Rabu, 12 Jun 2013

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Era Ketiga Grupemuisi UKM Pimpinan Wan Mohd Redzuan Haji Ibrahim

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 04:30 PM PDT



Which part of 'resign' doesn't EC understand?

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 06:00 PM PDT

Philosophy Politics Economics

Philosophy Politics Economics

MAHB "Liars" Over KLIA2 Fiasco

Posted: 27 May 2013 09:17 PM PDT

Pakatan brands MAHB as 'liars' over KLIA2 delay

Ram Anand
12:05PM May 27, 2013

Pakatan Rakyat had demanded that the Transport Ministry and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) disclose the delay and cost of the construction of the new KLIA2 low cost terminal, which has been delayed indefinitely.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar branded MAHB as "incompetent liars" for saying that the terminal will be completed by June this year in a statement released in March, only to state after the elections that it has been delayed indefinitely.

Pua pointed out that the cost of construction for the terminal - which was initially scheduled to be completed in September 2011 - had already escalated to RM4 billion in 2012 from RM1.7 billion when it was first announced.

"We won't be surprised if the cost reaches RM5 billion by the time it's completed," Pua said, adding that he would not be surprised if the airport is actually completed only by June next year.

"They are missing the date here by at least six months," he further added.

Apart from demanding for the exact cost and deadline of construction, Pua and Nurul Izzah said that they will also seek a meeting with acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein in the near future.

"We had tried to meet the previous transport minister Kong Cho Ha several times before, since we raised this issue in 2011, but the meetings never took place. Now we will ask for an explanation from the new transport minister," Pua said.

'Delay caused by shift in terminal location'

He said that inside sources have informed him that the delay in construction was caused by the shift in the location of the terminal, a decision that Pua had disputed in the past.

Pua had said in the past that the new location for the terminal, which is also in Sepang, is on land that is not feasible and could escalate construction costs.

And he said sources have confirmed that the nature of the land is contributing to the delay in construction.

Nurul Izzah said that the prolonged delay in completing the terminal could also affect the country's reputation as new low-cost airlines such as Malindo Air were supposed to use the terminal beginning May this year.

They also showed images of the terminal construction taken earlier this month, with only the runway being completed but the terminal still being built.

"We have said in March itself that this project cannot be completed by the said deadline," Pua said.

BN's First Broken Promise: No Cheaper Cars

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 09:22 PM PDT

Under pressure from the Pakatan Rakyat's manifesto to reduce car excise duties by 20% annually to lower the cost of car ownership in Malaysia, BN had responded in their manifesto that they'll do the same before the election.  UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced that if BN is returned to power, it will "revamp the National Automotive Policy to gradually reduce car prices by 20 to 30 per cent and increasing the competitiveness of the national cars."

However yesterday, the Minister of International Trade and Industries, Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, in charge of automotive policies formally announced that car prices will only be reduced after another 5 years and not in the near term.  In effect, the BN Government is telling Malaysians that they can stop dreaming of cheaper cars over the next 5 years, and if car prices were to drop at all, it'll be after the 14th General Election.

The Minister gave the most beat-about-the-bush answer about how the Government was planning to reduce car prices by claiming that "prices will be reduced in accordance with market forces... with the move expected to enhance the competitiveness and productivity of industry players."

What "market forces" are we talking about when the real reasons why our car prices in Malaysia are substantially higher than that of other countries are because Government taxes and protection for the inefficient local car companies!

If "market forces" could not bring down car prices over the past 20 years, we would like Dato' Mustapa Mohamed to explain in detail, exactly why Malaysians should believe him that in the next five years, these same "market forces" will suddenly be able to result in a 20% to 30% drop in prices after 5 years.

Dato' Mustapa also tried to deflect the issue by warning that "reducing excise duty and car prices in one go would have a serious impact on the industry, which offers 200,000 job opportunities, and could lead to closure of businesses."  Mustapa also stressed that it would be difficult to sell new cars as the prices of second-hand cars would also drop.

