Monday, April 20, 2009

BN must contest Penanti

BN should contest the Penanti by-election, said former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who rejoined Umno on April 4 (read here...) as any decision to skip it would frustrate many, notably the BN supporters. (also read A Kadir Jasin...)

No constituent should be labelled as a Pas stronghold or DAP stronghold as Umno and BN supporters are everywhere.

I agree. When I was a bureau chief in Penang (1990-93), Penanti was one of Umno's strongest 'strongholds' then. Unfortunately after 1998, many BN members had a change of heart. Why? The BN reps then were not doing their job well enough (you know who...).

Whether BN's candidate will be from Umno, MCA, Gerakan or MIC, it doesnt matter. They represent the legitimate government.

However, all components should work hand-in-hand to secure victory, not the kind of environment we had observed in Bukit Gantang (Rockybru, A Voice and Outsyed The Box were aware of it).

12 comments:

donplaypuks® said...

I say to Najib and UMNO, don't waste time and money contesting. If PKR puts up Wan Azizah as their candidate, even Dr.M will not be able to defeat her!

One other reason they should not challenge is that if the election cost is $1 million, the cost of policing will be $1 5 million.

God only knows why even in small constituencies, the cost of policing elections is so astronomical. Only in M'sia; M'sia bolih!

In KT, I understand the cost of hiring tents alone was $600K? Has the MACC started investigating this ridiculous cost and other expenses?
http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com

harisa said...

BN should contest... unless they are already demoralised by that 4 defeast in permatang pauh, kuala terengganu, bukit gantang and bukit selambau

Anonymous said...

najib harus berfikiran terbuka dalam soal ni.

pertandingan perlu dijawab dan disertai.

jangan mudah mengalah sebab ia akan melemahkan bn

Anonymous said...

THIS TIME, IT WILL BE ANOTHER LOSS TO BN...

pura2 said...

so, bn will not contest.

very good then.... just give it away to the yankees

mat sampan said...

penantiAN satu siksa, yang tidak tertanggung, oleh tubuhku yang kering dan layu.


aku teringat lagu PENANTIAN...


saja je....

Anonymous said...

umno dah takut nak bertanding kot.... asyik kalah je..

sama gagah said...

i think better put dtk ahmad saat there... so that he can set up a bowling alley if he wins.

JomoSamaTuaran said...

BN should contest at PENANTI, and their candidate should be or must be TUN MAHATHIR MOHAMMAD. if not..asked him to shut-up!!!

Anonymous said...

Apa cerita ini, badmouthing UMNO, which is so pure, ethical, chaste and clean?

And coming from a pro-UMNO blog ‘Malaysian Story’?

If the PAKATAN component parties like PKR and DAP can lead in press statements flaying one another, pro-UMNO blogs whack their own kind an set yet another unique example of ‘with friends like these, no need enemies’.

Well, it is good reading material.
Worth archiving.

UMNO Scumbags In Penang
———————-

We have a bunch of shamed and mortified Umno leaders in Penang who are lazier than donkeys but power craze like monkeys.

They have ganged up and issued a threat to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to appoint the state new Umno chairman of their choose or risked being boycotted if Najib selects a candidate of his choice.

They had held unofficial meetings to pick their own candidate for the post. I was informed that they want Bukit Mertajam Umno division chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir who is also the Aseania Group chairman.

We know whom Musa is aligned to. Non other than our failed and disgraced ex-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who carried the image of ulamak but a scoundrel in reality.

I will elaborate to you later why I called him a scoundrel.

Musa has most Umno division chairmen in Penang to support him. Among the culprits who came up with the idea to issue the threat and boycott are Permatang Pauh Umno head Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid, Azhar Ibrahim (Opposition leader who is also Penang Umno secretary), Shahbudin Yahaya (Tasek Gelugor chief), Omar Fuadzar (Bukit Gelugor and Musa”s cousin), Datuk Rahim Saibo (Bayan Lepas), Datuk Nordin Kassim (Batu Kawan) and Datuk Ahmad Ibni Hajar (Tanjung).

These Umno blokes did not even lift their fingers to do anything after Penang was seized by Pakatan-Rakyat in the last general election.

In fact, none of them, except Seberang Jaya and Sungai Bakap state assemblymen, had done anything until today to plot or draw up strategies to re-coup Penang from PR.

They are acting as warlords in their own divisions. They even pressured Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop to appoint them as committee members in the state MTEN and for that, they now received RM500,000 annual grant each from the PM’s Department to organise their own programmes.

While Najib is making relentless efforts to WALK his TALK, this bunch of Umno scumbags are merely talking on how to plot strategy to enrich themselves and cling on to power as long as they live.

They deserve nothing but a boot out from Najib. Najib has to be tough and firm with these scumbags. He has to discipline them or the people will discipline him

Anonymous said...

