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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.

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.

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.

Nizar sues Dr Zambry, wants injunction against him-Malaysiakini

Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has filed a suit against current Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, saying his swearing in last Friday was illegal and unconsitutional.

In suit filed at the High Court here at 11:30am Friday, Nizar is also seeking an injunction against Dr Zambry to stop him from performing his duties and by way of judicial review, a declaration that Nizar is still mentri besar.

Only Dr Zambry was named as respondent after Pakatan Rakyat decided not to name the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, in the lawsuit.

It was the Perak Ruler who asked Nizar to step down as mentri besar and whom swore in Dr Zambry after he declared that Barisan Nasional had the majority in the state legislative assembly.

This came about after three Pakatan assemblymen quit their parties to remain independent, while a fourth jumped back from PKR to Umno, barely 10 days after he first quit Umno to join PKR.

While that tied Pakatan, which took over the state government after the 12th general election last March, and Barisan with 28 seats each in the 59-seat assembly, Sultan Azlan Shah said Barisan had the confidence of the assembly after the three independents pledged their allegiance to Barisan.

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.