Zuraida Kamaruddin has called for a quota of 30 per cent of the electoral seats be allocated to women candidates. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president, Zuraida Kamaruddin has called for a quota of 30 per cent of the electoral seats be allocated to women candidates.Zuraida, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister, said the quota was part of the electoral reform proposed by Wanita PKR.“Wanita PKR’s agenda includes championing electoral reform such as considering the proportional representation system where at least 30 per cent of seats to be contested in the general election be allocated to women candidates.“I have asked Haniza (Wanita PKR chief, Haniza Mohd Talha) to champion it this term. I hope the proposal will be brought up to the fore and to the Election Commission towards electoral reform,” she told reporters after closing the Central Zone Wanita PKR Convention, here, today.Zuraida said since Pakatan Harapan won in the 14th General Election on May 9 last year, women parliamentarians made up 13 per cent of the total compared to 10 per cent under the previous government.Earlier, Haniza said Wanita PKR would also propose non-constituency seats to enable women to be appointed parliamentarians without going through the general election.She said with more women parliamentarians, the target of 30 per cent women’s participation at the decision-making level in politics could be achieved. — Bernama [...]
Nelson stressing his point during the press conference. – Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi
KUCHING: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking to reclaim the three state seats which rightfully belong to the party.
Its secretary-general Datuk Nelson Balang Rining said the seats are Pakan, Bekenu and Batu Danau, which have been absorbed into Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).
“We want Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to give the seats back to us. This was one of the issues discussed during our supreme council meeting in Bintulu last Sunday,” he told a press conference at the party’s headquarters here today.
Pakan, Bekenu and Batu Danau were absorbed by PBB when its elected representatives, who had then contested as Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidates in the 11th State Election in 2016, decided to join the party after winning in their respective constituencies.
Pakan is held by Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom while Bekenu and Batu Danau’s elected representatives are Assistant Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus and Paulus Palu Gumbang respectively.
PDP currently holds three seats namely Tasik Biru, Meluan and Marudi after it lost in Krian and Ba Kelalan in the last state election.
On another matter, Nelson also clarified several conflicting and erroneous reports published in two local newspapers which reported on the outcome of the party’s supreme council meeting on Sunday.
“The headlines of a Chinese newspaper stated that the senior positions in PDP are not open for contest while a Bahasa Malaysia newspaper also made certain statements regarding several posts in the part which are misleading.
“As the secretary general, I wish to dismiss any misconception that party members or members of the public might have of PDP president’s alleged statement on Sunday,” he said.
He explained that Dato Sri Tiong King Sing still retains his post as the party president uncontested in view that at the closing of the nomination, only his name was received.
“It was also unanimously agreed during the supreme council meeting that there will be no contests for the senior positions in the party namely president, deputy president, two posts of senior vice president and three posts of vice president.
“Only one name was nominated for the president’s post namely Dato Sri Tiong King Sing. The ordinary supreme council posts will be open for contests.
“This was a collective and unanimous decision of the Supreme Council, not just that of Dato Sri President,” he stressed. [...]
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MIRI: Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng and Roland Engan have both won the Miri and Baram Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) branch leader seats in the PKR election today.
For Miri PKR deputy chairman, Bolhan Saliji won by 101 votes, beating Christina Rimbor Kelit who had 57 votes and Wesley Ancho Mering with 9 votes.
The vice-chancellor seat was won by Churchill Chukan with 86 votes, defeating Ricky Bakir who garnered 66 votes.
On Baram’s side, the deputy chairman seat went to Boyce Ngau Anyi who secured 129 votes, just slightly more than his competitor Paul Baya who had gotten 114 votes.
Vice-chancellor went to Chaterine Jok Uvang who beat Elias Lipi Mat’s 111 votes.
The results today show Rafizi Ramli winning two branches, namely Miri and Sibuti while Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmi Ali won the Baram branch.
For the Miri branch, Rafizi garnered 63 votes, just two votes more than Azmin. In Sibuti, Rafizi won with 42 votes while Azmin had 15 votes. In Baram, Azmin earned 100 votes while Rafizi had 97 votes. [...]