Dato' Mustapa's arguments are completely flawed. Firstly, because Pakatan did not seek an immediate removal of all excise duties but a staggered 20% reduction annually over 5 years.  This gradual reduction of excise duties will in effect result in approximately 4-5% reduction in car prices annually.  Hence the impact on the 2nd hand car dealers will be very limited.

Worse, even if BN is only able to achieve a 20% reduction in car prices in 5 years time, the same 2nd hand car problem will arise!

Secondly, Dato' Mustapa must have failed his economics because a reduction in taxes will not result in loss of job opportunities.  Pakatan Rakyat is not asking the car companies to cut prices which will eat into their profits, which may in turn affect employment in the industry.  Pakatan Rakyat was asking to reduce government excise duties which will have zero impact on the car companies' profits and hence their workers' employment.  On the other hand, the reduction in excise duties will increase real disposable income for the average Malaysian and generate demand and economic activities in other key sectors of the economy.

The Minister even tried to scare Malaysians that cheaper cars will cause the trip from Shah Alam to Kuala Lumpur to take 3 hours due to greater traffic jam, which will then "cause" the construction of more "tolled highways".  Dato' Mustapa, who is typically more rational and intelligent, when compared to his cabinet colleagues has seriously outdone himself here.

The ownership of cars in Klang Valley has already exceeded the 1:1 ratio despite the substantially higher cost of cars, is entirely because the BN government has completely neglected the public transport sector over the past 50 years.  Malaysians are forced to buy pricey cars not out of choice, because the BN government is more interested to protect its crony car manufacturers who are unable to compete internationally and to enrich its toll concessionaires with uber-lucrative highway privatisation contracts.

We believe that this breach of a key manifesto promise by BN, prominently highlighted during the election campaign by the mainstream media will only be the first of many broken promises to come from Barisan Nasional.  There is no political will to transform the current crony economy which is suffering from excessive protection, inefficiency and corruption.

Instead, BN will use every excuse to tax Malaysians directly via multiple channels such as car excise duties and the Goods & Services Tax (GST), or indirectly via lucrative privatised utilities or highway concessions. Taxing the rakyat more, while maintaining the existing duties are the only means by which the BN government will be able to continue funding its largesse and excesses.

Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng

World Environment Day Celebration 2013 in Penang (en/cn)

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 01:04 AM PDT

Press Statement by Chief Minister of Penang and Penang Green Council Chairman, LimGuan Eng at KOMTAR on 12 June 2013:

In conjunction with the World Environment Day every 5 Jun, Penang Green Council (PGC) is organizing the World Environment Day Celebration 2013 on 16th June 2013 (Sunday), at Lebuh Pantai from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your FOODprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

Malaysians are either overeating or wasting food, throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. This is equivalent to throwing away 93,000 10kg bags of rice each day.

Wastage of unconsumed food in Malaysia doubled over the past three years. This does not include leftover food. Unconsumed waste mostly consisted of expired bread, eggs and old or rotten fruit.
Peninsular Malaysia alone generated an estimated 25,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste daily of which 48% were food waste.

Some 355,000kg of food was thrown away daily in Penang last year. According to the Penang Municipal Council, on the island alone last year, food waste made up about 45% of the 288,377 tonnes of solid waste collected from domestic and commercial areas.

If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 16,000 litres of water goes into a cow's food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food. This year's theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.

On that day, Penang Green Citizens Cardholder can buy a limited edition WED T-shirt at member price RM20 (non-member RM25), we will be distributing special bookmark to advocate the cause. Other highlighted activities during the WED 2013 Celebration includes: School Marching Band performance, Low Carbon Transport (Electric Scooter/Car and Bicycle), Stage Performances, WED Theme Exhibition.

The Penang State Government has also taken the lead by requiring all government purchases be given priority to green products. Hopefully this new policy, such as using recycled paper for name cards, will help the green industry.


