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Jumaat, 6 November 2009


Message from Ambassador Yeop Adlan Rose to The International Islamic Retreat in Port Of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago on “ The Signs Of The Last Day In History, An Islamic Perspective ”, organized by His Eminence Sheikh Imran N.Hosein , 2nd to 12th October 2009.-------------------------------------------
Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim,
His Eminence Maulana Sheikh Imran N. Hosein,
Distinguished Guests and,
All Participants at The International Islamic Retreat,
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May Allah Bless your gathering and Reward you for your noble effort, and Grant you all success in your endeavours for all that is best in Islam, and for the cause of The Muslim Ummah.
I am thankful for the opportunity to forward, in all humility, the following to your gathering which you might consider amongst your other deliberations, and give it the due you deem it deserves.
My Brethrens in Islam,
1. A sweeping historical look at the World of Islam.
Since the first civilisational city state society-order of Islam was established in Madinah led by Prophet Muhammad S.A.W., Islam and its influence spread rapidly, and at its height was the largest single empire the world had known then, introducing and bringing with it a civilization, derived from The Koran and The Sunnah, which impacted on mankind on a way of life previously unknown. A way of life supreme, as it is one in which Man is merely a vicegerent of Allah,The Omnipotent,The Mighty,The Creator and The Owner of Everything, including Man’s very Life, which he is to live in justice to Allah, and to do justice to all of Allah’s blessings to him including the knowledge and his use of the Earth and the Universe around him.
Muslims have gone through Islam’s epochs of glory and seen many Islamic empires since. And equally, gone through many a travais since, the major ones being the onslaught of the Crusades by the Christians from Europe; the rape, pillage and plunder of the Mongols on Baghdad; the military defeat and blight of the Islamic empire of Andalusia; and the wars and ensuing centuries of colonization by Western European powers; the last one the major cause of a fragmented world of Islam today, inflicting havoc and chaos on the Muslim way of life, world view, and including the break up of the last centrally-powered Islamic empire, the world of the Uthmaniahs.
2. The World Today.
The world today can summarily be described as standing on the injustices and the ensuing chaos Man has inflicted on himself and his surroundings.
The Industrial Revolution and Western Dominance.
For centuries the world has been dominated and led by the West, powered by the engines of the industrial revolution they pioneered.
Acknowledged, they led in discoveries and inventions in science and technology, in engineering,shipbuilding,transportations,communications,aeronautics,agriculture, medicine and pharmaceuticals, etc.etc ,to the highest levels of inventions Mankind has ever known for a better life all round. Nonetheless it should not be overlooked, that this enormous contribution to Human civilization was not from knowledge which was totally their monopoly.They learnt from the Muslims coming out as they did from Western Europe when it was in the Dark Ages.The Muslims built on knowledge from the Romans; who in turned learned from the Greeks, and the Greeks from ancient Egypt and China and so on. It was derived from the treasury of human knowledge accumulated through the ages. Not to be forgotten, the Industrial Revolution was also to lead the West in scientific discovery, knowledge and inventions of sophisticated armaments and of rocket science, producing the most horrific and destructive weapons of war Man has ever known to inflict on himself.
The “Free Enterprise System” which was extolled by the West became a creed, developed into an ideology as it was found to be the fertile ground which gave forth scientific discovery and technological inventions the ends of which was not just to fulfill Man’s needs,but soon found to be a means for enormous profit and gain,and subsequently, for power and for even more profit and gain,and of course, finally, for ultimate power for complete control of Mankind.
While it unleashed scientific discoveries and technological inventions many useful to Man, it brought inherent greed and exploitation, and unleashed a ravenous appetite for all of the Earth’s minerals and resources, renewable and non renewable.The free enterprise system bred and fed Man’s greed,for material and monetary wealth and for power to get at the Earth’s resources and to build more wealth.Greed for monetary wealth and power fed on each other in a never ending cycle until that time surely to come when both will be left exhausted, each unable to sustain itself and sustain the other. In the meantime,in it’s wake, it brought forth horrific wars on Mankind and left a third of mankind impoverished, and a planet Earth denuded,ravished and exhausted of it’s natural resources.
Today, we are witnessing the ensuing chaos before our eyes.This greed unleashed,bred on the free enterprise system; with a banking system based on Riba,in which itself greed is a manifest; is floundering upon itself,falling apart.That is what the recent collapse of Lehman Brothers signify.The monetary system using useless paper money; the banking system based on Riba;the industrial mammoth created feeding on an ever expanding market consumption; on greed for monetary wealth and a ravenous appetite for natural resources to fuel and sustain it;and finally, the craving for power to hold it all together;are all falling apart on their own contradictions.The contradictions of Man’s injustice to himself and to his fellowmen as Allah’s vicegerent on earth, and Man’s injustice to Allah’s blessings of this earth to use it in justice to Allah.Man,no doubt, will pay and suffer,and is thus suffering, the consequences of his own injustices.
What we are seeing today is only the beginning of the process of the West and it’s free enterprise system falling apart on it’s own injustices.Many more banking and insurance foreclosures, giant industry shutdowns due to uncompetitiveness because of greed,massive unemployment, widespread poverty and indebtedness among their own peoples, political turmoil and politico-economic systemic breakdowns are certain to follow.
A Monopoly of Knowledge on Human Rights’Values ?
Their dominance via the free enterprise system, advanced by their power from their leadership in scientific discovery and technological inventions since the Industrial Revolution, including their military might, all arising from seemingly their monopoly of all knowledge, was also to lead the West to think that they excelled, held a monopoly of knowledge on, and are the torch bearers, on human values of freedom,human rights and democracy etc.
However, ask the West how they can reconcile the human rights’ values in the Magna Carta,or the those from the cries of Liberte’,Egalite’,Fraternite’ to their colonization of and subject of peoples all over the British,French,Spanish,Portuguese,Dutch,German,Italian Empires, destroying ethnic civilizations and breaking down indigenous ways of life of millions of peoples, many suffering souls lost, to this day.
Or ask of that which we are familiar with, the American holier than thou independence declaration, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are,Life,Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,”.Anything wrong in that?
Nothing wrong,except that when he wrote it, Thomas Jefferson,one of the founding fathers of the American constitution,had slaves in his own house! So, what equal men was he talking about when he wrote the Declaration of Independence? The white man,not the American Indians,not the slaves,not any other people obviously.And by the way, he slept with one of the slaves in his house and had children by her,a fact hidden and made known only in recent times!And still by the way,which Creator was he referring to, who,as conceived by him, turned out a rather unjust Creator indeed?
The Western European colonizers in North America labelled the Native Indians ‘uncivilized,renegades,terrorists’.They soft labelled themselves the ‘settlers’ when in truth they were barbarous Conquistadores like their Spanish counterparts.They brought the Bible in one hand ‘to civilize’ the Native Indians. and guns in the other in case of resistance. Geronimo fought bravely and tried to rally the Native Indian tribes,alas only to face annihilation.The idea then was obvious, that once the plaintiffs were no more in existence, there were no more claimants to the lands,indeed the whole continent, which they took.This chicanery has a familiar ring.They did and are doing the same with Palestine and the Palestinians,this time at the behest of the Zionist Israelis.And it has another familiar ring.Such people on whom savage injustice has been perpetrated and are fighting against it, fighting for their freedom,their lands, their way of life are,yes, labelled“terrorists”.And so, apart from the Palestinians,the Muslims in Southern Thailand,in Mindanao are thus labeled terrorists and hunted down.It is no different with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan,fighting for their land to be free to restore their Islamic way of life.It is a painful truth,but contrary to what most are made to believe, Western colonialism has not really left us since more than five hundred years ago.
Only today are we discovering that long before the words ‘ecology’,’environment’,’sustainable development’ came into vogue,the ‘uncivilised’American Native Indians were already practicing a way of life that gave full respect to those words in the way that they gave full respect to the trees,the animals,the rivers,the land,the rain,the wind,the sun and the moon,etc..To treat and use those with justice or the ‘spirits’ will be angry and evil will fall on Man as punishment.That is similar to Islam’s approach, except Islam’s fear of reproach is not from ‘spirits’ but from Allah.
By their own definition George Washington was a ‘terrorist’then,in that he fought against human rights violations from the established order of King George III of England.And yet in the end,what human rights violations of his people was he fighting for?Was it over land,territory,way of life trampled on? No,it was merely over ‘no taxation without representation’!He fought merely over that deprivation, and he is a revolutionary hero.And yet,the American Native Indians,the Palestinians who were and are fighting over being driven from their homes, villages,their land,their way of life, are not revolutionaries but ‘terrorists’!
On both counts then,as we see the world today thus dominated by the West from the last more than five centuries,both the free enterprise system and its glaring injustices to Mother Earth and to over one third of mankind left impoverished and crippled with indebtedness, as well as the West’s sermon on human rights values forcing Mankind to accept and accede their way or else, both are falling apart, their injustices exposed.The first, on it’s own violations of justice in a way that it cannot support itself.The second, being exposed for it’s chicanery.And on both counts,the West has been willy nilly,the real ‘terrorists’.The purveyor of ‘terrorism’through the free enterprise system,the international monetary and banking systems,backed by advanced scientific and technological inventions,and finally,by the might of their Military Industrial Complex. Their military industry, also named The Merchants of Death, became a power machine with an insatiable appetite for monetary greed, bent on perpetuating it’s role and hold, by such methods as making a permanent hysteria of the threat of war on themselves,inventing those threats,fighting wars so created, inventing new wars,in order to extract monstrous budget appropriations and expenditure, and selling arms to both sides in wars anywhere,most of which they had a hand in creating to begin with.
3. The Way Forward for Muslims.
It is esential to realize and discern properly the above backdrop in a correct perspective so that Muslims and the rest of Humanity can see what has truly happened to them before they can even begin to think of the way forward.It is tragic that such a perspective is largely unseen or is simply lost in the crowded complexities of history unfolding.
