Chua Soi Lek, “I don’t understand what he meant but I feel syok (good) that there is a lot more time,”
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had informed BN component chiefs that there was still plenty more time before the 13th general election, said MCA president Chua Soi Lek.
“Yesterday, I attended the third round of meetings to finalise the list of election candidates.
I asked the prime minister how long more do I have to provide new names for the candidate list, he said there was still a lot more time.
“I don’t understand what he meant but I feel syok (good) that there is a lot more time,” he told bemused party members at the MCA headquarters when launching its 1,000-day report card tonight.
Chua added he had asked the premier if MCA should announce its candidate list earlier in light of DAP’s move to deploy its heavyweights there but the premier had given the same reply that there was still a lot more time.
|Muhammad Faizal,||28 Mac 2013|
(Polis dan JPJ menahan treler PAS)
IPOH: Lebih 30 anggota polis, Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) dan Polis Cawangan Khas mengepung treler Negara Berkebajikan PAS dekat sini sebaik saja keluar dari lebuhraya.
Konvoi jelajah Negara Berkebajikan PAS ditahan oleh pihak polis ketika dalam perjalanan ke tapak program di Pengkalan Pegoh.
Pihak polis menahan konvoi jelajah di Taman Pinji Perdana setelah mengejar konvoi tersebut selepas melalui sekatan yang dilakukan oleh pihak berkua
Ketika ditanya tentang penahanan tersebut sehingga pihak polis terpaksa mengejar treler jelajah itu, mereka hanya menjalankan tugas mengikut arahan dikeluarkan.
Lebih kurang lima buah kereta peronda, empat buah motosikal berkuasa tinggi berada di tempat di mana konvoi tersebut ditahan.
Walaupun treler tersebut ditahan oleh pihak polis, namun pemeriksaan dilakukan oleh pihak Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ).
Konvoi jelajah yang ditahan hampir sejam itu dilepaskan setelah pihak JPJ membuat pemeriksaan dan mengambil segala maklumat dari rombongan konvoi.
Peguam PAS, Haji Asmuni Awi antara yang berunding dengan mereka bagi membolehkan perjalanan ke destinasi diteruskan.
Program yang pada awalnya dilakukan di Seksyen 18 terpaksa diubah ke tapak pasar malam Kampung Pengkalan Pegoh.
Pemindahan lokasi terpaksa diubah apabila pihak penganjur mengatakan terdapat ramai anggota FRU dan polis berada di kawasan berkenaan.
PAS feels the heat as cops, RTD men hold up trailer in Ipoh
March 28, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 – More than 30 policemen and Road Transport Department (RTD) officers chased after and detained a PAS trailer near Ipoh today for an hour to conduct routine checks, in what appears to be heavy-handed enforcement by the authorities against opposition parties in the run-up to Election 2013.
PAS newspaper Harakah Daily reported the law enforcers, which included Special Branch officials from the police intelligence unit, had gone after the Islamist party’s convoy in five patrol cars and four high-powered motorcycles shortly after it passed through a police check point at Taman Pinji Perdana in the state capital earlier today.
The trailer, which were reportedly on PAS’ “Benevolent State” roadshow en route to its programme site at Pengkalan Pegoh, was held back an hour while RTD officers carried out checks and took down details from members of the convoy.
Police officials said they were carrying out their duties according to orders when asked for a reason for their detention, Harakah reported.
The authorities agreed to release the company after negotiations with PAS lawyer, Asmuni Awi.
The paper reported that PAS was forced to change its plan and shift the programme to the night market site at Kampung Pengkalan Pegoh after organisers told them their initial site was under heavy police guard, including personnel from the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) anti-riot squad.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has agreed to do battle with state BN chief Teng Chang Yeow in Padang Kota, the state seat that Teng had held for three terms until toppled in 2008.
“I am willing to accept his offer and stand against him in Padang Kota. Chow Kon Yeow, who is the incumbent there, has agreed to go to Air Puteh, the seat that I now hold,” Lim told a press conference today.
“I remember what Teng said, that ‘you must stand up from where you fall’. We will face off there, in Padang Kota” he added.
Lim was responding to the Malaysiakini report yesterday in which Teng said he was willing to face off with the DAP secretary-general.
Datuk Lee Hwa Beng
MCA has a possibility of winning back one to three seats out of the 25 seats they have lost but will lose at least five to 10 seats from the 15 they are now holding. The net effect of the number of seats MCA will win will be around six to 13 seats only which is still below the 15 seats they currently have.
MCA will survive GE13 but with fewer seats, says party veteran
By Debra Chong
Assistant News Editor
March 27, 2013
Lee said PR lawmakers will be in for a shock if they expect a free pass simply for running against MCA opponents. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 ― MCA will pull through Election 2013 but is likely to see its 15 federal seats in hand now shrink to 13 at best or slashed to a mere six at worst, party veteran Datuk Lee Hwa Beng predicted as the future of the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) co-founding party teeters on non-Chinese voter support.
In an analysis today, the former three-term Selangor state lawmaker said the MCA could win a handful more federal seats if it played its cards right in the choice of candidates and seat selection, but added that the odds remained against the ruling coalition’s senior partner to recoup the losses it suffered five years ago in the 12th general election.
|2:08PM Mar 27, 2013|
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has predicted that Perlis and Negri Sembilan are within Pakatan Rakyat’s reach in the 13th general election, thus increasing the number of Pakatan state governments from five in 2008 to seven in 2013.
