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PERMATANG PASIR BY-ELECTION: The shame of a simple mistake

Failure to spot Rohaizat’s past may cost BN dearly

SHAMSUL YUNOS Malay Mail

Permatang%20Pasir%20By-electionThursday, August 20th, 2009

To say that Barisan Nasional (BN) has made it difficult for itself when it chose a candidate, that is a soft target for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR), is a massive understatement.

If this is a pole-climbing contest, BN has smeared theirs with grease and put bamboo spikes at the bottom of the pole, and told their candidate to climb up, with one hand tied behind his back at night, during a thunderstorm.

The laws of probability say their candidate for Permatang Pasir Rohaizat Othman still has a chance but there are so many zeroes padding the decimal point that for Rohaizat’s actual chance of winning is smaller than finely chopped bacteria.

Even the most strident Umno supporters have been scratching their heads, wondering how a simple background check failed to highlight a possible legal minefield in the candidate’s history.

BN made such a fantastic choice of candidate for Manek Urai and proved to themselves that, first and foremost, people just want honest and hardworking candidate to look to and consider voting for. But, it appears now that this is not the case in their choice for Permatang Pasir.

Rohaizat’s past has been the topic of most political speeches since the start of campaigning and the questions raised by PR speakers were simple ones, but they struck close to the heart.

The statement by the Bar Council that Rohaizat was struck off the Roll of Advocates and Solicitors because the complaint was personal to him is a major blow, making it even more difficult for Umno to prop up their candidate’s limp credibility.

Some have suggested that BN should go along the lines that Pakatan Rakyat’s leadership is a veritable roll call of ex-convicts; Anwar was jailed for sodomy, Lim Guan Eng was behind bars for breaking the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Muhammad Sabu was caught with a woman he was not married to in a hotel room and the list goes on.

Those are facts but they are not the sort that fence sitters are attracted to and it has nothing to do with PAS candidate, Mohd Salleh Man.

The opening act fiasco in Permatang Pasir has apparently caused deep unhappiness within the BN machinery, with some people talking about darker shades of grey creeping up amongst grassroots leaders.

This sort of mutinous talk will not help BN’s assault in Permatang Pasir and each day that passes without any concrete evidence of Rohaizat’s innocence is another day wasted in the effort to win over undecided voters.

The bottom line is PR’s smear campaign on Rohaizat’s personality will make it difficult for people to justify voting for him. As humans, we have an in-built moral circuit breaker. It is called shame.

There is no doubt that the circuit breaker had been triggered in many voters who are thinking of tipping the scale on BN’s behalf. So now, even if they are still resolved to vote for Rohaizat, they will have to do it quietly with their heads hanging low.

You cannot win an election without a strong sense of pride and that is sorely lacking in the BN camp.

For most reporters on the ground, the Permatang Pasir by-election is a major letdown; the climax came even before the heavy petting ended and we are left holding on to a limp campaign.

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Perselisihan Pakatan di Selangor gugat Permatang Pasir?

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Ogos -Perselisihan melibatkan parti-parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor berhubung peraturan penjualan arak tidak akan menjejaskan sentimen penyokong PAS dan rakan Pakatan lain dalam menghadapi pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pasir tidak lama lagi, tegas Pesuruhjaya PAS Pulau Pinang, Mohd Salleh Man.?

Kekecohan yang berlaku melibatkan pertikaian peraturan penjualan arak di Selangor dua tiga hari ini tidak menggugat kekuatan PAS di Permatang Pasir, kerana momentum sokongan rakyat kepada pembangkang masih kuat,? tegasnya.

Perselisihan antara dua exco Selangor, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali yang juga pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor dengan Ronnie Liu, seorang pemimpin pusat DAP berlanjutan selama lebih seminggu tetapi dilihat telah selesai berikutan satu pertemuan pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan di Petaling Jaya sebentar tadi.

Tambah Mohd Salleh lagi, tugas yang dijalankan Allahyarham Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman sebagai wakil rakyat kawasan itu memberi sumbangan besar dalam mengukuhkan sokongan rakyat kepada PAS.