—–Mandarin Version—









浪费食物意味着所有用于生产食物的资源也一并被浪费。例如:我们耗费1万6000公升的水来养牛以生产汉堡包。这也导致牛只排放温室气体,在我们浪费食物的同时, 我们的食物供应链也全都浪费。今年的世界环境日主题鼓励大家进一步了解在选择食物的同时,对环境有什么影响,并让你做出决定。

在庆典当天,槟州绿色公民可以会员价20令吉购买我们印制的限量版T-恤 (非会员25令吉),我们也将派发特别制做的书签。其它活动包括学校乐队表演、低碳交通、舞台表演、手绘艺术、主题资料展等等。



To Be An Effective Minister With Integrity, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor Must Come Clean On His Role In The V.K. Lingam Judicial Appointments Scandal (en/cn)

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 12:58 AM PDT

Press Statement by the DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 12 June 2013:

To Be An Effective Minister With Integrity, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor Must Come Clean On His Role In The V.K. Lingam Judicial Appointments Scandal Where He Was Found By The Royal Commission of Inquiry to Have Conspired with Datuk VK Lingam and Tan Sri Vincent Tan to Subvert the Federal Constitution by Fixing the Appointment of Judges

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, having been found by a Royal Commission of Inquiry to have conspired with Datuk VK Lingam and Tan Sri Vincent Tan to subvert the Federal Constitution by fixing the appointment of judges must come clean of his role in conspiring with Lingam.

In September 2007, Malaysians were stunned by the release of an eight-minute recording of Datuk VK Lingam engaging in a telephone conversation with a senior judge, detailing a dishonest conspiracy to fix the appointment of senior judges in the Malaysian judiciary. In that eight-minute recording, the name of Tengku Adnan was mentioned no fewer than eleven times.

After lengthy hearings, the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the scandal, headed by former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, handed down its findings in May 2008. It held that VK Lingam, Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Tengku Adnan were all accomplices in a "nefarious exercise" to thwart the proper appointment of judges in accordance with the Federal Constitution.

The RCI found that the conspirators (including others such as Tun Eusoff Chin) had also schemed to ensure their "friends" were appointed to the judiciary. The RCI also found that Tengku Adnan, as Deputy Minister and later Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, appeared to be the "fixer" within the Prime Minister's Department who passed secret information relating to the appointment of judges to VK Lingam, in apparent breach of the Official Secrets Act 1972.

In response to Tengku Adnan's denial of involvement, the RCI found that Tengku Adnan had in his sworn testimony been "too economical with the truth to be believed". It held that Tengku Adnan had "not in the least degree" succeeded in disassociating himself from the video clip in which his name was mentioned eleven times.

The RCI also drew attention to the fact that Tengku Adnan had, as a Deputy Minister and Minister, sworn a solemn oath to "protect, preserve and defend" the Constitution of Malaysia, but had instead involved himself in a conspiracy to destroy the credibility of the institution of justice in Malaysia.

The RCI recommended that the VK Lingam and his conspirators be investigated by the Attorney General under the Penal Code, the Sedition Act 1948, the Legal Profession Act 1976 and the Official Secrets Act 1972, but until no action has been taken against those responsible.

It is clear that despite all that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak may claim, Malaysia cannot move on from the corruption and abuses of power of the Mahathir era while men such as Tengku Adnan who are implicated in some of the worst abuses of that time are appointed to high ministerial positions by Datuk Seri Najib. Tengku Adnan fully account for his role in the V.K. Lingam as a Malaysian Cabinet Minister must not only be clean but must also be seen to be clean.













很明显的,尽管首相拿督斯里纳吉称:马来西亚不能够再以敦马哈迪年代的贪污及滥权方向向前迈进,但是同一个时候,像东姑安南这种在那个时代牵涉到最严重侵权事件的人,却也被纳吉委任为高职位的内阁部长。作为需为VK 林甘事件负起全责的内阁部长东姑安南,他不只需要廉洁,也必需看起来是廉洁的。


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Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Amin

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 07:39 AM PDT

15 Sen selling for RM1.45. What so great about AAX. Why pay a premium to buy a debt ridden company like AAX. Don’t be fool by Tony and Nazir. There are many other good shares in the market for us to buy. EPF and Tabung Haji stop being suckers.