There is no other recourse but first,internally every Muslim has to gather and fortify himself with knowledge. Knowledge on The Religion of Islam,the meaning of Islam and the practitioner of true Islam, not the ‘Mechanical Islam type’, or the ‘Rituals Only Islam’, or ‘The Secular Islam’.It is Islam heart and soul,not Islam like the clothes he wears on his body which can be changed for type,colour or occasion as he pleases or as what pleases others.There is only Allah to be pleased with, in everything that he does and the life he lives,nothing else matters,nothing,as a Muslim knows,but so often forgets.That may seem trivial to state,but in truth, for the vast bulk of Muslims, that perspective is lost, derived especially from lack of proper education of Islam, from secular attitudes and the concommiten mainstream preoccupation of chasing after material comfort of this world,while concern for the Akhirat which should be a main guiding compass for Muslims,is just a scant afterthought.
Whether he is aware or not,Western colonialism has wreaked havoc on the Muslim’s knowledge of Islam and his practice and way of life as Muslims.Western colonial education imposed on Muslims and a way of life auwed and enamoured by the West’s scientific and technological advancement has made ‘Brown Sahibs” of generations of Muslims thinking like their western models while remaining only nominal Muslims. Or bred generations of Muslims with very a secular world view destroying their Islamic world view with such maxims as, for example,separate religion from politics whereas Islam sees everything,this world and the next, as one whole as in the meaning of Din. Thus,while the colonialists may have long gone,generations of Muslims are still ticking away in their own lands like mechanical toys labeled Muslims, made in the West, unwinding itself endlessly and haplessly, souls lost.
The West found that it served them better to have secularised Muslims.A secular Muslim has a matching mindset as that of a Westerner.A secular Islamic world is easier to control therefore.At the same time the Muslim cause has not been helped by secular leaders like Turkey’s Attaturk,and many other Muslim leaders since, who,awed by Attaturk, followed in his footsteps, took on his mistaken belief he propounded and led towards, which was for a ‘Westernised’, and therefore, a ‘progressive’Islam when in truth secularism that comes together with western thought, destroys Islam.As if Islam is not already ‘progressive’.A secular Muslim is in fact a fifth column agent against Islam.That, and plus the fact that, more significantly, he destroys Islam in himself and destroys himself as a Muslim, by doing injustice to his own self.
Thus it is that the West in fact, wages war in support of ‘secular Islam’.It is not waging war on Islam as such because they cannot do what they did to the Native Indians.They would have to annihilate over one billion Muslims, many residing in their own countries.In it’s place the West supports secular Muslim Governments, bent on making sure secular Muslim Governments are installed, and give material support to those Governments as allies and uses them to wage war on any anti-secular Islamic movements among their own peoples within their own countries.Thus in that light it is easier to see what is happening currently in Pakistan,Afghanistan,Somalia, as well as in Iran, for example.The same scenario is applicable in Algeria,Tunisia,Egypt as in Muslim countries elsewhere,in different shades of the same scenario.
All that is Medinah is Sunnah.
It is the sum total of every steadfast true Muslim that eventually forms the strength of the Ummah.The ends for which that is to be achieved is for nothing more than that every Muslim can best live his life in the way of Allah in this world in order to find the peace he seeks to be Bestowed when he is to be with Almighty Allah eventually in Akhirat.He has to fight with his life for that condition to prevail wherever he lives.That was the case with the first Muslims who migrated to Medinah.They were taught and had true knowledge of Islam by Rasulallah S.A.W, they left Mecca to be able to live lives of true Muslims,later waited for Rasullallah S.A.W. to join them and lead them in Medinah.It was not just a case of weaning themselves away into a safe corner of privacy and exclusivity, but it was a flight of freedom.A freedom to live their lives in Islam.They were to become the true torch bearers of truth from Allah,such that the sum total of their steadfastness in Islam shed new light on others which later brought Islam led by Rasullallah S.A.W. back to Mecca and eventually to all of Arabia and beyond.Similarly,it was the same steadfastness that made them fight justifiable wars led by Rasulallah S.A.W.against those who wanted to destroy Islam,destroy their freedom and their way of life in Medinah.It was never wars to impose Islam on anyone because in Medinah pacts were signed by Rasulallah S.A.W.with Jews and Christians to live in peace with Islam.Subsequent Islamic empires based on Medinah,built and run on the true tenets of Islam as shown by Rasulallah S.A.W.flourished and brought peace,justice and enlightenment to Muslims and Non Muslims,and made glorious contributions to Human civilization, a fact ignored, or more truthfully, purposefully brushed aside.
Every Muslim today has to go back to that which every Muslim in Medinah practiced.Knowledge,struggle for freedom,steadfastness,laying lives readily to fight wars against the enemies Islam. Of course at that time the Medinans had benefited directly as they had Rasulallah S.A.W. with them.But the message is the same today.Strength is built from leadership, then from the bottom up,from every individual Muslim,not from top down. Rasulallah S.A.W. first Taught and Led, but from then on, He would have been immobilized without the resolve of each and every steadfast Muslim of Medinah. Thus the Medinans understood Islam fully, lived it to it’s fullest extent, and a glorious way of life manifested itself.
It is hardly ever said or written as such, if at all,that every aspect of the way of life of Islam as a whole, Taught and Led by Rasulallah S.A.W.in Medinah, is Sunnah, as a whole.All and every aspect that was Medinah is Sunnah for Muslims !
The struggle for Muslims today is therefore to return to that way of life manifest at Medinah.Using ingenuity to suit the times of course.But inherent in that struggle also is the fact that there is no running away from going back to the Sharia for Muslims. The Sharia incorporates the whole and complete way of life for Muslims.As it is Sunnah,it is every Muslim’s life mission to achieve,whether he realizes it or not.It forms part and parcel of realizing the conditions by which Muslims can live the lives of Islam.
Thus,for Muslim minorities,it is to seek and negotiate for terms as best such that they can live everyday lives of Islam without infringing on the laws of the land they reside in. Striving for the Sharia for all in such a case is of course ridiculous. For Muslims in Muslim majority lands, it is for the whole implementation of the Sharia, taking of course into strict and stringent consideration the rights of Non Muslims. No two Muslim lands can be similar in their implementation depending upon their particular situation with regards to,for example, composition of population,and other factors.It calls for wisdom and much ingenuity, but the overall Sharia must still prevail.It is not as in the case today of many Muslim countries once colonized by the West,in which Roman law is the overall way of life while Sharia laws are an appendage only,as if the Muslim majority has become the minority.And struggling,or besieged for his Islamic way of life in his own land,in many cases from his own ‘secular Muslim’ brethrens in power.And whether he realizes it or not,that is all because he has forfeited his rights for prevailent Sharia law as a legacy of Western colonialism. After Independence from the colonialialits, he continues with the colonial legacy because now he accepts it, believing in it, as he has become secularized,a Brown Sahib through Western education.
To reach those goals in this world outlined above must be each and every Muslim’s intent and purpose before he faces and have to answer to Allah at Khiamah.Has he done all that he could in whatever way, big or small in this life, is the question every Muslim has to answer for.
The so called ’Resurgence’of Islam today is nothing more than the struggle by Muslims to achieve those goals, so as to ‘free’themselves extraneously and leave them freed internally,in order to live wholly, the lives of Islam.
That struggle should incorporate:
1. Knowledge.The deWesternisation of knowledge.Or the Islamisation of knowledge.A concept original and singularly founded by that most eminent all time thinker and Islamic scholar, Professor Syed Mohammed Naquib Al Attas.So as to realize for Muslims the correct World View in Islam.
2. DeSecularisation of the Muslim minds,an offshoot of the above. Secularism is a destructive influence on Islam.
3. A conviction and a relentless strive for the Sharia for Muslims.It’s implementation in all conditions, with wisdom and ingenuity.Whether the final goal is reached or not,the conviction and the struggle towards it would have at least put Muslims on the correct path of Allah,and the Muslims’ own path to redeem themselves before Allah.
Looking at the state of the World of Islam today, that is obviously a long, long road to travel to reach final destination.Muslims have no choice however, if they are to be in a state that Allah intended.They have been led or allowed themselves to be led astray for too long since Medinah,and since the Uthmaniah Empire, the last to have derived from the Medina mould it can be said.
It is a sad commentary on the state of Islam today for Muslims to realize that there is a glaring lack of centralized leadership.A leadership first, to grapple with matters within Islam, such as correct education and knowledge, the dissemination of such knowledge, the administration of Islamic matters affecting Muslims,the Zakat, the Haj, etc. and the general welfare of Muslims everywhere.
The scientific and technological knowledge and advancement of the West is today no longer their monopoly.It belongs to the treasury of human knowledge.No one needs to be enslaved anymore by the West to fill the need for scientific knowledge and advancement. The Ummah or anyone else can gain those from China,South Korea,Brazil,India,Japan,Russia and so on.
At it’s very basic,the scientific and technological knowledge the mass majority of Mankind need are those that can fulfill simple basic needs for food and food production,simple medicine and pharmaceuticals, affordable educational tools,cheap materials for decent habitats,and cheap means of transport and communications. China is fast becoming the world’s factory producing all manner of goods Mankind needs,and cheaply. Shoes,textiles,electrical goods,machinery,pharmaceuticals,agriculture fertilisers etc.etc.are all that the mass majority of Mankind really needs, and those can be obtained cheaply from China or any of those Non-Western countries mentioned.What other sophisticated technology is there that the mass majority of Mankind really need today that cannot be obtained similarly outside of the West? Sophisticated technology in order to reach the moon perhaps, but those they can keep for themselves as the mass majority of Mankind by and large can do without them.
Is this a call for a withdrawal inhouse or a non involvement with the West? No, but it is a call to be free from enslavement and punishment to mass poverty as a result of being trapped in the West’s free enterprise system forced upon in order to obtain scientific and technological knowledge, and in order to seek material advancement.It is however,a call for detachment,or more appropriately, a loose involvement with the West based on necessity. Why so?
Well, the answer to that,is quiet simply, the West has much to answer for, for the carnage and destruction on civilisations they have perpetrated on The world of Islam and onto Humanity as a whole for centuries, and are still perpetuating. In more recent times, to maintain their power over, and control of the World,under whatever pretext or disguise they plead, they dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshoma and Nagasaki.They dropped twice the total amount of bombs dropped during the 2nd World War on the war in Vietnam,Laos and Cambodia.And still dropped more bombs than ever dropped anywhere in not one but two successive wars on Iraq.The destruction and devastation and untold misery caused is infinite.And now they are about to do so again on Afghanistan.And yet,they coined the very term “Crime Against Humanity”!They recently called North Korea, Syria and Iran the ‘Axis of Evil’.Has anyone ever asked if any of those three countries has ever dropped atomic or nuclear bombs on anybody? And now they are demanding that Iran and North Korea must not develop nuclear weapons as that would make them dangerous to the world.Nuclear weapons in the West’s possession is good for the world ? Why, that is the logic and language they used on the American Indians coming around all over again.Guns are dangerous in the hands of those “uncivilized renegades,and terrorists”.But it was the white man who clandestinely sold them the guns in the first place in exchange for furs with ‘firewater’supplied as rebates! Then the white man made more sophisticated guns and gunpowder bombs to outdo and kill the American Indians..It’s the same cycle of logic being repeated today.Except that in the case of the American Indians,they are no longer around to make their own guns to save themselves, salvage their lands and save their civilisation! The real question to ask is why are the rest of Mankind then still persisting in having anything to do with the West in which their term calling others ‘uncivilised renegades and terrorists’ more aptly describe themselves as the evidence amply shows?
