- BN and opposition supporters clash
- Former IGP chides Md Hashim for likening himself to a monkey
- Malaysia prepares for general election
- PKR: Membership not approved for Saiful's dad
- Saiful's dad retracts apology to Anwar, says sodomy case was not a plot
- Cops to see Raja Petra over post
- The Star rejects advert from DAP
- ‘Remove anti-Christian billboards’
- Citizens Step Up to Monitor Malaysia’s Elections
- Under-probe Sabah voter roll still legit, EC says
- In Sungai Siput, a fight for MIC’s future
- 'Brand Najib' targets undecided voters
- Najib pushes back against opposition in Penang
- EC staff made mistake by not shaking ink bottle
Posted: 01 May 2013 02:13 AM PDT
Four motorcyclists were injured and a pick-up truck was damaged during an altercation at Jalan Tenggiri in Seberang Jaya last night.
In the incident which occurred at about 6.30pm, some 18 motorcyclists, believed to be PKR supporters, on ten motorcycles, surrounded a pick-up truck belonging to Seberang Jaya BN candidate Datuk Mohammad Nasir Abdullah's team.
Posted: 01 May 2013 12:28 AM PDT
(Bernama) - Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor today described it as "inappropriate" for former army chief General (Rtd) Tan Sri Md Hashim Hussein to liken himself to a "monkey freed from captivity" following his retirement from government service.
He said such a statement could hurt the feelings of more than one million civil servants nationwide.
"In that case, when he was the army chief, he was a monkey. Monkey or not, he got four stars and was able to head the army, and then made an ambassador abroad," Rahim told a press conference, here.
Md Hashim, who is standing as the PKR candidate for the Johor Baru parliamentary seat against BN's Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad, was alleged to have made such a statement in a ceramah last week.
Rahim said Md Hashim should realise that he still had his family members in the government service.
"This means his family members who are still working with the government are monkeys, and I too, because I used to be a public servant, am also a monkey," he added.
He said Md Hashim, who had been in government service for more than 30 years, should not hurt other people's feelings by making such a statement.
He also described the former general's statement as politically immature.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 10:13 PM PDT
(BBC) - The government has spent money in villages ... and there just isn't the hunger for change felt by so many younger Malaysians in the cities.
A general election is being held in Malaysia on 5 May, in what is seen as a major test for Prime Minister Najib Razak's ruling coalition
The governing party has been in power for a 56-year period. However, the opposition has been gaining ground on a pledge to end corruption.
In 2008, the ruling National Front lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority for the first time.
Jonathan Head reports.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 09:44 PM PDT
"He himself had offered to make a confession that all allegations against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim were a political conspiracy," Johari said.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 09:41 PM PDT
(ST) - The father of Mr Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the alleged victim in Mr Anwar Ibrahim's second sodomy trial, has retracted his apology to the opposition leader, saying his son's sodomy complaint was not a plot.
Mr Azlan Mohd Lazim said on Wednesday that "certain quarters" had influenced him to apologise to Mr Anwar and say it was a political conspiracy in a closed-door press conference on March 8, The Malaysian Insider reported.
"Today, I retract my apology to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and stress that my son's sodomy case is true.
"It isn't a political conspiracy," he told a press conference here.
Mr Azlan's retraction comes just four days before polling for the 13th general election, but the 60-year-old said the timing was a mere coincidence and that he had not been coerced by any party.
"I step forward to make the statement voluntarily and am not forced.
"I also was not offered any reward to retract my apology," he said.
Mr Azlan, who was alone at the hastily-convened news conference, said he realised he had made a mistake and added that his action was bereft of reward.
"After evaluating and rethinking, I admit I made a mistake for apologising to Datuk Seri Anwar.
"I have realised and want to apologise to my whole family especially my son Saiful," he said, adding that Mr Saiful was aware of today's news conference and that both father and son had no quarrel with each other.
Mr Azlan said he did not fear being labelled a liar or any negative backlash as a result of his reversal today, adding that people were free to draw their own conclusions.
"It's up to the people; I don't mind," he said.
He also said he will serve written notice of his resignation to Parti Keadilan Rakyat soon.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:01 PM PDT
CLAIMS: Blogger implies opposition leaders involved in Lahad Datu incursion
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 03:57 PM PDT
(Malaysiakini) - Two other newspapers - Harian Metro and Kosmo! - refused to even provide a quotation, stating outright that advertisements from opposition parties will not be entertained, said Pua.
DAP has accused The Star of barring the party from publishing advertisements in the daily.
