- Sg Limau by-election: It's PAS with reduced majority
- PAS retains Sg Limau, with smaller majority
- Two PKR assemblymen become BN-friendly independents
- Threats don’t scare us, says Malaysian Bar
- Wanita Umno branch chief punched in the face
- Sungai Limau: Mukhriz calls assault on Umno Wanita member regrettable
- In Sungai Limau, Mukhriz claims pro-Pakatan crowds scaring away BN voters
- ‘PKR more than just Anwar’s party’
- Sabah PKR defections: Blame Anwar
- Sungai Limau polls a baptism of fire for Mukhriz Mahathir
- Cheap sugar and rice at BN carnivals in Sungai Limau a big worry to PAS
- More Guards With Fake IDs Nabbed In Less Than A Week
- Living on high and deadly ground
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 10:09 PM PST
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 08:07 PM PST
(The Sun Daily) - PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samat has been announced the Sungai Limau assemblyman tonight after beating his competitor from Barisan Nasional Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim in a straight fight, with a majority of 1,084 votes.
Mohd Azam, 37, garnered 12,069 votes while Ahmad Sohaimi 10,985 votes.
The EC said that voter turnout was 85.5% which is less compared to the 89% voter turnout in the 13th General Election in May.
In the previous election, former assemblyman, late Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak obtained 13,294 votes to beat rival Mohd Fazillah Mohd Ali from BN with a majority of 2,774 votes.
The by-election results was announced by the Election Commission returning officer Abdul Rashid Othman after the ballot count was completed at Sekolah Kebangsaan Agama Yan here at about 8.55pm.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 06:41 PM PST
(fz.com) - Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremmy Malajad announced that he has quit Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to become a Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly independent, reports Bernama.
Jeremmy, who was accompanied by 50 former Kadamaian PKR leaders, made the announcement at a press conference at the Kota Belud Rest House here today.
While Jeremmy was making this announcement, word is out that PKR's Matunggong assemblyman Jelani Hamdan will follow suit.
Jeremmy said he relinquished all his party posts, effective today, in line with Article 29.1.3 of the party constitution.
"As an assemblyman who was recently elected by the rakyat (people), I realise the high hopes of the constituents that I represent to see changes in development in our rural area, particularly with regard to provision of basic facilities like roads, clean water supply, health clinic and more which have become the current issue of concern of the community in Kadamaian," he said.
Jeremmy said he saw the BN government as being successful in tackling various issues in the state that were raised during the 13th General Election campaign including security and poverty, as well as in implementing the planned transformation programmes effectively.
He believed that the people in Sabah, particularly, were increasingly confident in the approaches and seriousness of the BN government, including appointing six leaders in Sabah as full ministers to the federal cabinet.
While stating his commitment to representing the constituents in Kadamaian, Jeremmy said he wanted to be directly involved in realising the various transformation programmes through politics, administration, economic generation and infrastructure development.
In the 13th General Election in May, Jeremmy won the Kadamaian state seat with a 889-vote majority in a four-cornered contest.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 06:23 PM PST
The Malaysian Bar brushes aside a threat allegedly made by the Muslim Lawyers Association in regards to the Allah appeal.
(FMT) - The Malaysian Bar today said it was undeterred by threats or intimidation in its task to uphold justice, adding that it was bound to act without fear or favour, and without regard for its own interests.
Responding to a media report on Saturday in which the Muslim Lawyers Association had allegedly warned the Malaysian Bar not to back Christian publication The Herald in the Allah ruling, Bar president Christopher Leong said he was disappointed with the Muslim lawyers association.
"It is strange for an association of lawyers to fear arguments taken in a court of law and to impel them to issue threats. It leaves one to wonder what it is that they are afraid of," he said in a statement.
He stressed that the Malaysian Bar did not back any party, and that access to justice was for all who seek it.
"The Malaysian Bar and the Bar Council are secular bodies. We are not grounded in or partial to any religious belief. The Malaysian Bar does not stand for or against any party.
"The positions that we take are, and will always be, prescribed by the rule of law and premised on the Federal Constitution.
"We act for justice and truth and will not be swayed by partisan politics or religious belief. The Malaysian Bar will not be deterred in upholding the cause of justice by any threat or intimidation," he added.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 03:49 PM PST
(TMI) - Wanita Umno Bandar Baru Sentul (1C) chief Norsidah Abu Bakar was punched in the eye during a scuffle with a PAS supporter in Ulu Sedaka when she went to greet voters during the Sungai Limau by-election today.
