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MCA hits out at ‘political chameleon’ Anwar

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 10:37 PM PST

MCA says Anwar Ibrahim as a leader should maintain a consistent stand instead of chopping and changing.

Lisa J. Ariffin, FMT 

MCA today slammed Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for denying making claims that 40,000 Bangladeshis voted in the last general election and saying the statement was placed in his mouth by his political opponents.

MCA publicity bureau chairman Heng Seai Kie said Anwar's contradiction over the Bangladeshi voters was typical of his "chameleon character".

"As the leader of the Opposition, Anwar should maintain a consistent stand rather than changing  his rhetoric over and over again so as to confuse the public," she said in a press statement.

"Such actions are not only demeaning but also damages his image as the Dewan Rakyat Opposition Leader," she added.

Heng's deputy Loh Seng Kok described Anwar's U-turn on the claims as an "extremely shameful act coming from someone of his stature", and as "Pakatan's abuse of the public's trust".

"Even before the 13th General Elections (GE13), the opposition had attempted to defame and discredit the BN government with all kinds of baseless allegations and had urged their supporters to hurl all kinds of foul words at us through the use of social media," he said.

"In the past he and other Pakatan leaders had no qualms about letting their supporters run loose on the Internet to use these allegations of 40,000 Bangladeshi voters to discredit BN.

"Now however the tables are turned, and we see Anwar shirking his responsibility  by denying his claims of foreign voters," he added.

Heng proceeded to slam Anwar for constantly altering his stand on various issues, including the latter's vow to quit politics if Pakatan fails to capture Putrajaya in GE13.

"On July 4, 2012, Anwar had pledged that should Pakatan fail to win the federal government after GE13, he would quit politics and go overseas to lecture. Today, more than six months have passed since GE13, Anwar refuses to step down," she said.

"On Feb 27, 2013, Anwar claimed that if Pakatan captures Putrajaya, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang would become the Deputy Prime Minister.

"This suggestion was immediately repudiated by PAS leaders and Anwar subsequently fell silent. He did not refute PAS which indicates  Anwar's insincerity in the pre-GE promises and that he is willing to discard integrity and principles," she added.

She also highlighted Anwar's claim that PAS' hudud enactments are not part of Pakatan's policy and that implementation for any policy must have tripartite consensus and approval.

"However, on Nov 7, 2013, Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar  Nik Abdullah said that the state government has formed a technical committee to discuss the implementation of the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment 1993," she lamented.

"Once again, Anwar was not brave enough to come forward to uphold his promise that a tripartite consensus approval was needed," she added.



Nik Aziz optimistic Hudud law can be enforced in Kelantan

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 10:21 PM PST

(Bernama) - PAS Spiritual Leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat said today he was optimistic that the Hudud law championed by PAS can be implemented in Kelantan.

He claimed that the Hudud law was now getting open support from the groups who had been silent on the issue in the past, including a handful who had previously objected to its implementation.

Nik Aziz disclosed this to reporters after the official opening of the 59th PAS general assembly which was being held here for three days beginning today.

Those who had rejected the Hudud law were narrow-minded but those who were far-sighted would have confidence in the law, he said.

Nik Aziz also denied that the Hudud law in Kelantan followed the one adopted in Brunei although a Brunei national was involved in formulating the draft of the Hudud law in Kelantan.

"If there are inadequacies...there is no law in the world that is complete...the judge must use his discretion...that is the advantage. Insya Allah let us pray together so that it (Hudud) can be implemented (in Kelantan)," he added.


‘Sacked’ Jenice to run for state DAP posts

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 06:14 PM PST

The former Teratai rep says she is entitled to contest for a state committee seat as her sacking is still under appeal

Leven Woon, FMT

Despite being sacked twice from the party, former Teratai assemblywoman Jenice Lee said she would still take part in the December's Selangor DAP election because she is appealing her sentence.

Lee said she remains a DAP member and is entitled to take part in the contest while waiting for the central executive committee to hear her appeal.

The 33-year-old is bullish about her chances of winning a spot in the 15-member state committee, having snatched the top spot by receiving the most votes in the 2010 polls.

