Tuesday, January 20, 2009
潘俭伟表示将继续向政府施压，要政府透明化处理大道事务，并提出数项建议，包括根据国际标准所设定的管制基建工业（regulated infrastructure industry）的合理回酬，调低大道过路费、收购大道、创意性收购某些大道例如收购价码以股价计算、公开招标大道维修与升格管理及公开招标新大道的建设与管理权。
潘俭伟以他所关注的白蒲大道（Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong）为例，指此大道合约内的条例阐明，政府有权力收购大道，收购价格包括建筑成本、股东12%的投资回报、债务等。
赖昭光则形容大道私营化根本就是“康头政策”，并且具有“三部曲”。他说，在解密的大道合约内，他所阅读过的三份合约都能发现一样的段落，先是“政府希望……”（The Government desirous…）、继而是“某公司计划……”（X company proposed…），最后是“政府接受……”（The Government accepted…）。
他也揭露了某些大道公司背后由谁拥有，其中包括前敦拉萨的私人秘书兼前工程部部长聂哈山阿都拉曼（Nik Hassan bin Abdul Rahman）、前巫统最高理事（2000—2003年）诺莱莎（Norraesah binti Mohd）是槟威大桥的董事，而教育部长希山慕丁的幼弟也是最近才开通的大使路淡江大道（DUKE）背后的大股东。
Saturday, January 17, 2009
9.55pm: At a press conference tonight, Prime Minister-in-waiting Najib said that the defeat in Kuala Terengganu should not be interpreted as the voters having spurned Barisan Nasional.
He denied that the poll was a vote of no confidence on his leadership.
While Najib conceded that this was a setback for the ruling coalition, he nevertheless played down the importance of the by-election.
"We accept this defeat. This is the decision of the people. In a democratic system, the people's voice is supreme," he said."I am confident that in the end the people will be confident of BN," he added."We will continue with our commitment to serve people even better, to bring them to a greater and higher level of success."
At the 10-minute press conference, BN candidate Wan Ahmad Farid, was sitting next to Najib, did not say a word. Also present were Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Said and Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
MCA president Ong Tee Keat meanwhile said that although BN was defeated in the by-election, the vote from the Chinese community however had increased compared with the March general election."Despite the unfavourable results, I would like to thank the Chinese voters for staying with MCA during this difficult time," he said in a statement."The outcome strengthens our courage to change and accept that what we strive for the nation may not totally reflect what the people want."There are differences as well as common grounds. We must learn and appreciate better these differences for us to shape a better tomorrow," he added.DAP leaders explained that the low turnout of Chinese voters was the cause of PAS obtaining fewer votes from the minority community. According to them, about 3,000 of the 8,000 voters are residing outside of Kuala Terengganu and did not return to vote as they would have to make the trip again due to Chinese New Year celebrations in a week's time.
9.50pm: It's celebration time in Kuala Terengganu with PAS supporters taking to the streets to celebrate their victory, causing a massive traffic jam in the city.9.30pm: PAS vice-president Ahmad Awang: "The win shows that Pakatan Rakyat is aviable coalition... This win is not just for PAS but for Pakatan Rakyat."
With this win, the Anwar Ibrahim-led opposition now has 82 seats in Parliament. Barisan Nasional meanwhile has 137 seats and the remaining three seats are held by independents.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has just arrived at Terengganu's Mentri Besar residence, where only a few BN supporters were seen. BN has organised a 35-table buffet dinner outside the building but most of them were unoccupied. Najib is expected to call a press conference soon.
9.29pm: The Election Commission's returning officer announced that PAS has won Kuala Terengganu.
9.26pm It's official. PAS has won the Kuala Terengganu by-election with a 2,631-vote.
Its candidate, Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, obtained 32,883 votes while BN's Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh garnered 30,252 and Independent candidate Azhazudin Mamat obtained 193.
9.20pm: The EC is expected to announce official results at any time now. Only PAS candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut is present. No BN leaders are seen at the main tally centre at the Kuala Terengganu state stadium.
Thousands of opposition supporters outside the stadium appeared jubilant.
