A PAS win in Permatang Pasir?

Updated 5.35pm on 25 Aug 2009

PERMATANG PASIR, 25 Aug 2009: Polling in Permatang Pasir ended at 5pm today with 73.1% or 14,832 voters, out of the 20,290 registered voters, having cast their ballots, the Election Commission (EC) said.

On Twitter, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang predicted a PAS win with a majority of 3,000 to 4,000 votes. Earlier in the day, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had predicted a PAS victory with a “satisfactory majority”.

In the March 2008 general election, PAS beat Umno for the seat with a 5,433-vote majority.

Voting today began at 8am, and traffic jams gripped certain parts of the constituency where schools, used as polling centres, were located along main roads. The presence of uniformed police was moderate, and there was little sign of the Federal Reserve Unit, a notable difference compared with the previous six by-elections in the past year.

As neither PAS’s Mohd Salleh Man nor the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s Rohaizat Othman — the rival candidates — is registered to vote in Permatang Pasir, the media’s attention was turned to Anwar. He voted at Sek Keb Seri Penanti in Kubang Semang together with his wife, Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. They were accompanied by Salleh, who, from there, continued on a tour of all polling stations to greet supporters and voters.

Rohaizat, too, made his rounds at polling stations with his wife Khairul Nisa Abdul Razak in tow. The BN candidate has been on the defence throughout his campaign from attacks about his disbarment from legal practice, and allegations that he married a second wife secretly. He has denied the allegations about a second wife, and has tried to downplay his disbarment by blaming his former legal firm partner.

Other BN and Pakatan Rakyat leaders were also moving around the constituency checking on the mood. Polling was relatively smooth, save for a few minor clashes between rival supporters. A few groups were also seen arguing with police, who were enforcing the rule banning the display of party logos near polling centres.

Notably missing in the vicinity of polling centres were the “pondok panas”, booths or canopies set up by the contesting parties for voters to check their status on the electoral roll. The EC has been stricter this time, enforcing the rules against this and only allowing voters to check their details at EC booths. In past elections, pondok panas were used in last-minute campaigning before voters proceeded to mark their ballots.

Also noticeable was the lack of vehicles sporting party flags and logos, which reduced somewhat the merriment of polling day.

Still, the rules have not stopped supporters from turning out in large numbers despite it being Ramadan, and from shouting themselves hoarse cheering and heckling.

The votes will be tallied at the National Youth Skills Training Institute on Jalan Berapit here. Results are expected by 8pm.

Najib Waving Mongolian Flags…ah, only in comics

Comic mag with Najib waving Mongolian flag seized
/ Salhan K Ahmad
Aug 25, 09
12:53pm

The Home Ministry today confiscated 408 copies of humour magazine Gedung Kartun which featured a caricature of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak waving a Mongolian flag and shouting Merdeka on the front cover of its inaugural issue.

The 10.45am raid was carried out by the ministry’s Publication Control and Al Quran Text division at the publisher Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

According to ministry officials, the bi-weekly magazine, which specializes in political satire, was being published without a permit thus violating Section 5 (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Magazine editor Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as Zunar, said a written approval has been granted by the Home Ministry for the publication.

Did not expect this treatment

“We went ahead with publishing the magazine without getting the black and white due to government bureaucracy – it takes three months to obtain the letter.

“We definitely didn’t expect this kind of treatment. We expected a warning letter for the content,” said the former editor of PKR party organ Suara Keadilan.

Marketed as an ‘alternative comic magazine’, the publication touched on many current affairs.

Among the issues featured were the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, highway toll prices, teaching of science and mathematics in English, the Internal Security Act and the Port Klang Free Zone scandal.

Other than cartoons, the magazine includes various articles and political satires written by notable writers such as Hishamuddin Rais, Pyanhabib and Rahmat Haron.

Though normally associated with more serious publications, national laureate A Samad Said and political scientist Farish A Noor also contributed articles to the first issue.

