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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Polis, AG didakwa kacau bekas pemandu artis,girlfriend menteri UMNO...


Seorang peguam mempersoalkan tindakan polis dan Jabatan Peguam Negara yang mahu menahan dan mendakwa anak guamnya, yang sedang memberi keterangan berhubung dakwaan hubungan seorang pelakon dan menteri Umno.

Latheefa Koya yang mewakili seorang bekas pemandu Noor Azman Azemi (bawah) berkata anak guamnya secara sukarela pergi ke balai polis Bukit Indah semalam.
Ini berlaku selepas polis cuba menahannya semalam di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur, di mana beliau memberi keterangan dalam samannya terhadap bekas majikan dan pelakon Zahida Mohamed Rafique.

Latheefa berkata, Noor Azman dimaklumkan polis bahawa beliau akan dituduh di mahkamah seawal-awalnya pada Khamis atas tuduhan lain yang tidak mereka ketahui.

“Noor Azman direman empat hari oleh polis dua tahun lalu ekoran dakwaan dia mencuri RM200,000.

“Bagaimanapun polis dan pendakwaan tidak bertindak ketika itu tetapi memilih semalam dan mahu mendakwanya hari ini ketika beliau memberikan keterangan dan ini gangguan terhadap saksi untuk melindungi menteri,” katanya selepas prosiding.

Sebelum itu, hari ini, Noor Azman, yang juga pemimpin Pemuda Umno sebuah bahagian terus memberikan keterangan hari ini.
Zahida hadir memakai jubah hitam dan bertudung (kiri).

Di luar mahkamah, beliau turut memakai purdah dan beberapa perempuan lagi bergaya sama.

Semalam, Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur Hue Siew Kheng mengarahkan polis untuk tidak menahan Azman.

Hue berkata perbicaraan dan pemandu itu tidak patut diganggu sehinggalah dia selesai memberikan keterangan.

Noor Azman memberi ketengan dan mendakwa terdapat hubungan antara Zahida dengan menteri luar bandar Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, yang juga naib presiden Umno.

Shafie dan Zahid dilapor telah menafikan dakwaan itu.

Pada 2012, Zahid memberitahu media bahawa Noor Azman mencuri RM200,000 daripadanya.

Noor Azman juga menafikan dakwaan itu dan memfailkan saman terhadap Zahida tahun lepas.-mk


'Cops, AG intimidate actress' ex-driver'...

 A lawyer today questioned the high handed action by the police and the Attorney General's Chambers in wanting to arrest and charge her client, who was giving testimony over an alleged affair an actress had with an Umno minister.
 
Latheefa Koya, who represents the actress' former driver Noor Azman Azemi (right), said her client had voluntarily gone to the Bukit Indah police station yesterday.
 
This was after the police tried to arrest him yesterday at the Kuala Lumpur High Court where he was testifying in his suit against his former employer and actress Zahida Mohamed Rafique. 
 
Latheefa said that it was there that Noor Azman was informed by the police that he would be charged with "god knows what" at the earliest on Thursday. 
 
"Noor Azman had been remanded for four days by the police two years ago following Zahida's claim that he stole RM200,000.
 
"However, the police and prosecution did not take action then but chose to do it yesterday and wanted to charge him today just as he was testifying and this is intimidation of a witness to protect a minister," she said outside court after the proceedings.
 
Earlier today, Noor Azman, who is also an Umno Youth division leader, continued to give his testimony.
 
Zahida also took the witness stand wearing a black jubah and tudung.
 
Later, outside court, the actress was seen covering her face with a veil along with her siblings, who were dressed in similar fashion.
 
Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Hue Siew Kheng had ordered the police not to arrest Noor Azman.
 
Justice Hue had said that the trial should not be disrupted and the driver should not be disturbed until he has finished testifying. 
 
Affair alleged

The driver had testified under oath that Zahida had an alleged affair with Rural Development Minister Shafie Apdal, who is also Umno vice-president.
 
However in 2012, Shafie had denied that he had an affair with Zahida. 

Zahida had then told the media in Feb 2012, that Noor Azman stole the RM200,000 from her.