Why into a listed company which tells you before hand that you will not be paid dividend. better our money in the bank.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Joshua

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 07:33 AM PDT

Please leave the AAX IPO for Kalimullah, Tony, Kamarudin, Nazir Razak and Azran to buy. I am sure that they have all the money to buy. We the rakyat just wait and see how it collapse right before our eyes.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Joseph Ting

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 05:10 AM PDT

Now AAX Can Go To Hell With Its IPO! Sop bullshitting Malaysians. Japan had already give them the boot!

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Zam

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 04:54 AM PDT

This fella Nazir is screwing Najib big time. First he was involved with the MAS AA share Suap. Giot the MAS and nation angry with NAJIB. Now he was involved with the IPO of AA X. He has a P brain I think. He should be shot and thrown into the longing. Who is going to buy AA X IPO share at RM1.45. Ten times its par value. Only idiot will do it. As has been said even AA did not want to exercise its right to buy. So Malaysians please don’t get carried away by this Nazir and that pariah.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by jack1960

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 04:28 AM PDT

AAsia, stay regional LCC full stop….AAX…wasting time..money..

Remember, LCCT, LCCT BKI…..KLIA2….public money….in the billions, has KUL or BKI become stronger hubs to justify the RMs spent….

AAX should be closed and routes given back to MH…..

Objective must be to strengthen the 2 hubs for the benefit of Malaysia on both sides of the South China Sea. The multiplier effect on the rest of the economy when it is easier & seemless to travel to, from & through Malaysia unimaginable. Simply put, we’re in the middle of an archipelago with a huge potential.

Throw this prospectus into the bin …… prospects dim for the rest of us Malaysians…..bar few quite ruthless opportunists.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Firefox

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 04:24 AM PDT

The only benefit you will get is one free ticket. After that your investment will be gone.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Anonymous

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 02:59 AM PDT


As I recalled, for a long time, Tony and gang have been planning for AAX IPO exercise. Initially, he was eyeing to float AAX shares overseas. Ding dong, ding dong a few years later…the IPO plan takes off but in Malaysia. I guess the shares tak laku to be listed elsewhere.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Leong

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 01:55 AM PDT

I wouldn’t touch the share of AirAsia X or AirAsia. The companies are loaded with debts. AirAsia X has no good track record. So please forget about investing in the IPO. Pls list it in Myamar. They must just believe the Red Indian.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by AirAsiaKickofJapan

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 12:42 AM PDT

Branson of Virgin have washed his hands of Airasia selling his stake in Airasia X valueing A X at only 660 million..haha..

So anyone buying tony IPO valued at 2.2 billion is a fool.

Japan ANA also washing off Tony Fernandes. No profit. Get that. The Japanese cannot make a profit with AirAsia business model.

This is what have been pointed out. It is a ponz.. scheme. AirAsia survive on loans after loans after IPOs.

Comment on “Now Everyone Can Buy AirAsia X shares 10 times above its par value of RM0.15″ by Anonymous

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 10:01 PM PDT

Definitely NOTgoing to risk MY money here

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Posted: 11 Jun 2013 09:51 PM PDT




Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim

Pakatan Rakyat Namakan Mantan Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Sebagai Yang Di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 03:17 AM PDT

1.  Pakatan Rakyat (PR) sebulat suara bersetuju menamakan mantan Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Dato’ Haji Abdul Kadir bin Sulaiman sebagai Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat bagi ParlimenKetigaBelas.


2.  Penamaan Dato’ Abdul Kadir sebagai Yang di-Pertua telah dikemukakan atas nama Ahli Parlimen Bandar TunRazak merangkap Menteri Besar Negeri Selangor sebagai mewakili pendirian PR pada 10 Jun 2013.


