Posts Tagged ‘By-election


Umno’s state assemblyman in Kelantan disqualified due to bankruptcy

EC receives notice of vacant Nenggiri seat

The decision on whether there should be a by-election in the state constituency now depends on the Kelantan speaker.

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission has confirmed that it has received a notice on the vacancy of the Nenggiri state seat from the Kelantan state assembly speaker’s office.

This follows the incumbent, Mat Yusoff Abdul Ghani, being disqualified due to bankruptcy.

A spokesman for the EC’s Kelantan branch told Bernama they would be notifying the EC headquarters in Putrajaya on the development.

The Kelantan EC is expected to hold a meeting soon to discuss the matter.

By-elections can only be held within three years of the last general election, which was held on May 5, 2013.

“If it is after the three-year period, the decision to hold a by-election depends on the speaker,” the EC spokesman added.

Speaker Abdullah Ya’kub said the letter was hand-delivered to the EC’s Kota Bharu office at 12.40pm today.

“It was my duty to inform the Kelantan EC on the vacancy,” he told Bernama.

The Selangor branch of the Insolvency Department had notified the Kelantan state assembly speaker’s office on the BN assemblyman’s bankrupt status via a letter on May 28.

Yusoff, from Umno, won the Nenggiri seat in the last general election after defeating PKR’s Mohamad Azihan Che Seman and independent candidate Abdul Aziz Mohamed with a majority of 3,849 votes.

EC receives notice of vacant Nenggiri seat
June 4, 2017 – FMT


To Putrajaya via Shah Alam

To Putrajaya via Shah Alam – the maturing of Anwar Ibrahim

by Wong Chin Huat

Lee Myung-Bak was mayor of Seoul (2002-2006) before becoming President of South Korea (2008-2013).

Mahmood Ahmadinejad was mayor of Tehran (2003-2005) before becoming President of Iran (2005-2013).

George Bush Jr was governor of Texas (1995-2000) before becoming President of US (2001-2009).

Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas (1983-1992, 1993-2001) before becoming President of US (1993-2001).

Mah Ying-Jeou was mayor of Taipei (1998-2006) before becoming President of Taiwan (2008- ).

Chen Shui Bian was mayor of Taipei (1994-1998) before becoming President of Taiwan (2000-2008).

Jacques Chirac was mayor of Paris (1977-1995) before becoming President of France (1995-2007).

Joko Widodo, the currrent Governor of Jakarta (2012-) and the former Mayor of Surakarta (2005-2012) is now a popular hopeful for President of Indonesia in the 2014 election.

THESE are not coincidences. In presidential system, chief executives of subnational government command more resources and opportunities to showcase their ability to govern than senior national lawmakers.

The logic is the same for Malaysia, even though we are a nominally a parliamentary system. Given our dysfunctional Parliament, the Parliamentary Opposition Leader carries less weight than perhaps a powerful BN backbencher in the eyes of the Speaker and Ministers. As a matter of fact, the much desired two-party system cannot possibly happen if there is no healthy room for the opposition to perform. Had the Pakatan Rakyat won a landslide in 2013, the Barisan Nasional or any new opposition parties would not be able to compete competently even if they want to. To begin with, the Parliament meets so shortly that a Parliamentarian had only 2 hours 32 minutes on average to speak and be heard in 2012.

Given the concentration of power in not just the executive, but in the Prime Minister’s hand, the two-party system can only happen when different parties capture different tiers of government. Despite our centralised federalism, state governments still have considerable power and resources to compete with the federal ruling coalition.

Through policy and institutional reforms, from longer maternal leave, water subsidy, releasing lands to the needy, no-plastic bag policy, smoke-free policy, SELCAT and other legislative committees, freedom of information enactments, to baby steps in reviving local elections, opposition state governments in Kelantan, Selangor, Penang and Perak have shown Malaysians how governance can be different. As a matter of fact, the most important change of the 2008 Political Tsunami was not the denial of the BN’s two-thirds majority, but the opposition running an unprecedented five states.

