Amanah wants to contest in Sungai Besar, Kuala Kangsar

Amanah wants to contest in Sungai Besar, Kuala Kangsar

PETALING JAYA: Selangor Amanah should represent Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, according to Chairman Izham Hashim, as the party has replaced PAS in the Opposition coalition.

“Since Amanah has replaced PAS in PH, it’s only right that we contest in the by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

“We have many qualified candidates and the matter will be discussed in a meeting with party members on May 15,” he told FMT today.

Izham said this when asked if the party would field candidates to contest in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections.

The Sungai Besar parliamentary seat became vacant after its representative, Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, was killed in a helicopter crash in Sarawak last Thursday.

The tragedy also claimed the lives of Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Noriah’s husband Asmuni Abdullah, ministry secretary-general Sundaram Annamalai and Noriah’s bodyguard Sobri Ahmad Harun.

Izham was also asked to comment on the statement by PKR Deputy President Mohamed Azmin Ali that PAS return to the coalition with PKR and DAP for the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

“Any leader of a component party in PH is free to invite anyone or any party to join PH.

“However, the acceptance must be in accordance with procedures contained in PH’s recently signed agreement.

“PH believes that the Opposition needs to work together under one platform to face Barisan Nasional (BN).

“The parties concerned should be honest and willing to abide by the rules in relation to PH. Also, there needs to be a consensus between all three of PH’s existing component parties.”

Pasca PRN11 Sarawak, pra PRU14

Pasca PRN11 Sarawak, pra PRU14

Oleh Srihanasham

Rakyat Sarawak bersuara memilih kerajaan negeri baru dengan memberikan mandat besar kepada Tan Sri Adenan Satem dalam PRN11 Sabtu lalu, apabila BN mencatatkan kemenangan di 72 kerusi daripada 82 kerusi yang dipertandingkan.

Walaupun kejayaan besar BN Sarawak itu dibayangi kesedihan tragedi helikopter Eurocopter AS350 Khamis lalu yang mengorbankan semua penumpang termasuk Timbalan Menteri Perusahaan, Perladangan dan Komoditi Datuk Noriah Kasnon serta Pengerusi Lembaga Minyak Sawit Malaysia (MPOB) yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Kangsar Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad.

Jelas keputusan PRN11 Sarawak membuktikan betapa isu nasional seperti 1MDB dan derma peribadi RM2.6 bilion terhadap Datuk Seri Najib Razak di Malaysia Barat langsung tidak memberikan kesan kepada rakyat bumi Kenyalang.

Dan ketika pemimpin BN Semenanjung mendabik dada dengan kejayaan gemilang di Sarawak, jauh di sudut hati mereka terutama sekali pemimpin UMNO, ujian berdepan dengan rakyat di Semenanjung tiba tahun ini juga sebelum PRU14 yang dijangka diadakan pada 2018.

Kematian Noriah dan Wan Khair-il Anuar membuka laluan kepada PRK di Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar dan inilah medan terbaik menentukan sama ada suara dan keputusan rakyat Sarawak disahut pengundi di Selangor dan Perak.

Dalam PRU13 lalu, allahyarhamah Noriah sekadar mencatatkan kemenangan dengan majoriti 399 undi manakala allahyarham Wan Khair-il pula mencatatkan kemenangan majoriti 1,082 undi dan ia membuktikan betapa kedua-dua kawasan ini boleh dikategorikan sebagai kawasan hitam serta kelabu untuk UMNO.

Ironinya, kedua-dua kerusi Parlimen ini dikuasai Umno dan dengan pelbagai persepsi negatif serta krisis keyakinan rakyat terhadap parti pra merdeka yang sering dilaungkan pembangkang serta pemerhati politik Semenanjung, parti terbesar orang Melayu ini sudah pasti sedar mereka tidak boleh menjangkakan laluan mudah menanti mereka seperti di Sarawak.