In an exclusive interview with Sin Chew Daily, the Ipoh Timor MP expressed confidence that the coalition can retain its power in Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan, and recapture Perak.
With Perlis and Negri Sembilan in its bag, he claimed Pakatan’s hope to take Putrajaya was very feasible.
However, Lim conceded that the PAS-led Kedah government is in a shaky situation.
Even so, Lim said, the ‘political tsunami’ in the 2008 general election has yet to reach its peak.
“In the last general election, the anti-establishment wind started from the north and stopped at Negri Sembilan. It was a contained political tsunami, not full tsunami. It has yet to reach its peak.
“The tsunami will only subside when it reaches the peak. I believe there will be a bigger political tsunami in the coming general election that will hit the whole nation,” Sin Chew Daily quotes Lim as saying.
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The stars favouring Pakatan
However it is also common knowledge that although Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak seems to command large crowds at his functions, many of those who attend had to be ferried to the event by buses sponsored by BN.
But if Pakatan has enough support, then it will be possible to overcome the votes from the civil servants, pensioners, teachers, police, armed forces, Felda and Felcra settlers and the phantom/alien voters.
There are so many wrong-doings practiced by the powers-that-be that all who favour good governance should vote in Pakatan Rakyat.
Of late, many political observers, analysts, economists and corporate figures have predicted that Barisan Nasional will win big in the coming 13th general election.
Concerning the mainstream media, this has been fully utilised to portray that it is good for the rakyat for BN to stay in power as many economists and corporate figures opine that “BN’s continuity will bring peace, stability, progress and economic prosperity for everyone” whereas Pakatan has been painted as being in total disarray with daily bickerings among its top leaders.
Other current major issues purposely ignored by the mainstream media and the pro-BN economists and analysts include the video expose on land grabs, the second statutory declaration of the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam and the actual cash handout of RM1.35 a day to the BR1M recipients (which has always been highlighted as the RM500 gift of the generous BN federal government).
Therefore everyone is urged to vote for BN because a change in government will herald disaster and doom for the nation.
Nevertheless, this columnist is convinced that Pakatan will win the 13th general election and had in October last year predicted in Facebook that the new Pakatan federal government will come into power in April/May 2013.
Why? Click on the link: The stars favouring Pakatan
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WOMEN POWER TO THE FORE!
Analysts have pinpointed women as fence-sitters who will determine the results of Election 2013 that is expected to be a closely-fought battle.
Pakatan promises 10 women ministers under its rule
PETALING JAYA, Feb 24 ― Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will appoint at least 10 female ministers based on its 30 per cent women’s quota if the opposition pact wins federal power in Election 2013, Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said recently.
Zuraida said PR will implement the quota at all levels ― including in the 33 ministerial positions, parliamentary representation and corporate boardrooms ― in a bid to court women voters who form 49 per cent of the 13.3 million-strong electorate.
“Pakatan is committed to exercise (the) 30 per cent across (the) board,” said Zuraida in an interview with The Malaysian Insider at PKR’s headquarters here on Thursday.
“The quota is a temporary measure,” she stressed, when asked if the policy denigrated women’s skills.
PR has nine women MPs (4 from DAP, 3 from PKR and 2 from PAS).
Besides Zuraida, who is the Ampang MP, they are Chong Eng (DAP – Bukit Mertajam), Fong Po Kuan (DAP – Batu Gajah), Teo Nie Ching (DAP – Serdang), Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh), Fuziah Salleh (PKR – Kuantan), Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR – Lembah Pantai), Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof (PAS – Rantau Panjang), and Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS – Kota Raja).
The Titiwangsa parliamentary seat was left vacant after PAS’s Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohd Ghazali died from cancer in 2011.
With GE13 around the bend, the coalition’s delivery of roadshows – mass ceramah tours – may make or break Pakatan in its bid to win the minds of constituents that it cannot otherwise reach.
However, it would appear to be that the ruling coalition’s answer to Pakatan’s roadshows is the road rage of its supporters.
GE13 WATCH Barred from government-controlled airwaves and political party-owned newspapers, opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat has taken the old school route to spread its gospel to the masses.
Its secret weapon is the effective, old fashioned political roadshow, pressing flesh and slinging slogans on its tours.
Like rock stars meeting and greeting fans, this plan potentially gives Pakatan the means to reach people outside the Internet-enabled suburbia and the well-informed urban dwellers.
Other than official party cavalcades, Pakatan is vigorously using roadshows to target niche groups like Felda settlers, military veterans and servicemen, once thought of as hardcore BN supporters.
Pakatan-allied student groups have also been busy organising roadshows targeting BN strongholds, including Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak’s parliamentary constituency of Pekan.
The BN, as recent events show, is seemingly shutting one eye, if not encouraging its more adventurous supporters, to disrupt the Pakatan roadshows.
Paints were splashed, rocks thrown, roads blocked and ceramah venues assailed by thuggish pro-government supporters throwing harsh words and wielding crude weapons, with violence less then delicately implied.
And, as seen in Pekan, roadshow volunteers were roughed up and chased away with weapons brandished.
