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EC: Three enforcement teams to monitor Bukit Gelugor by-election

May 07 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: Three enforcement teams, which will also include representatives of the parties contesting, will assist in monitoring the flow of the by-election process for the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary seat scheduled for May 25.

Penang acting director of the Election Commission (EC) Azizal Ahmad said on Wednesday the team would also include a police officer with the rank of Inspector or higher and a representative of the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP).

Liow: Lim more worried about party than national unity

May 07 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KAJANG: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang is only worried about the split of Pakatan Rakyat and not national unity while addressing the PAS’ hudud issue, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

“I am sad that at this point, when our national unity is at risk, Lim is only worried about his own party when he should be worried about the change in the country’s Constitution,” Liow said at the installation ceremony of the newly-elected committee members of the Selangor and Federal Territory Federation of Social Clubs here on Monday night.

Bukit Gelugor by-election: DAP to name candidate on Saturday

May 06 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: DAP will announce its candidate for the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary by-election on Saturday, with Ramkarpal Singh (pix), third son of the late Karpal Singh, among those shortlisted.

State DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the announcement would be made at noon after the launching of the party’s by-elections operations centre in Island Park, Jalan Masjid Negeri.

Penang DAP reportedly submitted names of five candidates to the party’s central executive committee.

PKR polls: Others have factions but I’m open about it, says Saifuddin

Apr 14 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: PKR deputy president hopeful Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said his contenders, incumbent deputy president Azmin Ali and Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, have factions.

“If you follow them closely (on their campaign trail), you can see their own followers.

"That is also considered a pact, only I chose to announce it openly,” he said at a press conference at PKR headquarters here on Monday.

On Sunday, Azmin warned against formation of alliances, groupings and cartels, stressing it would not augur well for the future of the party.

Parliament cannot abolish local government elections, Federal Court hears

Apr 09 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PUTRAJAYA: Abolishing local government elections is beyond Parliament’s power as it contradicts the Federal Constitution, the Federal Court heard Tuesday.

Lawyer Tommy Thomas, representing the Penang government, said in amending prior laws, Parliament cannot change the basic structure of the Constitution.

The state government and former Aliran president P. Ramakrishnan have petitioned to challenge the validity of Section 15 of the Local Government Act 1976, which prevented state legislatures from providing for local government elections within their states.

PKR trio form pact to push for 'Reformasi' again

Apr 09 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: PKR polls contenders Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Nurul Izzah Anwar and Rafizi Ramli are forming an alliance in a bid to return the party to its “original values of Reformasi”.

Announcing this at the launch of their Masa Depan Bersama campaign yesterday, the trio also presented a list of events scheduled nationwide in the run-up to the party elections, which begin on April 25.

Indonesian embassy sets up polling centres for voters

Apr 07 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The Indonesian embassy here has set up three polling centres for about 400,000 of its registered voters in Malaysia to cast their ballot in the country’s legislative election.

Indonesians cast their votes from 9am to 6pm yesterday at the centres set up at the Indonesian embassy, Sekolah Indonesia and the official residence of the Indonesian ambassador.

Coloquio de tres días sobre presidencia de Malasia en la ASEAN 2015 comienza el martes

Apr 07 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 April (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Un Coloquio Nacional sobre la presidencia de Malasia de Asean 2015 se llevará a cabo por tres días en la ciudad de Kuala Lumpur a partir del martes. 

El evento está organizado conjuntamente por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, el Instituto de Diplomacia y Relaciones Exteriores (IDFR), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) y el Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos e Internacionales (ISIS) en el Doubletree por Hilton Hotel. 

Tian Chua mulls pulling out of PKR No. 2 race

Apr 01 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Incumbent PKR vice-president Tian Chua (pic) said he might pull out from the six-cornered deputy presidency race pending talks with the party’s top leadership.

Speaking to reporters at his office here on Tuesday, the Batu parliamentarian said the discussion was necessary in the move to reduce competition, and to build a solid leadership within the organisation.

