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Just how much has Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin's profile grown in the past 13 months? He was a relative unknown on March 17, 2008, when he was appointed Perak mentri besar. Today, he is PAS's rising star and a symbol of its possible future where the stigma of Islamic extremism no longer retards its political ambitions. At the time of writing, the new Bukit Gantang MP has collected vice-presidential nominations for the June party polls from all three divisions that have had their general meetings so far. The Feb 5 toppling of his government, which has led to a gripping constitutional crisis, has paved the way to a paradigm shift within the party, that for decades, suffered under the perception of Islamic extremism, rendering it "unelectable" to non-Muslims, in the words of research chief Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Dogged by the constant controversy over its espousal of hudud, which prescribes punishments such as amputation of limbs for offences like robbery, and an Islamic theocratic state, Nizar's overwhelming popularity with non-Malays due to his moderate and inclusive stance may further open the floodgates for PAS if he is elected into the vice-presidency. With the startling success of Nizar in sweeping the non-Malay — 85 per cent of Chinese in the state constituency of Kuala Sepetang voted for Nizar — votes in the April 7 Bukit Gantang polls, PAS now has a clear path from being a Malay belt party, to a truly national and mainstream one. But whether it chooses to embark on this journey is a question that will only be answered in the June muktamar in Shah Alam.
Observers have long spoken of two main factions existing within the party. The side supporting closer ties with Umno, led by president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, are labelled the ulama faction, while those who support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are tagged the Erdogans because of the opposition leader’s close ties with the Turkish leader. The former is synonymous with a more conservative Malay Muslim view of the party's objectives while the Erdogans, who have the blessing of spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, believe that Islamic principles can complement an equitable multicultural society. Nizar, although not a member of any faction, clearly shares the sort of moderate views espoused by the Erdogans.
Modest, as usual, Nizar preferred to analyse circumstances as an "opportunity for PAS's true colours to emerge" and with Erdogan man Datuk Husam Musa set to take the step up from vice-president to deputy president, the post-June Islamist party could very well be the sort of partner that PKR and DAP can finally be comfortable with. Husam has so far been reluctant to signal any intent to contest for the No. 2 post but it is understood that like Nizar, he will respect the party's wishes if it decides to push for his candidacy. Dzulkefly told The Malaysian Insider that he is confident that the party is beginning to take a more pragmatic view of how the party should operate, and step away from pure dogmatism that has in the past stopped it from making the sort of inroads with non-Muslims that it has managed to make in the past year or so.
"Of several candidates considered for Bukit Gantang, eventually Nizar was chosen as he was the most 'winnable' despite our studies showing there would be a reduction of Malay support. But the party understood that what was important was to win, so the party is now able to conceptualise its priorities differently," he said. Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, who was Nizar's No. 2 in his 11-month-old administration, told The Malaysian Insider that PAS's inclusive policies, if continued and affirmed, would create greater cooperation within Pakatan Rakyat. "For PAS to be a national party, it must continue with its open attitude," he said, adding that it would quash what he calls Umno's demonisation of PAS as a party of extreme ulamas (religious scholars). Ngeh's hopes may soon be realised as Nizar's candidacy as vice-president is not the only brow-raising trend in the nominations so far. While it is accepted that Hadi will retain the presidency uncontested, it appears that his deputy Nasharuddin Mat Isa has not impressed the grassroots.
Out of the three divisions, the ulama leader has only received one nomination, the same as Husam. But with heartland Malay division Temerloh nominating Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak instead, Nasharuddin could be in trouble. Indeed, developments so far will give PAS's Pakatan Rakyat partners some joy. Besides Husam's candidacy for No. 2, the favourites for vice-president are dominated by more moderate voices such as Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub, firebrand vice-president Mohamad Sabu and Nizar. For those who feel that a strong Pakatan Rakyat is crucial for the political future of Malaysia, the PAS muktamar, and not last month's Umno general assembly, may well be the highlight milestone for 2009.
PKR today announced its deputy Penang party chief Mansor Othman as the candidate for the Penanti by-election. The announcement was made by the party’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a public rally in the Penang state constituency which is situated within his stronghold Permatang Pauh. With his candidacy confirmed Mansor is expected to be named the new deputy chief minister if he wins the seat, said Anwar.