"If there is no hanky-panky in the election, then for sure I can make it into the top 15," she told a media conference in her service centre today.

She said she has filed the nomination paper two weeks ago with more than two branches supporting her candidature.

Lee was dropped as a DAP candidate in the last general election after the party's disciplinary committee (DC) found her guilty of allegedly misappropriating state funds and residents' funds in Sungai Pelek and Teratai respectively.

She maintained that she was innocent and went on to stand in the election as an independent; which prompted the party to sack her. She lost in the election.

However, in a turn of events later, she was reinstated after the Registrar of Societies nullified the CEC election last December thus making her dismissal invalid.

How about Ean Yong and Kee Hiong?

Lee attended the CEC re-election on Sept 29 this year.

Following that she claimed she was again sacked from the party on Oct 7 via a letter signed by DC chairman Tan Kok Wai.

After a series of legal proceedings in which Tan's lawyer told the court that Lee is still a DAP member, pending for the outcome of her appeal, Lee appealed with the CEC again on Nov 15.

Lee also charged today that her dismissal was an act of double standard by the CEC because other DAP leaders who have committed similar deeds were spared from punishment.

She said the Royal Commission of Inquiry's (RCI) report on the death Teoh Beng Hock mentioned that Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah had in the past approved allocations of Selangor state funds to a connected company; which belonged to the then DAP's councillor Lee Kee Hiong's uncle – Lee Wye Ming.



Selangor Opposition leader thrown out of Assembly

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 03:38 PM PST

(The Star) - Selangor Opposition chief Datuk Shamsudin Lias (BN-Sg Burung) was thrown out of the state legislative assembly for unruly behaviour during debate time.

Deputy Speaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad ordered Shamsudin to leave the house when he came in defence of his Barisan counterpart Halimaton Saadiah Bohan (Kota Damansara) who was taken to task for allegedly making an erroneous statement when debating.

Halimaton Saadiah had said rental of government low cost flats had been increased from RM124 to RM 250 since June this year.

"My constituents have been complaining about this and the increase is a burden to senior citizens and the disabled," said Halimaton Saadiah.

This raised the hackles of the Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen as the rental was in actual fact raised in 2007 and not in 2013 as alleged by Halimaton Saadiah.

Elizabeth Wong (PKR-Bukit Lanjan) stood up and said that the issue had already been explained.

Halimaton Saadiah was then told to retract her statement but the first term assemblyman refused to do so.

The Kota Damansara assemblyman was then told that she would be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee for creating ill intent by misleading the house if she was adamant in her refusal to retract.

This irked Shamsudin who stood-up and lambasted the Pakatan Rakyat representatives for always saying the Opposition had ill intent towards the state.

Nik Nazmi ordered Shamsudin to leave.

Later at a press conference, Shamsudin said he was fed-up with the Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen's regular citation of bad intent whenever the Opposition addressed an issue.

"I was ordered out because the deputy Speaker said I breached the standing order. I accept that," said Shamsudin.

He added that all he wanted was a healthy debate.

Later, Nik Nazmi told a press conference that he ejected Shamsudin for disregarding his position as Speaker under Standing Order 44 (2).

He said Shamsudin had stood-up in defence of Halimaton Saadiah after she had refused to retract her erroneous statement.

"He did not cite any Standing Order in spite of me giving him many opportunities to use a Standing Order," said Nik Nazmi.

He added that he had suspended Shamsudin for only a day.


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Deputy CM sees Penang PAS grouses a bid for more posts

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 03:04 PM PST

(MM) - Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon (picture) today dismissed claims the state administration was sidelining PAS and suggested it was a bid by the Islamist party's grassroots to use its ongoing conference to press for additional posts.

Rejecting claims made by delegates at the PAS muktamar in Shah Alam yesterday, Rashid insisted that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Penang administrations did not fail to consult the ally party when making appointments.

"They have new ideas where they want more positions such as wanting to appoint PAS members to sit in the village and security development committees (JKKK) in constituencies the party had contested in," he said.

However, Rashid said this was not possible as it is not in the spirit of PR, before adding that this was a policy decided back in 2008.

PAS had contested in two parliamentary and six state seats but only won one state seat in the May 5 polls.

