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Johor DAP reps to resolve Malaysian Dream ‘misunderstanding’ in tonight’s meet

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 06:42 PM PDT

(MM) - The DAP national leadership has called for an adhoc meeting of all its Johor leaders tonight, following its state chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau's (pic) unexpected criticism against the party's "Malaysian Dream".

In a statement here, DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua said he was shocked at Dr Boo's disapproval at the campaign, which was started by party veteran Lim Kit Siang during the latter's campaign for the Gelang Patah seat earlier this year.

Pua said Dr Boo had only raised the matter for the first time at his press conference yesterday, but never brought it up previously during any of the central executive committee (CEC) meetings since May 2013.

"The mere thought that such a movement, which does not benefit any single individual in the party, constitutes an abuse of power by Lim or any other leader, is just illogical and mind-boggling.

"The DAP leadership is sincere in wanting to resolve the differences which Dr Boo may have with the other party leaders and seek to have this matter resolved internally," Pua said in the statement.

According to The Star daily, Dr Boo had said that the Malaysian Dream movement was announced without any prior CEC discussion or approval.

Today, Pua said Dr Boo's remarks would mean the campaign required official "CEC approval", calling it a move which Dr Boo would disapprove as it would mean "dogmatic control by the central leadership over its leaders".

Pua stressed that the "Malaysian Dream" launched in Gelang Patah did not require any major mobilisation of party resources.

"The party leaders view Dr Boo's grievances seriously and want to take immediate steps to resolve this matter.

"We will be calling for a meeting of all state leaders to meet after tonight's fund-raising dinner by DAP Simpang Renggam in Johor where both Lim and Dr Boo will be present.

"We hope that with the attendance of all state elected representatives and leaders, as well as the participation of Lim and Dr Boo, any misunderstandings or differences can be communicated in an open and frank fashion and this matter can be resolved in an amicable fashion," Pua said.

The "Malaysian Dream" movement, with its secondary projects, "Impian Sarawak" and a subsequent "Impian Sabah", are campaigns which are supported by Malaysians of all walks of life, Pua said today. 

 

PAS chief repeats push to implement Islamic laws ahead of polls

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 05:20 PM PDT

(MM) - Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang repeated today PAS's old push for the implementation of Islamic laws in Malaysia, a remark likely to please the party's conservatives - the faction that is expected to return to the fore when internal polls are held this November.

The embattled PAS president insisted that the push had always been a part of the Islamist party's agenda, and has "not been a problem" among its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies, including the non-Muslims.

"We've been having dialogues about this issue since the 90s with them.

"We want them to see how it's implemented first because Syariah laws should not be judged just by the punishments, you have read into the court process," he told reporters after launching the seminar on implementing Syariah laws in Malaysia at the University of Selangor.

"It is difficult to punish with the laws [as there are many factors to consider] but it is there to scare criminals," he said.

The Marang MP claimed that the critics of Syariah laws have only highlighted the Hudud laws, when it is only one of the three type of Islamic laws.

Hudud and the Islamic state issue, along with other sensitive religious issues like the "Allah" controversy had created a schism in the Islamist party ahead of the May 5 general election, with the conservative ulama and progressive factions at loggerheads with one another.

The issue was exploited by rivals Umno to cast doubt over PAS's commitment to Islam ahead of the May 5 general election that saw the opposition party pick up just 21 federal seats or seven fewer than Election 2008.

Among PAS casualties in the 13th general election were several of its progressive leaders, including deputy president Mohamad Sabu, who lost the Pendang race in his home state of Kedah, and vice-president Salahuddin Ayub who was defeated in Pengerang, Johor.

Party sources have said the losses in Election 2013 may propel the ulama back into the limelight, following their rout in the previous party polls, a development they said could jeopardise the PAS continued relations with its allies in PR.

Just last month, members of the PAS ulama faction even suggested that PAS rethink its membership in the multiracial, multireligious PR pact, ostensibly to protect the party's interest and mitigate an unnamed harm, as part of eight resolutions passed at a convention held in Kedah, during which it also sought for the party's two top posts to be reserved for the ulama.