3. Satu pemberitahu bersurat mengenai penamaan itu telah dikemukakan kepada Setiausaha Dewan Rakyat mengikut kehendak Peraturan-peraturan Majlis Mesyuarat Dewan Rakyat 4(1).


4.  PR bertegas bahawa Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat mesti dilantik dari kalangan seorang yang bebas, berkecuali tanpa parti, berwibawa dan berkelayakan untuk berkhidmat.


5.  Dato’ Abdul Kadir memenuhi semua criteria yang selayaknya sebagai Yang di-Pertua. Beliau telah menabur bakti kepada negara selama lebih 50 tahun dalam pelbagai Jabatan, Kementerian, Negeri, Suruhanjaya, Kehakiman dan Majlis DiRaja Negeri.


6.  Beliau bersara sebagai Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan pada 28 Mac 2006. Kemudiannya dilantik menjadi anggota Suruhanjaya Siasatan DiRaja (RCI) mengenai kematian Teoh Beng Hock, anggota Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Transformasi SPRM dan Ahli Majlis Penasihat Pemangku Raja Terengganu.


7. PR berkeyakinan penuh bahawa pemilihan Dato’ Abdul Kadir Sulaiman sebagai Yang di-Pertua akan meningkatkan lagi penghormatan rakyat terhadap institusi Parlimen dan melonjakkan kewibawaannya di persada antarabangsa.



Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh

Zahid ‘kantoi’, kata Rafizi

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 12:57 AM PDT


PKR mendakwa Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi membelanjakan lebih RM2 juta, sepuluh kali ganda perbelanjaan yang ditetapkan untuk kempen di peringkat Parlimen, iaitu RM200,000, dalam pilihan raya umum lalu.

Parti itu memfailkan dua petisyen pilihan raya, mendakwan Zahid terlibat dalam pembelian undi dan berbelanja lebih dalam kempennya sebelum ini.

NONEDua petisyen itu merujuk kepada video yang dimuat naik oleh Zahid sendiri dalam laman rasmi, yang menyebut beliau merekrut 24,000 penyokong BN yang juga pengundi tempatan di Badan Datoh, sebagai pekerja kempen ketika bertanding kerusi Parlimen itu.

Beliau juga dalam video itu mengakui memberikan mereka RM100 dan 5kg beras setiap seorang.

“…dia kantoi,” kata Pengarah Strategi PKR Rafizi Ramli dalam sidang media di Petaling Jaya hari ini.


‘EC failed to check on double voting in Setiawangsa’

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 12:56 AM PDT


PKR candidate for Setiawangsa Ibrahim Yaacob has claimed in an election petition that the Election Commission (EC) had failed to check on the existence of double voting in the parliamentary constituency.

Setiawangsa is a parliamentary seat where the Defence Ministry and several army camps are located.

NONEIbrahim, who lost by 1,390 votes in the May 5 general election, also claimed in his election petition filed yesterday that there is duplication in that eight people having the same names were found in the postal voters list, and he went on further to list them.

In addition to this, Stream 4 in the early voting for army personnel showed that 650 people had cast their votes against 690 ballot papers which had been issued, and this raises questions about the remaining 40 ballot papers as stated in Form 14.

Similarly in Stream 8, there is a discrepancy as there is an excess of 41 ballot papers cast, whereas it is stated in the form that 650 people had cast their votes. He went on to list similar grouses in other streams.

Ibrahim further claimed that together with doubts over the performance of the indelible ink which can be washed off easily, this had resulted in the threat of double voting to be real.

A sudden storm disrupted but failed to stop the momentum of the #Black505 rally in Sungai Petani

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 12:40 AM PDT


Instead of rushing home, the majority of the crowd who came opted to stay and listen to Opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues talk about electoral fraud and get the latest update on the legal action Anwar and PR plan to institute against the Election Commission. The EC is widely perceived to have been guilty of helping Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno-BN coalition win the May 5 general election through unfair and dishonest means.