HAZLAN ZAKARIA is a member of the Malaysiakini team.
|Harakahdaily,||21 February 2013|
Photos of those accused of violence
Feb 21: Members of the Undergraduates Movement for GE-13 (GM13) who were recently attacked while campaigning against BN in prime minister Najib Razak’s constituency of Pekan has said that they were convinced the culprits were UMNO members.
“We are sure that those who harrassed us are UMNO members because we saw them coming from nearby UMNO building,” said GM13 president Syis Abdul Kadir.
A memorandum regarding the incident, containing pictures, videos and copies of police reports, were submitted to Bukit Aman police today.
Syis urged the police to immediately investigate the incident.
Students group Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) secretary Ahmad Shukri Kamaruddin meanwhile said that the UMNO workers had arrived in 10 cars and several motorcycles at the PAS centre. However, they retreated after villagers came to the students’ help.
|Harakahdaily,||16 February 2013|
Feb 16: Students who descended on prime minister Najib Razak’s constituency of Pekan have been targeted again by attackers linked to UMNO, forcing them to cut short their campaign against Barisan Nasional.
RESTLESS IN PEKAN … The crowd at the scene where students are being surrounded by UMNO-led mob
The students, part of the group called Undergraduates Movement for GE-13 (GM13), were surrounded at Madrasah Darul Husna, PAS’s headquarters in Pekan.
PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan, who is also Pahang PAS deputy commissioner, said PAS Youth members immediately went to the scene when told of the commotion.
Nasrudin however advised the students to remain steadfast in their struggle.
“Before this, it was ANAK (National Felda Settlers’ Children Association) and now the students. What has become of country’s politics?” he asked.
|Harakahdaily,||13 February 2013|
Feb 13: A day after a student was assaulted by several men believed to be UMNO workers, four student activists who took their anti-BN campaign to the parliamentary constituency of prime minister Najib Razak were attacked with with machete by unknown individuals.
The incident took place at Felda Chini at 4.00 am today.
The students, who were going house to house to distribute anti-BN flyers at the Felda neighbourhood, claimed they were confronted by several youths on motorcycles, one of whom carried a machete.
|Harakahdaily,||12 February 2013|
Feb 12: A student who vowed to take his anti-UMNO campaign to prime minister Najib Razak’s Pekan constituency has been manhandled by several men believed to be UMNO supporters.
Ekshan Bukhari from Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) was attacked while distributing campaign leaflets in Pulau Manis, a state constituency under the Pekan parliamentary seat held by Najib.
According to Syis Abdul Kadir, chairman of a students group calling itself Undergraduates Movement for 13th General Election (GM13), the incident could be the work of those unhappy by Ekhsan’s announcement to contest in Pekan against Najib.
PKR organ Keadilandaily quoted Ekshan as saying that he and friends were distributing flyers when they were approached by a group of men who claimed to be UMNO members
“They pulled me from my car and began kicking my head and body until I collapsed,” he said.
AIRASIA X WILL DO ITS PART TO HELP MALAYSIANS ABROAD RETURN HOME FOR GE 13!
UMNO IS CONFIDENT THAT IT CAN WIN CONTROL OF KELANTAN BUT IT MAY BE A STATE TOO FAR FOR BN!
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State opposition leader Md Alwi Che Ahmad said the young, who are out-of-state voters, would likely become the kingmakers in deciding the outcome of the polls here.
Both political sides are actively engaging voters residing outside the state, with many of them feted to dinners, religious forums, debates and social club gatherings.
Outstation voters will decide Kelantan’s fate
The youths of Kelantan who are working in other states will decide whether Barisan Nasional or PAS rules the state.
KOTA BARU: Kelantanese voters who are working outside the state will have a huge say on who will rule the state.
Many of the state’s young leave the state for jobs eleswhere since there are not many quality jobs in Kelantan.
But, even if they are away they register in their hometown as voters. And ,most of them work in the Klang Valley, or the northern and southern regions, where economic growth is considered more impressive.
BN-Umno is optimistic: Currently, BN only holds six out of the 45 state seats but expects somewhere close to the 2004 performance when BN held 22 and PAS, 23 seats. A majority of only one seat.
HOW WILL THE CHINESE VOTE IN KELANTAN?
Is Kelantan a backward state filled with restrictions imposed on its people as commonly believed? The Rocket (Chinese Edition) reporter Alice Tan took a tour to the state and witnessed for herself why Kelantan folks’ lives are as described in its namesake, ‘Darul Naim’ (pleasant abode).
Report by Alice Tan. Translated by T.K Tan
Kelantan’s non-Malay population forms about 5 percent of the population, with the Chinese being the biggest group, at 3.6 percent of the population, while Malays form 95 percent of the total state.
Kelantan’s Chinese are mostly concentrated in and around KB, primarily engaged in commerce and trading activities. Many of the Chinese restaurants here still display Chinese signboards and liquor advertisements prominently on their business façade.
Aside from the many Jawi language signboards, KB is no different from any Malaysian towns. As dusk sets in, its eateries -Muslims and non-Muslims- are just as packed and lively as other places. There are many Chinese restaurants, coffee shops and pubs that dot KB, except that they are strictly for non-Muslims.