A call for detachment indefinitely? No, but it’s up to the West.Allah judges Man by his deeds. And likewise must Man judge his fellowmen by their deeds.The Ummah and the rest of mankind have endured for the last five centuries of recent history.A few more centuries would not matter much to wait to see if the West shall and truly atone by their honest and just deeds.And if not,it would not matter that much either to have little to do with them.We go by The Sunnah of Rasulallah S.A.W.There were the unbelievers including the enemies out to destroy Islam,including an uncle Abu Lahab in the family.Did Rasulallah S.A.W. stop in His Mission of Allah? Not at all.Rasulallah S.A.W. just ignored the uncle and carried on.Eventually almost all of the unbelievers came round to Islam even if the uncle never did.
In the final analysis, it seems the West would have only contributed scientific discoveries and advanced technological achievements, which are now widely available and no longer their monopoly, contained as those are in the treasury of human knowledge. By and large,those are all they contributed. The human values they purport to be the torch bearers of,can be taken less seriously as those were already in the possession of the rest of Humanity held by the many and varied civilizations including Islam. In any case, the brand of human values of freedom,human rights,democracy etc.etc. which the West champions to this day have long been exposed as shams,hypocritical, and full of double standards. And exposed as just another means to control the world.
We should take a leaf from the Chinese experience.For centuries the Chinese held together and kept themselves free from the influence of the West, those ‘barbarians’,and from all those of the world outside China with ill intent towards it.Whether the way of life they had in China was under dynastic Kingdoms,or Confucianism,or Taoism, or Communism or or Maoism,or whatever,it was nobody else’s business. Stay out,keep out,leave China free of foreign domination and influence ,apart from those who came friendly to trade ! They were kept out of the United Nations until the early 70’s.Did they suffer or lose the worst for it? Not at all it now seems clear..They kept themselves free from the West’s free enterprise system and free from it’s exploitation and cultural influence.They kept themselves free until such times as they are ready to play the West at it’s own game,as they are today.And they are winning!
Thus in Afghanistan today for example, whether the way of life sought for and fought for by the Taliban is right or wrong, extreme or otherwise,is nobody else’s business but the Afghans’ themselves, or at the most, should be left up to the Muslim Ummah for counsel or to counsel.
It is to be admitted however, that it is another sad lament for Muslims today to see the world of Islam not grappling with, taking a united stand or taking united and concerted action on matters affecting Islam or the welfare of Muslims all over the world.Rather,in general, Muslims are merely reacting on the actions or on the agendas of others. Just look at the total humiliation in Palestine on which Muslims remain powerless.Or that Muslims have no say, no stand or no role at all in what is happening today in Afghanistan for example? Or on what is happening to Iraq and to Iran ? Or no role to play whatsoever over Sudan and Darfur? That is the fault of the Muslims themselves. And it would be up to the Muslim themselves to realize,to stand up and be counted. First however, they would have to see where the faults are or where those derive from,and how and where to derive strength for The Ummah for it to matter.
4. Despair Not, But To Rise From The Rubble The Earthquake Has Caused.
If this is about ‘West Blaming’ or ‘West Bashing’ for all the ills Muslims suffer from, it is not.It is however about understanding the destruction and devastation wreaked upon the world of Islam by the wars of conquests and more significantly, by the insidious educational and cultural intervention of the West on Islamic civilization.It is about understanding those and about how Islam is to wade through the rubble and rise.The two most destructive aftermaths the West inflicted onto the Muslim World are:
1.The Sharia destroyed,the whole and complete Islamic way of life destroyed or in tatters, and,
2.The injection of Secularism poisoning the Muslim mind wherein now is separated his civilian life from the life of his religion which is considered his personal life.Islam does not separate the two,and that is fundamental.
In the situation Muslims find themselves today, with the state of the World of Islam and the state of the Ummah,there is widespread despair, wretchedness and anger ,as well as sadness, at the reality that all is not well. There is also a feeling of helplessness and in some, desperation.
There is no despair in Islam.Since everything is and all will fall in place as part of Allah’s grand design that Allah only knows,then there is nothing to despair about.Muslims may take some comfort and strength in the belief that injustice cannot prevail forever,because Allah will have the final say for Justice and Truth eventually.But that does not mean that since all will fall in place anyhow then there is nothing for Muslims to do but just let things be!Muslims are dutybound to Allah to seek knowledge and know his place and act accordingly in the right and proper ways of Allah. That is true and applicable too with the Muslim’s response to the ups and downs of the passage of Islam in the world.
Empires and civilizations come and go whether it’s ancient Egypt, Mohenjo Daro, the Mayas,the Aztecs, the Hellenic empire,the Roman empire,the Mongols, and so on,they will come and go for they are all man made.For as long as they are made of Man’s creed, Man’s ideology, they will come and go as they are as temporary as Man himself.But Muslims must hold firm their belief that Islam will never die.It cannot die as It is The Religion Bestowed on Man by Allah.The city state that was Medinah, was, and is, not the type to come and go.Medinah was the first and a forerunner.It was Created by Allah through His Messenger,the final and last of His Messengers..It was not based on Man’s creed or ideology.It was based on The religion of Allah,through The Koran. But as the way of empires, subsequent Islamic empires may have their ups and downs through the centuries,depending at any time on the Muslims’ will to uphold them, but as offshoots from Medina they will never disappear except for Khiamah. Even at Khiamah,we know that this Islamic empire, in our times that we know of, will not exist as with all that there is in this world which will all also disappear..But the Muslim belief is that nevertheless,and even then, Islam will not die, because Allah does not die with Khiamah.And Islam will still be there with Allah for a rebirth of Earth or elsewhere, or with other peoples, of which we do not know.
It is in that sense that I mean in saying that Muslims must not despair at the state of Islam in the world today or at anytime.But every Muslim must resolve to fight for Islam and for his place so that he may prepare himself to face Allah at Khiamah at a time nobody knows, but that he must prepare nevertheless. At the very least, his strive puts him on the right road to Redemption.There is no time for complacency.That is a grievous sin in Islam for it can leave the Muslim unprepared.
5. Khiamah.
As we take another overview at the world and especially of planet Earth today,it seems to me that Man is fast outliving Allah’s purpose for his existence.Man’s injustice to the use of Allah’s blessings on Earth is fast speeding up his own end,and therefore Allah’s purpose for his existence.
Take a cursory look at what Man has done and caused.Natural resources plundered to near extinction without care for future generations.The non renewables like gold, silver, tin, zinc, iron ore,lead,copper etc. including oil and gas are fast disappearing.Trees and rain forests are cut down the size of California every year.More than half of Humanity are without clean portable water.Millions of hectares of arable land are lost to agriculture due to desertification and erosion. More are lost to agriculture for lack of water.Over efficient fishing methods is fast denuding the seas of fish and fish stocks are diappearing with no chance to breed.Man has caused global warming and climate change,and the seas are expected to rise, all with catstrophic consequences for his own survival on planet Earth.On top of it all the world’s population today is expected to double in only a few decades.
I was told a few years ago by my late son ( May Allah Bless his soul in Peace) who studied World Development and International Relations,that if Man is to go on as he does in chasing the per capita income and living standards of the West as a standard,then Man would need at least two more planet Earths with all resources intact to realise that goal.Well, Man does not have two more planet Earths,this one is all he will ever have!Further,from his studies, he told me that today we are already too late and have passed the point of no return by about 50 years.If we had begun to look and begun to address the problem 50 years ago,we might have had a chance,just a chance that is.Well we did not do so 50 years ago. We have missed the chance.
It is already happening in parts of the world and most pointedly in Africa for example. Where once Africa could export food,it can no longer feed itself today.Allah’s purpose for man’s existence is to prove the Truth of Allah.If man cannot sustain his own survival on this planet then the purpose of his existence is no longer there.That too, we know,is The Way of Allah. Therefore the Truth should be forthwith sooner rather than later,it would seem.
6. A perspective on The Retreat considering The Signs of The Last day In History.
Sixty years ago after the 2nd World War,when there was all to look forward to with awe at new scientific discoveries and engineering inventions for a better life,to speak about The Last Day in History would be considered surreal. One would be laughed at as yet another one of those clowning ‘prophets of doom’ through the ages.Well, it is not so today.
In that light, I would venture to suggest that the initiative of His Eminence Sheikh Imran N.Hosein in organizing the retreat to consider The Signs of The Last Day in History in Trinidad and Tobago above,be adopted as a thematic approach in any discussion or study on the state of Islam in the world today.If not to consider the subject of the last day in history itself, the changes in the modern world and so on,it would be more to do with what every Muslim is to do with more resolve and urgency so that he is prepared and ready when it comes whenever it comes.It is more to do with his Knowledge,to strengthen his Iman and Taqwa, and live righteously in the ways of Allah.It is to do with his resolve to stand up,defend his case,defend Islam and fight injustice from any quarter,Muslim and Non Muslim,fight with his life for Islam,for that is the only way he can be accepted in Berkat for when his day comes,or when The Last Day In History is here.
My Brethrens in Islam,
I am done.And I realise this message is a rather extended one.I confess to an inability at constraint in an outpouring of many thoughts,and hence a rather lengthy discourse.I do so in the hope of being useful.For that, I beg your indulgence.May all at the Retreat in Trinidad and Tobago be Blessed with a successful and rewarding experience, and come away with Knowledge, Steadfastness and Resolve in the cause of Islam.
Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah,Wasalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Warabakatuh