The former driver, in denying the claim, filed the suit against Zahida last year.

Noor Azman, when cross-examined by Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (right) for the actress, denied the assertion by the senior lawyer that the 39-year-old actress knew and met the minister at various hotels.

Yesterday, the witness told the court he had at times brought Shafie and Zahida together to the Ritz Carlton and Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Noor Azman said they met each other at least once a week.

Noor Azman, who had worked for Zahida for three years, further denied he stole RM200,000 as alleged by Zahida, and reported by several media.

He maintained that on that day when the money was reportedly lost, he had only been asked by Zahida to deposit a RM120,000 cheque.

The witness also further rejected Shafee's contention that he had used the stolen money to pay off his motorcycle loan which was only RM1,000.

Noor Azman further disagreed with Shafee's that the reason he created his testimony in court yesterday and today was to smear BN politicians.

In re-examination by Latheefa, Noor Azman explained that Shafie (right) was close to Zahida.The minister, would at times contact him personally to ask of her whereabouts.

The former driver told the court yesterday that his working relationship with the actress soured after he had informed the minister that Zahida was seeing someone else.

He told the court that the minister would at times give her huge sums of money as well as presents.

When Latheefa repeated Shafee's question whether it was true he had tried to smear BN politicians, Noor Azman explained that he would not do so as he himself is an Umno member since 1996 and is presently an Umno division leader.

“Datuk Seri promised to look after me and my political career. However, as a result of myself being slandered by Zahida in the media, my career in politics is also affected,” he said.

Zahida: No relationship

Zahida in his testimony said while she knew Shafie as a minister, she denied having any relationship with the Umno vice-president.

The actress explained to questions from Shafee that she received RM243,000 cash from a company Puncak Utas Sdn Bhd on Feb 28, 2012, as commission for a task done and that she had counted the money with her father and Noor Azman.

“I asked Noor Azman to deposit the money for me along with the RM120,000 cheque the next day,” she said.

However, during cross-examination by lawyer N Surendran for Noor Azman, Zahida (left) sang a different tune when she told the court that she had given a RM20,000 loan to Puncak Utas owner Shaheful Ardan Adenan and that the RM243,000 was a return on her investment.

“He asked me for some money and I loaned out RM20,000 for investment. Shaheful would ask me whether I wanted the money back and I asked him to roll the money. As a result I got the return,” she said.

She added she kept RM43,000 in the house, and asked Noor Azman to deposit the balance the next day.

However the actress could not give a satisfactory answer when asked by Surendran as to why she had signed an invoice from Puncak Utas when she was the one receiving the money.

“I only signed the documents given by the Puncak Utas representative identified as Syed Hazrat." she replied.

She explained that when she lodged a report of the missing RM200,000, there was media at the police station, and she had related to them as to what had transpired.

Zahida also said she filed a counter-claim against Noor Azman on Sept 2014 with hopes of recovering the missing RM200,000 from her former driver.

When asked by Surendran why she had waited for over two years' after the alleged loss to take action, the actress replied that she had already lodged a police report.

She had been hoping that police would do their job and she had been waiting all these years for the result of their action.

The hearing continues on Nov 11 before Justice Hue.- mk




cheers.

8 Gambar Terbaru Cik Khaleeda Bustamam, Bakal Isteri TMJ



Khaleeda Bustamam di Istana Besar di sini, pada 8 November ini.

Yang Dipertua Majlis Jumaah Diraja Johor, Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli, berkata istiadat pertunangan dan pernikahan Tunku Ismail akan diadakan di Istana Bukit Serene di sini, pada Jumaat ini.

"Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar dan Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris memberi perkenan untuk Tunku Mahkota Johor melangsungkan perkahwinannya.

"Justeru, perkahwinan baginda akan dilangsungkan penuh istiadat Diraja Johor serta berunsurkan tentera," katanya pada sidang media di Bukit Timbalan, di sini sebentar tadi.

Khaleeda berusia 20-an dan berasal dari Gombak, Selangor pernah kelihatan di stadium menyaksikan perlawanan bola sepak melibatkan pasukan Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) bersama Tunku Ismail.

Tunku Ismail adalah putera sulung kepada Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar dan Tuanku Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.

