Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Isa Samad will win with a big majority

Former vice-president Isa Samad will get a big win in the forthcoming Bagan Pinang by-election in Negeri Sembilan.

Isa Samad

Ironically, the support for BN has increased now compared with the 2008 general election. It shall demonstrates the strong grassroots support for Isa Samad who was Negeri Sembilan MB for more than two decades, and the heavy campaigning to be undertaken by the BN.


The late Umno's Azman Mohd Noor, 55, defeated PAS’s Ramli Ismail with a 2,333-vote majority in the last general election. There are 13,644 registered voters, including 4,604 postal voters in the constituency.

Isa, 59, former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar has been Teluk Kemang Umno chief since 1982. He began his political career in 1978 when he won the Linggi state seat, which he held till 2004.

He contested and won Jempol parliamentary seat in the 2004 general election and was subsequently made the Federal Territories Minister before stepping down in 2005.

He steadily rose up the ranks culminating in his being appointed Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar following the general election of 1982.

Zulkefly, 45, is a businessman who holds a masters degree in science and has six children.

His claim to fame includes successfully leading the Broga No-Incinerator Committee, which managed to pressure the government to scrap the construction of a 'mega-incinerator'.

He has contested in three elections since 1999 but lost by a 1,285 majority in his 2008 foray in the Lenggeng state seat.

Isa is the right candidate for Bagan Pinang

Umno fields its former vice-president Tan Sri Isa Samad as the candidate in the forthcoming Bagan Pinang by-election in Negeri Sembilan.

BN election director Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin described Isa, who was the Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar for 22 years until 2004, as a grassroots leader who has worked hard for the party.

Muhyiddin said, this by-election is about the people, people first, whoever the people want, we will grant the people their wish,” he added.

Ironically, it is claimed that the former Mentri Besar being able to unite the people in Port Dickson as the constituents, including the non-Malays, accepted him.

It is believed that he will win many more votes than former BN’s Azman Mohammad Noor.

Isa’s selection today is seen to be his second attempt in making a comeback after failing to defend the Umno vice-president post during the party election last April.

Isa, who is the former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar, was suspended from Umno in 2004 for six years after the disciplinary committee found him guilty of money politics during the party polls. However, his suspension was reduced to three years following an appeal.

The Bagan Pinang by-election was made necessary following the death of BN’s Azman Mohammad Noor on Sept 4. In March last year, Azman defeated Ramli Ismail of PAS, by some 2,000 votes.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Does Hasan Mohamed Ali helps Umno stage a Perak-like coup d'état?

Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali has been warned twice by his party for being out of line with the spirit of opposition party as he repeatedly makes comments that undermine opposition party.
Hasan Mohamed Ali

Ironically, he is clearly seen as to help Umno to stage a Perak-like coup d'état".

The latest of Hasan's controversial statements was on the state government's Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat).

The proposal for restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Selangor and the stand over issues concerning the donation of sacrificial cows, purchased by Selangor State Development Corporation companies, to mosques in the Bandar Tun Razak constituency, where Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is MP had been seen as attempting to undermine the cohesiveness of the Selangor opposition government.

After the opposition won Selangor in the 2008 general election, Hasan had reportedly discussed the possibility of a pact with the BN's Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, the former Selangor Menteri Besar.

The question arises: Has Hasan Ali proved to be a liability not only to PAS but to the Pakatan Rakyat coalition?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sex video scandal aimed at toppling political rival?

MCA will hold an EGM on Oct 10 at 10 am in the wake of the expulsion of its deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek by the presidential council for tarnishing the party's image over a sex video scandal.

Is it a zero-sum game?

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said, the MCA’s EGM is aimed at solving woes besieging the MCA, and not meant to rekindle issues; to solve the party’s internal crisis, and not destroy the party.

Interestingly, just at last when the MCA seemed all set to hold its EGM, in the wake of the expulsion of Dr Chua, the party central committee decided to suspend him for four years with immediate effect, revising the presidential council’s decision on Aug 26 of sacking him.

One wonders what will happen, should MCA were truly concerned about the party's image over a sex video scandal, the party should have question who the culprits are behind the sex video scandal and serious action be taken against them.

