Monthly Archives: November 2008

916M: TheStarOnline: Keeping dream alive at PKR meet

From The Star Online
By Joceline Tan

Although PKR members are disappointed that the party has missed its golden opportunity to form the government, it still has more to crow than to moan about at its first congress after the general election and where frank and critical views will be aired.

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s keynote address at the PKR congress this weekend will be the most anticipated speech of the gathering.

As the most central figure in the party and the glue holding together the three Pakatan Rakyat parties, his address will impact his party as well as his coalition partners. Everyone is expecting him to touch on the Sept 16 issue and his continued claims and plans to form the federal government.

Yet, the PKR de facto leader is expected to take only 20 minutes to complete this highly anticipated speech.

“He is crystal clear on what he wants to say,” said his right-hand man Saifuddin Nasution.

Apparently, it was Anwar’s own decision to keep his address brief and to the point.

No other political party in the country features two concurrent highlight speeches at their national annual meetings and it is likely that he also does not wish to steal the thunder from PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s policy speech.

Besides, there is really not much to explain now that Sept 16 has come and gone. His advisers are not in favour of him setting any new target dates given that the party is still trying to do damage control over the first unfulfilled date.

The more realistic among the PKR leaders know they have missed their golden opportunity to form the government and they will have to wait till the next general election for their chance at power.

Their problem is how to convey this to their supporters out there while maintaining the momentum for change.

Anwar, more than anyone else, understands that politics is very much about hope and dreams.

Hence, his primary aim would be to sustain the morale of party and coalition members and to ensure that their dream of power will not diminish.

A special video presentation on the Permatang Pauh by-election will be aired just before Anwar takes the rostrum and that, as some have pointed out, should speak volumes of just how far Anwar and PKR have come since their reformasi days or, more important, of their political potential in the next few years.

But lofty aspirations of power aside, the PKR congress will also have to deal with down-to-earth issues relating to the party’s internal politics and organisation.

It will also have to state its position on hot button issues like the economy, education, religion and culture.

PKR’s electoral success was unexpected and its leaders have been struggling with the weight of being in power, of running the state governments and, most challenging of all, grappling with the high expectations of those who voted them in.

Questions surrounding these issues will form the crux of the debates during the congress.

The congress for the Youth and Women wings start today with deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali making his opening address. The main congress will take place over Saturday and Sunday.

Earlier on, there were signs that some disgruntled party members were planning to use the congress to air grievances about the performance of the Pakatan Rakyat state governments.

Several PKR Youth figures have openly criticised the administrative style of Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in recent months, accusing him of sidelining party interest in the state and even of neglecting Malay issues.

At the same time, PKR is still adjusting to PAS’ Islamic agenda.

But PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar said party delegates will dwell on constructive criticism rather than just finger-pointing.

Party leaders have taken pains to ensure that the debates will not be anything like what took place at the PAS Youth muktamar in Ipoh where delegates slammed Pakatan Rakyat partners and even rejected the idea of Anwar as the Prime Minister-in-waiting.

As the leading party in the coalition, it has to ensure that the coalition will hold together and perform well enough to face the next elections.

It has to carry the message that the coalition has a place for people of all creed and colour.

“Our future plans depend on the coalition staying together,” said Saifuddin.

Still, this is a party that has adopted the theme of a “New Dawn” and of promoting a new politics for Malaysia.

Its younger members reflect the new generation of Malaysians, hence, expect frank and critical views to surface, be it about party leaders or the workings of the coalition.

All said and done, PKR will have more to crow than to moan about when they convene this weekend.

The only fly in the ointment is that their man is still waiting to be the Prime Minister.


916M: Malaysia-Today: Takeover plan is still on: Dr Syed Husin

It needs 30 crossovers to topple the Barisan government. So far, SAPP has left Barisan which means that its two MPs are now listed as independent MPs, while Datuk Ibrahim Ali who won on a PAS ticket is also listed as an independent.


