Saturday, February 28, 2009

Emergency sitting of Perak state assembly is illegitimate

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Perak state assembly speaker V. Sivakumar cannot call an emergency sitting of the assembly because the court has yet to make a decision on the status of the government in the state.

The Deputy Prime Minister said any decision to hold a state assembly sitting in Perak depended on the decision made by the court in relation to the case.

It is clear that any emergency sitting of the Perak state assembly may not be made after a decision of the Court in respect of the case has been filed against the status of the BN government in Perak.

Ironically, establish the status of the Perak government in terms of the constitution is crucial. On Feb 13 former Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin initiated court action in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to get a declaration that he is the rightful menteri besar of Perak.

He also sought an injunction to prevent the new Menteri Besar, Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir from carrying out the Menteri Besar's duties and for a fresh election to be held in Perak.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sarawak Batang Ai by-election

After Permatang Pauh, Kuala Trengganu, Bukit Gantang and Bukit Serambau, now is Batang Ai by-election. In the wake of crisis face by PKR, will it be an acid test for PKR or otherwise. Let's wait and see.

Dublin Unting Ingkot

Sarawak assistant minister and Batang Ai state assemblyman Dublin Unting Ingkot, passed away at the Normah Medical Specialist Centre after suffering from a stroke.

Unting, 55, who were the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) vice-president and Sports and Agriculture assistant minister had been hospitalized for the past nine months after falling into a coma following a massive stroke in May last year while being interviewed by RTM radio channel in his capacity as the Chef de Mission for the Sarawak contingent to Sukma.

During last state election held in May 2006, Unting won the predominantly Iban seat after defeating Nicholas Bawin Anggat of the Sarawak National Party(SNAP) with a 806-vote majority.

He first won the Batang Ai seat in 1991 under the Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) ticket, which was then in opposition at the state level in a straight fight with Mikai Mandau from the Barisan Nasional (BN).

In 1996 and 2001, he retained the seat on BN-PBDS ticket and later joined PRS following the deregistration of PBDS due to an internal leadership crisis in 2004.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Karpal gets death threat, bullets in mail

DAP chairman Karpal Singh has received a death threat that he, along with his whole family, would be "annihilated".

Karpal Singh

The envelope containing the letter also had two bullets. It was delivered to Karpal's home in Jalan Utama, Penang.

Superintendent Shaharon Anuar Abdul Latif from Penang state police contingent headquarters urged everyone to be calm and warned people against spreading rumors about the case.

He said people should leave it to the police to carry out their investigations. The writer told Karpal Singh not to fool around with the Malay rulers (jangan main main) and Malays in general and also threatened to burn his entire family, adding that he knew where Karpal Singh lived.

It went on to warn him not to find trouble with the Malays if he loved his family. Otherwise, the writer threatened to annihilate Karpal and his family.

"This is a serious threat and I want the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to provide protection for me and my family.

"I have never asked for such protection, but the situation has reached a very serious level," he said.

Ironically, Malaysian politics has been relatively stable and people should appreciate it. Due to the sensitivity involved in race relation, ground rules are set in the Federal and state Constitutions.

All Malaysian especially politicians should try to use great sensitivity to the feelings of the multi-racial
Faith-Based Initiative in the Malaysian Constitution for the prosperity and stability of the country.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sivakumar’s power being question

Perak State legislative Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar suspended and barred Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and all his six state executive councillors from the state assembly’s sittings for 18 months and a year respectively.


They are Datuk Ramly Zahari (Manong), Datuk Saarani Mohamad (Kota Tampan), Hamidah Osman (Sungai Rapat), Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin (Sungai Manik), Mohd Zahir Abdul Khalid (Kamunting) and Dr Mah Hang Soon (Chenderiang).

Sivakumar said, the committee took the action after receiving a complaints from Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh of the DAP, who alleged that their swearing-in as Menteri Besar and excos was in contravention of the state Constitution as Perak’s 10th Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, had yet to officially resign.

The action showed grave injustice, misuse of powers and was a politically motivated move. The decision to suspend them by the assembly’s Rights and Privileges Committee, which is part of the legislative process, must get the approval of the members of the assembly and not by the speaker alone.

The committee can only make recommendations. It is up to the assembly members to approve or reject the recommendations.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Is Elizabeth Wong a morally corrupted PKR politician?

