Pakatan Rakyat an exciting alternative…

Jui Meng finds things very different in opposition

Chua feels free… Speaking during the Permatang Pasir campaign. – Picture by Jack Ooi

IPOH, Sept 6 — After decades of politics MCA-style, the experience of just over a month of fiery Opposition politics has been nothing short of a major culture shock for former party stalwart Datuk Chua Jui Meng.

For once, he is finding his oratory skills can be put to good use and people actually listen to him in rapt attention during ceramahs.

Those who turn up also do not seem to expect free handouts like transportation, food, money or goodie bags.

In fact, many appear willing to travel some distance to attend such rallies.

This was evident during the ceramah at the Tow Boo Keong hall here on Saturday night where more than 1,000 supporters gathered to listen to a star-studded line-up of speakers, which included Chua himself, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa and Parti Keadilan Rakyat strategic director Tian Chua.

In his speech, Chua, who not too long ago had adamantly said he would never leave the MCA for PKR, said such a sight was enough to convince him he had indeed made the right move to leave.

“I woke up on Merdeka morning and told my wife who was lying down beside me — I feel good and so young today — and I knew what made me feel that way.

“When I joined the PKR, it was after a long struggle for me. It was not easy to leave and join a new pathway.

“But after that decision, I suddenly began to feel…like how you felt when you voted for the Opposition… I felt free,” he said, to thunderous applause.

The former MCA man claimed he had never before experienced such “heart-warming” and overwhelming response for any political function in his political career until the day he joined PKR.

“I was in Permatang Pasir, helping with the by-elections and it was so amazing, so overwhelming to see the crowd come together.

“It is so heart-warming to see people of different races actually sitting together and working together and getting along — and they all want change,” he said in a press conference after the function.

His eyes lit up when reporters asked if he would be instrumental in the coming by-election for the Bagan Pinang state seat in Negeri Sembilan.

“Yes, yes, I will be there to contribute. Definitely,” he firmly said.

In fact, Chua is also confident that more would follow in his footsteps and leave the MCA to join a Pakatan Rakyat component party.

During the function earlier, a total of 600 applications for PKR memberships, signed by Barisan Nasional members, were handed over to Anwar.

Of the lot, at least 400 were from MCA, and officials claimed they comprised a former elected representative, a former division deputy chairman, scores of central delegates, divisional party post holders and members.

“It is no surprise that so many would join us from MCA. We expect that this wave is only just the beginning,” said Chua.

He added that the crossovers only mirrored the fact the party members were finally waking up to see that MCA was only a space-filler in the Barisan Nasional structure.

“We are only there to say yes and to take up some spots in the Cabinet and in the Government.

“MCA does not rule the nation. In the end, it is Umno that leads Malaysia, under the name of the BN,” he said.

Chua said that MCA could probably stand a better chance of survival if it abandoned the coalition and stood on its own.

During the function, Umno strongman Datuk Dr Abdul Malek Md Hanafiah, who is a former Perak state executive councillor, former Kamunting assemblyman and former Taiping Umno division chairman, was also seen confidently strolling into the temple hall shortly after Anwar’s arrival, to loud applause from the people.

Anwar however said that Abdul Malek was “yet to make any crossover announcement.”

Sidang Media Wanita Pakatan Rakyat di Parlimen

Kerajaan Malaysia masih gagal mengarusutama agenda

Pemberdayaan Wanita Malaysia

Penerapan prinsip-prinsip kesetaraan gender dalam dasar dan pentadbiran negara bukanlah sekadar janji kosong.   Ia dicapai dengan kesungguhan untuk merealisaikan komitmen terhadap pengarusutamaan gender (gender mainstreaming) dalam semua ruang lingkup kehidupan rakyat, khususnya dalam merangka dasar kerajaan, bidang penyelidikan, dialog, perundangan, pengagihan sumber dan khazanah negara, serta dalam perancangan, perlaksanaan dan penyeliaan terhadap semua program dan projek.

Gender Focal Point yang diwujudkan pada tahun 2004 telah tidak berfungsi sepenuhnya sebagai mekanisme yang boleh melonjakkan aspirasi pengarusutamaan gender.

Pengarusutamaan gender bukanlah bermaksud bersaing kuasa dengan lelaki.   Ia merupakan suatu usaha menjelaskan dengan adil, keadaan dan keperluan sebenar 50% daripada penduduk Malaysia, iaitu wanita.