At the meeting dubbed Multaqa Ulama Se-Malaysia (Convention of Malaysia's Ulama), they further demanded that the members of the group be given government posts in PR-run states in an unprecedented move that suggests discontent over the lack of recognition accorded to a class that forms a powerful bloc in PAS.

Today, Abdul Hadi said Islamic laws have limited powers in the country as the religious issues are under the states' jurisdiction.

"The states could not implement Syariah laws as they are not included under the federal laws.

"So this means Islam does not have power at the state level.

"Since PAS was voted into parliament in 1959, the country's second election, we urged that Syariah laws be implemented nationwide, unfortunately, those who are against it, they did because they don't understand, they thought it is a weakness, to implement the Islamic laws," he said during his speech.

Abdul Hadi also claimed that critics only highlight the punishments without considering other branches of the punishment under Islamic laws.

"Without realising that from the crime aspect, as part of Islamic laws, and the laws are divided into three sections, qisas, hudud and takzir."

He explained that qisas involves human rights laws where the right of forgiveness is given to the victim or the family.

This section of the law involves any murder or assault cases.

Meanwhile, hudud involves the general rights to preserve religion, dignity, descendants and property.

Among the offences under Hudud laws are apostasy, stealing, robbing, adultery, wrongly accusing others of adultery and drinking alcohol.

"The judge for the Syariah court has to find way to free the criminal, not to punish no matter what.

"In Islam, you have to find a way to free them, because to free them is better than wrongly sentence someone," he said, in his renewed push for the controversial laws. 

 

Muslims can’t stop others from using the word Allah, says PAS president

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 05:13 PM PDT

Eileen Ng, TMI

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic) today weighed in on the controversial "Allah" row, saying there is nothing wrong with non-Muslims using the term in their faiths provided it is not misused or misinterpreted.

"There is no law that does not allow other people to use the word 'Allah', but if they interpret it wrongly to Muslims, they need to answer because Allah means He is the only God to be worshiped," Hadi said after launching a seminar on Shariah at the Universiti Selangor in Shah Alam, today.

Hadi's statement comes as the Court of Appeal prepares to give its decision on the appeal by Catholic weekly newspaper Herald to be allowed to use the word.

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur had ruled on December 31, 2009 that the weekly newspaper could use the word.

Following Putrajaya's appeal against that decision, a three-man bench led by Datuk Seri Mohamad Apandi Ali heard submissions on September 10 from lawyers representing Putrajaya, the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church and Islamic religious councils.

Hadi said it was not for Muslims to stop others from using the word "Allah", pointing out that unlike the word "God", "Allah" is an Arabic word which cannot be translated into another language.

This, he added, makes the term sacred.

His comments contrast the recent call by the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) on Muslims to unite against any attempt to misuse the word "Allah".

The Council, in the prepared text of the Friday sermon, has questioned the use of the word "Allah" in the Bible, saying the action was contradictory to Christians' belief in the concept of Trinity.

But Jakim added that use of the term in Christian bibles could cause confusion among Muslims, saying they might be mistaken about the identity of "Allah" and ultimately destroy their faith.

Jakim's call prompted a defiant statement from church leaders in Sabah and Sarawak which said Christians would continue using "Allah" regardless of court outcome.

"The Bumiputera church will continue to use the Bahasa Malaysia Alkitab together with the word 'Allah' both of which are fundamental to all aspects of the profession and practice of the Christian faith," they said in a strongly-worded statement last night.

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Association calls for the use of ‘Allah’ in church

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 04:50 PM PDT

Priscilla Prasena, FMT

The Association of Churches in Sarawak said the Bumiputera churches in Sarawak would continue to use the Bahasa Malaysia bible with the word "Allah" as it was their fundamental right.

Its chairman Rev Bolly Lapok reiterated in a press statement today that the churches expected the federal government strictly abide by the Federal Constitution, which guaranteed religious freedom.

"We are also reminding the government that Sabahan and Sarawakian were promised that our right to practise our religion will be respected when Sabah and Sarawak were courted to join the peninsular to form Malaysia in 1963," he said.