9.10pm: According EC official tally: PAS (32,393 votes), BN (29,969), Independent (191) with two more boxes to be tallied. The majority so far is 2,424.
9.05pm: PAS leaders on the other hand, led by party president Abdul Hadi Awang, are heading towards the counting centre at Stadium Negeri to wait for the official announcement.
9.04pm: Terengganu MB's official residence is still bereft of any top BN/Umno leaders. DPM Najib was supposed to be here at 8pm. The whereabouts of both and BN candidate Wan Ahmad Farid is unknown. At the residence, MB Ahmad Said is huddled with about 20 of his supporters.
8.55pm: Latest count - BN has reduced PAS' lead to 1,751 votes - PAS (28,249), BN (26,498), Independent (160). With another 9,000 votes to be counted, it is very unlikely for BN to stop PAS.
Thousands of PAS supporters have gathered outside the main tally centre at the Kuala Terengganu state stadium. Meanwhile, the official Election Commission tally has PAS leading by 543 votes - PAS (24,004), BN (21,461), Independent (136). This is based on 100 polling boxes while 44 boxes yet to tallied.
8.45pm: According PAS leaders, the party has won Kuala Terengganu by a majority of 1,600 votes. It is learnt that PAS has won in all four state constituencies. In the last general election, the party won three of the four state constituencies.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is to call a press conference soon.
8.35pm: Unofficial - PAS now leads by 2,132 votes with 52,466 votes counted so far - PAS (26,971), BN (24,839), Independent (152). Another 20 percent of votes, or about 10,000 votes, yet to be counted.
PAS is certain to win the crucial Kuala Terengganu by-election with this unassailable lead.
8.20pm: BN sources say the party is ready to admit defeat.
Meanwhile, the EC official board at the main tally centre is now showing PAS leading - PAS (18,532 votes), BN (18,364), Independent (119). This tally is based on 85 boxes while 59 yet to be tallied.
8.16pm: With 48,842 votes counted, PAS has extended its lead over BN by 2,224 votes. PAs garnered 24,604 votes while BN has 22,380. Independent is way back with 142. There are about 15,000 votes left to be counted.
8.13pm: Unofficial PAS has won the Bandar state seat by 190-vote majority. This is the only state seat the party lost in the March general election. About 80 percent of the Chinese voters in the Kuala Terengganu constitutency are from Bandar.
8.08pm: Latest unofficial count: PAS increased lead to 2,026 votes. PAS (23,640 votes), BN (21,614), Independent (136). About 30 percent of votes yet to be tallied.Meanwhile, the Election Commission's unofficial tally has BN still leading - BN (15,385 votes), PAS (15,189), Independent (92). This tally is from 70 boxes while another 74 have yet to be tallied.
7.55pm: EC's unofficial tally put's BN in the lead with 11,120 votes. PAS has 10,802 votes while Independent has 69. This tally is from 50 boxes received, with 94 boxes yet to come in.
7.48pm: PAS is now leading by 1,554 votes. Its candidate has garnered 22,030 votes as opposed to BN's 20,476. Independent candidate has bagged 134 votes so far.
7.42pm: PAS has now obtained 19,487 votes, leading by a 1,007-vote majory over BN which has gained 18,480. Independent has 117 votes. PAS is also leading in all four state constituencies.
7.40pm: PAS has extended its lead to 1,078 votes. Latest count from sources - PAS (18,934 votes), BN (17,907), Independent (113).The official Election Commission tally board has BN in the lead with less than 10,000 votes being counted - BN (4,676 votes), PAS (3,966), Independent (26).
7.26pm: It is learnt that Deputy Prime Minister Najib has asked all BN leaders, including the BN candidate, to assemble at Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Said's official residence at 8pm. 7.25pm: PAS is leading by 778 votes. PAS (16,795 votes), BN (16,795), Independent (107). PAS is slightly ahead in all four state constitutencies.
7.15pm: PAS has increased its lead to 530 votes. PAS (16,237 votes), BN (15,707), Independent (89). Another 50 percent of votes yet to be tallied.