Malah, satu kawasan Parlimen terletak di Selangor yang dikuasai Pakatan Harapan dan PAS dengan Menteri Besarnya, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali yang pernah bersama Umno dan bukan rahsia lagi beliau masih mempunyai jaringan kuat dalam Umno Selangor serta mahir dalam segala strategi digunakan Umno.

‘Padang’ PRK Sungai Besar berubah buat Umno yang akan menjadi pembangkang manakala Pakatan Harapan menjadi kerajaan dan rakyat sudah pasti menyaksikan pertembungan dua jentera kerajaan iaitu kerajaan pusat dan kerajaan negeri dalam PRK ini.

Untuk rekod, kali terakhir PRK berlangsung di Selangor adalah di Kajang pada Mac 2014 dengan menyaksikan PKR menang menewaskan BN.

Parlimen Kuala Kangsar yang diwakili arwah Wan Khair-il buat pertama kalinya dalam PRU13 juga bukan mudah untuk dipertahankan selepas sejak sekian lama ia diwakili bekas wanita besi Umno, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz yang kini menjadi antara pengkritik utama pentadbiran Najib.

PRK Kuala Kangsar ini juga akan menjadi medan ujian terhadap kepimpinan Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir yang mempunyai ramai pemimpin kerajaan pusat daripada Umno dan sama ada jentera parti negeri berkenaan benar-benar dapat dikemudi Zambry.

Perak kini, mempunyai bilangan pemimpin pusat daripada Umno yang ramai dan semuanya pemimpin ‘heavyweight’ dengan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi mengetuai senarainya diikuti Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz, Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin selain Datuk Tajuddin Rahman.

Umno Perak sedar kedudukan pembangkang di negeri berkenaan juga amat kuat dan dengan bilangan kerusi di peringkat DUN di negeri itu, hanya menyaksikan perbezaan tiga kerusi apabila BN menguasai 31 kerusi manakala pembangkang 28 kerusi.

Atas sebab itu, PRK di Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar inilah sebenarnya menjadi penentu aras sokongan rakyat kepada BN terutama sekali kepada Umno dan presidennya.

Pembangkang tidak sekali-kali patah semangat dengan apa yang berlaku di Sarawak memandangkan ‘level of playing field’ di Sarawak ternyata tidak menyebelahi mereka dengan pelbagai sekatan yang diterima pemimpin pembangkang sepanjang tempoh berkempen PRN11.

Percakaran dalam pembahagian kerusi PRN11 antara PKR dan DAP akan cepat dilupakan kerana matlamat untuk mengalahkan Umno di dua kerusi Parlimen ini lebih kuat dan amat lumayan sebelum PRU14 menjelma.

Sudah pasti kedua-dua PRK ini menjadi medan terbaik untuk ‘menyembelih’ Umno di mata dan hati rakyat dengan membangkitkan isu nasional yang amat dekat di hati pengundi Semenanjung iaitu 1MDB dan derma peribadi RM2.6 bilion.

Mungkin ketika dalam kempen PRK Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar ini juga, rakyat akan menyaksikan bekas perdana menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad turun berkempen untuk rakyat bagi meneruskan Deklarasi Rakyat yang diciptanya bagi menggulingkan Najib.

Segalanya penuh kemungkinan dan debaran lebih kuat untuk Najib dan pasukannya kerana ia membabitkan kerusi Parlimen sekali gus membabitkan kuasa politik BN di peringkat persekutuan yang kini hanya berjumlah 133 kerusi.

Jika kalah di Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar, ia akan merosot kepada 131 saja, jumlah kerusi paling teruk yang pernah dimiliki BN sejak Malaysia merdeka.

Di Kuching pula, Adenan dan pasukannya kini boleh tidur lena dengan kemenangan 72 kerusi dalam PRN11 untuk tempoh lima tahun akan datang.

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Pengundi Sarawak hukum kami, kata Zairil

Pengundi Sarawak hukum kami, kata Zairil

KUCHING: Kekalahan teruk pembangkang dalam PRN Sarawak baru-baru ini ialah hukuman daripada pengundi, kata ahli Parlimen DAP, Zairil Khir Johari.

