- FB user on pro-UMNO blog urges May 13 'slaughter'
- DAP backs Anwar as opposition leader, says Kit Siang
- Bersih 2.0 refuse to acknowledge poll results until irregularities are addressed
- Who will be Selangor’s next Mentri Besar?
- Malaysia's polls close amid fraud claims
- Lynas shares rise on Malaysian election results
- Mukhriz to be sworn in as Kedah Menteri Besar at 3pm
- As results sink in, big winners are KL tycoons and Lynas as stocks rally
- Malaysia coalition extends rule despite worst electoral showing
- Malaysian regime wins polls, Anwar alleges fraud
- Lady luck deserts Gerakan in GE13
- MIC survives tough battle to win 4 federal seats
Posted: 05 May 2013 11:30 PM PDT
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(Harakan Daily) - Several netizens have contacted Harakahdaily over a call by a Facebook user urging Malays to "slaughter" the Chinese on the coming May 13.
The extremely racist remark by Facebook user Shahrizad Mohd Diah has been posted on the website of UMNO's Papagomo at 7.56 pm this evening as a response to an equally racist ranting by the blogger today, in which the latter declared it is a "must" to fight the "DAP Chinese" even if it means spilling blood.
Posted: 05 May 2013 06:48 PM PDT
Boo Su-Lyn, TMI
The DAP is endorsing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Opposition Leader despite winning more seats than PKR in Election 2013, party advisor Lim Kit Siang said today.
The DAP won 38 federal seats in the country's tightest election in history, making it the second-largest party in Parliament; PKR and PAS took 30 and 21 seats respectively.
"We supported him as prime minister for a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government, which was supposed to be formed on the fifth of May," Lim told reporters at the DAP headquarters here today.
"But since this didn't come about, the preparation and commitment for Pakatan Rakyat remains. That's why we propose that Anwar continues as parliamentary opposition leader and shadow prime minister," added the DAP advisor.
Lim also said the results in some constituencies could be challenged due to alleged electoral fraud.
"Pakatan Rakyat will look into these constituencies where fraudulent practices were committed and take the necessary steps to uphold the integrity of the electoral process," said the newly-elected Gelang Patah MP.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke pointed out that the DAP lost the Bentong, Cameron Highlands and Labis federal seats by fewer than 400 votes each.
"Many of these seats didn't provide 'Borang 14,'" said Loke, who was also at the press conference, referring to the form recording the total number of votes at each polling stream that must be provided to counting agents.
Anwar said earlier today that he would gather mass support to question the legitimacy of the newly-elected BN government, stressing that the "worst electoral fraud in history" had kept the coalition in federal government.
Election watchdog Bersih also said it would not recognise the BN government until it verified reports of vote-rigging.
BN won the 13th general election with a smaller majority, losing an additional seven federal seats to PR, besides failing to retake Selangor and Penang, the two most industrialised states in Malaysia.
BN and PR took 133 and 89 federal seats respectively, while the latter also significantly increased its number of state seats from 197 in Election 2008 to 230 in yesterday's polls.
Lim pointed out today that PR won the popular vote as well.
Posted: 05 May 2013 06:43 PM PDT
Anwar said Pakatan would challenge the results of seats in which its candidates lost by thin margins of 1,000 to 2,000 votes.
(The Star) - Bersih 2.0 has refused to recognise the newly elected government, until reports of irregularities and violations in the election process are addressed.
Bersih co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told reporters that the coalition and its observer group Pemantau had found numerous instances of fraud, phantom voters and other irregularities during the casting and counting of ballots.
"Hence we are questioning the legitimacy of some of the results during the general elections and are withholding our recognition of the government until the reports are addressed," she said.
Ambiga also blasted the Election Commission over its use of indelible ink.
"They failed miserably during the election. Their explanation of why the indelible ink could be easily washed off totally defies logic. It also raises questions of why so much money, RM10 million actually, was spent on ink that doesn't stay on the finger," she said.
