- I was just stating the obvious, Pua says of “Umno running dogs” remark
- LDP crisis: EGM sacks party chief, endorses his deputy
- Leave Pakatan, members tell PAS
- Mukhriz Ready To Face Off Vice-Presidential Candidates In Televised Debate
- Sugar, flour subsidies may be cut after Budget, says minister
- Despite five-way, Khairy seen strolling to Umno Youth win
- NSA proves Internet users cannot expect anonimity
- Perkasa chief warns of fresh race riot if Malays not helped economically
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 07:11 PM PDT
Yiswaree Palansamy, TMI
DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua (pic) said he was merely stating the obvious when he described both the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia as Umno's running dogs.
"Isn't Utusan proud to be doing Umno's bidding after all? So why are they complaining? I was just stating the obvious," Pua told The Malaysian Insider in answer to Utusan's criticism of him in a report earlier today.
Pua said the Bahasa Malaysia daily had for weeks been suggesting that the party's secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, veteran member and adviser Lim Kit Siang and several of its top leaders would be discarded by delegates in the central executive committee (CEC) polls.
He said the outcome, however, proved Utusan to be "a frivolous gossip rag and nothing but an unscrupulous Umno mouthpiece".
"So where was I wrong in what I said? Our DAP delegates made Utusan swallow its own vomit and forced them to eat humble pie, and that is the reality," he said.
"My colours have remained true and the same, dulu, kini dan selamanya. So, I would like to thank Utusan for pointing out the obvious," he said in taking a jibe at the daily.
Pua posted the remarks on the night of DAP's September 29 special congress, when all the CEC members were elected without any change.
The DAP was instructed by ROS to hold the fresh election after allegations of vote manipulation in last year's December party polls.
Utusan had led the charge against DAP, demanding the party hold a fresh election after some members complained to the ROS of irregularities in the party election last year.
In a commentary today, Awang Selamat, the moniker for the collective voice of the paper's editors, said he did not know what Pua's problem was.
"Once again he has shown his true colours when he called the ROS and Utusan Malaysia Umno's dogs.
"It is proven that Tony Pua does not have the confidence to make an orderly argument," said Awang Selamat in the paper's weekend edition, Mingguan Malaysia.
Awang also said he "does not need to stoop so low to become like Pua in using harsh words".
Pua has had a history of run-ins with Utusan Malaysia and in the past complained that the paper had distorted his statements.
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 05:38 PM PDT
(The Star) - Over 60% of the 761 delegates at the Liberal Democratic Party extraordinary general meeting endorsed the rival faction led by sacked deputy president senator Datuk Chin Su Phin.
The 468 delegates, who turned up for the EGM here on Sunday, also endorsed the removal of embattled party president Datuk V.K. Liew.
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 05:05 PM PDT
Malay–Muslims are losing confidence and trust in PAS because its leadership flip-flopped on various Islamic issue merely to please the DAP.
Athi Shankar, FMT
A group of PAS members here have called on the party to severe its ties with Pakatan Rakyat and continue its Islamist political struggle on its own.
Only then, said the group spokesman Hafiz Nordin, PAS can ever restore the confidence and regain support of Malay–Muslims.
He pointed out that PAS had lost ground in Malay–Muslim heartland across the country during the May general election.
He reasoned that this was mainly because Pakatan partners – PKR and DAP, have proven to be hindrance for PAS to expand and implement its Islamist agenda, especially the hudud law.
He said the "Kalimah Allah" issue had also been a major reason behind the decline of support of Malay–Muslims to PAS.
He said Malay–Muslims lost confidence and trust in PAS because its leadership flip-flopped on various Islamic issue merely to please the DAP.
He noted that the relationship with DAP and also PKR, was a loss to PAS.
He said the DAP particularly had been a major obstacle in blocking and undermining PAS struggle and credibility.
He said PKR too advocate different Islamic agenda than PAS.
"The general election showed that majority Malay Muslims in the country have deserted PAS due its ties with the DAP.
"Cooperation with DAP has proved to be detrimental to PAS.
"Political marriage is for convenience. If it is not to our convenient, we should just divorce and reassess our position and options," Hafiz told a press conference today.
He also ticked off DAP for advocating racist policy and pointed out that the party's re-election last week proved it.
In the re-election held on Sept 29, Hafiz noted that "genuine" Malay–Muslim candidates were not elected into the central executive committee (CEC).
He said the DAP re-election also showed the party had not been trustworthy and honest to its own members, let alone PAS.
'PAS now must severe its ties with DAP and PKR before its too late.
"PAS must leave Pakatan now before it completely loses the trust and support of all Malay–Muslims," cautioned Hafiz.
He also called on delegates to vote in an ulama-based leadership to helm PAS in the coming party Muktamar on Nov 22.
"Only ulama leadership can return the party back to its original Islamist struggle," said Hafiz.