?Selama YB Hamdan bertugas sebagai Adun, tidak pernah timbul rasa tidak puas hati dalam kalangan penduduk Permatang Pasir. Inilah kekuatan yang ditinggalkan kepada PAS untuk bertanding di Permatang Pasir,? kata Mohd Salleh.

Pesuruhjaya negeri ini juga menegaskan persiapan PAS untuk menghadapi pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pasir kini berada pada peringkat terakhir dan bilik-bilik gerakan sudahpun dibuka.

Permatang Pasir yang terletak dalam kawasan Parlimen Permatang Pauh ialah satu-satunya kawasan dimenangi PAS dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang yang dikuasai DAP.

Mohd Hamdan memenangi Permatang Pasir dengan majoriti 3,154 undi pada pilihan raya 1999 dan memperolehi majoriti yang meningkat 5,571 undi pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12 pada Mac 2008.

Pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pasir diadakan berikutan kematian Mohd Hamdan 31 Julai lalu di Institut Jantung Negara di Kuala Lumpur.

PAS dilihat mampu mengekalkan kemenangan berdasarkan prestasi ditunjukkan dalam dua pilihan raya umum yang lepas. – azm

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Priority should be given to KDM parties: Kurup

murutKeningau: The Kadazandusun-Murut (KDM) parties under Barisan Nasional (BN) should be given priority to contest in any new constituency that may be created in any of the existing KDM-dominated constituencies under the on-going Election Commission (EC) re-delineation exercise in Sabah.

Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, who is also PBRS President, also hoped the KDM communities would remain united and give their full support to the KDM-based parties which have been fighting for their interests.

He claimed non-KDM-based parties in the BN had demanded representation in any new constituency that may be created in the Interior under the re-delineation exercise.

He described this as “not a good action by our colleagues and kind of an attempt to marginalise.”

KurupKurup, who is Pensiangan MP, was speaking at a leader-meet-the-people session at Kampung Merapok, here.

Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister and Sook Assemblyman Datuk Ellron Angin, PBRS Youth chief Vincent Lee and Sook PKR Charles Ikang were among those present.

Kurup said under the new electoral boundary plans, the Mukim Trans Pegalan in Sook state constituency is expected to be involved and may be named as a new constituency in the future.

He advised the people to be careful about leaders who would only make use of them to chase for power but would not do anything to fight and protect their rights on certain matters.

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Sairin : Semua kerusi baru Kadazandusun Murut Pedalaman milik Parti Melayu?

Sairin Karno UMNO Islam MelayuKENINGAU: Ketua Umno Bahagian Keningau Datuk Haji Sairin Haji Karno berkata, pengwujudan kawasan baru pilihan raya di kawasan pedalaman telah dirangka bagi memberi ruang kepada Umno mendapat kuota sekurang-kurangnya satu kerusi dalam satu kawasan Parlimen pada pilihan raya akan datang.

Bagi kawasan Parlimen Keningau yang kini mempunyai tiga kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) iaitu DUN Liawan, DUNN Bingkor dan DUN Tambunan akan dipecahkan kepada dua kawasan Parlimen.

“Kita telah mencadangkan Parlimen Keningau kekal dan mempunyai tiga kawasan DUN iaitu Liawan, Bingkor dan Apin-Apin,” katanya semasa berucap merasmikan mesyuarat perwakilan Pergerakan Wanita, Pemuda dan Puteri Umno Bahagian Keningau di dewan masyarakat di sini pada Sabtu.

Hadir sama di majlis perasmian gabungan tiga pergerakan Umno Bahagian itu Ketua Pergerakan Wanita Umno Keningau, Amelia Ajun; Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda yang juga Ketua Pemudan Umno Sabah, Azman Hj. Ruslan dan Ketua Puteri, Junaidah Sapli.