Read more at: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/228644
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 02:50 PM PDT
(FMT) - A Christian organisation wants the EC to remove such billboards and the authorities to investigate those responsible for erecting them.
Eu also urged all Malaysians to denounce such billboards.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 11:54 AM PDT
(WSJ) - 3,000 citizens have signed up to be volunteers across 12 out of 13 states. That number falls far short of initial goal of 10,000 election observers by Mafrel, human rights group Pusat Komas and Bersih 2.0, a group that advocates electoral reforms.
When Malaysians go to vote on May 5, some citizen activists will be on vigil at polling stations to try to ensure that the 13th general elections are free and fair.
The stakes are high for both the National Front coalition, which has ruled Malaysia since it gained independence from Britain in 1957, and a resurgent opposition, which aims to better its 2008 record electoral gains, when it denied the ruling coalition a two-thirds majority in Parliament.
Activists, who have in past clashed with police when demanding sweeping electoral reforms, complain that the government isn't making changes quickly enough to ensure the integrity of the election. The effort to dispatch citizen observers reflects concern that authorities tasked with managing the election process may not be entirely free from the government's grip.
"Everyone knows that the Election Commission is not independent," said Wong Yoke Meng, who count ballots for the first time.
The 38-year-old entrepreneur will be among volunteers reporting at their designated polling booths by 7 a.m. to make sure that ballots are in order. After the poll stations close at 5 p.m., she will help count ballots. Ms. Wong is one of the four agents at polling stations –or Paca — that a candidate in each district can nominate. In addition, local groups are scattering their volunteers across the country to observe the polling process from outside the booths.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 11:45 AM PDT
(TMI) - Sabah's electoral roll containing 60,673 dubious entries is still legit and cannot be junked as the royal panel looking into the citizenship-for-votes controversy has yet to conclude any wrongdoing, the Election Commission (EC) said today.
An independent polls watchdog had highlighted this morning that Sabah's gazetted electoral roll used for the 13th general election was plagued with a large number problems, such as incomplete addresses and voters who shared the same identity card (IC) numbers, months after a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) had exposed much irregularities in the naturalisaton process for immigrants.
"The list of registered voters raised in the RCI is still legit, besides no final decision has been reached.
"The RCI has yet to end and make its decision, how can we discard the electoral roll," EC chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof told The Malaysian Insider.
He also said that the names on the EC's roll were Malaysian citizens, adding that the voter list had been on public display for two weeks starting from January 17 and no objections had been recorded during that period.
"EC had displayed the list for two weeks, if they objected, it should have been made in that period.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 11:38 AM PDT
(TMI) - "MIC hasn't been around. And suddenly they come with a lot of money and they have been giving out money," Dr Jeyakumar told The Straits Times, expressing fear that this may sway votes in his opponents favour.
MIC is going all-out to win back the Sungai Siput seat previously held by Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for three decades, for both a symbolic and political victory.
The former MIC president's 30-year reign in Sungai Siput inextricably linked the federal seat to the party he once led, and his shock defeat there in 2008 made it appear as though it had lost home ground, The Straits Times reported today.
But in Election 2013, MIC is back with a vengeance, according to the Singapore newspaper.
It is fielding caretaker deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk SK Devamany and has spent more than RM3 million in the past three months alone on road repairs and other work in this constituency.
For MIC, Sungai Siput is not simply another seat. Aside from its long past with Samy Vellu, it also has a sizeable Indian community ― 21 per cent of the 51,709 voters or around double the proportion of Indians in Malaysia ― making it a quasi-referendum on the party's political relevance.
MIC won only three parliamentary seats in 2008, but is contesting nine seats in Election 2013.
To start its fightback, MIC will need to dislodge PSM's Dr Michael Jeyakumar, the soft-spoken political activist who took down Samy Vellu in 2008.
An independent, S. Nagalingam, has also thrown his hat in the ring.
This time, MIC may be aided by a less-focussed Indian community. Unlike in 2008 when the group found cohesion courtesy of HINDRAF, there is no such guiding force today.
Having attacked the government for oppressing Indians, HINDRAF signed a pact with Barisan Nasional (BN) last month, leading to a fracture in its own ranks.
But BN's fielding of Perkasa vice-president Zulkifly Noordin, alleged to have disparaged both Hindus and Indians, has also outraged the community.
Such conflicts are not lost on the voters.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 11:30 AM PDT
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 11:27 AM PDT
(ST) - He makes pledges to Chinese voters, saying BN is a government for all
The BN, however, cares about the poor, said Mr Najib, who announced that the government will build 10,000 affordable housing units on the island for those living in dilapidated low-cost flats.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 11:25 AM PDT
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