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May 23th for nominations N May 31st for polling in Penanti By-Election

 The Election Commission (EC) has set May 23 for nominations and May 31 as the polling day for the Penanti by-election.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof made the announcement at a press conference at the EC office here Monday.

The by-election is the sixth since the March 8 general election last year.

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Perak speaker bars Zambry, excos from assembly sittings-Malaysiakini

Perak Speaker V. Sivakumar has barred Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir from from attending all State Assembly sittings for 18 months

Dr Zambry’s six exco members have been barred for 12 months, Sivakumar said on Wednesday.

Sivakumar said this after an inquiry before him and the Special Privileges Committee on Wednesday to give statements on complaints that their appointments were unconstitutional.

Malaysiakini-MIC Youth raps Umno over seat jostling By-Election

Penang MIC Youth today called on Umno to focus on winning the by-election for the Bukit Selambau state seat in Kedah instead of harping on which party should contest it.

In view of this, Penang MIC Youth chief M Suresh said Umno must stop disputing the allocation of the seat to MIC.

He pointed out that public attrition among Barisan Nasional parties over the issue would only undermine the coalition’s unity and dampen its chance of winning.

“The dispute is unwarranted. It would only portray a wrong picture about unity in BN,” he added in a statement.

Suresh was referring to recent statements from Jerlun MP Mukriz Mahathir, an Umno Youth chief aspirant, and several Kedah Umno leaders calling on the BN leadership to allot the seat to Umno.

“Local Umno leaders should stop issuing irresponsible statements that would undermine BN’s credibility and solidarity as well as hamper the coalition’s chances of winning back the seat,” he said.

Kedah Umno leaders felt that Umno had a better chance of winning the seat since MIC had lost its credibility among its traditional Indian voters.

Support for Umno declined as well

However, Kedah MIC disputed this, arguing that the party lost the seat in the previous general election because the traditional supporters of BN had deserted the coalition due to various reasons.

Bukit Selambau is one of the two state seats under the Merbok parliamentary constituency, the other being Tanjung Dawai.

Kedah MIC had retorted that Umno too had lost substantial support among the Malays with its defeats in Merbok and Tanjung Dawai against both PKR and PAS.

Kedah MIC chief V Saravanan, 67, who is among the favourites to contest, said BN’s defeat in the two state seats as well as Merbok showed that the coalition had lost more than 50 percent of support from each community across the constituency.

Bukit Selambau, a semi-urban constituency, has little over 50 percent Malay voters, with about 30 percent Indian and 20 percent Chinese.

With its sizable number of Indian voters in the constitutency, Bukit Selambau had been traditionally contested by MIC on behalf of the BN coalition.

In the last March general election, MIC’s S Krishnan lost by 2,362 vote-margin to PKR’s V Arumugam.

Arumugam, 54, resigned abruptly from both his assembly seat and executive councillor post early this month, paving the way for the by-election.

Nomination day is on March 29.

Meanwhile, Suresh said the tussle for seat between Umno and MIC was unhealthy and would only gift the Pakatan Rakyat with ammunition to fire at BN.

He said BN’s policy had always been to back all its electoral candidates notwithstanding from which component party they came from.

“Instead of disputing the candidacy, BN coalition partners should close ranks to ensure victory for the candidate. Let the top leadership resolve the issue,” he added.

Karpal and the royals: ‘Blame Dr M’ -Malaysiakini

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng defended Karpal Singh and blamed former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the uproar over the DAP national chairman’s plan to sue the Sultan of Perak.

He said Karpal was merely stating a matter of law that the Sultan could be taken to court.

Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister, said it was Dr Mahathir who was behind the 1993 constitutional amendment that allowed Rulers to be stripped of their immunity from prosecution.

“If we look at history, the person who made this law was from Umno itself. If you want to place blame, then blame the Umno person who is responsible for the deed,” he told pressmen before receiving a courtesy call from the Penang Bar Committee at his office in Komtar Friday.

Asked whether public support was waning for the DAP stemming from Karpal’s outburst against the Sultan, Lim retorted that it was only Umno who was angry with the party leader.

“What wrong has been committed by Pakatan Rakyat or Karpal Singh?” he asked.

Trouble also brewing in BN camp-Malaysiakini

Feb 11, 09 2:17pm 
Umno appears to be eyeing the Bukit Selambau state seat in Kedah which is traditionally contested by MIC.
Merbok Umno chief Tajul Urus Md Zaid has suggested that an Umno candidate be fielded in the upcoming by-election since the party contested the seat prior to MIC, which held it for four terms until the last general election.”After four terms, MIC does not have influence there. We have received feedback from voters that they want an Umno candidate,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Tajul’s suggestion is bound to ruffle feathers in MIC, which is looking to make a comeback after a disastrous performance in the last elections.

