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Portal dedah Anwar berbohong isu pekerja Bangladesh di Dewan Rakyat

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:32 AM PST

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VIDEO 'KANTOI' DI DALAM

Ini bukan kali pertama Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim KANTOI, dan bukan juga kali pertama kantoi tanpa ada rakaman video, cuma barangkali ini kali pertama Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu kantoi bersama rakaman video di Dewan Rakyat.

Ia berhubung isu pekerja Bangladesh, pada 19 November lalu, dan didedahkan oleh portal Majlis Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional, BNBBC.MY.

Dalam satu laporan eksekusif Khamis, BNBBC.MY melaporkan  Anwar yang selalu dikecam kerana dikatakan kerap berbohong tidak mungkin berani berbuat demikian di Dewan Rakyat yang dianggap dewan mulia kepada ahli-ahli Yang Berhormat.

Bagaimanapun, jika sesiapa yang berada di Dewan Rakyat pada 19 November lalu atau meneliti hansard, jangan terperanjat dengar Ketua Pembangkang itu sanggup berbohong menafikan kenyataan hanya selepas beberapa minit perkara itu keluar mulutnya.

Insiden berlaku ketika  Timbalan Menteri Luar Negeri Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin sedang menjawab perbahasan bajet kementeriannya apabila ahli parlimen Permatang Pauh mencelah mengenai cadangan kerajaan membawa 500 ribu pekerja Bangladesh.

Anwar yang bangun mencelah antara lain berkata, "…saya faham hubungan baik Malaysia-Bangladesh yang harus dipertahankan sehingga hendak bawa 500,000 pekerja Bangladesh dan mengenepikan kepentingan penganggur di Malaysia. Itu satu soal lain, mungkin akan didaftar oleh SPR kemudian……"

Hamzah ketika meneruskan penggulungan menjelaskan " Yang Berhormat Permatang Pauh kata hendak bawa 500,000 orang Bangladesh untuk ke Malaysia dan akhirnya akan diregisterkan sebagai pengundi. Itu seperti pembohongan yang dibuat dan yang dikatakan oleh Yang Berhormat tadi…"

Beliau bermaksud Anwar berbohong dengan menuduh 500,000 rakyat Bangladesh akan didaftar sebagai pengudi.

Anwar kemudiannya bangun menafikan secara berterusan sehingga mencetuskan pertikaman lidah antara beliau dengan Hamzah.

"Saya tidak check hansard, ada atau tidak saya akan akan daftar..saya kata jangan didaftarkan. Boleh bohong macam inikah?,"

"…Saya kata jangan, bukan saya kata didaftarkan. Semua ada dengar. Saya minta orang UMNO kalau berani, cakap yang benar…,"

"..Saya tidak kata 500,000 didaftarkan sebagai SPR, oleh SPR. Saya kata jangan ulang daftar," tegas Anwar.

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Sabah PKR far from finished, says Lajim; to reorganise

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:22 AM PST

(Borneo Insider) - Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin claimed that only eight PKR leaders had quit the party.

Three of them were divisional leaders, from Kinabatangan, Kota Marudu and Silam, while the rest comprised acting heads, vice-heads and ordinary members, he said.

It was uncertain whether there had been resignations from the Beluran division, he told a news conference at the PKR Building, here.

Lajim (photo) also said that PKR had yet to receive the resignation letters of the leaders who claimed to have quit the party and expressed their support for the BN.

He said Sabah PKR would recommend to PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to sack these leaders.

Lajim was also incensed with his party renegades who used the opportunity to attend the party's national congress over the weekend to defect to Barisan Nasional.

"They used air tickets bought by us to go Kuala Lumpur, stayed in hotels paid by us and collected RM15 meal money and then defected to Barisan.

"What kind of leaders are these. Anyway, we are thankful to Barisan for accepting them,'' said.

Lajim said that Sabah PKR was not "finished'' as claimed by Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and dismissed that there was a second wave of defections on the pipeline.

"We are still intact, we will replace those who left and division elections is scheduled for March next year,'' Lajim told reporters after chairing the Sabah PKR liaison committee meeting here.

Lajim also said that the remaining four state PKR assemblymen and one MP from Sabah were still intact.

PKR has confirmed that several of its Sabah members have resigned to join the Umno-BN coalition.

"We regret that they have chosen to take this step but the core of our activities in Sabah remain unaffected by their departure," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

"All of those who left are not holding significant posts nor are they elected representatives. We cannot stop them as they have the right to freedom of association but they only harm their own reputation by joining such an unprincipled coalition as Umno-BN."

Tian was responding to a news report that 11 mid-level Sabah PKR members had quit, expressing support for the Umno-BN.

The news was announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak himself at a press conference in the peninsula.

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Inchek Ibrahim dilantik sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah UITM?

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:03 AM PST

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Seorang penjengok blog Merah Tinta memaklumkan Ibrahim Ali dilantik menjadi ahli Lembaga Pengarah UITM yang baru dan perkara itu disifatkan sebagai sesuatu mengejutkan. Perkara ini disedari apabila ketika konvokesyen baru-baru ini di mana ada nama Ibrahim tercatat didalam buku cendera mata.

[And this is after The Ibrahim Ali Award]

"Beberapa ibubapa yang hadir ke majlis konvokesyen terkejut melihat nama Ibrahim itu," jelasnya penjengok berkenaan.

Menurutnya ada juga ibu bapa kehairanan dan bertanya apakah tidak ada nama lain untuk dilantik menjadi ahli lembaga pengarah.

Penjengok itu bimbang dan ingin tahu apakah hal ini disedari oleh pihak kementerian atau pun tidak?

Dalam pemeriksaan sekejap tadi terhadap web UITM [http://www.uitm.edu.my/index.php/bm/kenali-uitm/canselor-procanselor-lembaga-pengarah-a-naib-canselor/lembaga-pengarah] memang nama Ibrahim Ali ada tercatat sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah di bahagian paling bawah.

Read more at: http://msomelayu.blogspot.com/2013/11/inchek-ibrahim-dilantik-sebagai-ahli.html 

 

Can Pakatan Rakyat rise to the occasion to decide the political future not only of Sabah and ...