A total of 10,000 copies were printed for the inaugural issue which cost RM4 in Peninsula Malaysia and RM5 in Sabah and Sarawak. Copies have already hit newsstands.

‘Get your license first’

Meanwhile, Publication Control and Al Quran Text division acting director Zainal Abidin Osman confirmed that the raid was conducted because Gedung Kartun did not possess a publishing permit.

He said the magazine was not allowed to be published even though it has obtained a publishing permit number (PP).

“It is not just a formality. If you don’t have a (written) permit, please don’t publish yet. Once it is official, then you can print.

“The written permit is like taking a driving test. Once you pass the exam, you still can’t drive until you obtain a license,” he said when contacted.

Permatang Pasir By Election: End of Polling

Polling ends, counting to start soon
/ Aug 25, 09 8:51am

Polling for the Permatang Pasir by-election closed at 5pm today. The final voter turnout stood at 73.1 percent, or translating to about 14,832 out of 20,290 total voters coming out to vote.

The Election Commission had predicted a 80 percent voter turnout. In the March 2008 general election, the turnout was 83 percent (16,803 voters).

The counting process will start soon at all eight polling stations. They will then be tallied at the vote-tallying centre at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) in Bukit Mertajam before the official results are announced. Results are expected at about 8pm.

Earlier today, the Permatang Pasir voters started voting at 8am to elect a new state assemblyperson for their constituency.

In all eight polling stations 39 streams were available for voters to cast their ballots.

The eight polling stations are SJKC Lay Keow Permatang Pauh, SMK Sama Gagah, SK Permatang Pauh, SK Permatang Pasir, SK Bukit Indra Muda, SJKC Kubang Semang, SK Seri Penanti and Sek Rendah Islam Al-Masriyah.

The by-election was called following the death of incumbent PAS representative Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman, 63, on May 31.

It saw Barisan Nasional’s Rohaizat Othman, 38, taking on PAS’ Mohd Salleh Man, 55. However both the candidates did not vote today as they were not registered voters of Permatang Pasir.

Anwar confident of win

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Dr Wan Azizah Ismail are however among the voters in this constituency and they were among the earliest to cast their votes.

Anwar, Wan Azizah and Mohd Salleh arrived at the SK Seri Penanti polling station at about 8.20am to vote.

Speaking to reporters after voting, Anwar said he was confident of a satisfying majority for Mohd Salleh.

“I am happy with our machinery. They have been working hard. I am confident Salleh will win with a satisfying majority,” he said.

He also said that Pakatan Rakyat party workers have been informed to keep a lookout for phantom voters.

“We are aware of Umno strategy but we have party workers to monitor vehicles and buses ferrying phantom voters.

“Umno is using propaganda as if we are bringing in phantom voters. Their machinery is like international circus facility,” said the Permatang Pauh member of parliament. Permatang Pasir is a state seat under his constituency.

Good start for new EC regulation

This by-election is also the first time the Election Commission has gone strict in disallowing pondok panas (canvassing booths) and last-minute canvassing by political parties.

EC chief Abdul Aziz Yusof who made his first visit of the day at SJKC Lay Keow Permatang Pauh said he was satisfied with the situation so far.

He hoped that political parties can adapt to the new culture of no canvassing on polling day and the pondok panas ruling.

Commenting on the EC’s new regulations, Anwar said he was happy that the commission had laid down the rules firmly but added that there was room for improvement.

He also said that the EC could have allowed party workers to help voters check their polling centres. Under the new regulation, only the EC is allowed to do so at it booths outside the voting centres.

Meanwhile the police are standing guard at all polling stations to ensure that parties do not breach the new EC regulations. At certain centres the police are not allowing the supporters to gather.

The weather meanwhile is cloudy with a slight shower expected in certain areas. A downfall is also expected later in the day.

The voters have been coming steadily to cast their ballots, especially the Malay voters who were up early due to the fasting period.

Workers on the way to the Penang island too were seen voting before heading off to work. The traffic around Permatang Pasir has been generally smooth.

