Maria Chin Abdullah has previously expressed her wish to join Pakatan Harapan leaders in the coming general election after leaving fair election group Bersih 2.0. On Friday, she told reporters that she had decided to contest in the polls under the PKR banner. However, the PKR leaders said they are still discussing about which seat to be given to her. [...]
PAPAR, March 23 ― Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) machinery in Sabah to work harder in anticipation of the 14th general election (GE14).
“We have been preparing for three years for it, in other words we have been running a political marathon and need more stamina to reach the finishing line.
“We are counting the days for two important occasions ― the dissolution of parliament and nomination day. But the most important is polling day.
“So don’t resolve the people’s problems on that day itself..too short a time, we’ll be out of breath,” he said.
He said this while addressing Umno Papar Committee members here tonight.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, Papar Umno division chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail, Papar Member of Parliament Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin and Kawang assemblyman Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar.
Ahmad Zahid said all BN machineries must be more vibrant to fight its competitors.
“We have our cheerleaders (supporters) ... but our opponents too have their cheerleaders... we have to cast them aside as they never liked us anyway.
“But trust and believe me that we have more people who love us than those who dislike us and I am also very confident that those keeping silent are quite a big group and as leaders we should approach these fence sitters.
He said there were various styles of approaching people and if BN made the right move, those who had never supported it would decide to jump on its bandwagon.
Ahmad Zahid said the BN party machinery should also remain united and avoid political demons that were out to create disunity.
“We need to focus on doing our job until it is completed which is on election day.. we have to be in the front line,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also announced a special allocation of RM2.1 million for Papar parliamentary constituency.
“I have handed over RM1 million to Papar UMNO division chief, RM500 [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — An ex-military group urged authorities today not to take sides if losers of the 14th general election carried out “last-minute attacks”.
National Patriot Association (Patriot) president Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji said such so-called “attacks” may happen at the 11th hour when election results are imminent.
“In the likelihood of such an incident, Patriot again trusts those in uniform, the police and the military, to stand together with the Malaysian people, to do the right thing, and not take sides,” he said in a statement.
Mohamed Arshad questioned warnings by the police and defence minister about so-called “last-minute attacks” during the upcoming election, saying he found such statements strange.
“Why would anyone, any sane Malaysian want to carry out a ‘last-minute attack’? What is the motive? Barring anyone under the influence of drugs and in hallucination, no sane person would want to commit a silly and outrages act of armed violence to disrupt the election.
“In the unlikelihood of such an incident, we have full trust in our police force to immediately clamp down and arrest the culprit,” he said.
He added that while the likelihood of an attack by the Islamic State was often mentioned, the terror group had no motive to disrupt GE14.
“Our intelligence personnel in the police and the military, with their superb track record, would clamp down any such insidious activities.
“Knowing our intelligence personnel, they do not fail. Any security breach, any failure, is a plan to fail,” added Mohamed Arshad.
He also said that Patriot was confident the country’s military personnel were disciplined and law abiding.
On March 22, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police have identified more than 1,100 individuals who are classified as potential “troublemakers”.
He added that more than 100 hotspots were identified as risks nationwide in GE14.
Defence Minister [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — What are the main issues that Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) plan on campaigning on in the 14th general election?
Here are a few key issues, as compiled by Malay Mail:
PH: PH will mainly campaign on the economy and high cost of living, with its highlight promise of abolishing the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The federal Opposition coalition will organise a “People vs GST” campaign on April 1, marking the third year since the broad-based consumption tax was implemented in 2015, where people will be encouraged to post receipts on social media with the hashtags #RakyatTolakGST and #PeoplevsGST.
“Cost of living and related issues, e.g. GST, inflation, unemployment, will be high on the campaign trail, especially in the rural areas. It will be explained as a result of the scandals (1MDB, corruption),” PH chief secretariat Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah told Malay Mail, referring to the global financial scandal surrounding state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) strategist Rais Hussin said corruption and abuse of power have caused “massive” debts — both household and government debt — for the country.
“Generally, people are suffering. These are the very good reasons why people need a government who is not only competent, but with right and good governance, and put back and restore democratic institutions, so [that] Malaysia will come back to the path towards a developed nation,” Rais told Malay Mail.