Diputerakan pada 30 Jun 1984 di Johor Bharu, Tunku Ismail merupakan putera sulung daripada enam adik-beradik.

Tunku Ismail dimasyhurkan sebagai Tunku Mahkota Johor pada 28 Januari 2010 dan dilantik sebagai Raja Muda Johor ketika ulang tahun keputeraan nenda baginda, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar pada 8 April 2006.

Tunku Ismail memulakan persekolahan di Sekolah Sri Utama Johor Bharu dan Sekolah Kebangsaan Kebangsaan St. Joseph, Johor Baharu sebelum meneruskan pengajian di Australian International School, Singapura dan Hale School, Perth, Australia, mulai tahun 1999 hingga 2002.

Untuk tujuan pendidikan dan disiplin yang tinggi setaraf dengan bakal raja, Tunku Ismail dihantar menjalani latihan ketenteraan dan pelajaran sebagai pegawai kadet di akademi tentera terulung, Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, India, mulai Julai 2003.

Tunku Ismail dikurniakan pangkat Leftenan selepas tamat latihan pada 11 Disember 2004 dan diserapkan ke dalam Angkatan Tentera India yang bertugas sebagai pegawai dalam Rejimen 61 Cavalry, Jaipur, India.














MELAYU DIANGGAP RASIS BILA BELA KAUM DAN AGAMA

Bila Cina dan India pertahankan hak kononnya terpinggir tetapi orang Melayu pula dianggap rasis.
Datuk Abdul Kadir JasinPETALING JAYA: Bekas Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan Akhbar News Strait Times Datuk Dr A. Kadir Jasin berkata ramai orang Melayu Islam mula keliru dan curiga dengan pelbagai gagasan, dasar, slogan dan rancangan yang dibuat oleh pemimpin Melayu Kontemporari Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Mereka mula didedahkan oleh media baru/siber kepada fakta dan angka yang menunjukkan bahawa mereka sebenarnya makin tertinggal dan terkebelakang berbanding orang keturunan perantau. Mereka tidak menelan bulat-bulat lagi propaganda dan percubaan tutup buruk (whitewash) media arus perdana.
“Orang Melayu itulah yang menerima perantau Cina, India dan segala rupa pelarian perang dan pelarian ekonomi. Hasilnya, perantau yang kebuluran dan dianiaya di bumi sendiri menemui kesenangan di bumi Melayu (Malaysia, Indonesia dan Brunei),” katanya.
Kadir turut berkata, ramai pemimpin Melayu Islam tidak faham asas kuasa Melayu. Yang mana asas Melayu bukan ekonomi tetapi asas mereka adalah politik.
Jelas Kadir, selepas era pemerintahan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad kepimpinan sekarang mula melakukan kesilapan satu demi satu sehingga mereka menjadi bahan caci, fitnah dan benci oleh orang Cina dan India.
Walaupun ada segelintir orang Melayu yang berani bersuara mempertahankan hak mereka namun mereka tetap dilabel ‘racist’ (perkauman) serta dianggap ‘extremist’ (pelampau) apabila mempertahankan Islam.
Jelas beliau, apabila orang Cina dan India mempertahankan bangsa dan agama mereka, mereka ini digambarkan sebagai orang yang terpinggir yang dianaktirikan.
“Kini semakin ramai orang Melayu dan orang Islam mula sedar bahawa mereka tidak lagi boleh bergantung semata-mata dan bulat-bulat kepada parti-parti politik Melayu Islam.
“Mereka mula bersuara di luar kerangka politik parti. Mereka tidak lagi yakin sepenuhnya terhadap komitmen kepemimpinan Melayu Islam sama ada di sebelah pihak Barisan Nasional atau Pakatan Rakyat untuk mempertahankan Melayu dan Islam,” katanya.
Jelas Kadir, pada era Abdullah dan Najib bukan sahaja kuasa politik Melayu yang semakin luntur malah undang-undang yang dibuat oleh orang Melayu semasa mereka kuat sudah mula disia-siakan dengan memansuhkan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) dan kini cadangan memansuhkan Akta Hasutan pula diperjuangkan oleh golongan liberal.
“Semua ini adalah hasil ketohoran pemikiran dan kebutaan sejarah di kalangan elit politik Melayu Islam masa kini. Mereka mudah termakan dan menelan “hook, line and sinker” segala bentuk diayah golongan liberal Barat,” ujarnya.
Tambah beliau, untuk melihat UMNO terus menjadi tunjang kepada kuasa Melayu Islam akan dapat diterjemahkan pada Perhimpunan Agung 25-29 November ini sama ada perhimpunan yang menandakan pengakhiran UMNO atau perhimpunan yang memulihkan UMNO.

