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Azmin to tell all on Permatang Pauh by-election, party leadership

Posted: 08 May 2013 11:48 PM PDT

(The Sun Daily) - PKR deputy president Azmin Ali will make an expose regarding the party tomorrow. However, he did not elaborate on the expose, saying that it concerned the by-election in Permatang Pauh and the strength of the party leadership in Selangor and at the federal level.

"I will explain tomorrow what took place in the Permatang Pauh by-election. It is not about Azmin Ali or (Abdul) Khalid (Ibrahim). I don't want a lame duck to be the Selangor MB," he told the press at the party's headquarters today.

He stopped short of saying he should be the new mentri besar.

He said a strong mentri besar will not be dictated to by other parties in pursuing policies and in leading the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) forward.

"We received a strong mandate not only in Selangor but at the federal level. The people need a stronger leadership. I want a strong MB to represent PKR and PR in Selangor," he said.

Azmin in his tweets last night seemed to criticise PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for organising a people's rally on Wednesday night.

One tweet, which indirectly asked Anwar not to drag the people into the rally following his failed bid to take over Putrajaya, was sent out as Anwar addressed a rally in Kelana Jaya to protest the outcome of the polls.

In another tweet, Azmin said the calls for "reformasi" should start from within himself.

"Gagal ke Putrajaya. Salah siapa? Ikuti penjelasan dalam masa terdekat. (Failure to go to Putrajaya. Whose fault is it? Wait for the explanation soon)," said Azmin in another tweet.

Azmin said his tweets were directed to everyone and not Anwar alone.

"I am not a yes man. I need to speak up. This is a reform party.

"I'm not saying the rally is not necessary. I will support it if there is a need but for now, let us compile the election complaints to present credible evidence to the Election Commission. They must respond to it.

"We do not want nepotism to breed in PKR. Enough is enough," he added.


Azmin Ali not giving in, says MB should not be "lame duck"

Posted: 08 May 2013 11:45 PM PDT

(The Star) - The next Mentri Besar of Selangor should not be a "lame duck" who allows himself to be led by others, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

The lame duck reference is seen as an indirect hit at Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who has been endorsed by DAP and PAS for the top post.

In the past, Azmin has been reported to be upset at being overlooked for the mentri besar's post.

Speaking to reporters at the PKR headquarters after meeting Selangor PKR leaders, Azmin said Selangor should be led by someone decisive and with a clear vision, given that Pakatan Rakyat won the general election by an overwhelming majority of 40 seats against Barisan Nasional's 12 seats.

Azmin, re-elected as Gombak MP and Bukit Antrabangsa assemblyman in Sunday's polls, said he would "reveal all" about the state of affairs in the party at a press conference on Friday.

He intends to address the issue of nepotism in PKR and what happened during the Permatang Pauh by-election in 2008.



Azmin slams Pakatan

Posted: 08 May 2013 02:23 PM PDT

Azmin Ali criticises Pakatan Rakyat for getting the people involved in their failure to capture Putrajaya during GE13.

Lisa J. Ariffin, FMT

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali yesterday criticised Pakatan Rakyat for getting the rakyat involved in their failure to capture Putrajaya during the recent general election.

Azmin, who was noticibly absent from Pakatan's rally in Kelana Jaya last night, criticised his coalition for "dragging the rakyat into our own failure".

"The cry for reform has to start as a whisper within our own hearts. Don't drag the rakyat into our own failure," Azmin said yesterday in a tweet.

"The rakyat are tired with politics that are over the top. Accept results. Scrutinise yourself. Admit weaknesses. Move forward. Focus on the rakyat, not yourselves," he added.

The outspoken politician has since received scores of praise from Twitter users, including Pakatan supporters, one which said: "You are our new hope".

"Accept the people's choice. Move forward with policies that put them (the rakyat) first, not bully them using the country's peace and stability," said Azmin, a very close confidant of PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim.

He also promised to reveal the causes of Pakatan's failure in near future.