“I have discussed this matter with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. If he wins and becomes the assemblyman his name will be proposed to be considered as a candidate for the deputy chief minister post,” declared Anwar. Lim was also present at the announcement. The by-election was called following the resignation of Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin who had earlier stepped down as deputy chief minister amid allegations of corruption. He was subsequently cleared by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission.
“So on May 31 our responsibility is big. We are not electing an assemblyman but also a possible candidate to be the deputy chief minister,” Anwar added. Anwar said that the former USM lecturer was the most qualified candidate adding that the party’s leadership had agreed that the party nominates someone senior for the by-election. “He earned a masters degree from USM and a Masters in Arts and a Masters of Philosophy from Yale University. He was an associate professor at USM and was also the director of the centre for policy research,” said Anwar.
His selection would also be seen as another attempt by Anwar to tighten his grip on the party and the administration of the state. An Anwar loyalist, Mansor was the former deputy prime minister’s political secretary and also a founder leader of the then Parti Keadilan Nasional in 1999. In the Permatang Pauh by-election last year, Mansor filed his nomination as an independent in the event Anwar was disqualified by the Election Commission, but he withdrew his papers once the returning officer confirmed accepting Anwar’s nomination. In the last general election Mansor contested in the Pulau Betong state seat but lost narrowly to Barisan Nasional’s Muhamad Farid Saad. Mansor had been expected to be nominated a senator by the state assembly yesterday but instead proposed Penang PKR secretary Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff.
Just hours after Penang assembly speaker Abdul Halim Hussain said that former Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin cannot retract his resignation as lawmaker, the Penanti assemblyman today reiterated his decision to resign. Fairus also vowed to take legal action against individuals and media organisations who were allegedly involved in slandering him, he said in a statement. “I have instructed my lawyers to take legal action against individuals, politicians and certain media for embarrassing me by making baseless allegations against me,” said Fairus in a statement sent to The Malaysian Insider. He also said he fully support the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Earlier today, Fairus said he would leave it to the party leadership whether he should retract his resignation as assemblyman which was announced last week. His resignation paved the way for a by-election and the Election Commission is scheduled to announce its decision on the Penanti seat on Monday. Yesterday the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) cleared Fairus of graft allegations. The decision not to prosecute Fairus was also reportedly backed by the Attorney-General. The 33 year old resigned as the deputy chief minister last month amid an investigation into alleged corrupt practices relating to an illegal quarry in Penang after a state PKR Youth leader lodged a report with the party leadership.
Admittedly, we were wrong about 1Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak's slogan for his administration. It’s 1Malaysia, not One Malaysia. Notwithstanding the semantics, we are still quite in the dark about what it is but we know what it isn't. It isn't Malaysian Malaysia. In not so many words yesterday, the new Prime Minister drew broad strokes to describe the slogan where Malaysians must “stand together, think and act as one people under the 1Malaysia concept”. “Let’s break away from operating in the ethnic prism as we have done over so many years. This is also the meaning of the 1Malaysia concept.
"We must respect each other, go beyond tolerance and build trust among each other and build trust between various ethnic groups,” state news agency Bernama quoted Najib as saying. All well and good. So, basically a Bangsa Malaysia expounded under Vision 2020 by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. And after 52 years of independence, we are still seeking the elusive Malaysian among the country's citizens. But in concrete ways, what?
And in acting like one people, can the 1Malaysia concept set a time frame for the New Economic Policy markers that have strangled relations between the major races in Malaysia. To be Malaysian would mean such strictures disappear in time. It has to be said that no one questions the special rights and privileges of the ethnic communities from the Malay peninsula across to Sabah and Sarawak but quotas are not set in the Federal Constitution. In the Bernama report, it quoted Najib as saying he had explained the 1Malaysia concept to his Cabinet and reminded them “don’t be just concerned about your own community but strive to fulfil the high expectations of all Malaysians”. Indeed, the expectations are high. Freeing 13 ISA detainees with conditions has disappointed many. Lamenting that the loss of Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau to a certain section of the voters who did not reciprocate the ruling coalition's efforts is regrettable.