The press statement was issued prior to the Home Ministry's appeal against the High Court's ruling that allowed the Catholic weekly publication, The Herald, to use the word, "Allah" in their publication. The appeal was set for hearing at the Court of Appeal on Monday.

On Dec 31, 2009, the High Court held that the Home Ministry's move in prohibiting The Herald from using the word "Allah" as illegal and therefore, null and void.

However, the Home Ministry remained defiant compelling the publication on Feb 16, 2010 to file for a judicial review of the ministry's continued ban, naming the ministry and the government as respondents. The publication seeked among others, a declaration that the ministry's continued prohibition of the use of the word, "Allah" in The Herald as illegal.

Bolly claimed that that the use of the word "Allah" was an integral part of the Bumiputera Christian in Sabah and Sarawak who use Bahasa Malaysia in their churches, and that to stop using "Allah" in the practise of their faith would tentamount to a curb of religious freedom.

"This is abhorrent, wholly unacceptable and a flagrant betrayal of the Malaysia Agreement which guaranteed the inalienable rights of non-Muslims in Sarawak and Sabah to religious freedom," he said.

Bolly also reiterated that Sabah and Sarawak agreed to join and form Malaysia in 1963 with the agreement that they would accept Islam as the official religion of the federation on the condition that those of other faiths would be allowed to practise their religion without restriction.

"We find it completely unacceptable that what are common practices of the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak for generations, more than a hundred years before the very idea of Malaysia was conceived, is now held as unlawful by the government," Bolly said.

He also urged the religious extremists to pour fuel into the fire regarding the use of the word "Allah" by Christians as 1.6 million Bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak used Bahasa Malaysia during worship in addition to their native dialects.

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Karpal Singh urges King not to agree to PCA

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 03:56 PM PDT

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(The Star) - DAP national chairman Karpal Singh has urged the King not to give his assent to the Prevention Of Crime Bill which was passed in Parliament.

He said the King should instead return the bill to the Dewan Rakyat for further consideration for the sake of public interest.

"In the event that the bill is passed and enacted in Parliament, DAP will take out a test case to determine its constitutionality," he told a press conference at a coffee shop in Air Itam Saturday.

Karpal also hit out at Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi over a statement that police need not wait to fire warning shots during operations.

"If the minister is right, we're living in a cowboy country. It is a very serious matter if the police's action is not controlled. Indiscriminate shooting can lead to a lot of deadly consequences," he said.

He urged Ahmad Zahid to refrain from making irrational statements.

"His statements are beyond ridiculous. He should seek legal advice before making statements," he said.
 

Forum against Bersih’s People’s Tribunal draws PKR scorn

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 03:52 PM PDT

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Anisah Shukry, FMT 

This statement probably put a beam on the faces of the 60 or so audiences amid the chaos – Bersih's People's Tribunal must legitimise its findings on the 13th general election by presenting them to the court of law or they would remain as "unfair opinion."

This was said by the panelist Tan Che How and Yuktes Vijay at the forum, "Cleaning Bersih: An Analysis of Bersih's People's Tribunal" held yesterday evening by NGOs Pertubuhan Minda & Sosial Prihatin, and Yuktes to present "alternate views" on Bersih's People's Tribunal.

Shouting matches and chaos were the norm of the night with the PKR members hogging and shouting into the microphone their protests and off-topic questions to drown the speakers views.

Despite the interruptions, Tan managed to point out that many allegations of the EC's biasness had emerged during the four-day tribunal, and that such claims should be challenged in court.

"There is no problem with the existence of the People's Tribunal as long as it brings its findings to court. Otherwise, the findings without the scrutiny of the court could distort the people's persection," Tan, a lawyer who professed to be a BN supporter said.

"The tribunal had no plaintiff, no defendant. The EC and the BN boycotted it. So, any findings from the tribunal are incomplete with the probability of bisness," he said, adding that he had intended to testify at the tribunal but was cautioned against it by his peers.

His fellow panelist, Yuktes, said by bringing the findings to court, the tribunal would also go beyond highlighting the alleged fraud in the general election and actually come up with a solution.

However, PKR members, who comprised one-third of the audience, shot down their arguments.

