Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

8:24 PM

Ku Nan: Cuti umum 9 Mei bukti kerajaan dengar rintihan rakyat

Pengumuman cuti umum sempena hari mengundi bagi pilihan raya umum ke-14 (PRU14), 9 Mei ini, membuktikan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) sentiasa berprihatin serta mendengar keluhan rakyat untuk keluar mengundi pada hari bekerja.

Setiausaha Agung BN, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor berkata kerajaan mahu memberi peluang kepada rakyat untuk pulang ke tempat mengundi masing-masing biarpun tarikh ditetapkan oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) merupakan hari bekerja.

“Jadi, pembangkang jangan buat cerita bukan-bukan seperti kerajaan tidak mahu orang ramai keluar mengundi dan sebagainya. Ini semua pembohongan semata-mata,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri Program Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat hari ini.

8:09 PM

PPBM gagal cabar keputusan bubar sementara

PPBM gagal mendapat kebenaran Mahkamah Tinggi untuk memohon semakan kehakiman bagi mencabar keputusan ketua pengarah Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan Malaysia membubarkan sementara parti itu.

Hakim Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said berkata permohonan yang difailkan pemohon bagi mencabar notis mengikut  Seksyen 14(2) Akta Pertubuhan 1966 adalah bersifat akademik.

“Tidak ada lagi isu kerana notis mengikut Seksyen 14 (2) adalah mematuhi tempohnya.”

8:05 PM

PH leaders to end Selangor seat stalemate tomorrow

PETALING JAYA: A stalemate over state assembly seats in Selangor is to be settled at the top, with the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council forced to step in to end the dispute.

Negotiations began more than two months ago over the right to contest in Dusun Tua, Sri Serdang, Lembah Jaya, Sungai Burong, Sungai Panjang and Kota Damansara.

Most of the seats were previously held by PAS.

According to an insider, among the suggested solutions are that Amanah contest in Sri Serdang, PKR in Kota Damansara, either PPBM or DAP in Dusun Tua, with Sungai Burong and Sungai Panjang open to any of the PH parties.

“Whoever does not get enough seats could either take Sungai Burong or Sungai Panjang,” the insider said.

A decision is expected at the PH Presidential Council meeting tomorrow of PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Selangor state assembly, at the time of dissolution, comprised PKR with 13 seats, PAS 13, DAP 14, Amanah 2, Barisan Nasional 12 and two seats held by independents.

Pakatan Harapan said today that the full candidate list for all parliamentary and state constituencies would be announced by April 25, three days before nomination day.

Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

7:34 PM

Hisham: Other ‘relevant parties’ must also rebut Rafidah

KUALA LUMPUR: Recent allegations by a former minister about the privatisation of military land were described today as being intended an attack on the prime minister, Najib Razak.

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein reiterated that the allegations were “baseless and a plain lie”.

“I hope the relevant parties will respond with facts rather than leaving it to the prime minister and me alone,” he said after launching a military housing scheme in Sungai Besi today.

Former trade minister Rafidah Aziz had made the allegations on Saturday in an open letter. She alleged that Najib, the defence minister in 2008, had recommended that more than 40,000ha of land belonging to the defence ministry or armed forces be privatised to a company owned by three people.

Rafidah had claimed the proposal was approved by the Cabinet and had been implemented.

However, Hishammuddin responded by saying the allegations were lies.

At today’s launch of a housing scheme, he said 3,500 homes would be built in Sungai Besi to ensure more armed forces personnel and veterans could own homes.

Army personnel would be allocated 1,800 units, with 600 units each to the navy and the air force, and 500 units for the defence ministry’s civilian staff.

“Each house, measuring between 1,000 and 1,200 sq ft, is priced between RM150,000 and RM250,000 per unit, much lower than the market price.”

He said his ministry planned to build more than 25,000 units in 13 selected locations throughout the country by 2030.

Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

Defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the “relevant parties” should not leave it to just him and the prime minister to answer Rafidah’s allegations.

7:32 PM

Prof Gomez: Keep politicians out of GLCs and Felda

KUALA LUMPUR: Whoever forms the next government must have the willpower to carry out reforms of government-linked companies and  keep politicians out of statutory bodies such as the Federal Land Development Authority, says prominent political economist Terrence Gomez.

Speaking at a forum about Felda issues today, Prof Gomez of Universiti Malaya said there was a real need to empower Felda settlers by carrying out long-term reforms and removing opportunities for misuse of GLCs.

Felda has been the subject of public scrutiny in recent years because of land scandals and questionable business decisions.

Among these was a controversial transfer of land at Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, for a property development project, and the  purchase in 2016 of a 37% stake in Indonesia’s PT Eagle High Plantation by a Felda subsidiary.

Gomez, an expert on corporate Malaysia and politics, said politicians should not be allowed on the boards of statutory bodies, as they would end up looking after their own political interests.

Commenting on the appointment of Umno politicians to the post of Felda chairman, a trend since 2001, Gomez said he believed that came about as those in power realised the importance of having political representation in Felda.

