15 May 2012

Tunku Abdul Aziz quits DAP...

Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, the most senior Malay leader in DAP, has tendered his resignation from his vice-chairperson's post as well as his party membership.

His decision to quit the party, announced tonight, comes as a major blow to the DAP as it gears up for the general election which some believe could be held as early as next month.

However, Tunku Aziz has said he will not join another political party, quashing speculation that he may defect to Umno.

"I'm not a frog," he insisted.

In tendering his resignation, Tunku Aziz acknowledged that by exercising his right of dissent, he has gone against the party's position on Bersih 3.0 - where some 200,000 people took to the streets last month, demanding free and fair elections, resulting in clashes between the protesters and the police.

He said his open disagreement with DAP, made him chose not to be re-nominated as a senator for Penang, indicating that he was not sacked from his Dewan Negara's post by DAP when news broke that his term, ending May 30, would not be
not renewed.

"I felt that my position was no longer tenable and that I would no longer be able to serve Penang and my party," the one-term senator told

According to Tunku Aziz, he had suggested to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is also Penang chief minister, that the party should subject him to the "same disciplinary procedure as any other party member" for his action.

"Unfortunately, up to now, that was not forthcoming. In order not to prolong the matter and avoid further embarrassment, I have decided to relinquish my post of DAP vice-chairperson and tender my resignation as a party member with immediate effect."

'I had to draw the line'

Tunku Aziz stressed that he expressed his views on Bersih 3.0 out of "personal conscience" and it was done based on his "sincere belief that our country will always take precedence over sectarian interest".

"I had to draw the line and I chose to affirm my right of dissent when as a legislator in the Senate, I felt defying the law was unacceptable."

NONEHe said he had always advocated the need for free and fair elections, and that he had been consistent and unwavering on the matter.

"Throughout my career as a professional manager and a civil society advocate, I stood for respect for the rule of law, good governance and proper public conduct," said Tunku Aziz, who is the founder of anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M).

"I criticised the organisers of Bersih 3.0 when they refused to accept Merdeka Stadium as an alternative site, after the mayor of Kuala Lumpur, with the authority of our courts, declared that Dataran Merdeka was out of bounds and violators of the court order would be breaking the law.

"The right to assemble was granted and I was convinced then, as I am now, that if Merdeka Stadium was accepted as the venue for the sit-down rally, the ugly scenes we witnessed on April 28, 2012, would not have occurred and our country would have been spared of yet another trauma after Bersih 2.0 in July last year."

Fitting end to short political career

Tunku Aziz joined DAP in August 2008 - five months after the nation's March 8 general election political tsunami that saw the Pakatan Rakyat opposition making significant gains, winning five states, including Selangor and Penang.

A year later, he was appointed senator representing Penang, giving him the distinction of being the first DAP senator.

NONEA distant member of the Kedah royal family, Tunku Aziz began his career in the police force before joining Guthrie Corporation and later served as an adviser with Bank Negara.

He was instrumental in setting up TI-M, an NGO dedicated to fighting corruption.

Tunku Aziz described his resignation today as a fitting end to his brief foray into politics, which lasted no more than four years.

"In travelling throughout the length and breadth of our country over the last few years, I have met and interacted with a lot of Malaysians from all walks life and learned much, which I now can put to good use for the next phase of my life," he told

"After a brief period of rest and reflection, I shall return to civil society advocacy and public service. I stand ready to serve our country to the best of my ability."- malaysiakini

Polls after Hari Raya Puasa, speculates Mahathir...

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today speculated that as far as he is concerned, the perfect time for polls should be in mid-September, after the Muslim festival of Hari Raya Puasa.

However he clarified that the ultimate decision on when to dissolve parliament will be up to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

NONE“The signs are good (for BN)... But it is up to Najib whether he is convinced that he will achieve his objective,” said the former premier at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

Najib’s objective, explained Mahathir
(right), is to recover BN’s two-thirds majority, something which he believe is the challenge for the PM.

However, Mahathir said that the going for BN won’t be as rough as what they had to go through during the 2008 political tsunami.