Led by Michael Tamil, Kashminder Singh, and Suresh Kumar, the PKR men hurled personal and childish verbal attacks such as "the moderator is a gangster!" and "Yuktes looks like Charlie Chaplin" with them almost coming to blows with the moderator G Kalaicelvan and co-organiser Ramesh Rao.

 The forum took off on the wrong footing when Kalaicelvan announced that two of the four original panelists had backed out at the last minute after having allegedly received threats for their intended participation.

The situation deteriorated when Tan, the first speaker, began his presentation by pointing out it was misleading for Bersih to name the tribunal "the People's Tribunal" or "Tribunal Rakyat."

"The tribunal doesn't represent the views of all the rakyat. Those who attended forum were those who were quite disappointed with the tribunal itself," he said, drawing loud and furious protests from the 15 or so PKR members.

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Ex-ministers, MP hold duplicated posts in PM's office

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 12:07 PM PDT

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(fz.com) - Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng questioned the necessity for duplications of officers and advisers in the Prime Minister's office. Among them includes former work minister and ex-MP for Sungai Siput, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu who is special envoy to India, receiving a monthly allowance of RM27,227.20.

Does Malaysia need two envoys in China and in India? 

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng questioned the necessity for duplications in the public office.
 
During the recent parliament session, Lim requested the Prime Minister's Office to reveal a name list of ex-ministers, ex-deputy ministers, former MPs and ex-senators, who now hold public positions in the said office.
 
Minister in the PM's Office Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim returned with seven names listed with their respective monthly allowance, but the list did not include other perks of the job.
 
Among them includes former work minister and ex-MP for Sungai Siput, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu who is special envoy to India, receiving a monthly allowance of RM27,227.20.
 
Status of a special envoy is the equivalent to a ministerial post, Lim said.
 
"If India doesn't already have an ambassador, who is Datuk Tan Seng Sung? By all means Samy Vellu is the best person to liaise with the Indian government. But is it necessary to put two envoys in the same country?"
 
He speculates that this could be a deal struck between the ex-MIC chief and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
 
"Maybe PM promised to make him special envoy of India if he didn't contest the last election."
 
Former housing and local government minister Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting is now a special envoy to China, receiving a monthly pay cheque of RM20,000. Meanwhile, Malaysia's ambassador to China is Datuk Iskandar Sarudin.
 
"The reason given for having two envoys was that Sarudin does not understand Mandarin.
 
"If there can be two envoys in a country, can there be two PMs in Malaysia," Lim posed.
 
Lim said that he is not against people being appointment through political cables, so long as it is necessary.
 
At a press conference today, Lim also pointed out that the former Besut MP Tan Sri Dr Abdullah bin Md Zin, who is now PM's religious adviser, manages a similar portfolio to Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom who is the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Islamic affairs.
 
"I wonder if it is because Jamil Khir's expertise is insufficient, that the PM needs to have another religious adviser."
 
Zin receives RM25,106 in monthly allowances.

Read more at: http://www.fz.com/content/ex-ministers-mp-hold-duplicated-posts-pms-office 

MIC division polls marred by allegations of manipulation

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 12:05 PM PDT

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(fz.com) - With just two weeks to elect MIC delegates for the national congress in November, the party is hit by a slew of allegations of manipulation and the emergence of phantom branches. 

According to sources, it is an age-old trick to get enough delegates to support the "president's men" in the party elections.
 
"This has happened since the time of (former president Datuk Seri S) Samy Vellu.
 
"Branches suddenly sprout up like mushrooms to dilute the voices of dissent in the party and ensure only those aligned to certain individuals can go for the national congress and vote in the exco," said a party insider.
 
Documents made available to fz.com revealed, among others, 52 branch members selected to vote for delegates, when original branch receipts only indicate 47.
 
Kulai's Taman Muhibbah branch chairman G Munian in a letter to secretary-general A Sakhtivel said he paid membership fees for 47 members. The number of receipts is indicative of the number of members eligible to vote for delegates.
 
"However, at the elections, there were 52 people. Where did they come from?" he asked in his letter.
 
He also questioned if the increased members in certain branches are genuine or part of a larger plan for the MIC national congress election.
 