"The failure to capture Putrajaya. Whose fault is it really? Follow my explanations soon."

Azmin is also believed to be eyeing the Selangor menteri besar's post, wanting to replace Khalid Ibrahim who has the support of both PAS and DAP to retain the top post.

The tussle for the MB post between the two is said to have caused a major problem within the party, leaving Anwar ina dilemma on who to back.

Azmin meanwhile is expected to hold a press conference tomorrow.



Ku Li - Umno must reform or risk being alienated

Posted: 08 May 2013 02:02 PM PDT

(The Star) -  The country's longest serving parliamentarian has urged Umno to quickly reform itself or face the prospect of being booted out of the Government when the next general election comes around.

Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who on Sunday became the Gua Musang MP for the 11th time, said the new electorate of the young, professionals and women were clamouring for changes in how the country was being managed.

"It will therefore be logical to accept their demands and change accordingly or risk alienating oneself more," said Tengku Razaleigh, who was a former Umno vice-president and finance minister.

The 73-year-old Kelantan prince won the Gua Musang parliamentary seat in the 13th general election despite facing stiff competition from PAS former strategist Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah.

Tengku Razaleigh said voters were no longer afraid of past taboos, such as racialism or being asked to be grateful for the peace and security in the country.

"The new voters want more say in how the country is governed and they also cannot tolerate poor governance and corruption.

"The country is experiencing a generational shift and this means that the electorate's expectations have also changed to suit the young and the educated," he said.

"To turn a blind eye to such changes will be foolish."

Tengku Razaleigh also urged those who were dissatisfied with the outcome of the elections to air their grievances via the proper channels of negotiations or meetings and not resort to street protests.


Khalid set to stay on as Selangor mentri besar

Posted: 08 May 2013 01:56 PM PDT

(The Star) - Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim looks set to stay on as Selangor mentri besar for a second term with DAP and PAS leaders expressing their support for him.

In expressing his support for Khalid, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he had performed well in his first term as mentri besar and as Selangor election director in the recently concluded general election.

"Khalid should continue as mentri besar after leading Pakatan to a resounding victory in the recent elections by winning a two-thirds majority with 44 out of 56 state seats, up from 36 seats previously.

"Although DAP won 15 seats, PAS 15 and PKR 14, Khalid should be recognised for his integrity and stewardship of Selangor.

"Selangor DAP is also in full support of Khalid," he said in a statement here yesterday.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali also backed Khalid to remain as mentri besar.

"PAS never asked for the position and we have no intention of doing so. We have decided to maintain (Khalid). Wait for the announcement in a week's time," he told a Malay daily.

Former DAP state exco member Ronnie Liu, who worked alongside Khalid for five years, gave a glowing review of his performance as mentri besar.

"He is very clean, honest and professional. And he is very clear with managing public funds," said Liu, who did not contest in the May 5 polls.

"He has his own views but he never imposes them on others. Should Khalid remain as mentri besar? Certainly. He has my undivided support," said Liu.

Bukit Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San also said that Khalid should continue to lead the state government.

Describing Khalid as "stern and steady", Lau said the former corporate giant had handled crises in a professional manner.

"And he is also very strict. If you want to persuade him to change his mind, you need to talk to him with facts and figures," he said.


Group voters according to age not race, PAS tells EC

Posted: 08 May 2013 01:47 PM PDT

Zurairi AR, TMI

PAS today urged the Election Commission (EC) to group voters according to age and not race, to stop political discourse from revolving around racial lines in the future.

Up until Election 2013, the statistics for each seats contested in the polls have always included the racial breakdown of voters in the constituency according to their ethnic groups.

"It is time for an overhaul, with the EC releasing voter breakdown according to age or sex as the official data distributed to the media and the public," said PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (picture).

"Racial breakdown data does not need to be released unless there is a need for it."

According to Tuan Ibrahim, grouping voters using age or sex will automatically ensure that political campaigns are centred around racially inclusive policies, and stop politicians from fanning racial and religious sentiments to garner votes.