Ambiga called on supporters to wear an article of black clothing for a month as a symbolic response to the cries of election fraud.
"I also call for a boycott of media organisations that had aided and abetted the uneven playing field" she said.
Five Pemantau observers were arrested in Wangsa Maju for "wrongful restrain" and were allegedly refused access to lawyers.
Another two were arrested in Ayer Keroh, Malacca.
It said that observers were also chased out of polling centres in Pekan, Temerloh and Danau Kota, by groups they claim were Barisan supporters.
Barisan won GE13 yesterday by a simple majority of 133 parliamentary seats to Pakatan's 89.
Pakatan leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim however refused to accept the results, citing alleged instances of irregularities in the voting process, like advance and postal votes, the presence of foreigners in the electoral toll and delays by the EC in announcing results in certain key areas.
Anwar said Pakatan would challenge the results of seats in which its candidates lost by thin margins of 1,000 to 2,000 votes.
Netizens have also cried foul over the GE13 results, with photos and videos of alleged foreign phantom voters and claims of blackouts that swung narrow calls circulating on social media.
Posted: 05 May 2013 06:30 PM PDT
It's common knowledge that the younger generation of Pakatan supporters are split between Team Izzah and Team Azmin, further serving to fracture a party in an unofficial, sometimes-uneasy coalition. It's clearly a family spat, as PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, too, is said to have issues with Azmin.
(The Star) - Pakatan Rakyat has won 44 of 56 state seats in Selangor, allowing them to form state government. But Pakatan has not decided who will lead the state government - previously manned by PKR man Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim - and indeed, if he will come from PKR.
While both PAS and DAP scored 15 state seats each, PKR won one less with 14.
Khalid has assured the rakyat that Pakatan top leaders will make a decision within a week.
"The decision has not been made (yet)," he told reporters.
However, it isn't anyone's game - it's a simple battle between two men: the caretaker MB Khalid, and PKR firebrand Azmin Ali.
Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, is allegedly gunning for the position of MB and has been after it for years.
The highly-publicised spat between him and Khalid's political secretary Faekah Husin - who is fiercely protective of her boss - is touted as proof of the rivalry between Khalid and Azmin.
There was further furore last October when Azmin told a Malay daily that Khalid would be made a minister if Pakatan seized Putrajaya, vacating the MB position even if Pakatan retained the state.
Azmin is very much Anwar's man - whispers of resentful friction between him and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar only serves to add fuel to flames.
It's common knowledge that the younger generation of Pakatan supporters are split between Team Izzah and Team Azmin, further serving to fracture a party in an unofficial, sometimes-uneasy coalition.
It's clearly a family spat, as PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, too, is said to have issues with Azmin.
Rumours abound that Wan Azizah was not fielded for a candidacy in Selangor because of Azmin's dislike for Anwar's wife.
But because he has opposition Anwar's backing, Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin may be able to punch above his weight class and take on the largely popular Khalid.
Behind closed doors, elected representatives and candidates make no secret of their allegiances.
A source close to Khalid said that Azmin had exploited his control of PKR Selangor to pick candidates he could control.
"He chooses his own people to make sure everyone is in his pocket. But Azmin needs to realise the rakyat accepts Khalid."
The source accused him of promoting candidates that were close to him and pushing them into safe seats, rather than "winnable" candidates.
The source said it was "an open secret" Azmin "frequently meddles" in Selangor matters for his own political mileage.
When Khalid, who won the Port Klang state seat in GE13, first entered the scene he was as a political novice but a seasoned corporate leader.
A member of the National Productivity Council, he was also chief executive of state-run investment fund Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) from 1979 to 1974 and CEO of what is now Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad from 1995 to 2003.
Posted: 05 May 2013 01:20 PM PDT
(Australia News Network) - One man of Filipino descent, with the Sulu surname Kiram, carried an ID card with the number 49 on it, which apparently indicates foreign status. He told opposition representatives that he was issued with the card at the administrative capital Putrajaya.
Polls have closed in Malaysia amid concerns that electoral fraud could influence the election outcome.