“In 1999, we had the Reformasi movement, with a significant drop in Malay support for Umno at the general election that year,” he noted. Two years later, Umno Supreme Council member Mohd Nor Yusof was appointed Felda chairman.

Gomez said the management of government-linked organisations were best left to professionals and bureaucrats. He called for  statutory bodies to be accountable to parliamentary select committees.

However, Felda activist Mazlan Aliman dissented, saying that the integrity of the person chosen to lead was what mattered.

He said Mohd Nor Yusof had brought about many improvements in Felda, and in 1992 had established Felda Plantations as a commercial plantation company.

“Under Raja Muhammad Alias, Felda did well. He wasn’t a politician. Then under Nor, who was a politician, Felda also did well. The damage to Felda came later.”

Raja Muhammad Alias, a civil servant, was seconded to Felda in 1996 and served as deputy chairman and later group chairman until 2001. He was a recipient of the Merdeka Award in 2013.

Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

Prof Terrence Gomez says institutions such as Felda are best run by professionals and bureaucrats, not politicians.

6:35 PM

Be Pemantau’s eyes and ears during GE14, public urged

PETALING JAYA: Members of the public have been encouraged to be part of the Pemantau initiative to ensure a clean and fair election.

The initiative is a collaboration by Bersih, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (Komas) and a few other non-governmental organisations.

At a launch event today, civil society groups officially announced the commencement of Pemantau’s operation centre.

Speaking to the media, acting Bersih 2.0 chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari said Pemantau was still open for volunteers to register with the programme.

“Today, 100 Pemantau coordinators will start their observations, assisted by 500 volunteers nationwide.

“The offences to look out for, among others, include treats and gifts, undue government handouts and inducements, use of government machinery, biased behaviour by public institutions, and racial politics,” said Shahrul.

The programme was launched back in 2013 during the last general election. A total of 3,000 individuals registered as Bersih 2.0 observers then.

Shahrul said for the 14th general election, members of the public could still play their part without registering as an observer.

All they had to do was to lodge a complaint of any election offences at the aduan.pemantau.org website.

Bersih 2.0 had found 48 electoral offences committed by political parties between April 2017 and April 2018, following reports to Pemantau.

Shahrul also cited examples of offences detected so far, which included a free giveaway of spectacles, organised by Puteri Peduli and the Pulai Puteri Umno division; Felda handouts; and announcement of government projects. 

Others included Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng singing an anti-GST song while officiating a programme offering free tuition classes for students, and mass transfer of at least 1,400 voters into Wangsa Maju, where the voters were not residents at the stated addresses.

The full list of offences can be viewed on the Pemantau website.

Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

Members of the public can lodge a complaint on electoral offences at Pemantau’s website.-

6:10 PM

Johor catat 200,000 pengundi baru pada PRU14

Johor mencatatkan sejumlah 200,000 pemilih baharu layak mengundi di negeri itu dalam pilihan raya umum ke-14 (PRU14) pada 9 Mei ini, menurut Pejabat Pilihan Raya Negeri Johor, hari ini.

Pengarah Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Negeri, Shafie Taib, berkata secara keseluruhan kira-kira 1.82 juta pemilih di negeri itu layak mengundi pada PRU14 selepas proses pembersihan dan pengemaskinian daftar pemilih dijalankan oleh pihaknya baru-baru ini.

Beliau berkata sebanyak 40% pemilih adalah berusia bawah 40 tahun, 296,434 pemilih (21-29 tahun) manakala 425,256 pemilih berusia antara 30 dan 39 tahun.

6:08 PM

Dzulkefly Ahmad tanding di Kuala Selangor

Pengarah Strategi Amanah Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad hari ini mengesahkan kepada FMT bahawa beliau sekali lagi akan bertanding di Parlimen Kuala Selangor.

Pada PRU13, Dzulkefly terpaksa menerima kekalahan tipis di tangan calon BN, Irmohizam Ibrahim dengan perbezaan 460 undi sahaja.

5:55 PM

Salahuddin Ayub bertanding Pulai, Simpang Jeram

Amanah secara rasmi hari ini mengumumkan Timbalan Presiden Salahuddin Ayub akan bertanding 1 kerusi Parlimen dan 1 kerusi DUN pada pilihan raya akan datang.

Pengerusi Amanah Johor Aminolhuda Hassan mengumumkan partinya akan meletakkan 13 calon di 2 kerusi Parlimen dan 12 kerusi DUN.

“Parlimen Pulai mempertaruhkan Timbalan Presiden Amanah Negara Salahuddin Ayub yang turut bertanding untuk DUN Simpang Jeram.”

4:23 PM

Salleh: PH will claim BN cheats to save face when it loses

The opposition is claiming that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is going to cheat and win the pollsjust as it did before the last general election Salleh Said Keruak said today.

In a blog post, the communications and multimedia minister described this as a “pre-emptive strike” by Pakatan Harapan (PH).

“They knew they would not win GE13, so before the election, they ‘predicted’ they would lose due to fraud and after the election, they raised all sorts of allegations of fraud to explain why they lost. Now they are doing it again.”

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