The just-concluded Election 2013 saw the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) pact recapture federal power but with an even slimmer majority than in Election 2008, winning only 133 seats to Pakatan Rakyat's 89 in the 222-seat Parliament.

In the aftermath of a slim BN win in Sunday's polls, the coalition's chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak termed the results a "Chinese tsunami", even saying that if not handled carefully the nation could see days of unrest ahead.

Adding salt to an already festering wound, Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia published on its front page on Tuesday an article headlined "Apa lagi Cina mahu? (What else do the Chinese want?)", a phrase which has turned viral on the Internet's social sphere. 

The newspaper came immediately under fire and angry netizens and politicians across the political divide railed against Najib and Umno for allowing the media to run riot with such incendiary headlines.

But despite the criticisms, Najib came to the paper's defence and even appeared to blame the DAP, claiming the predominantly Chinese opposition party had misled the Chinese into greater racial polarisation by making them think that voting the party would lead to a change of government.


DAP calls for ‘one-man, one-vote’ polls reforms

Posted: 08 May 2013 01:43 PM PDT

Boo Su-Lyn, TMI

The electoral system should be reformed to allow a government to be elected based on the popular vote, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said today.

He pointed out that although Pakatan Rakyat (PR) won the popular vote at 51 per cent in Election 2013, Barisan Nasional (BN) had formed federal government by winning 60 per cent of the 222 federal seats.

"PR winning 51 per cent of the popular vote, yet only 40 per cent of the parliamentary seats, cries out for genuine polls reforms that respects the 'one-man, one-vote principle' to save democracy," Lim (picture) said in a statement.

"Malaysians who voted by a clear majority for PR over BN would see the results as perverse in that BN lost the popular vote won government, whilst PR won the popular vote lost power. This is black becoming white and white becoming black," he added.

The Penang chief minister noted that PR had won 5.6 million votes, surpassing BN's 5.2 million votes by 386,000 votes.

The last time an Umno-led coalition lost the popular vote was in 1969, then contested by BN's predecessor, the Alliance Party.

BN's tally in the 13th general election was slashed to 133 federal seats, just 21 seats above the 112 seats required to win federal power. 

The coalition was saved largely through Sabah, Sarawak and Johor that formed a significant portion of the seats it won. 

Gerrymandering, which is the manipulation of electoral boundaries, has allowed BN to win many small rural seats, while PR needed to win a large number of votes in an urban seat in contrast.

Election watchdog Tindak Malaysia said last April that one rural voter was worth an average of six urban voters, based on the way electoral boundaries were drawn.

The Putrajaya federal seat, for example, has 15,791 voters, compared to Kapar that has nine times the number of voters at 144,159.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim led a mass rally in Petaling Jaya last night to protest against alleged vote-rigging in Election 2013 that he said enabled BN to win federal power.

Tens of thousands flooded the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya yesterday, dressed mostly in black to symbolise the "death" of democracy.


Vote-rigging helped BN win Putrajaya, Kit Siang tells rally

Posted: 08 May 2013 01:21 PM PDT

Boo Su-Lyn, The Malaysian Insider

Barisan Nasional (BN) would not have retained federal power if Election 2013 was free and fair, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang told a mass rally of tens of thousands last night.

Some 50,000, dressed mostly in black, packed Stadium MBPJ in Kelana Jaya here to the rafters at Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) rally against electoral fraud, shouting "Ubah" (Change) and "Reformasi" (Reformation) throughout the night.

"BN has 133 seats. Minus 30, they're left with 103. Does he still qualify to continue to be prime minister?" roared Lim, referring to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"No!" the multi-racial crowd yelled in response, as they sounded air horns and cheered.

In Lim's prepared speech emailed earlier to the media yesterday, he noted "serious irregularities" in about 30 federal seats, including Labis, Tapah, Segamat and Bentong that BN had won. 

BN saw its simple majority slashed to 133 federal seats in the 13th general election, just 21 seats above the 112 minimum seats required to form government. The hotly-contested polls have been tainted with claims of vote-buying, phantom voters and flawed indelible ink that rubbed off easily.