Ketua Pergerakan Wanita Umno Pensiangan Zaiton OKK Anik, Ketua Pemuda Umno Kudat Sharif Sahar Sharif Andeng dan Ketua Puteri Umno Pensiangan Norhafizah Muhamin masing-masing menjadi pemerhati dari Umno Negeri ketiga-ketiga pergerakan itu.

Sairin yang juga Pembantu Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri kawasan Liawan berkata, kawasan DUN Tambunan dicadang menjadi kawasan Parlimen Tambunan dan dua kawasan DUN telah dicadang.

Katanya, pengwujudan kawasan baru DUN di kawasan Parlimen Pensiangan juga telah dicadang.

“Jika cadangan itu diluluskankan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) maka kawasan Parlimen Pensiangan akan mempunyai satu lagi kawasan DUN baru yang dicadang iaitu DUN Pegalan dan mengekal dua kawasan DUN sedia ada iaitu Sook dan Nabawan” katanya.

Beliau berkata, apabila DUN baru itu diwujudkan nanti, Umnno Pensiangan boleh mendapat kouta kerusi pada pilihanraya akan datang.

Tambahnya, pengwujudan kawasan baru sama ada Parlimen dan DUN dalam persempadanan semula kawasan pilihanraya penting bagi membolehkan Umno yang menjadi tukang belakang kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) mendapat sekurang-kurangnya satu kerusi bagi satu kawasan Parlimen.

Pada masa ini katanya, Parlimen Pensiangan mempunyai dua kawasan DUN iaitu Sook dan Nabawan di kerusi Parlimennya diberikan kepada diberikan kepada Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) dan kerusi DUN Sook juga milik PBRS manakala DUN Nabawan diberikan kepada UPKO.

Sairin yakin jika satu lagi kawasan DUN diwujudkan di kawasan Parlimen ini ia boleh diberikan kepada Umno.

“Begitu juga jika kawasan Parlimen Tambunan dapat diwujudkan mungkin Umno boleh memiliki salah satu daripada kerusi DUN yang bakal diwujudkan,” kata Sairin.

PASTIKAN UMNO KUAT

20th July, 2009TUARAN : Adalah menjadi tanggungjawab pemimpin dan ahli-ahli parti di negeri ini untuk terus memastikan Umno Sabah benar-benar kuat dan mantap serta disegani oleh rakan dan lawan – Musa Aman.

 

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Residents want Seri Delima rep to quit

GEORGE TOWN: Residents of Kampung Buah Pala – popularly known as the state’s High Chaparral – have called for the resignation of Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer and for a by-election to be held.

Kampung Buah Pala Residents Association secretary J. Steven said Rayer did not deserve to be their assemblyman as he had failed to fulfil his pledge to help them solve their problems.

The residents are facing the possibility of being evicted from their homes within weeks after the Federal Court ruled in the developer’s favour recently.

“He had promised us that our village would be safe and that it would be over his dead body that the village would be taken away from us.

“But now, he’s avoiding us and whenever we request for a meeting with the Chief Minister, he tells us that the Chief Minister is not free to meet us,” Steven said at a gathering of some 30 residents, who protested in front of Rayer’s house in Tingkat Tembaga, Island Park, last night.

Association chairman M. Sugumaran said the residents also wanted to seek advice and an explanation from Rayer on why he had failed to inform them about a writ of possession dated July 2 issued to them.

He said George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abdul Hamid had informed the residents that they were to vacate the village by July 2.

“We were advised not to disturb the court bailiff or to cause any trouble on that day.”

Sugumaran said the residents felt betrayed by both the previous and the present state governments as nothing had been done to help the residents.

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Sabah Bakal Punyai 6 kerusi DUN baru?

Isu persempadanan semula menjadi isu hangat di antara parti-parti komponen Barisan Nasional mahupun pembangkang di seluruh negara. Menurut sumber yang boleh dipercayai, usul persempadanan akan dibentangkan di parlimen selewat-lewatnya sebelum pilihanraya Umum ke 13 nanti. Bagi negeri Sabah, semua parti komponen Barisan Nasional sibuk membuat perbincangan dan justifikasi kewajaran persempadanan semula di kawasan mereka.