7.06pm: EC's unofficial voter turnout is 79.73 percent (63,967 voters).
The highest turnout is at the Pasir Panjang polling district under the Ladang constituency - 91.72 percent (or 2,845) of the 3,102 voters had voted.And the lowest turnout was recorded at the Paya Bunga polling district at the Bandar state constituency at 61.81 percent - only 1,429 came out to vote from a total of 2,509 voters.
7.05pm: PAS is now leading by 158 votes - PAS (14,802 votes), BN (14,644). According to inside sources, PAS is leading in all areas except the Ladang state constituency.There are hundreds of PAS supporters outside the state stadium where the main tally centre is located. Few Umno supporters spotted.
7.04pm: Unofficial result for postal votes - BN (1.039 votes), PAS (86) and Independent (1). Majority - 953.
6.50pm: BN is leading PAS by 53 votes. BN candidate has 13,095 votes against PAS' 13,042. The Independent candidate has bagged 72 votes so far.
Another 60 percent of the votes yet to be tallied.
6.40pm: According to inside sources, of the 14,370 votes counted so far, BN is leading by 259. Another 80 percent of votes yet to be counted.
5.30pm: Counting begins at all 36 polling centres. When counting is completed, all votes are tallied at each centre and sent to main centre located at the Kuala Terengganu state stadium where the final result will be announced.
5pm: Polling is closed at all 36 polling centres for the Kuala Terengganu by-election.
The votes will now be counted at respective polling centres from 5.30pm, after which they would be tallied at the Kuala Terengganu state stadium.
Officials results will then be announced at the stadium by 10.30pm the latest.Voter turnout is around 80 percent, which is slightly lower than the 82.45 percent at the March 8, 2008 general elections.
4.55pm: EC said that as at 4pm, the voter turnout stood at 76 percent. That means 60,794 of the 80,229 voters have voted so far.
4.45pm: PAS candidate's agent Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah claimed that he received reports regarding BN trying to "sneak in phantom voters in the final hour" of the polling day."It is quite strange, because starting at 2pm today, the voters' streams are getting slower and at some parts, there were no queues at all."But FRU started to line up in front of school's gates. What are their motives? In the morning, when the turnout was high, there was not a single FRU personnel in sight!" he said.Wan Sukairi said such incidents occurred at Ladang, Sekolah Menengah Bandar and Durian Burung. He however was positive on PAS winning the by-election despite a 'lower turnout' this time around.He also said PAS candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid was currently riding on his motorcycle from a polling station to another to monitor the situation.Meanwhile BN candidate's agent refused to comment when contacted.4.30pm: Malaysiakini observation: A quick survey of polling stations between 4pm and 4.30pm indicated that PAS campaigners were outnumbering the BN people.Many BN campaigners in these stations were seen resting and appeared unenthusiastic compared to PAS party workers.PAS has also lined-up a team of lawyers on the streets in case of a need for legal help.The voter flow also appeared to be slow in some of these stations.
4.15pm: NST reports the unofficial voter turnout stands at 72 percent. The EC will give its official figure at 6pm.4.10pm: Independent candidate Azharuddin is nowhere in sight and could not be contacted as his mobile phone is switched off.4.05pm: When contacted, election observers Mafrel said that many party supporters were still campaigning at the polling centres despite it being against the election laws to be campaigning today."It is even more disappointing when they are using minors to campaign today," said Mafrel's BK Ong.He added that the party candidates should have made public their expenses during the 11 days of campaigning, including "the use of public facilities".
3.30pm: PAS's official organ Harakah reported that Putera Umno chief Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim was ‘caught' by PAS monitoring team trying to pass himself off as an election agent.The report said that the incident happened this morning at 10.45am at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pusat Cabang Tiga, Bandar. Abdul Azeez was reportedly using a BN agent pass belonging to one Ibrahim Omar.PAS is expected to lodge a police report on the matter soon.However when contacted by Malaysiakini, Abdul Azeez denied being ‘caught' by anyone from PAS, stating that it was a mischevious lies. He added that he has been at the Tok Ku polling centre, also in Bandar since morning.