The smell of sweat and exhilaration filled the air as thousands thronged the stadium to protest against vote-rigging and the legitimacy of the BN government, just three days after Sunday's polls. 

Shouts of "SPR tipu!" (Election Commission cheated) and "Tumbang BN" (BN must fall) shook the stadium amid the constant blowing of air horns. Despite the crowd, thousands more struggled to enter the stadium until those squeezed at the entrance had to shout at incoming people to back off. 

The roads surrounding Kelana Jaya were snarled with traffic, with many parking their cars along the LDP highway and walking to the stadium from the Kelana Jaya LRT station under a light shower.

Lim, who was dressed in black, also pointed out last night that BN lost the popular vote — the first time since 1969 that was then contested by BN's predecessor, the Alliance Party.

"It's a Malaysian tsunami," said the Gelang Patah MP, refuting Najib's claims that BN's losses were caused by a "Chinese tsunami".

"With the politics of the future, racial politics and corruption will be gone," he added, rousing cheers and applause.

Some people carried "We are not racist" placards, as several Umno politicians and newspapers owned by the BN lynchpin continue to attack the Chinese as an "ungrateful" bunch.

Najib has insisted on a Chinese swing in Election 2013, dismissing analysts that noted an exodus of middle-class and urban voters from BN, instead of just wide-scale Chinese desertion.



Opposition 'robbed' of 'nearly 30 seats': Anwar

Posted: 08 May 2013 12:57 PM PDT

(ST) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim questioned the legitimacy of the newly sworn Najib Razak government in the country saying that the recently concluded elections robbed the opposition of nearly 30 seats.

"There is a major question over (Prime Minister) Najib's legitimacy. Should we just accept the fraud and recognise the new government of BN?" Mr Anwar told a cheering crowd of thousands of supporters at the Kelana Jaya Stadium on Wednesday.

"We will prove that there are no less than 30 seats that we are robbed of," he said.

Thousands, dressed in black, had poured into a stadium for a rally to protest against the opposition's defeat at last Sunday's polls, despite warnings by police to stay away.

Ahead of the rally, the Malaysian government had warned that the gathering was a move "calculated to create unrest".

But despite the rain, thousands filled the stands to hear Mr Anwar speak for the first time since his Pakatan Rakyat alliance lost the election.

"We will go to every part of the country to show we have the support of the people."

‘Rallies, protests won’t change GE13 results’

Posted: 08 May 2013 12:51 PM PDT

Election Commission chief Abdul Aziz Yusof claimed only an Election Court decision declaring the election result "null and void" could alter the polls outcome.

(FMT) - Protests or rallies will not be able to change the result of 13th general election (GE13) or cause it to be held again, said Election Commission chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf in a radio interview yesterday.

He said the available option for unhappy candidate is to apply for a review of the result by making a petition after the result is gazetted in accordance with the law.

"After the result is gazetted, he has 21 days to file a petition and if there is proof and the judge admitted the existence of corruption, fraud or illegal acts, the Election Court judge will declare the election result invalid.

"Only then a re-election will be called. A rally such as the one tonight (Pakatan rally last night) will not change anything," he said when interviewed by Radio24 yesterday.

Pakatan Rakyat held the rally at Kelana Jaya Stadium last night to show their dissatisfaction with the result of GE13 held on Sunday.

Abdul Aziz said despite issues such as indelible ink, phantom voters and power blackout, GE13 was clean and orderly and the EC was not involved in helping any party to win.

"I would say that GE13 was fair. The winner did not receive EC's help while the loser was not because EC did not help. The votes of registered voters determined the winner and the loser."

Based on EC records, the highest number of petitions on GE results were 40 in 1999, 30 in 2004 and 26 in 2008, despite the 'tsunami' unfavourable to Barisan Nasional (BN).


The unavoidable problems after the election

Posted: 08 May 2013 11:55 AM PDT 

How are they going to resolve the problems? How are they going to appease those affected? How are they going to strike a balance? 