Ambassador Yeop Adlan Rose,
92, Jalan Arca U8/78,
Bukit Jelutong Timur,
Shah Alam, Malaysia


Kenyataan MediaAngkatan Muda Keadilan
6 November 2009

Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia (AMK) menyeru Perdana Menteri agar tidak mengeliru parlimen serta orang awam tentang royalti minyak serta wang ehsan. Perbuatan menyalurkan wang ehsan kepada Kelantan telah merampaskan hak Kerajaan Kelantan untuk mendapatkan royalti minyak demi pembangunan kebajikan rakyat.
AMK berpendapat bahawa idea wang ehsan yang dikemukakan adalah akibat daripada tekanan wakil-wakil rakyat Pakatan Rakyat. Sudah lama, pelbagai pihak termasuk Kerajaan Kelantan telah mendesak agar Kerajaan Persekutuan dapat bertindak adil atas pembahagian peruntukan ke seluruh negeri.
Lebih mengecewakan adalah sementara Perdana Menteri mengutarakan konsep “Satu Malaysia”, wujudnya pembahagian peruntukan yang mengambil kira faktor kepentingan politik sahaja. Jelasnya bahawa “Satu Malaysia dengan double standard” masih wujud.AMK menyelar Barisan Nasional yang seringkali meminggirkan Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan yang diterajui oleh PAS. Barisan Nasional perlu bertanggungjawab atas Kelantan menjadi antara negeri yang termiskin. Semua jenis cukai termasuklah cukai pendapatan, duti import dan eksport yang merupakan sebahagian besar pendapatan negara perlu diagih dengan adil khasnya membantu negeri miskin supaya taraf hidup rakyat dapat dipertingkatkan. Usaha mengurangkan jurang kemiskinan di antara negeri-negeri di Malaysia juga perlu ditekankan.
Kenyataan Perdana Menteri berkaitan dengan wang ehsan hanya akan disalurkan dengan projek-projek pembangunan yang dijalankan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan menunjukkan bahawa sekali lagi dasar diskriminasi terhadap Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan masih diteruskan. Tindakan tersebut berniat jahat serta bertujuan untuk membantut dan merosakkan prestasi pentadbiran Kerajaan Kelantan.
Sekiranya Perdana Menteri Malaysia betul-betul ikhlas untuk membantu dan meningkatkan taraf hidup rakyat di Kelantan, maka perlu mengembalikan royalti minyak kepada rakyat Kelantan. Rakyat sepatutnya tidak perlu dibezakan atau “dihukum” atas pegangan politik yang berlainan. Semua rakyat membayar cukai dan mereka tidak sepatutnya menghadapi diskriminasi sedemikian.
Akhirnya, AMK mendesak Perdana Menteri supaya menerima cadangan Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim untuk menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Peruntukan Malaysia atau Malaysia Grant Commission yang mengagihkan peruntukan negara kepada semua negeri dengan adil tanpa sebarang faktor politik.

