Rafizi dakwa kesan pengundi hantu...
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) mendakwa Barisan Nasional (BN) membawa masuk pengundi hantu untuk mengundi dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil (PKR) Permatang Pauh pada Khamis ini.
Setiausaha Agung PKR, Rafizi Ramli mendakwa menemui dua slip pengundi yang didaftarkan di Permatang Pauh dan siasatan mendapati mereka bukan pengundi di Parlimen itu.
Rafizi berkata, dia telah berjumpa pemilik rumah yang membuat aduan berkenaan pada awal pagi Rabu.
Katanya, pemilik rumah mengaku mendiami rumah berkenaan sejak 14 tahun lalu iaitu sejak hari pertama ia siap dibina dan tidak pernah menyewakannya kepada sesiapa.
“Salah seorang pemilik rumah di Apartment Permata pula kehairanan apabila mendapati ada orang lain yang menggunakan alamat rumahnya untuk mendaftar mengundi.
“Tuan rumah tersebut langsung tidak mengenali siapakah individu yang menggunakan alamat rumahnya,” katanya di Pusat Media PKR pada Rabu.
Rafizi berkata, salah satu slip itu menggunakan nama Sakinah Ahmed yang sebelum ini mengundi di Parlimen Jelutong pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) ke-12 namun pada PRU ke-13 telah berpindah ke Parlimen Permatang Pauh.
Selain Sakinah, seorang lagi pengundi yang bernama Nur Fadilawaty Hanafi turut dikesan menggunakan alamat palsu untuk mengundi di Permatang Pauh.
Rafizi mendakwa terdapat lima lagi slip yang menggunakan alamat palsu.
“Kesemua mereka tidak menetap di Parlimen Permatang Pauh namun menggunakan alamat rumah di sini.
“Ini bukan kali pertama perkara ini berlaku. Perkara yang sama juga berlaku di kawasan saya iaitu di Parlimen Pandan,” katanya.
Tegas Rafizi, pihaknya akan memastikan pengundi hantu ini tidak akan berjaya membuang undi.
“Kita akan pastikan mereka melarikan diri apabila melihat jentera-jentera PKR,” tegasnya. - fmt
Beware of phantom voters, Rafizi warns...
The Permatang Pauh by-election may see phantom voters making their appearance tomorrow, claims PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli.
Umno workers have gone house-to-house to distribute voting slips listing the names of voters registered at the particular houses, Rafizi told a press conference today.
"After the house owners obtained these slips, we received complaints from two owners that they did not know who the other names on the slips were," he said.
After he visited a unit at Permata Apartment, he was told by the owner that a person called "Sakinah Ahmad" was registered there as well.
"But the owner told me that she has lived there since the apartment was completed 14 years ago and it was never rented to anyone else.
"The owner said she did not know who this Sakinah is and asked how was Sakinah then registered as a voter at her apartment unit," said Rafizi.
Rafizi said checks conducted by Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin showed that "Sakinah" is registered as a voter in Jelutong, Penang.
The owner of another apartment unit claimed that a "Nur Fadilawaty Hanafi", as well as five other unknown voters, were registered at his home address.
"Just like the other owner, he has lived there for 14 years and had never rented out the unit to anyone," Rafizi said.
The PKR vice-president added there was a high possibility that the names were registered using fake MyKad.
He pointed out that this was not the first time that such a thing had occurred. The Pandan MP had, back during the 2013 general election, lodged six police reports on claims of phantom voters registered in his constituency.
Although Rafizi admitted that no action was taken based on the police reports, he said it was simply not right to let such a thing re-occur.
"It has to be highlighted all over again. If BN continues to do this, the people need to know that dirty tactics will reign supremely tomorrow," he said.
Rafizi is certain the EC will not act
Admitting that he was certain the Election Commission (EC) would not do anything about this, while the BN would deny such claims, Rafizi therefore appealed to "peace-loving voters" to come out in full force tomorrow.
"As for anyone who receives such slips, please contact our headquarters so that we can collect and submit the names to the authorities," he said.
Rafizi added that the details of both Sakinah and Nur Fadilawaty would be distributed to the PKR by-election helpers who would try to catch them at their voting centre tomorrow .
Both names stated on the slips will be voting at SMK Permatang Rawa.
"Based on our experience, they will run away from us and won't vote.
"If they don't run away, we will take them to the police station. We just want to make a point, for we are not expecting the authorities to take the action," Rafizi added. - mk
Polis kata kutuk GST tu menghasut...
Rafizi - Police told me criticising GST is seditious...
Police told PKR's Rafizi Ramli that criticising the goods and services tax (GST) was seditious, the party secretary-general said last night when he told a ceramah crowd in Permatang Pauh of his arrest after the May 1 Workers Day rally.
Rafizi, who was detained for his involvement in the rally against the GST in Kuala Lumpur, said he was told that what he had said in his speech at the rally was seditious.
"The police told me I was investigated under the Sedition Act, as my speech had criticised the GST. Now I know that according to the government of Malaysia, it is seditious to criticise the GST," Rafizi said.