Report by Alice Tan. Translated by T.K Tan
Click on the following link for more:
A Chinese In Kelantan Speaks Out « The People’s Parliament
Equal treatment for everyone – is that not a dream for all Malaysians?
Why PAS is winning hearts
Kelantan has treated its minorities fairly through monetary support for their religious places.
Contrary to the mainstream media’s demonization, Kelantan’s other religions get equal treatment and development opportunities. According to the PAS supporters’ club (DHPP) chairman, Hu Pang Chaw, KB has many non-Muslim religious places such as churches and Chinese temples. Among these places are a 450-years old temple, a temple that houses a 108-feet Guan Yin statue, and a Buddhist temple that houses a 100-feet sleeping Buddha statue.
Some of these temples are even built on Malay reserve land. Some temples also received annual grants from the state government. In Kelantan, the churches and temples are not subjected to the policy restriction of having buildings taller than mosques like in some west coast states.
There are now more than five million young people aged 20-29, most of whom are first-time voters with no clear political loyalties.
What are they looking for? Read Karim Aslan’s article.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Political strategists have been very focused on how to win over Malaysia’s all-important new voters. There are now more than five million young people aged 20-29, most of whom are first-time voters with no clear political loyalties.
Summary by Blogger: What the young (new) voters want.
1 They may enjoy a Psy performance but that’s entertainment.
Young people may well enjoy watching Psy on YouTube — the music is infectious and the dance steps are great fun but that doesn’t mean they’d select their leaders in the same way: entertainment is one thing, politics is another.
2 Young Malaysians, especially those with degrees, want someone who can solve sky-rocketing car prices, dismal starting salaries and the soaring price of housing.
3 Malaysian graduates want jobs.
...the job market is extremely challenging. A 2011 Graduate Tracking Index released by the Ministry of Higher Education in September 2012 revealed that at least 40,000 of these graduates were unemployed 12 months after they had completed their studies.
Manifesto in the works, BN activists prepare for GE13
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Barisan Nasional (BN) parties have begun distributing laptops and mobile phones to operation centres across the country to monitor and mobilise voters for Election 2013, as the ruling coalition puts finishing touches to its manifesto for the general election.
The Malaysian Insider understands the Umno headquarters here has sent out laptops and mobile phones to all party divisions for use on polling day, similar to United States presidential contender Mitt Romney’s campaign last year.
“We got laptops to check and verify voters’ status with the latest electoral rolls. And mobile phones to send back polling results,” an Umno official told The Malaysian Insider.
He said Puteri Umno will use the laptops containing the electoral rolls while other Umno members will relay polling results to the party headquarters.
WHO IS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH?
Hishamuddin: DAP did not submit its annual report.
Anthony Loke, DAP national organising secretary: The report was submitted by hand on 8 February
Lim Kit Siang: What will Hishammuddin do as home minister if DAP can prove that DAP has submitted elections returns to ROS before Chinese New Year?
LATEST: SUNDAY, 17 FEBRUARY, 2013: 8.00PM
REGISTRAR OF SOCIETIES: WE MADE A MISTAKE
HISHAMUDDIN: EGG ON HIS FACE (NOTHING NEW)
DAP: HOW ABOUT A ‘SORRY’?
…according to The Star Online, ROS confirmed late today that it had received the DAP’s Dec 15 polls report on Feb 8, ahead of the Feb 15 deadline it had set for the party.
“Here I would like to clarify that my previous statement was based on information that was not updated and this has led to confusion,” registrar Abdul Rahman Othman was quoted as saying.
“ROS apologises to all parties concerned over this mistake,” he reportedly said, adding that the investigations into DAP’s CEC polls would be finalised as soon as possible.
DAP alleged Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had “lied” when he said the party had yet to submit its annual report to the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
DAP’s organising secretary Anthony Loke said today the minister should make a public apology for making a false statement.
Loke added that there was evidence in the cover letter which was stamped and signed by the ROS itself.
DAP alleged Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had “lied” when he said the party had yet to submit its annual report to the Registrar of Society (ROS).
DAP’s organising secretary Anthony Loke said today the minister should make a public apology for making a false statement.
Loke, speaking at a press conference at the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, said the party had sent an annual statement for the year 2012 to ROS in Putrajaya on Feb 8.
He added that there was evidence in the cover letter which was stamped and signed by the ROS itself.
|5:57PM Feb 16, 2013|
The Registrar of Societies (ROS) can begin investigations into DAP following the party’s failure to submit its report to the body yesterday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today.
According to Bernama, he said DAP was supposed to submit its annual report within 60 days after its central executive committee (CEC) election on Dec 12, last year, but it had not done so.
The deadline was yesterday.
DAP leaders deny claims
However, several DAP leaders have denied Hishammuddin’s claim, arguing that the report had been submitted on Feb 8.
“The home minister is lying that DAP did not submit report to ROS. The report was submitted by hands on Feb 8. I will prove it tomorrow!” said DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke on his Twitter webpage.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Hishammuddin’s statement was “most shocking indicating mala fide as home minister”.
Anwar picks Kee Kwong for Wangsa Maju: Tells Dr M – no more oil contracts for your sons!