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:01 AM PST

Lim Kit Siang

In my media statements in the past three days, I have argued the case, backed with facts and figures, that the three Pakatan Rakyat parties of DAP, PKR and PAS achieved their best parliamentary and state assembly results during their tripartite co-operation in the 1999, 2008 and 2013 General Elections.

This is not only the case for the Pakatan Rakyat parties in Peninsular Malaysia (which was the focus of my statements in the past three days), the same effect applies also in Sabah and Sarawak underlining the benefits of such co-operation among the Pakatan Rakyat parties.

Pakatan Raykat faces two unique challenges in Sabah and Sarawak.

The first is the accusation that the component parties, DAP, PKR and PAS are not 'local' parties but are merely extensions of the 'main' parties which are based in Peninsular Malaysia and are guilty of being peninsular-centric. As such, they cannot adequately represent the interests of Sabah and Sarawak.

The second is the much shorter history of cooperation among opposition parties, including between DAP, PKR and PAS in both states.

While both these challenges have not be totally overcome, the strengthening of cooperation within the Pakatan Rakyat parties have addressed some of these concerns and have been reflected in the election results.

As recent as 2008, the opposition could not avoid three-cornered fights in Sabah and Sarawak.

In 2008, both DAP and PKR contested in the urban seats of Stampin and Sibu. Stampin was an especially costly three-cornered fight because the opposition could have won that seat in a straight fight.

In Sabah, the situation was even worse. Of the 5 parliament seats which DAP contested in, 4 were three-cornered fights featuring PKR. Of the 10 state seats which DAP contested in, 9 were three-cornered fights featuring PKR.

The opposition was fortunate to win one parliament and one state seat despite these three-cornered fights but presumably, more seats could have been won with greater opposition cooperation.

After the formation of Pakatan Rakyat post GE2008, the situation improved and greater Pakatan cooperation bore fruit.

In the 2011 Sarawak state elections, Pakatan avoided three-cornered contests in all seats, with PKR contesting in 49, DAP in 15 and PAS in 5. Pakatan delivered 15 seats (DAP with 12 and PKR with 3) and swept nearly all of the urban seats.

The cooperation and performance of Pakatan Rakyat would pave the way for GE2013 where the opposition coalition in Sarawak bettered its performance of one parliament seat in GE2008 to 6 parliament seats (5 for DAP and 1 for PKR).

Although we were disappointed in not being able to capture non-urban seats, this was nonetheless a breakthrough performance in a state that had been dominated by the BN for such a long period of time.

In Sabah, Pakatan was able to avoid three-cornered fights in all seats but one (Labuan was contested by PKR and PAS).

At the parliamentary level, PKR contested in 20 seats, DAP in 4 and PAS in 3. At the state level, PKR contested in 43, DAP in 8 and PAS in 9.

Again, the results were encouraging. Pakatan won a total of 11 state seats, with PKR winning 7 and DAP winning 4, a marked improvement from the single state seat it won in 2008.

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SD Mat Zain: Sengaja ditutup?

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:56 AM PST

Elizabeth Zachariah, TMI

Keengganan Putrajaya menjalankan siasatan berhubung tuduhan terhadap Peguam Negara oleh bekas polis kanan dilihat sebagai konspirasi untuk "menutup" kesalahan yang dilakukan pegawai kanan kerajaan, kata Pakatan Rakyat.

Mereka berkata akuan bersumpah (SD) oleh bekas Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim terhadap Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (gambar) membawa merit kepada siasatan tetapi sikap berdiam diri Putrajaya menunjukkan ada unsur untuk menutup perkara itu.

Ahli Parlimen Padang Serai dari PKR, N Surendran, mendakwa ini adalah senario biasa apabila membabitkan rasuah dan salah laku oleh mereka di dalam kerajaan.

"Daripada peringkat tertinggi di Putrajaya hingga ke bawah, sudah jelas mereka mahu menutup tuduhan ini," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Surendran berkata demikian ketika mengulas kenyataan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi semalam bahawa polis tidak akan menyiasat tuduhan dalam SD Mat Zain berikutan tiada laporan polis dibuat.

Mat Zain berkata, dua hari lalu, beliau menyerahkan salinan SD kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan pegawai kanan Putrajaya, menuduh salah laku Gani berhubung kes pemilikan Pulau Batu Puteh.

Menerusi SD setebal 31 halaman itu, Mat Zain mendakwa, jutaan ringgit bertukar tangan dan didepositkan ke dalam akaun bank di Hong Kong berhubung kes Pulau batu Puteh, di mana keputusan Mahkamah Keadilan Antarabangsa (ICJ) berpihak kepada Singapura.

Mat Zain mendakwa, Abdul Gani dengan sengaja menyebabkan kes itu kalah sehingga membawa kepada keputusan ICJ berpihak kepada Singapura.

Beliau mendesak pihak berkuasa menyiasat sebab sebenar Malaysia kehilangan pulau itu kepada Singapura dengan menyatakan ia adalah perkara membabitkan kedaulatan negara.

Ahmad Zahid berkata, pihak berkuasa akan mempertimbangkan untuk menyiasat tuduhan itu jika laporan polis dibuat mengenainya dan pengisytiharan SD tidak membawa kepada laporan polis, maka tidak ada kertas siasatan yang dibuka.

Surendran yang menyelar kenyataan itu berkata, mengikut Akta Polis, tidak ada dinyatakan keperluan laporan polis untuk menjalankan siasatan.

"Bagaimana jika kes bunuh atau rompakan bersenjata? Adakah mereka tidak akan siasat kes seperti itu sehingga ada laporan dibuat?

"Sepatutnya, jika polis tahu atau dengar mengenai apa-apa salah laku, mereka bertanggungjawab untuk menyiasat walaupun tidak ada laporan," katanya yang juga seorang peguam.

Ahli parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad, berkata "sangat pelik" apabila Putrajaya tidak mengambil tuduhan Mat Zain secara serius.

"Ia adalah jelas satu tuduhan yang serius. Ia membabitkan pengkhianatan dan rasuah yang mengancam kedaulatan negara.