Lee Khai LoonKetua
Penerangan Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia

Anggota J/K disiplin MCA letak jawatan

MCA hari ini menerima satu tamparan lagi apabila keseluruhan lima anggota jawatankuasa disiplin parti itu meletak jawatan secara beramai-ramai.
Difahamkan keputusan itu dibuat dalam mesyuarat jawatankuasa tersebut baru-baru dan surat rasmi peletakan jawatan mereka telah diserahkan oleh pengerusinya, Ng Cheng Kiat hari ini.Anggota jawatankuasa tersebut dipercayai tidak senang dengan campurtangan politik dalam keputusan yang dibuat, mengakibatkan ia tidak dapat berfungsi dengan berkesan.
Mengikut perlembagaan parti, semua keputusan jawatankuasa disiplin perlu disahkan oleh majlis presiden sebelum dibawa kepada jawatankuasa pusat parti itu.Kedua-dua badan tersebut mempunyai kuasa untuk menolak atau meminda keputusan jawatankuasa disiplin itu."Dalam kes kami, ianya adalah soal disiplin. Tetapi bila ia dibawa kepada jawatankuasa pusat dan majlis presiden, mereka membuat keputusan politik.
"Sistem ini tidak berkesan untuk menguatkuasakan tindakan disiplin," kata seorang anggota jawatankuasa disiplin itu yang enggan namanya disebut.Bagaimanapun, beliau menafikan peletakan jawatan secara beramai-ramai itu ada kaitan dengan sisatan terhadap Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, di mana syor jawatankuasa disiplin memecatnya, telah dibatalkan.
Satu sumber berkata penarikan balik penggantungan ketua bahagian Ipoh Timur, Thong Fah Chong juga merupakan satu lagi contoh campurtangan politik dalam tugas jawatankuasa tersebut.Beliau menegaskan bahawa peletakan jawatan mereka tiada kaitan dengan mana-mana kes yang khusus, kerana jawatankkuasa itu tidak puas hati dengan keseluruhan sistem disiplin parti.
Ekoran siasatan yang dijalankan, jawatankuasa disiplin telah mengesyorkan Ogos lalu supaya Chua dipecat kerana mencemarkan imej parti kerana skandal DVD seks.Syor itu disahkan oleh majlis presiden tetapi ianya kemudiannya dibatal oleh jawatankuasa disiplin dan digantikan dengan hukuman penggantungan keahlian Chua selama empat tahun.Ekoran itu, penyokong Chua mendesak mesyuarat luar biasa (EGM) diadakan pada 10 Oktober, yang menyaksikan perwakilan menolak keputusan jawatankuasa tersebut.
Dalam perkembangan yang berkaitan, pengerusi dan pengarah akhbar berbahasa Inggeris The Star milik MCA, Datuk Leong Tang Chang kini merupakan pengarah bukan eksekutif akhbar tersebut.Perubahan tersebut dibuat dua minggu selepas Leong dipecat daripada jawatan biro undang-undang MCA.

Wang Royalti : Rakyat Kelantan Minta Hak Mereka, Bukan Sedekah Wang Ehsan

Kenyataan Media

Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) menyelar sikap biadap dan double standard yang diamalkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan terhadap tuntutan Kerajaan Kelantan berhubung isu Royalti Minyak
yang dibayar oleh Petronas melalui Kerajaan Persekutuan yang ditadbir BN.PAS kesalkerana Kerajaan BN melayan tuntutan rakyat Kelantan seperti melayani peminta sedekah, dengan mengumumkan 'wang ehsan' bagi mengantikan wang royalti yang dikatakan tidak layak diterima kerana kononnya Petronas beroperasi dikawasan bertindih.
Jawapan ini memperlekehkan tuntutan rakyat Kelantan yang mana mereka tetap berhak walaupun ia berada di kawasan yang bertindih. Sekurang-kurangnya bayaran royalti perlu dibayar kepada Kelantan yang jumlahnya sama dengan negeri yang bersempadan dikawasan bertindih itu. Negeri-negeri lain yang mempunyai sumber minyak yang diterokai oleh Petronas seperti, Sabah, Sarawak, dan Terengganu mendapat wang royalti, tetapi kenapa Kerajaan BN hanya memberikan 'wang ehsan' sedangkan itu adalah hasil bumi Kelantan yang diakui oleh ramai pakar geografi dan petroleum termasuk dari pihak Petronas sendiri.
Krisis ini mengulangi kebiadapan Kerajaan BN terhadap rakyat yang satu ketika dahulu mengantikan wang royalti kepada wang ehsan kepada Kerajaan Terengganu selepas negeri itu diperintah oleh Kerajaan PAS. Ketika itu, wang ehsan itu diberikan melalui kroni-kroni mereka di dalam Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan yang ditubuhkan tanpa persetujuan Kerajaan Negeri.
Hal yang sama akan berlaku di Kelantan dimana duit 'wang ehsan' itu akan masuk ke kantung kroni BN melalui Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan tanpa melalui Pegawai Kewangan Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan. Jika ini berlaku, bermakna rakyat Kelantan tidak akan mendapat manfaat apa-apa melainkan sekadar layanan seperti peminta sedekah kepada Kerajaan Pusat. Wang royalti dirompak ditengah jalan oleh Kerajaan BN dan duit sedekah ehsan diberi untuk menunjukkan kepada rakyat yang kononnya BN prihatin, walhal mereka sepatutnya mendapat hak mereka, lebih dari nilai wang ehsan itu. Ini adalah cara fikir politik yang kotor, dendam dan tamak yang menjadi darah daging pemimpin BN.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sebagai Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Kewangan sepatutnya malu untuk mengumumkan perkara ini di Parlimen, kerana apa yang beliau lakukan ini hanyalah satu lagi bukti kezaliman BN terhadap Kelantan yang sudah 20 tahun di tadbir oleh PAS dengan jayanya tanpa bantuan wang royati minyak yang sudah lama dituntut.
Inilah jasa Datuk Awang Adek selepas dilantik menjadi Senator dan Timbalan Menteri Kewangan oleh Najib kepada rakyat Kelantan. Mujurlah beliau dan sekutu BNnya kalah di Kelantan dalam Pilihanraya 2008, jika tidak rakyat Kelantan akan lebih menderita lagi jika beliau dilantik menjadi Menteri Besar.
Ust Idris Ahmad
Ketua Penerangan PAS Pusat

Taman Ilmu Gagal, Tergendala ?

BESUT - Genap setahun pemerintahan Menteri Besar Terengganu yang penuh kontroversi, Dato’ Ahmad Said, menyifatkan projek Taman Ilmu yang bernilai RM410 juta, gagal direalisasikan sebagai sebuah ’pusat ilmu bertaraf dunia’.
Ketika mengadakan sesi soal jawab panjang (selama sejam) bersama media, beliau mendedahkan, belum ada satu pun universiti luar negara yang memohon untuk menawarkan khidmat pendidikan di Taman Ilmu.Beliau berkata demikian di Wisma DarulIman, Mei lalu, apabila para wartawan mendesaknya dengan soalan bahawa, beliau telah meminggirkan Besut dalam agenda pembangunannya sebagai Menteri Besar.
Disamping itu, dalam sidang media yang sama, Ahmad tidak dapat menyembunyikan realiti bahawa, pembangunan Taman Ilmu dan Kampus Induk UDM yang dibuat ’mudah-mudah’ semasa zaman Idris dan Pak Lah, tidak berjalan dengan licin.Katanya, projek-projek mega termasuk pembinaan Taman Ilmu sebelum zamannya adalah merupakan projek ’terus’ dari Kuala Terengganu ke Putrajaya.Sebaliknya, katanya, beliau terpaksa memasukkan perbelanjaan pembinaan tersebut dalam bajet tahunan pada setiap tahun, dan menghantar kepada Putrajaya.Keadaan tersebut adalah kerana, pada zaman Idris dan Pak lah, wang royalti minyak Terengganu dibelanjakan secara ’agak bebas’, namun pada masa Ahmad, ia dimasukkan dahulu kepada akaun kerajaan negeri.Realitinya, pembinaan Taman Ilmu dan Kampus UDM benar-benar tergendala !Senarai projek dalam pembinaan yang dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Kerjaraya
negeri Terengganu (JKRNT) tahun 2008 telah menunjukkan lima ’parcel’ pembinaan komponen Taman Ilmu dan Kampus Induk UDM telah mengalami kelewatan selama sembilan bulan.JKRNT meletakkan jangkaan, keenam-enam ’parcel’ pembinaan dijangka siap pada Disember tahun 2008. (Lihat Dokumen dibawah)

Kampus UDM Besut

Tinjauan wartawan Buletin ke lokasi tapak pembinaan Taman Ilmu dan Kampus UDM semalam mendapati, tidak banyak aktiviti pembinaan dijalankan, bahkan sebahagiannya terhenti samasekali.Beberapa individu yang ditemui berhampiran lokasi tersebut mengesahkan pembinaan berlaku agak perlahan sejak beberapa bulan lalu.Mohd Sulaiman, 66, (bukan nama sebenar) seorang pesara berkata beliau sedar aktiviti pembinaan Taman Ilmu bergerak agak perlahan namun beliau tidak tahu mengapa berlaku demikian.

