- Former CID chief Fauzi Shaari dies
- Bersih 4.0 ‘guaranteed’ if reform demands unmet, new chairman vows
- Shocking results at Penang DAP polls
- Penang councillors get pay hike
- Selangor ‘showing off’ with pay hike, PAS ulama chief suggests
- Khalid will survive as MB because he knows Anwar’s secrets, says Utusan
- Jeff Ooi apologises over “kucing kurap” remark after getting earful from Karpal
- Don’t give in to calls to snub the Chinese, Umno leaders told
- Karpal: Criticism fine, but don’t attack party
- Chow warns party against complacency
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 10:58 PM PST
(TMI) - Former Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief and PAS election candidate Datuk Fauzi Shaari passed away tonight in Kuala Lumpur from kidney and liver disease.
He died at the Hospital Selayang in the city at 8.17pm.
"It is confirmed that Datuk Fauzi has died," a PAS member told The Malaysian Insider.
Fauzi was one of a few senior uniformed officers to join PAS before the 13th general election and was the party's candidate for the Larut parliamentary seat in Perak.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 10:53 PM PST
(MM) - As the list of unmet demands continued piling up, newly-appointed Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah warned that another mammoth street rally was "guaranteed" if the Election Commission (EC) did not deliver the electoral reforms sought.
Already dubbing it "Bersih 4.0" after the series of street rallies that first took place in 2007, Maria Chin rattled off a list that has since grown from the original demands for free and fair elections the polls watchdog had started with in 2011.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 10:43 PM PST
Incumbent state secretary Ng Wei Aik and national deputy secretary-general Chong Eng fail to get elected into the 15-person state committee.
Athi Shankar, FMT
Penang DAP polls today produced shocking results when incumbent state secretary Ng Wei Aik and national deputy secretary-general Chong Eng failed to get elected into the 15-person state committee.
Tanjung MP Ng, also the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's political secretary, could only garner 267 votes from the 675 delegates who cast their ballots at the party state ordinary convention held at George Town City hotel.
Pakatan Rakyat government executive councillor and Padang Lalang state representative Chong Eng only got 202 votes.
Seri Delima assemblyman and incumbent committee member RSN Rayer also failed to make the cut, getting only 289 votes in another surprise result.
Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi Chuan Aun, who made headlines recently with his infamous "kucing kurap" remark, could only secure 120 votes.
Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow proved to be most popular leader among the delegates when he come tops with 621 votes, 146 more than runners-up Jagdeep Singh, who got 475 votes.
Chow, as usual showing humility and composure, was moved by the strong support from the delegates.
"I'm humbled by the overwhelming support.
"But with greater mandate comes greater responsibility to lead the party to victory," Chow told newsmen after the polls results were announced.
Incumbent vice-chairman Lim Hock Seng finished third with 372 votes, followed by Guan Eng's blue-eyed boy and Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari (362), Lim Hui Ying (361), Teh Yee Cheu (358), Phee Boon Poh and Yeoh Soon Hin (both 336).
Deputy Chief Minister II and party national deputy secretary-general P Ramasamy secured 331 votes to finish ninth, ahead of Koay Teng Hai (330), Wong Hon Wai (323), Gooi Seong Kin (314), Harvindar Singh (314), A Tanasekharan (306) and Teh Lai Heng (297).
A total 675 votes cast, with 661 valid votes and 14 spoilt.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 10:41 PM PST
The allowance adjustment will take place when the current councillors' term of office ends this month.
Athi Shankar, FMT
Following elected lawmakers, now municipal councillors in Penang will enjoy a 100% hike in their salaries from next year.
State executive councillor in charge of local government Chow Kon Yeow said that the Pakatan Rakyat state government was in the process of formulating new salary structure for councillors in both island and mainland municipalities.
"The allowance adjustment will take place when the current councillors' term of office ends this month," said Chow, the Penang DAP chairman, in his winding-up speech during debate at the Penang DAP ordinary convention here today.
Currently councillors get RM700 monthly allowance besides RM60 per meeting for maximum 10 meetings.
Last Friday, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng told the legislative assembly that the elected state assemblymen and women would enjoy an increase of nearly 46% in their monthly allowances from January.
The elected representatives' current pay of RM4112.79 will be raised to RM6,000.
The Opposition Leader's allowance has also increased from current RM1,000 to RM2,000.
Lim made the announcement when he unveiled the state budget for 2014 at a state assembly session.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 03:32 PM PST
(MM) - As criticism continued to pour in over Selangor's generous pay raises for its lawmakers and administrators, PAS ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib has labelled the state government's move as "showing off".
But the head of the Islamist party's cleric conceded that the decision, which will see some in the Selangor state assembly take home 300 per cent more in salaries before allowances, was not wrong if the government had excess in funds.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 03:21 PM PST
(TMI) - Despite mounting criticism from party colleagues, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (pic) will keep his job as he knows too many secrets of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said Utusan Malaysia.
"Khalid would remain as menteri besar. His influence is getting stronger and according to rumours, he's no longer afraid of Anwar," said Awang Selamat, the Umno mouthpiece's pseudonym for its editors, in the paper's weekend edition, "Mingguan Malaysia".