The incident occurred when the 50-year-old refused to move away from the spot after being ordered to do so by several PAS members.
Norsidah, accompanied by Seputeh Wanita Umno chief Datuk Azizah Abdul Samad, lodged a police report.
Later at a press conference at the Yan district police headquarters, Kedah police chief Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim urged supporters from PAS and BN to adhere to instructions from the police and the Election Commission.
Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir expressed his frustration."This sort of provocation, whether by locals or outsiders, will affect the mood of the voters. BN will not to respond to such provocation. There is no need to," he said during a visit to a polling centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Besar.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 03:39 PM PST
(Bernama) - Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir regrets that an Umno Wanita member was allegedly assaulted during polling for the Sungai Limau state seat by-election.
"The effect of the alleged provocation whether by an outsider or people in the constituency is the same as it impacts negatively on Barisan Nasional voters.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 03:37 PM PST
(MM) - Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir appeared today to accuse the opposition of orchestrating crowds of supporters to block voters from casting their ballots in Sungai Limau, even suggesting that traffic snarl could cost Barisan Nasional (BN) the state seat.
The first-term Kedah mentri besar who was part of the BN team that culled Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in the rice bowl state during Election 2013, alleged that the crowds, some of which had reportedly turned rowdy, were frightening away Sungai Limau voters from casting their ballots.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 03:22 PM PST
In an exclusive interview, PKR leader Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad explains how PKR's purpose is beyond becoming a platform for Anwar Ibrahim to become prime minister.
Anisah Shukry, FMT
A party formed by Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the aftermath of husband Anwar Ibrahim's 1998 fall from grace, PKR has had an uphill battle convincing voters that it's more than a vehicle of Anwar's vengeance towards BN.
Within 14 years of its inception, the party suffered through two disappointing elections, saw its "patron" freed from prison, and eventually, with the help of party allies PAS and DAP, dealt a near-fatal blow to Barisan Nasional in the 2013 elections.
Despite its immense growth, critics have accused it as being a "family party" – claims not helped by the fact that its president is Wan Azizah, its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, and daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar is a vice-president.
But one of the party's youngest members and rising stars, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who was only 16 when Anwar was imprisoned, insists he was attracted to the party not because of the Anwar factor, but because of reformasi.
Reformasi was the rallying call of Anwar and his supporters after he was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998. It sparked several demonstrations against the BN government, before eventually dying down after he was arrested and jailed.
"I joined because I saw reformasi's potential for something that can capture the imagination of Malaysians for new politics that go beyond race and religion – about democracy, rule of law, transparency and all that," Nik Nazmi told FMT in an exclusive interview.
The young leader became active in PKR in 2001, while only 19-years-old, before becoming an official member in 2005. He eventually contested — and won — the Seri Setia state assembly seat in 2008, despite being the youngest candidate contesting in the elections. He retained his position in the recent May 5 polls.
"It's unfair to say that we are Anwar Ibrahim's party. Some people said in 1999 we were established for Anwar's release. But we still carried on (even after he was freed). If it was just going to be about Anwar's release then we would have closed shop."
He said this was why he believed many leaders had since left the party – because they were under the illusion that the party centred on Anwar's release from prison.
"But people like me, the reformasi generation, we got into the party because we believed that the party is about securing justice for all Malaysians," said Nik Nazmi, who has risen from the ranks to become the Selangor State Assembly Deputy Speaker.
Nik Nazmi was not apologetic over the fact that PKR's top positions was filled by Anwar's family, nor that Anwar was given the position of de facto leader.
The former PKR communications director reminded the public that Anwar was only made de facto leader after they learned he was not allowed to run for the party's presidency.
"We were under threat of being de-registered because he (Anwar Ibrahim)…had just been released from prison. A five year gap was needed, and the party elections was held before the five years were up," he explained.
"So the only way for him to lead the party was as de facto leader."
Nik Nazmi pointed out that Wan Azizah had won the party presidency "fair and square" since 1999 and her role in the party must be acknowledged. Similarly, Nurul Izzah garnered the highest number of votes when she contested the vice-president position.
"So I believe that if you ask anyone, many will say that Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah have proven that they are politicians with their own strengths, appeal and merit," he said.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 03:01 PM PST
A Sabah party assemblyman claims Anwar Ibrahim had promised to help finance their service centres but nothing has yet reached them.
Luke Rintod, FMT
PKR's de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's unfulfilled promise to help financially the party's assemblymen in Sabah is believed to be the real reason behind the impending defection of two of its elected representatives.