PKR has decided to talk less about its bid to take over the federal government from Barisan Nasional but “it’s still very much on,” said deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali.

He said the party had learnt its lesson that when it talks about dates to take over this only “alerts undesirable elements” about it.

“So now we do not talk much about announcing dates or announcing a takeover. We talk less about it but try to do more about it. It’s still very much on. We are prepared for change. It might come earlier (than the next election),” he told reporters Friday at a press conference.

He was asked if Pakatan Rakyat expects to take over the federal government by Dec 8, a new date the party had set after it had missed its previously self-imposed deadline on Sept 16.

Pakatan comprising PKR, DAP and PAS won a total of 82 seats while Barisan secured 140 seats in parliament during the March 8 election.

It needs 30 crossovers to topple the Barisan government. So far, SAPP has left Barisan which means that its two MPs are now listed as independent MPs, while Datuk Ibrahim Ali who won on a PAS ticket is also listed as an independent.

Dr Syed Husin said Sept 16 was only the beginning of the process to take over the government.

“The process is going on. It could happen at any time,” he added.

He also disclosed that over the past few months, the party had received almost 100,000 new members.

In his speech earlier, Dr Syed Husin told members not to feel disheartened that the Sept 16 deadline had passed.

He said Barisan had accused de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of lying that he had the numbers to form the government, adding that it was unfortunate that a small number of PKR members too had their doubts.

“I am confident though that most of our party members and people want change and are certain that Anwar was telling the truth when he said he had the numbers. What they don’t know is these MPs have been threatened and pressured (not to cross over),” he said.

These obstacles, he said, meant that the change of government could not take place just yet.

Dr Syed Husin also said there was a concerted effort by Barisan to relentlessly run down the Mentris Besar and Chief Minister in the five Pakatan states (Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Penang).

He said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (from PKR) too became a target and they accused him of being anti-Malay over the appointment of a Chinese woman to be the acting head of PKNS.

Saying that there were claims that a lot of senior PKNS officers were not clean and transparent, he urged for the setting up of an independent body aided by the Anti-Corruption Agency to investigate and get to the bottom of the matter.

He said Barisan used false claims and half-truths to fan racial sentiments and was confident that people would not be taken in.

He said during the general election, it was clear that a large number of young voters supported the opposition and chose the party and candidate without regard to race and religion.

“This indicates that parties like Umno, MCA and MIC only have short life spans left,” he added.

Dr Syed Husin also took to task some PKR divisions that tried to block new members from coming in.

He said there were a few divisions where leadership was weak, lacked initiative and were dominated “at times by cliques” who did not want to see a better leader emerge.

He said this tendency was more prevalent in the Youth wing than in Wanita.

916M: TheMalaysianInsider: Anwar settles for reality as Putrajaya dreams dim

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 – When Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the party faithful over the weekend during the Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s congress, he may need to set a new target for Malaysia’s Opposition and put to bed talk of the impending collapse of the Barisan Nasional government.

He may need to acknowledge that the window of opportunity for crossovers has come and gone and that PKR and its comrades in Pakatan Rakyat need to settle down to focus on governing the five states under their control and do the spade work for the Sarawak state elections next year. Anwar has little choice but to make a strategic retreat at this point.

The momentum which pushed PR candidates to victory on March 8, and which seemed destined to propel Anwar to office a couple of months after that, is waning.

Even the foreign media are sensing this change. Reuters today joined the line of media outlets who are predicting that Anwar will have to wait until the next general elections before making another bid for power.

“From watershed elections in March to his triumphant return to Parliament after a decade’s absence, Anwar dominated the headlines. Even his arrest and fresh trial on fresh sodomy charges failed to thwart his campaign to topple the government by his self-imposed deadline of Sept 16… the deadline passed. Financial turmoil swept the globe, and with an economic slowdown looming, voters in this Asian country of 27 million people suddenly had more immediate worries than Malaysia’s chronic political intrigue, ” reported the news agency.