Tok Ku polling centre is about 600 metres away from the Cabang Tiga centre.
3.10pm A check at several polling stations indicates an unexpected low turnout. Weather still holding.
2.30pm NST reports: Deputy Umno Wanita leader Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is busy making her rounds to monitor the by-election along with Wanita chief Rafidah Aziz.
2.10pm Campaigners continue their final push under the scorching afternoon sun. Our team members describe the heat as the worst over the past 10 days.
2.00pm Turnout is reported at only 56 percent. PAS is concerned as they feel that this may give rise to phantom voters.
1pm: According to RTM, 44 per cent of voters have turned out to vote. 12:43pm Worried that their ballot papers would be accidentaly spoilt after they were folded by EC officials, voters in SK Bukit Losong polling station made a report to EC and the officials were later instructed not to do so. Earlier, Malaysian for free and fair election (Mafrel) reported that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and some BN supporters entered the polling station even though they have no right to do so. This resulted in a protest by some PAS supporters.
12.15pm A minor scuffle erupts between Umno and Pakatan supporters in front of Sek Men Gong Kapas following a name-calling episode. According to the National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI), the Umno supporters were campaigning at their office next to the school while PAS and PKR supporters were campaigning not far from there.During the heated exchange of words, they started to punch each other before they were dispersed by police officers five minutes later. It was later learnt that the supporters involved are not locals but from other states.
12 noon As of this hour, 42 per cent of the 80,229 electorates have cast their votes, according to the EC chair. Fifty percent of them are elderly voters. Only five percent of young voters turn up. Polling closes at 5pm.
11.45am mStar reports: Election Commission chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof says indelible ink may be used in the next general election. "We are currently doing our research to go on with the use of indelible ink", he said after paying a visit to polling station at Sekolah Menengah Tunku Bariah.
11.25am Under the watchful eyes of dozens of police officers, the polling station in Kubang Ikan is calm and BN/PAS pondok panas seem to attract equal numbers of voters.
11.20am Election Commission officials says they hope for a high turnout among the 80,229 voters who are eligible to cast their ballots, according to AFP. They say that the short lines of voters at polling booths during the morning was normal and that the pace will pick up in the afternoon.
11am Weather still holding although rain is expected in the afternoon. Most polling stations report brisk polling. No uneventful incident reported.
10.30am According Mafrel, a fight between PAS and Umno supporters in Losong Primary School caught the attention of the FRU, who came in four trucks followed by a helicopter. The fight is said to have been sparked by the 'offensive' banners put up by Umno.
10.20am Mostly women supporters from both sides seen outside the five polling stations within the Ladang state seat.These are Malay areas. Situation calm. Heavy police presence at schools. Traffic jams due to campaigning in front of schools.
10.03am: NST reports: In SK Chabang Tiga, BN party workers look worried as a majority of voters are seen stopping at the Pakatan Rakyat pondok panas before entering the polling station.
9.50am At Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman where the Chinese voters of Kg Cina cast their votes, turnout is brisk. Many are seen quietly in queue. Outside, some 50 supporters of both camps are separated by police. Atmosphere is friendly. MCA leaders Dr Chua Soi Lek, Liow Tiong La, Wong Foon Meng are here. Also sighted are DAP's Ronnie Liew, PKR's Tian Chua and PAS' Annuar Tan.
9.27am Bernama reports: Traffic in the city under control, with vehicles carrying party flags seen plying the streets. Police personnel station themselves in strategic locations. The Election Commission expects a 90 per cent voter turnout.
9.00am Over at SK Pusat Chabang Tiga station, about 100 PAS and Umno supporters seen on both sides of road waving flags and placards. PAS group comprises mainly elderly women while Umno seems to be dominated by Puteri members. They exchange shouts with PAS' Allahu-akbar while Umno replies with "PAS kluk klek", "PAS bohong."
8.50am Big groups of BN supporters armed with party flags start converging outside Sek Men Bukit Besar. Shouts of Allahu-akbar and 'Hidup BN' heard.