Sehingga kini, Ahli Parlimen wanita berjumlah 23 orang (10.36 %).  Statistik ini tidak menunjukkan perubahan ketara yang dikehendaki dalam tiga penggal pilihanraya yang lalu – dalam tahun 1999, 10.4% Ahli Dewan Rakyat Wanita dan 2004, 10%.  Daripada 29 orang Menteri, hanya terdapat dua orang Menteri wanita iaitu hanya 6.9%. Manakala daripada 40 orang Timbalan Menteri, hanya terdapat lapan orang Timbalan Menteri wanita (20%).   Dari segi perkhidmatan awam pula, di peringkat tertinggi, peratusan wanita tidak mencecah 15% – Ketua Setiausaha (14.8%), Ketua Pengarah (11.8%) dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (14.1%).   Ada hanya 6.9% wanita dalam Dewan-Dewan Undangan Negeri, 12.5% dalam kerajaan-kerajaan tempatan dan 7.6% ahli lembaga dalam syarikat-syarikat yang disenaraikan dalam Bursa Malaysia (statistik 2007).    Banyak kajian mendapati bahawa wanita adalah pemimpin transformasi yang lebih berjaya, jujur, telus, menjauhi rasuah, dan bersungguh dalam melaksanakan komitmennya.

Maka amatlah penting diwujudkan suatu mekanisme yang mengukur pencapaian usaha ke arah kesetaraan gender itu.   Wanita Pakatan Rakyat menggesa kerajaan Malaysia mewujudkan satu indeks kesetaraan gender yang diterapkan ke dalam Petunjuk Prestasi Utama (Key Performance Indeks/KPI) setiap kementerian agar dapat diukur sejauh mana keberkesanan usaha pengarusutamaan gender dalam kementerian-kementerian berkenaan dan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan keseluruhannya.    Dengan cara ini, kerajaan bukan sahaja dapat mengumpul data untuk mengukur keberkesanan langkah yang telah diambil, tetapi juga akan membantu dalam pembentukan pelan strategi yang lebih berkesan untuk mencapai tujuan kesetaraan gender yang memberdaya wanita Malaysia,  dan pada akhirnya akan menghasilkan keadilan untuk semua rakyat.

Wanita Pakatan Rakyat menegaskan bahawa pengiktirafan terhadap wanita yang didokumentasikan semata-mata tidak akan berhasil mencapai matlamat kesetaraan gender.

Zuraidah Kamaruddin                          Chong Eng                              Nuridah Salleh

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN                  Ketua Wanita DAP                 Ketua Muslimat PAS

Fuziah Salleh: Idea (Kerajaan Perpaduan) tidak akan jadi kenyataan

Sinar Harian 17 Jun 2009

Kuala Lumpur – Kerajaan Perpaduan yang dicadangkan Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang tidak akan menjadi kenyataan kerana sejarah kerjasama Pas-Umno menunjukkan Parti Islam itu dipergunakan oleh Umno untuk mengukuhkan parti berkenaan.

Pengarah Biro Latihan Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN), Fuziah Salleh berkata, pengalaman PAS bekerjasama dengan Umno suatu masa duhulu cukup menyedihkan dan PAS sepatutnya belajar dari sejarah lampau.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuantan berkata, sebagai pemimpin parti KEADILAN berpegang kepada prinsip untuk tidak menyokong penubuhan ‘kerajaan perpaduan’ kerana ia bukan satu fokus Pakatan Rakyat (PR) buat masa kini.

“Kita (PR) juga patut merasakan kita ada kekuatan sendiri dan tidak perlu mengharapkan keuatan dari Barisan Nasional untuk ke hadapan malah kita turut ada kelebihan berbanding dengan mereka sekarang.

“idea penubuhan Kerajaan Perpaduan adalah pandangan berbentuk ‘elemen pecahan’ dan bukan pandangan politik perdana PR,” katanya pada sidang media di Lobi Parlimen semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian mengulas kenyataan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang menyifatkan PAS sebagai ikhlas dalam mengutarakan idea penubuhan Kerajaan Perpaduan dan Umno sedia untuk bekerjasama.

Sidang Media Ketua Wanita KEADILAN 16 Jun 2009

PKR: Clearer policy needed on gender representation

16 Jun 09 : 5.53PM

By Zedeck Siew

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 June 2009: The women’s wing of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) wants Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to come up with a clearer national women’s policy on gender representation.

