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Sarawak BN breakaway factions merge to form new party

May 15 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUCHING: Infighting in two Barisan Nasional component parties of SPDP and SUPP has boiled over with the majority of their elected representatives quitting and uniting under a new party - Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras).

Resigning from SPDP is its president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom and the senior most leader from SUPP is Sibu Chief Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

Both Mawan and Wong are state ministers.

The new party claims to have 11 assemblyman and MPs, thus making it the second largest party among Sarawak Barisan component after Parti Persaka Bumiputera Bersatu.

Tiong King Sing takes over as acting SPDP chief after Mawan's shock resignation

May 15 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

MIRI: Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing is the new acting president of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) taking over the post late Thursday afternoon.

Tiong, who is Bintulu MP, automatically assumes the acting president post following the sudden announcement by party president Tan Sri William Mawan that he (Mawan) had quit the SPDP to join newly-registered party TERAS.

Tiong assumes the acting president post by virtue of the fact that he was Deputy President during Mawan's tenure and is the second man in line for the top post, said SPDP Youth Chief Robert Ayu.

Terengganu crisis: Ahmad Said expected to return to Umno

May 14 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PUTRAJAYA: Former Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said is expected to retract his resignation from Umno, said his successor Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

Ahmad Razif said this is in a press conference after meeting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the latter's office here, Wednesday.

“Insyallah, it will be status quo and we will maintain our 17 representatives (in the state assembly),” he said.

The political situation in the state was earlier feared critical following a series of resignations led by Kijal assemblyman Ahmad on Monday.

Terengganu crisis: Fresh elections best course of action, says Kuala Terengganu MP

May 13 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: PAS Kuala Terengganu MP Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad has said that the fate of Terengganu ought to be left to the people, and suggested fresh elections as a solution to the crisis that erupted with the resignation of former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said from Umno on Monday.

“Fresh elections will ensure more stability and certainty in the state. It will also be more fair to the people,” he said told The Star Online on Tuesday.

“Our attitude at the moment is to wait and see the overall development unfold,” said Raja Kamarul.

Ex-Terengganu Mentri Besar Ahmad Said quits Umno

May 13 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA TERENGGANU: Datuk Seri Ahmad Said (pic) quit Umno hours after he was replaced by Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman as Terengganu Mentri Besar late Monday.

Ahmad, who is Kijal assemblyman, was joined by Umno's Ajil assemblyman Ghazali Taib in quitting the party to become independent assemblymen.

This is confirmed to The Star by an aide of Ahmad.

The aide said that Ahmad would hold a press conference on Tuesday.

Terengganu crisis: PAS holds emergency meeting over 'political crisis' in state

May 13 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu PAS is holding an emergency meeting over the state's "political crisis" and has urged party members to remain calm.

State commissioner Satiful Bahri Mamat said the party's state leadership would take the best possible decision to resolve the crisis.

"We will make appropriate announcements from time to time through the official media, to avoid any rumours and statements that are not the decision of PAS leadership," he said in a statement Tuesday.

Despite irregularities PKR claims elections are a success

May 13 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Despite the chaos of the PKR elections, especially in Selangor, the party’s elections chairman Datuk Johari Abdul has deemed it as “a success”.

In a press conference held at the party headquarters yesterday, Johari played down the reports of the irregularaties which led to the elections at 27 out of 198 divisions to be suspended.

He said the participation from the candidates and voter turnout was higher than the last party election in 2010.

PKR polls: Khalid to sue Manikavasagam over vote-buying allegations

May 13 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will take former Kapar member of parliament S. Manikavasagam to court for accusing him of corrupt practices and vote-buying.

“I have ordered the lawyer to submit a Notice of Claim suit against Manikavasagam for accusing me of corruption by buying votes,” Khalid tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Manikavasagam has claimed that he has audio recordings which suggest that an officer aligned to Khalid was paying people RM50 each for votes.

Bukit Gelugor by-election: I'm still a PAS member, claims independent candidate

May 12 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: An independent candidate contesting in the Bukit Gelugor by-election has claimed that he is still a member of PAS, and not Umno as claimed by certain Opposition party leaders.

"I am a PAS member and several top party (PAS) leaders have known me since my early involvement in politics," said Mohamed Nabi Bux Mohd Nabi Abdul Sathar (pic).

Mohamed Nabi Bux, 63, denied he was an Umno member as alleged by PAS leaders and said its deputy president Mohamad Sabu had even given a ceramah (talk) at his house in Kampung Banjar, Gombak, back in 2000.

Bukit Gelugor by-election: It's a four-way fight, fifth aspirant rejected

May 12 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: It will be a four-cornered fight for the Bukit Gelugor by-election to be held on May 25.