Look at what's going on for Penanti and in Penanti itself.

The first is on the EC's actions (or inactions) todate, following the dictates of its political masters? Thats why MACC is still keeping its files open on Fairus?

The evil forces are still hopeful that they can get Fairus to issue a letter direct to the EC to say that he is withdrawing his resignation but would remain as independent ADUN?

The gaming companies (check out the next special draws) will be asked to put in more pressure to get the resignation withdrawn with money being pumped in to make the beneficiary very happy?

Remember, the PM cast the first die by saying that the by-election is not a good idea and that Bn may not contest?

All he needed was to say this famous quote and the campaign masters and schemers have started to work towards meeting the objective.

This can open the door for a gaming company's 'attack' with money offers and a vernacular media to continue misquoting Fairus or the PKR guys on this to create confusion.

The rakyat are well used to this orchestrated trick.

Here are the two reports on the EC's acts of indecisiveness.

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1ST DECISION

EC meets on 22 April on Penanti vacancy

PUTRAJAYA, 17 April 2009: The Election Commission (EC) will meet on 22 April to determine the vacancy of the Penanti state assembly seat and the need for a by-election.

EC Chairperson Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, when contacted today, said the commission would announce on 24 April the status of the state assembly seat and the date for the by-election if a vacancy occurred.

He said the Penang Election Director had received a notice of the vacancy for the seat from the Penang state assembly speaker today and the notice had been faxed to the EC Headquarters this morning.

The incumbent state assemblyperson, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who was also the former Penang Deputy Chief Minister I, had announced his resignation as the Penanti assemblyperson yesterday.

Mohammad Fairus, 32, said the decision was made to enable him to concentrate fully on his post-graduate study besides clearing his name following the various allegations against him. He is currently under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) for alleged malpractices involving a quarry, and resigned as the Penang Deputy Chief Minister I and chairperson of the State Committee on Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development, Information and Community Relations effective 8 April.

Abdul Aziz said the original notice of vacancy and the resignation letter as Penanti state assemblyperson would be brought to the EC Headquarters, here on 20 April.

He said the EC needed time to study in detail the vacancy and all aspects on the by-election before making an announcement.

He said the meeting on 22 April would also look into ways of avoiding too many party supporters acting as canvassers on polling day.

"The last by-elections had shown that too many canvassers had posed problems such as harassing the voters and causing traffic congestion at the polling centres," he said. — Bernama

THE UPDATE YESTERDAY

EC: Status of Penanti seat on 27 April

PUTRAJAYA, 22 April 2009: Election Commission (EC) chairperson Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof will announce the status of the Penanti state seat on 27 April.

Public relations officer Sabri Said said Abdul Aziz would make the announcement at a media conference at EC headquarters here on 27 April at 10am.

"The media conference has been switched from Friday to Monday. EC which met today discussed the status of the Penanti state seat in Penang," he said in a statement here today.

Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, 33, of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) resigned as Penanti state assemblyman on 16 April.

Fairus who was investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had also resigned as Penang Deputy Chief Minister I. — Bernama

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Why has the EC decided to defer?
Because it wants to know what UMNO is deciding at its supreme council meeting on 24 April 2009?

EC cannot act independently, but must wait for right signals from UMNO? Or is there something that the MACC is trying 'very hard' to achieve - that will benefit BN/UMNO?

And that is the quality of independent bodies that the rakyat are to put in their hopes and faith that elections will be conducted fairly?

People do not forget easily how 14 ballot boxes were handled in Batang Ai.

If that is an eye-opener, see what's happening in UMNO, Penanti.

The following story was picked up in the blog 'Malaysian Story'.

THE STORY

UMNO Scumbags In Penang

We have a bunch of shamed and mortified Umno leaders in Penang who are lazier than donkeys but power craze like monkeys.

They have ganged up and issued a threat to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to appoint the state new Umno chairman of their choose or risked being boycotted if Najib selects a candidate of his choice.

They had held unofficial meetings to pick their own candidate for the post. I was informed that they want Bukit Mertajam Umno division chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir who is also the Aseania Group chairman.

We know whom Musa is aligned to. Non other than our failed and disgraced ex-Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who carried the image of ulamak but a scoundrel in reality.

I will elaborate to you later why I called him a scoundrel.

Musa has most Umno division chairmen in Penang to support him. Among the culprits who came up with the idea to issue the threat and boycott are Permatang Pauh Umno head Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid, Azhar Ibrahim (Opposition leader who is also Penang Umno secretary), Shahbudin Yahaya (Tasek Gelugor chief), Omar Fuadzar (Bukit Gelugor and Musa”s cousin), Datuk Rahim Saibo (Bayan Lepas), Datuk Nordin Kassim (Batu Kawan) and Datuk Ahmad Ibni Hajar (Tanjung).