"We have never sidelined any party within the PR state government as the power distribution quotas were decided first in 2008 by all party – DAP, PKR, PAS – leaders," Rashid said.

If anything, he believed that the recent grievances, first aired in the media by the Penang PAS deputy commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusoff earlier this week, then again in last night's muktamar, were a result of feedback from the party's grassroots.

"I believe they are just presenting what the grassroots are feeling to their own party leaders so that the leaders would heed their demands," he told Malay Mail Online.

He explained that all the current state policies on appointments and the quotas were decided by PR leaders from all three allies so there should not be any issue with it.

"After all these years, some technicalities are bound to happen but I think it is more appropriate that we all sit down and iron out any issues through internal meetings rather than through the media," he added.

He said these grievances that PAS had raised were not a big issue and does not signify a split within the PR state government.

"Maybe some parties may have new ideas or proposals to change the policies so they should bring it up through the proper channels and through their own leadership," he added.

The PAS Penang chapter had suggested that a mechanism be put in place to ensure the Islamist party is consulted in any decision making and administrative appointments in Penang during a motion debated in yesterday's conference.

Delegates from the ulama wing also alleged that the party was sidelined in the state administration.

Prior to that, Fauzi had in a press conference alleged the state government had meddled in the administration of Islamic affairs and also the appointment of the party's representatives to state agencies and JKKK.

At the same time, he had also revealed that the state party liaison committee meeting last week had issued a number of resolutions to the state government that included a bigger quota of appointments in government-linked companies.

The other resolutions included giving the Penang Islamic Religious Council president Datuk Mohd Salleh Man (state PAS commissioner) full power to appoint individuals to the council, full power to appoint JKKK members and increasing the quota for PAS to four councillors from two in the Penang Island Municipal Council and Seberang Perai Municipal Council.

He also reportedly threatened that all 70 party members holding important positions including the party's sole state assemblyman in Penang Mohd Salleh would quit their posts if their demands are not looked into.

In the May 5 polls, PAS won only one state seat, Permatang Pasir, while its allies DAP and PKR won 19 and 10 seats respectively.

In response, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng brushed aside these allegations and merely said this matter will be discussed internally between the PR party leaders and not through the media.

He said Rashid and state executive councillor Abdul Malik Abul Kassim will set up meetings with Salleh to iron out any issues.

When contacted, Malik preferred not to comment further on this and said they will set a meeting with Salleh soon.

PKR MP Sim Tze Tzin noted that there are other ways to address this whole issue, such as through proper internal channels.

"It is especially important that all within PR should respect each other," he said.

The Bayan Baru MP proposed that more state PR council meetings be held so that there are more avenues for any party to voice up and be heard. 


Why Malays do not vote for PAS

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 02:38 PM PST

The Malay voters feel that changing Umno is equivalent to bringing about the fall of the government and this creates fear in civil servants and their families, says PAS president Hadi Awang.

K Pragalath, FMT

PAS president Hadi Awang pointed out that the major challenge for his party is to overcome the Malay political psyche that has failed to distinguish the difference between a ruling party and a government.

"We cannot deny that there is dependence of Malay voters on the ruling party, limited understanding of the faith, weak education and no access to information," said Hadi regarding the party's core voters while delivering his keynote address themed as 'Blessings for All' at PAS' 59th muktamar session at Stadium Melawati.

"They have failed to differentiate a ruling party and a government. As a result, they think Umno is government and government is Umno," he said.

Hadi said this had created an Umno relying on the mentality to the Malays.
"The Malay voters felt that changing Umno was equivalent to bringing about the fall of the government and this creates fear in government officials and their families.

"They think that government property is Umno's and so do not see anything wrong in the misuse of funds by Umno to openly bribe voters.

To overcome this hurdle, Hadi suggested three methods.

The three are to ensure all of PAS briefings to the people must be based on changing the ruling party instead of changing the government.

He called for continuous talks so that the Malay voters would understand that the government would remain and it was only Umno that would be removed from ruling.

Hadi said bringing the downfall of Umno was not equivalent to bringing down the downfall of the Malaysian government.



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