"Dan siasatan tidak dilakukan hanya kerana tidak ada laporan polis dibuat," katanya.

Menggambarkan alasan Ahmad Zahid untuk tidak menyiasat tuduhan Mat Zain sebagai tidak kukuh langsung, Khalid berkata, kes itu perlu dibawa kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"Ia kelihatan seperti kedaulatan negara kita dijual. Ini bukan perkara kecil," kata ahli politik PAS itu.

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Racial discrimination under 1Malaysia slogan

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:45 AM PST

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Saravanan

Recently an Indian police officer went to my house for an investigation over cow slaughtering issue. I have told the headmaster clearly that I am living overseas so why are police looking for me? When the time comes, I will inform PDRM and let us meet each other. Till then, be patient.
If at all police are eager to investigate me, they should first investigate Perkasa's running boys, papagomo and the school HMs around Malaysia who agreed to animal cruelty in schools. Lately, Second Education Minister Idris Jusoh said that there is a circular issued in 1976 that states that religious programs can be held in schools. We would like to read the circular itself and my question in the video was very clear - with whom the school HM got permission and I asked him to send me the proof but till today the whole Malaysian education ministry has failed to show the letter. 

I urge the Prime Minister to answer my questions. Where does it state in the constitution that cow slaughtering in schools is permitted. If this can't be answered, please stop the cruelty. As per my knowledge, even moderate Turkey will not slaughter cows in schools. I have been to school for 13 years, I never heard of cow slaughtering in the schools which I have studied. Do not make schools into suraus. The Education Department should respect other races who are studying in the school.

The government should cancel the registration of Perkasa, ISMA and take action against UMNO ministers who stir racial sentiments in Malaysia regarding the cow slaughtering issue and other issues too. Last week, Minister Shahidan Kassim said no PSC for the Indian community because Indians are prominent as lawyers and doctors. This kind of minister should be arrested immediately for causing racial tension but due to double standards in Malaysia, the UMNO-led government will hide the issue under the carpet. 
 
Racist UMNO-friendly NGOs are causing unwanted problems in Malaysia but the law is lenient for them. I urge the PM to throw out his racist ministers before I come back to face the police. The cow slaughtering issue is a simple issue where multi-racial schools are turned into slaughterhouses and the Education Department and their ministers should respect other races. Do not misuse the percentage of the large population. We Malaysians do not see the real meaning of PM Najib's 1Malaysia. Please explain the meaning to us.

The cow slaughtering act doesnt align with the education syllabus or school co-curriculum in any part of the world.

Celebrating cow slaughtering in the school will make kids psychologically traumatized. Even if the teachers and students were asked not to "see" the slaughter, fine, but one can always "hear" the slaughter being carried out.

In any country, any parliament in the world would never approve such an inhumane act of slaughtering animals in the schools. It is a great disgrace for the country. All schools should follow world educational guidelines, definitely animal slaughtering will not be part of the system. The Malaysian parliament should come to a decision to respect non-violence.

Cow slaughtering in schools can cause POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that was witnessed after a harmful event has happened to animals or humans. War soldiers and victims have faced the syndrome and this disorder also affects people who work in slaughter houses.

PKR's promise of autonomy to East Malaysia

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:44 AM PST

KTemoc Konsiders

On Sunday Dr Wan Azizah, de jure (wakakaka) president of PKR upped the ante in/for her husband's attempt to secure political power in the next election.

While dear Wan Azizah is the de jure president of her political party, her hubby, Anwar Ibrahim, is the de facto leader.

Oh, BTW, in the above two sentences, kaytee believes he may be providing better English lesson than those English teachers contracted by the Education Minister at the considerable cost of RM270 million.

By now a student would have learned the difference between de jure and de facto, wakakaka, and realized the influence of Latin in the development of English and the continuing indispensability of the so-called 'dead' language.

Also, the student would have learned:

  • upped the ante
  • to secure political power

... wakakaka, and of course the colloquial 'hubby'.

Now, why have I brought in a term used in the card game of poker, to wit, 'up (or) raise the ante'?

Incidentally, 'up the ante' means 'to increase the risks in a situation in order to achieve a better result', where 'ante' of course is an amount of money that must be paid into the poker pool before the game can continue.

Previously, PKR or rather Anwar Ibrahim had promised that should he become PM, Sarawak and Sabah would receive 20% royalties from the revenue obtained from oil-gas fields in their respective state, instead of the current 5% that each state (including Terengganu and Kelantan in Peninsula) is receiving. That in itself was already an upping of the ante, namely, from 5% to 20%. Now, PKR is proposing more.

Incidentally, I read in a news media's interactive section some comments abruptly dismissing the proposed 20% royalties and berating the federal government and PKR for even taking any of the Sarawak and Sabah's oil-gas revenue, obviously comments made by aggrieved Sarawakians and/or Sabahans. This is an interesting viewpoint which I will touch upon soon - just keep it in mind.

As the two East Malaysian states have been perceived as the key to control of federal power, and thus UMNO's soft underbelly (now, now, no salacious comment please), obviously Anwar sees his strategy for occupying Putrajaya as winning the majority of seats in Sarawak and Sabah, which Najib termed as his 'fixed deposit'.

READ MORE HERE

 

M'sia 'boleh' but cannot win an Asian sports award?

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:42 AM PST

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(fz.com) - The sad truth is nobody will answer this question as it appears that the Malaysian football fraternity does not care anymore.

IT WAS almost like at the Grammys for me, tucked into a suit at the 2013 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Annual Awards at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. 

Having been in the sports-journalism industry for seven years, this was a milestone in this writer's career as it was my first time and I was even 10 minutes early for the grand event.
 
Ushered into the Grand Ballroom upon my arrival, this writer took a seat at the media and took in the scene. While some nominees were spotted anxious, others carried confidence.
 
As the event kicked off, our hosts of the evening Paul Masefield and Colette Wong began announcing the nominees for the respective categories.
 
This was when my spirit dropped. There didn't seem to be any Malaysian names announced in the football players, coaches or assistant referees save for Rita Ghani who was nominated for AFC Referee of the Year in the Women's category.
 
Unfortunately, Japan's Asako Takemoto bagged the award.
 