Munian also asked that if his allegations are true, would MIC postpone the Kulai branch election to give way for investigations.
 
However, when contacted by fz.com, Munian refused to comment on his allegations.
 
"What benefit it is to me if I talk to you," was his reply to our queries.
There were also instances where a member who was declared bankrupt since 2010 contested as the Kota Raja division chairman in 2013 and won.  
 
According to a source, the bankruptcy of Kota Raja division chairman A Chandran came to light only on the eve of the election.
 
The returning officer (RO) of the division election, Datuk M Saravanan, was informed of the issue as it was felt that this was a strong case against Chandran but the election went on as planned.  
 
"The RO was there to conduct the election, he doesn't have the authority to call off the election or to postpone it," said the source, adding that the party headquarters is investigating the matter.

Read more at: http://www.fz.com/content/mic-division-polls-marred-allegations-manipulation 

Indonesia's Corruption Battle Gets Serious

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 11:53 AM PDT

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(Asia Sentinel) - The legislation setting up the organization gave it draconian powers loosely modeled on Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption, with the power to authorize warrantless wiretaps, confiscate passports, subpoena financial information about suspects, freeze bank accounts and other financial transactions and detain suspects. Despite its limited annual budget of only US$57 million, its record has been spectacular, with a 100 percent conviction rate against 86 suspects in its own anti-corruption court. 

The KPK is changing the rules of the game

In 2002, in the first flush of Indonesia's post-Suharto era, then-President Megawati Sukarnoputri pushed a law through the legislature establishing the Corruption Eradication Commission. The agency, a decade later, may actually be altering the political landscape of the country.

Certainly, cleaning up corruption completely in a country as lawless and sprawling as Indonesia may be impossible. Nonetheless, since it began operations in late 2003, the KPK, as it is known by its Indonesian initials, has become a fearsome force with a staff of 750 that has gone after people close enough to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to help cost him his cachet as a reformer and bring his political party to its knees. 

It has recently counted coup with important scalps from three of the country's most prominent political parties including the president's own ruling Democrats, reducing the party's political footprint drastically and destroying its image as the party of political rectitude. It has taken on top members of the National Police, arrested the nation's chief oil and gas regulator and charged the head of the Constitutional Court with accepting bribes. 

Already widely praised at home, the KPK was given a Ramon Magsaysay award for 2013, often described as Asia's Nobel Prize, for its "greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia."

"Given the steady drip-drip-drip of cases [brought by the KPK] I think these guys are on a campaign that is making them the most important political force in this country," said a veteran political observer in Jakarta. "It has basically destroyed Yudhoyono and his political party. You could argue that it is not just Jokowi's [Jakarta Gov. Joko Widowo's] popularity and clean image but public anger with the corruption exposed by the KPK that is redrawing the political map for 2014."

Read more at: http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5769&Itemid=175 

WEF: KL policies behind brain drain

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 11:50 AM PDT

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(Business Times) - It appears little could change going forward. A hotly contested general election divided the country along racial lines, and an influential, right-wing element has evolved within Umno. To appease those elements, Mr Najib has had to resort to more affirmative action-type policies. 

THE World Economic Forum (WEF) has revealed something most Malaysians already know - that affirmative action policies in favour of the bumiputera and a reliance on cheap foreign labour have driven the country's brightest talents to seek opportunities elsewhere, mostly in Singapore.

The Geneva-based body's Human Capital Index, a measure of a country's ability to develop a skilled workforce, ranked Malaysia 22nd in a field of 122 countries.

In an index that evaluated quality of healthcare, infrastructure and education, Switzerland took the top spot, followed by Finland, Singapore, the Netherlands and Sweden. South-east Asian countries on the list include Thailand in 44th place, Indonesia (53rd) and the Philippines (66th).

The report said that Malaysia's affirmative action policies and its dependence on cheap migrant labour have kept it from developing a skilled workforce that can compete with that in smaller, richer Singapore.

It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Najib Razak had homed in on the country's brain drain in his New Economic Model introduced in 2010, and had promised to tackle it through, among other things, a gradual rollback of these policies.