8.30 am Weather reported good throughout KT when polling started. Morning is cool although some parts are cloudy. Large groups of policemen seen outside some polling stations.
8.15am After voting, Wan Farid told reporters outside, "God willing, voters will choose intelligently and vote for continuity through BN'
7.50am BN's Wan Ahmad Farid arrives at the Sek Men Bukit Besar. Together with his wife, Intan Baizura, they voted at 8.05am.
7.45am PAS candidate Wahid Endut arrives at Sek Men Pusat Chabang Tiga polling station. Accompanied by his wife and five of his nine children, he says he wants to be the first voter at the station.
另一方面，新闻部否认派钱给在瓜拉登嘉楼采访的新闻工作者。官方新闻社马新社引述新闻部长阿末沙比里仄的新闻秘书希山阿都哈密（Hisham Abdul Hamid）说，新闻部不曾指示任何官员这么做；“这从来都不是新闻部的做法。”
Thursday, January 15, 2009
法立兹在报案书中指出：“他向公务员发出的威胁语是，‘如果你们敢，和不怕丢掉工作，就请便’。”（ kalau berani dan tidak takut dibuang kerja silalah.）公务员可能投废票
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak menafikan pemberian projek kepada 583 kontraktor kelas F di Terengganu pagi tadi sebagai rasuah politik demi memenangkan BN dalam pilihanraya kecil Kuala Terengganu."Ia bukan rasuah, apa yang kita (kerajaan BN) buat sehari dua ini adalah sebahagian pakej rangsangan fiskal saya umum (dulu)," kata timbalan perdana menteri.
Mohd Najib mengumumkan pengagihan kontrak projek kecil berjumlah RM15.8 juta di Kuala Terengganu - sebahagian RM900 juta peruntukan tahun ini untuk kontraktor kelas F di seluruh negara daripada pakej RM7 bilion yang diumumkan di Dewan Rakyat, November lepas."(Pengagihan) itu bukan pembelian undi tetapi pelaksanaan projek yang telah dirancang sebelum (bekas ahli parlimen) Datuk Razali Ismail meninggal dunia."Pemberian projek kepada kontraktor kelas F terbabit adalah sebahagian rangsangan fiskal pembangunan ekonomi seluruh negara," katanya petang ini selepas menyampaikan bantuan kepada sekolah agama rakyat yang berdaftar dengan Kementerian Pelajaran di pantai timur.
Mohd Najib diminta mengulas dakwaan Timbalan Presiden PAS Nasharuddin Mat Isa pagi ini bahawa projek-projek pembangunan yang dijanjikan oleh kerajaan sewaktu pilihanraya kecil ini sebagai taktik lama untuk merasuah pengundi.
Pagi tadi, beliau merasmikan majlis pelancaran pengundian Projek Infrastruktur Awam (PIA) dan Projek Infrastruktur Asas (PIAS) daerah Kuala Terengganu untuk tahun ini di Wisma Darul Iman.Setiap projek bernilai RM30,000 hingga RM200,000 diberikan kepada semua 583 kontraktor kelas F yang hadir melalui undian berkomputer.
Pada pilihanraya kecil parlimen Sabtu depan, calon BN Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh bersaing dengan calon PAS Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut dan calon bebas Azharudin Mamat @ Azam.