“This issue needs political will. We want to see that from the government,” PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said at a press conference in the Parliament lobby today.

Zuraida expressed disappointment that the government had yet to commit to ensuring more equitable representation of women in leadership positions.

In contrast, Zuraida said PKR had amended its constitution so that 30% of party leadership positions were reserved for women. The amendment was one among several passed at the party’s special congress on 13 June.

“For the past 10 years, PKR Wanita has been struggling for this. Now, we have achieved it,” Zuraida said.

“We are preparing ourselves to take over the government. We are ready with all these structures, to show that we are committed to the issue, and have the political will,” she added.


(Seated, from left) Former Wanita PKR chief Fuziah Salleh; current chief Zuraida Kamaruddin;
and Selangor Wanita PKR chief Haniza Talha

However, when asked how the party would fulfil its 30% quota, Zuraida admitted that PKR did not yet have sufficient numbers of capable women leaders.

“We are responsible for helping our women to become women of quality,” she said. “This is so that women leaders in PKR are not just filling up the space provided by the quota.”

She stressed that it was the responsibility of everyone in PKR, not only its women’s wing, to get women into the party’s leadership. She was, however, short on how this would be done within PKR.

She said some male party members had even suggested, during the special party congress, raising the quota for women in leadership positions in the party to 50%.

“The next step is to move out of the party, to educate the masses on women’s participation,” Zuraida said, noting that 52% of voters were women.

“They need to be part of the decision-making process, because only women can express problems that affect women,” Zuraida explained. “We have to educate the people on this basic principle.”

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Wednesday June 17, 2009

Move to appoint Halimah lauded

THE move to appoint Tenggara MP Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique as the new Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board chairman was commendable, said Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin.

However, she said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abd Jalil must be serious in helping women achieve the 30% quota for leadership positions in politics.

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Kongres Khas KEADILAN 13 Jun 2009

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KONGRES KHAS KEADILAN 13 JUN 2009

(KEADILAN)  set to make democratic reforms
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PKR is set to implement wholesome changes in the party which will see direct election of leaders by all members as well as limiting the term of the president to three terms or nine years.

For these to happen, the party will be calling an extraordinary national congress this Saturday to discuss and approve some amendments to its constitution. Once it is approved it will be implemented during the party elections next year.

PKR vice-president R Sivarasa told a press conference at the party headquarters this morning that these proposed changes reaffirmed the party’s commitment to democratic reform and change at the national level of politics.

“Such a step will also help reduce and eliminate any unhealthy tendencies towards money politics and phantom branches as we have seen in some political parties in Malaysia,” he said.

The biggest change to be implemented would be “to transfer and broaden the right to elect national leaders (including Youth and Women wings) from delegates at the national congress to ordinary members of the party who now number about 300,000″.

“This move is to strengthen the practice of democracy within the party and to move the party in line with practice in mature democracies.

pkr sivarasa pc 100609 02“If this amendment is approved, PKR will be the first large political party in Malaysia to allow its members to decide the national leadership,” he added.

Sivarasa (left) said that further changes to be implemented included strengthening democratic practice within the party by limiting the term of the president to three terms or nine years.

Apart from that the Youth wing was being revamped with an amendment to bring down the qualifying age to 35 years and below from the current limit of below 40 years.

“Its implementation, if approved, will however be staggered – with immediate effect for all appointed positions at all levels and overall implementation in the election year after the next i.e. is expected to be 2013 or earlier.

“This brings our Youth wing in line with internationally accepted standards for the definition of youth and to ensure that our youth wing leaders and membership reflect the aspirations of those 35 and below,” he said.

About 1500 out of 2400 delegates are expected to attend the extraordinary national congress in Bangi this Saturday but the debate sessions and passing the constitutional amendments are to be held closed-door.

Women take 30 percent

On the same note, Sivarasa also said that the party is looking at modifying the leadership structure to reflect their current role in national politics.

For example, he said, the number of vice-presidents will be increased from five to seven “so that there is more scope for representation”.

“Similar changes are being made for the Youth and Women’s wing. The state committees are also being modified for more flexibility,” he said.

To add to the changes, Sivarasa said, the party is planning to strengthen the leadership of women in the party with a new clause by implementing a policy to ensure that at least 30 percent of the leadership positions at all levels are occupied by women.

“Again, this will be ground-breaking as no other party has such an express committment, said Sivarasa, who also the head of party constitutional amendments committee.