Last month, talks were rife that Parti Keadilan Rakyat wanted its deputy president, Azmin Ali, to replace Khalid as menteri besar, as members were unhappy with Khalid's way of running the state.
"It's all right. I'm not bothered by such rumours. I come from the corporate sector and the bottom line is to deliver," Khalid had responded.
Khalid again was criticised by Anwar following the recent salary hike for Selangor assemblymen and executive councillors.
Saying Anwar favoured Azmin and that there was an internal feud between them and Khalid's supporters, Awang Selamat, however, was confident that Khalid would be in the saddle for a long time.
"Besides, he has kept many of his boss's secrets," he remarked.
In the column today, the paper again took a swipe at DAP over the recent controversy involving its MP from Penang, Jeff Ooi, who reportedly called the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) staff as "kucing kurap" (small fry, or literally, "sick cat").
According to Awang Selamat, the insult was directed at Malays who formed the bulk of council staff.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 03:16 PM PST
(TMI) - In an about-turn, Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi today publicly apologised to employees of Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) for his "kucing kurap" remark.
The surprise apology came after DAP party national chairman Karpal Singh said in his speech at the Penang DAP convention today that Ooi should take the chance to openly apologise for the offensive remark.
The former blogger then walked up the stage, grabbed the microphone from the emcee and said he was sorry.
"No one can ask me to apologise except Saudara Karpal Singh! What he says, I will follow.
"I will not retract or apologise unless the Tiger of Jelutong says so. The new Tiger of Jelutong will listen to the Tiger of Jelutong," said Ooi, referring to the popular nickname for Karpal, who once represented Ooi's constituency.
"I cannot retract what I had already said but I sincerely apologise if I have hurt the people's feelings," he said.
There was applause, as well as sounds of booing, from some 1000 delegates attending the convention.
In his speech, Karpal said that no MPPP staff including its lowest ranks should be called "kucing kurap".
"The new Tiger of Jelutong Jeff Ooi should take the opportunity here, and he has to take the opportunity, to openly and unconditionally apologise to the council officers who had been insulted by his remark," said Karpal, who was once
"All officers high and low (of rank) must be respected. Nobody can be considered low," he said.
Karpal, who is the DAP national chairman, said while he could not instruct Ooi to issue an apology, the party's central executive committee (CEC) could issue such an order.
"But I want to make it clear that if Ooi persists in not apologising, the CEC should take up the matter," he said.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 03:11 PM PST
(MM) - With displeasure towards the Chinese community expected to bubble over at Umno's general assembly beginning tomorrow, Berita Harian today told the party's leaders they must consider the nation's interest and not succumb to emotions.
In an editorial published in its weekend edition today, Datuk Mior Kamarul Shahid, the group editor of the Malay language newspaper, predicted that the palpable support of the Chinese community for the opposition would take centre stage in debates at the party's annual gathering.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 03:06 PM PST
(MM) - DAP national chairman Karpal Singh today warned party members that open attacks against the party will not go unpunished.
Speaking to 689 delegates at the party state convention here, the "tiger of Jelutong" reminded the delegates that they may criticise the party but not openly attack it.
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 01:44 PM PST
Comfortable political environment can lure DAP into complacency and arrogance, says its state chief Chow Kon Yeow.
Athi Shankar, FMT
Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow has warned his party and Pakatan Rakyat of facing future intra-party political problems if they were to take for granted the massive mandate given by people in the last general election.
Chow warned DAP and Pakatan leaders and members against becoming complacent and resting on their laurels.
He said the DAP and Pakatan currently enjoyed strong people support. But he cautioned that the comfortable political environment can lure the party into complacency and arrogance.
He warned that the absence and incompetence of political foes to pose strong challenge to Pakatan may trigger inter-party problems among DAP, PKR and PAS, and even intra-party problems within each party.
He indeed reminded that the 2013 general election was actually an opportunity for a new beginning to capture Putrajaya.
"It's an opportunity to bring real change to Malaysia," said Chow in his chairman speech at the Penang DAP ordinary convention in George Town City Hotel here today.
The convention theme is "Staying Ahead Embracing the Future."
Present were party national chairman Karpal Singh, secretary-general and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, state PKS leaders Abdul Malik Kassim and Law Choo Kiang.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke also made a cameo appearance at the convention before leaving for Perlis.
Before he began his speech, Chow called on convention delegates to applaud and thank Penangites for giving a massive mandate to DAP and Pakatan once again in the last polls.
"With this second mandate, the people's expectations have soared even higher and we need to live up to these expectations," said Chow.
DAP announced that 689 delegates had registered as party voters at the convention.
Chow also fired a broadside at DAP main rivals, MCA and Gerakan, of being unable to come back to Penang mainstream politics despite change their leaderships.
He said the parties defeat was due to strong public sentiments against their brand of politics.
However, he reminded Umno remained the force to be reckoned in Penang politics despite it was not able to lead Barisan Nasional back to state power.
Umno won 10 state and three parliamentary seats in Penang in last May polls.
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