Lim Mun Fah, Sin Chew Daily 

After the election, the winners enjoy no honeymoon period, while the losers have immediately plunged into a plight.

Umno is the biggest winner, while the DAP is also a winner. The MCA, Gerakan, SUPP are all losers. As for the PKR and PAS, they enjoy half victory and suffer half defeat.

Undercurrents filled with disputes are expected in the following party elections.

Let's talk about Umno first. The confrontation between the hawks and doves within the leading BN component party is expected to be intensified due to the election result. In addition, although the party has won the election, it is now facing a difficult situation. A cabinet without Chinese representatives from the MCA and Gerakan would be a crippled cabinet. How is it going to face the people? How is it going to face the international community?

Both the MCA and Gerakan have decided not to accept any Cabinet posts. It seems righteous and sorrowful, but just like the suicide of Xiang Yu, a prominent military leader and political figure in the late Qin Dynasty, it is always disputable whether it is an act of a hero, or a coward.

Some people said that Xiang Yu might be able to revive and the history might change if he did not commit suicide. Unfortunately, he pursued a road with no way back.

However, it is the case in history. Once it is done, there will be no turning back.

Therefore, at this historical juncture, should Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, as the MCA's head, insist on not taking any cabinet posts and lead the party into a situation with no future, or reflect, learn from his mistakes and call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to turn the crisis into an opportunity so that they can ponder over how they should revive the party?

Disputes have been expected and Chua is now facing pressure calling him to step down. The MCA has inevitably entered a troubled period and it all depends on itself to survive the crisis.

Next, let's talk about MCA's old rival, the DAP. Although the DAP has gained a big victory by winning 38 parliamentary seats, it still shares Pakatan Rakyat's failure in taking over Putrajaya and the political deadlock in which most Malays are supporting the ruling coalition while most Chinese are supporting the opposition. In fact, it has also caught in a myth of how it should reset its political position. The more than 80% Chinese votes have reflected the Chinese high expectation on the DAP. It is indeed a driving force, but at the same time, also a heavy pressure. After the regime change target ended up in failure, how should it lead the Chinese, who are now having no idea of what course to follow or to take, out of the current political deadlock? What is the road map for the Chinese? These are no longer problems that can be solved with election slogans.

In addition, a number of incumbent lawmakers who were not fielded by the party's leadership had contested as independent candidates. Although most of them eventually dropped out from the contest, it has still exposed the deteriorating factional problems of the DAP. In particular, the contradictions between Johor and Malacca party leaderships and the central leadership led by Lim Guan Eng has surfaced. How are they going to resolve the problems? How are they going to appease those affected? How are they going to strike a balance? These are unavoidableproblems within the DAP after the big victory.

As for PAS and the PKR, they have respectively lost one and two parliamentary seats, causing the hope of regime change to end up in frustration. What are the reasons behind the failure? How should they fight for more Malay votes? These questions should be studied by the two parties. If the retirement of Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat means that PAS has entered a new era of metabolism, should the PKR follow suits and enter a post-Anwar era, too? Who can replace him?

After the passion, it is time for us to calm down and rationally face the future!


Accept the people's verdict, says Azmin

Posted: 08 May 2013 11:52 AM PDT 

(NST) - Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Azmin Ali last night posted several hard-hitting tweets in a veiled attack against his leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The tweets, including one indirectly asking Anwar not to drag the people in his failed attempt to take over Putrajaya, came as Anwar addressed a rally in Kelana Jaya to question the general election outcome.
In another tweet, Azmin said the calls for reformasi should start with one whispering it within himself.
"Gagal ke Putrajaya. Salah siapa ? Ikuti penjelasan dalam masa terdekat. (Failure to go to Putrajaya. Whose fault is it? Wait for the explanation soon)," said Azmin in another tweet.
Azmin said the people were getting fed up with aggressive politics.
"Accept the punishment. Acknowledge your weaknesses. Progress forward.
"Accept the verdict of the people. Move forward while focusing on policies which benefit the people and not those which bully them."
The rally was held to reject the results of some some seats despite Pakatan Rakyat winning three states - Selangor, Penang and Kelantan.
Anwar, in his speech at the rally, said that many were upset with the election results and claimed that their victory was stolen by BN.
Also present include DAP's Lim Kit Siang and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng.
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had predicted the rally would happen and had written about it in his blog.
"I wrote that the first Bersih and Bersih 2.0 was just a preliminary to a protest after election if they lose. If they did not lose, they will not be protesting.
"This is typical (losing behaviour) in trying to pressure the government and create problems," he said during a press conference after attending a Malaysian Harbour Pilots Association dinner in Shah Alam last night.


