Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bagan Serai MP joins PKR exodus

By Adib Zalkapli
KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — Bagan Serai MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (pic) became the latest MP to quit PKR and turn independent today, even as party leaders moved to quell fears of an exodus of lawmakers.
He made the announcement at a press conference together with former PKR secretary-general Datuk Salehuddin Hashim.
Mohsin said he was quitting the party today because of concerns about Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) politics, especially over the “Allah” row.
He claimed that he had raised some of his concerns through the party’s internal channels but no action had been taken.
“In the name of Allah, I would like to announce my resignation from PKR,” said Mohsin.
He said that he contested in Election 2008 after a request made by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“The trust and confidence that I have placed in PKR’s and Pakatan Rakyat’s struggle especially in restoring the special position of Islam has faded with the latest development in the party,” he added.
Mohsin also revealed that he has not been able to perform his duties due to sabotage and internal problems in the party.
“I have raised these issues and questions through internal party channels, but no action or positive step was taken,” he added.
Mohsin is the third PKR MP to quit the party since last month.
With his resignation PKR now has 27 MPs, DAP, 28, PAS, 23, PSM, 1 and SAPP, 2. There are four independents.
Barisan Nasional (BN) controls 137 seats in the 222-member Parliament.
While Salehuddin has denied behind the spate of resignations, his appearance at press conferences of MPs announcing their decisions to quit has fuelled speculation about his involvement.
Following the resignations of Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim and Nibong Tebal MP TanTee Beng, Salehuddin had predicted more than ten other MPs could leave the party.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and other PKR leaders have accused Salehuddin and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of being instrumental in enticing PKR MPs.
PKR deputy president Senator Syed Husin Ali responded yesterday to Salehuddin’s prediction of future resignations by revealing that the former secretary-general was paid RM9,000 a month and had quit in a huff at not being named head of Selangor investment arm Perangsang
Syed Husin’s riposte appeared to be part of a campaign to discredit party rebels as he had also disclosed that former Penang deputy chief minister Mohd Fairus Khairuddin was paid RM4,000 a month despite quitting his state post and Penanti seat.

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One more quit PKR, 12 others affirm loyalty

commentary:  6 in... 4 more to go to get 2/3 Parliament... PR is out....

by Free Malaysia Today 
Twelve PKR members of parliament – speculated to be on the verge of defecting the party – today rubbished such talks and affirmed their loyalty to the party.

Speaking to the media at the PKR headquarters in Tropicana this morning, the group of MPs led by Teluk Kemang MP Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas said they had no intentions of leaving the party.
Apart from Kamarul, the other MPs were: Ahmd Kassin (Kuala Kedah), Azan Ismail (Indera Mahkota), Abdullah Sani (Kuala Langat), Ab Aziz bin Ab Kadir (Ketereh), Yusmadi Yusoff (Balik Pulau), S Manikavasagam (Kapar), N Gobalakrishnan (Padang Serai), Rashid Din (Merbok), Loh Gwo-Burne (Kelana Jaya), Amran Ab Ghani (Tanah Merah) and Hee Loy Sian (Petaling Jaya Selatan).
However just as these 12 MPs were stating their loyalty to the party, another PKR MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (Bagan Serai) announced his decision to quit the party to become an Independent.

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I wish to remain a Malay

TUESDAY, 02 MARCH 2010 16:53
Sorry to say, but I am proud to be Malay. Although sometimes I’m embarrassed by the attitude, behaviour and achievement levels of the Malay and even more so when Malays are linked with corruption and laziness, nonetheless I’m still proud to be a Malay in Malaysia. 
I’m sure a Chinese is proud to be Chinese too and an Indian proud to be Indian. It’s immaterial if many among the younger generation Indians and Chinese adopt Western names even though they are not Christian and are unable to speak English well. In Malaysia where we are followers of ‘in’ trends, even Malay youths are caught up with using English names.

Hence, my personal stand is to defend the Malay identity in the identity card and other official documents. Furthermore, this Malay identity affirms me as a Muslim, Bumiputera and someone who doesn’t eat pork or drink.

(Recently, I was having a meal in an upmarket restaurant in Bangsar. I ordered spaghetti with clams. But there was ‘chardonnay’ (alcohol) in the dish. So I asked, is it genuine chardonnay or chardonnay Malaysia-style. The waiter replied it was the real McCoy. So it is haram lah. However spaghetti with clams can be prepared without the use of alcohol. What’s amazing in Malaysia is (a food that is) haram can be made halal with just a change of ingredient. Thus in Malaysia, ‘bacon’ which is pork derived can be rendered halal by replacing it with beef or turkey.)