KOTA KINABALU: The Election Commission (EC) has submitted the list of Sabah's 13 new state seats to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad for further action. [...]
Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili
KOTA MARUDU: Parti Bersatu Sabah Deputy President and Kota Marudu Member of Parliament, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, is here to stay.
Assuring supporters here today, the former federal minister also stressed that he will not abandoned his voters in exchange for better position to fulfil his personal gain.
The senior politician said betrayal is a virus that has spread after the 14th general election and United Pasokmomogun KadazanDusunMurut Organisation (UPKO) exit from Barisan Nasional made PBS opposition.
“UPKO betrayed us. They jumped ship right after Tan Sri Musa Aman-led government took oath. Their betrayal made us opposition.
“As such, PBS challenge them to vacate their four state and parliament seats they won under the BN flag and fund. Let the grassroots will judge them and test the voters verdict on their frogging acts. See if they can win their seats back,” he said in his speech at the 33rd PBS N5 Tandek Annual General Meeting, here, today.
Tandek Assemblywoman Datuk Anita Baranting read Ongkili’s speech, who is on medical leave.
PBS Vice President Datuk Seri Panglima Radin Malleh officiated the AGM. Also present were PBS Secretary General Datuk Johnny Mositun, Deputy President Datuk Jamilah Sulaiman and Vice President Datuk Daniel Kinsik, and to mention some.
He said vacating the seats is an honourable thing to do.
“PBS will move on and continue to serve the Sabah people with dignity and sincerity,” said Ongkili urging supporters to “stay put, steady and jangan lari” (do not run).
He added that after three decades, PBS remain relevant but will face challenging years ahead with the current political scenario.
“The future is uncertain and rough. But don’t lose hope and give up. PBS have responsible leaders and we will ensure we fight sincerely with clear set goals.
“We have no plan to take you to hell. We are in pursuit of heaven of this earth for Sabah. But we must be careful to choose our future path carefully and wisely,” he said.
Ongkili added that leaders need to be sober and act steadily fuelled with resilience, and most importantly refrain from acting out of fear or simply follow the crowd chasing after immediate goodies and personal political benefits.
About 500 delegates attended the AGM. [...]
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook page has 10 million likes, but he has come under fire for allegedly buying support from so-called “click farms”, which he denies. AFP file photo
PHNOM PENH: Hackers targeted the official Facebook page of Cambodia’s premier Hun Sen on Friday and falsely claimed he would cede several parliamentary seats, an official said, after the strongman swept last month’s election virtually uncontested.
The long-serving leader’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is expected to take all 125 spots in parliament when official results are announced next week, cementing Cambodia’s status as a one-party state.
But on Friday, hackers broke into Hun Sen’s official Facebook page and said the CPP would give away four seats to other parties, a ruling party spokesman confirmed to AFP.
The perplexing message was up for about an hour and got some 3,300 “likes” before it was removed.
“The news was fake,” Sok Eysan told AFP, confirming there are no plans to share seats with any other parties.
He said Hun Sen’s account was likely hacked by “opposition groups or traitors or outlawed rebels.”
The post claimed the seats would go to Funcinpec Party and the League for Democracy Party, both small political parties in Cambodia that took a slim margin of votes last month.
The controversial election was held without the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on the ballot after it was dissolved by a Cambodian court last year and one of its leaders Kem Sokha jailed and accused of treason.
The CNRP won 44 percent of the vote in the last elections, the most credible challenge to Hun Sen’s rule since he came to power 33 years ago.
The 66-year-old leader eagerly embraced social media in the run-up to the election in a bid to win support from the youth in Cambodia, where two-thirds of the population of 16 million people are under 30.
His Facebook page has 10 million likes, but he has come under fire for allegedly buying support from so-called “click farms”, which he denies.
His elections campaign also coincided with the silencing of critics in the media and civil society, and his overwhelming election majority drew criticism from the United States and the European Union.
Voter turnout was more than 80 percent, though more than 600,000 of ballots were spoiled and considered inadmissible, sparking concerns of voter intimidation. -AFP [...]
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