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman, Malaysia Chronicle
SETAPAK – Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim apologized to Wangsa Maju voters for having selected Wee Choo Keong to contest the parliamentary seat in the 2008 election, asking the constituents there to throw their support behind Tan Kee Kwong, the son of well-known politician Tan Chee Khoon, in the next ballot which is widely expected to be called within the next few weeks.
“I have to apologize for picking a Member of Parliament who jumped to the other side. This is why even though Selangor is governed by the Pakatan Rakyat, the facilities here are so poor because these are still under the control of the federal government,” Anwar told the crowd of about 1,000 people who had come to Kee Kwong’s Chinese New Year open house at a vacant field in Jalan Genting Klang.
“This time, put your trust in Tan Kee Kwong, the son of Tan Chee Khoon, a very good man who helped a lot of people.”
Tan Kee Kwong joined Gerakan in 1995, when he was elected as MP for Segambut. He has been elected to an additional two terms, since, and has been a Vice-President of Gerakan since 1999. Tan Kee Kwong quit Gerakan to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat early September, 2009, citing that race-based politics is on the decline.
Tan Sri Dr David Tan Chee Khoon (March 4, 1919 – October 14, 1996) was a major figure in Malaysian politics from 1959 to 1978, at one point being nicknamed “Mr. Opposition” for the outspoken views he presented in Parliament. He was the official Leader of the Opposition in Parliament from 1964 to 1978, when he retired. Although he was originally a leader of the Labour Party of Malaya and the Socialist Front coalition which Labour had joined, Tan later co-founded Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan), and also Pekemas after he became disillusioned with Gerakan.
- 14 Feb 2013
- The Star Malaysia
- By MAZWIN NIK ANIS, ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD and RAZAK AHMAD firstname.lastname@example.org
in new voters
The number of voters nationwide has soared by over 2.5million to 13.3million since the 2008 general election. The biggest increase is in Selangor, Johor, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Kelantan. Each has at least 150,000 new voters. The surge began in 2010 when the Election Commission allowed political parties to register new voters. PUTRAJAYA: The 13th general election promises to be especially lively in seven politically “hot” states that have recorded the highest number of new voters.
The electorate in Selangor, Johor, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan and Kedah each grew by at least 150,000 voters, all of whom signed up after the 2008 polls.
Of the seven, Selangor recorded the biggest jump with the number of new voters rising 29.06% – from 1,565,494 in 2008 to 2,020,500 in the third quarter of last year.
The Straits Times, Singapore says
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — Major shifts in political alliances here may occur after Election 2013, which is still expected to be a toss-up between the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR), Singapore’s The Straits Times reported today.
“Whatever the outcome on Polling Day, the story will not end here. If the PR wins more seats than the BN in Peninsular Malaysia, it is likely to woo BN component parties in Sabah and Sarawak to defect to it,” the English daily reported.
“Bad losses for either coalition could worsen inherent faultlines in both and they could fall apart as easily as they were stitched together,” it added.
Attention after the polls would also then be centred on who would helm the country’s administration next, whether it would be PR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, depending on the polls outcome.
“If Mr Najib fails to lead BN to a significantly better showing than his predecessor — and that means winning more than 140 seats and regaining at least one of the lost states — he will certainly be in danger of losing his job,” the paper wrote.
It predicted an uprising from beneath Umno and the BN pact against the first-term Prime Minister Najib, who will be, for the first time in his political career, leading the ruling coalition into a polls contest that observers believe would be too close to call.
“Umno will not hesitate to turn against him, and Malaysia could see a repeat of 2008 where a new prime minister takes over,” the paper said.
Changes in political alliances expected post-Election 2013, ST reports By Clara Chooi Assistant News Editor February 10, 2013
Titiwangsa has long been a BN stronghold.
The 2008 election result was particularly shocking as it was the first time ever the seat fell to an Opposition candidate.
Titiwangsa: A fight for the urban Malays
The next general election is expected to be the closest fight to form the new Malaysian government. And several seats across the nation are likely to be heated battles with the slimmest of majorities. The Malaysian Insider takes a look at some of these hot seats in what will be an intense election for control of Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 24 – Out of the 11 Parliamentary seats in the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory area, Titiwangsa is the one with the highest number of Malay voters. After all, within this constituency is Kampung Baru, a more than 100-year-old kampung that still remains quite traditional even though it is situated almost in the shadow of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.
With a 67 per cent Malay majority, Titiwangsa could be said to be the bastion of the urban Malays and the upcoming general election will show whether the urban Malay support still lies with Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Rakyat.
The seat was last won by PAS’ Dr Lo’ Lo’ Ghazali who defeated BN candidate Datuk Aziz Jamaluddin Tahir with a 1,972 vote majority, but it has been left empty for 17 months following Dr Lo’ Lo’s death from cancer on July 17 last year.
Going into the 13th general election, PAS looks like it may have an edge as the late Dr Lo’ Lo’ was a hardworking MP and popular with her constituents.
One of the hot issues in Titiwangsa is the development of Kampung Baru. It is here that the Sultan Sulaiman Club is located, where Malay protests against the Malayan Union were held. The kampung spans 90.2 hectares of land, making it as big as Monaco, with 10,000 voters concentrated in their area, a majority of them Malay.
The attack on the public attending Pakatan’s political ceramah in Gombak on Tuesday night, Dec 4 is an early indication that BN cannot accept defeat.