Analysts quoted by Reuters said that the hump in Anwar’s bid for power was the decision by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to hand over power to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in March. This move seems to have brought more certainty and unity to Umno and Barisan Nasional.

“His strategy of haste that he adopted after March 8 stopped working after Abdullah was forced to retire. Now he has to do this the patient way, ” said Ooi Kee Beng, an analyst at the Institute of South East Asian Studies in Singapore.

Now he has to pick and chose his battles, knowing that there is some way to go before the next general elections, which must be held by 2013.

Battlefront No 1 will be in Sarawak, where the PR will hope to consolidate on gains made at the last state elections. If Anwar and the Opposition are able to snare more seats, this will puncture the belief that Sarawak and Sabah will always be the bastion of the Barisan Nasional.

Victory could also persuade some politicians in DAP, PKR and PAS to bury their ideological differences and truly work on a common platform. Till today, PR remains a loose alliance, driven together by their common hatred of BN.

Battlefront No 2 will be over the handling of the economy. The government predicts that the economy will slow to 3.5 per cent and Malaysia will avoid a recession. But this positive picture really depends on the government being able to implement its stimulus package soon and effectively.

Economists believe that growth will be between 1.5 per cent and 2 per cent and that the number of retrenched workers could be more than the 80,000 layoffs during the Asian Financial Crisis in 1998.

They also question if the government will have sufficient funds for more pump-priming, given the low price of crude palm oil and oil.

And they predict that Malaysians will feel considerable pain before a turnaround in the economy is felt, sometime in 2010 or even 2011.

That is a long time for anger and disillusionment to fester. That is the anger which Anwar and the Opposition will hope to tap. Not now.

916M: Reuters: Anwar faces long trek

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – AFTER a botched bid to oust the government in September, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will likely have to bide his time until elections in 2012-13 before making another bid for power.

From watershed elections in March to his triumphant return to parliament after a decade’s absence, Anwar dominated the headlines. Even his arrest and trial on fresh sodomy charges failed to thwart his campaign to topple the government by his self-imposed deadline of Sept 16.

Victory seemed within his grasp when the government apparently felt compelled to ship 40 MPs to Taiwan on a ‘study trip’ in mid-September to prevent them from defecting to Anwar’s camp and thus giving him a majority in parliament.

The deadline passed. Financial turmoil swept the globe, and with an economic slowdown looming, voters in this Asian country of 27 million people suddenly had more immediate worries than Malaysia’s chronic political intrigue.

Now the 61-year-old Anwar, whose People’s Justice Party holds its annual convention this weekend, has to explain why he is not addressing the meeting as the new prime minister of Malaysia.

‘His (Anwar’s) strategy of haste that he adopted after March 8 (elections) stopped working after Abdullah was forced to retire,’ said Ooi Kee Beng, an analyst at Singapore’s Institute of South-east Asian Studies.

‘Now, he has to do it the patient way.’ Lacklustre Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi essentially derailed Anwar’s express train to power by deciding to hand power to his more assured deputy, Najib Razak, earlier than planned.

Affirmative selection
Mr Abdullah’s National Front coalition, which has ruled uninterrupted for 51 years, stopped being transfixed by Anwar and started making policies to deal with an economy that is expected to grow by only 1.5 per cent next year from 5.4 per cent this year.

Mr Najib, 55, will take office in March when he becomes president of the United Malays National Organisation, the dominant party in the 13-party National Front.

Mr Najib, who is deputy premier and finance minister, has taken the fight to Anwar by linking him to unpopular measures proposed by the International Monetary Fund when Anwar was finance minister during the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, while projecting an aura of economic competence himself.

He has announced some measures to offset lower economic growth, but hasn’t raided the treasury to do so, putting US$2 billion (S$3.02 billion) saved from petrol subsidies into pump-priming measures.

Mr Najib even stole some of Anwar’s thunder by relaxing a requirement that ethnic Malays have to own 30 per cent of companies – one of the affirmative action programmes that aim to uplift Malays who constitute 60 per cent of the population.