Muhyiddin visits voters

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and some other BN leaders visited the SMK Sama Gagah voting centre at about 9.15am.

There they met and greeted their supporters numbering about 100.

Muhyiddin spoke to voters, especially some senior citizens who had come out early to vote. He and his entourage of BN leaders also visited the EC booth before moving on to the BN operations centre in Sama Gagah. He then left the place at about 9.30am.

The BN supporters chanted ‘Hidup BN’, ‘Hidup Melayu’ during Muhyiddin’s short visit.

Among the leaders with him were Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Permatang Pauh Umno division head Jalil Abdul Majid.

At about the same time, over at the Seri Penanti polling centre some 200 supporters from both BN and Pakatan were targeting each other with jeers and mocks.

The PAS crowd shouted ‘Umno pengkhianat’ (Umno traitors) while the rebuttal from the other side was ‘Hidup, Hidup BN’ (Long live BN). A police Light Strike Force unit is on standby to disperse the crowd.

However, upon a request from the police, the crowd dispersed. The BN crowd – mostly mat motors – immediately left the place on their motorcycles but the PAS crowd retreated by about 200 metres to regroup.

And over at the Kubang Semang voting station, the atmosphere was also hot with supporters from both sides teasing each other.

The same situation was also prevalent at the SJKC Lay Keow where about 30 Umno Youth members were asked to stay away by the PAS supporters.

DAP leader Lim Kit Siang also visited the centre this morning and explained that the by-election was a referendum on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Candidates meet at polling centre

The candidates – Rohaizat and Mohd Salleh – meanwhile bumped into each other at the SMK Sama Gagah polling centre at about 10am while making their rounds.

They greeted each other warmly and were seen exchanging pleasantries.

Rohaizat, speaking to reporters later, said the voting process was proceeding smoothly and he was happy with the process so far.

He also urged voters to come out early to vote as it could rain later in the day.

Wearing a red Baju Melayu with a songkok, Rohaizat also urged party workers to maintain discipline throughout the day and work hard to ensure a win.

EC chief: So far so good

At about 11.30am, EC chief Abdul Aziz said he was satisfied with the turnout so far and with the general polling process.

He hoped that the EC target of 80 percent turnout can be achieved by the end of the voting period.

“I also hope there is no rain today. So far we have also not heard of any complaints of phantom voters,” he said.

There was a slight drizzle in the morning but the weather has cleared up since.

By noon, the voter turnout had risen to 47.2 percent, or 9,573 voters. An hour later, the figure was 10,812 voters, or 53.3 percent.

At 2pm, the turnout has climbed to 59 percent with three hours to go and at 3pm it hit 65 percent, or 13, 172 voters.

In another development, election watchdog Mafrel reported that it found one BN pondok panas near SK Permatang Pasir polling centre.

“But it was immediately asked to be shut down by the EC,” said Mafrel coordinator Mohd Zaki Abdul Ahmid.

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Voter turnout hits 65% at 3pm

Voter turnout hits 65% at 3pm
/ Aug 25, 09 8:51am

Voters in Permatang Pasir started voting at 8am today to elect a new state assemblyperson for their constituency.

In all eight polling stations 39 streams are available for voters to cast their ballots.

The eight polling stations are SJKC Lay Keow Permatang Pauh, SMK Sama Gagah, SK Permatang Pauh, SK Permatang Pasir, SK Bukit Indra Muda, SJKC Kubang Semang, SK Seri Penanti and Sek Rendah Islam Al-Masriyah.

A total of 20,290 registered voters can participate in today’s by-election which has been called following the death of incumbent PAS representative Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman, 63, on May 31.

The by-election sees Barisan Nasional’s Rohaizat Othman, 38, taking on PAS’ Mohd Salleh Man, 55. However both the candidates will not be voting today as they are not registered voters of Permatang Pasir.

Anwar confident of win

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Dr Wan Azizah Ismail are however among the voters in this constituency and they were among the earliest to cast their votes.

Anwar, Wan Azizah and Mohd Salleh arrived at the SK Seri Penanti polling station at about 8.20am to vote.

