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Anti-Xavier group threatens protests

Posted: 14 May 2013 08:59 PM PDT

According to Dr Xavier Jeyakumar's detractors, PKR had received 29 memorandums of his wrongdoings and mismanagement during his tenure as state exco.

B Nantha Kumar, FMT

A large group of PKR Indian leaders today unanimously rejected the party's decision to submit Sri Andalas assemblyman Dr Xavier Jeyakumar's name for executive councillor position in the Selangor state administration.

They're also planning for a series of protests against PKR if Jeyakumar gets the nod for a second term as an exco member.

In the last state cabinet, Jeyakumar helmed the Health, Estate Workers, Poverty and Caring Government portfolio.

"We were told that Jeyakumar's name is in the PKR's exco list for a second term which really shocked the Pakatan Indian leaders in Selangor," said Dr S Streram from Petaling Jaya Selatan PKR division.

Speaking to reporters here, Streram added: "We are here today and want to send a strong message to PKR's top leadership not to pick Jeyakumar for the exco post."

Also present were several PKR grassroots leaders such as 'OMS' P Thiagarajan, who is a close ally to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, P Krishnasamy (Klang), S Murali (Puchong), M Jayabalan (Lembah Pantai), Anthony Dass (Kota Raja), S Balan (Subang), P Maniam (Hulu Selangor) and Dr Neduchelian from Kapar.

Streram said if the PKR leadership was adamant about pushing ahead with Jeyakumar, then they should be prepared to face massive protests.

"We are not threatening the party, but we want the leaders to listen to our suggestions," said Streram.

He said there was a general consensus among PKR Indian leaders to have DAP's V Ganapathi Rao as the Selangor exco for Indian affairs.

"We Selangor Indians are disappointed with Jeyakumar's quality of leadership. Apart from being a 'postman' on delivering Tamil schools allocations, he has done nothing for the Indian community,"   said Streram, adding that Jeyakumar had failed to empower the Indians in Selangor.

29 memorandums of wrongdoings

He said, on the other hand, Ganapathi Rao, a Hindraf activist and former ISA detainee, was well aware of the real situation of Selangor Indians.

Sharing Streram's view, Murali and Anthony Dass claimed that so far PKR had received 29 memorandums of alleged wrongdoings and mismanagement on Jeyakumar during his tenure as state exco.



The complete list of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Najib’s new Cabinet

Posted: 14 May 2013 07:36 PM PDT

Prime Minister

Najib Razak (UMNO)

Deputy Prime Minister

Muhyiddin Yassin (UMNO)

Prime Minister's Department:


1. Jamil Khir Baharom (UMNO)

2. Abdul Wahid Omar (Senator)

3. Idris Jala (Senator)

4. Joseph Kurup (PBRS)

5. Shahidan Kassim (UMNO)

6. Nancy Shukri (PBB)

7. Paul Low Seng Kwan (Senator)

8. Joseph Entulu Belaun (PRS)

Deputy Ministers:

1. Razali Ibrahim (UMNO)

2. Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy (Senator)

Ministry of Finance

1. Minister of Finance 1: Najib Razak (UMNO)

2. Minister of Finance 2: Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah (UMNO)

Deputy Minister of Finance

3. Ahmad Maslan (UMNO)

Ministry of Transport

1. Minister: (Acting – post being held open pending MCA decision) Hishammuddin Hussein (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Ab Aziz Kaprawi (UMNO)

Ministry of Defence

1. Minister: Hishammuddin Hussein (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Abdul Rahim Bakri (UMNO)

Ministry of Home Affairs

1. Minister: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (PBB)

Ministry of Education & Higher Learning

1. Minister 1: Muhyiddin Yassin (UMNO)

2. Minister 2: Idris Jusoh (UMNO

3. Deputy Minister 1: Mary Yap Kain Ching (PBS)

4. Deputy Minister 2: P. Kamalanathan (MIC)

Ministry of Works

1. Minister: Fadillah Yusof (PBB)

2. Deputy Minister: Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin (UMNO)

Ministry of International Trade & Industry

1. Minister: Mustapa Mohamed (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Hamim Samuri (UMNO)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1. Minister: Anifah Aman (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Hamzah Zainuddin

Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism

1. Minister: Hasan Malek (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Ahmad Bashah Mohamad Hanipah (Senator)

Ministry of Communication & Multimedia

1. Minister: Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Jailani Johari (UMNO)

Ministry of Human Resources

1. Minister: Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP)

2. Deputy Minister: Ismail Abdul Muttalib (UMNO)

Ministry of Rural & Regional Development

1. Minister: Shafie Apdal (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Alexander Nanta Linggi (PBB)

Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing & Local Government

1. Minister: Abdul Rahman Dahlan (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Halimah Mohamad Saddique (UMNO)

Ministry of Youth & Sport

1. Minister: Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: M. Saravanan (MIC)

Ministry of Health

1. Minister: S. Subramaniam (MIC)

2. Deputy Minister: Hilmi Yahaya (UMNO)

Ministry of the Federal Territories

1. Minister: Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: J. Loga Bala Mohan (Senator)

The Ministry of Plantation Industries & Commodities

1. Minister: Douglas Uggah Embas (PBB)

2. Deputy Minister: Noriah Kasnon (UMNO)

Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water

1. Minister: Maximus Johnity Ongkili (PBS)

2. Deputy Minister: Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO)

Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry

1. Minister: Ismail Sabri Yaakob (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (UMNO)

Ministry of Tourism & Culture

1. Minister: Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO)

2. Deputy Minister: Joseph Salang Gandum (PRS)

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

1. Minister: Ewon Ebin (UPKO)

2. Deputy Minister: Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (UMNO)

Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment

1. Minister: G. Palanivel (MIC)

2. Deputy Minister: James Dawos Mamit (PBB)

Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development

1. Minister: Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB)

2. Deputy Minister: Azizah Mohamad Dun (UMNO)


Ministers: 30

Deputy Ministers: 27

Total: 57

Total ministries: 24

Senators reappointed: 1

New Senators: 5

Backbenchers: 82



Pakatan steers clear of Haris’ demo plan

Posted: 14 May 2013 05:11 PM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar says they do not condone overthrowing government through street demonstrations. 

Lisa J. Ariffin, FMT

Pakatan Rakyat today said the coalition does not condone overthrowing ruling Barisan Nasional through mass street demonstrations.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was responding to activist Haris Ibrahim's statement that pro-Pakatan Rakyat NGOs would topple the federal government through massive street rallies.

"The proposal has never been submitted to us, it has never been discussed by Pakatan. Those are the views of some NGOs," Anwar told a press conference here after a meeting involving Pakatan leaders.

He however did not fully disregard the idea of street demonstrations. Anwar maintained that street demonstrations should be held in a peaceful and orderly manner.

"We will confine purely to peaceful rallies at designated places.

"But we do not say no to peaceful rallies, we must let the people express their disgust at Umno-BN for stealing the election," he added.

On Monday, pro-Pakatan Rakyat groups vowed to overthrow the BN government within the year through a massive street rally.

Speakers at a forum unanimously agreed that waiting for five years until the next general election was too long, and vowed to overthrow BN this year through "force".

PKR vice-president and Batu MP Tian Chua had also thrown support behind their cry to overthrow BN through force, and said it was the people's choice.

"The decision to wait another five years or fight is not the right of Pakatan leaders, the results during the polls were not of Pakatan… but the rakyat's," he said.

However, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution has since said Tian's backing for the street rally was a personal stand and not reflective of Pakatan's stand.

"The official decision must come from the top Pakatan leadership, not only theirs (Tian Chua)," he added.



Sabah MCA councillors quit posts

Posted: 14 May 2013 03:53 PM PDT

Sabah MCA leaders will uphold the resolution of the presidential council not to accept posts in the state and federal government. 

(FMT) - Across Sabah, all state MCA members serving as councillors in municipal councils, Hospital Visitors Boards, State Prisons Board and as Health Clinic Advisors were told today to resign with immediate effect.

Sabah MCA chief Edward Khoo said this was in accordance with decisions made during the MCA presidential council meeting last Saturday.

Khoo, who met with he state MCA division leaders yesterday to convey the president council's decision, said it was "unanimously agreed" at state level to uphold the presidential council's decision.

"In this meeting we unanimously agreed that the 259 Sabah MCA members who are now serving as councillors in all municipal councils, Hospital Visitors Boards, State Prisons Boards and Health Clinic Advisors throughout the state should resign from their posts with immediate effect.

"This is the decision by the presidential council. It is in line with the 2011 and 2012 MCA annual general congress resolutions, " he told reporters here after a state level meeting. Also present were the Sabah MCA Women and Youth wing leaders.

