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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.

History in N25 Bukit Selambau-Malaysiakini

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A total of 15 candidates are standing for the N25 Bukit Selambau By-Election to be held on the 7th of April 2009.

S Ganesan (BN),  S Manikumar (PKR) and 13 Independents
(Radzi Md Lazim, 54,  Khamis Awang, 32, L. Sarala, T. Chandrarajan, R. Loganathan,  A. Jayagopal,  S. Moganakumar,  Michael,  Tan Hock Huat, Mohd Fazil Abdul Wahab,  Anuar Abdul Hamid,  Husaini Yaacob, and Abdul Rahim Abu.)

Batang Ai rep Dublin Unting Ingkot passed away

Sarawak Assistant Sports Minister Dublin Unting Ingkot, who was in a coma after suffering a stroke nine months ago, passed away at a private hospital here at 1:25am Tuesday. He was 56.

The long-serving Batang Ai assemblyman was Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) vice-president.

Ingkot, also the assistant minister for Agriculture (Research and Coordination), retained the seat after beating challenger Nicholas Bawin from the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) in the May, 2006 state election.

His remains would be taken to his uncompleted new house at Stutong here at about 2:30pm, according to Wilson Ugak, a political secretary to the Chief Minister.

Ingkot suffered a stroke following a radio interview.

He leaves behind widow Datin Froline Moriah Dimies Impoi and three children.

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.

By-elections: Nomination on March 29, polling April 7-Malaysiakini

Voters go to the ballots on April 7 for both the Bukit Gantang parliamentary and Bukit Selambau state by-elections, the Election Commission announced Friday.

Nomination day would be on March 29, Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said.

Both seats were vacated on Monday. In Perak, Bukit Gantang Member of Parliament Roslan Shaharum of PAS died of a heart attack, while in Kedah, a resignation letter was received by Bukit Selambau state assemblyman V. Arumugam from PKR.

Arumugam, also a state executive council member, quit because of allegations surrounding his second marriage.

In his resignation letter to Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, he had also appended a statutory declaration alleging that he was being harassed and pressured by certain elements in Barisan Nasional to jump ship from PKR.

In the 12th general election last March, Arumugam had contested as an independent against MIC secretary S. Krishnan, beating him by a 2,362-vote majority. He joined PKR after that.

Arumugam has been missing since then. Attempts to contact him or his family have been futile.

Azizan said that the state would continue searching for Arumugam, who has been missing over the past few days, and that his state exco portfolios would be handled by state Tourism, Community Development and Human Resources Committee chairman Mohammad Radzhi Salleh.

Arumugam had chaired the Domestic, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Unity, Siamese Community Affairs, Estate Workers and Indian Community Affairs Committee.

The Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau by-elections would make it four by-elections to be held since the 12th general election last March.

The first was in Permatang Pauh last year when its Member of Parliament Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail stepped down to make way for her husband, now Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, to contest.

Anwar won the seat, which marked his return to Parliament after a decade.

The second was in Kuala Terenganu in January following the death of its MP Datuk Razali Ismail last Nov 28.

PAS candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut won the seat, beating Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh and independent Azharuddin Mamat @ Adam.

The kate Bukit Gantang MP Roslan, 50, who leaves behind a wife and 11 children, was formerly the human resource director of Perak Economic Development Corporation.

Last July, he was named chairman of Perak’s education foundation, Yayasan Perak.

In the March 8 general election last year, Roslan had polled 20,015 votes against Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi’s (Barisan Nasional) 18,449 votes.

The third candidate was an independent, M. Morgan, who got 872 votes.

Umno, MIC, DAP and PKR all eyeing Bukit Selambau-Malaysiakini

The date for the Bukit Selambau by-election has yet to be set but a tussle has already erupted between component parties namely Umno and MIC as well as DAP and PKR while the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has proposed that one of its Internal Security Act detainees be fielded.

Kedah DAP and Merbok Umno felt that they should reclaim their right to contest the seat that was once allocated to them.

DAP contested the seat up till the 2004 general election while MIC contested the seat in the last four general elections.

In last year’s general election, PKR’s V. Arumugam defeated MIC’s S. Krishnan by a 2,362-vote majority.

State DAP chairman Thomas Su said a proposal would be submitted to the central executive committee to field a DAP candidate.

“Traditionally, we have been contesting the seat. We allowed PKR to contest the seat last year,” he said, adding that they had three candidates in mind.

Merbok Umno chief Datuk Tajul Urus Md Zain said Umno and MIC swapped Bukit Selambau and Kuala Ketil seats in 1995.

“I propose Umno field its candidate in Bukit Selambau instead of MIC as sentiment against MIC is quite strong in the area. Umno could return the Kuala Ketil seat to MIC in the next general election,” he added.

State Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said there was nothing wrong in making such a proposal but the Umno leadership would decide.

State MIC chief Datuk V. Saravanan said: “We will not demand that MIC be given the seat, but we expect Barisan will allow the party to field its candidate.”

Meanwhile, handwritten letters from ISA detainees – Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan, V. Ganabatirau and R. Kengadharan – proposed that fellow detainee K. Vasantha Kumar be the candidate for Pakatan Rakyat.

The 36-year-old Vasantha Kumar was born and bred in Bukit Selambau.

Manoharan said he had full confidence in Vasantha Kumar who was detained under the ISA in December 2007 and would be grateful if Pakatan Rakyat nominated Vantha Kumar as a candidate.

The majority of voters in Bukit Selambau are Malays (50%), followed by Indians (29%) and Chinese (19%).

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.