Tidak pernah jemput PAS sertai PH, kata Wan Azizah

Tidak pernah jemput PAS sertai PH, kata Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan tidak pernah menjemput PAS menyertai pakatan itu, kata Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Sebaliknya, Menteri Besar Selangor, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali yang menjemput parti Islam itu.

“Bukan kami yang jemput. Menteri Besar yang jemput,” katanya dalam sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, beliau menjelaskan tindakan Azmin itu tidak salah kerana memang ada kerjasama antara PKR dan PAS dalam kerajaan negeri Selangor.

Penjelaskan Wan Azizah itu menandakan kali kedua beliau menepis kenyataan timbalannya.

Dalam pilihan raya negeri Sarawak baru-baru ini, bagi menjawab pertelingkahan antara PKR dan DAP mengenai pengagihan kerusi, Azmin mendakwa telah diberi mandat oleh Wan Azizah untuk mengizinkan Pengerusi Perhubungan PKR Sarawak, Baru Bian menandatangani surat pertauliahan untuk calon-calon yang mahu bertanding.

Wan Azizah kemudiannya berkata dirinya tidak terbabit dalam rundingan kerusi antara PKR dan DAP.

PKR dan DAP bertembung di enam kerusi walaupun kedua parti merupakan komponen dalam Pakatan Harapan.

We never invited PAS to join Pakatan, says Wan Azizah

We never invited PAS to join Pakatan, says Wan Azizah

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) never extended any invitation for PAS to join the Opposition pact, said PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Instead, she explained, the “olive branch” was offered by Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“It wasn’t our invitation. It was the MB’s invitation,” she told a press conference at the party’s headquarters here today.

However, she said there was nothing wrong with Azmin’s move as in Selangor, there was cooperation between the two parties in the state government.

Wan Azizah’s clarification today marks the second time she has openly rebuffed her number two.

During the recently-concluded Sarawak election, when there was a tussle between PKR and DAP over state seats, Azmin claimed that he was given the mandate by Wan Azizah to permit Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian to sign the authorisation letters for party candidates wishing to contest in the polls.

However, Wan Azizah later said she was not involved in the seat negotiations between PKR and DAP for the Sarawak state election.

PKR and DAP locked horns in six constituencies despite both parties being in the Pakatan coalition.

Group led by MIC swarm Selangor Exco building

Group led by MIC swarm Selangor Exco buildingSHAH ALAM: About 50 people, led by MIC Youth, swarmed the Selangor state assembly building today, demanding justice for villagers forcibly removed from their homes in Kampung Seri Aman, Ijok, Kuala Selangor, yesterday.

The group gathered at the Selangor Executive Council building about 2pm to pass a memorandum to Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali protesting the forced eviction.

However, they were not allowed access into the building.

Policemen were on standby to form a cordon to stop the group from forcing themselves into the building.

However, the group forced its way past the main door into the building. About 3.30pm, five representatives were allowed up to the MB’s office.

The MIC protesters were seen carrying banners and shouting “Pakatan penipu” (“Pakatan liars”) and demanded that Azmin come down and meet them.

MIC Youth Chief Sivaraajh Chandran, who led the group, said the villagers numbering about 150 were not given notice prior to the eviction.

“The evicted villagers were temporarily relocated to a plot of land near a river while the demolition of houses was going on.

“When it rained heavily, the water rose to knee level and we (MIC) had to find a public hall to temporarily place the villagers.

“Apart from the lack of prior notice, the villagers were also not given RM5,000 compensation as promised,” he told reporters.

Some of the villagers had called Kampung Seri Aman their home for the past 50 years and the majority of them were estate workers.

Three MIC leaders, namely K Parthiban, R Arivind and D Kajendran, were arrested while trying to stop the demolition process on Tuesday.

Some 30 houses and three temples were demolished. The villagers were evicted as the state government wants to develop an affordable housing project there.

However, the villagers claim the alternative plot given for relocation was not suitable.

Group led by MIC swarm Selangor Exco building

Group led by MIC swarm Selangor Exco buildingSHAH ALAM: About 50 people, led by MIC Youth, swarmed the Selangor state assembly building today, demanding justice for villagers forcibly removed from their homes in Kampung Seri Aman, Ijok, Kuala Selangor, yesterday.

The group gathered at the Selangor Executive Council building about 2pm to pass a memorandum to Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali protesting the forced eviction.

However, they were not allowed access into the building.