On Sabah MCA's future direction, Khoo said the local chapter had decided to work with the central MCA leadership appointed task force.

"We also discussed the last election and explored the the direction that Sabah MCA should take now.

"We have decided that Sabah MCA will work with the MCA central task force.

"The central leadership has appointed Liow Tiong Lai to head the task force.

"The task force will chart the direction of the party and present its report at the next central committee meeting," he said.

Sabah MCA 'no where'

Meanwhile, when asked if the state MCA would accept a Senator's appointment, Khoo replied in the negative.

"We will not accept. It has been the resolution in the past two central AGMs, not only for Sabah but the whole of Malaysia not to accept.



I complied with royal command, says MCA rep

Posted: 14 May 2013 02:29 PM PDT

(The Star) - Pulai Sebatang assemblyman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said he took his oath as state executive council member not in defiance of the MCA's stand but in compliance with a royal command by the Sultan of Johor.

"I am an MCA representative but I am also a Johorean. There is no easy way to go about it but I have to accede to the wishes of the Sultan," he said.

Tee, the MCA national organising secretary, said the decision was made known to party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Tee, who will head the state Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee, said both Dr Chua and Najib agreed that the party had to comply with the wishes of the Ruler.

Ahead of GE13, the MCA had made a stand that if it won less than 15 parliamentary seats, the party would not accept government posts at any level. Voters delivered only seven seats to the party on May 5.

Tee, met after his swearing-in, said the party was still steadfast in its decision, but had to make an exception in Johor because Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had made it clear that he wanted a Chinese representative in the state exco line-up.

"The Sultan made it clear during a luncheon event at Istana Pasir Pelangi on May 13 that he wanted a Chinese representative to promote togetherness.

"I am thankful he has selected me," he said, adding that he would work hard and put forward the needs of the Chinese community to the state government.

Tee said being selected was a big burden and a huge challenge but he was prepared for his portfolio in the state exco.

Asked if a similar situation would happen in other states, he said: "This is highly unlikely as Johor is a special case. The Johor government was formed in 1895, even before the country's government was formed, and we have our own set of regulations to follow.

"That is why we have to adhere to the advice of the Sultan, as he has the authority and right to dictate what he feels is best for his people."


MCA may act against Tee

Posted: 14 May 2013 02:24 PM PDT

It's official: Tee signing his appointment documents after taking his oath before the Sultan of Johor.

(The Star) - MCA national organising secretary Datuk Tee Siew Kiong may face action by the party after he was sworn in as a Johor executive councillor despite the party's decision to abstain from holding any government post.

Tee, who is Pulai Sebatang state assemblyman, took his oath of office in compliance with the command of the Sultan of Johor.

Nonetheless, the party may take disciplinary action against him.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek confirmed that the party central committee would deliberate on Tee's case and he might face disciplinary action.

"I would like to clarify that MCA has not recommended Tee to be a Johor executive councillor in keeping with the party resolution passed in 2011 that it would not accept any government posts," Dr Chua said in a statement yesterday.

In 2008, MCA won 15 parliamentary and 31 state seats out of 40 parliamentary and 90 state constituencies it contested.

Great honour: Khaled Nordin being sworn in as Mentri Besar by Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar. 

In the May 5 elections, the party only won seven parliamentary and 11 state seats.

Dr Chua said: "The Sultan has the power to appoint the Mentri Besar and the state executive councillors because of the uniqueness of the State Constitution.

"It was also the Sultan's aspiration to have Chinese representation in the state government as I received a call from the Johor Palace's secretary that the Ruler wanted to appoint Tee as a state executive councillor."

Dr Chua said he also consulted Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday about the royal command, and the Prime Minister advised him to follow it.

He noted that the Rulers of other states had not exercised their authority to appoint MCA elected representatives as executive councillors.

He said there were also some states which had kept vacant state executive councillor posts for Chinese elected representatives.

He appealed to the people and MCA members for understanding of "this unique situation in Johor as well as the Johor Sultan's power and authority".

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said Tee would be retained as a state executive councillor even if MCA decides to "disown" him for accepting the position.

"Even if the party disowns him, we will practise what some people have suggested at the federal level and appoint him as an independent or even as a non-governmental organisation head," he said.