“Ia pengajaran kepada kita semua, untuk pembangkang. Hakikatnya ialah, dalam banyak kerusi, penggabungan pembangkang sepatutnya boleh beri kita kejayaan. Kita mungkin boleh menyebabkan BN hilang duit mereka.”

Zairil, yang bertanggungjawab terhadap beberapa kerusi DAP di Sarawak, termasuk Mambong, memberitahu FMT, tindakan pembangkang menyertai PRN tanpa persediaan sebagai satu pakatan, menyebabkan mereka merendahkan kredibiliti sendiri.

Antara akibatnya ialah, jumlah pengundi yang keluar mengundi agak rendah.

“Ia (perselisihan di kalangan parti komponen pembangkang) dengan jelas mencipta rasa tidak percaya di kalangan pengundi dan ini pada asasnya mendorong rakyat untuk langsung tidak keluar mengundi.

“Ini apa yang berlaku di Mambong. Jumlah pengundi yang keluar membuang undi lebih tinggi di kawasan masyarakat Bidayuh berbanding kawasan Cina, hanya kerana mereka merasakan kita tidak bersatu dalam mengambil tindakan.

“Sama juga di kalangan masyarakat Dayak,” katanya.

Pembangkang menerima tamparan hebat dalam PRN Sarawak kali ini, dengan hanya memenangi 10 daripada 81 kerusi yang mereka tandingi.

Perbalahan secara terang-terangan yang masih tidak selesai berkaitan pembahagian kerusi untuk ditandingi juga menyebabkan DAP dan PKR bertembung antara satu sama lain di enam kawasan. Kesannya ialah DAP sebagai parti komponen paling kuat dalam pakatan itu, tewas lima kerusi di kawasan majoriti Cina kepada BN.

“Pembangkang secara keseluruhannya dihukum kerana kita kurang solidariti, gagal menunjukkan perpaduan kita. Ini jelas akibatnya.

“Kita perlu bertindak bersama-sama dalam tempoh dua tahun ini atau perkara sama ada berlaku pada PRU akan datang. Dan kita akan terima keputusan yang sama,” kata Zairil.

Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bendera itu berkata satu-satunya cara untuk DAP dan PKR melakukannya ialah dengan berbincang dan menyelesaikan segala perbezaan mereka.

“Kita perlu berkompromi jika kita mahu mendapatkan semula kepercayaan rakyat dan itu sangat penting.

“Ia memerlukan kita berbaik-baik semula, meletakkan kepentingan rakyat di depan kepentingan kita.

“Kerana itu apa yang sudah terjadi. Rakyat rasa dikhianati.”

Pakatan to discuss common logo at next meeting

Pakatan to discuss common logo at next meeting

PETALING JAYA: DAP will raise the issue of using a common logo for Pakatan Harapan (PH) at the coalition’s next leadership meeting.

DAP National Organising Secretary Anthony Loke said this in response to the recent remarks of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) Central Committee Member S Arutchelvan that PH should emulate Barisan Nasional in using a common logo when competing in elections.

“We will discuss the matter at the meeting soon. It has not been brought up yet,” he told FMT.

Arutchelvan had said that using a common logo could prevent clashes between parties under the same coalition, as witnessed in the recently concluded Sarawak election.

Meanwhile, Amanah Secretary-General Mohd Anuar Tahir agreed with Arutchelvan’s idea, saying it had been mentioned since the day PH was formed and that all three parties had, in principal, agreed to it.

“It’s better to establish a common logo for PH before the next general election. It would prevent clashes over seats. Do we want the people to continue choosing from dozens of parties?”

PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah Anwar said there shouldn’t be any problems with PH using a single logo.

“The problem lies with the Registrar of Societies, which delays approvals or waits for political ‘signals’ from BN.”

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.

 

PAS umum bertanding di PRK Sungai Besar, Kuala Kangsar

PAS umum bertanding di PRK Sungai Besar, Kuala Kangsar

PAHANG: PAS mengumumkan akan letak calon dalam dua pilihan raya kecil (PRK) di Sungai Besar, Selangor dan Kuala Kangsar, Perak meskipun Pakatan Harapan baru saja menyatakan hasrat untuk berbincang sesama sendiri terlebih dulu sebelum mencapai kata sepakat.

