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TJ MT MGG: Krisis Baru Di Kelantan
By M.G.G. Pillai
15/2/2001 9:05 pm Thu
[Umno sengaja mengkucar-kacirkan keadaan dengan melibatkan sultan. Padahal terselit
agenda Petronas ingin mengaut keuntungan berlebihan dari bumi Kelantan.
Pindaan perlembagaan Kelantan mahu dipersoalkan sedang Umno terlebih dahulu mahu
raja mengikut peraturan.
Umno tidak ikhlas mencerna idea perpaduan. Dulu ia mengacau royalti, kini ia
mahu mencetus kontroversi bintang. PAS tidak perlu bintang kerana bulan sudah
cukup terang. Takkan orang Umno masih belum faham? Rakyat Kelantan masih belum
lupa beban hutang kerajaan BN yang terpaksa dibayar oleh PAS sampai sekarang.
Itu termasuk sesuatu untuk Sultan tetapi PAS sengaja diamkan demi perpaduan.
(MGG: An Unspoken Crisis Rears Its Head In Kelantan)
Dengan tercetusnya semua kisah di atas merupakan satu tamparan terhadap keikhlasan UMNO
dalam usahanya mengadakan rundingan mengenai perpaduan Melayu. Pada malam semalam
Perdana Menteri ada membuat pengumuman bahawa isu kerajaan persekutuan menyekat bayaran
royalti petrolium boleh dibincangkan dalam rundingan itu. Kalau perkara ini
diungkitkan ia akan mendedahkan betapa UMNO tidak dapat menerima hakikat kewujudan sebuah
kerajaan Melayu bukan-UMNO yang sedang berkuasa. Usaha menggunakan segala tipu helah
yang ada untuk menghenyak kerajaan PAS itu menunjukkan ia lebih merosakkan perpaduan
orang Melayu, jika dibandingkan dengan gelagat Badan Bertindak Melayu yang baru berforum
di Kuala Lumpur. Kini, apa yang sedang berlaku di Kelantan adalah satu sinario yang
berbeza. Inilah yang menjebak UMNO dalam perangkap yang dipasangnya lama dulu. UMNO
tidak boleh menentang apa yang mahu dipraktikkan oleh PAS. Pada awal 1990-an dulu, ia
pernah menyerang PAS kerana tindak melakukan pindaan kepada perlembagaannya. Kini, ia
tidak boleh berbuat apa-apa, melainkan melahu sahaja.
An Unspoken Crisis Rears Its Head In Kelantan
The Sultan of Kelantan arrived from a week's private visit
in the Gulf States last night to an UMNO-sponsored Kelantan
People's Action Front welcome. About two thousand were on
hand on to greet him. Why he was in the Gulf states is not
mentioned, but so also was the finance minister, Tun Daim
Zainuddin, who saw him just before he left. What was
discussed is left to the imagination but it certainly had to
do with the current conflict between the Kelantan palace and
the PAS government. The palace and the PAS government heads
for a confrontation, which began when the palace withdrew
awards from two state executive councillors allegedly -- as
the New Straits Times reported -- for not alienating land
the Sultan wanted. That is not so. Petronas wants land for
a gas pipeline but individuals wanted the land they could
sell it at market rates to the oil company. When the
government refused, it led to the chain of events that led
to the two men ordered to return the awards.
There is more to it than meets the eye. The state
assembly is ready to remove the sultan's immunity in a
constitutional amendment as early as the sitting later this
month. Kelantan did not enact the constitutional amendments
the other states did to conform to the Federal constitution
which had been amended to remove the ruler's personal
immunities, and that the ruler had 30 days to sign a bill
into law; if he does not, or if he gives reasons why he
would not, it would be debated again, and if passed by both
houses it automatically becomes law. PAS controls all but
two of the 39 seats in the state assembly, and the amendment
passed unanimously if it presented. UMNO Kelantan has
questioned the move, but PAS retorts it is in keeping with
the constitutional amendments the Prime Minister had passed
to keep the sultans in tow.
A management buyout is proposed for Keloil, which runs
at a loss but which has a lien on petroleum and gas found in
and off Kelantan. That is seen as a power play by Petronas
to have it injected into Petronas via a listed company.
The details are hazy, but it does appear the current problem
the mentri besar, Dato' Nik Aziz Nik Mat, has with the
Sultan is directly and indirectly related to this
development. The UMNO-sponsored KPAF is solidly behind the
ruler; it would to destabilise PAS. When it cannot get
political power through the ballot box, it looks for
opportunities to blacken whoever is in power. Meanwhile,
there is also a move to build a major port at Tumpat, as a
step-off point for produce from Cambodia and Laos. This, I
am told, could cost as much as a billion ringgit.
That it comes when UMNO and PAS prepares for Malay
unity talks later this month questions UMNO's bona fides.
The Prime Minister said last night the federal withholding
of Petronas royalties could be discussed if PAS so wanted.
But when it is, it points to an UMNO that would not accept
the reality of a non-UMNO Malay state in power. That it
does everything in its federal power to force it into
submission is more divisive than the Malay Action Front's
rally in Kuala Lumpur last week. What happens in Kelantan
now is no different. The cynicism with which UMNO
approaches it beggars belief. But UMNO is caught in its own
trap: it cannot oppose what PAS has in mind; it attacked
PAS for not passing the amendments in the early 1990s; it
cannot afford to now.