Antara yang hangat diperkatakan ialah kerusi DUN Langkon di Kota Marudu (majoriti masyarakat Dusun Kimaraganag & Rungus), DUN Long Pasia di Sempadan Tenom-Sipitang (Majoriti Masyarakat Murut Lundayeh), kerusi DUN Kuamut II (Majoriti bumiputera Islam Sungei) dan kerusi DUN Batu 6, kawasan Parlimen Kimanis-Papar.

Kemungkinan satu buah kerusi DUN baru bakal diujudkan di daerah Lahad Datu, bagi menempatkan wakil masyarakat Tionghua. Kota Belud juga bakal menyaksikan pertambahan sebuah lagi kerusi DUN disebabkan populasi masyarakat disitu yang kian meningkat. Difahamkan 3 buah Parlimen baru bakal diwujudkan, masing-masing 1 di Bahagian Sandakan, Pantai Barat dan Pedalaman Bawah.

Jika dilihat dari segi kekuatan parti dikawasan tersebut, kemungkinan akan berlaku lobi melobi di antara parti-parti komponen BN disitu.

DUN Batu 6 Papar- antara UPKO dan PBS
DUN Langkon – antara UPKO dan PBS dan PBRS
DUN Long Pasia – antara UPKO,.PBS dan PBRS
DUN Kuamut II – UMNO dan UPKO
DUN baru L.Datu – PBS, MCA dan LDP
DUN baru Kota Belud – UMNO

Manakala DUN dan Parlimen hasil peninggalan SAPP akan juga menjadi rebutan antara pemimpin-pemimpin komponen Barisan Nasional. Masing-masing sedang melobi dan menunjukkan kekuatan parti-parti masing-masing.

Parlimen Tawau – PBS dan MCA
Parlimen Sepanggar – UPKO, UMNO,PBRS dan Gerakan
DUN Likas – MCA, Gerakan dan PBS
DUN Luyang – MCA, Gerakan & LDP

Kebiasaannya persempadanan semula akan dibuat setiap 8 tahun sekali dan perlu di bentang di Sidang Khas Parlimen dan dipersetujui 2/3 majoriti dewan. Kali ini, Pakatan Rakyat akan turut memberikan imput kepada persempadanan ini kerana BN tidak mempunyai majoriti 2/3 parlimen.

Sesiapa yang berminat bertanding menjadi Yang Berhormat bolehlah membuat persediaan dari sekarang sehingga tahun 2012! Banyak kosong….macam macam ada

Penulis : Pak Musa Bambangan

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Karpal chides MCA president, berates Hadi Awang

Karpal & wuf-wufMCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has been criticised for calling on Lim Kit Siang to apologise to the Chinese community over DAP’s appeal to them to support Pas in the last general election.

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh said Ong had no business to call on Lim, the DAP adviser, to do so.

Ong was making a very poor effort in trying to distract attention from the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) debacle, he said.

Karpal, in a statement today, noted that in a public survey put up by Ong in his blog, “Should MCA leave BN?”, 75.8 per cent of those who participated were in favour of the component party pulling out from Barisan Nasional.

“Isn’t Ong morally obliged, in line with this survey, to pull out MCA from BN?” he asked.
Karpal said the DAP had, time and again, criticised Pas leaders whenever they made statements which were extreme in racial and religious content.

He noted that Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was also not spared for his proposal for unity talks with Umno.

Pas’ spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, in no uncertain terms, has publicly criticised his colleagues, including Hadi Awang, for pushing their agenda for unity talks with Umno.

“Hadi Awang owes an apology to both DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat as well as Nik Aziz for having proposed unity talks with Umno in clear breach of sincerity and bona fides in his dealings with DAP and PKR.

“It is only hoped in future that Hadi Awang thinks before he talks. He is fast becoming an embarrassment to Pakatan Rakyat,” Karpal said.

AK : Non-malay in Peninsular Malaysia at cross road?

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