These Umno blokes did not even lift their fingers to do anything after Penang was seized by Pakatan-Rakyat in the last general election.

In fact, none of them, except Seberang Jaya and Sungai Bakap state assemblymen, had done anything until today to plot or draw up strategies to re-coup Penang from PR.

They are acting as warlords in their own divisions. They even pressured Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop to appoint them as committee members in the state MTEN and for that, they now received RM500,000 annual grant each from the PM’s Department to organise their own programmes.

While Najib is making relentless efforts to WALK his TALK, this bunch of Umno scumbags are merely talking on how to plot strategy to enrich themselves and cling on to power as long as they live.

They deserve nothing but a boot out from Najib. Najib has to be tough and firm with these scumbags. He has to discipline them or the people will discipline him.
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Now compare that to the exchanges between DAP and PKR recently on the matter. They accepted the fact that the news will appear in the MSMs. And Anwar followed up with LGE.

Bernama reported as follows:

Anwar Apologises To Lim

PENANG, April 22 (Bernama) -- Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng considers the problem between him and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as having been resolved following the apology from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor.

Lim today confirmed that Anwar had apologised to him for failing to inform him of the resignation of former Deputy Chief Minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, as the State Assemblyman for Penanti.

"I don't want the matter to prolong," he told reporters, here today.

Earlier, Lim, who is also DAP Secretary-General, had expressed unhappiness that Anwar had not informed him of Mohammad Fairus's resignation as a State Assemblyman.

Mohammad Fairus, who resigned as Deputy Chief Minister I effective April 8, later resigned as the Penanti State Assemblyman on April 16.

-- BERNAMA

Now the Pakatan guys are united to just focus on the Penanti by-elections, while UMNO/BN is not sure yet of next steps.

Who is more prepared?

But what are the EC and the other 'evil' forces trying to do?

Anonymous said...

PENANTI OR PENANTI
KAMI PENAT NANTI.....

The news today (23/4/2009) in the MSMs, see how contradicting they are.

THE STAR

MACC finds insufficient evidence to prosecute ex-DCM
By LOURDES CHARLES

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Penang Deputy Chief Minister (DCM 1) Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin has been cleared of graft by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

It is learnt the commission found insufficient evidence to prosecute him for alleged involvement in illegal quarry dealings in Penang.

Sources said the person who allegedly paid money to Fairus denied paying the former deputy CM any money as gratification or for favours in return.

They said the person concerned was also cleared of any wrongdoing.

The commission probe was in response to allegations by national PKR Youth executive council member Amizudin Ahmat at a Seberang Prai Municipal (MPSP) council meeting.

Fairus. who resigned from all posts on April 8, was alleged to have been working hand-in-glove with several quarry operators.

Meanwhile, when contacted, Fairus said he received a call from a senior commission investigative officer yesterday afternoon to tell him he was cleared of the charges.

Fairus, who was in Kuala Lumpur, said the good news coincided with the birth of his sixth child here hours earlier.

‘‘It is a good omen. I may mount a campaign to clear my name.

“However, I have some personal issues to settle first,’’ Fairus said.

In George Town, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng declined to comment on the situation when approached by journalists after the late session of the state assembly.

“I don’t know anything. It’s the first time I’ve heard about this,” Lim said.

However, PKR state executive councillor Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said word of Fairus being cleared had spread via SMS.

THE NST

MACC denies Fairus' claim
By : Adie Suri Zulkefli

BUTTERWORTH: Former Penang deputy chief minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin broke his silence yesterday, claiming the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had cleared him of corruption.

But the MACC, when contacted, said otherwise.

The 34-year-old Parti Keadilan Rakyat politician told the New Straits Times that he was contacted by a Penang MACC official about 2pm yesterday informing him that he had been cleared and that the commission would not proceed with action against him.

"Alhamdullilah, I am clear- ed of all the allegations and defamation hurled at me."

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, however, contradicted Fairus' claim.

Hamdan said the probe had not been completed and Fairus had yet to be cleared of the graft allegations.

Fairus fell out of favour of the PKR leadership following claims about poor performance in the state government and in his former Penanti constituency.

In February, PKR national executive committee member Amizuddin Ahmat claimed that two senior party leaders in the state were working with quarry operators to cover up illegal activities.

Fairus' name was linked to the allegations.

A month later, Fairus tendered his resignation as DCM I and state executive councillor.

Earlier this month, the PKR announced that Fairus had resigned as assemblyman.

The MACC picked up Fairus in Johor Baru on March 26 for questioning over the alleged graft. He was later released.

Yesterday, Fairus, said that he would leave his future in the hands of the PKR leadership.

"The interests of the party are above all others, including my position in the party and the state government."

Another strategy by the evil forces to confuse Pakatan?

Lets eee if it works.