The consumption tax has been the focus of PKR's campaign in the Permatang Pauh by-election. The opposition party is banking on public unhappiness with the tax to ensure it retains the seat, which its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is contesting.
As part of her campaign, Dr Wan Azizah went shopping at a supermarket followed by the media to show how much more people had to spend because of the tax when buying basic necessities.
PKR also held a lobster party, dishing out grilled lobsters to passers-by in the constituency to poke fun at the implementation of the tax, which is not imposed on lobsters, considered a luxury food item.
Rafizi also said he was told by police that criticising the prime minister was seditious.
"Next, he said my speech criticised the prime minister. So that is also not allowed now. It is also seditious.
"And I also shouted 'hidup rakyat' (long live the people) many times.
"So after this, we have to say 'mampus rakyat' (damn the people)," he told the crowd at the Seberang Jaya expo site while on the campaign trail for the parliamentary by-election to be held this Thursday.
The rest of Rafizi's ceramah speech was full of sarcasm as he praised the consumption tax and said positive things about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and the Finance Ministry-owned strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
He also quipped that the Permatang Pauh by-election was being held because Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was "on holiday" in the Sungai Buloh prison. The opposition leader had to vacate the parliamentary seat after the Federal Court upheld his sodomy conviction and five-year prison sentence in February.
"If I talk like this, I couldn't get arrested right?" Rafizi said, adding that it was "easy to get arrested these days".
Rafizi was detained on May 2, a day after the rally, when he went to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters to give his statement on his involvement in the protest which drew an estimated 10,000 people to the heart of the capital.
He is being investigated under Section 143 of the Penal Code for unlawfully assembly, as well as the Sedition Act. He was released later at night on the same day.
Besides Rafizi, other opposition politicians arrested over the rally include PKR's Batu MP Chua Tian Chang or Tian Chua, PAS MP for Kuala Kerai Dr Hatta Ramli, DAP's Seremban MP Anthony Loke, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and Parti Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general S. Arutchelvan.
A few activists were also arrested, the most high profile being Negara-Ku patron and former president of the Malaysian Bar Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.
Twenty-nine youths, six of whom were minors, were the first group of people to be arrested hours after the rally ended peacefully on Friday. The minors were released the next day but police have obtained remand orders of the 23 others, who are expected to be released today.- tmi
Permatang Pauh Utamakan Personaliti...
Sebelum ia dirampas oleh Anwar sebagai calon "ayam baru tumbuh bulu pahat" pada PRU 1982, Permatang Pauh adalah kubu Pas. Label calon ayam baru tumbuh bulu pahat itu diberikan oleh (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad apabila mengulas kemenangan Anwar dalam PRU tersebut. Beliau menyertai Umno tidak sampai dua bulan selepas memenangi kerusi Permatang Pauh.
Anwar mengekalkan kerusi itu hinggalah tahun 1998 apabila beliau dipecat dari Umno dan kerajaan, dan seterusnya dipenjarakan atas kesalahan rasuah (menyalahgunakan kuasa) dan liwat.
Dalam PRU 1999 kerusi beliau ditandingi oleh Wan Azizah yang menang dengan majoriti 9,077. Beliau hampir-hampir tewas dalam PRU 2004 akibat tsunami “Mr Clean” (Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Majoriti beliau jatuh kepada 590 sahaja.
Abdullah “membebaskan” Anwar pada tahun 2004 dan beliau serta-merta menjadi pemangkin penyatuan pembangkang. Dalam PRU 2008 Anwar kembali bertanding dan mengenakan pukulan KO kepada calon BN (Umno), Arif Shah Omar Shah.
Beliau memperoleh 66.64 peratus undi manakala Arif Shah mendapat hanya 33.16 peratus. Populariti beliau merosot sedikit pada PRU 2013 apabila memperoleh 58.56 peratus undi berbanding calon BN, Mazlan Ismail, yang mendapat 40.06 peratus.
Dengan asakan bertubi-tubi oleh BN yang menjanjikan pelbagai habuan dan gula-gula, Wan Azizah mungkin tidak dapat mengulangi prestasi suaminya pada PRU lalu.
BN Menang PM Naik Tocang
Malah ada peramal pro-BN yang begitu yakin bahawa calon parti itu, Suhaimi Sabidi mempunyai harapan 50-50 untuk menewaskan Wan Azizah.
Namun begitu, Rompin dan Permatang Pauh mungkin tidak boleh dianggap sebagai barometer mutakhir bagi mengukur sentimen semasa politik nasional.
Ini adalah kerana kedua-dua kerusi itu kerusi luar bandar yang majoriti penduduknya Melayu. Harapan BN/Umno kekalkan Rompin lebih daripada cerah. Sejarah pilihan raya kawasan itu memberi kemenangan mutakhir bagi BN/Umno. Pembangkang tidak pernah merasai kerusi tersebut.
Ia boleh dianggap sebagai contoh kerusi luar bandar yang taat kepada parti penyandang. Isu keborosan dan gaya hidup mewah Mohd Najib dan isterinya, (Datin Paduka Seri) Rosmah Mansor, GST dan 1MDB menjadi peluru sakti PR manakala BN pula menaruh harapan kepada gula-gula dan janji-janji pembangunan sambil melemparkan tuduhan kronisme terhadap keluarga Anwar dan menggembar-gemburkan perpecahan di kalangan parti-parti PR.