GAMBAR & VIDEO KEJADIAN PUTING BELIUNG KECIL DI PANDAMARAN, KLANG HARI INI


Kejadian ribut di Pandamaran, Klang 21/10/2014

Beberapa gambar kiriman penduduk, selepas kejadian ribut yang melanda di Pandamaran, Klang. Antara premis yg terlibat adalah seperti berikut:
1. Gudang Penyimpanan Tong Gas.
2. Tokong Aji San.
3. Flat PKNS
4. Flat Pandamaran Permai.

Akibat daripada ribut tersebut bekalan elektrik telah terputus dan pihak TNB telah di hubungi. Setakat ini 3 laporan polis telah dibuat iaitu pandamaran rpt.




 Kejadian `puting beliung kecil' yang melanda Pandamaran, Klang menyebabkan kira-kira 30 atap rumah diterbangkan angin dan ribut pada petang Selasa,

Kejadian yang berlaku selama kira-kira setengah jam pada pukul 2 petang itu membabitkan dua buah blok pangsapuri Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) di Pandamaran Jaya.

Beberapa wartawan Astro AWANI turut menerima klip video berdurasi 46 saat melalui aplikasi WhatsApp masing-masing.

Sementara itu, memetik sebuah portal berita berbahasa Melayu, Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) Lee Fu Hae dilaporkan berkata kejadian itu mengakibatkan beberapa kawasan terutama di Jalan Banting dan Jalan Besar Pandamaran mengalami kerosakan teruk, termasuk kejadian pokok tumbang dan rumah rosak.

Jelas portal itu lagi, ribut berkenaan kelihatan seperti puting beliung kecil sehingga kekuatannya menerbangkan atap rumah di bangunan tinggi.

Kejadian seumpama itu pernah berlaku pada petang 15 Oktober lalu di Pendang, Kedah di mana sekurang-kurangnya 10 buah rumah dan sebuah sekolah rendah di Kampung Alor Besar mengalami kerosakan teruk setelah dilanda puting beliung.




Penguran eCONomy yang membebal dan membebankan.



Pengalaman saya dengan orang UMNO yang berkuasa ini ialah mereka rasa mereka melakukan perkara2 yang menyebelahi kepentingan rakyat. Tapi sebenarnya sebaliknya yang berlaku.

Kepentingan yang mereka perjuangkan ialah kepentingan kelompok2 tertentu dan ianya adalah untuk kepentingan mereka sendiri untuk berfikiran demikian. Dengan berfikiran demikian sahaja, dapatlah mereka mensahihkan perlakuan mereka. Hitam jadi putih, salah jadi betul, tidak adil jadi adil.

Inilah punca minda kerajaan tahu yang terbaik untuk kamu. Walaupun PM Najib jerit sana sini mengistiharkan zaman kerajaan lebih tahu yang terbaik untuk kamu sudah berakhir, sebetulnya sebaliknya yang berlaku.  Kita tahu Najib kaki kelentong.

Kerajaan bernafsu buas untuk mengekang kepentingan rakyat.  Semua protes yang legitimate dianggap sebagai hasutan menjatuhkan kerajaan. UMNO tidak sedar bahawa kerajaan yang meraka ada hanya disokong oleh 47% pengundi dalam PRU13. Dikawasan saya, yang dapat 47%, calun MCA tewas.

PTPTN di gambarkan sebagai suatu yang baik. Orang kampong yang berpendapatan rendah menerima gambaran tersebut. Mereka sokong dan ada yang sanggup berdemonstrasi menyokong PTPTN. Banyak sangat kah wang orang Melayu?  Mengapa kita biarkan diri kita diperbodohkan? Tidak kesian kita pada anak2 kita?