While the country should be proud that Rita was recognised for her efforts in the sports industry, a pertinent question arises: What has happened to the others?
 
Malaysia was once Asia's power house but it's a sorry state when we are no more recognised in our own continent. That is something to be ashamed of.
 
Our neighbours Thailand won two awards – the AFC Futsal Team of the Year and the AFC Futsal Player of the Year.
 
And to make things worse, even uprising country Myanmar won the AFC Dream Asia Award for their FA's contribution in social responsibility.
 
How can this happen?
 
Have we deteriorated so badly in football, that it impossible to come back to where we were some 30-years ago?
 
Who can answer this question?
 
The sad truth is nobody will answer this question as it appears that the Malaysian football fraternity does not care anymore.
 
All they want to do is to earn big bucks from the sport and get out. No one cares about grassroots and the development of football in this country.
 
I love football and more importantly, I love my country. It is very sad to be a host of a prestigious event and not have more than one representative nominated for any categories.
 
This can only happen in Malaysia and I welcome you to the "Boleh-Land".

 

Latest defections meant to neutralise PKR’s positive move for East Malaysia

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:41 AM PST

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(The Ant Daily) - The defection of 11 Sabah PKR leaders to the Barisan Nasional (BN) is aimed at diluting positive vibes emanating from the PKR Special Congress held last weekend.

Political analyst Professor Jayum Jawan said the 11 leaders are "small fries" in the larger scale of things, and the timing of their announcement showed that it was done in response to amendments made to the PKR party constitution.

"The division leaders are not important . What concerns me the most are the elected representatives who had jumped ship (to join BN) as this raises the issue of their integrity," Jayum told the antdaily in referring to Matunggong assemblyman Datuk Jelani Hamdan and Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad.

The duo, along with the 11 state leaders, had on Nov 26 held a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at the Umno headquarters here to announce their decision.

"With this (resignations), PKR is almost paralysed while Barisan will become even stronger in Sabah, allowing us to better serve the people of the state," Najib reportedly said.

PKR through the amendments has included a clause stating that it will uphold the spirit of cooperation and power sharing between Sabah, Sarawak and the Peninsula according to the 1963 Malaysia Agreement -- a promise which was recorded in Pakatan Rakyat's "Kuching Declaration" signed on Sept 16, 2012.

The party also agreed that at least one of the four appointed vice-president seats must be allocated to a Sabah or Sarawak leader -- ensuring a better representation to champion their issues.

Jayum, however, said that PKR is also "playing politics" in making the promises as they are not in a position to offer Sabah and Sarawak greater autonomy.

"What do they (PKR) mean by autonomy? There is no autonomy to offer because the matter is already spelled out in the Malaysia Agreement 1963," he stressed, citing as example enforcement of its own immigration laws.

Read more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/news/2013/11/27/latest-defections-meant-neutralise-pkrs-positive-move-east-malaysia 

Pemuda UMNO terima muzakarah PAS, tanpa prasyarat

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:28 AM PST

(TMT) - Pergerakan Pemuda Umno berkata Pemuda menerima secara terbuka usul PAS yang dilapor ingin bermuzakarah dengan Umno, namun ia perlu diadakan tanpa sebarang prasyarat yang membebankan kedua-dua pihak.

Ketua Pemuda Umno Khairy Jamaluddin menarik perhatian bahawa usaha ke arah muzakarah itu telah diusulkan beberapa kali, termasuk oleh Umno sendiri, namun tergendala disebabkan prasyarat yang dikenakan.

Katanya, agenda muzakarah itu perlu lebih luas dengan tidak hanya tertumpu kepada umat Islam, lapor Bernama.

Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, dalam ucapan penangguhan Muktamar PAS ke-59 di Shah Alam Ahad lepas, menyatakan kesediaan bermuzakarah dengan Umno namun terbatas kepada hal ehwal Islam.

Sementara itu, Pemuda Umno akan terus membawa isu berkaitan generasi muda dan menjadi suara golongan itu di Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2013 pada Disember ini selain memfokus kepada isu berkaitan perumahan, ekonomi dan kos sara hidup.

Khairy berkata isu asas termasuk agama dan bangsa akan turut dibangkit.

"Pada masa yang sama, kita akan sentiasa pastikan pendekatan kita nanti konsisten dengan semangat Barisan Nasional(BN)," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat pertama barisan Exco Pemuda Umno susulan pemilihan sayap parti itu Oktober lepas.

Perhimpunan agung Umno dijadual berlangsung 2 hingga 7 Disember di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra di sini.

 

Johor sultan has power to change rest day

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:53 AM PST

(National Express) - As the head of Islam in the state, the Johor sultan has powers to unilaterally revert the rest day from Sunday to Friday, constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari said.

"The sultan, in my view, can do that as Friday is a holy day for Muslims and (he) has some practical reasons; so that Muslims can spend more time in the mosque as in pre-1993 (days)," he said in an email to Malaysiakini.

"The issue here is about whose power and through what procedure. The power is with the state and the sultan appears to have exercised it for religious reasons."

He said state holidays fall under state jurisdiction, according to Schedule Nine of the federal constitution.

"It is not stated (in the constitution) whether it should go through the Dewan," he said referring to the state assembly.

The constitutional law professor said the sultan can act unilaterally as long as it is in matters which do not contravene the federal constitution.

NONEFurthermore, he said, Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin has already indicated that the ruling will not be forced upon non-Muslims and the business sector.

Abdul Aziz (left), who returned to academia last month, two years after being sacked from by Universiti Islam Antarabangsa for critical remarkes against the Selangor sultan, said that changing the rest day from Friday to Sunday in 1993 had been more problematic.

"The (state) government may declare a holiday for a day or two but when it comes to changing something that has been going on for centuries, it is something else; it should have been more careful and elaborate.

"Now it has caused difficulty as the society has been so used to it, hence the uneasiness over the sultan's announcement."

'Disrupting centuries-old practice'


Johor, then led by Muhyiddin Yassin, and Perlis, then headed by Shahidan Kassim, had changed their rest days from Friday to Sunday, disrupting a centuries-old practice in the two states.