Ada penganalisis berkata, harapan PKR menang besar di Permatang Pauh lebih cerah jika bukan Wan Azizah yang bertanding. Hatta Nurul Nuha, anak perempuan Anwar dan Wan Azizah, mempunyai harapan lebih cerah daripada ibunya untuk mengulangi kecemerlangan PR-PKR.
Tetapi PKR tidak mempunyai banyak pilihan kecuali mencalonkan semula Wan Azizah kerana dikhuatiri sekiranya calon lain yang diletak bertanding, termasuk Nurul Nuha, PKR mungkin tidak akan mendapat sokongan DAP dan Pas. Hatta setelah Wan Azizah dinamakan sebagai calon pun masih berlaku penolakan oleh sesetengah elemen Pas dan DAP.
Manakala kemenangan BN di Rompin adalah dijangkakan, tetapi seandainya ia juga menang di Permatang Pauh maka yang paling beruntung adalah Mohd Najib dan yang rugi adalah pengkritik-pengkritik beliau.
Ia sekali gus membuktikan bahawa Mohd Najib mendapat kepercayaan pengundi walaupun pelbagai tuduhan yang dilemparkan terhadap beliau dan banyak dasar beliau menyusahkan rakyat jelata.
Daripada Perdana Menteri yang memerintah seolah-olah dia seorang Presiden, Mohd Najib boleh menaikkan taraf diriya kepada “Maharaja” zaman dulu kala yang bebas melakukan apa saja dan kebal dalam segala perkara. - A Kadir Jasin
Kadir: By-elections can’t gauge national sentiment
Muhyidin knows Mahathir's endorsement is no manna from heaven...
If we study Dr Mahathir, he has made repeated mistakes in offering a successor. This means in UMNO there is no succession plan.At least from his time onwards.
Everyone of his number 2 will be kicked out for one reason or another. Musa Hitam who was once touted as Mahathir’s double- I wonder if people still remembered the 2-M administration- he left citing irreconcilable differences. What he meant was Mahathir was too autocratic.
Then came in Ghafar Baba- who left almost forgotten, also whispered for doing so at Mahathir’s manoeuvrings. Mahathir was besotted with Anwar then.
Until today, the memorial Tun Ghafar remains on a giant billboard but not in actual presence.
Anwar Ibrahim was the other casualty. He was replaced by Pak Lah- generally accepted as the most incompetent PM.
Finally we are saddled with the current PM- a man chosen by Mahathir on account on his being Tun Razak’s progeny. Now, our current PM is being described as the most incompetent and the most hated PM in our history.
That proves your bloodline and progeny are not relevant in succeeding as leader.
Dr Mahathir can point out the bad qualities of a successor but he is hopeless when it comes to identifying the successor. That is the main reason while we allow him to point out deficiencies of any current leader, he must abstain from choosing one.
If he now chooses Muhyidin for instance- there is a higher probability, Muhyidin will fall short off the mark. So don’t choose Muhyidin and Muhyidin knows Mahathir's endorsement is no manna from heaven.
That is the reason why Muhyidin is playing hide and seek. There has been no open endorsement on Muhyidin’s replacing Najib and so Muhyidin hasn’t rushed out openly.
But Muhyidn has committed the sin to show that he is aligned to Mahathir's thinking. Fatal mistake. Najib’s people do not trust Muhyidin despite making all those farcical kiss and make up in public shows.
Muhyidin knows this and his people, though eager to see the boss takes over are restrained.
Mahathir’s so called endorsement on Muhyidin is in the form of some vague reference to the equally non-committal idea of according to UMNO hierarchy system- the number 2 is the one to replace the number 1 if the latter is incapacitated in any way.
Not only unclear but that has been the convention all the time and it failed every time because Mahathir endorsed the wrong candidate using the wrong means. The means, which is reliance on the UMNO tradition , must change precisely because it failed all the time.
To UMNO, that means choosing a leader who isn’t from the conventional line up. If there is a person more qualified than the number two, that person ought to be accepted.
Isn’t it a curious thing- that for the 1st time in our history, the opposition is endorsing someone from UMNO to become the PM? They should be asking and insisting that someone from their own circle to become PM.
People can say that’s because the opposition has no one of stature to become PM yet. That may be true, but the truer and more practical reason is, we all want a leader needed by Malaysia.
The opposition is keener to have a national leader committed to the idea of inclusive politics rather than a person, enmeshed in partisan politics. We want a leader that’s good for the business of this country.
The business of this country is to be a country founded on democratic means, upholding the rule of law. The country must remain structured by the institutions that support the existence of a democratic Malaysia as such.
The leader we need is a person unflinchingly committed to these principles. The opposition conducts itself responsibly and commits itself to what’s good for Malaysia.- Dato' Mohd.Ariff Sabri bin Hj. Abdul Aziz@sakmongkol ak47