Selangor executive council member and Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong, whose nude photographs were being circulated, has resignation from both posts.

Elizabeth Wong

She was also the state EXCO member in charge of Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the Environment, and the information chief of the Women’s wing of PKR and of her division Petaling Jaya Utara.

Elizabeth Wong lodged a police report after being told of the photographs that have been circulating via MMS, apparently taken with a camera phone, called the entire episode an "intrusion of privacy" and was a malicious attack.

She says the photographs could have been taken by her former boyfriend. It was rumored that the photos may have been circulated by her ex-boyfriend whom allegedly broke up recently and he was said to have moved to another country.

It is reported by the press that photographs made available to the press showed Elizabeth Wong asleep with her glasses on and another of her in bed with her eyes closed. She was partially covered with a "sarung".

Nobody said that intrusion of privacy is ethical but nude photographs were taken shown that she is clever but not wise and smart as clever is to do with skills of mind, while wise and smart are for social skills and behavior conduct.

Politically, she is widely acknowledged and seems to be really a clever but somewhat a senseless PKR politician. In the faces of the morally and culturally conservative people of this country, as one of the pretty politicians who are unmarried, she has made a mistake in her personal life by trusting ex-boyfriend. As a public figure, the nude photographs mean misbehavior and morally corrupt in a way that does not please the people around.

By and large, moral systems exist to guide inter-personal relationships and protect society's integrity. Undeniably, moral systems evolved to appropriately meet the needs of the societies they serve.

The fact that, this is a moral issue; it is the issues of morality we are talking about, some sort of badge of higher moral standing to the status of being respected for remaining moral.

The questions remain: If the politician, who lives a rich materialistic life, how would the higher moral values and ethical behavior be achieved? Is it to be rich materialistically yet poor spiritually?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Appointment of the new Perak MB is legitimate

Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had filed a suit to challenge the legitimacy of his successor Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and the new state government. He claimed that the swearing-in of Dr Zambry last week was unconstitutional and illegal.

Although the crisis can only be solved through legal means, but according Article 16 of the Perak Constitution, the appointment of the new Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir is legitimate.

Zambry Abdul Kadir

Clause 16 of the Perak state constitution provides that if the Menteri Besar has lost the confidence or the majority of the House, he must resign together with his executive councilors.

Article 16 of the Perak Constitution says that the Sultan shall appoint the Executive Council. He must first appoint Menteri Besar from the members of the Legislative Assembly who “in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly.” Then, on the advice of the MB, the Sultan shall appoint other members of the EC.

Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin

Article 16 (6) says: If the MB ceases to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly, then, unless at his request His Royal Highness dissolves the Legislative Assembly, he shall tender the resignation of the Executive Council.

BN now has 28 seats, PKR, PAS and DAP 28, independents, three, although both had the same number of seats, but
all the three independent assemblymen had expressed their support for the BN, including in the matter of appointment of the Menteri Besar from among BN members.

The Sultan of Perak, the constitutional monarch, consented to the appointment of the new BN government, after he was convinced the BN had the majority in the Perak state assembly
, thus the state government set up by BN and appointment of Mentri Besar are constitutional and legitimate.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Simultaneous by-election for Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau

The nomination day for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat in Perak and the Bukit Selambau state seat in Kedah will be held simultaneously on March 29 (Sunday) and voting on April 7 (Tuesday).

The law required the by-elections to be held within 60 days of the seats being vacant, which falls on April 11. It is here where the meanings of democratic constitutionalism and democratic politics are being brought onto the practice.

Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the decision to hold simultaneous by-elections was to save costs and reduce different campaign periods, adding a lengthy campaign period could risk public order and safety.

He said the situation in Perak was still tense after a government switch and the time-frame for the Bukit Gantang by-election would allow all parties to "cool off". He was hopeful there would be a high voter turnout despite polling day being a Tuesday.

The question remains: Shouldn’t we attempt to question the professionalism of Election Commission by fixing the poll date simultaneously?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Six BN assemblymen sworn-in as new EXCO

Six new Perak state executive councillors, comprising 5 UMNO and 1 MCA, took their oaths of office before Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah at Istana Iskandariah today.