Policemen were on standby to form a cordon to stop the group from forcing themselves into the building.

However, the group forced its way past the main door into the building. About 3.30pm, five representatives were allowed up to the MB’s office.

The MIC protesters were seen carrying banners and shouting “Pakatan penipu” (“Pakatan liars”) and demanded that Azmin come down and meet them.

MIC Youth Chief Sivaraajh Chandran, who led the group, said the villagers numbering about 150 were not given notice prior to the eviction.

“The evicted villagers were temporarily relocated to a plot of land near a river while the demolition of houses was going on.

“When it rained heavily, the water rose to knee level and we (MIC) had to find a public hall to temporarily place the villagers.

“Apart from the lack of prior notice, the villagers were also not given RM5,000 compensation as promised,” he told reporters.

Some of the villagers had called Kampung Seri Aman their home for the past 50 years and the majority of them were estate workers.

Three MIC leaders, namely K Parthiban, R Arivind and D Kajendran, were arrested while trying to stop the demolition process on Tuesday.

Some 30 houses and three temples were demolished. The villagers were evicted as the state government wants to develop an affordable housing project there.

However, the villagers claim the alternative plot given for relocation was not suitable.

Pakatan deserved the slap that it got

Pakatan deserved the slap that it got

Spotted on Facebook: a warning by the Election Commission (EC) not to pick one’s nose with a finger that’s been dipped in indelible ink and a photo of a smudged nostril.

We’re not sure if this was a genuine EC directive, but why worry? With allegations that the ink was not indelible, the nostril just needs a quick wash and a wipe to return it to pristine condition. The same goes with the finger.

Whether or not it’s true that the ink was not indelible, don’t expect the EC to say anything about it. It does not appear to think the re-delineation exercise – some call it gerrymandering – was a problem. So why should it investigate this and another allegation, made by Bersih’s Maria Chin, about a sudden increase in the number of voters in the closing minutes of last Saturday’s voting in Sarawak?
There is nothing the ordinary rakyat can do about the alleged cash handouts or about all kinds of promises that some people see as bribery. These include the promise to build a super-duper highway, which has been in the pipeline for decades despite the billions of ringgit in oil income.

But the rakyat can console themselves with the thought that there is one thing they can do. They can punish the Opposition for ineptness. The Sarawak state election was a good slap in the face for the opposition parties, and they deserved it.

Everyone knows, especially BN, that cash is king. Even in its wildest dreams, the Opposition will never see RM2.6 billion dropping in its lap.

There are two other things we know: the ineffectiveness of the Opposition and the confusing attitude of Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, who is the Deputy President of PKR.

When Azmin was pressed to explain the bickering between PKR and DAP, he said the past was past and the two parties should learn from their mistakes and move on.

How many elections will he need to fritter away before he learns his lesson? Did he and PKR learn nothing from GE13 or from the 2011 Sarawak election?

If that was not bad enough, Azmin also said the opposition coalition should, in readiness for GE14, invite PAS to rejoin it. Is he really for a strong and effective opposition movement, or is he, as some have alleged, someone whose Umno-Baru DNA is so strong that it cannot be repressed?
With Abdul Hadi Awang at PAS’ helm, the same misogyny, backstabbing, U-turning and double talking will damn Azmin’s proposed coalition. Hadi used his trump cards of hudud, the female factor and other emotive issues to scupper Pakatan Rakyat.

Is Azmin another Trojan horse in the opposition coalition? PAS and Umno-Baru have a wishy washy pact to form a unity government.

Is Azmin in on the act, and does he want a ménage à trois with them?

The bottom line is that the Opposition has failed the rakyat.

Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist

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Behind Azmin’s call for PAS-Pakatan reunion

Behind Azmin’s call for PAS-Pakatan reunion

The return of BN to dominance in Sarawak was not merely an open embrace of Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s policies and ideology, but also a steadfast rejection of the opposition as it stands now. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the opposition parties cannot deny that a major reason behind their failure to get enough support from voters was their inability to present a united front in the face of BN’s electoral juggernaut.

We can talk about misconduct, outright bribery and chicanery, but ultimately, the opposition parties failed to galvanize support on the ground because they were too preoccupied with the ego-stroking exercise of trying to extort more seats from each other. The tussle between PKR and DAP put off many voters, and despite calls for reconciliation from their leaders, there is a profound sense that this particular issue is far from over.