对比回教党候选人阿都瓦希（Abdul Wahid Endut）紧密的行程，旺阿末法立的过去五天的行程非常疏松。提名日当天，记者问旺阿末法立接下来要做什么时，他的回应竟是“回家见岳母”；昨日阿都瓦希从早到晚共有18场活动，可是旺阿末法立截至下午三时半，只出席了五个活动，有记者甚至形容，他从未见过如此空闲的候选人，活动完毕后还可与记者一起享用肯德基家乡鸡。
无论如何，在这个黄金周末，国阵的竞选工作有了改善的迹象。阿末法立的行程已开始紧凑，截至下午三时半共有七个活动，巫统瓜登总秘书罗斯里（Rosli Mat Hassan）接受《独立新闻在线》电访时表示，国阵今天的竞选工作进步许多，各层次的协调工作进行得很好，巫青团、巫统妇女组和女青年团都积极投入张贴海报等工作。
除了民联三党，一批以《今日马来西亚》主编拉惹柏特拉（Raja Petra Kamarudin）和人权律师哈里斯（Haris Ibrahim）为首的部落客也亲临瓜登，为回教党站台及拉票。敢怒敢言的拉惹柏特拉可谓选区红人，所到之处都有人要求与他合影。
Thursday, January 8, 2009
这个由登嘉楼州务大臣阿末赛益（Ahmad Said）主持开幕的活动派发约300个礼篮予年龄65岁或以上的老年人，国阵候选人阿末法立（Wan Ahmad Farid）、马华公会总秘书王茀明、马华公会万达区州议员兼登州行政议员杜振耀皆出席了这个活动。
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Pesuruhjaya PAS Negeri, Ustaz Saleh Man ketika menghubungi Harakahdaily memberitahu, penubuhan itu bermatlamat menyatukan kenyataan media di samping menyelaraskan aktiviti yang diatur agar kelihatan lebih konsisten dan tersusun.
"Melalui penyatuan organisasi pastinya mengorak beberapa langkah positif ke arah meningkatkan kestabilan sesama parti dalam Pakatan Rakyat. Ianya memberi ruang untuk semua parti menyumbangkan pandangan semata-mata untuk kebaikan rakyat, " ujarnya.
Melalui MPR ini juga satu sekretariat telah diwujudkan antaranya pengerusi dan setiausaha bersama ketiga parti iaitu Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KeADILan), PAS dan DAP.
Sementara itu, Ketua Perhubungan KeADILan Negeri, Dato' Zahrin Hashim dalam kenyataan akhbarnya selepas mengadakan mesyuarat kali pertama MPR di sebuah hotel dekat sini mengatakan, penubuhan MPR selari dengan MPR di peringkat pusat iaitu untuk menyatukan semua pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat di bawah satu bumbung.
Menerusi MPR itu nanti semua kenyataan akhbar akan diseragamkan serta mengadakan perbincangan terlebih dahulu jika sekiranya mahu mengadakan aktiviti atau pelaksanaan program tanpa menyentuh tentang dasar mana-mana parti yang terlibat.
"Penubuhan itu akan menyatukan semua Ahli Parlimen, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) dengan kepimpinan peringkat negeri. Setiap parti akan dianggotai tujuh orang wakil untuk berbincang sebelum pelaksanaan dibuat, " kata beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bayan Baru.
Sambungnya, MPR peringkat negeri akan dilancarkan oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng pada masa terdekat dengan menghimpunkan semua ahli dan penyokong Pakatan Rakyat di satu lokasi yang akan diberitahu kelak.
Monday, January 5, 2009
There has been a steadily escalating drive to get the local press - newspapers such as the Star, the NST and Utusan - to paint the Opposition in a negative light and to portray an image of an imminent bust-up between the three Pakatan Rakyat partners KeADILan, DAP and PAS.
And the man behind this latest push to gag and steer the Barisan Nasional-controlled press has turned out to be none other than Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak!
In a move that goes against civil norms and his own self-professed moderate outlook, Najib is reneging on very public promises made - including during last month’s high-profile Al-Jazeera interview with Riz Khan - that under him, Malaysians can safely and assuredly look forward to greater democratic space.
If Malaysians had believed him then and thought he deserved a second listen, then for sure they know now that they were wrong, and that this adage does indeed apply to him - a leopard cannot change its spots!
For Najib - in the public eye for 33 years - has long been been known for the huge political baggage that he carries, which include a barrage of allegations of multi-billion ringgit corruption.
Although, he has tried hard to rebrand himself, the 55-year old DPM is now desperate to ensure that he gets to sit in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s chair this March.
Although, he has won the Umno presidency uncontested, it is still not a given that he will automatically assume Abdullah’s premiership.
What goes around comes around
What could stand in his way?
