ALOR SETAR – The Office of the Kedah Menteri Besar today denied having issued
a list of Barisan Nasional candidates for the next general election, as alleged
in a recent WhatsApp message that has gone viral.
Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin, political secretary to the Kedah Menteri
Besar, said the WhatsApp message was “an immature gesture” by certain quarters
to create sensation and cause confusion in Kedah politics.
He said in a statement that the BN had proper systems and procedures in
place and would not use WhatsApp in matters of great importance such as
announcing the list of electoral candidates.
The viral WhatsApp message had carried what it claimed to be a preliminary
list of Kedah BN candidates for the 15 parliamentary and 36 state seats in the
14th General Election, due by June next year.
LUNDU – Barisan Nasional’s dominance in the Tanjong Datu state by-election’s campaign has given early signs that the two opposition candidates will lose their deposit money, according to political analysts.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) senior lecturer, Associate Professor Dr Jeniri Amir said this was because the opposition votes would be split, hence causing the two opposition candidates to lose their deposit money.
BN’s candidate Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, the widow of the late Chief Minister of Sarawak Tan Sri Adenan Satem, is being challenged by New Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak’s (PBDS) candidate Raphaelson Richard Hamit and the Sarawak Reform Party’s (Star) Johnny Aput. – Bernama
PETALING JAYA: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has tendered his resignation to Selangor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar.
Jamal, who is currently Sungai Besar Umno chief, handed over the letter to Noh at his office in Putrajaya on Wednesday.
In a message in a WhatsApp group, Jamal explained that the resignation was specifically from his posts as Sungai Besar Umno chief as well as Sungai Besar Barisan Nasional chairman.
In the letter addressed to Noh, Jamal said his arrest and detention last week had tarnished Umno’s image.
“As you are aware, I have been arrested by the police as I was suspected to have committed robbery under section 395 of the Penal Code. As a result, I was remanded for five days and was detained at the Shah Alam police headquarters.
“This, I believe, has tarnished the name of the party and its leadership, especially in Selangor.
“As someone who loves the party, I take full responsibility over my actions and would like to resign from my posts. I will adhere to any decision made by the party,” he said in the letter dated Feb 7.
He then shared several photos of him speaking to Noh in Putrajaya, however, did not divulge details of their conversation.
Jamal was arrested with nine of his friends on Feb 2 for trespassing into gambling dens around Selangor.
Following his release on Monday, Jamal announced his intention to resign from Umno, stressing that it was for the sake of the party.
Hundreds of his supporters however turned up at his home on Tuesday, urging him to not give up his posts.
KOTA KINABALU – The Barisan Nasional (BN) is a political party that can endure in the modern age of democracy, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.
He said no other party could match BN’s performance all these years having started out as Parti Perikatan (The Alliance) and later changed its name to what it is known today.
“Even though we have had our share of challenges and difficulties since the days of our inception, we have always remained resilient.
“That resilience is because we are committed to the whole concept of power sharing between the various component parties in BN, even to the extent that small parties in BN have the same rights as the big parties,” he said when opening the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) 27th General Assembly here.
Najib said as BN Chairman, he was committed in ensuring the concept of power sharing continued to be the guiding princple in the coalition.
He also said BN would continue to act on the principle of ‘wasatiyyah’ or moderation, in which the party would avoid acting too extreme that it would necessitate compulsion on the people to accept the party, nor be too liberal that it loses its moral values.
“We must stay on the middle path and being on the middle path doesn’t mean that we subscribe to mediocrity. Being moderate means to strive for excellence,” he explained.
In considering integration as a Malaysian way of life as prescribed by the nation’s forefathers, Najib urged Malaysians to come together as when the whole nation were in unison cheering for national badminton hero Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s quest for gold in the recent Olympic Games.
“We must create more moments of unity so that Malaysia becomes a country that is predicated on the strong sense of unity and patriotism.
“As we move forward as a country, we (will) gain recognition, we gain respect because we are a successful country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Najib reminded the people not to be influenced by the opposition’s attempt to confuse them on the BN government’s efforts to boost the country’s economy such as bringing in foreign investments.
“They (opposition) are not concerned about facts, but rather on how to demonise the government.
“And now, a 92-year-old man is making a ‘U-turn’. He is reversing everything he said in the past to confuse the people,” he said, adding that the opposition’s attempt was an act of political ‘psywar’ (psychological warfare).
For that reason, Najib said it was important for BN to explain to the people of the opposition’s ‘political game’ and convince the people that the government was all out to bring political stability to the country.
“A country cannot progress unless it has political stability and that (political stability) is the backbone of our success in the past and in the future.
“If there is no political stability, you can forget about your dreams, you can forget about the future,” he said.
Najib also said BN has evolved into a political institution that has proven to deliver real results for the people.
“They (opposition) can say what they like, but we (BN) can deliver.
“We must work for the people because at the end of the day, the people will support us,” he said.
Najib said BN component parties should not be disheartened by the opposition’s political tactics of swaying the people’s confidence towards BN, but instead, BN leaders should become responsible leaders and stay focused on how to bring change for the betterment of the people.