Apart from that, the party is also looking at rebranding terms used in the party structure “to reflect terms that are progressive and more egalitarian” by moving away from terms associated with traditional party structures and feudal connotations.

“So ‘bahagian’ (division) will now be known as ‘cabang’ , ‘cawangan’ (branch) as ‘ranting’, ‘majlis pimpinan tertinggi’ (Supreme Council) as ‘majlis pimpinan pusat’ and ‘perhubungan negeri’ (liaison state) as ‘majlis pimpinan negeri’,” said Sivarasa.

Indelible ink may be considered

According to Sivarasa, the only challenge the new constitutional amendment will face would be in terms of logistics. However, this would be prevented by having national balloting at national levels.

But this would not be an ordinary vote-casting, added Sivarasa, as the party may introduce indelible ink ‘to show how an election is run properly’.

Meanwhile, PKR communications chief Johnson Chong clarified that the election process will not take place during the congress as it will be held much earlier.

“Then, we just take the ballots and count them and we will only announce the results during the congress,” said Chong.

sivarasa mic effingham school macc report 260309 01Although the members will have full rights to vote directly on their national leaders, the status quo of the delegates will still be maintained in the party, said Sivarasa.

“We still have delegates to attend the annual congress because having 300,000 members to come to the congress would not be practical.

“Every division still continues to send 12 delegates to the annual congress but the difference now is the rights electing national leaders would not be dependant just on them but on the members,” said Sivarasa.

He also added that ruling party Umno has also adopted the idea of having direct elections mainly “because they are forced to weed out money politics”.

Last May, Umno vice-president Hisammuddin Hussein revealed preliminary suggestions on amendments to Umno’s constitution for what he hoped will help transform the party towards being more accessible to the grassroots.

Among suggestions made were amendments to the party’s elections laws to allow the 3.4 million grassroots members to directly elect the party’s top leadership.

Kenyataan Presiden KEADILAN

Pemimpin sejati akan sentiasa diuji sehingga ke akhir hayatnya. Betapa dalam ujiannya di kala ini, dalam keadaan keseorangan dan kesihatan yang kurang baik, AUNG SAN SUU KYI mendapat perhatian dan empati kita semua.
Semoga Tuhan sentiasa memberikan beliau sepenuh kekuatan dalam menghadapi kezaliman regim Myanmar.

Rakyat sebenarnya berperanan untuk merubah keadaan sesebuah negara.   Kuasa mutlak memilih pemimpin adalah ditangan rakyat.

Di Myanmar ia lebih sukar kerana kuasa diktator dan penggunaan kekerasan ke atas rakyat.   Jalan menuju demokrasi tentunya akan mengorban jiwa sebagai perjuangan yang membina laluan untuk kesinambungan perjuangan menentang kezaliman.

Di mana-mana jua termasuk Malaysia, sebagai strategi dan taktik politik, rakyat akan dibiarkan dalam keadaan jahil dan miskin supaya dapat diperkotakkatikkan menurut hawa nafsu pemimpin yang durjana.

Manusia pemimpin yang tidak takut kepada Tuhannya akan melakukan apa saja yang terdetik di hati mereka untuk mengekalkan kuasa.    Perlulah ada segolongan yang cekal jiwa dan semangat mereka dalam menghadapi kedurjanaan politik ahli-ahli politik durjana sedemikian.   Bantulah golongan pejuang ini.   Berilah segala sokongan yang diperlukan oleh mereka.   Sahutlah segala permintaan mereka.   Yang lebih baik adalah memberi kepada mereka sebelum mereka meminta.

Di Malaysia, perjuangan yang dilalui oleh ahli-ahli politik yang luhur dan berjiwa besar membina kekuatan dalaman dan menjadi harapan rakyat.   Mereka berligar di kalangan rakyat dan mendapati rakyat dalam apa keadaan mereka sekalipun, walaupun sentiasa terhad segala sumber-sumber yang ada – bahkan ada kalanya kehabisan sumber.   Sebahagian rakyat juga perlu memahami keadaan itu.   Semoga Allah mempermudahkan segala kesempitan dan urusan para pejuang dan penegak keadilan.

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Date: 15 May 2009

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STOP OPPRESSION AND PERSECUTION OF AUNG SAN SUU KYI

Malaysians are disappointed and gravely concerned to receive news that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was charged in court today for breaching her detention conditions, not to mention that she is now kept at the notorious Insein Prison in Yangon, pending her trial on Monday.