Friday was the rest day for the unfederated Malay states - Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis - where British colonial influence had been relatively weaker.

Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu still maintain this practice.

azlanIn modern history, Abdul Aziz said, Johor's rest-day change is likely linked to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's campaign to "clip the rulers' wings".

"Some of the rulers have forgotten what the former PM did to them in 1983 and 1993.

"Note that Umno Baru was launched in Istana Besar Johor Bahru in 1988, four years after Mahathir amended the constitution which took away the power to assent to bills and also power to declare emergency."

Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar in his birthday speech decreed that the rest day will revert to Friday with effect from next year.

The private sector will mostly maintain the Monday to Friday work week to facilitate external trade, as long as banks do the same.

Banks, however, are undecided as to whether they will maintain Monday to Friday operating hours, pending official confirmation from the state government that the Friday rest day is optional.

 

Ahead of MCA leadership battle, fresh claims of money politics

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:50 AM PST

(MM) - The MCA leadership battle is getting intense, with fresh allegations of money-politics and vote-buying.

Claims have emerged that some 120 party division chairmen have been receiving "allowances" to ensure the division delegates' allegiance.

Ghost writers have also been paid to promote certain individuals.

Three candidates have confirmed their candidacies for the president's post. They are Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Gan Peng Sieu.

Outgoing president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek is keeping his plans close to heart. Observers say he might enter the fray at the 11th hour to hamper Liow's chances.

Liow is said to have the backing of some 1,000 of the 2,385 delegates and is working hard to influence at least 600 to 700 more to ensure he gets the post.

Observers say former president Ong may not be able to fare well, as he is only able to woo some 200 delegates through sympathy, while Gan is said to have some 900 delegates backing him.

Gan rubbished allegations of being Dr Chua's proxy but may contest for the deputy president's post against Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong if Dr Chua decides to join at the last minute.

If that happens, Ong's chances will being squashed, leaving Dr Chua and Liow to slug it out.

If Dr Chua wins, he may step down mid-term and hand over the presidency to Gan but only if the latter wins the No. 2 post.

"It's a game of power and keeping control of the party. The most important thing is whether MCA can rally the Chinese community to support Barisan Nasional (BN)," said an observer.

"Right now, Malaysians know MCA does not have the support of the community and as long as MCA keeps busy fighting for power and leadership control, the party can never influence the community to support BN.

"The party leaders need to get real. Feel the pulse of the community and seek their wishes and needs. Then try and fulfill them.

"If the party leaders fail to do so, they may end up like Gerakan in the next general election." 

 

Ex-EC chief’s arrogant pride in violating Constitution

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:31 AM PST

Ravinder Singh, Malay Mail

Former EC chief Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman's bold admission that he had ensured that the three re-delineation exercises he did were done in such a way to ensure Malays retained political power, and that he did so "in a proper way, not illegally" is not a surprise. He is proud of what he did, despite the fact that he had breached the 13th Federal Constitution, which states that the number of voters in state and parliamentary seats must be approximately equal.

He questions how Barisan Nasional could have lost to the opposition in Kelantan, Penang and Selangor if the re-delineation was done to favour the BN. This is a cheap question. Either he must be a fool not to realise why the BN lost these states, or he is trying to make a fool of those who question gerrymandering.

Why BN lost these states is because the EC did not dream that such a huge percentage of voters in these states would go against the tide. From previous elections, it must have drawn graphs showing a certain percentage of voters voting against the ruling party at each election.

Obviously, the number of voters voting for the opposition had been increasing. Projections based on these would have been used to carry out each re-delineation exercise, splitting these votes to increase the number of voters in certain constituencies and reducing them in others so as to ensure "Malays retained political power".

However, voter sentiment at the 13GE did not follow the predictions of the EC. It was like a deluge breaking the banks of a river and causing massive flooding and destruction that was never thought could happen. This happened in the states that the BN lost. So, Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman need not try to pull wool over the people's eyes. This bluff may work in some places, with some people, but not in all places and neither with all people.

The 13th Schedule of the Constitution is clear. It says that the number of voters in the different constituencies must be approximately equal, or "lebih kurang sama banyak". Where did Abdul Rashid learn that one (1) is approximately equal to ten (10) or even more?

Abdul Rahman, let's go to a fish market. If you are asked to buy 10 kilos of fish (regardless of type), but with firm instructions that each fish must be approximately (lebih kurang) one (1) kilo in weight, do you buy one ten-kilo fish, or eight (8) to twelve (12) fish that are approximately equal in weight, making up a total of 10 kilos?

Abdul Rahman, in which dictionary did you find that "approximately" means 1:10 or 1:15?

Enough with the fooling. What you did was unconstitutional. It was a clear breach of Schedule 13 of the highest law of the country.

Now, I would like to ask (no offence is meant to anyone): Does your religion permit you to carry out your public duty in breach of the Constitution?

Do any of the Moral and Religious values that we teach our school children permit the kind of fraud that you carried out in violation of the Federal Constitution?

 

Declassify sale of Sabah’s Desa Cattle

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:21 AM PST

Former Sabah CM Salleh Said Keruak and ex-state minister Lajim Ukin were in the centre of another swept-under-the-carpet blunder involving the cattle farms in Sabah and Australia.

Selvaraja Somiah, FMT

The latest update on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) debacle is an ugly reminder of Sabah's own blunders and the absolute need to be free from the present breed of politicians who run politics as business.

Sabah has had its own controversial acquisitions.

Desa Cattle, a brainchild of former Chief Minister Harris Salleh was a brilliant idea to see Sabah become self-sufficient in dairy and meat. But within 15 years of its inception, politicians having their own agenda destroyed it.

In the centre of this blunder is Salleh Said Keruak and Lajim Ukin.

At the time of the 'sale', Salleh was then Sabah CM and Lajim the State Agriculture Minister.

The project was a cattle farm and dairy industry. It was in the 1990s and Sabah was become the flagship in cattle and diary industry.

The Sabah government ran a cattle farm in Darwin Australia and the state had actually reached 100% self-sufficiency in the production of such meats in 1998.

