- Johor royal and two others jailed for assault on boxer
- Ex-assemblyman begins jail term after losing appeal
- (Another) Mutiny in Sabah PKR?
- In Kuala Besut, Terengganu Sultan may again hold the aces
- EC murky on future of ‘indelible’ ink
- Hung assembly in Terengganu unlikely
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 06:38 PM PDT
Tunku Nick Tazuddin Izwan Syah Tunku Qadir (left) and Alex Foo Hee Wee
Rita Jong, TMI
A member of the Johor royal family and two others were sentenced by the Johor Baru Sessions court to four years' jail for assaulting a national boxer last year in a brawl.
Tunku Nick Tazuddin Izwan Syah Tunku Qadir, 27, Mohd Arif Husin, 35, and Alex Foo Hee Wee, 41, were sentenced by Judge Zamri Bakar after he found them guilty of injuring Muhamad Farkhan Haron. The jail sentence is to run from today.
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 06:16 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Former three-term state assemblyman M. Kuppusamy was sent to prison today to serve a 10-year jail term after he lost his appeal at the Court of Appeal to set aside his conviction and sentence for committing criminal breach of trust.
A three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak unanimously dismissed his appeal and upheld the decision of a Sessions Court which found him guilty of misappropriating RM66,647.44 and sentenced him to 10 years' jail.
On the panel presiding with Abdul Malik were Justices Datuk Azahar Mohamed and Datuk Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.
Abdul Malik ordered Kuppusamy, who was DAP assemblyman for Rasah in 1978 and 1982, and Jimah in 1986, to begin his jail sentence today.
Kuppusamy, 63, also a former lawyer, was found guilty and sentenced to jail by the Seremban Sessions Court on Jan 28, 2011, for misappropriating the money belonging to a client. He committed the offence at the CIMB Bank in Wisma Dewan Perniagaan Melayu, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan between Oct 29 and Dec 6, 2005.
According to the facts of the case, Kuppusamy was appointed by Zainal Abdul Majid, 64, to represent him in a claim against an insurance firm, Tahan Malaysia, following the death of his son in a road accident.
Zainal and Kuppusamy were then told to collect a cheque of RM66,647.44 from the firm's office in Shah Alam, but since Zainal did not have a bank account, Kuppusamy then had the amount remitted into his firm's account and gradually withdrew the sum without giving it to Zainal.
On Dec 23, 2011, the High Court in Seremban rejected Kuppusamy's appeal and upheld the decision of the sessions court.
In February last year, the Court of Appeal allowed his application to stay his jail term pending disposal of his appeal at the Court of Appeal. He was also allowed to be freed on bail of RM5,000 with one surety pending his appeal.
The Court of Appeal had issued a warrant of arrest against him on Tuesday (June 25) following his failure to attend court for his appeal for the fourth time.Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Abazafree Mohd Abas informed the court that police arrested Kuppusamy at his house in Seremban at about 1.20am today. Kuppusamy, who was represented by lawyer G. Ganesan, was brought to the court in handcuffs.
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 05:59 PM PDT
Sabah's political grapevine is frothing with rumour of Lajim Ukin getting ready to take over the Sabah PKR leadership.
(FMT) - First it was Tamparuli assemblyman Wilfred Bumburing who declined to play second fiddle to Sabah PKR and was reportedly mulling either forming or taking over an existing local party.
Now word is that Lajim Ukin is set to slice-off the party's current state leadership and takeover the reigns.
Sabah's political grapevine is frothing with rumour of Lajim and Bumburing's moves. Both are newcomers to PKR, having defected from Barisan Nasional last July and pledging support to Anwar Ibrahim.
Both contested in the May 5 general elections under the PKR ticket. Former Tuaran MP, Bumburing lost his incumbency but won the Tamparuli state seat. Lajim, who was formerly Beaufort MP, also lost his incumbency but won the Klias state seat.
Lajim is now contesting the election results for Beaufort. He lost the seat to Umno's Azizah Dun by a 673 votes.
Post-GE13, Lajim had reportedly said he would set aside his NGO platform PPPS and join Sabah PKR, a decision which many here had anticipated.
At the time of his defection, speculations were rife that Lajim had struck a 'deal' with with PKR central pending the outcome of GE.
His entry into Sabah PKR last year was divisive and riddled with controversy.
PKR won an unprecedented nine seats in the GE13. Its partner DAP took three.
Ahmad Thamrin Jaini has been Sabah PKR chief for sometime. He contested and lost in the Gum-Gum state seat in last month's GE.
The way it stands, the inner circles within a divided state PKR see him as politically impotent, more so after he failed to admit that he was fully aware of Tuaran PKR divison leader Ansari Abdullah's plan to pre-announce the GE13 candidates 'recommended and approved' by several divisions within Sabah.
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 03:00 PM PDT
(The Malay Mail) - The possibility of a PAS victory in the Kuala Besut by-election will pile pressure on Barisan Nasional (BN) to reach across the aisle for unity rule and avoid letting the matter fall into the hands of the state Ruler.
A PAS win will see both BN and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) each holding 16 state seats and neither the majority. In this case, Terengganu Sultan Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin will be obliged to choose the new mentri besar whom he believes commands the confidence of the majority of the assembly.
