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- Jelajah Pakatan Harapan Rakyat Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim Ke Parlimen Subang & Setiawangsa
- KPRU: UMNO 2013 will potentially suffer the fate of MCA in 2008
- Winds of change
- Yusuf Al Qaradawi: Anwar Ibrahim paling layak jadi PM
- Jelajah Pakatan Harapan Rakyat Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim Ke SABAH
- Manifesto PR lebih penuhi harapan rakyat – UMCEDEL
- Nik Aziz launches Qaradawi letter endorsing Anwar as PM
Posted: 27 Apr 2013 02:45 AM PDT
28 April 2013 (Ahad)
1) 9.00 Mlm – Tapak Pasar Malam Paya Jaras
2) 11.00 mlm – Jalan 26/56, Keramat Wangsa,
Posted: 26 Apr 2013 11:22 PM PDT
Think tank Political Studies for Change (KPRU) predicts that UMNO will lose a lot of Parliamentary seats currently contested for 5th May 2013 just as MCA lost their seats on the 8th of May 2008.
KPRU made these predictions based on several factors. The first factor relates closely to the fall in Barisan Nasional (BN) President, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's popularity as opposed to the steady rise of Pakatan Rakyat (PAKATAN)'s leader, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
A survey conducted by University Malaya Centre for Democracy and Elections (Umcedel) found that that Najib's qualification to hold the reign as a Prime Minister has fallen in which only 39 percent of respondents believes Najib deserves to be the Prime Minister as opposed to Anwar Ibrahim which gained as much as 43 percent on the same survey. This is a fall of 4 percent from the survey conducted in early 2013. This is in line with the increase of trust in PAKATAN to become the new government post 13th General Election (GE13).
Just as MCA lost its support significantly during the 2008 General Election, UMNO has lost its support significantly during 2013 General Election. And for that, BN's campaign strategy for an individual known as Najib is to portray him as a good leader even though he has no courage to face Anwar Ibrahim in a debate on policies and each other's manifestos while broadcasted live through the television.
The second factor is the failure of the 1Malaysia to raise the living standards of Malaysians. Najib announced that the poverty rate have fallen to a mere 1.7 percent. Yet, it is predicted that the real number of the poverty rate in Malaysia is actually 19 percent, taking into account the household income and the 2009 Basic Amenities Survey Report by the Malaysian Statistics Department. At the same time, the BN government had to spend as much as RM3 billion for the 1Malaysia People's Assistance (BR1M). Also to be noted is the 60 percent of public servants are financially incapable to purchase a house as well as the failure of the First Home Scheme that failed to assist the young adults to purchase their first homes.
The 1Malaysia brand is also seen as a failure of Najib's when approximately 250 1Malaysia People's Shop (KR1M) is opened all across the country to provide cheap items to Malaysians. Najib also plans to open another 57 KR1M shops across the country. This also means the Malaysians are financially incapacitated to purchase quality products at affordable prices as BN has to open more sundry shops that sell cheap items at lower prices at supermarkets such as Giant, Aeon and 99 Speedmart.
The third factor is the individual called Anwar Ibrahim whom has a better reputation that Najib in terms of the ability to administer this country's finances and new policies could bring about reforms in line with contemporary demands.
In 2007, Malaysia's debt was RM267 billion. In 2013, the debt have jumped to RM502 billion. During Anwar Ibrahim's tenure as Finance Minister, the country's deficit was actually turned into surpluses as with in 1998 before he was fired, Malaysia gained a 2.4 percent in surpluses. This surplus then became deficit right after Anwar was fired from his position. This as opposed to the deficit rate under Najib that shot up to 5.4 percent in 2010.
As for Malaysia's workforce, Najib also failed to raise the number of skilled employees in this country considering the fact that 80 percent of workforce in this country is only armed with a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificate. Also to be noted is that Anwar Ibrahim has a better reputation in the eyes of the public. An example of this situation are the Indians having no interest whatsoever in the Anwar Ibrahim's personal life and views the sex scandal towards Anwar as a mere dirty political trick of UMNO's. Coming back to Najib's reputation, the government's decision under the guise of the Public Prosecutors' Office, the sex trial against Anwar actually stains Najib and his administration as a cheap and dirty political tactic.