Two weeks have gone by since Najib assumed the highest office in the land but he is running short of time to explain in detail what his 1Malaysia is about apart from being his weblog's address. Otherwise, whatever support Barisan Nasional has left will evaporate rather than condense into the 1Malaysia his advisers have cleverly coined. 1Malaysia has to be real, it cannot be a catchall phrase that Malaysia Boleh turned out to be.
Stung by four straight by-election defeats in the peninsula, Barisan Nasional might skip contesting the Penanti by-election if there is consensus among component parties. It that happens, it would possibly be the first ever by-election not contested by the ruling coalition since Merdeka. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the ruling coalition will decide soon after getting feedback. "Don't know yet (whether we opt out or not). We will look first, but I don't rule out any possibility," he told reporters here. He added he would meet with the Umno supreme council and leaders from BN component parties to discuss the matter.
"I will raise the matter at the next Umno supreme council meeting. If I don't have the time, I will bring it up to the political bureau, and discuss with the BN component party presidents," he added. He had earlier called it a wasteful process, saying people were tired of the slew of by-elections and the focus should be on the softening economy. The Election Commission has said it will have to establish if the PKR-held Penang state seat is vacant after incumbent Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin sent a resignation letter on Thursday. The embattled Fairus had earlier quit as deputy chief minister I after allegations of being involved in illegal quarries. PKR is keen to have a by-election to decide Fairus's successor as deputy chief minister which has been reserved for the party.
It has two other Malay lawmakers in Penang but de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not keen on them. The Penanti seat is seen as a PKR stronghold as it is within Anwar's political fortress Permatang Pauh, which returned him to Parliament last August. If the Election Commission does declare on April 24 to hold by-elections, it will be the third in the semi-rural state seat since March 2008. -malaysianinsider...
The end is near for Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said after 10 Barisan Nasional (BN) state lawmakers boycotted the state assembly today in a bid to force his resignation. Bernama named the absentees as Tepoh assemblyman Muhammad Ramli Noh, Mohd Zawawi Ismail (Kuala Berang), Abdul Halim Jusoh (Permaisuri), Datuk Din Adam (Bukit Besi), Datuk Rosol Wahid (Ajil), Alias Abdullah (Alor Limbat), Zakaria Abdullah (Paka), Ramlan Ali (Jabi), Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (Jertih) and Mohd Pehimi Yusof (Kota Putera).
Ahmad’s position as BN’s mentri besar has become increasingly untenable amid talk that his own party men were planning to table a no-confidence vote against him. The seeds of this revolt were planted when Ahmad was put in place as BN’s mentri besar soon after last year’s general elections in place of the incumbent Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. Idris was not reappointed due to friction with the Terengganu palace. But we understands that the palace will have no objections to Ahmad’s removal as MB if he is unable to hold the government together. Ahmad had warned that any BN men involved in moves to table a no-confidence vote against his government faced expulsion. The BN rebels are now believed to be holed up in a hotel and are expected to speak to reporters shortly. A number of BN assemblyman are said to have met with deputy Umno president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to obtain “official sanction” for the revolt.
The Barisan Nasional has suffered four deadly blows in a row. Umno has been soundly defeated on three occasions since 8 March 2008. The outcome of these by-elections have confirmed that there is no stopping the Pakatan no matter what crafty means the BN adopts or devices to reach out to the electorate. For Umno the results have been devastating. It has not recovered lost ground neither has it revived its fortunes. It has been downhill all the way in spite of changing its president and acclaiming him as the sixth prime minister of Malaysia.
Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak going down to the ground without any fanfare dressed in ordinary clothes; meeting ordinary people and eating vadai in crowded Brickfields; addressing the nation propounding the concept of one Malaysia; bringing in Tun Mahathir Mohamad to turn the tide on the last day of campaigning – all this did not make any difference. Fixing a weekday for polling, imposing so many restrictions to handicap the opposition did not provide any advantage to the BN. If anything, it only made the people angry and motivated the electorate to punish the BN.