Harakah Daily memetik Ketua Pengarah Pilihan Raya PAS Datuk Mustafa Ali sebagai berkata kekalahan calon PAS di Sungai Besar hanya menerusi majoriti 399 undi sementara di Kuala Kangsar, PAS tewas dengan 1,000 undi saja.

“Ini bermakna keputusan PRK nanti tidak seperti PRN Sarawak,” katanya berseloroh ketika berucap pada majlis perasmian Himpunan Jentera Pilihan Raya PAS Pahang di Kompleks Al-Makmur, Kerdau, Pahang.

Dua PRK itu dijangka akan diadakan berikutan kematian dua ahli Parlimen daripada BN dalam nahas helikopter di Sebuyau, Khamis lalu iaitu ahli Parlimen Sungai Besar yang juga timbalan menteri Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi Datuk Noriah Kasnon dan Ahli Parlimen Kuala Kangsar Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan.

Selain juruterbang, turut menaiki helikopter itu ialah suami dan pengawal peribadi Noriah, Asmuni Abdullah dan Ahmad Sobri Harun serta Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai.

Terdahulu, Timbalan Presiden PKR Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali pagi ini berkata Pakatan Harapan akan membincangkan sama ada mana-mana parti sekutunya akan bertanding pada dua pilihan raya kecil itu.

Kedua-dua kerusi itu secara tradisinya ditandingi PAS.

Azmin wants PAS back in new opposition pact

Azmin wants PAS back in new opposition pact

PETALING JAYA: Azmin Ali has called for opposition parties to come together again in an electoral alliance to fight the next general election, which is due by July 2018.

In a statement today, he invited PAS, a former Pakatan Rakyat partner, to rejoin its former allies, the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, to face the next general election as a team.

He said PAS and its splinter group Amanah (Parti Amanah Negara) “should continue to advance with PKR and DAP. We should move forward together to face PRU-14 as a team”.

Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, said the results of the Sarawak state assembly elections yesterday had shown that the people rejected the squabbling among the opposition parties.

The DAP and PKR squabbled for weeks over which seats each would contest, leading to multi-cornered contests at which their candidates faced off against each other.

In his statement today, Azmin said all opposition parties must carry out self-reflection about the opposition’s trouncing at the Sarawak elections.

The Barisan Nasional retained power with 72 seats in the 82-member state assembly. The DAP was returned in seven seats but lost five that it had previously won. PKR retained its three seats.

“Maybe, our achievement could have been much better if from early on we were one at heart and co-operated like we normally did,” Azmin said, according to Bernama.

At the 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat, comprising the DAP, PAS and PKR, made major gains against the Barisan Nasional and held power in the state governments of Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor. The Perak government later fell because of defections. In 2013, Pakatan lost power in Kedah but alliance partners continued to hold power in Kelantan, Penang and Selangor.

However the Pakatan Rakyat alliance fell apart in 2015 because of differences between the DAP and PAS, and pro-Pakatan members left PAS to form Amanah which then joined the DAP and PKR to form Pakatan Harapan. PAS is excluded but maintains relations with the Selangor state government which is headed by Azmin.

He said: “We should accept that our alliances will continue to differ in opinions over certain issues in the future but confidence prompted by the spirit of solidarity all this while will help us overcome this difference,” he said.

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Arul: Fight elections under one Pakatan symbol

Arul: Fight elections under one Pakatan symbol

PETALING JAYA: Parties in Pakatan Harapan were urged today to follow the lead of Barisan Nasional in using only one symbol for contesting in any general election.

A common symbol would help prevent multi-cornered contests as in the Sarawak state elections, said S.Arutchelvan, a central committee member and former former secretary-general of Parti Socialis Malaysia.

The DAP and PKR, both partners in Pakatan Harapan, contested using their own party logos and also faced off against each other in six seats.

