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.

Hari Mengundi di Bukit Selambau

Umumnya keadaan aman tetapi di beberapa tempat seperti Pekan Bukit Selambau suasana hiruk pikuk laungan petugas dan perayu undi kedua-dua kem.  

Taktik tidak patut yang boleh mengelirukan pengundi dilakonkan oleh SPR. Dalam kertas undi nombor tanda di sebelah lambang telah dihilangkan. Selama kempen pengundi dimaklumkan oleh SPR bahawa lambang KEADILAN akan diletakkan di sebelah no 4.

Peratus setakat ini keluar mengundi 50%.

4.21pm : 60% pengundi telah keluar mengundi.

The face of Umno Assembly

Beauty is in the eyes of the Beholder.

And Beauty is handy thing to have, esp. for someone who ain’t handsome.

Umno beauty?

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Hot rhetoric and Pakatan-bashing

Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Mar 25, 09 8:24pm
That time of the year, where folks dressed in white baju Melayu, red samping and songkoks congregating at the Tun Hussein Onn Hall in PWTC in their thousands and passionately indulging in verbal trashing of the opposition political parties, has arrived.

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umno 59 agm 2009 puteri youth wanita mt campaign 250309 01It is the ‘Umno season’, where in each of the 59 years the party has convened its annual general assembly, the tradition is to begin with waves of oral shelling fired from the trenches of the party’s Youth wing.

This year is no exception when delegates of the Youth wing kicked off the debate session with scathing attacks, often with racial overtones, against Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

One delegate from Johor, Rohazam Shah, blasted Pakatan leaders, chiefly PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim, as arrogant after the coalition had taken over five states and denied BN the two-third parliamentary majority in the last general elections.

anwar ibrahim 02 060207Anwar was also labelled a traitor to the Malays by Rohazam when he argued that a leader who tries to question Malay special privileges should be described as enemy number one to the race.

“He tried to abolish the Malay rights that is enshrined in the Federal Constitution when he suggested to do away with the New Economic Policy,” said Rohazam and it was followed by thunderous applause from the audience.

For him, no one and certainly not non-Malays, can question the special Malay rights and call for Umno and the Youth wing to fight to the end to defend such privileges.

Pakatan had insulted the MalaysHe also blasted Pakatan for the Perak constitutional crisis and said that the opposition coalition had tested the patience and insulted the Malays when they question the sultan’s decision to appoint Zambry Abdul Kadir as the new menteri besar.

umno agm 250309 hishammuddin wield keris 02Rohazam’s offensive was then followed by fellow delegate, Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said from Penang, who accused the DAP government of Penang of being  racists.

“It is DAP that controls Penang and not Pakatan. There is no such thing as the Pakatan coalition in Penang,” said Zaidi, implying that the state is controlled by the Chinese and not a multi-racial coalition as claimed by the state’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

guan eng respond to ong tee keat 020209 02“You know what Guan Eng first did when he became chief minister? He had all the posters that you can see in state government buildings changed to Yang Berhormat Tuan Lim Guan Eng,” he added.

Zaidi said the term “tuan” or master in English was only used by the Malays when addressing English governors when Malaysia was colonialised by Britain.

He then said the resignation of Mohd Fairus reflected the inability of PKR to serve and protect the interest of the Malays in the state and called for his resignation not only as Penang’s deputy chief minister, but as the state representative as well.

After he was done with DAP, Zaidi shifted his attacks on PKR by ridiculing Anwar.

He said the Malays should not be fooled by the leader who is “only good at giving promises but not delivering.”

‘Biggest mistake was to free Anwar’

“He can promise you everything, he can even promise you the front and the back,” said Zaidi in an apparent insinuation to Anwar’s sodomy case.

“The biggest mistake we ever did was to free Anwar (from jail),” he added and was accompanied by stomps from the floor.

Kelantan delegate Mohd Affendi Yusof, when taking his turn to debate, said Umno has been very lenient and patient towards Pakatan’s antics.

nizar jamaluddin interview 250309 04He also touched on the Perak fiasco and blasted ousted Perak menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin for his now legendary statement: “Mohon maaf tuanku, patek mohon derhaka.” (Your highness, forgive me for I plead to commit treason).

“In Islam, there is no forgiveness for those who commit treason against the sultan,” he said, claiming that the sultan is considered as God’s representative on earth.

“When he faces God, he will have no excuse when God asks him why he had committed treason against the sultan. He would not die as a man, but would die as a bangkai (rotten corpse),” he added.

Instigating the crowd, Affendi said now is not the time for Umno to be soft and patient, and said it was time the party uses force to crush its Pakatan rivals.

“We cannot be soft anymore. We must use force. And we will use it immediately after the annual general assembly ends,” he said.

Kerajaan Umno-BN menggantung lagi

Menggunakan kuasa agar maklumat sebenar tidak sampai kepada Rakyat. Sungguh Durjana tindakan sedemikian.

Sudah begitu jelas bahawa Rakyat sangat dahagakan berita selain dari yang dicanangkan oleh media arus perdana yang sarat dengan propaganda Umno-BN.

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KDN gantung akhbar PAS, PKR
Mar 23, 09 5:42pm
kemaskini 6.59pm Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) hari ini menggantung permit akhbar pembangkang berpengaruh Harakah dan Suara Keadilan masing-masing selama tiga bulan berkuatkuasa serta-merta.

harakah newspaper pak lah abdullah with michelle yeoh photo coverTindakan mengejut ini menghalang keberkesanan kempen kedua-dua parti bagi menghadapi tiga pilihanraya kecil kawasan parlimen Bukit Gantang di Perak, DUN Bukit Selambau di Kedah dan DUN Batang Ai di Sarawak antara 29 Mac hingga 7 April ini.