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 03:35 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir is ready to participate in a joint debate with other Umno vice-presidential candidates on television to give delegates an opportunity to decide on the correct choice.
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 03:30 PM PDT
(MMO) - Consumers still reeling from last month's fuel price hike could be in for another hit after a minister hinted that Putrajaya may slash subsidies for flour and sugar in Budget 2014.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Hasan Malek said price support for the two items will be addressed when the Budget is tabled on October 25, according to the New Straits Times on its website today.
"The government's intention is to strengthen the economy. We do not want to be like the United States, where its economy has been shut down," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
"Sometimes certain actions need to be carried out. For me, the country's interest is paramount."
The US government is currently in a partial stasis after its political parties failed to agree on the federal budget and spending limits.
Speaking at a consumerism campaign in Ipoh, the minister repeated the government line that blanket subsidies were not effective as they did not discriminate between the rich and the poor.
"From a person who owns 10 houses or 10 cars to foreign workers, they are all enjoying our subsidy," he was quoted further in the report.
Last month, Putrajaya moved to slash fuel subsidies for RON95 petrol and diesel by 20 sen per litre, raising their pump prices to RM2.10 and RM2.00 respectively.
The unpopular move is expected to save the government RM3.3 billion annually if oil prices remain stable.
Shortly after the fuel subsidy cut, Maybank Investment Bank Research predicted that gas and electricity prices would be the next to go up.
In a report on September 19, Maybank IB said it saw further subsidy rollbacks since the total savings from the Performance Management and Delivery Unit's (PEMANDU) Subsidy Rationalisation Roadmap in 2010 has been lower than intended.
"Total savings since 2010, at RM9 billion into 2014, is a pale comparison to what was intended in the 2010 Roadmap.
"Considering its inflationary impact and the need to sustain domestic consumption, we take the view that upcoming subsidy rollbacks will remain gradual. We think gas and electricity prices will be next to be addressed," said the report here.
Launched in May 2010, the roadmap detailed a five-year period of subsidy rationalisation to save RM103 billion by cutting subsidies mostly for fuel (petrol, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas), gas, electricity, toll roads, and food (sugar, flour, cooking oil).
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 03:25 PM PDT
(MMO) - The race to lead Umno Youth is set to be a predictable affair unless incumbent Khairy Jamaluddin throws his four challengers a bone with a "blunder" in the run up to next week's election, said political observers.
Although Bendang Baru Umno Youth chief Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi has emerged as a credible contender in the crowded race, Professor Dr Jayum Jawan of Universiti Putra Malaysia saw the youth and sports minister strolling across the finishing line.
"I don't think it will be tight race unless Khairy makes a mistake leading up to the election; [if he] makes a blunder, then it could be a tight race," Jayum told The Malay Mail Online yesterday.
Akhramsyah, the leading underdog in the contest, is trying to make an impact with his "Hidup Melayu" slogan in a bid to rally the movement's grassroots members on his side.
He is also believed to have the backing of party members loyal to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
"I think he is young, he has some idea in the process transforming Umno, he might be the one that will fit the bill although he himself does not have ability or vision in how to transform the Youth and how the Youth can play role in Umno," the professor said of the son of the former Umno secretary-general and former agriculture minister Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.
"There is not a lot to back [Akhramsyah] to unseat Khairy."
Separately, a senior Umno leader, who declined to be named, agreed with Jayum when contacted by The Malay Mail Online and said he was "right on the dot" that Khairy should have no trouble keeping the post.
Despite the rosy outlook for his campaign, Khairy will not find himself entirely bereft of obstacles from now until next Saturday.
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 02:40 PM PDT
(Malaysia Sun) - A popular service which protected the anonymity of Internet users has been breached by the NSA, according to a leak from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
Posted: 05 Oct 2013 02:17 PM PDT
(TMI) - Right-wing group Perkasa has warned of another racial riot if the majority Malays remained poor, saying the Najib administration had done the right thing by introducing a new affirmative action programme.
The RM31 billion Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Plan (BEEP) is meant to raise the economic status of the Malays after the failures of previous plans but critics say it repudiates the market liberalisation moves in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's New Economic Model (NEM) launched three years ago.
"What guarantees can you give that if the situation remains and nothing is done to help the Malays there will not be another May 13?" Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali asked, referring to the 1969 race riots, Malaysia's worst in history.
The one-time government deputy minister said the welfare of the Malays, who form about 60% of the 29 million population, must be taken care of to guarantee security and political stability.
"The racial riots on May 13, 1969 occurred because Malays were not satisfied," he told The Malaysian Insider in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.
Ibrahim said less than 30% of the nation's wealth was in the hands of the Malays despite more than 50 years of independence.
"This is what I am repeatedly telling Umno leaders. What is the use of having tall buildings and excellent infrastructure when the Malays continue to remain poor in their country," he said, referring to the iconic 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers.
He said the Malays needed help now because the business environment had become more challenging as the world had become borderless.
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