At that time, the commercial cattle farm was owned by Desa Cattle Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Village Development Corporation (KPD) that was operating in Mesilau, Sook in Sabah and in Darwin, Australia.

Then Salleh and Lajim Ukin decided to sell the farm in Darwin Australia.

They also sold the remaining thousands of acres of Desa Cattle land in Sabah to Kim Loong a West Malaysia group.

Salleh Said Keruak

Controversial deal

Lajim has of course denied any direct involvement. His contention is that the sale went through the state Cabinet and that he should not be the one to answer for it.

Anyway as a result of this sale, Desa Cattle's land bank in Keningau and Kundasang shrunk to a measly thousand acres.

Kim Loong the West Malaysian group, made huge profits from the land over the years by converting it to oil palm cultivation.

Because of this silly decision, Sabah is now no longer self-sufficient in beef, mutton and buffalo meat production. These days the state imports frozen beef from Australia and New Zealand, and buffalo meat from India.

This controversial deal between KPD Holdings, the state government and the Desa Cattle management group calls for declassifying the documents on these deals that lead to massive losses.

Losses, which incidentally is far greater than the ongoing case of National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), another "lembu" business.

Auditor-General's report for 2011 reported a gross mismanagement of the NFC project worth RM250 million which involved the family of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

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PKR Roban Lumpuh, 110 Anggota Sertai SPDP

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:27 PM PST

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(Bernama) - Operasi PKR cabang Roban di Saratok, Sarawak, lumpuh selepas pengerusi dan setiausahanya keluar parti dan membawa bersama-sama mereka 108 anggota serta penyokong untuk menyertai Parti Demokratik Progresif Sarawak (SPDP).

 

Gani Eli, yang mempengerusikan cabang itu sejak 2011, mengetuai kumpulan yang keluar PKR itu untuk menyerahkan borang permohonan mereka kepada Presiden SPDP Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom di sini hari ini.

"PKR tidak ada hala tuju selepas pilihan raya (umum ke-13). (Kami telah dibiarkan) macam itu sahaja," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas menyerahkan borang permohohan mereka di ibu pejabat SPDP di sini.

Beliau berkata lebih banyak anggota dan penyokong PKR dari Roban dijangka mengikuti jejak mereka.

Sementara itu bekas Setiausaha PKR Roban Abang Mokhtar Abang Zulkifli berkata beliau menyedari parti pembangkang itu tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa untuk meningkatkan kehidupan rakyat.

"PKR tidak boleh diharap untuk masa depan tetapi kami yakin SPDP boleh membawa pembangunan yang dapat memajukan rakyat," kata Abang Mokhtar.

Sebaik saja menerima borang permohonan mereka, Mawan menyifatkan keputusan kumpulan itu untuk keluar PKR sebagai berita baik bagi Barisan Nasional.

"Mereka memilih untuk menyertai arus perdana dan mahu bekerjasama (dengan Barisan Nasional) dengan menyertai SPDP," katanya.

Beliau berpendapat di sebalik beberapa cabaran yang melanda SPDP sejak beberapa tahun lepas, parti itu tidak pernah kehilangan daya penariknya dan masih berjaya membawa kemasukan anggota baharu.

"Kami tidak pernah mengutuk orang sebaliknya sentiasa bersedia untuk menghulurkan persahabatan dan merapatkan hubungan," katanya. 

Sarawak MP: Why can’t I talk about Malaysia agreements?

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:22 PM PST

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(TMI) - Penampang MP Darell Leiking said today he will continue to raise the issue of the 18- and 20-point agreements for Sabah and Sarawak despite warnings from the Home Ministry.

Expressing disgust with Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar for warning any individual or politician who raised the issue, Darell said: "Why is he giving warning relating to the safeguards which were created in the first place to protect the interests of Sabahans and Sarawakians?"

Wan Junaidi had earlier this week reminded individuals, including lawmakers, not to question matters relating to the agreements, saying it was a warning to any politician who tried to play with fire regarding the issue of national unity and the formation of Malaysia.

Darell pointed out that the these safeguards were agreed to by the Federal government back then and incorporated into the Malaysian Agreement 1963.

He asked how Putrajaya could say it was illegal for anyone to speak about an agreement which had been agreed upon decades ago.

"If Putrajaya starts to 'gag' these safeguards, then the people of Sabah and Sarawak will be thrown back into the realms of inferiority, in comparison with their counterparts in the peninsula, " he said in a statement.

Darell, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy secretary-general, said without the 18- and 20-point agreements, Malaysia would not exist.

Darell is one of the most vocal MPs on the issue. Other Sarawakian lawmakers have also reacted angrily to Wan Junaidi's warning, saying there was nothing seditious about asking the Malaysia Agreement committee to review the agreements for Sabah and Sarawak.

Darell said a review was due as the agreement was more than 50 years old, and several incidents merited such a motion.

He cited three issues - the recent Allah ruling by the appellate court which saw conflicting views by cabinet ministers, the transfer of judges from East Malaysia that affected the judicial autonomy of the Borneo states and matters concerning oil royalties.

"I understand why the Sabah and Sarawak BN MPs opted to remain quiet when I tabled the motion for the review as they have to protect their interests within Barisan Nasional," Darell said.

"However, people in Sabah and Sarawak have begun to voice their disappointment and anger on social media which has put the BN MPs in a spot." 

Taib’s man to debate Malaysia Agreement

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:20 PM PST

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(FMT) - A senior council member of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) party has agreed to an open debate with self-professed Sarawak nationalist groups on the formation of Malaysia despite a warning by a federal level deputy minister not to do so.

PBB supreme council member Idris Buang has accepted a social media open debate challenge made to him by several Facebook groups on the suggestion that Sarawak and Sabah should pull of Malaysia.

Among those who threw the challenge at Idris were bloggers, social media users and administrators of popular Sarawak/Borneo activists facebook group such as Sabah & Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM), Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM) and The Future of Sabah/Sarawak and the Federation of Malaysia (SSF).

Idris, in accepting the challenge through a Facebook posting,  said the individuals and groups were "inciting Sabahans and Sarawakians to cede from Malaysia' insinuating that they were a 'threat'.

He said the groups had refused to debate with him "face to face" and had instead resported to creating Facebook pages "especialy to debate against me".