Indians are not the only one to not care about Anwar Ibrahim's personal life. According to the survey conducted by Umcedel, 54 percent of Malay respondents concurred that Anwar deserves more to become a Prime Minister as opposed to Najib who only gained 28 percent in the same question.
The fourth factor that will influence the results of GE13 are Najib's weak policies and his inability to have a stand firm on his decisions. This follows the sample of 10 failed policies of Najib's administration as reported by KPRU prior to this. Amongst the failed 10 policies of Najib include the Lynas controversy, the failed share swap between Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia to the failed Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) after rejections made by the public sector.
The fifth factor is the scandals that continue to haunt Najib and his administration. Amongst the list of scandals are the Scorpene scandal, Altantuya, his excessive retaliation against the participants of the Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0 demonstration, the National Feedlot Center (NFC) scandal, the failure of his administration to deal with the Lahad Datu intrusion swiftly and effectively, the sodomy trial scandal against Anwar Ibrahim, the crony scandal of the AES, the 1Malaysia crony scandal, the scandal involving the Chief Minister of Sarawak and the inability of Najib's administration to deal with it, his failure to act against the scandal involving a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Nazri Aziz, the scandal involving Najib's wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah binti Mansor and the RM24 million ring, the scandal of Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysa, (Perkasa) protection and given approval for it racist tendencies, and the current failure of Najib's administration to address the increasingly prevalent and growing danger of political violence.
Following these scandals, the people get a picture that corruption that is supposedly being actively eradicated by Najib is actually being encouraged by Najib. It would seem that Najib would rather protect his cronies than to help the people to escape debt and poverty.
This situation can be more clearly demonstrated by the graph made from the survey conducted b the non-governmental organisation, Merdeka Center that maps the percentage of support towards Najib since he heralded the position as Prime Minister until 2013.
*Graph taken from Merdeka Center
Graph 1 shows that since April 2012, the people's confidence in Najib's performance as Prime Minister continuously decreases and this is recompensed with the slow but steady rise in dissatisfaction of the public towards his performance as Prime Minister. The satisfaction percentage began to fall in December 2011 in which 71 percent dropped continuously till January 2013 in which the percentage was 61 percent. Meanwhile, the dissatisfaction showed a slow and steady increase starting from May 2012 from 23 percent to 32 percent in January 2013.
GE13 sees Najib as being becoming increasingly irrelevant in the public's eye as according to the five factors mentioned. These five factors will undoubtedly influence the direction of Malaysians to either choose PAKATAN or BN as the new government for the next five years. As according to the above-mentioned information, the chance of PAKATAN to win the GE13 is clearer than BN.
Posted: 26 Apr 2013 11:19 PM PDT
The Sydney Morning Herald
It’s nearing midnight in Penang. In a park surrounded by decaying concrete apartment blocks, a swelling crowd waits patiently amid the sticky heat and pungent aromas of food stalls, traffic fumes and open drains. This is a poor Malay neighbourhood, but there are Chinese and Indians here, too, a representative cross-section of multiracial Malaysia.
Anwar Ibrahim sits down briefly on the rough grass among the sweating youths in the front rows. He then mounts the stage, takes a microphone and steps back down to stand facing the crowd. “I will stay down here. This is better,” he says. The audience roars approval at the intimacy of his gesture. “The time has come for change,” he declares. “We can create a new environment. We can change the political landscape of this country. We can end the corruption, the cronyism, the wasteful spending. Enough! Enough! Enough!”
Friends in high places … Anwar (at left) with his then mentor Mahathir Mohamad (at right) in 1997. Photo: AFP
Black and blue … the black eye inflicted on Anwar in custody by police chief Rahim Noor in 1998.