Basically, a massive loss of confidence from within the Barisan Nasional and in particular Umno. There is already a growing group of BN and Umno politicians, who are starting to seriously wonder if Najib is indeed made of the ‘right stuff’ to be Malaysia’s sixth prime minister.
Privately, they have been asking among themselves - does Najib even have clear leadership over his own community - the Malays - let alone the respect of rest of the nation’s 25 million people.
Well, they will soon know. A quick test is coming up - the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election slated for Jan 17. The 80,000-strong constituency is 88-percent Malay, with Chinese forming nearly 11 percent, while the rest are Indian and other minority groups.
Many in the politically-savvy Malay community believe that KT will mark either the beginning or the beginning-of-the-end of his hold over Umno and the BN.
They believe that it is crucial for Umno to retain KT and by a more convincing majority than the 628-vote differential it won in the March 8, 2008 general election.
It was during this watershed election that for the first time, the Umno-led BN lost its two-third majority in Parliament.
The result was so disastrous that it paved the way for Najib to oust Abdullah - by scouring support from disgusted Umno and BN leaders to force the latter into accepting early retirement.
But the wheels of fortune keep turning and those who live by the sword die by the sword. As Najib ousted his boss, others are now looking to oust him, the incoming president of Umno.
Deflecting attention from his own scandals
Abdullah - blamed for the March 8 debacle - may have agreed to pass the baton to Najib this March.
But once it is clear that despite the succession plan, Malaysians still prefer to support Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan alliance - then this is when the political clock will start ticking for Najib.
According to independent online news reports and other sources, the DPM summoned key editors from both the electronic and print media to his official residence two weeks ago.
He gave them a tongue lashing and a severe dressing-down. Also present was Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
Despite being used to ‘guidance’ on the angle of their news coverage, the editors were nevertheless stunned by the directness and dead-serious demeanour of the DPM - who told them in no uncertain terms to be distinctly anti-Opposition or else risk his wrath.
Sources said Najib also warned of dire consequences befalling Malaysia if the Opposition formed the federal government. He repeatedly stressed the importance of winning the Kuala Terengganu seat.
Against such manipulation - Malaysians lose most
Thus the reason for the recent all-out assault by the BN-controlled media on the Pakatan and its leaders.
MCA’s recently elected president Ong Tee Keat too was quick to side his boss, Najib, while taking the opportunity to rid his party-controlled Star newspaper of top executives aligned to his predecessors Ong Ka Ting and Ling Liong Sik.
Nevetheless, despite the power play and no matter which way KT turns out, it is Malaysians nationwide who will lose the most if they do not stand up and reiterate their rejection against the brand of manipulation and intimidation being promulgated by Najib now, and by his mentor ex-PM Mahathir Mohamad before.
For how else can they prevent corruption, how else can they stop their national wealth from being eaten up and siphoned out, how else can they protect their children from the endless greed of recalcitrant leaders, how else to ensure that future generations get to inherit what is rightfully due to them.
Said Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim: “Our country is now facing a very uncertain economic future. The effects and implications are only starting to play out. The high inflation rate has caused the price of goods to rush up. There is a crisis of confidence in the security of the country, in its judiciary system. All these do not bode well for us and make it even more difficult to attract investments to stimulate our economy.We cannot remain in a state of denial.”
“The Kuala Terengganu by-election is a crucial and critical one as it will have a major influence on whether the changes started by the March 8 political tsunami last year should be pressed on or be blocked and even reversed,” DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said.
Political baggage revisited
It is clear that Najib will continue pursuing a strategy of directing efforts, resources and time on snuffing out the Opposition rather than focusing on the economic crisis and the never-before-seen retrenchment levels, which are both starting to be felt across the country.
Despite loud calls to Malaysians to stop politicking and focus on the economy, Najib is not heeding his own words.
Perhaps he knows that he cannot allow a two-party system to exist. Perhaps he knows he is not the one to lead Malaysia’s transformation. Lacking in both political firepower and personal drive to rid the country of the corruption crippling it, perhaps Najib knows that his survival lies in destabilising Pakatan at all costs.