"As it is important for the peace and prosperity of Sarawak, and also the country of Malaysia that I love dearly, I accept this challenge on the condition it is going to be managed fairly and  according to Malaysian laws.

"I do not want our people, especially our younger generation to be provoked, tricked and led astray by these groups to be rebellious or to destroy our beloved Malaysia," Idris noted in his Monday posting.

Setting out the rule of the debate Idris said: "I am taking up this challenge of yours. Now, please get all your SSKM, SSM, SSF people and supporters in, and I will get mine too.

"We need them to be in as our "live audience" who can also responsed.

"Secondly, after a substantial number of the audience is already on board, you as proposers must start to put all you points but in brief.

"From that point on, I/We ( my team & I) will thenceforth give my argument, also briefly point by point.

"You may then give your response to my argument also categorically and I/We will exercise the right of the last say as the opposers to your proposition that 'Sabah & Sarawak should pull out of Malaysia'," he said.

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After gerrymandering disclosure, Bersih demands EC stop boundary revision

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:17 PM PST

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(MM) - Elections watchdog Bersih 2.0 today urged the Election Commission to call off its re-delineation exercise as it cast further doubt on the looming revision that has been stained by allegations of gerrymandering.

Bersih 2.0 also repeated its call for the EC clean the electoral rolls and renew its members, claiming the current members of partisan, unethical, and non-independent.

"The EC is bound by principles set down in the Federal Constitution and international standards in conducting its duties, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union's 1994 Declaration on Criteria for Free and Election.

"The measure of the EC's success is not the victory of any particular political party, but whether their actions can meet these standards," the watchdog's steering committee said in a statement here.

Bersih's comments came in the wake of an admission by Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman that the three redelineation exercises during his term had ensured the continued political dominance of the Malays, even as the retired election chief insisted the redrawing of electoral boundaries were carried out in the "proper way".

Rashid was reported to have made the comments after joining Malay rights group Perkasa, during the group's Federal Territory annual general meeting earlier this week.

"Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman's statements lend credence to Bersih 2.0's long-running contention that the Malaysian EC is not an independent, non-partisan election management body," Bersih added.


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Anwar slams Putrajaya for tepid response to fresh spying leak

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 05:19 PM PST

(MM) - Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today blasted Putrajaya for what he saw as a cowardly response to allegations that Singapore had helped the United States spy on Malaysia.

He said despite the latest revelation, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had not reprimanded Washington and Singapore but instead, remained muted in the face of the alleged violation of Malaysia's sovereignty.

"We notice that until now the leadership of Umno is utterly feeble. We must understand this is a matter of the nation's pride, of our sovereignty.

"Where is the firm statement by the foreign minister? And of course the stern statement by the prime minister?" Anwar told a press conference in Parliament here.

Top secret documents leaked by US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that Singapore is a key partner of the "5-Eyes" intelligence group, which was revealed to have tapped telephones and communications networks in Kuala Lumpur.

In a report by Australian media group Fairfax Media today quoting Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, it was revealed that Singapore is a key "third party" providing the ring - comprising the US, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand - access to Malaysia's communications channel.

Yesterday, after being summoned over espionage allegations, the Singapore High Commission assured Malaysia that the neighbouring island republic does not intend to harm its allies, the Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman also said that Singapore High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong promised to clarify such claims to Wisma Putra as soon as possible after conveying Putrajaya's concerns to the Singaporean government.

"The High Commissioner also assured that Singapore has no intention to do any harm to its partners," Anifah said in a statement released by his office.

"Singapore also values its excellent ties with Malaysia as evident by active collaboration between the two countries in many areas," he added.

Anifah said that Malaysia's Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Othman Hashim had met Ong today in Wisma Putra and made it clear that surveillance on Malaysia infringes the country's sovereignty, as well as individual privacy.

"Such activities are certainly not done amongst partners and close neighbours like Malaysia and Singapore when both sides are cultivating mutually beneficial strategic and strong partnership.

The reported spying activities have caused considerable anger and disappointment amongst Malaysians," said Anifah.

Singapore daily, Straits Times, yesterday reported Ong as denying knowledge that his country's government had helped facilitate American-Australian espionage in the region.

"We have no interest in doing anything that might harm our partners or the friendship between our two countries," Ong was quoted saying.

But Anwar insisted these lengthy pow-wows on both ends made little sense, demanding instead for an immediate apology and promised guarantee that all spying activities woud stop.

"What investigation? There is a statement of Australia and US involvement. What we want is demands - first: stop the spying, two: apologise and the third: a guarantee that this rude action that taints the good relations and national security will not be repeated," Anwar said.

In August, Fairfax had reported that the Singaporean intelligence is a partner of Australia's electronic espionage agency, the Defence Signals Directorate, to tap the SEA-ME-WE-3 cable that runs from Japan, via Singapore, Djibouti, Suez and the Straits of Gibraltar to Northern Germany.

This access was allegedly facilitated by Singaporean telecommunication operator Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), which is owned by Singapore government's investment arm Temasek Holdings.

According to Fairfax, Malaysia and Indonesia have been key targets for both Australian and Singaporean intelligence even since the 1970s, since most of Indonesia's telecommunications and Internet traffic goes through the island city-state.

Anifah said on Monday Putrajaya is "extremely concerned" about news reports of mass surveillance undertaken by the US, Australia, and now Singapore, on Malaysia.

"The Malaysian authorities have taken appropriate actions with regard to earlier allegations of spying by the United States and Australia. The Malaysian authorities are now investigating thoroughly the latest media report about the involvement of other countries, in particular Singapore, in the spying activities against Malaysia," he said.

Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald reported last month that Australia's intelligence agency was using its diplomatic missions in several Asian countries, including Malaysia, to intercept phone calls and internet data.

The report cited information disclosed by Snowden, saying that signals intelligence collection occurs at Australia's High Commissions in Kuala Lumpur and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, as well as at its embassies in Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Beijing and Dili in East Timor.

Snowden had revealed earlier a top secret map showing 90 US electronic surveillance facilities worldwide, including in its embassies in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.

No such facilities, however, are located in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, according to the map dated August 13, 2010. 