PH’s election manifesto also promised introducing targeted fuel subsidies, eliminating “inappropriate” debts of Felda settlers, introducing an Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution scheme for housewives, standardising and increasing the minimum wage, deferring the repayment of National Higher Education Fund Corp (PTPTN) loans for those earning below RM4,000 monthly, and RM500 aid for the low-income B40 group [...]
IPOH, March 23 — Two DAP assemblymen in Perak will not defend their seats in the 14th General Election, said state chairman Nga Kor Ming today.
He said Keranji assemblyman Chen Fook Chye, 58, and Jelapang assemblyman Teh Hock Ke, 68, had voluntarily decided not to seek re-election.
Chen has served the constituency for two terms since 2008, where he won the initial contest with a majority of 4,435 votes in 2008, and then in 2013, with a majority of 5,561, defeating Chong Mun Wah and Daniel Wa Wai How from Barisan Nasional (BN) respectively.
Meanwhile, Teh won the seat in the last general election with a large majority of 12,266 against BN’s S. Mokan and Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s M. Sarasvathy in a three-cornered fight.
“It was their own decision without any influence by anyone and we respect that. We appreciate and honour their service as well as their contribution to the party,” Nga told reporters at a press conference.
Nga said that Chen, who was the former DAP state treasurer, has served the party for 32 years, while Teh, who is the current DAP state treasurer, first contested under the party’s ticket in 2004.
Nga, who is also the Taiping MP, said the state had finalised its candidates list for GE14, which comprises new and old faces.
“We have decided who is going to contest where. The list had been prepared about two months ago and we will announce it soon,” he added.
Nga said that DAP will contest seven parliamentary seats and 18 state seats in Perak.
“The parliamentary seats are Taiping, Ipoh Barat, Ipoh Timur, Kampar, Batu Gajah, Beruas and Teluk Intan.
“Eighteen state seats that we are going to contest are our strongholds. We have won in the constituencies twice and we hope the people will continue to support us,” he said.
However, despite DAP’s comprehensive victory in the previous two elections for their incumbent seats in Perak, Nga admitted that each seat will be closely fought in the coming election, fo [...]
KUCHING, March 23 ― Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) and its breakaway United People's Party (UPP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), pledging to work together in all forms, ahead of the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).
The MoU was signed after the state Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting by SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian and UPP president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.
SUPP secretary general Datuk Sebastian Ting signed as a witness for SUPP while UPP deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip susil signed as a witness for his party.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg signed the MoU as chairman of the state Barisan Nasional (BN) and in the presence of leaders of other component parties.
UPP was formed by Wong and his supporters after they left SUPP in 2014 following a leadership tussle.
Speaking to reporters, Abang Johari complimented the two parties for setting aside their differences and working together to represent the interest of the Chinese community in the state.
“In the last few months, Chinese community leaders have expressed their desire for the two parties to work together for the interest of the community, BN to develop the state,” he said.
Abang Johari said, the state must be united efforts to take regain the lost rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and which have been eroded.
“ I was in Putrajaya this morning for a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and informed him of the MoU to be signed by SUPP and UPP, pledging to work together within the spirit of BN,” he said, adding Najib commended the move by the two parties.
Abang Johari said with the framework of the MoU, there will be less politicking, but more towards working to develop the state.
He also said that SUPP and UPP will discuss among themselves on the candidates to contest in seven seats traditionally allocated to SUPP.
He said all the candidates will contest on SUPP-BN tickets, and that there will no [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — “The people are firmly united, Their sense of dignity is high, .... Their unity is strong, Harmony, Worldly and the Hereafter ....” These are the verses of the patriotic songs in an album published by TheRakyat’s #tonggaknegara which was launched today.
The album, which was launched by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, featured eight songs in eight different languages, representing various communities in the country including Malay, English, Mandarin, Hokkien and local languages used in Sabah and Sarawak.
The performers included Jaclyn Victor, Zazrina Zainuddin, Audra Pearl Justine, Ravi Sharma, Leonard Lai Yzek Hzeng, Jackes Tew Jack Shiong and Sean Say How.