Anwar’s opposition coalition had campaigned for abolition of those programmes in the March elections.

Inflation is falling rapidly from a peak of 8.5 per cent in mid-year and the central bank on Monday unexpectedly cut interest rates for the first time in five years.

‘There’s a widespread acceptance that Anwar will no longer take over the country,’ said an investment analyst at a foreign bank in Singapore. ‘Being PM is out of the question right now.’ ‘Najib is reinforcing his power base. He’s the new face of Malaysia,’ he said.

Snap elections?
The opposition and some pro-government newspapers have started to push the idea of snap elections soon after Mr Najib takes power in March, saying he would need to win a popular mandate.

But Umno’s coalition allies are still in disarray after the electoral debacle eight months ago.

‘The risk (for snap polls) is very great. It will be suicidal because of the hangover from the March political tsunami,’ said political author Yahaya Ismail.

Other analysts said Mr Najib would likely wait for mandatory re-drawing of electoral boundaries in 2012 before calling for polls. The government’s current five-year mandate ends in 2013.

One glimmer of hope for Anwar could be polls in the timber- and petroleum-rich state of Sarawak on Borneo island. Sarawak has been a Barisan stronghold since it joined Malaysia in 1963 and may hold state elections as early as next year.

Provided Anwar can fend off what he says are politically motivated sodomy charges that are a reprise of the court action that got him jailed in the 1990s, and can keep his fractious three-party coalition together, victory in Sarawak could be another lever to apply pressure to government legislators.

Key to that will be how well the opposition runs the five states it controls. There has already been a backlash in the pro-government media over issues ranging from race relations to dual language street signs.

‘The next electoral showdown is the Sarawak election, so it is a given goal for (the opposition coalition) to make an impression there,’ analyst Ooi Kee Beng said. ‘It will try to open the floodgates so that the ‘March 8 tsunami’ will flow into east Malaysia as well.


916M: MalaysiaKini: Anwar’s ”One Objective-Topple BN Gov’t..??”

Indeed, BN currently has the upper hand through its resources and networks, but this does not mean that the Rakyat’s Will can be easily defeated. 308 gave all of us hope, and it is now just a matter of time before we see to it that BN is sent to the Opposition benches.

Indeed, Sim is right, in that what we need to do now is to ensure a change in the Sarawak CM, or rather the Sarawak State Government, and change for the Pakatan Federal Government come GE13 will be a greater certainty.

Let us all work towards that!

916 Movement

Anwar’s ”One Objective-Topple BN Gov’t..??”~ ref malaysiakini


Malaysiakini report has this report in which SAPP President Yong Teck Lee told his newly inducted members,” their common objective is to topple the BN government.

Yong said he believed that Anwar understands and appreciates the unique position that Sapp is taking in Sabah with regards to its working relationship with PKR and Pakatan. Even one new member academic and columnist Amde Sidik,” said in a statement yesterday that “I believe Sapp is the only Sabah-based party which can really focus on solving many of Sabah’s problems. Sapp is going to be a full-fledged multi-racial party which he feels in the long run to be where most Malaysians are heading to.

These words says a political analyst in Sarawak will go a long way if all the political parties in Sarawak are united and emulate their Sabah counterparts, “At present, political parties are seen as racial political parties. Even today, Sapp is made to be seen as a race-based political party. In view of this perception, I am keen to participate to help out in shaping the multi-racial direction of the party as a way forward for Malaysians.”

The report written by ex MP Sim Kwang Yang in Malaysiakini in which this extracted quote,” The opposition parties in Sarawak are now fragmented and weakened, divided by race, region, and personal feuds among their leaders. The hounds also run with the hares. The Sarawak political arena is quite a muddied pond full of all kinds of reptiles, swimming along with the real dragons.

