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07
Aug
17

UMNO faces the possibility of historic triple losses in GE14

14th General Election is around the corner and UMNO faces the possibility of historic triple losses in next polls

The 14th General Election is around the corner.

Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, let slip this possibility when he spoke at the Merbok UMNO AGM in Sungai Petani last night and continued the Zahid-Mahathir spat started by the Deputy Prime Minister striking the first blow by taking a dig at the 92-year-old’s Indian heritage.

Zahid told.Umno Merbok to hold on to the Merbok parliamentary and Tanjung Dawai state seats and reclaim the Bukit Selambau state seat if they wished to enjoy rewards.

He said: “I have heard requests for allocations for a hostel, canteen and water pipe upgrade here. I promise to return in six months with gifts if you can retain Merbok and Tanjung Dawai and take back Bukit Selambau.

“In GE11, we made a clean sweep of all three but in GE12, we lost all three seats and the state of Kedah along with that. Don’t let it happen again.”

This would mean that the 14th General Election would be all over in six months’ time, pointing to general polls this year rather than next year.

But will Zahid remain as Deputy Prime Minister after the 14th General Election as UMNO faces the possibility of historic triple lossES in the next general election, resulting in UMNO being ejected out of Putrajaya and occupying the Opposition benches in Parliament?

There is no doubt that the UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and all the UMNO leaders are suffering from an attack of nerves, because for the first time in UMNO history, UMNO face the prospects of historic triple losses, all happening at the same time in the next general election, viz:

• UMNO’s loss of support of the majority of Malay voters in the country.

• UMNO’s loss of support of the majority of the 1.6 million civil servants in the country.

• UMNO’s loss of the support of the highest percentage of UMNO members (at present, 3.5 million UMNO members) at any general election in the nation’s history.

Najib and UMNO leaders are fearful that the seismic political development three weeks ago on July 14 when Pakatan Harapan announced its structure, logo and leadership line-up, portended major political changes in the country – sustaining not only a political tsunami in the urban areas but also creating a political tsunami among the Malay voters in the rural areas for political change in Malaysia.

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14th General Election is around the corner and UMNO faces the possibility of historic triple losses in next polls
5 August 2017 – blog.limkitsiang.com

06
Aug
17

Dr M: I will never return to Umno

Who made it worse for Malays, me or Najib, asks Dr Mahathir

Who made it worse for Malays, me or Najib, asks Dr Mahathir
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he helped the Malays. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, August 4, 2017.

ATTACKS on former Umno president turned opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad have come from many directions, including Putrajaya, which recently formed a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the Bank Negara Malaysia forex scandal that broke out during his tenure as prime minister.

He has also been reviled for muzzling the judiciary and media. Last week Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took the fight to another level with derisory comments about his Indian ancestry.

The emerging theme in recent months is the Pakatan Harapan chairman’s contribution, or lack thereof, to the welfare and development of the Malay race.

However that may be debated among his critics and his supporters, Dr Mahathir himself is quick to respond to that question with the assertion that the Malays are “worse off” than ever under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“Did I make the Malays worse off? I helped the Malays,” he said in an interview with The Malaysian Insight.

“The one who has made the Malays worse off is Najib. The Malays, who were known to come from a developing Malaysia, are now known all over the world as a country led by a controversial leader.

“Who has made (it) worse (for) the Malays, myself or him?”

“It is worse than ever before because now we have a Bugis leader who pretends to be Malay.

“This person admits he uses money – ‘cash is king’.

“What makes the Malays worse off today is because of the existence of such a leader.”

Dr Mahathir resigned as prime minister on October 31, 2003.

Although he admitted that he failed to change the “Malay mindset”, Dr Mahathir said he saw to the increase in the number of Malay professionals. The number of doctors, engineers, managers and business leaders rose during his administration, he claimed.

It was 15 years ago when a sobbing Dr Mahathir Mohamad stunned an Umno general assembly by dropping two bombshells: That he was resigning as prime minister and that the Malays remained backward despite all the advantages accorded to them.