Moreover, in light of her poor health over the last week and the fact that she has been denied access to her personal physician, the latest action by the Myanmar military junta against her is deeply troubling.

KEADILAN strongly condemns the continued oppression and political persecution of Aung San Su Kyi by the Myanmar authorities, which appear to be orchestrating a sham trial to convict her and extend her already lengthy and unjust incarceration.

We also join the voices of millions around the world who are now demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Further, we note that the people of Myanmar have been deprived of democracy, freedom and economic progress by the military regime since 1990, when they lost by a landslide to the National League for Democracy, which was founded by Aung San Suu Kyi.

And we are also painfully aware that there are still more than 2,000 political prisoners being held throughout Myanmar, although a general election is scheduled for 2010.

Therefore, I humbly appeal to Asean and the international community to speak out and take action to ensure that the people of Myanmar can enjoy basic human rights that are recognised and enjoyed throughout the world.

DATUK SERI DR. WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL
President
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

Anwar Ibrahim: Penanti by-election

– KENYATAAN MEDIA UNTUK EDARAN SEGERA –

28 April 2009

(Permatang Pauh, Pulau Pinang) Sesudahnya tsunami politik Mac 2008, rakyat Malaysia kembali ke peti undi sebanyak lima kali. Empat darinya kita menyaksikan rakyat Malaysia memilih Pakatan Rakyat, yang kelimanya walaupun dicemari politik wang dan penipuan, menunjukkan betapa rakyat begitu mengidamkan perubahan dan politik baru di negara ini.

Mesejnya jelas. Rakyat Malaysia mahukan perubahan dan menidakkan pemerintahan BN yang dikuasai Umno. Mereka mendakap perjuangan Pakatan Rakyat yang mahukan rakyat bersatu padu dan berusaha membasmi rasuah serta memastikan tidak ada lagi kaum yang dipinggirkan, baik Melayu mahupun kaum bumiputera Sarawak dan Sabah.

Oleh itu saya dengan sukacitanya ingin mengumumkan calon KEADILAN bagi kawasan Penanti pada pilihanraya 31 Mei ini ialah En. Mansor bin Othman. Beliau merupakan Ketua Bahagian KEADILAN Balik Pulau dan Timbalan Pengerusi Perhubungan Negeri KEADILAN Pulau Pinang. Beliau juga telah berkhidmat selama 10 tahun sebagai Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi Parti Keadilan Rakyat dan Timbalan Pengarah Pilihanraya Pusat KEADILAN. En. Mansor Othman juga telah berkhidmat dengan saya yang pada ketika itu merupakan Timbalan Perdana Menteri sebagai Setiausaha Politik dari tahun 1996-1998.

Beliau telah mencurahkan tenaga demi membawa pembangunan ke Pulau Pinang dan saya yakin beliau bersedia untuk berkhidmat untuk penduduk Penanti sepenuh jiwa dan raga.

En. Mansor merupakan pemegang ijazah sarjana dari Universiti Sains Malaysia dan sarjana falsafah serta sarjana sastera dari Universiti Yale. Beliau merupakan Profesor Madya di USM dan Pengarah Pusat Kajian Dasar. Beliau secara aktif berusaha meningkatkan taraf pendidikan dan program belia di Pulau Pinang dengan penglibatan sebagai ahli Jawatankuasa Pendidikan Masyarakat dan Jawatankuasa Program Pembangunan Belia. Sebagai exco PEMADAM, beliau bekerja keras meningkatkan kesedaran awam berhubung penyalahgunaan serta langkah-langkah pencegahan dari terlibat dengan dadah.

Melalui program TEKUN di mana beliau sebagai Pengurus Besar, En. Mansor Othman terlibat secara aktif dalam pembangunan usahawan bumiputera, bertujuan meningkatkan kemahiran usahawan kecil dan sederhana serta membiayai usaha mereka dengan pemberian kredit mikro.

Saya merakamkan ucapan penghargaan kepada YAB Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng kerana sudi bersama kita malam ini dan membuktikan kepada semua keteguhan kerjasama Pakatan Rakyat. Parti Keadilan Rakyat yakin DAP dan PAS pasti bersama-sama di dalam pihanraya kecil ini bagi memastikan kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Ketua Umum

Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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– PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —

28 April 2009

(Permatang Pauh, Penang) In the aftermath of the March 2008 political tsunami Malaysians have gone back to the polls five times. In four elections they have voted overwhelmingly in favour of Pakatan Rakyat and in the fifth, but for the influence of money politics and electoral fraud, demonstrated a growing preference for change and for a new style of politics.