 

Selangor BN seeking PAS support against Comango demands

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 05:10 PM PST

(The Star) - Selangor's Barisan Nasional assemblymen want the state PAS leadership to support them in their stance against Coalition of Malaysian NGOs' (Comango) demands.

"Some of the demands are not reasonable and can adversely effect the special status of Islam in the Federal Constitution and the religious reality of Malaysian society," Opposition chief Datuk Shamsudin Lias told a press conference at the sidelines of the state legislative assembly Wednesday.

He said since the PAS leadership was also against same-gender relationships and unnatural sex, both parties could collaborate on the matter.

Shamsudin and his BN counterparts held the press conference after Speaker Hannah Yeoh rejected the Opposition's motion to condemn the coalition.

Comango has been criticised for making several claims at the United Nations Human Rights Council periodical review of the country's human rights.

Shamsudin said the Speaker had opined that there were more important issues to be discussed although the matter was of public interest, adding the Opposition respected the decision.

Meanwhile, Yeoh told another press conference later that the Opposition had submitted the motion on Tuesday under Standing Order 17 which encompassed urgent matters revolving around public interest.

Yeoh added she rejected the motion because it was not an emergency motion.

She said that her move was not wrong as a similar motion was rejected by Parliament.

"We are still debating the budget. I urge all elected representatives to discuss matter which are of more importance for the people," she said.

 

Massive salary hikes for Selangor MB, assemblymen

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 05:04 PM PST

(The Star) - Selangor's Mentri Besar, elected representatives, executive council members, Speaker and deputy Speaker will receive massive pay hikes effective Jan 1, 2014.

The amendments to existing laws were made and passed at the Selangor legislative assembly Wednesday to allow the hike.

Monthly salaries for assemblymen have been increased from RM6,000 to RM11,250, an increase of 87%.

The Speaker, who receives RM6,109, will receive RM22,500 and the deputy Speaker whose current salary is RM3,327 will receive RM15,750.

The Mentri Besar's wages has increased by 106% from the present RM14,175 to RM29,250.

The salary for exco members have been given a 231% hike from RM6,109 to RM20,250.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim also announced half-a-month's bonus of for the state's 15,643 employees, which will be made in mid Jan.

He said the raise was timely given the increase in responsibilities in the state.

 

11 leaders in Sabah quit PKR

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 01:31 PM PST

(Borneo Post) - Eleven Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders in Sabah quit the party yesterday and expressed support for the Barisan Nasional (BN).

They comprise division heads, division deputy heads and division information chiefs from Kudat, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, Sepanggar, Pensiangan, Beluran, Kinabatangan, Batu Sapi, Silam, Kalabakan and Semporna.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told a media conference here that they had lost confidence in the PKR leadership.

He said this was the first wave of PKR leaders quitting the party in Sabah and that more would be following in their footsteps soon.

"With what has happened and is going to happen, it means that PKR in Sabah is about finished and the BN is getting stronger and continues to gain the trust of Sabahans," he said.

The PKR leaders present at the media conference were Akhmain Sabtu (Kudat division chief), Anthony Mandiau (Kota Marudu division chief), Juhani Abd Halim (Silam division chief), Mohd Jun (Kalabakan division chief), Mustapha Tambuyung (Kinabatangan division chief), Lokman Ureh (Semporna division chief), Timothy Lim (Sepanggar division chief), Apandy Sipin (Pensiangan division) and Aris Remigius (Batu Sapi division chief), Angki Addek (Kota Marudu deputy division chief) and Soloh Yuna (Kota Belud Information chief).

The Beluran representative, however, did not attend.

Also present were two Sabah PKR assemblymen who had quit the party on Nov 4, namely Matunggong assemblyman Datuk Jelani Hamdan and Kedamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad.

Najib said also joining the other leaders in quitting PKR today were former Bandau Member of Parliament Henry Madatang and the party's candidate for the Papar parliamentary seat in the 13th general election, Jomi Kamadan.

He said that he was also informed that many from among their supporters would also leave PKR and support BN.

"I wish to thank them for their confidence in shifting their support to the BN and this reflects that our effort to make changes and transformation to the nation, specifically Sabah, has gained their trust and confidence.

"Hopefully, with this, BN will be able to serve the people of Sabah more effectively," he said.

Najib also denied claims that the BN had influenced the leaders to quit PKR.

"Not possible, it is because they have lost faith in the party, that is the bottomline," he said.

He added that PKR would try to regroup in Sabah but the real strength of the party actually lay in the leaders who quit today and the others who would be leaving. 

 

More to quit Sabah PKR?

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 01:07 PM PST

(Bernama) - Matunggong assemblyman Jelani Hamdan claims that at least 20 to 25 Sabah PKR leaders from their respective divisions are expected to quit the party in a second wave of resignation.

Sabah PKR is simmering with widespread dissatisfaction following the 13th general election.

Jelani, together with  11 Sabah PKR divisional have thrown their support behind Barisan Nasional, claiming too much interference from national PKR leaders.

"We've lost confidence in the PKR leadership at the federal and state levels. Although Sabah PKR was given the autonomy, ironically, the authority comes from an individual," he told reporters after their resignation from the PKR was announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak here yesterday.

Among those who quit were 10 division chiefs and one division information chief.

Jelani, who was their spokesman, said the autonomy proclaimed by the PKR leadership was never practised, including in the appointment of opposition chief and State Leadership Council members.

Jelani claimed that PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim meddled in the party's state administration.

Jelani and Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad left the party earlier on Nov 4.

Jelani also dismissed Anwar's claim that Malajad and him were bought over by the BN as the coalition had won a two-thirds majority in Sabah in the last general election.

Asked about this, Jelani said, "From his (Anwar's) text message, he's disappointed. It's normal. He says we've got a better offer from another side."

Jelani pledged the group's support for the BN, but was still undecided whether to join any BN component party or form a new party.

On the proposed amendment to the PKR Constitution that one of the three PKR vice-presidents must come from either Sabah or Sarawak, Jelani said:

"You can make amendments, but whether they are implemented is another matter.

"Maybe just on paper. This is happening at the state level."

 

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