taib yang juga Pengerusi BN Sarawak dan Presiden Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), dilihat memasuki pekarangan pejabat Perdana Menteri di Bangunan Perdana Putra di sini, kira-kira pukul 3 petang.

Turut kelihatan, dua lagi kenderaan yang membawa beberapa pemimpin kanan parti komponen BN negeri.

Mereka ialah Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sarawak Tan Sri Dr George Chan yang juga Presiden Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP); Presiden Parti Demokratik Progresif Sarawak (SPDP) Datuk Seri William Mawan dan Presiden Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Datuk Seri Dr James Masing.

Pertemuan lebih tiga jam itu, turut dihadiri Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak dibubarkan pada 21 Mac lepas bagi memberi laluan pilihan raya negeri ke-10 diadakan.

Proses penamaan calon ditetapkan pada 6 April manakala pengundian 16 April. - Bernama

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