The message is clear. The Malaysian people are eager to turn the page on Umno-led BN rule. They have embraced Pakatan Rakyat’s message of unity and are inspired by our commitment to eradicating corruption and addressing the needs of the poor and marginalized, particularly among the Malays and bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak.

I am pleased to announce KEADILAN’s candidate for the May 31st by election for the State seat of Penanti in Penang. En. Mansor bin Othman is KEADILAN’s Division Chief for Balik Pulau and Deputy State Chief of KEADILAN Penang. He has served on KEADILAN’s Supreme Council for over ten years and also served as the national Deputy Director of Elections. In addition, he served me honorably and with distinction as Political Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1996-1998.

Mansor has contributed immensely to the development of Penang and is ready to serve the people of Penanti from day one in office.

He earned a masters degree from USM and a Masters in Arts and a Masters of Philosophy from Yale University. He was an associate professor at USM and was also the Director of the Center for Policy Research.

Having served in the Committee for Community Education and the Committee for Youth Development Programs, he has contributed to improving both education and youth programs in Penang. As an Exco member of PEMADAM Penang, he worked tirelessly to raise awareness about drug abuse and the prevention of drug addiction. Mansor was also actively involved in the development of bumiputera entrepreneurs, notably through his role with TEKUN, a program designed to improve skills of businessmen in small and medium enterprises by providing them with microcredit facilities.

I would like to thank CM Lim Guan Eng immensely for joining us tonight and for his continued support of the Pakatan agenda. On behalf of KEADILAN I look forward to continued cooperation with DAP and PAS in the coming election. Their contributions have been instrumental in the previous by-election victories and have demonstrated the growing strength and cohesiveness of this coalition.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

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Mansor is PKR candidate for Penanti
Athi Veeranggan | Apr 28, 09 11:06pm malaysiakini.com
Former academician and PKR state deputy leader 58-year-old Mansor Othman (

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pic below) will be the party candidate for the Penanti by-election next month.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 03This was announced by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to a crowd of more than 1,000 people packed into Yayasan Aman, Penanti tonight.

Among Pakatan Rakyat leaders present were Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, PKR national president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, state PKR chief and Bayan Baru parliamentarian MP Zahrain Mohd Hashim, state DAP chairperson and state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow and former deputy chief minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

Since the seat fell vacant after its incumbent representative Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin resigned on April 16, speculations were rife that Mansor was PKR supremo Anwar’s pick for the contest.

Mansor, a former professor from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), was Anwar’s political secretary when the parliamentary opposition leader was the deputy prime minister in the Barisan Nasional government.

“He earned a Masters degree from USM and a Masters in Arts and a Masters in Philosophy in Yale University,” said Anwar in introducing Mansor to party supporters.

Mansor, who is PKR Balik Pulau division chief, is also the party’s Penang deputy chief.

“He has served in PKR’s supreme council for 10 years and also served as the national deputy director of elections. In addition, he has served me honourably and with distinction as political secretary to the deputy prime minister from 1996 to 1998,” added Anwar.

The Penanti by-election was called by the Election Commission when Fairus resigned as the elected representative.

Polling day will be Sunday, May 31

Earlier on April 8, he resigned as deputy chief minister 1 and executive councillor after he was embroiled in a graft allegation linking him to quarry operations on Penang’s mainland.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 01He has since been cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) from all allegations.

Last weekend, Fairus reiterated his stand to resign from Penanti, prompting the EC to call for a by-election. Polls will be on Sunday, May 31 and nomination falls on Saturday, May 23.

The “Fairus” lesson has prompted Anwar to pick “a politically-strong Penang-based party senior leader” to contest Penanti.

Mansor is a highly-respected figure within PKR circle and could not be bullied by rivals as in the case of Mohammad Fairus, who was young, inexperienced and lacked political maturity.

Apparently Anwar needs Dr Mansor to put order in the state PKR, which currently is being hit by factionalism.

Anwar has earlier hinted that the PKR candidate for the Penanti by-election will be the highly likely nominee for vacant deputy chief minister and exco positions in the Pakatan Rakyat Penang government.

The posts, which included one of the two chief ministers positions, are part of PKR’s quota in the DAP-led state government.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 04Anwar said the by-election was unavoidable because PKR had to choose a capable leader who can work closely with the chief minister and contribute efficiently to the state administration.