When nominations closed Monday morning, four candidates had submitted their papers at the nomination centre in Dewan Sri Pinang, while a fifth was rejected.

Those contesting are DAP's Ramkarpal Singh, Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan, retiree Mohamed Nabi Bux Mohd Nabi Abd Sathar and lawyer Abu Backer Sidek Mohamad Zan, both Independents.

The newly-formed Penang Front Party failed in its nomination bid to contest in the by-election. 

PKR polls: Elections at 27 divisions suspended due to irregularities

May 12 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: PKR has suspended party polls indefinitely in 27 divisions nationwide due to irregularities and discrepancies. 

Election Committee chairman Datuk Johari Abdul said on Monday that PKR was not in a rush to hold a re-election, as the party had until November to evaluate the complaints and sort out the issues. 

"We are in no hurry to do it. We might do it in stages because we will have more manpower in each division to manage the polling," he said. 

PKR polls: Elections at nine Selangor branches cancelled

May 11 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Elections in at least nine PKR branches in Selangor have been cancelled.

Arfa’eza Abdul Aziz, press secretary to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, said in her tweets that the party's election commission decided to cancel the polls in Subang, Hulu Langat, Sabak Bernam, Kuala Langat, Sepang, Klang, Kuala Selangor, Kota Raja and Selayang.

She said the party's election commission in charge of Kuala Selangor had called for polls in the branch to be cancelled after it was found that representatives of a candidate were voting on behalf of voters.

Penang MCA fully supports decision not to contest Bukit Gelugor by-election

May 11 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang MCA fully supported the MCA presidential council's decision not to contest in the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary by-election this May 25.

Its liaison committee chairman Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said MCA needed to give full attention to the issue arising from PAS' proposal on the hudud law implementation.

"The Penang MCA liaison committee considers that the implementation of the hudud law by Pas will trigger a constitutional crisis.

Najib: BN has right strategies for upcoming by-elections

May 11 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants members to give their full commitment and dedication to the upcoming by-elections.

"We will be facing one or two by-elections soon and our deputy chairman and his committee has prepared the right strategies.

"There will be short and long term challenges but if we have enough love and care for the party, as well as commitment and dedication, and InsyaAllah..I think Umno and Barisan will continue to succeed," he said at Umno's 68th Anniversary celebration at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Sunday.

Bukit Gelugor by-election: PCM vice-president announces candidacy

May 09 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan (pic) has announced his candidacy for the upcoming Bukit Gelugor by-election.

“Everyday, I will be walking around the market to communicate with the people so that they may voice out any problems they have with the DAP,” said Huan at a press conference on Friday.

The Bukit Gelugor seat fell vacant following the untimely demise of its member of parliament Karpal Singh on April 17.

 

Polling is on May 25 with nomination day set for May 12.

 

PKR polls: Azmin still in the lead as elections head into final weekend

May 09 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Incumbent PKR deputy president Azmin Ali (pic) is still leading in the race for the No. 2 post at the end of the second week of the ongoing party polls.

The election committee announced on Friday that Azmin had obtained 9876 votes to date in the race for the deputy presidency, with Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in second spot with 6217 votes. Saifuddin Nasution who was in second place last week, dropped to third, having obtained just 5717 votes.

Bukit Gelugor by-election: PAS man throws his hat into the ring

May 09 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: A PAS member is all set to contest in the upcoming Bukit Gelugor by-election.

Mohamed Nabi Bux Mohd Nabi Abd Sathar, 63, said his main purpose for standing in the by-election was to educate the people of Penang about PAS’ hudud.

The retiree, who is a Gombak PAS member, said he will seek to bring changes to the constituency should he win.

He also stressed that he would seek to contest under the PAS banner, but would run as an independent should he not get the party’s approval.

MIC men quizzed over party polls

May 08 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the MIC election steering committee, which oversaw the party elections last year, have been questioned by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) following complaints of alleged irregularities by party leaders.

The five – chairman Tan Sri K. Kumaran, Selva Mookiah, Datuk S.S. Rajagopal, Datuk V. Jagarasah, and Datuk V. Sivaparanjothi – were questioned on the running and conduct of the Nov 30 party elections held in Malacca.

Also queried by ROS was the party’s information chief L. Siva Subramaniam.

Teluk Intan by-election set for May 31, nomination on May 19

May 08 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) has set May 31 as polling day for the Teluk Intan by-election following the death of its MP Seah Leong Peng from cancer on May 1.

Nomination will be on May 19 while early voting is set for May 27.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof made the announcement after chairing a special meeting on the by-election at the commission's headquarters here on Thursday.

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