Fear of May 2013?
All indications show that the 13th general election will be a brutal and bruising battle as the wounded tiger is fighting for survival at all costs.
The general opinion among the Pakatan Rakyat political strategists is that parliament will be dissolved before April 28 next year, the date of its automatic dissolution. This is because if Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak waits for the automatic dissolution, it will certainly highlight his weak leadership skills.
Most calculations show that the 13th general election will be held before the end of April and this means that there is a possibility for the new Pakatan Rakyat federal government to come into power by May 2013.
All indications show that the 13th general election will be a brutal and bruising battle as the wounded tiger is fighting for survival at all costs.
Moreover, the BN supporters have been told to defend Putrajaya even to the extent of “broken bones and crushed bodies” or words to that effect. It will be the battle between the unstoppable force versus the immovable object.
The current leadership is now focused on holding on to power because the threat of losing power by May 2013 is real and looming. Financial investment plans or business expansion plans are being put on hold as everyone knows that the polls will be held not later than the end of June.
Selena Tay is a FMT columnist.
|3:28PM Nov 11, 2012|
The results of the next general election could go either way, said DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang in a statement today.
He added that no one, including Umno leaders, believed that BN could regain two-third parliamentary majority or retake the Selangor government.
“(So) the real issue is whether Umno/BN can win a parliamentary majority as the estimates by the psephologists (people who monitor election trends) for the 13th general election (GE13) range from a 20-seat majority for BN or Pakatan either way.
“In other words, the outcome for the 13th general election is a toss-up – it could go either way with BN returned to federal power or Pakatan Rakyat replacing BN to break Umno hegemony to form the central government in Putrajaya,” he said.
Lim Kit Siang, “The 13th GE is going to be the dirtiest election in the half-century history of Malaysia.”
Umno creating racial bogeymen to woo Malay voters, PR leaders say
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — Umno is playing a dangerous game of lies by stoking up fears that could split Malaysia along racial lines in its bid to win over Malay voters at the polls, two Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders said today.
Their remarks come after a Mingguan Malaysia columnist Awang Selamat accused the Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) of having ties with Chinese-dominant Malaysian party, DAP, to influence the 13th general elections here due within a year.
Mingguan Malaysia is the weekend edition of Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia and “Awang Selamat” is a pseudonym adopted by the paper’s editorial team that often reflect the ruling party’s views.
The DAP’s Lim Kit Siang (picture) claimed today that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s uncertainty in winning the next general election has resulted in “desperate” tactics by Umno leaders and strategists.
Awang had accused Lim of being one of former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s “trusted men” and former press secretary.
The DAP national parliamentary leader denied Awang’s allegations and described them as “downright lies.”
“I was never involved in PAP during my years as a reporter in Singapore from 1961 to 1964… I was never press secretary to Kuan Yew although I worked for a period in the press section of the Ministry of Culture,” Lim said in a statement today.
He said it was not the first time Umno has raised such unsubstantiated allegations, pointing out that Utusan and other media linked to the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) have accused the DAP of conspiring to create a Christian Malaysia state, appoint a Christian prime minister and abolish the existing constitutional monarchy system led by the Malay sultans.
Lim added that Umno/BN cybertroopers had even claimed that he was responsible for the May 13 racial riots in 1969, while he was never even in Kuala Lumpur at the time.
“In desperation, Umno leaders and strategists including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed have now resorted to a two-prong offensive- firstly, playing the race card to create racial suspicion and distrust to win the Malay heartland in utter disregard of Mahathir’s Bangsa Malaysia and Najib’s 1 Malaysia concepts; and secondly, a vilification and demonization campaign against DAP and Pakatan Rakyat leaders,” Lim said.
He said Umno’s heightened attacks against opposition leaders proved that PM Najib is not confident about winning the next elections.
Attacks against PR leaders have intensified ahead of the next GE, with many pro-BN mainstream media publishing lopsided reports of events.
“The 13th GE is going to be the dirtiest election in the half-century history of Malaysia,” said Lim.
Umno creating racial bogeymen to woo Malay voters, PR leaders say
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DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang has rubbished Utusan Malaysia’s claim that he had once served as a press secretary to former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
In a press release today, Kit Siang described the allegations as “downright lies”, pointing out that he was never involved with the PAP during his stint as a reporter in Singapore during the early 1960s.
Kit Siang clarified that he had worked “for a period” in the press section of Singapore’s Culture Ministry and was once the secretary-general of Singapore’s National Union of Journalist.
“Utusan Malaysia is living up to its reputation as ‘lies-paper’,” said Kit Siang, referring to the Bisik-bisik column that appeared in Mingguan Malaysia, Utusan’s Sunday edition.
Kit Siang denies links with Kuan Yew – Malaysiakini
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Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia has accused Singapore’s People’s Action Party (PAP) of masterminding the downfall of BN through its alleged conduit, the DAP.
In the Bisik-bisik column found in Utusan’s Sunday edition, Mingguan Malaysia, the newspaper said the PAP has been waiting for 48 years of achieving its “dream” in Peninsula Malaysia.
“And DAP is very committed to ensure the dream becomes reality, is it not?” wrote Awang Selamat, a pen name for the newspaper’s senior editorial staff.