 40% golongan bawahan mempunyai pendapatan isi rumah purata sebanyak RM1600. Itu angka purata. Menerima kesahihan angka ini samalah seperti kita menerima jumlah saiz purata sebuah keluarga ialah 3.5 orang. Pernah sesiapa melihat 0.5 orang?

Yang mempunyai pendapatan tidak lebih RM1000 sebulan berjuta jumlah mereka. Sebab itu ada 7 juta rakyat Malaysia layak mendapat BR1M. jumlah yang layak saya rasa sepatutnya 11 juta orang.

 Tapi mereka tidak fikir bahawa anak2 mereka, ramai yang jadi graduan tapi tidak mendapat kerja yang diimpikan, akan berhutang dan mungkin akan bengkrap. Kitaran membengkrapkan akan berulang. Yang tak dapat kerja memerlukan proses memahirkan diri lagi, masuk pusat latihan, kena bayar lagi, kena ambil PTPTN. Hutang bertambah.

Kita membiarkan kebaradaan jenerasi yang berhutang dan kita lupa bahawa ini angkara durjana sebuah kerajaan yang korap dan rasuah dan menyalah guna kuasa.

Kerajaan mengeksploitasi mimpi ibu bapa dan impian anak muda. Wahai anak muda- dalam PRU14 nanti ada 7 juta jumlah kamu- tendang keluar kerajaan bangsawan yang ada sekarang, kembalikan kuasa rakyat. Sokong kemunculan kerajaan yang baru.

Dahulu apabila saman AES dikenalkan, ada kelompok Melayu yang sanggup berdemonstrasi mempertahankan pengenaan saman AES sedangkan orang Melayu yang memiiki kereta bukan semua kaya. Kereta adalah suatu keperluan sekarang. Tapi mereka mempertahankan kenaan saman tersebut yang mengayakan syarikat yang membuat cadangan. hari ini kita tahu, kamera tak seberapa yang dipasang tapi kerajaan bayar RM700 juta dan kena bayar ganti pula kerena memberhentikan projek curi wang rakyat tersebut.

Kegilaan tambah berleluasa. Tidak salah mencadangkan memilhara ikan sturgeon dalam hutan Jerantut walaupun ianya akan menyebabkan balak RM60-70 juta akan disapu habis. Bagaimana pemegang kuasa dalam negeri saya Pahang boleh menjustifikasikan projek ini yang dari segicommon sense, akan gagal dari mula lagi. Hutan dan bukit akan gondol.

Sabsidi minyak dibayar oleh kerajaan bukanlah suatu perkara yang menakjubkan. Tapi tiap kali dalam parlimen, sahabat saya Ahmad Maslan, AP Pontian akan ungkit2 perkara ini.

Ini bukti kerajaan perihatin dan pro rakyat. Banyak ni, kata nya.

Kerajaan pulang kepada kita RM40,000 juta setahun. Ini jumlah yang besar. Jika pendapatan negara ialah sebanyal RM1.3 trillion jumlah sabsidi ialah 3% dari KDNK. Tapi banyak mana kita serahkan kepada kerajaan tahun demi tahun? 10 tahun kebelakang ini, kita serah kepada kerajaan 230,000 juta. Kita beri kerajaan hampir 6 kali ganda daripada apa yang kerajaan beri kepada kita dalam bentuk sabsidi. Jadi, apa yang hendak di ungkit? 40,000 juta sebahagian kecil dari 230,000 juta.

Dalam parlimen kita bukan datang untuk berceramah. Bajet ialah pembentangan keluar masuk wang. Semua perbelanjaan yang kerajaan cadang untuk 2015 datang dari rakyat. Kerajaan BN mesti bersyukur kerana rakyat membayar cukai yang menjadi hasil kerajaan. Yang patut bersyukur lebih ialah kerajaan bukan rakyat.