The PKR leader’s stand dashes any lingering hopes harboured by current state executive councillor and Batu Maung assemblyperson Abdul Malik Abdul Kassim to succeed Fairus.

However, Mansor has a black mark in his CV, a history of losing streaks in general elections.

Hopes to end unwanted record

He lost to Zain Omar in the Balik Pulau parliamentary duel in 1999, to Ariff Shah Omar Shah in Seberang Jaya state seat contest in 2004 and to Muhammad Farid Saad by 294 in Pulau Betong state constituency.

He hopes to end the unwanted record and stripped off his loser’s tag with a win in the Penanti by-election.

penanti state seat penang 200409On paper, PKR looks favourite to retain the seat. Even the Umno leadership recently hinted the party may not field a candidate.

Penanti comes under Anwar’s Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency – a PKR stronghold.

In the Permatang Pauh by-election last August, Penanti voters gave Anwar a thumping majority of 3,276.

PKR’s Abdul Rahman Abdul Kadir won the state seat in 1999 before losing it to Permatang Pauh Umno chief Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid in 2004. He in turn lost to Mohammad Fairus last year.

First-timer Mohammad Fairus took the seat with a majority of 2,219. He polled 7,346 votes against Abdul Jalil’s 5,127.

“Even though it is in Permatang Pauh, our stronghold, we shall not be complacent, arrogant and take things for granted. We must work harder to achieve a big win,” said the PKR leader.

Anwar also called on Lim to consider Mansor, if he wins Penanti, as PKR nominee for the DCM post.

Mansor, a former university student leader, could have been Anwar’s original choice to be the state DCM 1. But it did not materialise due to his electoral defeat in Pulau Betong.

Penanti will be the sixth by-election since the March 8 general election, five of which were snatched by Pakatan Rakyat.

Lim earlier reaffirmed DAP’s commitment to ensuring a PKR’s victory in the by-election and called on Penanti voters to teach another lesson yet again to Umno and Barisan Nasional.

Zahrain reminded party supporters to protect the pride of the party and Anwar, and ensure victory as Penanti comes under the “PKR political bastion”.

And Mansor has said he is up to the challenge.

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Fairus makes surprise appearance
Athi Veeranggan | Apr 28, 09 11:37pm
After a month-long disappearance from public view, former Penang deputy chief minister 1 Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin made a surprise appearance tonight at the announcement of the PKR candidate for the Penanti by-election.

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anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 04The ever-smiling Mohammad Fairus arrived at Yayasan Aman together with PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim and president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

He was given a rousing welcome by Pakatan Rakyat leaders and supporters when he entered the hall and walked to the stage.

Once on the stage, he shook hands and hugged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state executive councillors Chow KonYeow and Phee Boon Poh.

He was immediately given the microphone and he delivered a brief but sharp speech.

“I have gone through hell and have come back. Now I know who are my friends and foes,” he told more than 1,000 PKR supporters in the packed hall.

He hit out at his detractors for not only conspiring to bring about his downfall but also for spreading rumours questioning his honesty, sincerity, commitment and loyalty to the struggle of PKR and Pakatan.

“My public appearance tonight has surely proved otherwise. The rumour mongers merely spread lies to tarnish my image and credibility.

“No matter what the rumour mongers spread, here I am to demonstrate my commitment and loyalty to PKR and Pakatan,” he said.

Fairus resigned as DCM 1 and relinquished his state portfolios effective April 8 after he was embroiled in a graft investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

People conspire but God decides

Local boy Fairus, who quit his Penanti seat on April 16, was alleged to have accepted bribes to allow illegal quarry operations on Penang mainland.

MACC has since cleared Fairus from all graft allegations.

“This shows no matter how hard the conspirators tried to destroy me, the truth prevailed. People can always conspire and plot, but only God decides,” he said.

anwar ibrahim dr mansor othman pkr candidate for penanti state seat by election 280409 01Anwar later praised Fairus for being a gentleman and for his resilience in facing and overcoming all challenges during this trying times, including attempts by certain quarters to buy him over to the “other side”’

“He gave them a kick and a chop,” he said of Fairus, a silat exponent.

He explained that Fairus needed to step down to take a temporary political break “to smoothen a rough situation”.

Anwar said he had left it to Fairus’ discretion to decide whether to sue those who had plotted to bring him down.