The peninsula victories of the Pakatan over the BN has driven home the fact rather convincingly that the March 8 election was no fluke. They reaffirmed that the ground has indeed shifted in favour of the Opposition. The results must be viewed as a damning referendum on Najib, Umno, BN and the government. The electorate have rejected the BN overwhelmingly and have sent a clear signal that they are not going to tolerate any more nonsense from Umno and the BN. When they elected a political novice and rejected a seasoned politician in Bukit Selembau, it was meant to spite the BN and MIC. When they elected Nizar in Bukit Gantang with a majority almost twice that of the previous one exactly a year later, it was meant to punish the BN and send a strong signal to Najib that they were thoroughly disgusted with him for engineering the fall of their duly elected Perak state government.
The Islamic Party of Malaysia (Malay: Parti Islam Se-Malaysia), commonly known as PAS or Pas, is an Islamist political party in Malaysia and is currently headed by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. PAS positions itself as a political party that aims to establish Malaysia as a country based on Islamic legal theory derived from the primary sources of Islam, the Quran, Sunnah as well as Hadiths, as opposed to Barisan Nasional's Islam Hadhari, which PAS sees as based on a watered-down understanding of Islam.
The party enjoys strong support from the northern rural and conservative states such as Kelantan and Terengganu. It is also the first opposition party in independent Malaysia's history to defeat the Barisan Nasional coalition in a Malay dominated state. PAS, together with Parti KeADILan Rakyat (known as PKR), and Democratic Action Party (known as DAP) formed part of a coalition called Pakatan Rakyat following the 2008 election. Together, Pakatan Rakyat now controls five states in Malaysia which is Kelantan, Kedah, Selangor, Perak and Penang.
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No matter which way you cut it, this was not the result Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Umno/Barisan Nasional (BN)hoped for. They dreamt of 3-0 but believed that 2-1 (Batang Ai and Bukit Gantang) was in the bag, based on ground reports. Instead, the scorecard read 1-2 for the ruling coalition with the BN candidate victorious only in the state seat in Sarawak. Worse yet, Pakatan Rakyat’s candidates not only withstood the might of the BN machinery in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau, they returned with bigger majorities than 12 months ago.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak – It will take more than a few assuring statements and symbolic gestures like releasing 13 ISA detainees for non-Malays to return to Umno/BN. In Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau, the BN machinery worked well, perhaps even better than in the run-up to the general elections in 2008. At least in Bukit Selambau, the Pakatan Rakyat campaign was hindered by disagreements over the candidate and defection by some PKR officials. But still victory was elusive for BN. The Home Ministry may have outlawed the use of Altantuya Shariibuu's name during political rallies and seized all paraphernalia related to the Mongolian model but at every polling station today in Bukit Gantang, opposition workers shouted one name. Quite clearly, having a new leader boosted the spirit of BN workers but it had little impact on the voting. Surely that is troubling.
Umno/BN – What excuse are they going to reach for this time? Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi carried the can for BN's poor performance in March 2008, and for the by-election losses in Permatang Pauh and Kuala Terengganu. Datuk Azim Zabidi’s aloofness was blamed for BN’s defeat in Bukit Gantang by 1,566 votes on March 8 and the wave against Umno was used by the MIC to justify its loss in Bukit Selambau 12 months ago. In Bukit Gantang, Umno opted for a local politician, Ismail Saffian and in Bukit Selambau, MIC nominated strongman S. Ganesan as its candidate. Tan Sri Muhyiddin and other members of the supreme council were camped in both constituencies since nomination day on March 29.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Kadir worked the ground between 7.30am and 2am daily while Deepavali came early for many Indian voters in Kedah, courtesy of MIC. But the outcome was worse than 12 months ago. A senior Umno official told The Malaysian Insider: “The public just does not care about Umno or BN. They have an opinion about us and refuse to accept otherwise.’’
