KOTA BARU: Kelantan offers a level playing field among an unprecedented three coalitions in the coming general election, although PAS has dominated the state’s political landscape for almost three decades. [...]
A video of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, at a press conference in the Lion City on Tuesday went viral after an off-the-cuff remark on the 14th general election.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — Barisan Nasional (BN) are in the midst of reviewing its candidates to ensure a high level of integrity of the ruling coalition for the upcoming 14th general elections (GE14).
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said integrity, among others, is a huge priority because the party recognises its importance and impact on the community.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the review of the parliamentary and state assemblyman candidates list is still ongoing.
He added a special unit from the BN coalition is entrusted to conduct the review, with the help of other agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
“We have already submitted the list of candidates for other agencies to review.
“We want all issues involving integrity such as corruption, abuse of power, personality conflicts with the laws to be scrutinised,” he said in a press conference after an intellectual discussion themed “Building A Nation With Integrity” here today.
Ahmad Zahid further explains that each state has come up with three names and they also have substitute candidates who will be similarly vetted.
“They have been chosen based on likability, potential crowd reception and winnability. Integrity, however, is still a top priority.”
Ahmad Zahid said it is then up for the voters to review if a candidate is ‘clean’ enough to win a seat in the GE14.
“In such events, voters will know better who they will want to pick to represent them – based on the personality and the results of the checks.
“If a candidate fails to pass any of the tests, including health test, we will just bid them farewell. No contesting,” he said. [...]
IPOH, Jan 15 — A high-level team led by PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail will meet Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) Dr D. Michael Jeyakumar soon to discuss the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat.
A source from PKR said if the two-term MP was adamant in contesting the seat under the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) banner, PKR would have no choice but to send in its own candidate to contest in the coming general election, which would end up hurting the opposition coalition.
“It is a catch-22 situation for us. We need to face our members if we give up the seat to PSM,” he said.
The source added that fellow Pakatan Harapan member DAP had previously expressed their interest to contest in the seat.
“But they decided against it and leave it to PKR to contest,” he said.
The source claimed that Dr Jeyakumar may face an uphill task in retaining the seat if he insisted on contesting under PSM banner.
“Voters are for established parties – either Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Harapan,” he added.
Indian and Chinese voters make up about 70 per cent of the Sungai Siput electorate while Malays form the remaining 30 per cent.
Dr Jeyakumar, a PSM central committee member, won the seat in 2008 when he defeated former MIC president Tun S. Samy Vellu.
He retained the seat in 2013 when he beat MIC deputy president Datuk Seri S. K. Devamany.
Besides Sungai Siput, PSM has said it will contest a total of 20 parliamentary and state seats. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Peter Anthony who was investigated by the anti-graft agency has said he will be an election candidate in the Sabah chief minister’s seat during the 14th general election.
Anthony said he had given such a reply to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers who recently quizzed him during an investigation into an aborted RM155 million land purchase deal.
“While I was in detention, the officers questioned me about Warisan’s strength, and whether I would contest in the next general election.
“I told them I would contest in Sibuga (in Sandakan), and go against Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman there head-on,” he was quoted saying yesterday by local daily The Borneo Post.
Datuk Seri Musa Aman is now holding the Sibuga state seat for the fourth time, having retained the seat with a 11,569 vote-majority in the 2013 elections.
Anthony noted that the courts had in 2015 cleared him over the aborted land deal that the MACC was probing, saying that it falls under the police’s commercial crime division’s jurisdiction instead of the MACC’s.
He claimed that the MACC probes involving Warisan leaders are a ploy by the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) to collect information on the opposition party.
In the same news report, Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal urged Sabahans to forgive former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad just like how PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang had done.
“We humans are not perfect. Each of us has our faults. Mahathir has said sorry and his apology was accepted by Anwar and Lim. We should ask why they accepted this apology.
“Because their desire for change is stronger than their anger. For the sake of the nation, they are willing to set aside the bitter past so that the Malaysian government is replaced for the better,” he was quoted saying.
Shafie also said Dr Mahathir still [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) can only form a stable federal government — even under the best conditions — if it can win more seats in east Malaysia, according to a Politweet simulation.
The simulation by the social media research firm used the Opposition’s performance during the 2013 general elections as its base year and gave the Opposition a five-point increase (an additional five per cent chance of a person voting for them), which saw them forming a government with 115 to 117 out of the 222 parliamentary seats.
“In a straight fight against BN (Barisan Nasional), PH can form the federal government with a five-point swing of support leading to a win of 115 seats. However a slim margin of three seats (112 seats is the minimum required) would not be enough for a stable government.
“A stronger swing of support and victories in East Malaysia would still be important for PH. Due to the high-risk seats, PH would need to target an additional 10 or more seats in East Malaysia.
“Given the performance of the Opposition in the Sarawak state elections in 2016 and the current state of the Opposition in Sabah, we can expect PH to face difficulty in winning 10 seats,” the simulation predicted.