Mr Najib even set up a Talent Corporation, tasked with wooing back skilled Malaysians from overseas.

Even so, affirmative action policies are still in place, although Mr Najib has withdrawn some in the services sector. The policies, already in place for 42 years, tend to make non-Malays feel discriminated against and like second-class citizens in their own country.

Economists have also criticised the policies for stifling Malaysia's potential growth.

Read more at: http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/premium/top-stories/wef-kl-policies-behind-brain-drain-20131011 

230,000 Delegates To Determine Leadership Of UMNO Wings

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 09:57 AM PDT

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(Bernama) - About 230,000 delegates from the three UMNO wings - Wanita, Youth and Puteri - will choose their leadership at the divisional and national levels when the delegates' meeting and election of the respective wings are held simultaneously at 191 divisions Saturday.

The meetings-cum-elections will definitely be keenly watched by party members and political observers as for the first time, it will involve a large number of party grassroots members who are given the right to chooose who to lead them for the next three years.

The UMNO elections this time use the electoral college system following amendments made to the party constitution in 2009, aimed at giving a bigger say to party members from the 191 divisions in choosing the party leadership in a more transparent and democratic manner.

Besides that, the renewal in the transformation process in the party is also aimed at stemming the scourge of money politics, which is seen as a cancer for this major Malay political party in the country.

The proceedings on Saturday will begin with the delegates' conference of each of the three party wings before it is adjourned for the election process of the Wanita, Youth and Puteri divisional executive committees and national executive committee (Exco).

It will see 110,765 Wanita delegates, about 70,000 Youth delegates and about 50,000 Puteri delegates carrying out their responsibility of choosing their respective movement's leadership.

According to the UMNO Election Committee 2013 chairman, Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, the elections of the three party wings on Saturday would see 51 eligible Wanita candidates contesting at the national level and 6,758 at the divisional level.

As for the Youth election, 94 candidates will be contesting for posts at the national level and 7,125 at the divisional level. For the Puteri wing, the figures are 35 and 4,955 respectively.

Interestingly, there will be stiff contests among candidates for the No. 1 and No. 2 posts of all the three wings.

The Wanita wing will see the incumbent, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil being challenged by Raihan Suleiman Palestin and Datuk Maznah Mazlan for the top post, while current UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar will face a five-cornered contest.

For the Puteri UMNO head posts, the contenders are Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Jamilah Hanim Othman and two new faces, following the incumbent Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin not contesting as she is over the age limit now.

According to UMNO executive secretary Datuk Abdul Rauf Yusoh, the results of the elections were expected to be known as early as 8pm if the process went on smoothly.

 

In junior Umno polls, hints of country’s future?

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 09:41 AM PDT

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Besides Khairy and Akhramsyah, three other contenders — Syed Rosli Syed Harman, Irwan Ambak Khalid Izhar, and Abd Karim Ali — are also in the running to head Umno Youth.

Syed Jaymal Zahiid, The Malay Mail

A shock defeat for Khairy would not only be seen as the party snubbing the progressive and centrist wave for which he is the poster boy, but would effectively derail the youth and sports minister's purported ambitions of one day helming the country.

It could also see Umno further embrace calls for it to focus efforts on the Malays, to the detriment of already testy ties with the other communities in the country.

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For Wanita Umno, the winner could have even more important repercussions.

Although often in the background of events, the women in the signature red headscarves are considered the backbone of the party and the foundation of its formidable election machinery.

In this year's contest, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil faces two challengers, including a viable contender in the form of former deputy minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan.

"In the case of Shahrizat, although support is strong, there were certain problems that confronted Wanita, and since the ones voting now are the grassroots, it was the grassroots that had the most problem," associate professor Shaharuddin Baddarudin from Mara Technology University (UiTM) told The Malay Mail Online.

Shahrizat is said to remain popular with the delegates, but her family's link to the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal remains the proverbial monkey on her back. Although the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) cleared her of any wrongdoing in the award of the RM250 million contract to the firm operated by her family, her husband Datuk Seri Mohamed Salleh Ismail was charged with criminal breach of trust and violating the Companies Act over RM49 million in federal funds from the project.

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