Flying the flag … Malaysian PM Najib Razak in 2012. Photo: AFP
Pucker up … young boys kiss the hand of Anwar in his Penang electorate. Photo: Vincent Thian
Posted: 26 Apr 2013 01:36 PM PDT
Mursyidul AM PAS, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat petang ini baharu sahaja melancarkan surat terbuka Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi, tokoh Islam terkemuka yang kini Ketua Ijtihad Ulama Dunia.
Program itu dianjurkan calon KEADILAN Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar yang turut hadir sama.
Di dalam surat tersebut, Yusuf Al Qaradawi menegaskan bahawa Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim paling layak menerajui negara sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia.
Berikut petikan kandungan surat Yusuf Al Qaradawi:
"Sesungguhnya saya sendiri perpandangan bahawa Anwar Ibrahim, berdasarkan sejarah dan pengalamannya, kebijaksanaan dan perjuangannya, kesabaran dan kecekalannya, sejak usia mudanya yang awal hingga ke hari ini, juga kecintaan yang diperolehinya daripada orang yang baik-baik dari kalangan rakyat Malaysia, dari kalangan Melayu dan Cina, maka dia selayaknya berada pada pilihan yang paling atas untuk memegang jawatan ketua kerajaan dan Perdana Menteri bagi memimpin Malaysia.
Beliau adalah orang yang paling layak menduduki kerusi kepimpinan ini. Paling layak untuk melaksanakan tuntutan-tuntutan bernegara pada marhalah yang cukup penting ini, bagi membangunkan Malaysia dan memajukannya pada semua sudut. Inilah perkara yang kalian sudah sepakati sepanjang masa yang lalu."
Posted: 26 Apr 2013 01:34 PM PDT
27 & 28 April 2013 (Sabtu & Ahad)
27 April 2013 (Sabtu)
1) 11.00 pagi – Kampong Patau-Patau (P – Labuan)
2) 12.30 tgh – Rumah Dato' Lajim Ukin, Beaufort
(P – Beaufort / Sipitang)
3) 2.30 ptg – Pdg Rmh Panjang Kg Taningol, Matunggong
(P – Kota Marudu, DUN – Matunggong)
4) 4.00 ptg – Kampong Lominodip (Sebelah SMK Tambulion)
(P-Kota Belud, DUN – Kadamaian)
5) 5.30 ptg – Jalan Kiam Som, Inanam
(P- Sepanggar, DUN – Inanam)
6) 7.00 mlm – Kampong Nossob Baru, Penampang
(P- Penampang , DUN- Api-Api)
28 April 2013 (Ahad)
1) 11.00 pg – Batu 9, Jalan Labuk, Sandakan
(P- Libaran, DUN – Gum-Gum)
2) 12.30 tgh – Pasar Taman Mawar, Batu 5, Sandakan
(P- Batu Sapi, DUN – Sekong)
3) 2.30 ptg – Taman Gembira, Jalan Silam, Lahad Datu
(P- Silam, DUN – Lahad Datu)
4) 4.00 ptg – Jalan Kampong Simunul, Pekan Semporna
(P- Semporna, DUN – Senallang)
5) 5.30 ptg – Pej PKR, Taman Gek Poh, Tawau
(P – Tawau, DUN- Balung & Apas)
Posted: 26 Apr 2013 01:32 PM PDT
Kajian yang dijalankan oleh Pusat Kajian Pilihan Raya dan Demokrasi Universiti Malaysia (UMCEDEL) mendapati, rata-rata pengundi bersetuju bahawa manifesto Pakatan Rakyat lebih memenuhi harapan rakyat berbanding manifesto BN.
Dalam kajian terhadap 1,407 responden pengundi berdaftar yang dibuat pusat kajian itu, 42 peratus dari mereka bersetuju terhadap manifesto Pakatan Rakyat dan hanya 36 peratus bersetuju dengan manifesto BN, manakala 22 peratus memilih tidak pasti.
“Ini dalam keadaan manifesto BN dibentang secara langsung dua jam dalam televisyen, dan media memainkannya hampir setiap hari selepas daripada itu,” kata pengarahnya Profesor Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman.
Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media di Universiti Malaya semalam selepas membentangkan hasil kajian bertajuk Pilihan Pengundi Menjelang Hari Mengundi dalam PRU13.