V Arumugam won the state seat as an independent last March but quit as state assemblyperson and state exco on Feb 9 and is in hiding, ostensibly for his safety in the face of alleged threats.

reports from malaysiakini.com

Perak MB announces exco line-up, advisers-Malaysiakini

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir on Wednesday announced the portfolios of State Executive Councillors which take effect immediately.

Dr Zambry also announced four more posts – three advisers to the Mentri Besar and a state Information Chief – that carries perks similar to those received by State Executive Councillors.

The Perak State Committee Chairmen portfolios:

·Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir who is also the Menteri Besar heads the Committee for Planning, Economy, Finance, Security, Land and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Housing and Religion.

·Hamidah Osman: Industry, Investment, Entrepreneur Development, ICT, Tourism and Women’s Affairs

·Datuk Ramly Zahari: Infrastructure, Public Facilities, Energy and Water.

·Dr Mah Hang Soon: Health, Local Government, Consumer, Environment, Transport and NonMuslim Affairs.

·Datuk Saarani Mohamad: Information, Rural Development, Poverty, Welfare and Farming.

·Mohd Zahir Abdul Khalid: Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology

·Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin: Culture, Youth and Sports.

Advisers to Mentri Besar:

·Datuk Mohd Najumuddin Elias – Adviser for Islamic Affairs.

·Datuk Chang Ko Youn – Adviser for Chinese Affairs.

·Datuk S. Veerasingam – Adviser for Indian Affairs.

Dr Zambry also announced the appointment of Datuk Hamdi Abu Bakar as the state Information chief.

Scramble in Pakatan for Bt Selambau seat-Malaysiakini

Athi Veeranggan | Feb 11, 09 11:17am

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Step aside PKR, other parties are keen to have their candidates in the Bukit Selambau by-election in Kedah.

V Arumugam won the state seat as an independent last March in the general election, but he quit as state assemblyperson and state exco on Feb 9 and is in hiding, ostensibly for his safety in the face of alleged threats.

Now Pakatan Rakyat allies DAP and PAS and even the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force are keen to contest when the by-elections are called. The Election Commission is due to meet on Friday.

Kedah DAP organising secretary Teoh Teik Guan confirmed speculation that the party is interested in contesting the seat as it had fielded candidates there prior to the arrangement last year with Pakatan.

“It was DAP’s seat before 2008. So we desire to re-contest the seat,” he told Malaysiakini, saying the Kedah DAP will hold a meeting later to decide on this.

The state DAP leadership, he said, has already conveyed its intention to identify a “credible candidate” but will leave it to party leaders to make a final decision in discussion with their counterparts in Pakatan.

Among the potential candidates is DAP life-member S Neelamekan, 49, who was born in Penang.

Now the Lunas branch chief, he had contested and lost the Prai state seat in Penang against Barisan Nasional (BN) incumbent Dr K Rajapathy in 1999. In 2000, he was among those considered for the Lunas by-election under the DAP ticket.

PAS, it is learnt, is also keen to contest the seat by fielding a candidate of Indian origin – lawyer Jegadeeson Thavasu who is based in Sungei Petani.

A member of the PAS non-Muslim club in Kedah, he had actively campaigned for the party and Pakatan candidates in the last general election.

He is seen by local PAS leaders as a candidate who will be able to get the support of all ethnic groups.

Hindraf pitches for seat

However, the Pakatan parties could find themselves facing Hindraf national coordinator RS Thanenthiran, 45, who may stand on a PKR ticket.

It is learnt that Hindraf self-exiled chairperson P Waythamoorthy and local Hindraf leaders have spoken to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to field him.

Penang Hindraf deputy coordinator Sanjeeviramah Subramaniam  confirmed that the movement is keen for Thanenthiran, a former teacher, to contest.

Sanjeeviramah said Hindraf should be rewarded for its aggressive campaign on behalf of Pakatan’s election campaign last year.

Thanenthiran, he said, has a sincere and honest desire to serve the people, will remain loyal to the cause and can be accepted by all communities and parties.

Since Anwar has said that PKR will field an Indian candidate, Thanenthiran  would be an ideal choice, more so with the whole Hindraf machinery in Kedah to ensure his victory.

“A representation of Hindraf would be a genuine representation for the Indian Malaysian community,” said Saneeviramah.

Hindraf has originally decided that it did not want to be involved in active politics. However since the movement was outlawed last October, it leaders have changed their mind.

Yesterday, PKR Jerai division leader BS Kalai Vanar had expressed his desire to contest the seat as well.