Fairus has already threatened to file civil suits against his detractors for plotting his ouster from the Pakatan state government.

He plans to help Pakatan campaign for a big win in the Penanti by-election and then leave the country for a while.

16 ousted from party

Kenyataan Media
27 April, 2009

KEADILAN PECAT 16 ORANG AHLI

Mesyuarat Majlis Pimpinan Rakyat (MPT) Parti Keadilan Rakyat, dalam mesyuaratnya pada hari Ahad 26hb April 2009 telah mengambil keputusan sebulat suara untuk memecat, 16 orang ahli Parti. Pemecatan berkuatkuasa serta merta mulai tarikh pemecatan dilakukan.

Mereka ini bertanding sebagai calon menentang calon Parti, menyokong calon yang menentang calon Parti, mengkritik Parti melalui media dan mengisytiharkan diri keluar dari Parti dalam ceramah atau melalui media. Mereka melakukan kesalahan-kesalahan tersebut dalam Pilihanraya Kecil Bukit Selambau dan Batang Ai baru-baru ini.

Nama serta Bahagian mereka adalah seperti berikut:

1.   Moganakumar a/l Subramaniam                   Bahagian Merbok, Kedah

2.   Jayagopal a/l Andaikalam                             Bahagian Pokok Sena, Kedah

3.   Abdul Hamid Othman                                  Bahagian Padang Serai, Kedah

4.   Roslan A. Hamid                                          Bahagian Padang Serai, Kedah

5.   Abu Bakar Din                                             Bahagian Baling, Kedah

6.   Abdul Wahab Mat Isa                                  Bahagian Sik, Kedah

7.   Mustafa Hassan                                            Bahagian Sik, Kedah

8.   Kalai Vanar a/l Bala Sundram                     Bahagian Jerai, Kedah

9.   Deivanai a/p Krishnan                                 Bahagian Jerai, Kedah

10. Abu Bakar Hamid                                        Bahagian Penaja Pendang, Kedah

11. Ahmad bin Ayub                                         Bahagian Penaja Pendang, Kedah

12. Azhar Ahmad                                              Bahagian Penaja Jerlun, Kedah

13. Dr Ambrose Labang                                   Bahagian Julau, Sarawak

14. Wong Kee Kai                                            Bahagian Julau, Sarawak

15. Rajang Anak Unau                                    Bahagian Julau, Sarawak

16. Kudik Untung                                            Bahagian Julau, Sarawak

Dr Syed Husin Ali
Timbalan Presiden
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

A prelude to becoming Penang Deputy Chief Minster?

Mansor to be named PKR candidate
Apr 27, 09 6:21pm
Penang PKR deputy chief Dr Mansor Othman is
expected to be named as the party’s candidate for
the upcoming Penanti by-election on May 31 in Penang.

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dr mansur othman penanti by election 270409Mansor, 56, is a former
university lecturer and student leader. He also served
as Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s political secretary
during his tenure as deputy premier.

It is learnt that the announcement will be made by Anwar
tomorrow night in Penanti.

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Party insiders
said that Mansor is now almost certain to be the party’s
candidate after he was not chosen as PKR’s nominee as a
senator by the state assembly today.

That position went to PKR state secretary Mustafa Kamil,
who was approved by the Penang state assembly as a
senator from PKR.

If selected, Mansor, largely seen as Anwar’s favourite
candidate for the Penanti by-election, would also assume
the vacant deputy chief minister post if he wins the
by-election.

“As it stands, Mansor is the PKR candidate for Penanti
barring any last minute accident,” said a source close
to Mansor.

Defeated narrowly
in 2008

In the
2008 general election, Mansor contested for the
Pulau Betong state seat but lost by 294 votes
to Umno’s Muhammad Farid Saad.

He was Anwar’s original choice to be the state deputy
chief minister but had to forgo it to Mohamad Fairus Khairuddin
as a result of this defeat.

Penanti will be the sixth by-election since the
March 8 general election, five of which were
snatched by Pakatan Rakyat.

The coming battle for the state seat – located under
the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency -
is also expected to be won by Pakatan.

However, Barisan Nasional has yet to decide if it
will contest. The decision will be made by the Umno
political bureau soon.

Permatang Pauh is considered the fortress of Anwar
who is the incumbent parliamentarian there.

The Penanti seat fell vacant following the resignation of
former Penang deputy chief minister I Mohamad Fairus.

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