“The Malays are still weak, the poorest people and are backward,” Dr Mahathir, then 76, said in his opening speech at a three-day party conference in Kuala Lumpur on June 20, 2002.

It was ironic that Dr Mahathir, who played a principle role in establishing Malay privileges in commerce and education, would so publicly acknowledge the failure of race-based protections.

The irony continues today, for it is Dr Mahathir who now helms the Opposition coalition, the leaders of whom he once denigrated and were jailed under his administration.

Below are excerpts of the interview:

Q: Are there no leaders who can change the Malay mindset? Does such a leader exist?

Dr Mahathir: Far from it. Not only that, the possibility of (finding such a leader) is far less than what I hoped for. The ones that we have, both leaders, have no idea how to change the culture and values of the Malays. For me, success or failure of a race depends on the values they hold. If they value hard work, they can succeed. If they don’t, if they take things easy and push things to tomorrow, then they will fail.

Q: Will you ever return to Umno?

Dr Mahathir: I will never return. Umno is beyond repair. The behaviour of its members has changed. They now value the pursuit of material wealth. They are involved in bribery. It has become a party without principles, where its members are just looking for money. I cannot join such a party. It is finished. Whatever that is clean, has already left.

Q: Are you fighting to remove Najib or Umno?

Dr Mahathir: At first I thought, if I rejected Najib, Umno could be healed. But it didn’t. They’re all involved in bribery. The leaders, members are just looking for money. Want that money, want this money… when Najib gives, they accept. This is no longer the party that fights for religion, race and country. It fights for its own interest. I cannot be a member of such a party. The name is Umno, but the principles and struggles of Umno are no longer the same. When I was prime minister, many came to me and asked ‘I’ve been in Umno 15 years (but) I haven’t gotten anything’. I told them you did get benefits. Your children got scholarships, they have an education, they went to university. The village roads are tarred. The villages all have water, electricity, schools and clinics. But what he meant was he didn’t get anything for himself. He wanted money. That is the leadership of Umno today.

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Who made it worse for Malays, me or Najib, asks Dr Mahathir
4 Aug 2017 – TMI

02
Aug
17

1MDB, Malaysian Fund Tied to Scandal, Misses Payment to Abu Dhabi – NY Times

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1MDB, Malaysian Fund Tied to Scandal, Misses Payment to Abu Dhabi
1 Aug 2017 – NY Times

23
Jul
17

Umno is panicking after PH line-up announcement

DAP: Umno suffering hysteria after PH line-up announcement

Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak is trying to assure the Umno, BN grassroots that they should not abandon a sinking ship, says Lim Kit siang.

PETALING JAYA: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang says the latest statements by the prime minister, deputy prime minister and other Umno ministers following the announcement of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council last Thursday, makes it obvious that the ruling party is panicking.

Likening their comments to Umno being under a “hysteria attack”, Lim said it was obvious that the new PH structure, logo and leadership line-up has had such an impact on the ruling Umno/Barisan Nasional government.

Over the past few days Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Rural and Regional Development), Anifah Aman (Foreign Affairs), Mohamed Nazri Aziz (Tourism and Culture) and Khairy Jamaluddin (Youth and Sports) have either released statements or responded to questions on the PH line-up.

“They just did not believe that it was possible for Pakatan Harapan leaders to resolve their differences, and that a reconciliation between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim was at all possible,” Lim said.

On Friday, Salleh was first off the mark, questioning why none of the highest posts in PH went to a DAP leader despite the party having the most number of MPs in the coalition.

Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, then said Ismail Sabri Yaakob suggested a non-Malay from DAP could be the next prime minister because the Malays will be split three ways – BN, PAS and PH – leaving DAP with the most seats, and the constitutional right to decide who will be prime minister.

“Yesterday, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman warned Barisan Nasional supporters to expect revenge if the opposition forms the next government.

“Khairy Jamaluddin also invented a new propaganda line, claiming that DAP, as ‘the party which holds the most parliamentary seats in the Dewan Rakyat will decide on Pakatan Harapan’s policies and manifestos’,” Lim said.