The Six are as follows:

1. Hamidah Osman (Sungai Rapat)

2. Datuk Ramly Zahari (Manong)

3. Perak MCA Youth head Dr Mah Hang Soon (Chenderiang assemblyman)

4. Datuk Saarani Mohamad (Kota Tampan)

5. Mohd Zahir Abdul Khalid (Kamunting)

6. Perak Umno Youth head Zainol Padzi Paharudin (Sungai Manik)

Monday, February 9, 2009

By-election in Bkt Selambau as Arumugam quits

A big blow to Pakatan Rakyat again as Kedah Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak confirmed that Bukit Selambau assemblyman V. Arumugam tonight quit both his Kedah executive council post and state seat.

V. Arumugam

Azizan said that the 55-year-old Arumugam had sent the resignation letter to the Kedah Sultan, adding that the Menteri Besar has been informed of the quit decision by Arumugam's aide.

"Arumugam told him that he was relinquishing the post due to personal reasons and that it has nothing to do with the Pas leadership," said Azizan.

It was reported that Arumugam apparently took a second wife through a Hindu customary marriage leading his wife to accuse him of bigamy. It was learnt that he complained that government machinery was being used against him.

He won in Election 2008 as an independent candidate and joined the Pas-lead Kedah government after being assured of an executive council post. He was in charge of domestic trade, Siamese and Indian affairs in the Pakatan Rakyat government, which has 22 seats in the 36-seat assembly.

Arumugam resigned as a trainer at the RMAF college in Alor Star to contest in the elections, getting 13,225 votes against MIC’s S. Krishnan’s 10,863 votes.

By-elections will be called within 60 days according to the election law.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bkt Gantang PAS MP Roslan Shaharum dies

Parliamentary by-election will be held in Bukit Gantang as the PAS Member of Parliament for Bukit Gantang Roslan Shaharum died of a heart attack on Monday morning.

Roslan Shaharum

The 50-year-old had sent his car to a car-wash near his home in Changkat Lallang near here when he complained of chest pains.

He borrowed a bicycle from one of the carwash workers to go to the nearest pharmacy.

His body was found at a slip road by passersby at 11:15am, Batu Gajah OCPD ACP Najib Mohamad said.

Roslan, who leaves behind a wife and 10 children, was formerly the human resource director of Perak Economic Development Corporation.

In the March 8 general election last year, he had polled 20,015 votes against Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi’s (Barisan Nasional) 18,449 votes. The third candidate was an independent, M. Morgan, who got 872 votes.

When will the Pakatan Rakyat collapse?

Political crisis spark off in the Pakatan Rakyat with DAP chairman Karpal Singh calling on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to step down as head of the alliance.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Blaming Anwar, also PKR advisor and de facto leader, for creating trouble in the opposition alliance, he said Pakatan needed a new leader.

“He (Anwar) has created enough trouble and it is time for him to bertaubat (repent). I wonder if he is fit to be the leader of Pakatan Rakyat. In fact I think Pakatan Rakyat requires another leader, a good leader. Not someone who believes in immorality, even accepting crossovers," he said.

“It’s time Pakatan got itself another leader,” he told a press conference at his office.

Karpal Singh said members of PKR and DAP had fallen sway to the rhetoric of Anwar, who had supported the cross-over of elected representatives.

Karpal Singh

Karpal also warned his party leaders not to push him too far. "I have been patient all this while. Don't let matters come to a head in the interest of Pakatan Rakyat and also DAP. In fact, I have even proposed that DAP leave Pakatan Rakyat on the issue of hudud law but no one supported me, neither Kit Siang nor Guan Eng. It is a shame and they should also bertaubat (repent).

"Anwar is widely credited with knitting the different parties in Pakatan -- PKR, DAP and PAS -- into the coherent opposition that swept five states from under Barisan Nasional’s feet in the 12th general election last March.

The questions remain: Who will the Pakatan Rakyat take down and when will the Pakatan Rakyat collapse?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hee Yit Fong - the king maker of new Perak government

Hee Yit Fong, 46, the deputy state assembly speaker and a DAP assemblyperson is the king maker of new Perak government.

Hee appeared with Datuk Seri Najib Razak

Undeniably, Hee Yit Fong is the king maker of new Perak government. She was the first disabled woman to become the deputy speaker of a Malaysian legislative body. She carries a limp from a case of polio which contracted at the age of 4.

In the 2008 General Election she won the Jelapang State seat of 26,157 voters with a 6,707 majority. She has not been on good terms with DAP state leaders, in particular the Ngeh-Nga cousins - Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming. She demanded for an EXCO post earlier and now a new Cambry but was not entertained. Everyone got a new Camry except her, so she sulked and left the party.