The social media research firm specialising in politics ran two more scenarios with the first granting PH the same odds as the 13th General Election (GE13) contested by the then-Pakatan Rakyat comprising PKR, DAP and PAS, which saw them winning 76 to 83 seats. The second scenario gave them a two-points increase and saw them taking 89 to 99 seats.
However, it pointed out that three-corner fights between PH, PAS and BN would benefit the ruling party. PAS has been replaced with Parti Amanah Negara in the new Opposition coalition, PH.
“The only way for PH to overcome this is for their parties (particularly PPBM) to win over pro-BN supporters. For example in a seat contested by PAS, PPBM and BN, if 10 per cent of the anti-BN vote went to PAS, PPBM w [...]
The first sitting of the 2018 session of Parliament has been scheduled from March 5 to April 5, according to a letter from Dewan Rakyat secretary Roosme Hamzah.
The announcement comes amid speculation that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will dissolve Parliament after the Chinese New Year celebration, which falls on Feb 16-17, to pave the way for the 14th general election. [...]
Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong is confident that his party will win seats in Penang in the 14th general election.
At a press conference at the Gerakan headquarters in Cheras, after a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak yesterday he said they were confident that the Penang people will elect a few Gerakan candidates to keep a check and balance on the Penang state government. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — The collaboration between the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) and NewGen Party proves that the Opposition camp is hard pressed to gain support from the Indian community ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14).
MIC youth chief Datuk C. Sivarraajh said it was clearly a drastic act to get the sympathy of the Indian community and not to actually to fight for their causes and future.
“We see that the move will not succeed in attracting Indian supporters given that their policy is very vague. In fact the Indian community realises that the Opposition is fighting among themselves to secure seats.
“This is in contrast to the Barisan Nasional (BN) which has formulated various development plans and policies that are consistent to benefit the Indian community such as the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB),” he told Bernama here recently.
Sivarraajh, who is also Cameron Highlands Parliamentary Constituency coordinator, said BN was clearly the best platform via its approaches and policies in changing the landscape of the Indian community from the socio-economic aspect. — Bernama [...]
KAMPAR, Jan 14 — MCA has proposed to field its party vice president Senator Datuk Lee Chee Leong as the candidate for the Kampar parliamentary constituency in the 14th General Election (GE14).
In addition, MCA also proposed the candidacy of Kampar MCA Division deputy chief Chang Gwo Chyang, 58, for the Malim Nawar state seat and Kampar Division secretary Daniel Wa Wai How, 30, for the Keranji state seat.
The matter was disclosed by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a media conference after a luncheon with non-governmental organisations here today.
In GE13, Lee, 60, contested in the Kampar parliamentary seat and was defeated by DAP candidate Ko Chung Sen with a 5,400-majority vote.
Meanwhile Daniel Wa, who contested in the Keranji state seat in the last GE, also lost to DAP candidate Chen Fook Chye with 5,561 majority votes while Chang was defeated by Leong Cheok Kheng of DAP with 4,343 majority votes in the Malim Nawar state seat.
Liow said Lee, who is also Deputy Finance Minister, was nominated because the party was confident he could wrest back the Kampar seat from DAP.
“He (Lee) is a man of few words but he is always working hard, we need a leader like him who is highly committed to serve the people,” he said.
On Gwo Chyang, Liow said the Kampar-born understood the needs of the people in the area while Daniel was a vibrant young man who could be the voice of especially the Chinese community here. — Bernama [...]
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — PAS said today it will run in at least 130 out of 222 parliament seats in the 14th general election, exceeding the number of seats contested by Umno in the last polls.
News portal Malaysiakini reported PAS research centre director Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki as saying that the final number of federal seats Gagasan Sejahtera, which comprises PAS, Parti Cinta Malaysia and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia, will collectively contest in the upcoming election has yet to be decided.
“PAS will contest in no less than 130 parliamentary seats. The remaining will be filled by Gagasan Sejahtera component parties, NGOs and eminent persons who stand with the coalition,” Zuhdi was quoted telling reporters at an event in Batu Caves here.
PAS won 21 out of 73 parliament seats it contested in the 13th general election in 2013, though several have since defected to splinter party, Parti Amanah Negara.
Umno won 88 out of 121 federal seats it ran in Election 2013.
The most number of parliament seats that PAS ever contested was 98 in 1986, of which it only won one. The Islamist party’s best electoral performance was in 1999 when it bagged 27 federal seats as part of Barisan Alternatif.
Most of the general elections since 1959 saw PAS winning less than 10 parliament seats.
Elections are an expensive process in Malaysia, with candidates required to put down a deposit of RM15,000 for a federal seat, including for campaign material cleanup. The law sets a campaign expenditure limit of RM200,000 per candidate for a parliament seat, though there is no cap on spending by political parties. [...]
Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong is confident that his party will win more seats in Penang in the 14th general election. [...]