If Anwar wishes to return the wind to the sails of Pakatan Rakyat since a disappointing nine months since GE13, Selangor is a good point to restart the coalition’s vision. The opposition is in dire need of showing more wonders as the electorate are not satisfied with just a continuity of what they had since 2008. They want more and better. Anwar is therefore being realistic by putting himself in Shah Alam before eying Putrajaya.

To Putrajaya via Shah Alam – the maturing of Anwar Ibrahim
Jan 29, 2014 –


Zaid afther the nomination (video)

Hulu Selangor By-Election: Zaid Ibrahim’s First Speech After The Nomination


Kamal defends Perkasa

P. Kamalanathan is the BN candidate standing in the Hulu Selangor by-election. In his interview with Malaysiakini, he was quoted as saying: “Perkasa has its own role. It is strengthening its (Malay) race, its language and its religion, and we (MIC) are also doing the same by strengthening our race, religion and language.”

Kamalanathan – known as Kamal (why not Nathan?) – was also quoted as saying that Perkasa’s role is about “empowering” the Malay race and it does not trample on the rights of other races.

It is pertinent that his statement should be viewed in juxtaposition with what Perkasa patron Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Friday at the commemoration of Mara’s 44th anniversary.

Responding to reporters’ questions after his keynote address, Mahathir said he sees no time frame for putting a stop to the NEP and that the other communities did not lose much when the policy was introduced in the 1970s.

Mahathir is saying that all the advantages and opportunities being given to Malays under NEP is not robbing Peter to pay Paul. His view is not much different in its syllogism from Kamal’s that Perkasa does not seek to impinge on the rights of others.

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Voting station change for 13,000 in Hulu Selangor

PKR today demanded that the Election Commission (EC) explain the alleged relocation of voting stations that will affect 13,488 voters in the Hulu Selangor federal seat which it narrowly won by 198 votes in Election 2008.

PKR elections director Fuziah Salleh voiced concern this morning that the shift would cause chaos on the April 25 polling day when voters discover that their stations have been relocated.

“I have always been of the belief that the EC was merely a tool for the Barisan Nasional (BN), used to cause the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat.

“This is clearly an exercise of such a strategy. Imagine the chaos that would occur when the voters arrive at the stations they had earlier used to vote only to discover that their names had been moved elsewhere,” she told reporters here.

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Hulu Selangor – Locals frustrated with BN

Driving to Bukit Sentosa Community Hall, one quickly understands why a section of the locals are so frustrated with Barisan Nasional (BN). Badly maintained roads lined with faulty street lamps hardly make a convincing case for a coalition that says it has done much for the residents of Hulu Selangor.

The journey there was made in darkness, and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s talk was the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel — for tonight at least. In the brightly illuminated hall, about 600 people gathered to hear him speak; practically all were Malay.

Out in the car park, another 100 or so sat facing a large projection screen that relayed images from inside. Most were residents of Bukit Sentosa and its surrounding areas, although a few had come from as far afield as Kepong to support the PKR leader.

Anwar was in good, if not fine, oratory form as he delivered the kind of speech one has come to expect from him.

In his speech, he pointed out government hypocrisies; listed its wrongdoings; rubbished news of dissension within the opposition as BN propaganda; praised the performance of the Selangor state government so far; and emphasised the importance of young voters in this by-election.

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Hulu Selangor – A crucial barometer

Campaigning for the upcoming Hulu Selangor by-election officially begins on Saturday, April 15, but the intense preparations by the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalitions point to the massive battle in store for the next general election.

The vast Hulu Selangor constituency in northern Selangor, bordering Pahang and Perak, had been a BN stronghold up until the March 8, 2008 general election.

In 2008, Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad wrested the seat from MIC deputy president Datuk G Palanivel, the four-term MP for the constituency, with a narrow 198-vote win.

Zainal Abidin’s death on March 25 paved the way for this 10th by-election since March 2008.

BN had lost control of the Selangor state administration in March 2008 and has set its sights on reclaiming the state. In some ways, the gambit begins with the contest for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat.

The stage is now set for a tantalising clash between Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, a political “heavyweight” who quit his cabinet post and has thrown in his lot with PKR, and a newcomer in MIC information chief P Kamalanathan.

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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?