Sultan Azlan Shah – His name was not on the ballot paper in Bukit Gantang but his decision to accept the defection of the three Pakatan Rakyat representatives and install Barisan Nasional as the state government was the only election topic. Despite calling Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin a traitor and a disgrace to the Malays during political rallies, despite daily demonization of him by the national television stations and despite a long cooling down period from the collapse of the Pakatan Rakyat government till polling day, the voters in this constituency (an Umno stronghold) sent a strong message to the Sultan of Perak. Like many other Malaysians, they believe he acted wrongly when he refused to dissolve the state assembly following the defections. In the court of public opinion, the former Lord President is a loser.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – He grabbed the front page headlines, tossed a few sarcastic bombs at Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim but was a non-factor where it counted most – at the ballot box. Unkindly, some scribes at the frontlines noted that BN won in Batang Ai, the one constituency where the former prime minister did not campaign.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PKR – Phew! This was not a walk in the park for PKR or the opposition icon. In the run-up to the polls, they had to deal with the Elizabeth Wong issue, news that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was investigating Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and several PKR officials in Penang for separate offences and dissension over the choice of candidates in Batang Ai and Bukit Selambau. Still, they came away with one solid victory and one sound defeat. The defeat in Sarawak is a lesson for Anwar. It will take more than a few flying visits to Sarawak to unseat the wily fox, Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. Elections in the East Malaysian state is a logistical nightmare and only political organizations with superb organization and resources stand a realistic chance of winning control of the state. Yes, there is an undercurrent of discontent there but it can only be tapped with a solid slate of candidates and a machinery to reach the voters.
Datuk Nizar Jamaluddin and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (Pas) – Good things happen when a solid candidate is supported by a well-oiled machine.
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Just a year after the March 8 general election gave birth to Malaysia’s most viable opposition alliance ever, the Pakatan Rakyat stands on the verge of being wiped out. The survival of the three-party alliance, brought together under the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is at stake when voters in three constituencies go to the polls in three separate by-elections on Tuesday. “The possibility of losing 3-0 to Barisan Nasional is now very real,” a DAP leader told Weekend Xtra.
Just a few months ago, the opposition alliance — comprising Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PAS and DAP — were looking invincible. In January, its candidate had trounced the BN man in a separate by-election in Kuala Terengganu, in a second straight win over BN. Both BN, and Umno in particular, looked weak and in trouble. The Pakatan alliance appeared poised to take power in Malaysia. But a bold move by Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was sworn in as Malaysia’s sixth Prime Minister yesterday, changed the entire equation.
Najib masterminded a power grab in Perak state which led to the collapse of the PR government. The heavily-criticised move sparked a constitutional crisis but it has also led to a more resurgent Umno and BN, both of whom are brimming with a new level of confidence unseen in the months following their poor March 8 electoral showing. The current campaign for the Bukit Gantang federal seat in Perak has no real significance on the balance of power in the state assembly itself.
But the by-election has been touted by the PR alliance as a referendum on the power grab by BN. A win there for Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, the PR leader of its deposed Perak government, will be argued as a vote against the BN action. But the widespread public anger seen in the early days of the power grab, achieved through defections, does not seem to have given Nizar much of an advantage in the campaign. Bukit Gantang voters appear to be suffering from political fatigue, and the results on Election Day remain unpredictable.
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Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin appears to be leading the race in the battle for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat. The response from the voters in semi-urban areas, particularly from the non-Malays, seems to be climbing. “I’m the candidate chosen by Pakatan Rakyat. I’m representing the rakyat. Let’s make Bukit Gantang a manifestation to state we no longer agree with Umno-Barisan Nasional... because they have stolen the government, they have stolen the people’s government,” Nizar told the predominantly Chinese audience at a ceramah in Taman Mawar last night.
Among other things, he pointed out his tough anti-racial policy during his 10-month rule over Perak, stressing on the opposition alliance’s philosophy for “justice for all”. Some 70 people had turned up to hear him speak despite the after-dinner downpour. A couple even huddled under their large umbrellas in the open air after they couldn’t find a spot in the cramped space behind the Chinese temple, occupied by bamboo frames for Cheng Beng, the Chinese equivalent of All Souls’ Day.
But Nizar is not naive enough to think he will win on the back of the non-Malay vote alone, as was the case for the late Roslan Shaharum, the previous MP who trumped the Barisan Nasional candidate in the general elections last year. He is shrewd enough to recognise the need for an equally strong Malay backing, especially as he has made the fight about a public referendum for leadership in the state. Nizar is also challenging Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir’s legitimacy as Perak mentri besar.
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