This realisation is also starting to dawn on the country, the rest of Umno and the BN.
Until now, despite having entered active politics at age of 22, few Malaysians can actually point out Najib’s contributions to the country.
Many know about about his ‘political aristocracy’ - that he is the eldest son of second premier Abdul Razak - but after that what else?
Sad to say, in 99 times out of 100, when Najib enters the topic of conversation, attention invariably zooms in on his infamous ‘political baggage’, rather than on his achievements for the country.
Always only after a huge public uproar
For example, which Malaysian hasn’t heard about Najib’s recent attempt to privatise the National Heart Institute (IJN) to conglomerate Sime Darby? Or debated the pros and cons of the wasteful RM1.7 billion ringgit air terminal project at Labis - again granted to Sime?
As Finance Minister, Najib was weeks ago accused of selling out lower-income Malaysians, ignoring their concerns about escalating health-are costs. In particular, the IJN deal sparked allegations of cronyism because it was arranged by a bank led by his youngest brother Nazir. The deal was scrapped only after another huge public uproar.
Few Malaysians too have not heard of his alleged involvement with Altantutya Shaariibuu, wherein he was accused of having a sexual affair with the beautiful Mongolian woman before passing her onto his adviser Razak Baginda, who also took her in as his lover.
The sensational murder trial of the 28-year old Altantuya, horrifically killed and bombed to pieces in Malaysia in 2006, has been widely reported in the international press. The suspects are two police officers from a special unit tasked to look after Najib and his office. The two are now being tried for her murder.
Then, who hasn’t heard of Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the blogger who broke the news linking Altantuya to Najib and his wife, Rosmah? Raja Petra was later detained under the Internal Security Act and is still facing sedition charges.
What about the RM1.6 billion Eurocopter chopper deal that Najib rushed through during his last days in the defence ministry? Haven’t you heard of that?
And also what happened to its whistleblower - Abu Zahar Hashim, the former Umno Petaling Jaya Selatan division leader. Zahar, who leaked news of the deal which was approved without conducting test flights on the helicopters, was suspended by his party for daring to speak up.
He has since joined PAS and has promised to reveal other misdeeds - starting with the BN government’s purchase of Scorpene submarines during Najib’s time in the defence ministry.
With so much negative press of his own in the pipeline, it is no wonder that the DPM feels the need to go all out to gag his own press.
Even at the risk of futher marginalising the country and obstructing its socio-economic development and prosperity.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Demonstrasi demi demonstrasi telah dilancarkan di seluruh dunia, khususnya para muslim.
Di Sungai Petani, 1 demonstrasi telah diadakan pada Jumaat, 02 January 209. Demonstrasi anjuran Pakatan Rakyat Kedah ini berarak dari Masjid Muzaffar Shah sehingga ke dataran MPSP di jam besar.
Beratus umat Islam menyertai demonstrasi membantah kekerasan Israel itu setelah solat Jumaat, kelihatan juga para pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat. Namum jumlah bukan Islam yang turut serta tidak kelihatan. Selain daripada pemimpin-pemimpin PKR yang berketurunan Cina & India, rakyat biasa yang bukan Islam seolah-olah tidak peka dan tidak menyokong bantahan terhadap pembunuhan yang tidak bertamadun itu.
Tujuan saya mengadirkan diri adalah untuk menyatakan pendirian saya yang membantah segala perang fizikal, tidak kira ianya terjadi di mana. Manusia pada zamn moden yang bertamadun ini, tidak sepatutnya wujud pembunuhan yang zalim.
Oleh yang demikian, adalah menjadi harapan saya unuk melihat lebih ramai keluar untuk menyatakan bantahan terhadap peperangan fizikal yang telah mengorbankan banak nyawa khususnya wanita dan kanak-kanak. Kita harus mengetepikan perbezaan agama, bangsa, budaya dan etnik. Kita harus menyatakan kebencian kita terhadap kekejaman Israel dan menuntut agar dihentikan dengan serta-merta serangan ke atas Palestin.