Manakala seorang bekas guru, Adnan Ahmad, 70, berasal dari Kampung Air Tawar, Kuala Besut, mendakwa pembangunan Taman Ilmu mungkin tergendala kerana kekurangan wang yang disalurkan oleh pihak yang berkaitan.Beliau turut menambah, pembinaan kampus UDM disitu, bukan lagi menjadi kampus utama sebagaimana yang di ’impikan’ oleh Idris.”Ia dah jadi kampus cawangan, UDM cawangan Besut, ’puak-puak tu’ tak mahu jadikan kampus induk,”katanya, tanpa mengulas lanjut, siapakah yang dimaksudkannya sebagai ’puak-puak tu’

Masjid RM3 Juta Bocor Sebelum Dirasmi

Batu Rakit, SETIU - Belum lagi dirasmikan, Masjid Lingai di sini, sudah menghadapi masalah siling bocor sehingga menyebabkan ada beberapa bahagian siling kapur di masjid berkenaan mulai tertanggal.
Menurut penduduk, masjid itu mula dibina pada 2007 dengan kos kira-kira RM3 juta dan mula digunakan pada 1 Syawal lalu. Mereka mendakwa, masalah siling bocor di masjid itu sudah dikesan berlaku sejak ia mula digunakan.
Tinjauan Sinar Harian mendapati, banyak kesan air hujan masuk melalui siling masjid dan ia menyebabkan beberapa bahagian silingnya mula menjadi hitam dan hanya menunggu masa untuk jatuh. Seorang ahli kariah yang ingin dikenali sebagai Mohamad Abdullah berkata, setiap kali hujan lebat, air akan membanjiri bahagian luar ruang utama masjid melalui beberapa bahagian siling. ”Sebelum ini pernah berlaku kebocoran sehingga menyebabkan bahagian luar ruang utama masjid basah. Terbaru, pada minggu lalu ketika hujan lebat, beberapa keping siling kapur pula jatuh. ”Sebagai kariah di masjid ini, takkan kami hendak biarkan masjid ini begini sahaja. Malah, masalah ini tidak sepatutnya berlaku dengan nilai dan kos yang telah diperuntukkan,” katanya.
Dalam pada itu, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK) Lingai, Nafi Baharim, 49, ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian mengakui berlakunya masalah siling bocor di masjid berkenaan. ”Perkara ini telah diajukan kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) termasuk Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) dan kami sudah mengenal pasti punca kebocoran yang berlaku,” katanya. Bagaimanapun, Nafi tetap bimbang jika masalah siling bocor itu tidak diatasi PBT dengan sebaik mungkin, tidak mustahil ia akan mengakibatkan kejadian lebih serius pada masa akan datang.

Siapa Kaut Untung Pembelian Kapal Layar Piala Monsun ?

KUALA TERENGGANU - Penganjuran Kejohanan Kapal Layar Piala Monsun di Pulau Duyong merupakan pembaziran wang rakyat yang dilakukan pemimpin Umno dan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) dinegeri ini.
Ia jelas tidak memberi faedah yang banyak kepada rakyat tempatan, samada kepada orang awam ataupun dikalangan pengusaha.Walaupun pihak penganjur acara tersebut mendapat pelbagai anugerah, penganjuran sukan antarabangsa itu kini tidak lagi menjadi daya tarikan kepada pengusaha tempatan untuk memasarkan produk mereka.
Sebuah akhbar arus perdana melaporkan, Pengarah Pelancongan Negeri, Encik Suhaimi Abu Hassan Shari berkata beliau kecewa kerana pengusaha tempatan tidak menjadikankan ‘simbol’ piala Monsun sebagai strategi pemasaran mereka.
Katanya, dari seluruh pengusaha hotel dan resort, hanya seorang pengusaha ‘home-stay’ yang mengiklankan Piala Monsun, untuk menarik pelanggan bagi menyaksikan kejohanan itu. Manakala Pengerusi Persatuan Agensi Pelancongan Malaysia (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents - Matta) bagi negeri Terengganu, Encik Esmadee Endut berkata populariti Piala Monsun belum berhasil menarik kehadiran pelancong yang ramai."Ahli-ahli persatuan tidak tahu apa atau dimana sasaran segmen pemasarannya kerana penganjur tidak pernah memasukkan kami dalam pelan promosi mereka,”katanya. (Gambar kanan - kapal layar RM14 juta diluar musim, hanya digunakan semasa kejohanan)
Bagi PAS, berjuta ringgit yang dibelanjakan setiap tahun, tanpa pulangan yang pasti dan boleh dilihat, menunjukkan penganjuran sukan yang dikatakan berprestij itu sebenarnya ’gagal’.
Sehubungan itu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kawasan Ladang, Dato’ Tengku Hassan Tengku Omar berkata kerajaan negeri banyak membazirkan wang rakyat dalam penganjuran Piala Monsun.
Katanya, pembelian kapal layar yang digunakan untuk kejohanan tersebut adalah terlalu mahal."Harga sebuah kapal layar itu RM1.4 juta dan kerajaan negeri melalui SEDC (Perbadanan Memajukan Iktisad Negeri Terengganu) telah membeli 10 buah kapal layar dengan kos RM14 juta," jelasnya Menurutnya, PAS memberi jaminan jika parti itu diberi kepercayaan oleh rakyat memerintah semula Terengganu penganjuran kapal layar tersebut dibatalkan.
"Apa yang rakyat dapat dari perbelanjaan RM14 juta itu dan kerajaan perlu memberi penjelasan kepada rakyat," ujarnya. Melalui semakan yang dibuat, kapal layar jenis ’Foundation 36’ yang digunakan dalam kejohanan Piala Monsun dibangunkan oleh Western Australian Yachting Foundation.Kapal tersebut boleh dibeli dengan mudah melalui internet dengan harga AU$115,000 bersamaan dengan RM355,751.35 sebuah. (Gambar bawah - iklan kapal layar Foundation 36 dalam internet)
Bagaimana pihak Perbadanan Memajukan Iktisad Negeri Terengganu (PERMINT – SEDC) membelinya dengan harga RM1.4 juta sebuah?
- buletinonline

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara Berkaitan Pengurusan Kenderaan Kerajaan

- Majlis Perbandaran Kemaman Membeli Bas Dua Tingkat Sebelum Mendapat Kelulusan MITI
Kenderaan merupakan aset yang penting bagi melancarkan perjalanan aktiviti Jabatan Kerajaan Negeri. Pengurusan kenderaan wajar diberi keutamaan oleh Kerajaan Negeri kerana ia merupakan aspek penting dalam pengurusan kewangan. Kenderaan Jabatan bermaksud kenderaan yang berada di bawah kawalan Kerajaan sama ada ia dibeli atau disewa dengan menggunakan wang Kerajaan, diterima melalui sumbangan atau hadiah atau diperoleh melalui proses perundangan. Peraturan mengenai pengurusan kenderaan Kerajaan pada masa kini terkandung dalam beberapa peraturan seperti Pekeliling Perbendaharaan Bil. 2 Tahun 1980, Bil. 2 Tahun 1996, Bil. 6 Tahun 1999 dan Bil. 8 Tahun 1999.
Pengurusan kenderaan adalah tanggungjawab setiap Jabatan/Agensi Negeri untuk menguruskannya. Setiap Jabatan yang memerlukan kenderaan hendaklah mendapat kelulusan daripada pihak Kerajaan Negeri melalui Pejabat Kewangan dan Perbendaharaan Negeri. Tujuan perolehan kenderaan adalah untuk membantu Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri (SUK) serta Jabatan/Pejabat/Agensi di bawah kawal selianya dalam melaksanakan aktiviti yang dirancang. Selain itu, bagi kenderaan yang telah mengalami kerosakan dan tidak ekonomik untuk dibaiki, pelupusan kenderaan akan dilaksanakan setelah mendapat kelulusan daripada Pejabat Kewangan dan Perbendaharaan Negeri.
Bagi tahun 2004 hingga 2008, Kerajaan Negeri telah membelanjakan sejumlah RM53.2 juta untuk perolehan sebanyak 153 buah kenderaan manakala sejumlah RM9.05 juta telah dibelanjakan oleh Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) untuk memperoleh 74 buah kenderaan dan sejumlah RM1.14 juta telah dibelanjakan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Kemaman (Majlis) untuk memperoleh 15 buah kenderaan.Perolehan KenderaanSurat Pekeliling Perbendaharaan Bil. 7 Tahun 2002 menyatakan kelulusan pihak Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa Dan Industri (MITI) hendaklah diperoleh Terlebih dahulu sekiranya perolehan bahan/barangan import bernilai melebihi RM50,000.