Sabsidi minyak naik dari RM1.65 billion dalam tahun 2002 kepada RM23 billion tahun 2013. Kenapa? Tidak ada misteri dan tidak perlu disorakkan. Jawapan nya sudah diberi- jumlah kereta bertambah. Orang pun bertambah. Jadi penggunaan petrol, disel dan gas pun bertambah. Apa yang ek sangat hendak dislogankan bayaran sabsidi petrol dan gas?

Ramai yang mengguna kreta dan kenderaaan. Kerana itu, maka penggunaan petrol, disel pun bertambah. Orang yang menggunakan gas pun bertambah. Jadi sabsidi bertambah.

Jika kenderaan awam baik dan mantap mungkin penggunaan kenderaaan peribadi berkurang. Jika petrol naik, dan kerajaan meliberalkan import kreta, kereta yang efisen minyak akan ditambah.  Jika harga kreta murah, kenaikan petrol tidak dirasa teruk sangat.

Penyokong UMNO gembira bila dengar Ahmad Maslan mengulangi kenyataan bahawa kerajaan ini baik hati- setiap tahun belanja RM40 billion untuk sabsidi. Macam2 ada. Sabsidi minyak, dan LPG sahaja RM21billion. mana nak cari kerajaan sebaik hati? Sampai naik loya tekak kita mendengar ulang tayang cerita lama ini.

Semua orang kena bersyukur sebab mana ada kerajaan yang belanja sebanyak itu untuk rakyat. Rakyat atau kerajaan yang patut bersyukur?

Yelah- orang UMNO yang kurang cerdik semua angguk ya seolah2 wang tersebut UMNO yang punya. Atau kerajaan yang dikuasai UMNO yang punya. Fakta nya ialah,, kerajaan tidak ada wang. Wang yang ia ada semua datang dari hasil cukai dan hasil bukan cukai yang di kutip dari rakyat semua. Yang mereka belanja itu, dalam bahasa yang mudah, bukan bapak mereka yang punya.

Tujuan sabsidi ialah mengurangkan harga sesuatu barang supaya meringankan beban rakyat. kerajaan belanja RM20-21 billion setiap tahun keatas sabsidi RON95, disel dan LPG. Juga untuk mengurangkan harga meringankan beban rakyat yang sussah.

Soalaan: adakah membantu rakyat susah menjadi susah kepada kerajaan? Kalau rasa susah sangat, undur biar Pakatan Rakyat ambil alih dan tunjukkan bagaimana kita boleh urus ekonomi negara dengan lebih baik.

Setiap tahun kita rakyat menyerahkan RM230-240 billion kepada kerajaan apa macam? Bagaimana duit kita kerajaan belanjakan? Jika dari 230 blllion itu dikembalikan kepada rakyat dalam bentuk sabsidi sebanyak RM40 billion , apa yang hendak dibising dan diungiktkan. Betul jumlah sabsidi itu banyak tapi kenapa ianya jadi demikian?

Itulah sebabnya saya katakan dalam sebuah artikel- keberadaan sabsidi ini menyembunyikan kegagalan kerajaan BN untuk memikirkan dan melaksanakan dasar2 ekonomi yang mengurangkan sabsidi  tersebut. Jika terlalu banyak sabsidi bererti kerajaan gagal memikirkan dan menjalankan dasar2 yang membaiki keadaan ekonomi. Jika pengurusan ekonomi baik, sabsidi boleh dikurangkan.

Sabsidi tidak sama dengan pemberian wang kepada mereka yang tidak berdaya, tua, sakit dan yang memerlukan bantuan kebajikan masyarakat. Ini pemberian yang mana2 kerajaan yang perihatin sediakan untuk sebahagan mereka yang benar2 tidak terdaya.