"If there are equal seats between the two parties, BN might want a unity government ... There might be a reshuffle, the mentri besar might stay or he might not," said Prof Dr Shamsul Adabi Mamat, a political analyst with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
But if the state Ruler decides that none of the representatives has the confidence of the state assembly, he may opt for dissolution and trigger fresh polls.
"It will be a hung assembly, I suppose there will be crisis ... Ultimately the Sultan will be responsible," Wan Saiful Wan Jan of think-tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) told The Malay Mail Online here.
The state monarch is no stranger to making decisions on such matters. Following Election 2008, he appointed Kijal assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said as mentri besar over the incumbent, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who was recommended by Putrajaya.
And if BN is unable to convince PAS to co-operate ― an uphill battle ― then it faces the very real possibility of the Sultan appointing a representative from the Islamist party as mentri besar.
But PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat's previous declaration that there will never be a pact with Umno for as long as he is alive places a near-insurmountable rock in BN's path.
Also of concern for the ruling coalition is PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's cordial relationship with the palace and support from Terengganu folk for the party, two factors that may tip the balance in its favour.
"PAS has shown some recovery in the state compared to in 2004 and 2008 ... PAS seems to be on the rebound while BN is suffering somewhat for being in the state government since 2004," independent pollster Merdeka Centre's Ibrahim Suffian told The Malay Mail Online.
"There have been some unmet expectations, causing BN to lose some seats in the recent elections," he added, referring to the seven state seats and two parliamentary seats lost by BN to PR.
Shamsul Adabi was less optimistic, however, about PAS's chances, noting that the late BN Kuala Besut assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar had won by a 2,434-vote majority in an area with only 17,679 voters. Dr Rahman died in Kuala Terengganu from lung cancer on Wednesday, triggering the by-election.
His outlook was shared by Ibrahim, but the pollster also highlighted that the majority enjoyed by BN seems to be decreasing despite the seat being its stronghold. BN had won with a bigger majority of 2,631 votes in 2008.
Wan Saiful pointed out that the imminent crisis might turn out to be good in helping to develop the maturity of Malaysia's democracy.
"Crisis is good ... If there's an opportunity to learn, we have something that has never happened before," he said. "One of the biggest lessons so far if we were to have the redelineation next, is we shouldn't have even numbers of constituencies."
Terengganu currently has 32 state and eight parliamentary seats. In Election 2013, BN retained control of the state by winning 17 seats to take a two-seat advantage over PR.
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 02:48 PM PDT
(The Malay Mail) - The Election Commission (EC) yesterday refused to confirm if the "indelible" ink introduced in the general election will be used in the upcoming poll for the Kuala Besut state seat.
According to commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusoff, the decision may possibly be announced next week.
"Should be next week, not certain yet," Aziz was quoted as saying by the Sinar Harian news portal yesterday.
The EC has come under fire over the "indelible" ink it rolled out in Election 2013 to prevent repeat voting, after voters complained that it readily washed off using water and household cleaning compounds.
When fending off criticism of the ink's apparent inefficacy, the commission had said this was due to the low content of silver nitrate — just 1 per cent — in order to make it suitable for Muslims.
But even this was thrown into question after Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim told Parliament on Wednesday that the ink contained no chemicals and only food dye.
The EC insisted, however, that the ink used contained silver nitrate to make it indelible.
"There is indeed silver nitrate," EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told The Malay Mail Online on Wednesday.
Wan Ahmad said silver nitrate was likely classified as a metal, instead of a chemical, adding that food colouring was used to turn the indelible ink red for early voters and dark blue for ordinary voters.
The EC yesterday acknowledged receiving the notification of Kuala Besut assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar's death, and must now conduct a by-election to elect a replacement for the Terengganu state assembly within 60 days.
Rahman died of lung cancer at the Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah in Kuala Terengganu on Wednesday.
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 02:32 PM PDT
The casting vote by the speaker of the assembly, a post now held by Mohd Zubir Embong, would keep the BN in power in the state.
(Bernama) - Will a hung state assembly emerge in Terengganu with an upcoming by-election that has the possibility of splitting the 32-seat legislature down the middle?
Unlikely, according to feedback from politicians on both sides of the divide.
The death of Kuala Besut assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar of the Barisan Nasional (BN) has forced a by-election in Terengganu where the ruling BN now has 16 of the 17 seats it won in the May 5 general election and Pakatan Rakyat has 15 (PAS 14 and PKR, one).
An opposition victory in the by-election, which has to be held before Aug 27, could split the seats 16-16.
It is generally believed that this hung state assembly could result in a fresh election being called, but politicians interviewed said this should not necessarily be so.
Terengganu MCA chief and former state executive councillor Toh Chin Yaw told Bernama the casting vote by the speaker of the assembly, a post now held by Mohd Zubir Embong, would keep the BN in power in the state.
"The chair of any meeting has the casting vote. If voting is tied, under certain regulation, the chair (speaker) will exercise his casting vote," he said.
If the number of seats are tied at 16-16, the BN government would get that one majority from the speaker's casting vote.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua shared the opinion, saying that even if PAS managed to capture the Kuala Besut seat in the by-election and there was a tie at 16-16, a fresh election would not have to be called.
"Whether the speaker is an assemblyman or not, the principle is that the chair has the casting vote when the situation is tied. The speaker will cast his vote and the BN will continue to rule," he told Bernama.
He said a change of government could only happen only if there were defections of assemblymen from the ruling party.
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