1. Perolehan Kenderaan Oleh Majlis Perbandaran Kemaman
Majlis telah merancang pembelian sebuah bas dua tingkat untuk digunakan sebagai kenderaan rasmi bagi membawa orang kenamaan dan juga bersesuaian dengan status Majlis sebagai Majlis Perbandaran yang memerlukan sebuah bas eksekutif. Majlis telah menandatangani satu perjanjian bagi pembelian bas dua tingkat berharga RM830,000 dengan Syarikat C.U. Tours Ltd. Part, Thailand pada 26 Julai 2005.Semakan Audit mendapati Majlis memohon permit import daripada MITI pada 2 Ogos2005 dan permohonan tersebut telah diluluskan pada 11 Oktober 2005. Ini bermakna Majlis telah membuat pembelian sebelum mendapat kelulusan daripada pihak MITI.
Mengikut perjanjian, syarikat pembekal perlu membekalkan bas tersebut pada 15 Ogos 2005. Bagaimanapun, Majlis telah menerima bas tersebut pada 8 Februari 2006 iaitu lewat enam bulan dari tarikh sepatutnya. Kelewatan ini disebabkan masalah permit import. Walaupun bas ini diterima oleh Majlis pada 8 Februari 2006, ianya masih belum boleh didaftarkan dengan Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) kerana masalah kelulusan daripada Pusat Pemeriksaan Kenderaan Berkomputer (PUSPAKOM) mengenai pelan bas. Bas ini hanya didaftarkan dengan JPJ pada 18 Mei 2006. Dengan ini Majlis telah kerugian masa selama sembilan bulan untuk menggunakan bas ini. Selain itu Majlis juga telah menanggung kos tambahan sejumlah RM15,000 seperti di Jadual 4.1.

Pada pendapat Audit, perolehan kenderaan adalah tidak memuaskan kerana pembelian dibuat sebelum kelulusan daripada MITI diperolehi dan kenderaan tersebut lewat diterima seperti mana perjanjian.

2. Projek Sistem Pengangkutan Bas Awam Negeri Terengganu
Pada 22 Ogos 2007, Cas Ligas Sdn. Bhd. iaitu syarikat subsidiari milik Perbadanan Memajukan Iktisad Negeri Terengganu (PMINT) telah diperbadankan dengan modal berbayar RM250,000. Syarikat ini memerlukan sebanyak 26 buah bas bagi memberi perkhidmatan pengangkutan yang merangkumi enam buah bas dalam bandar dan 20 buah bas antara daerah. Tujuan projek ini ialah untuk meningkatkan tahap mobiliti pengantaraan penduduk kawasan ke kawasan yang lain serta menyediakan kemudahan pengangkutan untuk pelancong datang ke Negeri Terengganu.Pada 19 Disember 2007, pihak SUK telah bersetuju melantik Syarikat Cool Caliber Sdn.Bhd. untuk membekalkan empat buah bas bandar berharga RM355,000 sebuah dan 20 buah bas antara daerah berharga RM415,000 sebuah. Manakala baki dua buah bas bandar akan diperoleh daripada Syarikat Sumai Engineering Sdn. Bhd. dengan harga RM402,000 sebuah. Semakan Audit mendapati:
i) Kelewatan Penerimaan Bas
Pada 9 Januari 2008, pihak SUK mengeluarkan pesanan tempatan kepada dua pembekal tersebut bagi membekal 26 buah bas berharga RM10.52 juta. Semakan Audit mendapati, tidak ada perjanjian disediakan antara Kerajaan Negeri dan syarikat pembekal. Berdasarkan surat daripada Pejabat SUK kepada Syarikat Cool Calibre Sdn. Bhd., Syarikat perlu menghantar 10 buah bas pada 16 Mac 2008 dan baki 14 buah lagi pada 30 April 2008. Bayaran penalti sejumlah RM300 sehari bagi setiap buah bas akan dikenakan sekiranya Syarikat gagal membekalkan bas dalam tempoh yang dipersetujui.Semakan Audit mendapati Syarikat lewat membekalkan kesemua 24 bas dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan seperti di Jadual 4.2 dan tidak ada denda dikenakan kepada pembekal terhadap kelewatan tersebut.

Pihak SUK menjelaskan kelewatan penghantaran bas-bas tersebut disebabkan pengubahsuaian semula spesifikasi terhadap bas-bas tersebut untuk disesuaikan dengan kehendak dan keperluan semasa. Dalam melaksanakan pengubahsuaian tersebut, pihak SUK bersetuju di atas kelewatan bas tersebut dengan syarat tidak ada kos tambahan dikenakan. Pihak SUK juga bersetuju tidak mengenakan apa-apa tindakan kepada Syarikat atas kelewatan tersebut akibat daripada pengubahsuaian spesifikasi tersebut.
ii) Bas Tidak Dapat Digunakan Mengikut Tujuan Perolehan
Projek ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan tahap mobiliti pengantaraan penduduk kawasan ke kawasan yang lain dan memudahkan para pelancong datang ke Negeri Terengganu. Berdasarkan kepada keputusan mesyuarat Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri pada 24 Disember 2008, perkhidmatan bas antara daerah tidak dapat beroperasi kerana syarikat pengangkutan tempatan sedia ada membantah cadangan untuk bersaing di laluan yang sama, kos penyenggaraan dan operasi adalah tinggi dan sentiasa meningkat. Syarikat pula tidak mempunyai latar belakang dan pengalaman dalam bidang pengangkutan. Mulai 26 Februari 2009, Kerajaan Negeri telah mengagihkan 18 daripada 20 buah bas tersebut kepada Jabatan/Agensi Negeri yang memerlukan bagi menjalankan aktiviti masing-masing.
Pada pendapat Audit, projek pengangkutan awam tanpa membuat kajian yang teliti terlebih dahulu menyebabkan rancangan projek ini tidak dapat dilaksanakan dan objektif projek tidak tercapai.
- buletinonline

Pembelian Bas bernilai RM10.5 juta Membazir

KUALA TERENGGANU – Kerajaan negeri membazirkan RM10.5 juta membeli 26 buah bas yang dibiarkan tersadai apabila rancangan menyediakan perkhidmatan bas antara daerah terpaksa dibatalkan.
Ia adalah kerana bantahan dari syarikat-syarikat bas yang telah pun menyediakan khidmat yang sama.Pembaziran tersebut berpunca dari kerajaan negeri gagal membuat kajian komprehensif sebelum melaksanakan projek tersebut.
Laporan Ketua Audit Negara menyatakan kajian sedemikian adalah sangat perlu bagi mengelakkan kegagalan mencapai objektif.Menurut laporan tersebut, Setiausaha kerajaan negeri telah melantik dua syarikat membekalkan bas-bas tersebut pada tahun 2007.
Kemudian, pada bulan Februari tahun ini, Kerajaan negeri memutuskan untuk mengagih-agihkan 18 buah bas itu kepada beberapa agensi dan jabatan.
Laporan Ketua Audit turut menyebut syarikat berkaitan kerajaan yang dilantik bagi melaksanakan perkhidmatan bas tersebut juga diapati tidak memiliki pengalaman mengendalikan perkhidmatan pengangkutan.
Berdasarkan laporan Setiausaha Kerajaan negeri, audit juga menemui kos pengendalian dua Proton Perdana V6 adalah lebih tinggi dari membelinya.Sejumlah RM308, 731 telah dibelanjakan untuk dua knderaan tersebut yang dibeli dengan harga RM234,054.
Auditor tidak dapat menganalisa kos yang timbul kerana Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Anti Rasuah (SPRM) telah merampas fail-fail berkenaan.Laporan Ketua Audit Negara juga mendapati penyelewengan penggunaan kad pegisian bahanapi berlaku di pejabat Setiausaha kerajaan negeri dan Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) negeri.
Kerajaan negeri ditegur oleh Ketua Audit supaya sentiasa memantau aktiviti-aktiviti sayarikat berkaitan kerajaan bagi memastikan mereka melaksanakan amalan pengurusan koporat yang baik, mematuhi peraturan, memperolehi keuntungan dan membayar dividen kepada negeri. - buletinonline