The article traces how DAP become a splinter group from PAP after Singapore was expelled from Malaysia, alleging that the two parties still enjoyed cosy ties.
It also alleged that DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang was once the press secretary to Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s longest serving premier and still hugely influential figure in the city state.
Awang Selamat claimed that these ties were enhanced after DAP managed to form a coalition government in Penang in 2008, evident in Lee’s visit to the island a year later.
Utusan: Singapore has big plans for GE13 – Malaysiakini
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Mahathir says that GE 13 will be an election based on race and will be between the Malays and non-Malays
...but Lim Kit Siang says that GE 13 will be between racialists on one side and nationalists and patriots on the other aide.
GE13 battle between racialists and patriots, says Kit Siang
KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Voters must choose between a government that promotes racial policies and one that espouses democracy, good governance and equitable economic practices in the coming general election, the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has said.
The opposition leader said today that Malaysians of all cultural, social and economic backgrounds have the power to determine their country’s future at the ballot box, a day after influential former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad played up old race-based fears ahead of the 13th general election (GE13) due within a year.
The next general election is not a battle between Malays and non-Malay voters, but between racialists who want to continue to keep Malaysians in their separate communal compartments and Malaysian nationalists and patriots who want good governance, economic justice, democracy, human rights and national unity and not race to become the dominant election issues,” Lim said in a statement.
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Lim Kit Siang Blog
Kingmakers in GE13 are not the Chinese voters but all Malaysian voters, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans to unite and bring about peaceful transition of federal power to end corruption, cronyism and abuses of power
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is up to his past mischief yesterday when he played the race card to create racial suspicion, mistrust and fear in his effort to save UMNO and Barisan Nasional from being voted out of Federal power in the 13th general election and replaced by Pakatan Rakyat.
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Chinese voters are kingmakers for GE13, says Dr M
KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — Chinese voters will decide who forms the government after the general election which must be held within a year as the Malays are divided among three parties, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
The long-serving former prime minister, whose last election victory in 1999 was widely credited to the swing of Chinese voters to Barisan Nasional (BN), said this forced the opposition PKR, PAS as well as his Umno to cede to Chinese demands.
“They never dreamt that they would be split as they are today. The majority has split itself into three and become the minority. These three small Malay parties need the support of the Chinese in order to win the elections. Whichever party gets the support of the Chinese will win the elections.
“The fact is today all three Malay parties are trying to butter the Chinese electorate. So they become racial and cater to racial demands,” Dr Mahathir, who is still widely influential in Umno despite retiring from active politics nine years ago, told a forum on politics and business today.
Dr M: GE13 will be about race
KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — The general election to be held within a year will centre on race as Malaysia has become more racist than ever, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
The influential former prime minister told a forum on business and politics that Barisan Nasional’s (BN) weakness, after losing its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament in the March 2008 election, has forced the coalition to cater to various racial demands.
“In this country, we are very racist, even more than before. The next election is going to be about race. Who gives what, who gets what based on race. When the government is weak, it caters to demands which are not going to be good for the country in the long run,” he said.
Do you trust them? — Ali Kadir
JUNE 19 — Everything begins and ends with this question: Do you trust them?
Do you trust Khaled Nordin to look after the interest of Malaysians or do you believe that the Parliamentary Select Committee was set up to regurgitate information provided by Lynas and merely rubber stamp an investment already banked in by the Barisan Nasional government? …….
Do you trust Rais Yatim when he tells all and sundry that only 22,000 Malaysians attended Bersih 3.0?
Do you trust M. Kayveas when he says that urban Malaysians are navel-gazers and an ungrateful bunch who only know how to whine?
Do you trust Muhyiddin Yassin when he says that the BN government has forged national unity in Malaysia? ………
Do you trust Idris Jala when he talks about statistics, whether it is crime stats or a prosperity index? …..
Trust. This is what it boils down to. I dare say that no one in the Malaysian Cabinet can command that important ingredient today when their lips move.
* Ali Kadir reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
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* This is the text of the speech by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah at the Breakfast Meeting at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre organised by Paddy Schubert Sdn Bhd on February 24, 2012.
A plea for unity — Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
FEB 24 — I am indeed honoured to have been invited to speak to all of you gathered here this morning on a subject of great importance for the continued preservation and survival of our nation.
As all of you are aware, our nation became free from the fetters of colonial domination about five-and-a-half decades ago.
Sadly and strangely, after 55 years of independence, I think we are farther apart now than we have ever been before.
oday, we have a regime that promotes the concept of 1 Malaysia with all its contradictions.
We have an official document that explains the 1 Malaysia concept as a nation where every Malaysian perceives himself as Malaysian first, and by race second.
However, we have a leader who openly transgresses his own official policy by declaring that he is “Malay first” and “Malaysian second”.
The statement comes as a severe blow not just to the concept of 1 Malaysia, but also as a nullification of Jiwa Malaysia or the National Spirit that Tunku was trying hard to inculcate.
No wonder that people can no longer recognise the jiwa — they just donʼt feel as though they are fully Malaysian.
The New Economic Policy, which was conceived in 1971 not long after the Tunku had retired as prime minister, was primarily created to address poverty, and to raise the level of Malay participation in the economy.