"Tee's appointment is based on the Johor Sultan's wishes to see that all communities in the state are represented in the new exco line-up."


DAP rejects street protests to topple BN

Posted: 14 May 2013 02:13 PM PDT

DAP chairman Karpal Singh says such protests, as proposed by Haris Ibrahim, could turn unruly if not handled properly. 

G Vinod, FMT

DAP chairman Karpal Singh today rebuked activist Haris Ibrahim for calling for street protests to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Speaking at a press conference today, Karpal said that he could not accept the call for street protests despite agreeing that the recent general election was marred with irregularities.

"I agree there were fraud during the general election but we must address this using the court process," he said.

Yesterday, Haris was reported as saying that pro-Pakatan Rakyat NGO's would topple the federal government through massive street rallies.

He said that the people could not wait for another five years to dislodge BN as democracy is not working in Malaysia.

However, Haris qualified his statement by saying that he was not talking about violent street protests against BN.

Karpal, who is also Bukit Gelugor MP, said that his party is against street protests to topple a government.

Although he commended Haris for opposing violent demonstrations, Karpal warned that a street protest may cause unrest if it was not handled properly.

"I know Haris is a good man. Probably he got carried away by anger on the fact that Najib (Tun Razak) is leading a minority government," he said.

Karpal also commended PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim for holding indoor rallies to create awareness among the masses on the electoral fraud that transpired during the general election.

"What Anwar doing is understandable and the police should cooperate by providing security to the participants, not like what happened in the Kelana Jaya rally where there were no police presence at all," he said.


You're not in Malaysia Mr Plodprasop

Posted: 14 May 2013 01:35 PM PDT

(Bangkok Post) - Not content with insulting these people, he also threatened to have them locked up in police cells, or even thrown in prison, if they dare to protest at the site of the international conference or in its vicinity.

"Garbage", that's the exact word used by Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi to label all the non-governmental organisations, environmental and civic groups which plan to protest in Chiang Mai over the next week, when some 1,500 delegates from 49 countries are attending the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit in the northern capital.

Not content with insulting these people, he also threatened to have them locked up in police cells, or even thrown in prison, if they dare to protest at the site of the international conference or in its vicinity.

Here is his exact insulting, threatening remark. "I warn the protesters not to come, otherwise they will all be arrested. There will be no space reserved for the protest but only jails awaiting them. There will be no talk whatsoever, only arrests. And the Chiang Mai people should not let these people, who are like garbage, mess around."

The derogatory way he referred to NGOs and the environmentalists, and the implicit way he suggested the people of Chiang Mai, the bastion of the red-shirt movement and a hard-core red-shirt group known as the Chiang Mai 51, should deal with them and prevent them from staging a protest is a clear reflection of what kind of a man he is and also his mindset.

Mr Plodprasop may have, somehow, mistakenly thought for a moment he was in Malaysia, where a protest in public needs approval from the police.

His threat is exactly the sort of action that Malaysian police are considering against Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Abrahim and his associates for unapproved protest rallies against the result of the recent general election there, or the "mother of all election frauds" as they charge.

Here in Thailand, even in the red-shirt fortress of Chiang Mai, every individual or group of people of any political colour or non-colour has the constitutional right to public protest in a peaceful manner. The NGOs and environmentalists have every right to rally anywhere in Chiang Mai, even outside the water conference, so long as they do not break any law, including not blocking traffic.

There is no need whatsover for Mr Plodprasop to be afraid of these protesters, or to insult them in advance. They are educated and mature people - and probably are more responsible and care more about protecting the natural resources of this country, including the environment, than Mr Plodprasop and his officials do.

I can only presume that Mr Plosprasop does not want a demonstration in the northern capital during the Water Summit because the protesters may say a lot of bad things - but, unfortunately, they are also the truths - about his pet project, the 350-billion baht water management scheme that he plans to sell to the visiting delegates.

The delegates - many of whom are not well-informed about what actually is happening in this country – will undoubtedly be captivated by the PR deluge they will be swamped with about Mr Plodprasop's pet project, and his presentation, without learning anything about the other side, the dark side of the scheme, which they could hear only from the protesters.

But truth cannot be concealed and Mr Plodprasop seems to have forgotten this.

All the delegates should be mindful of the fact it will be in their own interests, and ensure they are properly informed about the water management problems in this country, if they keep their options open and also lend an ear to the other side of the argument - not just soak up the information flood packaged by the Thai government.