Akaun Kerajaan Negeri Defisit, Hutang Meningkat kepada RM997.60 juta

KUALA TERENGGANU – Walaupun mendapat sumbangan Dana Khas sebanyak RM2.613 bilion dari kerajaan Pusat bagi tahun 2007 dan 2008, kedudukan akaun hasil disatukan kerajaan negeri masih defisit (kurangan).
Pada tahun 2007, jumlah perbelanjaan mengurus adalah RM1,546.52 juta berbanding hasil yang diperolehi sebanyak RM1,262.13 (defisit RM284.39 juta).
Manakala pada tahun lalu, perbelanjaan mengurus sebanyak RM1,790.10 melampaui hasil sebanyak RM146.54 juta (defisit) dengan penerimaan hasil adalah sebanyak RM1,643.56 juta. Oleh kerana mengalami defisit dua tahun berturut-turut, kerajaan negeri Terengganu telah mendapat teguran dari Ketua Audit Negara, Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Haji Ambrin Buang.
”Ini bermakna Kerajaan Negeri masih menggunakan sumber daripada Akaun Amanah Disatukan bagi menampung defisit tersebut,”katanya sebagaimana dicatatkan dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara, Penyata Kewangan Kerajaan Negeri Dan Pengurusan Kewangan Jabatan/Agensi Negeri Terengganu Tahun 2008 Justeru, katanya, kerajaan Terengganu mesti mengambil tindakan sewajarnya, dengan mengamalkan berhemat supaya keadaan ini tidak berlaku kerana tidak semua wang amanah itu merupakan aset Kerajaan Negeri. Selain menasihatkan kerajaan Terengganu, beliau juga menyeru supaya kerajaan negeri Terengganu berusaha memungut keseluruhan tunggakan hasil berjumlah RM92.48 juta.
Katanya, Nisbah Semasa yang digunakan mengukur kedudukan kecairan tunai Kerajaan Negeri juga adalah rendah untuk menampung jumlah tanggungan semasa.”Analisis Audit mendapati pada tahun 2008, Nisbah Kecairan Kerajaan Negeri kurang daripada 1, menunjukkan kecairan tunai Kerajaan Negeri adalah rendah untuk menampung jumlah tanggungan semasa,”jelasnya.
Beliau juga menyenaraikan, hutang Kerajaan Negeri kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan yang meningkat pada tahun 2008 kepada RM997.60 juta berbanding RM937.87 juta pada tahun 2007 iaitu meningkat sejumlah RM59.73 juta atau 6.4%.

K'tan dapat wang ehsan minyak

Kerajaan Persekutuan akan memberi wang ehsan kepada Kelantan daripada hasil pengeluaran minyak di luar pesisir pantai negeri itu mulai tahun depan, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengumumkan di Dewan Rakyat hari ini.
Sebelum ini, Menteri Besar Kelantan, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat telah menghantarkan surat kepada perdana menteri mengenai tuntutan bayaran royalti 5 peratus, yang berjumlah RM1 bilion, hasil petroleum dan gas cecair di perairan Kelantan.Kerajaan negeri membuat tuntutan itu tahun ini setelah mengetahuinya melalui laporan dari Jabatan Perangkaan bahawa petroleum itu telah beroperasi sejak 2004 dan tuntutan royalti RM1 bilion itu dikira bermula dari 2004 sehingga kini.
Ketika menjawab soalan Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) di Dewan Rakyat, perdana menteri berkata, kerajaan Kelantan tidak berhak menerima wang royalti minyak di perairannya kerana ia terletak di kawasan bertindih.
Najib berkata, kerajaan persekutuan telah meneliti isu royalti petroleum oleh kerajaan Kelantan secara mendalam termasuk dari sudut perundangan berkaitan kuasa kerajaan serta pengurusan hasil petroleum negara.Katanya, sama seperti Terengganu, pembayaran wang ehsan itu diberi setelah kerajaan pusat mengambil kira keperluan untuk membangunkan Kelantan serta meningkatkan kesejahteraan hidup penduduknya selaras dengan arus pembangunan negara.
"Bagi memastikan agihan wang ehsan itu dibuat dan dinikmati secara langsung oleh rakyat Kelantan, peruntukan tersebut akan disalurkan dalam bentuk projek pembangunan dan program membasmi kemisminan dan akan disalurkan terus oleh kerajaan (pusat) setelah berbincang dengan kerajaan negeri," katanya, lapor Bernama.
Najib berkata demikian bagi menjawab sekaligus soalan-soalan yang dibangkitkan oleh beberapa ahli parlimen dari Kelantan sebelum ini berhubung tuntutan royalti minyak bagi negeri itu."Dari segi perundangan Kelantan tiada hak untuk membuat tuntutan begitu juga Terengganu," katanya.Najib berkata berdasarkan undang-undang, Kelantan dan Terengganu hanya berhak menuntut wang royalti sekiranya terdapat sumber petroleum yang dihasilkan dalam perairan negeri berkenaan.Perairan negeri ditakrifkan sebagai terletak tidak melebihi tiga batu nautika yang diukur dari tikas air surut atau pesisir pantai negeri tersebut, katanya.
"Pada masa ini tidak ada pengeluaran petroleum dalam kawasan perairan Kelantan dan Terengganu. Jadi dari segi perundangan kerajaan negeri Kelantan tidak ada hak untuk menuntut royalti petroleum, begitu juga Terengganu,” katanya.
Najib berkata meskipun peruntukan perundangan itu jelas, kerajaan persekutuan sebelum ini telah memperuntukkan wang ehsan kepada Terengganu dengan mengambil kira keluaran petroleum di luar perairan negeri itu selain berdasarkan pembangunan dan pendapatan rakyat.Kerajaan pusat memberi wang ehsan kepada Terengganu mulai 2000 yang dianggarkan RM1 bilion setahun selepas PAS mengambil alih pentadbiran negeri itu pada pilihan raya umum 1999.
"Kerajaan persekutuan komited untuk memberi pertimbangan adil dan saksama kepada semua negeri dan atas dasar itu Kelantan juga wajar diberi pertimbangan yang sama," kata Najib.Menurut perdana menteri, berdasarkan maklumat Petronas, pada masa ini hanya terdapat satu medan petroleum, yang dikenali sebagai Medan Bumi Kelantan yang mengeluarkan hasil, tetapi ianya terletak di luar perairan Kelantan.
Selepas jawapan Najib, Salahuddin Ayub (Pas-Kubang Kerian) bangun dan berkata bahawa Kelantan bukan "peminta sedekah" sambil terus menuntut royalti minyak untuk Kelantan.Najib kemudian menyifatkan kenyataan ahli parlimen PAS itu sebagai sengaja mempolitikkan isu pemberian royalti.
"Hendak politikkan isu ini...tak habis-habis politik dia. Saya tidak tahu Yang Di-Pertua apa yang penting...kita sediakan dana ini untuk memberikan manfaat kepada rakyat Kelantan, sama prinsipnya seperti Terengganu," katanya.
Suasana persidangan menjadi tegang dengan beberapa wakil pembangkang termasuk Salahuddin, Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) dan Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS-Kuala Selangor) bangun menuntut penjelasan mengenai perbezaan antara royalti minyak dan wang ehsan yang diberikan.
Cubaan Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) untuk meredakan keadaan dengan mengutarakan soalan tambahan tidak berjaya menyebabkan Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia mengarahkan semua ahli parlimen duduk atau menghadapi tindakan keluar dewan."Yang Berhormat...kalau perdana menteri, menteri tidak datang, Yang Berhormat mahu mereka datang. Tetapi bila mereka datang menjawab soalan Yang Berhormat tidak mahu dengar. Yang Berhormat syok cerita sendiri," katanya sebelum meminta Najib meneruskan jawapan beliau.
Menjawab soalan Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang), perdana menteri berkata bahawa sebelum ini wang ehsan itu tidak diberikan kerana berdasarkan peruntukan undang-undang Kelantan tiada hak untuk menerimanya.
"Ini melibatkan kawasan pertindihan...sekarang ini Petronas sahkan ada blok yang boleh dipertimbangkan, sebab itu kita timbang selain untuk pastikan rakyat Kelantan mendapat manfaat," katanya.Ahli-ahli Parlimen pembangkang kemudian terus mengemukakan pelbagai soalan kepada Perdana Menteri sehingga menuntut Pandikar Amin menghentikannya dengan meminta Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau) mengutarakan soalan kedua dalam Aturan Urusan Mesyuarat hari ini.Malaysiakini------------------------------------------------*Sekali lagi Rakyat Kelantan dinafikan hak mereka. Wang Ehsan = Royalti ke?