Salleh in his speech said Malaysians must have a patriotic spirit towards their own country despite their different opinions.
“What we do both in terms of criticism and actions, do not overdo it to the point of destroying the country.
“Even if there is a difference in terms of our political views, we have to resolve the difference in a mature way and it will usually be done through the democratic election process,” Salleh said at the launch of the album here today.
He said he was also proud that Malaysians did not accept the views of those who did not stop defaming the country which he described were becoming more and more vocal.
“Our people are mature, solid with an unrelenting patriotic spirit to defend the nation.
“That’s why for me these songs are important for us to show our awareness on the importance of the spirit of nationhood in us,” he explained.
The composer of the album Anuar Abdul Razak who is also a former main singer of the Revolvers group, said the album was produced in digital form and could be browsed on TheRakyat.com portal.
Meanwhile, when responding to a journalist’s question after the ceremony on 1,100 individuals identified with potential of raising trouble during the 14th General Elec [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah will be contesting under the PKR banner in the coming 14th General Election. [...]
KUCHING, March 22 — The state Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting tomorrow will discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and its breakaway United People’s Party (UPP), said SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian today.
He said its central working committee (CWC) had discussed the draft MoU at length before deciding to present it to the BN supreme council for further deliberation and endorsement.
When asked to share the gist of the draft MoU, Dr Sim, who is also the local government and housing minister, said that UPP members must rejoin SUPP in the interest of the Chinese community.
“You know my position very well,” he said, referring to his repeated calls for UPP members, led by its president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, to return to the fold.
Wong, who is also the state international trade and e-commerce minister, and his supporters left SUPP in 2014 to form UPP.
Apart from Dr Sim, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg had also publicly asked UPP members to return to their original party.
On SUPP’s preparations for GE14, Dr Sim said that the party’s CWC has directed potential candidates to work harder and meet the people on the ground.
He added that potential candidates who are found to be lacking would not be allowed to stand.
Dr Sim said that SUPP will contest in its seven traditional seats in GE14. [...]
JOHOR BAHRU, March 22 — A total of 1.8 million people have been registered as voters in Johor for the 14th General Election (GE14) according to the latest fourth quarter Electoral Roll for 2017.
Johor State Election Commission (EC) director Shafie Taib said the number of voters showed an increase of about 300,000 compared to 1.5 million of registered voters in GE13.
“Of the 1.8 million, 40 per cent of them are young voters under the age of 40,” he told reporters after the EC briefing session with the Johor media here today.
Also present were Election Academy director Hasanul Isyraf Naim and Johor Media Club president Mohamad Fauzi Ishak.
Shafie said thus far the Johor EC was 99 per cent ready for the GE14 and there were only a few things left to do including holding a polling briefing.
He said the briefing session today aimed at giving exposure to the media about the electoral process in the country, especially the voting process, the roles of chief and clerk at the polling stations apart from the EC’s transparency in handling the process.
“During GE13, about 11 per cent of the 1.39 million registered voters in the state didn’t cast their votes and we (EC) advise those registered to vote in the GE14 as they have between 8am and 5pm to choose the time that is convenient for them to vote,” he said. — Bernama [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — Putrajaya has denied reports that Barisan Nasional (BN) will announce its candidates line-up for the 14th general election (GE14) on April 2.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stated in a brief statement on its Facebook and Twitter accounts that the announcement quoting sources were merely media speculations.
“The PMO would like to clarify that news report today (March 22) on the announcement of candidates for GE14 is just a speculation of the media,” the statement read.
It was reported by News Straits Times that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is also BN chairman, will announce the party’s candidates list at an unprecedented ceremony at the Putra World Trade Centre in the presence of leaders from all component parties.
The report claimed Najib is expected to present credential letters to each of the 222 BN parliamentary seat candidates.
Previous reports had also claimed that BN would launch its manifesto on April 7 at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil.
Parliament will be automatically dissolved on June 24 and polls must be held within 60 days, but the Prime Minister can call for dissolution earlier. [...]
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police have identified more than 1,100 individuals who are classified as potential “troublemakers” and more than 100 hotspots nationwide in the 14th general election. [...]