“Let me assure them that the DAP is not sidelined in Pakatan Harapan, that no single political party can decide and dictate the Pakatan Harapan’s polices and manifestos, and that there will be no revenge binge by Pakatan Harapan when it forms the Federal Government in Putrajaya.”

The DAP parliamentary leader also found Salleh’s latest statement on PH being “doomed without PAS” as “most revealing of all”.

“Salleh is actually trying to assure the Umno/BN grassroots members that they should not abandon a sinking ship but continue to hope that Umno/BN could still be re-elected as the federal government in the next general election (GE14).

“No wonder Najib and UMNO have been working so hard to woo PAS.”

Lim said, with the new PH logo, structure and leadership council being announced and the move to register the opposition coalition, it is less likely that Najib will call for GE14 anytime this year.

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DAP: Umno suffering hysteria after PH line-up announcement
July 17, 2017 – FMT

19
Jul
17

Harapan vows to scrap GST within 100 days of taking power

Harapan vows to scrap GST within 100 days of taking power

Pakatan Harapan today released its plans for the first 100 days of taking over Putrajaya.

Reading the coalition’s joint statement, newly-appointed Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that it will abolish the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), among others.

Below is the list of things it plans to do:

  • Stabilise the price of petrol
  • Focus on efforts to alleviate the rakyat’s burdens
  • Start a thorough reform process of key institutions
  • Fight corruption to its roots
  • Form a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the 1MDB scandal
  • Rehabilitate the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda)

Announcing this alongside its leadership line-up, Mahathir said the coalition is committed to a common goal of toppling the Najib Abdul Razak administration.

The announcement was made at a press conference past midnight on Friday at PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

Two-term limit for PM

The partner parties DAP, PKR, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will implement a two-term limit for the prime minister’s post.

They also agree to “cancel and correct” any breach of laws by the current government, which impact the people’s interest.

“This includes reinstating public funds which were lost through the 1MDB mega scandal,” the parties said in a declaration read out by Mahathir.

They also agreed to work towards releasing all political prisoners and drop all charges against them, as well as reforming key laws and institutions to prevent abuse of power.

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Harapan vows to scrap GST within 100 days of taking power
14 July 2917 – malaysiakini

18
Jul
17

The Pakatan Harapan dream team

Pakatan Harapan

Dr M is Pakatan chairman, Dr Wan Azizah made president

One rung lower is Federal Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is the pact’s president while the jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was symbolically made de facto leader, mirroring his position in PKR.

The announcement made after midnight is similar to the lineup proposed by Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) that Malay Mail Online reported on June 9, with nominal changes and additions.

PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be one of three deputy presidents along with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

Pakatan Harapan will also have four vice-presidents: PKR’s Datuk Seri Mohamad Azmin Ali, PPBM’s Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen and Amanah’s Sallahuddin Ayub.

PKR’s Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah was named chief secretary and DAP’s Kulasegaran is the pact’s treasurer, consistent with the proposed line-up from Malay Mail Online’s previous report.

The pact also announced its common logo — the word “Harapan” in white on a red background, and with the central “A” shaped as a chevron — that will be used by all its candidates should Pakatan Harapan be registered in time for the general election.

Dr Mahathir, who read out the announcements at a press conference held three hours past the scheduled time, also said they will submit the new leadership line-up and logo to the Registrar of Societies for the formal application.

“We will register it as soon as possible, once we complete the details. We already have the structure. We will send it together with the logo,” the former prime minister said.

When pressed to say if Anwar is the pact’s candidate to be prime minister, Dr Mahathir only said they would work to secure his release and take it from there.

“He will be freed by the efforts of the PM before (him), then we will apply for royal pardon. Then we will follow the laws,” the 92-year-old added, without elabourating on the identity of the prime minister “before” Anwar.

The pact also released bullet-points of their intended 100-day policies should Pakatan Harapan win federal power, which include repealing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), “stabilising” fuel prices and solving Felda’s “issues”, among others.

There were no details on what either of the latter two would entail.

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Dr M is Pakatan chairman, Dr Wan Azizah made president
July 14, 2017 – MMO

10
Jul
17

ROS actions – Conflict of interest on Zahid’s part is as clear as day

Conflict of interest on Zahid’s part is as clear as day

YOURSAY | ‘Why did the ROS head need to see DPM first before deciding on DAP re-election?’