Hee Yit Foong- the king maker

It is interesting to learn the effective political strategies being used by her to fool Pakatan Rakyat especially DAP before bring down the nascent PAS, DAP and PKR joint state government.

Almost a week after Chinese New Year, Hee Yit Foong was "disappeared" for over 12 hours, leaving DAP leaders sweating and desperately trying to locate her.

She coolly emerged, only to slam DAP Secretary-general Lim Guan Eng for threatening to vacate her seat and force a by-election. She demanded an apology from Lim Guan Eng for saying that party representative in the state who are incommunicado for more than 24 hours without reason will find their seats vacated.

She told a press conference at her house that night she is disappointed with the warning by Guan Eng, made when two PKR state assemblypersons were said to have gone ‘missing’ over the weekend.

Lim Guan Eng

While Guan Eng may have been making a pre-emptive strike, it has not gone down well with Hee who herself was deemed to have ‘disappeared’ briefly next day, thereby adding to speculation that she too would cross over to Barisan Nasional.

“I don’t understand how he views the state’s representatives. The statement is unfair to me. Usually problems within the party will be solved among members, not through a public statement,” said Hee.

Hee explained that she had been in her house in Ipoh for most of the day before, only leaving the premises from 3 to 6pm. She had switched off her hand phone because she was “not feeling well”, which was also the reason why she failed to attend the meeting called by MB Mohammad Nizar.

“I live here in Ipoh, but no one from the party came to look for me (at my house). They could have contacted my husband, but no one did. I thought everything was in order,” said Hee.

Hee said she only found out what was going on when she found reporters at her door, upon returning in the evening.

"He (Guan Eng) should have some confidence in me," Hee said at a midnight press conference at her home.

The questions remain: What should be the bottom line of confidence in politics and can those who seek power be trusted?

The resignation letters

Hee, later appeared with Datuk Seri Najib Razak who announced BN's offer to form the state government. By and large, BN is claimed to be the best choice for the politicians in opposition and Perakians as it has a good track record.

Hee appeared with Datuk Seri Najib Razak

BN cares about the needs of the people and has achieved much success in administering the country especially in promoting peace, prosperity and harmony among all Malaysians.

Najib: New Perak State Government is constitutional

BN took over Perak State Government is legal and constitutional. The BN was follow the process and rules of the Perak state constitution and get the His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah's consent before making any announcement in take over the state government.

His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah

It is the Sultan’s prerogative to make decision and His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah had used his discretion under Article XVIII (2)(b) of the Perak Darul Ridzuan State Constitution allowing BN to form a new state government as the BN now had the majority in the state assembly.

"There is nothing unconstitutional and we were always abiding by the decision of the Sultan. The Sultan has acted in accordance with the constitution," said Najib.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak

He also condemned PR for what he said was its hypocrisy, arguing that the principle of "party-hopping" was propagated by PR.

"They wanted to topple the federal government by stealing 31 members of Parliament from BN. "Please ask Pakatan Rakyat why did they start this subject?

Weren't they the ones that announced that they wanted to establish a government on Sept 16 last time?" Najib pleaded for the people to respect the decision made by the Sultan of Perak.

"Nobody should challenge Tuanku's decision because by doing so, you are insulting the institution of the constitutional monarchy.

"The decision has been made by Tuanku regarding the interpretation of the constitution. We hope all parties will respect Tuanku's decision and not question it."

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dr Zambry sworn as the new MB ended Perak’s political impasse

Barisan Nasional (BN) officially took over the Perak state administration today with Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir sworn in as the new Menteri Besar.

The swearing-in ceremony took place before the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, at the Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsa as 11th Perak Menteri Besar.

Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir swearing-in AS the new Perak MB at Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan

All 28 PR assemblymen boycotted the ceremony, with their supporters staging a demonstration outside the Ubudiah Mosque, just 300 metres from the palace.

Dr Zambry’s appointment effectively ended Perak’s political impasse, with the PR government losing its majority in the state legislative assembly when four of its assemblymen quit the parties’ to step down immediately.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New BN government in Perak is a lawful government

Barisan Nasional Perak commanded 31 state seats, a simple majority of three over the 28 held by Pakatan Rakyat to form the new Perak Government.