The above analogy helps to explain why I disagree totally with the government’s suggestion for the Race box in official forms to be done away with other than for the purpose of census and statistics.

Bernama quotes the roadmap to the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) launched by Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak today (Jan 28) as saying:

“In fostering a 1Malaysia government, it has been proposed that the mention of race on government forms be eliminated except for the purpose of census and statistics.”

Am I Malaysian just because I am proud being a Malay? Or to put it another way, is my love for Malaysia any less if I were to prefer to remain a Malay and I want my Malay identity on record?
I don’t care if the Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan and others do not wish to have their ethnic afifiliation stated in their identity card; birth, death and marriage certificates; land grants or any other official documentation issued by the government 1Malaysia. That is their prerogative.

Who knows … it might be that the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia are no longer proud of their ethnic origins and instead want to be bangsa 1Malaysia.

For me, I want my Malay identity to be known and acknowledged because I’m a pribumi of Tanah Melayu – belonging to a race from the Malay Archipelago. In the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, Malay and Islam cannot be separated.

If fate decrees that I should suddenly fall by the wayside, anyone stumbling across my stiff body will know that I’m a Muslim when they see my race recorded (in IC) as Malay.

Truly, I am sad and angry when one by one, the features that relate Malays to their race, country and rights are being eroded day by day, bit by bit.

To throw away the identification of race in the official forms and documents as proposed is one example of the direction taken to destroy the Malay identity as the core race, the pribumi and the majority race on Malaysian soil.
Is this happening merely the non-Bumiputeras “feel that they have lost their rights, feel discriminated against and frustrated (geram)”because of the New Economic Policy, and as a result I, as a Malay, must no longer be entitled to declare my racial identity?

Even if the non-Bumiputeras feel that they have lost their rights, are discriminated against and frustrated because they consider that the New Economic Policy does not benefit them, do they really believe that all Malays and Bumiputera are satisfied with the policy too?

It is a big mistake to think that Malays and Bumiputeras are not aware that more non-Bumiputeras have become rich and are enjoying the good life due to (the workings of) NEP.

So, please lah don’t fault me if I’m proud to be Malay and wish my race recorded officially. Thank you.

For more information on the GTP roadmap announced by the Prime Minister, please read the Bernama article ‘Era Baru Bagi 1Malaysia Dengan Transformasi Kerajaan’.
[The English version of the Bernama story can be read here.]
This article was originally titled Saya mahu terus jadi orang Melayu and appeared in A Kadir Jasin’s blog ‘The Scribe’ on Jan 28, 2010.

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Guan Eng and wife voted out of Malacca DAP committee

commentary:  and they say cronyism only happens in UMNO... pleeezzz.... aizley

Caliph Omar Abdul Aziz el Penipu wal Reject

The Star, Dec. 19, 2005

MALACCA: Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and his assemblywoman wife Betty Chew were dealt a severe blow when they were unexpectedly voted out of the Malacca DAP committee.

While the reasons for the shocking and unprecedented outcome are not very clear, party insiders say it could be the culmination of “years” of rivalry between former state chief Sim Tong Him and Lim whose political differences were open secrets.

One leader said this could also have been a signal of protest from supporters of former DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock, who lost the party’s stronghold of Kota Melaka in the 2004 general election.

The purported feud between Kerk and Lim had been partly attributed to the defeat.
“The result only goes to show that Malacca DAP is deeply split and also that the influence of Kerk and Sim is still there,” he said.

He added the result would have an affect on DAP at the national level as Lim’s father, Kit Siang, is a party strongman.

Bandar Hilir state assemblyman Goh Leong San is the new state chairman, taking over from his mentor and Lim’s adversary Sim Tong Him, who stepped down without contesting after holding the post for 15 years.

In the state election yesterday, Goh secured 83 votes, the highest polled by the 17 people vying for one of 15 elected places in the state committee.

Lim and Chew, who is Kota Laksamana assemblywoman, garnered 27 and 33 votes respectively, putting them at the bottom of the lot.

Under the party constitution, Lim, as secretary-general, is automatically included in the state committee.

Chew, who is state Wanita chief, does not qualify for automatic inclusion.

When contacted, Lim said he supported Goh but declined to comment on the results. “Goh is the best person to ask,” he said.

Goh described the election as “simple and straightforward” but declined to comment on Lim’s situation.

Sim said he did not contest so as to make way for younger leaders. He was later appointed to the state committee.

A total of 91 party members attended the DAP state annual general meeting and election yesterday.

When contacted by The Star at around 9.30pm last night, DAP life adviser Dr Chen Man Hin said: “You are the first one to tell me about this. No comments until I see the results.”
Yet he is appointed as DAP Secretary General.

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