PUTRAJAYA – Barisan Nasional (BN) does not agree with 30 per cent of the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries by the Election Commission, said BN Secretary-General Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
Tengku Adnan, who is also UMNO Secretary-General, said among the factors were voter-distribution that was too race-based, distance of the electoral boundaries that were way too far as well as polling centres removed from parliamentary constituencies.
He gave as an example the proposed redelineation exercise in Sabah which had caused much dissatisfaction among BN component parties as the proposed 10 new seats were only represented by certain races.
He said all BN component parties’ secretary-general had submitted their respective feedback on the proposed redelineation exercise to him.
“I’ve given my views and advice on what they need to do regarding the matter,” the Federal Territories Minister told reporters when met after opening a food and beverages kiosk at Precint 9, here, Tuesday.
He said letters had also been sent out to all state BN chairmen to remind them that UMNO and BN headquarters could not directly convey their objections to the EC, as this could only be done by the state governments, local authorities, or via petitions by at least 100 voters in the affected areas.
As for states which are not under BN, Tengku Adnan said he had suggested the state BN chairman gather 100 voters from each affected area who are against the proposed redelineation to sign petitions and present them to the EC.
Prior to this, EC secretary-general Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh had announced a redelineation exercise for parliamentary and state seats in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.
He said the exercise was being done according to Clause (2) Article 113 of the Federal Constitution and the Clause (2) Article 14 of the Sabah State Constitution.
All parties have been given until this Friday to submit their feedback or objections.
KUALA LUMPUR – MCA is confident that Barisan Nasional will be able to come out with a collective decision before the closing date to file objections on the Election Commission’s (EC) proposed redelineation exercise.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the party had raised its concerns to BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor during a BN committee meeting to discuss the issue yesterday.
Tengku Adnan is the chairman of the committee formed to iron out issues raised by several BN component parties regarding the exercise.
He added MCA had prepared detailed information on its objections and recommendations which was tabled in the meeting.
“Of course, any action that has to be taken must be done before Oct 14,” he said.
“MCA as one of the major parties in BN must take the proactive approach in bringing forward our recommendations,” he told reporters when met after the meeting at Menara Dato Onn here.
The EC’s proposed redelineation, which was published on Sept 15, was met with criticisms from various political parties, with MCA raising concerns that the changes in constituencies’ boundaries would lead to racial polarisation.
Meanwhile, Gerakan secretary-general Datuk Liang Teck Meng said the party will go to the grassroots where any feedback would be tabled in the next meeting.
“Another meeting will be held at the same place next week,” he said.
“However, that will not be the final stage, as the deadline to submit any objection is on Oct 14,” he added. – The Sun
KUALA LUMPUR – A committee will be formed to streamline the Barisan Nasional response to the Election Commission’s redelineation exercise.
Prime Minister and BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the committee will be headed by BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor with representation from all component parties.
“So, through this committee, we will consolidate all views and proposals on the redelienation. Hopefully, we can arrive at a decision that is seen to be fair by all parties.
“The committee will meet as soon as possible in keeping with the EC’s timeframe (for feedback) and as per the relevant laws,” he told a press conference after chairing a meeting of the BN Supreme Council at Menara Dato’ Onn here today.
The EC announced that it was conducting a redelienation exercise on parliamentary and state seats in the peninsula and Sabah beginning Sept 15. – BERNAMA
PONTIAN – Allegations by the opposition that the redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC) is lop-sided and in favour of UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) is aimed at tarnishing UMNO’s image, said UMNO supreme council member Datuk Razali Ibrahim.
He said the opposition’s intention was to raise doubts and plant the belief in the minds of the people that the government actually controlled the independent body.
“I wish to repeat that if we can control the EC, no need to worry about redelineation, we will make a clean sweep in the general election,” he said sarcastically after opening Pontian UMNO division’s delegates meeting here, today.
Razali, who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said they (opposition) raised the issue to try to create distrust in the government.
“If they can do this, the people will reject BN candidates in the general election, and eventually the votes would go to the opposition,” said Razali.
Razali was commenting on the statement by DAP advisor and Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang yesterday that the redelineation exercise for the 14th general election was one-sided in order to allow UMNO to remain in power.
EC started exhibiting the Recommendation Review of the Redelineation of Electoral Boundaries in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah for one month from Thursday (September 15) until October 14.
According to EC, the protests must reach the body in one month, from Sept 15 until Oct 14. – BERNAMA
GEORGE TOWN – Penang voters should give Barisan Nasional (BN) the mandate again to administer Penang following the failure of DAP in resolving issues arising during its eight-year administration.
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the party had failed to fulfill all promises made in its manifesto for the last general election, which was prepared merely for them to capture the state from BN.
“Since the early days of DAP ruling Penang, the party has failed to fulfill all the promises it has made…(abolish) tolls, bridge and so forth were only election promises and have not been implemented.
“If we are still not aware of the lies by DAP, I think we or Penang will face problems…all the promises made are not fulfilled, they just want to garner votes,” he told a press conference after officiating the Bayan Baru Umno division delegates meeting here Friday night.
Ismail Sabri, who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister, said the Penang DAP government had also failed to prove that they were clean and transparent when they were also facing the issue of corruption.
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