Even if polls were to be held in June, he believed, things will still be hunky dory for the ruling party.

Speaking after being announced as the National Reading Icon at the National Library today, the former PM again accused the opposition on the other hand as not confident of winning Putrajaya through polls.

NONEWhich was why, he reiterated, they were trying to foment a Tahrir Square-like revolt during last month’s Bersih 3.0 pro-electoral reform rally.

Approached by reporters at the same function, Information Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim
(left) threw more brickbats at the opposition.

Responding to a question on the recent spat between PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP chairperson Karpal Singh, Rais pointed out the Islamic and the socialist parties are at odds with each other as their ideologies conflict with one another.

“For sure PAS is not going to stay in league with Karpal and Lim Kit Siang of the DAP in the long run,” he said.

Instead Rais called on PAS to revive talks or
muzakarah on cooperation with Umno as both parties fights for the same things, the Malay race and Islam. - malaysiakini

Tunku Abdul Aziz keluar DAP

Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, pemimpin paling kanan Melayu dalam DAP, telah meletak jawatannya sebagai naib pengerusi dan keluar parti.

NONEKeputusannya itu yang diumumkan malam ini, adalah satu tamparan besar terhadap DAP ketika parti itu membuat persediaan untuk pilihan raya umum yang ramai meramalkan mungkin diadakan seawal bulan depan.

Beliau bagaimanapun tidak akan menyertai parti politik lain sepertimana khabar angin yang menyebut beliau akan menyertai Umno.

"Saya bukan katak," katanya.

Tunku Abdul Aziz sebelum ini tidak bersetuju dengan pendirian parti itu menyokong perhimpunan BERSIH 3.0 - yang disertai kira-kira 200,000 yang turun membanjiri ibunegara bulan lalu bagi menuntut pilihan raya yang bebas dan adil - yang turut menyaksikan pertembungan antara peserta dan pihak polis.

Menurutnya, disebabkan perselisihan pendapat secara terbuka antara beliau dengan pihak parti, maka beliau memilih supaya tidak dicalonkan semula sebagai senator mewakili Pulau Pinang, membayangkan beliau tidak dipecat daripada jawatan itu oleh DAP apabila berita tersebar bahawa penggal perkhidmatnya di Dewan Negara yang berakhir pada 30 Mei, tidak adalah dilanjutkan.

"Saya merasakan bahawa kedudukan saya tidak lagi dapat dipertahankan dan saya tidak lagi mampu untuk berkhidmat mewakili Pulau Pinang dan parti saya," kata Tunku Abdul Aziz kepada Malaysiakini.

Menurut Tunku Abdul Aziz lagi, beliau telah mencadangkan kepada Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng, yang juga Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, supaya parti itu melaksana "prosedur tatatertib yang sama terhadapnya, sepertimana yang dikenakan ke atas ahli-ahli yang lain", ekoran tindakannya itu.- malaysiakini

Dr M ramal p'raya lepas Aidilfitri

Bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir meramalkan tempoh sesuai untuk mengadakan pilihan raya ialah pada pertengahan September – selepas masyarakat beragama Islam menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Bagaimanapun, terpulang kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk menetapkan tarikh pilihan raya itu, katanya dalam sidang media di ibu negara hari ini.

Petanda yang diperhatikannya kini memihak kepada BN, namun terpulang kepada keyakinan Najib sama ada perdana menteri itu akan mencapai objektifnya, katanya.

Objektif Najib kini adalah meraih semula majoriti dua pertiga BN, namun cabaran itu tidaklah begitu sukar seperti dalam pilihan raya 2008, katanya.

Malah, sekiranya pilihan raya diadakan pada Jun sekalipun, beliau percaya BN akan berpeluang cerah.

Beliau juga mendakwa pembangkang tidak yakin dengan peluang untuk memenangi Putrajaya melalui pilihan raya.

Oleh sebab itulah pembangkang cuba mencetuskan kebangkitan rakyat seperti di Dataran Tahrir semasa perhimpunan BERSIH 3.0 lalu, katanya.- malaysiakini

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