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Nurul Izzah a star in her own right

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 08:11 PM PDT

Malaysia Chronicle

It was past midnight and the ceramah had long since ended, but a small crowd lingered at the playground area of Blok 100 of the PPR Sri Pantai people’s housing project, shaking hands and taking photographs with Lembah Pantai incumbent Nurul Izzah Anwar .

Appearing tired, Nurul Izzah nevertheless obliged, chatted with them and handed out her name card. She then made her way to an opposite block to visit one of her constituents, 82-year-old Ahim Mat who is bedridden after having suffered a stroke recently.

Ahim’s wife Rahimah Bakar, 76, had earlier attended the ceramah and had invited Nurul to her home. Despite the late hour, Ahim was delighted to see Nurul Izzah.

Nurul Izzah then made her way to the home of Siti Aminah who suffers from high blood pressure.

“Kak Siti always helps and takes some of the residents who are ill to the hospital,” said Nurul Izzah.

Despite being indisposed, Siti’s face lit up when she saw Nurul Izzah and chatted amiably with her.

At about 12.45am, Nurul Izzah said good night and took her leave.

“I do my best and try to visit. I’m tired of people accusing me of not visiting my constituents,” she said as she made her way out.

She enjoys celebrity-like status in her constituency and before she started her ceramah earlier that night, she went around shaking hands with everyone present and appeared to recognise most of them.

A few minutes later, in her Penang accent, she began her 30-minute speech, touching on cronyism, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, mariyathei (respect in Tamil), the water problem in Selangor and the “flavour of the week”, Shah Alam parliamentary candidate Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, which got the crowd excited.

“He (Zulkifli) insulted people but he is protected. In my view, anyone who disrespects other religions must be brought to court, regardless if he is a civilian or a minister. Justice must be for all,” she said to loud cheers from the crowd.

A resident, who has been living in Sri Pantai for the past 10 years, said she understood Nurul Izzah’s plight.

“Nurul Izzah has done her level best to try to solve our problems,” said the 53-year-old who declined to be named.

Another local, who declined to be named, said he attended the ceramah because he wanted to get the “feel” of the environment. Working in the oil-and-gas industry, the 44-year-old moved out two years ago having earlier resided in Lembah Pantai for 12 years.

“My voting constituency is still here. I feel since she came, there is a lot of political awareness among the locals but she has an uphill battle. “Still, I believe the locals are wise enough to judge,” he said.

In 2008, Nurul Izzah had wrested the Lembah Pantai seat by a margin of 2,895 votes (7%).

The Lembah Pantai electorate has apparently increased to around 71,000 voters, compared to 56,650 in 2008. Indicating a 25% increase in registered voters in the four years since 2008, sharply contrasting the 9% growth of the electorate across the previous 13 years between 1995 to 2008.

Nurul Izzah considers the Lembah Pantai constituency as a “microcosm of Malaysia”. She has “a trusted core team” of 50 people plus a wider base of division heads and volunteers.

Besides groundwork, the team is also meticulously analysing the historical voter-turnout trends by wards/sectors within the constituency to address the new challenge.

DOCUMENTS SHREDDED? ‘Spring cleaning’ in Putrajaya as PR looks set to win?

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 08:01 PM PDT

Malaysia Chronicle

Rumours have been circulating that a ‘cleaning up drive’ is underway in the top echelons of power, following a growing belief that Pakatan Rakyat will be forming the Federal government after this weekend’s polls.

It has been reported earlier that the National Council of Professors Malaysia (MPN), which assumes an advisory role on Federal government policies, will convene an extraordinary meeting in Putrajaya to discuss the latest developments.

For several days now, analysts and pollsters have been reporting a growing trend of voters preparing to ditch Barisan Nasional. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Putrajaya itself, where ‘underdog’ PAS candidate Husam Musa’s programmes have been attracting mammoth crowds, forcing UMNO to bring its strongman Dr Mahathir Mohamad into direct campaigning. Days before nomination day, BN’s Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had boasted that Husam would lose by two-thirds majority.

And a survey released by University of Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections pointing towards a PR victory has roused the ire of BN leaders including its chairman Najib Razak.

Seasoned political analyst Ahmad Lutfi Othman, who is also chief editor of PAS organ Harakah, has recently a source from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, on the extraordinary meeting by MPN.

Lutfi said the meeting was being called in the wake of “worries that a BN fall from power is imminent”, he wrote in the BM edition of the Harakahdaily news portal.

“Apparently there were many such meetings taking place in Putrajaya to discuss the subject,” he added.

Cleaning up?

Meantime, a text message is making rounds claiming that the Prime Minister’s Office is undergoing a ‘spring cleaning’ exercise in anticipation of a PR victory.

Harakahdaily has not been able to verify the claim, but judging from recent experience, such rumours cannot be easily dismissed as hearsay.

Similar ‘spring cleaning’ by outgoing BN state governments had been reported in 2008 hours before election results confirming PR’s victory in Selangor, Perak, Penang and Kedah, where it was claimed that documents on shady land deals had been destroyed before the new PR government was sworn-in.

Jelajah Pakatan Harapan Rakyat Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim Ke Negeri Sembilan

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 07:36 PM PDT

Jadual Jelajah saya hari ini Ke NEGERI SEMBILAN

30 April 2013 (Selasa)

1) 3.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim
Lokasi: Pekan Tanjong Ipoh, Seri Menanti

2) 4.30 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim
Lokasi: Bilik Gerakan PR Simpang Pertang

3) 6.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim
Lokasi: Dataran Niaga, Palong 8, Gemas

4) 7.15 mlm – Solat Maghrib – Masjid Nurul Huda Jelai 3

5) 8.00 mlm – Jamuan Bersama Rakyat
Lokasi: Bilik Gerakan PR Felda Jelai 3, Gemas

6) 9.30 mlm– Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat
Lokasi: Bilik Gerakan PR Rembau, Pekan Chembong,
Rembau (Livestream @ www.anwaribrahim.com)

7) 11.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat
Lokasi: Betaria Business Centre, Jln Dato' Siamang,
Gagap, Seremban

Jelajah Pakatan Harapan Rakyat Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim Ke PERAK

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 11:44 AM PDT

2 Mei 2013 (Khamis)

1) 3.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim

Lokasi: BGU Bagan Datuk, Bangunan PKNP

Simpang Empat, Hutan Melintang

2) 5.00 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim

Lokasi: BGU DN Sungai Manik, Pekan Langkap

3) 6.30 ptg – Sepetang Bersama Anwar Ibrahim

Lokasi: BGU KeADILan Kampar, Malim Nawar

4) 8.00 mlm – Ceramah Pakatan Harapan Rakyat

Lokasi: BGU KeADILan Tapah, Jalan Pahang, Tapah

5) 9.30 mlm – Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat

Lokasi: Pasar Awam Pekan Sungkai, Tanjung Malim

6) 11.00 mlm – Ceranah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat

Lokasi: Bandar Sungai Buaya, Hulu Selangor

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