Speaking to reporters after voting, Anwar said he was confident of a satisfying majority for Mohd Salleh.

“I am happy with our machinery. They have been working hard. I am confident Salleh will win with a satisfying majority,” he said.

He also said that Pakatan Rakyat party workers have been informed to keep a lookout for phantom voters.

“We are aware of Umno strategy but we have party workers to monitor vehicles and buses ferrying phantom voters.

“Umno is using propaganda as if we are bringing in phantom voters. Their machinery is like international circus facility,” said the Permatang Pauh member of parliament. Permatang Pasir is a state seat under his constituency.

Good start for new EC regulation

This by-election is also the first time the Election Commission has gone strict in disallowing pondok panas (canvassing booths) and last-minute canvassing by political parties.

EC chief Abdul Aziz Yusof who made his first visit of the day at SJKC Lay Keow Permatang Pauh said he was satisfied with the situation so far.

He hoped that political parties can adapt to the new culture of no canvassing on polling day and the pondok panas ruling.

Commenting on the EC’s new regulations, Anwar said he was happy that the commission had laid down the rules firmly but added that there was room for improvement.

He also said that the EC could have allowed party workers to help voters check their polling centres. Under the new regulation, only the EC is allowed to do so at it booths outside the voting centres.

Meanwhile the police are standing guard at all polling stations to ensure that parties do not breach the new EC regulations. At certain centres the police are not allowing the supporters to gather.

The weather meanwhile is cloudy with a slight shower expected in certain areas. A downfall is also expected later in the day.

The voters have been coming steadily to cast their ballots, especially the Malay voters who were up early due to the fasting period.

Workers on the way to the Penang island too were seen voting before heading off to work. The traffic around Permatang Pasir has been generally smooth.

The EC is expecting an 80 percent voter turnout. Voting ends at 5pm. Results are expected to be announced as early as 8pm.

Muhyiddin visits voters

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and some other BN leaders visited the SMK Sama Gagah voting centre at about 9.15am.

There they met and greeted their supporters numbering about 100.

Muhyiddin spoke to voters, especially some senior citizens who had come out early to vote. He and his entourage of BN leaders also visited the EC booth before moving on to the BN operations centre in Sama Gagah. He then left the place at about 9.30am.

The BN supporters chanted ‘Hidup BN’, ‘Hidup Melayu’ during Muhyiddin’s short visit.

Among the leaders with him were Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Permatang Pauh Umno division head Jalil Abdul Majid.

At about the same time, over at the Seri Penanti polling centre some 200 supporters from both BN and Pakatan were targeting each other with jeers and mocks.

The PAS crowd shouted ‘Umno pengkhianat’ (Umno traitors) while the rebuttal from the other side was ‘Hidup, Hidup BN’ (Long live BN). A police Light Strike Force unit is on standby to disperse the crowd.

However, upon a request from the police, the crowd dispersed. The BN crowd – mostly mat motors – immediately left the place on their motorcycles but the PAS crowd retreated by about 200 metres to regroup.

And over at the Kubang Semang voting station, the atmosphere was also hot with supporters from both sides teasing each other.

The same situation was also prevalent at the SJKC Lay Keow where about 30 Umno Youth members were asked to stay away by the PAS supporters.

DAP leader Lim Kit Siang also visited the centre this morning and explained that the by-election was a referendum on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Candidates meet at polling centre

The candidates – Rohaizat and Mohd Salleh – meanwhile bumped into each other at the SMK Sama Gagah polling centre at about 10am while making their rounds.

They greeted each other warmly and were seen exchanging pleasantries.

Rohaizat, speaking to reporters later, said the voting process was proceeding smoothly and he was happy with the process so far.

He also urged voters to come out early to vote as it could rain later in the day.

Wearing a red Baju Melayu with a songkok, Rohaizat also urged party workers to maintain discipline throughout the day and work hard to ensure a win.

EC chief: So far so good

At about 11.30am, EC chief Abdul Aziz said he was satisfied with the turnout so far and with the general polling process.