The opposition coalition, led by Anwar Ibrahim, is attempting to unseat the Barisan National (BN), which has held government for more than 50 years.
Lines of up to one kilometre long have been reported as voting got underway on Sunday at more than 8,000 polling sites across the country.
But many voters have accused prime minister Najib Razak's government of trying to steal the election, as indelible ink that he touted as a guarantee against voter fraud was found to easily wash off.
"I wash it with Dettol and the ink all came off, it should not come off according to the authority," one voter said.
"It's not a problem for me, but what I think, there will be a lot of fraud as a result of this removal of the ink."
Meanwhile, the opposition and democracy activists are claiming they have caught foreigners voting in the election.
They allege the voters are foreign migrant workers who have been issued with Malaysian ID cards - a claim that BN has strongly denied.
One man of Filipino descent, with the Sulu surname Kiram, carried an ID card with the number 49 on it, which apparently indicates foreign status.
He told opposition representatives that he was issued with the card at the administrative capital Putrajaya.
His finger was marked with indelible ink to show that he had in fact voted.
Read more and watch the video at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-05/an-malaysia-polls-closed/4670740
Posted: 05 May 2013 01:12 PM PDT
(BBC) - Shares in Lynas, which has a rare earth plant in Malaysia, surged 18% after the National Front coalition retained power in that country's general election.
Australia's Lynas has faced a long-drawn out legal battle against environmental activists in the country.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had said he would re-visit Lynas' permit for the operation if he won power.
Rare earths are metals used in many household products such as mobile phones and TVs.
Lynas's $800m (£502m) facility near the city of Kuantan, in Pahang state, is the largest outside China.
China controls more than 90% of the world's supply of rare earth metals. Beijing has been accused in the past of restricting their availability to make a diplomatic point.
Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22423928
Posted: 05 May 2013 01:09 PM PDT
(The Star) - Kedah Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Mukhriz Mahathir will be sworn in as the Kedah Menteri Besar at Istana Anak Bukit here at 3pm on Monday.
The PR alliance led by Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) had ruled the state for the last five years but Kedah is seen as the weakest of the PR states.
Posted: 05 May 2013 01:04 PM PDT
(TMI) - The 59-year-old prime minister could now come under pressure from conservatives in his own ruling party for not delivering a stronger majority despite a robust economy and a US$2.6 billion deluge of social handouts to poor families.
Stocks surged as much as 6.8 per cent this morning and the ringgit jumped to a 10-month high, after Barisan Nasional (BN) extended its 56-year rule and fended off a strong opposition challenge that had unnerved investors.
The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index rose to a lifetime high of 1,808.90 by 9.02am in response to yesterday's general election, with stocks linked to the coalition and its favoured tycoons gaining handsomely, Reuters reported this morning.
BN won 133 seats in the 222-member Parliament in the election, although it failed to regain the two-thirds majority it lost for the first time in 2008.
It also lost the popular vote.
With all results in, BN polled 5.220 million votes to Pakatan Rakyat's 5.489 million, for a deficit of 269,130 votes based on calculations by The Malaysian Insider. The Election Commission has yet to release the official results.
This was proportionally down from the 4.082 million votes the coalition polled in Election 2008, against the 3.796 million that the parties of PKR, the DAP, and PAS collected then.
The last time an Umno-led coalition lost the popular vote was in 1969, then contested by BN's predecessor, the Alliance Party.
But the repercussions of its win were felt beyond Malaysian shores.
Posted: 05 May 2013 01:02 PM PDT
(Reuters) - Malaysia's governing coalition extended its half-century rule despite its worst-ever performance in a general election, potentially undermining Prime Minister Najib Razak and exposing growing racial polarization in the Southeast Asian nation.
Najib, 59, could come under pressure from conservatives in his ruling party for not delivering a stronger majority in Sunday's election despite a robust economy and a $2.6 billion deluge of social handouts to poor families.
The National Front won 133 seats in the 222-member parliament, down from 140 in 2008 and well short of the two-thirds majority that Najib had aimed to capture. The opposition won 89 seats, up from 82 last time.