Malaysiakini difahamkan surat KDN kepada kedua-dua organisasi itu dikirim melalui faksimili selang beberapa minit menjelang jam 5 petang tadi.

Surat penggantungan Harakah ditujukan kepada Setiausaha Agung PAS Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar, manakala surat untuk Suara Keadilan dialamatkan kepada Presiden PKR Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

suara keadilan perak cabar spr ke mahkamah perak state challenge ec in court 110209Difahamkan kandungan kedua-dua surat tersebut hampir sama.

“Dukacita dimaklumkan bahawa kementerian ini telah membuat keputusan untuk menggantung permit penerbitan akhbar Suara Keadilan selama tempoh tiga (3) bulan berkuatkuasa serta-merta,” surat KDN itu dipetik.

Bagaimanapun surat yang dikeluarkan oleh setiausaha Bahagian Unit Kawalan Penerbitan dan Teks Al-Quran KDN Che Din Yusoh tidak memberi sebarang alasan tindakan tersebut.

KDN merampas kedua-dua akhbar tersebut di seluruh negara sewaktu memuncak krisis politik di Perak pertengahan bulan lepas.

Tindakan terhadap Suara Keadilan bermula sejak pilihanraya kecil Kuala Terengganu, pertengahan Januari lalu.

Sejak Harakah dibenarkan beroperasi pada 1987, inilah kali pertama akhbar itu dikenakan tindakan penggantungan oleh KDN.

Selepas pilihanraya umum Mac tahun lepas, kementerian itu mengizinkan PAS menerbitkan kembali akhbar itu sebanyak dua kali seminggu selepas dilarang sejak 2000.

Baca berita penuh

Batang Ai: A case for the beginning of a New Sarawak

A just, strong, approachable collective leadership is needed for a thumping win in Batang Ai. Not impossible that. Only an instant adjustment needed.

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PKR names Jawah Gerang for Batang Ai
Joseph Tawie | Mar 23, 09 10:39am malaysiakini.com

After a number of delays, the de facto leader of PKR Anwar Ibrahim today named the former member of parliament for Lubok Antu Jawah Gerang as its candidate for the Batang Ai by-election which is to be held on April 7.

Anwar was supposed to have announced the name of the candidate on arrival at the Kuching International Airport yesterday, but adjourned the announcement to today.

jawah gerang pkr batang ai state seatHe made the announcement at the Kuching airport just before leaving for Kuala Lumpur this morning.

Anwar told reporters that he decided on Jawah, 55, after gathering various views and feedback from several longhouse elders who came to meet him at Rumah Lepang, Sayat, Lubok Antu.

He said that he found that Jawah was not only the favourite choice to face Malcolm Mussen Lamoh of the Barisan Nasional, but also had every chance to win the seat for Pakatan Rakyat.

In introducing Jawah to the press, Anwar also appointed Nicholas Bawin as the director of operations for the by-election.

“I hope everybody will give their cooperation as PKR is confident in Jawah’s ability in solving the people’s problems and in looking after the interests of all communities in the state.

“I believe that with the strong partnership of Jawah and Nicholas, PKR can wrest the Batang Ai seat,” added Anwar.

Jawah meanwhile said that he would work hard to deliver the seat.

“I believe we can make a good start,” he said, referring to PKR’s planned assault on the state during the next state elections due to be held in the next two years.

A former banker with economics degree

Anwar also called on Bawin’s supporters to work together in order to ensure victory for the party and to fight BN’s cash-rich machinery.

Nicholas contested for the Batang Ai seat in the May 2006 state election and lost narrowly by 806 votes to incumbent, the late Dublin Unting Ingot.

He was hotly tipped to contest again for the seat but Anwar obviously had other ideas.

Also present at the press conference were DAP state assemblyperson for Pending Violet Yong and veteran DAP state leader Chong Siew Chiang.

batang air state seat 240209Jawah was the member of parliament for Lubok Antu for five terms. He is a graduate in economics from University of Malaya.

He worked with a bank in Kuching before being recruited by the now defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) to contest the Lubok Antu parliamentary by-election in 1987. He was then returned unopposed in 1990 and 1995 elections.

This is Jawah’s first time contesting for a state seat. His opponent is Malcolm Mussen who was named last week by BN as its candidate.

Noted for his fiery speeches, Jawah has become something of a symbol or even an icon in Batang Ai for his courage in articulating Iban issues which did not endear him to the top leadership of the state BN.

The Batang Ai constituency which fell vacant following the death of Dublin Unting on Feb 24 is part of the Lubok Antu parliamentary constituency and it has about 8,000 voters. The other state constituency is Engkilili.

Masing confident of victory

malcolm mussenMeanwhile, state minister and Parti Rakyat Sarawak president James Masing said BN’s candidate for the by-election Malcolm Mussen was a good choice for the coalition as he had a better chance of winning the seat, and with a bigger majority.

Malcolm Mussen (photo) was nominated by Masing’s PRS.

“We will still fight. For me, two-cornered or three-cornered, it does not make any difference.

“I am confident that BN will win with a bigger majority,” he said after having dialogue with the people of Rumah Jumat.

Masing is the BN director of operations for the by-election.

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