Terengganu Umno to file petition over seats lost by slim majority

Posted: 08 May 2013 11:44 AM PDT 

(NST) - Terengganu Umno will file petitions with the Election Commission (EC) over seven state seats which it lost by less than 1,000 votes.

Its Secretary Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang said all political parties have the right to protest and file petitions with the Election Commission (EC) concerning doubts over the election result.

He said Barisan Nasional (BN) had lost in seven state seats by less than 1,000 votes.

In Teluk Pasu (Kuala Nerus), Datuk Abdul Rahin Mohd Said lost to Ridzuan Hashim from Pas by  only 109 votes, Datuk Zaabar Mohd Adib lost in Rantau Abang (Dungun) by 144 votes, Mohamad Ramli Nuh was defeated in Tepuh (Kuala Nerus) by 229 votes, Ismail Nik lost in Bukit Tunggal (Kuala Nerus) by 652 votes, Alias Abdullah in Alor Limbat (Marang) by 645 votes and Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid in Ladang (Kuala Terengganu) by 924 votes.

Tengku Putera said there are also doubts about the Kuala Nerus parliamentary seat result.

"Datuk Mohd Nasir Ibrahim Fikri was defeated by only 610 votes in Kuala Nerus when we had lost in three of the four state seats under it," he said.

However, Tengku Putera said the state Umno has yet to hold any discussion or official meeting regarding the matter.

On Monday, Terengganu Pas deputy commissioner  Satiful Bahri Mamat's statement said  Pas was collecting evidence before filing petitions to the EC following their defeat in four state seats with less than 1,000 votes.

The seats are Kuala Berang (Hulu Terengganu) where Tengku Putera won by 449 votes, Jabi (Setiu) with 782 votes, Kemasek (Kemaman ) with 896 votes and Jerteh (Besut) where Pas lost by 930 votes.


Thousands pack Kelana Jaya stadium for Pakatan rally

Posted: 08 May 2013 11:42 AM PDT 

(TMI) - Some 50,000, mostly dressed in black, have packed the Stadium MBPJ while thousands others are trying to get in for a rally for free and fair elections organised by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Stadium MBPJ in Kelana Jaya near here tonight.

The evening shower caused traffic congestion but most of the crowd dropped off at the Kelana Jaya LRT station and walked to the stadium near the Subang Airport road.

Among those speaking at the rally are opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang.

Anwar arrived after 10pm on a scooter and was greeted with loud roars that echoed through the stadium by the crowd who chanted "Kami Anak Malaysia". Thousands dressed in black have packed the stands and also the football pitch in the stadium.

"This is the beginning of a battle between the rakyat and an illegitimate, corrupt, and arrogant government," the PKR de facto leader told the crowd.

Traffic remains backed up around Kelana Jaya right up to the NPE toll plaza near Sunway

Anwar arriving to the rally on a scooter. - Picture taken from FacebookEarlier, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli told the 50,000-odd crowd inside the stadium, "I am Malay, but I support Pakatan Rakyat."

Social media research group estimated the crowd size in and around the stadium at between 64,000 and 69,000, given that the stadium capacity is about 25,000.

There has been no police presence around the stadium until now.

In Marang, Terengganu, thousands are crowding PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's Masjid Rusila for another rally, reports PAS news portal Harakahdaily.

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