The two assemblymen speculated to leave PKR this week are Matunggong's Jelani Hamdan and Kadamaian's Jeremmy Ukoh Malajad.
Local party insiders claimed that Sabah PKR might also lose two other assemblymen and its single MP soon, if the opposition party leaders reneged on the promise to give financial aids for representatives to operate their service centres.
A Sabah PKR assemblyman who declined to be named told FMT that Anwar had pledged, post general election, to help financially the party's elected representatives but thus far there's been no news.
The general election was in May.
"Soon after the general election, Anwar promised these assemblymen the party would chip in to kick-start the operation or service centres of Sabah assemblymen.
"Even Lajim Ukin (had since appointed to head Sabah PKR) talked of the same offer of help from PKR," the assemblyman said.
PKR is currently in control of the rich Selangor state in Peninsular, while its counterparts DAP and PAS control the states of Penang and Kelantan respectively.
According to the assemblyman, Sabah PKR leaders started to lose hope and confidence in the PKR leadership which they claimed is embroiled in its own internal bickering both at state and national levels.
"PKR itself has internal problems, not mentioning its difficult relationships with DAP and PAS.
"Anwar's promise to help sounded good but we have not seen any concrete help taking place and there is no sign it is going to be fulfilled, not until PKR assemblymen had left," added the assemblyman.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 10:38 AM PST
(TMI) - A win, or even a dent to PAS's majority by Barisan Nasional (BN) in this Islamist party stronghold, will burnish the Kedah Menteri Besar's political credentials as a BN and Umno leader.
Today's Sungai Limau by-election will be a baptism of fire for Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.
A win, or even a dent to PAS's majority by Barisan Nasional (BN) in this Islamist party stronghold, will burnish the Kedah Menteri Besar's political credentials as a BN and Umno leader.
This is especially so since the 49-year-old needs to overcome his recent defeat at the Umno polls where he narrowly lost his bid for the vice-presidency by 10 votes.
"If BN wins, it will definitely break the psychology barrier and Mukhriz will definitely be praised for it.
"Personally I think it is important for Mukhriz to ensure he can improve on BN's performance not only to boost his image as the MB, but to show something to his supporters, especially after his Umno defeat," UiTM Associate Professor Shaharuddin Badaruddin told The Malaysian Insider.
Voting began at 8am and the final results will be known by 9pm today.
Mukhriz had been working overtime to woo the 27,222 voters in Sungai Limau since the seat became vacant on September 26 following the death of former Kedah menteri besar Tan Sri Azizan Razak.
The Sungai Limau seat, located in the Jerai parliamentary constituency, is a PAS stronghold. The Islamist party has held it for five terms since 1995.
The son of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad surprised and won the admiration of people, including his own team of advisers, by spending the night sleeping on the floor of a house belonging to a fisherman in Kampung Seberang Tandop. The village is well known for being a hardcore PAS area.
The soft-spoken Mukhriz had also pledged to be Sungai Limau's adopted assemblyman if BN wins this rural seat where the majority of its residents are paddy farmers and fishermen.
This was in line with PAS's slogan of "kekal" (retain), where the electorate of Sungai Limau were still diligently served by Azizan even after he was appointed as menteri besar after the 2008 general election.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 10:36 AM PST
(TMI) - Perhaps it is due to the carnival response that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Umno deputy president, expressed confidence that the BN candidate can win the by-election.
Carnival-like programmes the Barisan Nasional organised in the final hours of the Sungai Limau by-election campaign have got PAS worrying over its chances of defending the seat.
The huge turnout at the carnivals, particularly in Bukit Besar, a PAS stronghold, has caused concern among the Islamist party's leadership.
"For sure our numbers show an increase in voter response but the response the BN programmes are getting is worrying," said PAS Research Centre chief executive Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, who has been in Sungai Limau since nomination day.
BN organised a shopping-like carnival in Bukit Besar, located 19km from Alor Star. It was packed as word spread that household essentials were sold well below market price.
And while the BN government recently removed a subsidy that caused the price of sugar to go up, a 1kg bag of sugar was only sold for RM1.00 at the carnival.
A 5kg bag of rice was sold for RM5. The sale of the cheap goods caused massive congestion as people in this constituency scrambled to get the items until 11.45pm yesterday.
The usual price of a 5kg bag of rice is between RM18 to RM20.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 10:35 AM PST
(The Sun Daily) - Authorities have in the past week detained five security guards in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor for using fake MyKad or identity cards belonging to other people.
Posted: 03 Nov 2013 10:34 AM PST
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