Najib and Hee Yit Foong, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Mohd Jail and Nasarudin Hashim

Ironically, democracy is a form of government in which power is held by the people under a free electoral system. Majority rule is a decision rule that based on which has more than half the votes and is often the characteristic feature of democracy.

Undeniably, Barisan Nasional Perak has secured the majority of state seats to form a new Perak Government after four PR assemblymen left their respective parties and pledges allegiance to the BN. The heroes are Hee Yit Foong, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Mohd Jail and Nasarudin Hashim.

Sultan Azlan Shah and Raja Dr Nazrin Shah's meeting with Hee Yit Foong in Istana Kinta

Najib brought along the 28 BN state legislators and the three independents backing the coalition to see His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah to make his case for a new government.

Sultan Azlan Shah

His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah had used his discretion under Article XVIII (2)(b) of the Perak Darul Ridzuan State Constitution and did not consent to the dissolution of the Perak State Assembly as requested by Mohd Nizar for the dissolution of the state assembly.

The sultan has also asked Mohd Nizar and his exco line-up to resign with immediate effect to step down to pave the way for a power transfer.

If YAB Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin does not resign from his post as Perak Mentri Besar together with the state executive council members, then the posts of Mentri Besar and state executive councilors are regarded as vacant.

Under democracy and constitution, by far, a new Barisan Nasional (BN) Perak state government thus is a full-fledged lawful government.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

BN claimed to form the new Perak Government

BN commanded 31 state seats, a simple majority of three over the 28 held by Pakatan Rakyat to form the new Perak Government.

Najib and the four heroes

The heroes are Hee Yit Foong, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Mohd Jail and Nasarudin Hashim.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak declared Barisan Nasional Perak has secured the majority of state seats to form a new Perak Government after four PR assemblymen left their respective parties and pledges allegiance to the BN.

He said PKR's Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, and DAP Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong, have submitted their resignation letters from their respective parties. Nasarudin Hashim of Bota who left Umno and joined PKR - has stated his intention to rejoin Umno.

The four have also pledged to support whoever the BN nominates as the new Menteri Besar.

However, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin announced snap election before convince the sultan to the dissolution of the Perak state assembly.

The country now awaits the Sultan of Perak’s decision on whether to grant Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) request to dissolve the state assembly and hold fresh state elections.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Zionist Master Plan for World Domination

The word "Jew" derives from the word "Judah". Roughly 3 thousand years ago Israel divided into two Kingdoms, Israel to the North and Judah to the south.

Following the Babylonian invasion the Northern Kingdom of Israel was wiped out only leaving the southern Kingdom of Judah. The name was shortened and thus became "Jew".

Jew claiming the Holy Land which is holy to Christians, Muslim and Jews as their country called Israel. This land was in hands of British protectorate for a long time, and was promised to both the Palestinians and the Zionist Jews.

Lord Balfour

During World War I, the Zionist gained some support from Great Britain. In 1917 a letter from British foreign secretary Lord Balfour to Jewish financier Lord Rothschild to expressed a commitment to creating a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

This letter is known as the Balfour Declaration. Unfortunately, the British were also promising Arabs their freedom if they helped to defeat the Ottoman Empire, which at that time controlled most of the Middle East including the modern states of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, as well as significant portions of Saudi Arabia and northern Africa.

The British promised the Arabs that they would limit Jewish settlement in Palestine mere months after the Balfour Declaration expressed support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

The Palestinians didn't accept the idea of two states and started a war in 1948 with all Arabs nations around against Israel.

Dr. Mandelstam said on August 29 at the opening of the Zionist Congress of 1897: "The Jews will use all their influence and power to prevent the rise and prosperity of other nations and are resolved to adhere to their historic hopes; i.e., to the conquest of world power." Le Temps, Paris, September 3, 1897.

Dr. Mandelstam, professor of the University of Kiev, Russia, at Basel Zionist Congress in 1898 said: "The Jews energetically reject the idea of fusion with the other nationalities and cling firmly to their historical hope, i.e., of world empire." - The Foundations of the nineteenth century, by H. S Chamberlain.

Doctor Leopold Kahn summed up these sentiments when speaking about Zionism in a Jewish school at Pozrony (Bratislava) in 1901: "Jews will never be assimilated and will never adopt the customs or morals of strangers. The Jew will remain a Jew under all circumstances." World Conquerors