It was intended for all Malaysians, and not just for the Malays or Bumiputeras.
As a former finance minister, let me emphasise that it was never the intention of the NEP to create an incubated class of Malay capitalists.
If we visit the government departments or universities, we wonder where all the non-Malays have gone.
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Free Malaysia Today
GE 13 in 2013?
By the looks of it, its seems that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is set to complete his five year term before calling for the general election.
After all, it looks like 2012 might not be the year of GE-13 and based on several indications the Barisan Nasional government might opt to complete its full term and hold the general election between January and April next year.
Even Dr Mahathir Mohamad who has become the front-line campaigner for BN and Umno has publicly advised that BN is still weak and that it is not appropriate to hold the general election now.
In his usual blunt style, Mahathir squarely blamed former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s leadership debacles for the weak position of BN.
GE 13 in 2013? | Free Malaysia Toda
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Ribena Berry: The 1Malaysia Virus
GE13 may be ‘most violent’ polls in Malaysian history, says Guan Eng
KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Lim Guan Eng expressed fear today that the coming 13th general election would be Malaysia’s “most violent” in history, judging from the recent spate of attacks against Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders and supporters.
The DAP secretary-general added that inaction from the police and the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) “desperation” to retain power would only spark further violence and endanger democracy.
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Free Malaysia Today
The world’s craziest game continues…
Many political observers are saying that the prime minister now intends to use the July-August months to woo the Malay voters.
The latest news or rumour going around is that the 13th General Election may very well be held in September. This is the umpteenth time that this annoying game is still continuing. In fact this game was started by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak who views the guessing of the polls date as a favourite national past-time.
Many political observers are saying that the prime minister now intends to use the July-August months to woo the Malay voters. Selena Tay, Free Malaysia Today The latest news or rumour going around is that the 13th General Election may very well be held in September. This is the umpteenth time that this annoying game is still continuing. In fact this game was started by Prime Minister Najib Tun …
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Sex scandal: ‘I don’t give crap (excuses)’
Unlike others, MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek says that he does not dish out excuses such as ‘my stomach is smaller than what is seen in the video’.
KUALA LUMPUR: A sex scandal often nails the coffin shut on a political career and few are able to rise above the dirt and re-invent themselves.
In Malaysia, where sex scandals are bountiful, one such political resurrection happened in the form of MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek.
His rivals’ secret filming of his bedroom romp may have dealt his reputation a blow but his honest admission and political acumen ensured that he returned to the pinnacle of power.
More than four years have passed since that sordid DVD revelation compelled Chua to resign as health minister, the MP for Labis and MCA vice-president, casting him into political wilderness.
But the trained psychologist, who believes that the impossible is possible, refused to be defeated even when expelled from MCA and clawed his way back to the top, with the mandate of party members.
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The Election Commission (EC) intends to seek amendments to election laws during the scheduled June sitting to enable Malaysians to vote overseas by post.
“Our target is (the) June sitting,” said the EC deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar during a dialogue with the Foreign Correspondent’s Club last night in Kuala Lumpur.
The amendments proposed by the EC will stipulate two conditions for Malaysians residing overseas to be entitled to vote.
First, the person must be registered as an ordinary voter with the EC.
Second, the person must have returned to Malaysia once over the past five years to qualify as an postal voter.
Wan Ahmad said those seeking to vote from overseas might be required to apply to be a postal voter by filling up a form that will be available on the EC’s website.
Malaysian missions will be tasked with distributing the postal ballots to the eligible postal voters.
The voter would then be responsible for ensuring that the ballots reach the respective returning officers in Malaysia.
“The ballots must reach the returning officers before 5pm on polling day,” he explained.
WILL YOU ASNWER THE CALL TO HELP KEEP ELECTIONS CLEAN AT GE 13?
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Jom Pantau!”, headed by Popular Communications for Human Rights in Malaysia (Komas), is an election monitoring initiative carried out with the help of the Malaysian Election Observers Network (MEO-Net) and the National Institute for Democracy Electoral Integrity (NIEI). The training will be conducted by Tindak Malaysia.
The campaign seeks to train at least 400 individuals each week to become polling agents, counting agents and “barung” agents to make up the 180,000 agents required for the election.
A website (www.pru13.info) has also been set up to allow Malaysians to report any instances of electoral fraud through email, tweets, phone calls, text messages or by filling in a complaint form.
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M’sians abroad keen to vote in ‘transparent’ election
Malaysians living overseas hope they can be given equal chance to exercise their voting rights.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians abroad who are keen to vote, if allowed to in the coming 13th general election, hope for a transparent process and a secure mechanism from the Election Commission (EC) to avoid allegations such as fraud.
Malaysians living overseas either for work or study have high hopes that as citizens, they be given equal chance to exercise their voting rights now that their wish has been looked into, including the formation of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Electoral Reform.
4:48PM May 14, 2012
An Umno ceramah in Kampar, Perak last night witnessed an unusual twist when the main target of the Pakatan Rakyat bashing session – Nizar Jamaluddin – appeared and sat with several Umno leaders.
Nizar, the former Perak menteri besar and most recognisable face of Perak Pakatan, told Malaysiakini today that that the crowd looked rather astonished when he arrived
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