The sex video scandal is an immoral MCA strategy to topple democratically elected Dr Chua. It’s a dirty war against the strong political rival by becoming prick master in planning and shooting the sex video.

By far, it is not only a dirty trick, but instead illegal and immoral method of removing rivals by invading personal privacy.

Typically, it is an accepted norm as well as social categories in Chinese society that the able man has an official wife and one or more concubines.

Why accepted norms are sometimes abandoned in favor of contradictory norms especially political interest of the unable party leader?

Ironically, the predomination of the politics of survival forced rival to become involved in calling the EGM.

Politically, the leaders of MCA should have battled it out in a respected professional way.

Today, most of the MCA members are aware that MCA should be the only party fighting to safeguard their political interest as what UMNO is for the Malay in the BN. How can MCA justify it?

Failing this, most of the MCA members think that it would be better; both for the future of MCA as well as the Chinese, MCA members should be looking for a different kind of leader that shall deliver the goods rather than personal benefit to remain as the president.

Thus, the questions arise: why MCA never deeply concerned about the future of the Chinese community and the interest of the members as well as BN?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya

Friday, September 18, 2009

Samy a liability to BN

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has once again lashed out at MIC president S Samy Vellu, describing him as a liability to the Barisan Nasional coalition.

S Samy Vellu

Mahathir said he was concerned that support for BN would decline in the coming elections because Samy Vellu continued to helm MIC.

The former premier said the 73-year-old MIC president should relinquish his post for his party's failure in the last elections, where Samy Vellu was also defeated in his parliamentary stronghold of Sungai Siput.

Mahathir said he also strove to get MIC candidates supported by the Malays. Without support from Umno members and the other Malays, MIC could not win. So that's is my service to MIC.

The questions arise: Should Samy Vellu resign voluntarily or otherwise? In other countries, when a leader fails, he resigns voluntarily. In Japan, he would commit harakiri (suicide), how about Malaysia?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cabinet should manage the PKFZ issue

The Cabinet has set up a task force to look into two aspects whether the project was carried out in line with good governance and its future direction. The third aspect will be investigated by the police.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the task force would be headed by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and would include Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, officers from the Transport Ministry and also professionals.

Najib said the Cabinet, which discussed the PKFZ issue at its weekly meeting yesterday, decided to divide the issue into three aspects.

He added that apart from the two aspects to be looked into by the task force, the other was to determine whether there was abuse of power, any wrongdoings or violation of law.

Undeniably, the issue had been exploited by the Minister concern and became very political. The decision has now finally been made by the cabinet. It is a political decision of the highest order to harden the tone of the language as PKFZ project had became a major domestic political issue.

It further shows that the cabinet should manage the PKFZ issue of what should be rather than what is. The purpose of this is to resolve the negative political problems that arise.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bagan Pinang - A record number of Ninth by-election in NS

The death of the Barisan Nasional’s Bagan Pinang state assemblyman Azman Mohd Noor in Negeri Sembilan yesterday once again triggers the ninth by-election after the 12th general election.

Azman Mohd Noor

Azman Mohd Noor died of blood infection at the Seremban Specialist Centre at 3.30pm yesterday. The seat is considered a BN stronghold.

During last general election, Azman garnered 6,430 votes, a majority of 2,333 votes to beat Ramli Ismail of Pas, who got 4,097 votes.

Bagan Pinang, located in the Teluk Kemang parliamentary seat in Port Dickson is a Malay-Muslim majority seat in which voters from the community make up 66 per cent of the electorate. Over 10 per cent of voters are Chinese while Indians make up an unusually high percentage at 19.9 per cent.

The question arises: Will opposition put up a real challenge to the coming by-election?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Stern action against cow head protestors

Cow head protesters had violated the laws under the Sedition Act. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has ordered the police to take stern action against the culprits that brought a cow's head to Shah Alam to protest a Hindu temple relocation in a bid to calm swirling racial tensions according to the law are most welcome.

Undeniably, Hindus consider the cow as a sacred animal. The protest sparked controversy when some of the participants brought along the decapitated head of a cow, then stamped and spat on it.

Those responsible for bringing the head of a cow during the Aug 28 protest at the Selangor state secretariat building had offending others and should be charged in court.