DEEPAVALI CHEER FROM ANWAR: Why give up hope, let's believe in the law - PR chief 'confident' he will win sodomy appeal

DEEPAVALI CHEER FROM ANWAR: Why give up hope, let's believe in the law - PR chief 'confident' he will win sodomy appeal
De facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today expressed confidence that his sodomy conviction would be overturned by the federal court.
"There is no need to pray that I will not be imprisoned. I believe in the law, and according to the law, I should not be jailed.
"Why should my appeal not succeed? There are no facts or evidence so what is the basis for finding me guilty?"
The opposition leader was in Little India in Klang today where he visited shops and chatted with the locals, who are busy preparing for Deepavali tomorrow.
"What excuse will the authorities use for convicting me? The Kajang move? It is already over as the appellate court had used that as an excuse."
Asked whether he had enlisted the aid of foreign leaders, Anwar pointed out that even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had done the same.
"Has Najib not asked for assistance from United States president Barack Obama on certain issues which Malaysia faced?
"The issue here is defending the principles of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. It is applied and practiced everywhere."
Anwar said the BBC and the Daily Telegraph in England had interviewed him, and he told them that those who upheld these principles would be supported anywhere.
"Why do we support Gaza and Palestine? Because of the cruelty of the Israeli regime.
"The same goes for the plight of the Rohingyas in Myanmar, due to the cruelty inflicted upon them by the regime there.
"This goes to show that our views are consistent and we should not defend cruelty here and talk about justice outside."
Anwar said the sodomy appeal due to be heard by the court next week was not just about him, but innocents being wrongfully imprisoned.
"If your father was sent to jail despite being innocent, would you defend such a decision? This is an issue which should be thought through."
Anwar also took a swipe at Umno for attempting to pit him against Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, saying it was dirty politics.
"Why would we support Azmin for the position of Selangor menteri besar if we wanted to tie his hands? Even as party deputy president we supported him.
"Why is Umno so busy trying to pit Azmin against me or anyone else? We need a strong and united party, not one wracked by infighting."
Anwar said the unity of PKR was evident during the nomination of candidates for the Selangor menteri besar post.
"We did not agree with certain quarters such as the Selangor royalty who ignored the wishes of the rakyat. Our stance has not changed."
"In the end, we decided to support Azmin and since he took over, the performance of the state administration has been quite admirable."
He was answering questions about an agreement in which Azmin had purportedly signed his resignation as menteri besar.
"I have not received any such email and I even took the trouble to browse through my inbox just in case it was actually sent to me.
"All these allegations and claims originate from Umno, so the email must have been sent to Umno rather than me."
The federal court is scheduled to hear Anwar's appeal on the sodomy conviction on October 28 and 29.
On March 7, the Court of Appeal overturned his sodomy acquittal by the high court two years ago.
The appellate court found Anwar guilty of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan 26, at a unit at the Desa Damansara condominium in Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
Anwar was sentenced to five years’ jail but was granted a stay of execution pending an appeal to the federal court. –TMI

LANDSLIDE: Still no green light to go home as displaced residents await soil tests

LANDSLIDE: Still no green light to go home as displaced residents await soil tests
The authorities will carry out soil tests near Teratai Apartment in Taman Bunga Raya, Bukit Beruntung today after more than 2,500 residents were evacuated yesterday following soil movement which caused a retaining wall to collapse.
The Public Works Department and the Public Works Institute are expected to carry out the soil tests today before the residents are given the green light to go back to their units.
Last night, 515 people or 126 families were evacuated from Blocks K and L after a retaining wall collapsed due to soil erosion caused by heavy rainfall.
Earlier yesterday morning, about 2,000 residents had been evacuated from the five-storey Teratai Apartment due to soil movement in the vicinity of their homes.
Kuala Kubu Baru Fire and Rescue department chief Nor Azhar Tajudin said the evacuations were carried out as a precautionary measure.
"The affected residents from the two blocks have been temporarily housed at nearby schools while experts carry out soil testing," he said.
"The heavy downpour yesterday afternoon and evening caused soil to break through the retaining wall near Blocks K and L.
"Although there was no immediate danger posed to the residents, the evacuation was ordered as a precautionary measure."
Three schools near Teratai Apartment have been converted into temporary shelters for the affected residents.
Nor Azhar said there were no casualties reported and about 20 firemen were on duty at the scene to manage any emergencies that might arise.
Police are also at the scene to ensure there are no break-ins at the empty apartment units.
It was learnt that early signs of soil erosion had appeared in the vicinity of the apartments on Sunday, with the situation worsening yesterday morning. -TMI

Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali is expected to visit the affected residents this afternoon.