A lot of it has to do with the change in PKR’s power structure and its need to show that it’s not subservient to DAP, which has thus far been the spearpoint of Pakatan Harapan with its widespread Chinese support and clearly visible representatives. PKR has become something of a sideshow since Anwar was sent to prison. With party president Wan Azizah and her faction turning their attention to a futile campaign for Anwar’s release, Azmin Ali and his clique have emerged to become the dominant representative voice of the party.

In many ways, PKR desperately needed a big win in Sarawak to shore up its waning reputation, but its inability to win any new seat speaks volumes of what people think of this new, aggressive PKR. Many observers have noted Azmin’s ambitious streak, and this has worked against him. There is a sense of discontent with the Menteri Besar among Selangorians, who see him in the headlines for everything but his work for the state. What we do hear of his work involves a lot of the tolled highways we protested against and which Pakatan leaders swore they would never allow.

In his latest major political statement, Azmin pleaded with PAS to rejoin the opposition coalition for the next general election. But DAP and Amanah are not likely to entertain the suggestion given PAS’ persona non grata approach to the two parties.

Let’s assume that PAS is even open the notion of rejoining an opposition coalition. Without establishing common ground rules and a mutual ideological stand, we will end up with the same problem sooner or later. Hadi Awang’s pride and his inability to evolve ideologically will always remain a point of friction between his party and Amanah and DAP.

Truly, aggressive promotion for Amanah should be the opposition’s current task. PAS is a party divided on the notion of working with Umno, and Amanah could prove to be the better deal for many ideological purists who reject BN and Umno.

In all likelihood, this is Azmin’s play for a stronger position for his faction come GE14. As it stands now, DAP and PAS are the most powerful of the opposition parties. One assumes that the tussle for seats in the Sarawak election has indicated to Azmin that PKR lacks strength at the negotiation table. He probably reckons that with PAS on his side, his PKR faction would hold significant influence over DAP.

Regardless, Azmin’s call for PAS to rejoin the fold is unlikely to endear him further to an already sceptical public. Azmin’s reputation for being ambitious makes him one to be held at arm’s length, as evidenced by the reaction to the notion of his becoming Menteri Besar in the run-up to GE13 and during the Selangor MB crisis. This call will be seen as another power ploy.

Either way, there’s some truth in his words. The opposition coalition cannot afford to be fractured like it was in Sarawak or it will lose what little it has in Peninsular Malaysia as well.

PAS rules out joining Pakatan Harapan

PAS rules out joining Pakatan Harapan

PETALING JAYA: The PAS leadership has rejected the offer by PKR Deputy President Mohamed Azmin Ali to join Pakatan Harapan to be partners with DAP and Amanah.

PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said their rejection of PKR’s offer was in line with the decision made previously at the PAS Muktamar.

“It is not possible for us to join DAP and Amanah. We cannot back that decision.

“We’ll only maintain our current good relationship and cooperation with PKR,” he told FMT.

Azmin had previously expressed his hope that PAS and Amanah could move together with PKR and DAP to face the 14th General Election as a team.

This came after the setbacks faced by PKR, DAP and Amanah in the Sarawak state election, which also saw a spat between PKR and DAP over a number of seats.

Tuan Ibrahim said PAS was more interested in PKR joining the third force that the Islamic party had formed with Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan).

This, he said, was more rational considering that the Sarawak state election had shown the voters’ rejection of DAP.

“We welcome PKR to join the third force. I think that the Sarawak state election results show the need for a third force,” Tuan Ibrahim said.

DAP only won seven out of the 31 seats contested in the Sarawak state election, losing in its previously held strongholds.

PKR managed to retain its three seats, while both PAS and Amanah failed to secure any seats.

PAS ajak PKR sertai blok politik ketiga

PAS ajak PKR sertai blok politik ketiga

PETALING JAYA: Pusat Penyelidikan PAS (PPP) mengajak PKR menyertai blok politik ketiga bersama parti Islam itu dan Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (IKATAN), selepas Timbalan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali menyarankan PAS kembali bersama DAP dan parti itu.

Pengarah Operasi PPP, Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki berkata tanpa DAP, pihaknya melihat gabungan PAS, PKR dan parti-parti lain seperti IKATAN mampu membawa kesan besar termasuk menukar kerajaan pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14) akan datang.