Mirror mirror: Which political leader has the most fake followers on Twitter?

Posted: 14 May 2013 12:30 PM PDT


(Meld Magazine) - These days, it's not just the celebrities who have fake followers on Twitter, if the figures that show up on the online application Fake Follower Check are true. 

HOW do our world leaders fare when it comes to online influence? Hayden Waugh delves into the Twittersphere and investigates the accounts of Barack Obama, Najib Razak, Julia Gillard and more. 

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

These days, it's not just the celebrities who have fake followers on Twitter, if the figures that show up on the online application Fake Follower Check are true.

In our comparison of eight political leaders from the US, Australia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak topped the list for having the largest proportion of fake followers.

A recent check using Fake Follower Check showed a whopping 70 per cent of Prime Minister Najib's 1.41 million followers were fake.

He was followed by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at 55 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.

Comic: CW Vong 

Just under half of US President Barack Obama's 13.1 million followers were found to be fake, and for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, 36 per cent of her 130,680 followers were fake.

Those who have done well include Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with 62 per cent of his more than 25,000 following made up of engaged or "good" followers, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe whose engaged followers numbered at 58 per cent of 81,200.

These figures show that perhaps numbers tell only part of the story when it comes to determining popularity and influence.

Thomas Tudehope, social media expert from social@Ogilvy and former advisor to Australian Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband Malcolm Turnbull, says Twitter users can easily purchase followers starting from 100 and upwards to 10,000 followers at varying prices.

Read more at: http://www.meldmagazine.com.au/2013/05/world-leaders-fake-followers/ 


Najib’s new Cabinet to have ‘familiar faces’, more Umno men

Posted: 14 May 2013 12:22 PM PDT


One likely to make a comeback is Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor 

(TMI) - The new Cabinet to be announced tomorrow will have a familiar look and loaded with Umno lawmakers, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak having one eye on this year's party polls.

One likely to make a comeback is Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno secretary-general who gained notoriety several years ago for allegedly fixing judicial appointments during the Mahathir era.

Also on the shortlist is Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, the former Terengganu mentri besar who together with Tengku Adnan is a member of the BN war room that planned the coalition's Election 2013 campaign.

Another member of the war room, Rompin MP Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, could also be rewarded with a Cabinet post, sources said today.

But they said that no losers in the general election will be appointed to the Cabinet through appointments as a federal senator.

The Cabinet list is being scrutinised with interest on expectations that they have to be in line with Najib's drive for reforms after getting his own mandate in the May 5 general elections.

There has been speculation that he would also opt for newer and younger faces to push his reform agenda outlined under the BN manifesto and various socio-economic initiatives since he took power in 2009.

One polarising figure in the discussion for a Cabinet position is Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.The names of two state companies chiefs, Malayan Banking Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar and Khazanah Nasional Berhad's managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar have also been bandied about but there is strong sentiment in Putrajaya that by virtue of winning 88 federal seats, Umno must be rewarded.

One polarising figure in the discussion for a Cabinet position is Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin with strong push back from the Mahathir camp, arguing that his baggage from the Abdullah years will be a liability.

In his corner is Najib who believes that Khairy, who tripled his majority from 5,746 votes in Election 2008 to 18,357 in this year's polls, will be important in tackling social media and coming up with strategies to win the young.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najibs-new-cabinet-to-have-familiar-faces-more-umno-men/ 

Authorities revoking work pass of Malaysian who participated in illegal gatherings

Posted: 14 May 2013 12:09 PM PDT


(Today Online) - The police reiterated that Singapore "does not take sides in the politics of other countries, and will work with whoever forms the government there". 

The authorities are revoking the work pass of a Malaysian who was involved in both illegal gatherings over Malaysia's election results at the Merlion Park on Wednesday and Saturday last week.

Out of the 21 Malaysians who participated in last Saturday's gathering, the visit passes of two others have also been cancelled, the police said in a statement late last night.

"As for the remaining 18 persons, their work passes will be reviewed upon completion of further investigations," it added.

The police will also be issuing "stern conditional warnings" to all those who participated in last Saturday's gathering.

"Their employers will be informed of this. This follows the conditional warnings issued to nine persons who took part in the illegal gathering at the same location on May 8," it said.

Read more at: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/authorities-revoking-work-pass-malaysian-who-participated-illegal-gatherings 

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