Kajian tersebut dijalankan bermula pada 3 April iaitu hari pembubaran parlimen, sehingga ke hari penamaan calon pada 20 April lalu.
Antara tawaran paling memberi kesan kepada pengundi adalah tawaran penurunan harga minyak yang dijanjikan Pakatan Rakyat jika berjaya menguasai pentadbiran negara.
Tawaran lain yang turut disokong pengundi termasuklah, menghapuskan tol, menurunkan harga kereta, penurunan caj elektrik dan harga air lebih rendah, penghapusan PTPTN, pemberian permit teksi individu serta gaji minima.
Dari segi pecahan kaum, masyarakat Cina adalah paling tinggi bersetuju bahawa manifesto Pakatan Rakyat lebih memenuhi hasrat rakyat dengan 61 peratus, Melayu 37 peratus manakala India 21 peratus.
Bagi BN pula, majoriti yang mengatakan manifesto BN lebih memenuhi hasrat rakyat adalah kaum India dengan 53 peratus, Melayu 38 peratus manakala Cina 25 peratus.
“Kita bertanyakan kepada mereka, dan kebanyakan mereka ini menyatakan memperolehi maklumat manifesto Pakatan Rakyat ini daripada internet dan media alternatif,” kata Dr Ridhuan.
Posted: 26 Apr 2013 01:26 PM PDT
PAS spiritual adviser Nik Aziz Nik Mat today launched a Pakatan Rakyat campaign pamphlet carrying an open letter from prominent international Sunni cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, endorsing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as candidate for prime minister.
Nik Aziz (in white robe) launched the pamphlet at the Pantai Permai people's housing project in Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur.
Accompanying him was PKR's Lembah Pantai incumbent Nurul Izzah Anwar, who is facing a tough battle to defend her seat against her challenger from BN, caretaker Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin.
Nik Aziz's launch of the letter in the heart of the low-income Malay area is a clear attempt to shore up Malay Muslim support for the embattled giant-killer Nurul, who had wrested the seat from former minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in her maiden political appearance in GE12.
Previously, PKR big guns Anwar and party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail have also spoke at ceramah and make walkabouts in Lembah Pantai to shore up support for their daughter Nurul (centre in photo).
The letter dated March 2 this year was addressed to the people of Malaysia.
Qaradawi heads the International Union for Muslim Scholars, the highest body representing Islamic ulama worldwide.
"I personally feel that Anwar, based on his history, experience, wisdom, struggle and perseverance from his youth till today, and the affection he commands from Malaysians, including the Malays and the Chinese, makes him qualified and most suited to head the government and hold the office of prime minister and lead the people of Malaysia," the Muslim scholar says in his letter.
Anwar is well-known to be a close confidante of the cleric as well as various influential figures in the Islamic world.
In his letter, Qaradawi also urged Malaysians to reject those who practised divisiveness and used subterfuge to victimise Anwar, and to unite as one in a coalition that encourages unity.
He expressed the support of the ulama as well as the full support of brotherhood they represent in Arab and non-Arab countries to a united Malaysia.
‘Vote for a gov’t that implements Islamic teachings’
In a short ceramah to the hundreds of Pakatan supporters who attended the launch, Nik Aziz reminded the mainly Malay Muslim crowd to "vote for a government that can and will implement Islamic teachings".
He said that this was in contrast to the present government which had elected to follow the Western secular model by separating faith and state.
"They promote prayers the Islamic way, fast the Islamic way, perform the haj the Islamic way, but in governing the country, they follow the Western way."
The present government, he said, was also too focused on nationalistic fervour, which is contrary to Islam's more egalitarian outlook.
The launch of the document by Nik Aziz is symbolic, not only as a show of international support for Anwar and to cement their battle against the BN, but as a reminder to certain people in PAS itself, who had spoken of alternate candidates for PM should Pakatan win Putrajaya.
The PAS stand, however, is in line with Pakatan's understanding that Anwar will be the PM if the coalition wins GE13.
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