“Keputusan PKR untuk bersama PAS dan blok barunya atau Pakatan Harapan (PH) tidak boleh ditangguh-tangguhkan lagi dengan pengertian lain ‘strategi melambat-lambatkan permainan’ akan menjadi tidak relevan dalam tempoh sebulan dua mulai sekarang,” katanya kepada FMT hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan Azmin yang menyarankan PAS kembali bersama DAP dan PKR sebagai sebuah pasukan untuk menghadapi PRU14.

Azmin berkata, parti pembangkang perlu bermuhasabah diri atas kekalahan teruk pada Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Sarawak ke-11 yang jelas menunjukkan rakyat Sarawak menolak parti pembangkang disebabkan perbalahan sesama sendiri.

Beliau berpendapat, pencapaian pembangkang pada PRN kali ini mungkin lebih baik jika sejak awal lagi mereka bersatu hati dan bekerjasama.

Mengulas lanjut, Zuhdi menjelaskan parti itu masih mematuhi keputusan Majlis Syura Ulama PAS yang menetapkan hubungan tahaluf siyasi antara PAS dan DAP telah terputus manakala hubungan dengan PKR masih terjalin.

“Berdasarkan pemantauan PPP terhadap kenyataan-kenyataan pimpinan PAS dan PKR didapati PAS tidak pernah meninggalkan PKR tetapi PKR yang kelihatan menjauhkan diri daripada PAS,” katanya.

Mengulas saranan Azmin supaya PAS kembali bersama DAP dan PKR, Naib Ketua Pemuda PAS, Khairil Nizam Khirudin pula berpendapat parti itu selesa dan komited dengan blok politik ketiga iaitu bersama IKATAN dan badan-badan bukan kerajaan di bawah Kongres Rakyat.

“PAS sentiasa terbuka untuk mengadakan kerjasama politik dengan mana-mana parti asalkan parti tersebut menghormati dasar PAS dan ketetapan dalam perjanjian kerjasama,” tegasnya.

Mahfuz: PAS should accept Azmin’s offer to join Pakatan

Mahfuz: PAS should accept Azmin’s offer to join PakatanPETALING JAYA : PAS should accept Mohamed Azmin Ali’s invitation to join Pakatan Harapan, which currently comprises PKR, DAP and Amanah, Mahfuz Omar said.

The Pokok Sena lawmaker said the PKR deputy president’s appeal was made after the Opposition lost heavily in the Sarawak election, partly due to the infighting among two of the Pakatan partners.

DAP and PKR were involved in a spat after the two allies decided to vie for six state seats in the recently concluded state polls.

“The Opposition should come together and set aside their egos to form a viable and more convincing pact to win over the ‘rakyat’, ” he said in a statement.

Mahfuz, who is the former PAS information chief, also hopes that his party would accept Azmin’s offer with open arms for the country and the people’s sake.

Azmin had yesterday called for opposition parties to come together again in an electoral alliance to fight the next general election, which is due by July 2018, “as a team”.

He said this after concluding that the Sarawak election results revealed that the people rejected the squabbling among the opposition parties.

While Mahfuz wants PAS to take up Azmin’s offer, the Islamist party’s research centre has instead invited PKR to join the third political bloc, which currently consists of PAS and Ikatan.

The centre’s operations director, Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki believes that a coalition comprising PAS, PKR and other parties like Ikatan had the potential of making a huge impact, including wresting Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional in GE14.

PKR, he added, should not delay in making a decision whether to join the third force or remain with Pakatan, especially with two potential by-elections just a couple of months away following the death of Federal lawmakers, Sungai Besar MP Noriah Kasnon and Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad, in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on Thursday.

 

Azmin: By-election in Sungai Besar likely before Raya

Azmin: By-election in Sungai Besar likely before RayaPETALING JAYA: Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said today a by-election for Sungai Besar will likely be held during the fasting month, which begins in June.

Malay Mail Online quoted him saying that any by-election must be held within 60 days (from the day a seat is declared vacant by the Election Commission), making this the second or third day of Hari Raya.

“That is my guess. I don’t think they will conduct an election during Hari Raya.

“So I think either in the fasting month or before the fasting month starts on the 6th of June,” he was quoted saying at the Selangor Government’s monthly assembly today.

The Sungai Besar seat became vacant after Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Noriah Kasnon of Umno, died in a helicopter crash in Sarawak last week.

Others killed in the crash were Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad; Noriah’s husband Asmuni Abdullah; Plantation Industries and Commodities secretary-general Dr Sundaran Annamalai; Noriah’s bodyguard Ahmad Sobri Harun; and Filipino pilot Rudolf Rex Ragas.