- GE13: Are Chinese Malaysians mostly rooting for the opposition?
- The Malaysian Election: A Tale of Two States
- Ink used on voter's index finger is NOT indelible
- Lahad Datu: Bukit Aman to interview Raja Petra over Sulu intrusion article
- Pakatan gunning for 12 federal seats in Johor, says Kit Siang
- Catch him if you can: the mysterious escape of Malaysia's second richest man
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 08:59 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Many have been quick to generalise that almost all Chinese voters in the country will root for opposition candidates. But an in-depth look into the issue indicates that this is not entirely the true picture.
In the 2008 general election, BN lost its two-third majority in the Dewan Rakyat, and one of the main arguments for this was that a sizeable number of Chinese voters supported the opposition coalition of PKR-DAP-PAS.
With polling in the GE13 set for Sunday, the notion that the Chinese electorate is pro-opposition may prove to be not true at all.
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 08:46 PM PDT
(ABC) - Sabah and Sarawak are famous for rainforest retreats and the endangered orangutan, but they could also hold the key to power when Malaysians go to the polls on May 5.
Malaysia's opposition party is hoping to tap into Indigenous voters in Sarawak to help jostle the ruling party out of power.
The states of Sabah and Sarawak were given more national seats than any other state when Malaysia became a federation in 1963 to entice the regions to join, and the states could decide the outcome of the election.
Dr Jenri Amir, from the University of Malaysia, says there are 31 seats up for grabs in Sarawak.
"It's very important for the Prime Minister (Najib Razak) to ensure they win more than 20 seats in Sarawak, to ensure they can win the Federal Government," he said.
The seats have traditionally fallen the way of the ruling coalition - Barisan Nasional.
The Indigenous vote
But the Opposition believes the Iban people - the famed former headhunters of Borneo - are an untapped reservoir of votes and could change that.
Opposition candidates have been campaigning hard for Iban votes and according to Dr Amir the Opposition may have an in.
In a traditional Iban village everyone lives under one roof in a longhouse, and there are over 5,000 of these longhouses across the state.
"I think the mother of all issues among the Iban voters is of course NCR land - Native Customary Rights land, whereby they apply for this land," he said.
"The government didn't give the title to this land, instead most of this land was given to proxy companies or companies related to the Chief Minister of Sarawak."
The Chief Minister is Taib Mahmud who belongs to the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and has held the position since 1981.
Video of relatives and business associates of the Chief Minister trying to arrange crooked land deals for their own financial gain has been made public.
PHOTO: An adult male Orangutan relaxes near Camp Leakey at the Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. (Paula Bronstein: Getty Images)
Mr Mahmud denies any wrongdoing on his part.
"If they are trying to create something, find something more credible, they are trying to frame people like me with evidence that can be interpreted by anybody," he said.
Despite the denials, the scenario doesn't look good for the party.
But will it be enough to swing Iban voters?
Read more and watch the video at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-30/an-borneo-malaysia-election/4660122?section=sport
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 08:39 PM PDT
(Malaysiakini) - Barely hours after 'indelible' ink was used for the first time in Malaysia, complaints have emerged that the ink is in fact removable.
This is contrary to the Election Commission's (EC) assurance that traces of the ink would last at least seven days on the finger after being painted on with a brush.
One soldier, who had marked his ballot in advance voting this morning, said he had removed most of the ink with water alone - just six hours later.
"Only 30 percent is left, and I haven't even used soap yet.
"The standard is like stamp (ink) pads, which is not very strong.
"On the nail, it is 100 percent gone. It is a little difficult to remove from the seams.
"On the skin, I think it would be gone with rigorous washing with soap," the soldier, who did not wish to be named, said in a text-message.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua said some 20 security personnel had approached him to demonstrate how the ink could be "entirely" removed with hand sanitiser gel.
Read more at: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/228547
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 08:34 PM PDT
(The Star) - Bukit Aman is not revealing where police would record the statement of Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin pertaining to an article on the Sulu intrusion in Lahad Datu.
"We cannot reveal which country we intend to interview him as it might jeopardize our investigations.
"We are recording his statement pertaining to individual or groups involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion," Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin told The Star.
It is learnt that Raja Petra, now living in exile in the United Kingdom, had flown to another country.
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 02:58 PM PDT
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is targeting a win of 33 federal seats in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, including 12 in the southern peninsula state, as the opposition pact seeks to unseat the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in Election 2013, Lim Kit Siang said today.
The DAP veteran highlighted a report by Chinese newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau today that quoted BN sources as saying that the ruling coalition would lose 10 federal seats in the key battleground state of Johor.
"That's why the battle of Gelang Patah is to make a breakthrough in Johor," Lim (picture), who is contesting the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor, told reporters at the DAP headquarters here today.
"We're aiming for at least 12 parliamentary seats in Johor and more than a one-third majority in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak that have a total of 83 parliamentary seats. Pakatan can win 33 parliamentary seats," he added.
Lim stressed that PR was aiming to win 125 out of 222 federal seats, with PKR having the most at 45 seats, and the DAP and PAS having 40 seats each.
"No one party will be dominant," he said.
BN, which has been in power since independence, faces its stiffest challenge from the opposition after winning Election 2008 with the slimmest margin in history.
PR is aiming to decimate the MCA in Johor, with Lim leading the charge against caretaker Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman in Gelang Patah.
Though PR is aiming to win more seats in east Malaysia, the numerous multi-cornered fights in Sabah are complicating its efforts to sweep more than the one federal seat in Sabah that it had won in Election 2008.
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 10:37 AM PDT
Luxury: An artist's impression of the Wylde Street development
(Sydney Morning Herald) - ''The bulk of our work was never paid for,'' Greg Crone says. ''We were shocked when he sold up and then just disappeared off the face of the earth. When someone like this just disappears and leaves a shitload of debt it is just unbelievable.''
Onn Mahmud was a wealthy tycoon with a bulging property portfolio when he jetted off without warning in 2007.
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