“We were expecting a big crowd, we prepared for that. The police and the authorities gave us good co-operation. We can plan but it is the One up there who decides. In fact, I actually had thought it might rain and tried to prepare for it. Thank God, we had a good hall and a good sound system. The people didn’t move off, they stayed put till the end and even after the rain stopped, they continued listening to the speeches of the leaders. This is something that really touches the heart. It is a marvelous spirit,” Johari Abdul, the MP for Sungei Petani, toldMalaysia Chronicle.

The rain came around 10pm, erupting suddenly and heavily. The people, who were seated on a large field, got to their feet almost in unison and in a wave-like motion, rushed for the makeshift stage built outside a covered hall.

Despite the large numbers – nearly 10,000 on the field – no one got hurt and the confusion lasted only briefly. Johari’s aides and team of volunteers seemed to know what to do and they responded quite swiftly. The situation was brought under control and within 10 minutes or so, the people were seated again albeit this time on the floor of the hall and ready to listen to more ceramahs or political lectures from the Pakatan leaders.

Key dates – 22nd, 23rd and 24th

Apart from Anwar and Johari, other Pakatan leaders who came for the Sungei Petani Black 505 rally were PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, DAP MP for Bukit Bendera Zairil Khir Johari, PKR vice president Tian Chua, Bukit Selambau assemblyman Dr R Krishnamoorthy and youth activist Badrul Hisham Shahrin aka Chegubard.

Buoyed by the huge public support for the Black 505 rallies, Pakatan leaders have minced no words attacking the Umno-BN for “stealing” their victory. They plan to hold a giant rally on June 22, where they are targeting a one-million crowd.

“Anything can happen on 22nd, 23rd and 24th (of June). We will be there (in Parliament for the oath-taking) on the 24th and also on the 25th (for the King’s speech). 22nd will be a big day where we will congregate at Padang Merbok – 505 – and we will probably begin at 12 noon,” said Johari.

“There are some who say they plan to stay overnight, camp there till 23rd, and then 24th will be the oath-taking. So this is the series of events that will take place. 22nd will be the big do. (On) 23rd, the people may want to stay and see how things are because they are expecting a lot of media to be there from all over the world, so they want to take advantage of these media and they may want to voice out their dissatisfaction over this minority government.”

Pandikar Amin & the ‘big-do’ on June 22

In the May 5 election, the Umno-BN won 133 seats in the federal Parliament versus the Pakatan’s 89. But Anwar has refused to concede defeat, claiming large-scale vote-rigging and irregularities. The majority of Malaysia’s 13 million-odd electorate appear to believe him as the Pakatan had won 51% of the total votes cast and yet could lag behind the BN by as many as 44 seats in Parliament.

The 64-year-old Anwar began the Black 505 rallies to protest the alleged biased ballot. His coalition is demanding the resignations of the Election Commission chairman and deputy chairman. They also want re-elections in some 30 ‘dubious’ seats.

Some other moves begun by Pakatan to highlight their dissatisfaction over the outcome of the country’s 13th general election include the recent boycott of a parliamentary briefing.

This has prompted Pandikar Amin, the BN Speaker in the past parliamentary session, to warn that should the Pakatan leaders boycott the official oath-taking ceremony on June 24th, he would not allow them to be sworn in at another date. Pakatan leaders would then run the risk of being dropped as elected representatives, said Pandikar, who has since been roundly condemned for his “unlawful” and “unbecoming” threat.

Tuesday’s assembly in Sungei Petani is the 12th Black 505 rally. The next will be held on Wednesday in Kota Bahru, Kelantan, followed by another on June 16 at Batu Pahat, Johor. But it is the June 22 “big do”, which will be the most closely watched.

“Exactly like this, a peaceful assembly, but larger scale – a national event – to show Malaysians and the world we will not condone cheating,” Anwar had said, referring to the June 22 rally. He made it clear it was to be a peaceful assembly and not a street protest.