On CEC polls, Zahid has good news and bad news for DAP

Chokstone: This regime has been in a very desperate situation and is shamelessly acting with its full force in clamping down on political opponents by abusing all the power within its grasps.

The regime is now abusing the Registrar of Societies, extending the tenure of the chief justice and the last resort might be causing instability to apply the National Security Council Act 2016.

Obviously, it is do or die for the kleptocracy. It has nothing to lose anymore. There is no more rule of law. The people will not forgive MO1 and his gang.

Drngsc: This is political intimidation because Umno is worried about the growing strength of DAP. Why was the statement released on Friday evening? Was it so that Umno has two days to bash DAP without DAP even knowing what the problem is and so cannot reply effectively?

Moreover, the ROS released a statement through the press and there was no official directive to the DAP, which is still in the dark. Then there is the fact that the press statement was released after a meeting between the deputy prime minister and the ROS, four years after the alleged offence.

DAP had already held another CEC election, using the same delegates list, and informed the ROS some four years ago. The central committee was not challenged by ROS for four years.

Mushiro: It is not for Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the home minister, to comment on DAP’s registration status as it is a conflict of interest.

It is in Zahid’s and Umno’s interest that DAP is deregistered. It is even more strange that many, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s chief aide Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, and now Zahid, are well informed about this by ROS but the affected party, DAP, is kept in the dark by ROS.

Vision2020: The only option for DAP is bring ROS to court and request the court to expedite the hearing on grounds of freedom of assembly. It should also request that the court delays GE14 pending the outcome of this political hijack by ROS, perpetrated by MO1 in order for the rakyat to have a clean, fair and just election.

This is a sacred duty and responsibility of our judiciary to show its independence and respect of our Federal Constitution for a clean, free and fair election.

Drifter: This is why Pakatan Harapan needs a common logo. If the DAP cannot use its logo in GE14, it can use the common Harapan logo.

Anonymous 2436471476414726: So what is the ulterior motive here? Zahid has not answered the all-important question: Why did the ROS take four long years to order the re-election ?

Why had the ROS chief to meet Zahid first before deciding on the re-election?

This is similar to Sodomy II, in which the complainant went to see the prime minister before making a police report.

The action against DAP is likely the first of many dirty tricks Umno will be using against opposition parties leading up to GE14. Umno will use any unethical tactics to win the election and thus protect its thieving chief from prosecution.

Anonymous 759201436321741: DAP, don’t fight them. Your first priority is to stay intact going into GE14. Do what they want and hold the EGM as directed. He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day.

When you are in Putrajaya, you can take your time to do what you want to do. You might have the last laugh, not Zahid.

Clongviews: There is no point in DAP fighting them. Take a step backwards and move forward several steps. Time is not on your side and you cannot waste time and energy to fight them or take risks.

Follow the ROS’ instructions and see what comes next. The rakyat can see through their dirty tricks and be more sympathetic. Winning more seats is more important.

Apache: Seriously, DAP should just hold another CEC election and to prove to them that you are as strong as before. Don’t gamble as its only CEC election and not a nationwide party election.

Anyway, it is almost time for another party election, since the last one was a few years back. Lim Guan Eng will need a strong line-up to go into GE14 confidently, unlike those chicken parties that have deferred their party elections till after GE14.

GMK: So, it is very clear now that BN is scared of DAP and will try everything to stop DAP from taking part in GE14. MCA is losing no time to take the offensive against DAP on television.

Enggang: Taking four years to tell an opposition political party to hold a re-election speaks volumes about the way government bureaucracy works. It’s a shame that civil servants could drag their feet that way.

Were they underpaid? I don’t think so. They were merely sleeping on their job! This reflects badly on the Home Ministry and its minister, who also happens to be the deputy prime minister.

That’s what happens when ministers are busy politicking on their job instead of doing their ministerial work.

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Conflict of interest on Zahid’s part is as clear as day
10 July 2017 – malaysiakini




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to do nothing.

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