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Inchek Ibrahim dilantik sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah UITM?

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:03 AM PST

"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 [] memang nama Ibrahim Ali ada tercatat sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah di bahagian paling bawah.

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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

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.



PKR's promise of autonomy to East Malaysia

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:44 AM PST

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'.




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