The talks, he said, would include consultation with outgoing secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who is also vying for the post, because of their "close friendship".

Azmin: Anwar didn't stop me from contesting president's post

Apr 01 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR deputy president Azmin Ali (pic) has denied reports that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stopped him from contesting the president's post in the upcoming party polls. 

Azmin will be defending his deputy president position in a six-way tussle.

"I opted to remain as deputy president after discussing with my colleagues in the party," he told reporters at the parliament lobby on Tuesday.

"This wasn't my decision. I had to discuss with various parties. More importantly is that the party is strengthened in facing the 14th general election," he added.

Govt to look at 'one person, one vote' proposal

Apr 01 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will have a closer look at a proposal to adopt a “one-person, one vote” model based on racial composition for future polls, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

Shahidan, who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, said he would recommend this as part of the pending redelineation exercise by the Elec­tion Commission (EC).

While agreeing with Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) on the one per­son, one vote concept, Shahidan said it would be better if done based on race.

Straight fight for PKR president’s post between husband and wife

Mar 29 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will challenge incumbent party president, his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail for the president post in the party election.

Their move is seen as a way to consolidate the family's control over the party if Anwar goes to prison pending his appeal on his sodomy 2 conviction.

Anwar filed his nomination papers at 11am on Saturday via his representative former PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali, who acted as his proposer.

The nomination was seconded by PKR vice treasurer-general Low Chee Chong.

Balingian by-election: Polls close with 72 per cent turnout

Mar 29 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

MUKAH: Voter turnout for the Balingian by-election was 72.33% when polls closed here, says Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

A total of 9,668 votes were cast between 8am and 5pm, out of a total of 13,233 registered voters.

The final turnout is lower than the 80% expected by Abdul Aziz, who at noon today had predicted a record high. "Nonetheless, this is still an improvement of 2% for Balingian from the last state election (in 2011)," Abdul Aziz told reporters.

Six-corner fight for PKR deputy president post

Mar 29 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Incumbent PKR deputy president Azmin Ali has announced that he will defend his post in the upcoming party election, making it a six-way contest. 

Azmin, who made a grand entrance to the PKR headquarters, filed his nomination papers a few minutes before the deadline, which was at 5pm.

His candidacy also put to rest intense speculations that he would go for presidency.

When asked why he chose to confirm his candidacy at the last minute, the long-term Gombak MP said he had to consult his colleagues over the last few days.

Ex-PKR rep applies to join PBRS

Mar 27 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KOTA KINABALU: Kadaimaian assemblyman Jeremy Majalad, who quit Opposition PKR last year, has applied to join Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) led by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.

PBRS secretary-general Datuk Johnson Tee when contacted confirmed that Majalad had put in an application but the party's supreme council has yet to make a decision over his membership.

Preventing entry to Sarawak means Barisan is threatened, claims Kuching MP

Mar 26 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen on Wednesday said that the recent episode of opposition leaders being denied entry to Sarawak goes to show that the current state government is threatened by Pakatan Rakyat.

"None of those who were prevented entry are in any way a threat to the security of the state or the nation.

"With that said, it does not make any sense to stop them from entering the state," he said adding that this is an abuse of power to increase their stronghold on the state.

Court dismisses Anwar’s application to remove remarks implying homosexual tendencies

Mar 26 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court here dismissed an application by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) to expunge part of the remarks in the majority judgment delivered by the then Federal Court judge Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad on Sept 2, 2004, which implied that he had homosexual tendencies.

Balingian by-election: Smooth early voting at Mukah police HQ

Mar 26 2014
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

MUKAH: Early voting for the Baling­ian by-election, involving 133 registered enforcement personnel, went off without a hitch.

“We expect almost everyone eligible for early voting to do so today. The Election Commission records show 133 eligible voters, although according to our own latest records, one has retired.

“We hope he returns to cast his vote and not waste it,” Sarawak Deputy Police Commis­sioner Dep­-uty Comm Datuk Law Hong Soon said.

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