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Published: Monday January 26, 2009 MYT 4:47:00 PMUpdated:
Monday January 26, 2009 MYT 8:18:56 PM
Anwar claims more BN reps to defect
By EDWARD RAJENDRA and IVAN LOH
KLANG: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims his plans are still on track and more Barisan Nasional elected representatives would cross over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Saying it would occur on a “bi-weekly basis from next month” onwards, the PKR adviser said people have made up their minds and “it’s only a matter of time.”
Anwar told a crowd at the a Chinese New Year celebration held at the Hokkien Association Hall here that “change was imminent and we will surprise you from time to time.”
“Now the ox has come in, just be patient ... we are working hard just like the ox,” he said at the event that was organised by Selangor information chief Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew, in reference to it being the Lunar Year of the Ox.
After the Opposition’s strong showing in the general election last march, Anwar had promised that he had more than 30 Barisan MPs ready to cross over to the Pakatan Rakyat alliance by Sept 16. None did and since failing to meet his own deadline, the former deputy prime minister’s voice had been relatively muted on the crossover issue until the defection of Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim on Sunday, who quit Umno to join PKR.
In IPOH, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin claimed that three more assemblymen could be crossing over from Umno. He said talks were in progress between Pakatan and the three, who had approached the alliance following Nasarudin’s defection on Sunday. “They came forward to meet us without us inviting them,” Nizar said after attending the Perak DAP Chinese New Year open house here Monday.
He however declined to reveal the identities of the three or which parties they had approached, alleging that they could be threatened.
Asked what the chances were of the three actually joining Pakatan, Nizar said there was a 50-50 chance.
Friday February 6, 2009
Ngeh: It’s an unhealthy democratic process
Pakatan Rakyat has described the formation of a Barisan Nasional state government as a coup and unconstitutional.
Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said it was an unhealthy democratic process and Pakatan was contemplating filing a suit against the formation of an unconstitutional government.
He said the new government would be unstable as Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Jailu and Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi were facing corruption charges and might be disqualified.
“Assuming that they are convicted, they are automatically disqualified. There will be no stable government. There is a lot of uncertainty.
“Having a new government does not solve the problem but prolongs it,” he said when commenting on the Perak palace’s decision to ask Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive councillors to resign and allow Barisan to form the government.
Ngeh has denied that he and his cousin, Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming, caused DAP’s Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong to quit.
“It is not true. With Hee, it was for personal reasons. She was unhappy that she did not get an exco position.
“She felt deprived. She had also questioned why other exco members got the new Toyota Camrys but she only had the Proton Perdana,” he said.
Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar insisted that he was still the State Assembly Speaker.
“We must convene the state assembly first. Otherwise I do not know if there is a majority. I have to count the hands (to ascertain a vote of no confidence against the Mentri Besar and executive council),” he said.
And your ficklemindedness does show when the pendulum hits you instead
Wednesday January 28, 2009
Guan Eng lauds Bota rep’s move to PKR
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng lauded Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim’s defection to PKR, saying the move would strengthen the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak.
“The situation in Perak is not like Penang where the Pakatan has a big majority.
“With one more assemblyman (for the Pakatan government), we hope their situation will be strengthened and give them a boost to continue striving and working for the people,” Lim said after hosting a state Chinese New Year open house at his residence on Jalan Macalister on Monday.
Pakatan holds 29 out of 40 state seats in Penang while Nasarudin’s defection raises Pakatan’s majority in Perak to five. “Perak Umno is constantly saying that they will soon overthrow the Pakatan state government, but so far, we only see Umno falling,” said Lim.
Friday February 6, 2009
Guan Eng asks Jelapang rep to reconsider decision
GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has asked Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong to reconsider her decision to quit the party and become an Inde-pendent.He said her move to support Perak Barisan Nasional was tantamount to betraying the trust of those who voted her in.
‘‘I believe she is the first DAP assemblyman to cause a (state) government to fall.
“The issue is not about her leaving the party but leaving the people who supported her,’’ the Penang Chief Minister told a press conference at his office here. He accused Hee of making a mockery of the democratic election process, adding that history has shown that there were traitors in all civilisations.
Asked if the engineering of defections in Perak would spread to Penang, Lim said he was confident it would not occur as the Pakatan government held a strong two-thirds majority.
He supported DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s call for a proposal for an amendment to the Federal Consti-tution, seeking to outlaw any form of party hopping or political