Kuala Lumpur's stock market could gain on Monday on investor relief that the untested opposition failed to take power, but any optimism could be tempered by the prospect of political uncertainty due to the weak win. The Malaysian ringgit surged to a 10-month high early on Monday.
While support for the ruling coalition from majority ethnic Malays remained solid, ethnic Chinese who make up a quarter of Malaysians continued to desert the National Front, accelerating a trend seen in the previous election.
Ethnic Chinese have turned to the opposition, attracted by its pledge to tackle corruption and end race-based policies favoring ethnic Malays in business, education and housing.
Posted: 05 May 2013 01:01 PM PDT
(Global Post) - "It is an election that we consider fraudulent and the EC (Election Commission) has failed," an exhausted-looking Anwar told reporters.
Malaysia's ruling coalition retained its 56-year hold on power in hard-fought elections Sunday, but a bitter opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the polls were tainted by fraud and refused to concede.
The ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak ceded just two seats in the election to end at 133, maintaining a firm majority of the 222-member parliament.
But he became the first leader of the regime, which has controlled Malaysia since independence in 1957, to win with a minority of the popular vote.
Najib, 59, called for a spirit of "reconciliation" but rejected any challenge to the outcome of the polls, marked by record voter turnout and a fierce campaign that laid bare deep polarisation in the country.
"This is the decision of the people," he told cheering supporters in the capital Kuala Lumpur.
But Anwar was in no mood to concede after the hopes of his three-party Pakatan Rakyat (People's Pact) alliance were dashed by a tide of late results in favor of the ruling coalition that Anwar calls corrupt and oppressive.
"It is an election that we consider fraudulent and the EC (Election Commission) has failed," an exhausted-looking Anwar told reporters.
Voters took to the Internet on Sunday in droves to accuse Barisan and the EC of trying to steal the election, as indelible ink that Najib touted as a guarantee against voter fraud was found to easily wash off.
Videos, pictures and first-hand accounts of purportedly foreign "voters" being confronted at polling centres by angry citizens also went viral online.
Posted: 05 May 2013 12:53 PM PDT
(Bernama) - The just-concluded 13th general election (GE13) did not favour Gerakan as it ended up with only one parliamentary and three state seats.
It had contested 11 parliamentary and 31 state seats in the hard-fought election which saw Barisan Nasional (BN) returned to power.
The sole parliamentary survivor was Liang Teck Meng who defended the Simpang Renggam seat for a second term by defeating Suhaizan Kaiat of PAS with a 5,706-vote majority.
The three state seats won by the BN component were Sidam in Kedah, Pemanis in Johor and Tanjong Papat in Sabah.
In the 2008 general election, Gerakan won two parliamentary and four state seats.
Conceding defeat and his failure to deliver in the GE13, Teng Chang Yeow announced he would step down as Penang BN chairman and Gerakan secretary-general.
In 2008, Penang fell to the DAP after 39 years under Gerakan.
Posted: 05 May 2013 12:51 PM PDT
(TMI) - The MIC survived a tough battle before emerging victorious in four parliamentary seats when the results of the 13th general election were announced last night.
Out of the nine parliamentary seats allocated to the MIC by Barisan Nasional (BN), party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel (Cameron Highlands), deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (Segamat), vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan (Tapah) and Putera co-ordinator P. Kamalanathan (Hulu Selangor) walked away with victories.
Major MIC casualties were vice-president Datuk S.K. Devamany (Sungai Siput, Perak), secretary-general Datuk S. Murugesan (Kota Raja, Selangor) and national information chief V.S. Mogan (Telok Kemang, Negri Sembilan).
MIC candidates A. Prakash Rao and A. Sakthivel (central working committee member) both lost in the Subang and Kapar parliamentary constituencies, respectively, in Selangor.
In GE13, the MIC contested nine parliamentary and 18 state seats, one less from nine parliamentary and 19 state seats contested at the last general election in 2008.
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