Arul told FMT today: “Every political party has its logo and if the opposition are serious about being an alternative to BN then they need to register for one logo.”

He noted that there had been no serious attempt to solve the problem.

“This shows that they do not have a serious common ground. It just goes to show that they are a loose alliance,” he said. “They call themselves Pakatan Harapan, but why do they contest in overlapping seats? How can an alliance that sets out to be giving hope  break up instead?” he said.

Another opposition activist, Fahmi Zainol of PKR’s youth wing, Angkatan Muda Keadilan, said the Sarawak results provided solid proof that Pakatan Harapan and other opposition blocs must come together to fight Umno-BN one on one.

“Do not be so arrogant and selfish. If there is a repeat of overlapping seats come the 14th general election, I am sure that many of the youth will not hesitate to not vote as they would be fed up with both sides (BN and the opposition).

“For the top leaders of the party, do not be too presumptuous that change is their own absolute right and indirectly put aside the hopes of the people as a whole,” he told FMT.

At the Sarawak elections yesterday, Barisan Nasional led by Adenan Satem retained power with 72 seats in the 82-seat state assembly. The DAP were returned in seven of the 31 seats it contested, losing in five seats won in 2011. PKR retained three seats, out of the 41 contested. PAS and Amanah lost all their contests.

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8.32% rise in popular vote for Sarawak BN

8.32% rise in popular vote for Sarawak BN

KUCHING: The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition increased its share of the popular vote by 8.32 percent at yesterday’s Sarawak state assembly elections, compared to the 2011 figure.

Yesterday, 777,018 voters exercised their right to vote. The Election Commission reported that 63.72 percent of all votes cast in the election had gone to the BN, compared to 55.4 per cent in 2011, and 61.8 per cent in 2006.

Of the BN component parties, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu had 30.49 percent of the popular vote, Sarawak United People’s Party 13.38 percent, Parti Rakyat Sarawak 6.85, Sarawak People’s Democratic Party 3.12 and direct BN candidates 9.88.

Of the opposition parties, the Democratic Action Party had the highest share of the popular vote at 18.21 percent, Parti Keadilan Rakyat 9.29 percent, Parti Islam SeMalaysia 1.70 percent, Independents 5.32 percent, State Reform Party 0.37, Amanah 1.24 and Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak Baru 0.16 percent.

In 2011, 41.23 percent of all votes were cast for the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat comprising DAP, PKR, SNAP, and PAS, while 2.98 percent went to independent candidates and 0.43 percent to Parti Cinta Malaysia.

-BERNAMA

Xavier: Lack of unity caused DAP to lose five seats

Xavier: Lack of unity caused DAP to lose five seats

PETALING JAYA: A lack of unity caused the DAP to lose five incumbent seats in today’s Sarawak Election, PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar said.

In a statement, Xavier said the lack of unity could have also contributed to PKR losing several winnable seats.

The Seri Andalas assemblyman said this was evidence that Sarawak voters disapproved of head-to-head contests among the Opposition coalition partners.

He said it was unfortunate that the situation in the Opposition camp had come to this, and stressed that coalition politics required parties to work together to get the best results.

Xavier also said he regretted the “blame game” coming from the DAP camp hours after the results were announced, and called for an immediate stop to this.

“If all the facts are laid on the table, it will be clearly seen that DAP had also lost their deposits in some seats, and they came behind PKR in three of the disputed seats, namely Mulu, Murum and Simanggang.”

Moving forward, Xavier said the election results should serve as a lesson for both parties and that Pakatan Harapan must start preparing for the next general election as a united coalition for the benefit of the people of Sarawak and Malaysia as whole.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Sarawakians for their support and for maintaining their faith in our three incumbent assemblymen by returning them in their constituencies.”

In today’s Sarawak polls, BN romped to a landslide victory, winning 72 of the 82 seats. PKR maintained status quo, retaining the three seats it won in the last election, while DAP, lost ground in the state, losing five of the 12 seats it won in 2011.

PKR had contested in 40 seats while DAP contested in 31 seats.