- MCA hits out at ‘political chameleon’ Anwar
- Nik Aziz optimistic Hudud law can be enforced in Kelantan
- ‘Sacked’ Jenice to run for state DAP posts
- Selangor Opposition leader thrown out of Assembly
- Deputy CM sees Penang PAS grouses a bid for more posts
- Why Malays do not vote for PAS
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 10:37 PM PST
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.
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.
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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.
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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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.
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.
"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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