He hoped that the EC target of 80 percent turnout can be achieved by the end of the voting period.

“I also hope there is no rain today. So far we have also not heard of any complaints of phantom voters,” he said.

There was a slight drizzle in the morning but the weather has cleared up since.

By noon, the voter turnout had risen to 47.2 percent, or 9,573 voters. An hour later, the figure was 10,812 voters, or 53.3 percent.

At 2pm, the turnout has climbed to 59 percent with three hours to go and at 3pm it hit 65 percent, or 13, 172 voters.

In another development, election watchdog Mafrel reported that it found one BN pondok panas near SK Permatang Pasir polling centre.

“But it was immediately asked to be shut down by the EC,” said Mafrel coordinator Mohd Zaki Abdul Ahmid.

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Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir 2009, LIVE

Di Hari Mengundi N11 Permatang Pasir:

DSAI ketika bersiap untuk ke Pusat Pengundian, Sek Seri Pananti di Permatang Pasir

Jam 9.00 pagi, jalanraya sudah penuh sesak

Gerombolan bermotosikal Pemuda Umno yang telah diarah oleh polis untuk beredar

Sebahagaian Puteri Umno

Seperti biasa, helikopter berligar di awan

Unsur-unsur provokasi dari pemuda Umno

Barung SPR yang tiada kelihatan wakil-wakil calon parti untuk menyelia proses memeriksa nama dalam daftar pengundi

Calon tiba di Samagagah

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Pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pasir  dimulakan dengan beberapa kejadian tidak diingini. UMNO-BN menggunakan pelbagai taktik kotor yang seharusnya ditangani oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya.

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Umno-BN menggunakan taktik membuat kacau di beberapa tempat pusat mengundi.

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Rakyat digesa untuk mengundi awal.

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Pemuda Umno membuat provokasi tanpa kawalan polis.

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Polis bertugas secara tidak adil, mendesak semua petugas Pakatan Rakyat melucutkan pakaian yang menggunakan lambang parti. Tetapi arahan yang serupa tidak dikeluarkan untuk petugas BN.

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SPR telah mengeluarkan satu peraturan bahawa hanya pihak SPR yang boleh memangkah bagi pihak warga emas dan OKU.

Galeri Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir

Permatang Pasir, Ogos 24, 2009
Sedang menanti arahan gerak kerja

Ok, go…

Ziarah

Tugasan baru

Juadah untuk penduduk

Meneruskan kempen

Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir: Mengarus Utamakan Kebajikan Rakyat tanpa diskriminasi

Permatang Pasir, Ogos 24, 2009;   Pasukan Pilihan Raya Wanita KEADILAN, WIN, telah ditemukan dengan seorang penduduk warga emas yang telah lumpuh sebahagian badannya kerana serangan angin ahmar.

Pasukan WIN telah berusaha untuk mendapatkan kerusi roda bagi kemudahan Razali Hassan yang telah kehilangan keupayaan beliau untuk menjalani kehidupan secara normal.

Pasukan WIN yang diketuai oleh Timbalan Ketua Wanita KEADILAN, Rodziah Ismail, ketika bertugas di Bukit Indera Muda telah mendapati Razali Hassan terlantar sepanjang masa kerana tidak dapat menggerakkan tubuh beliau seperti biasa.

Sebelum itu, Dr Daroyah, Timbalan Ketua Wanita KEADILAN Selangor telah secara spontan memeriksa keadaan beliau dan memberikan motivasi agar beliau sentiasa melakukan riadah dan menjalani terapi agar segera pulih.

Razali Hassan adalah seorang pesara dan guru mengajar al-Quran.

Beliau dan keluarganya amat terharu dengan keperihatinan pasukan petugas Pakatan Rakyat di Permatang Pasir yang telah memberikan apa yang diperlukan oleh beliau.

Kerusi roda tersebut telah disampaikan oleh calon N11 Permatang Pasir, Mohd Salleh Man.