The one that really holds the most truth is regarding RM which is Ringgit Malaysia. Sarawak is a huge state and election campaigning you need to fund the logistics and transportation factor without any cutbacks. Sim said,” We are talking about hundreds and thousands of ringgit for one rural constituency alone.  Multiply that by the 50 or so rural and semi-rural constituencies and you get the rough estimate of how much money it takes to change the CM of Sarawak.”

Does the Pakatan have what it takes to TOPPLE the BN government in Sarawak.?

  • Do you have the helicopters easily available for you to move your TOP BOYS..?
  • Can you get the Foreign helicopter firms i.e. Indonesia or Philippines to supply and rent them to you..?
  • Sarawak BN have to their advantage the Hornbill Skyways Company, which rents the services to the BN.
  • If Anwar can get at least 8 helicopters to assist  the playing field will be NARROWED.
  • Imagine just for one rural constituency sometimes there are at least 3 helicopters transporting election campaigners and their supporters says a seasoned political campaigner.
  • You want CHANGE, is PAKATAN prepared to spend like what the Republicans and Democrats in the US do.
  • Rural Rhetorics cannot/will not WORK.

Its not “the bests kept secret anymore” as Anwar does believe that he needs to wrestle Sarawak and Sabah in order to achieve his objective. Sim even concluded by saying,” In Sarawak, state power determines the outcome of the parliamentary elections most of the time. A change of the chief minister will greatly improve Anwar’s chance of becoming the prime minister of Malaysia in the next parliamentary general election.’ Politics as one would say is “HUMANKIND’S MOST SERIOUS AND HONOURABLE VOCATION’ sounds familiar don’t you think..?

916M: MalaysiaKini: Lompat parti: Tidak bermoral, tapi undang-undang tak perlu

Apa salahnya melompat? Kenapa pulak penyokong-penyokong BN katakan tidak bermoral, sedangkan tindakan-tindakan yang diambil jauh lebih tidak bermoral?

Apalah, lompat sajalah!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lompat parti: Tidak bermoral, tapi undang-undang tak perlu – malaysiakini

Pembentukan kerajaan menerusi pendekatan ‘jalan belakang’ bukan sesuatu yang diinginkan oleh rakyat negara ini, kata Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Tan Sri Ab. Rashid Ab. Rahman.

Malah, kata beliau, tindakan membentuk kerajanan sama ada negeri ataupun peringkat persekutuan, yang hangat diperkatakan sejak pilihan raya umum Mac lalu, dengan cara melompat parti adalah tidak bermoral.

“Saya tidak fikir itu (membentuk kerajaan menggunakan jalan belakang) yang diinginkan oleh rakyat.

“Ia juga tindakan tidak bermoral kerana wakil (rakyat) dipilih menerusi parti, melainkan mereka calon Bebas.

“Malah, itupun tidak betul (wakil Bebas menyertai mana-mana parti kemudian),” kata beliau dalam temu bual khas sebelum mengakhiri tempoh perkhidmatannya sebagai pengerusi badan pengendali pilihan raya 30 Disember ini.

Tegas Ab. Rashid, tindakan melompat parti hanya disebabkan niat dan tujuan memperoleh manfaat peribadi merupakan tindakan tidak bermoral.

“Tetapi dalam politik siapa peduli,” kata beliau sambil menambah, langkah tersebut kadangkala ada baiknya kepada negara.

“Lompat parti berlaku di mana-mana sahaja di dunia,” katanya lagi.

Spekulasi mengenai Pakatan Rakyat akan membentuk kerajaan persekutuan dengan cara memujuk wakil rakyat Barisan Nasional (BN) melompat parti banyak diperkatakan sejak 8 Mac lalu.

Antara lain Pakatan Rakyat, pada April lalu, mengumumkan pelan membentuk kerajaan persekutuan dengan memperoleh 32 wakil rakyat BN.

Bagaimanapun ia tidak menjadi kenyataan pada tarikh sasaran 16 September lalu.

Bulan lalu, Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen dan Ketua Umum Pakatan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengumumkan bahawa beliau tidak mahu bercakap lagi mengenai usaha membentuk kerajaan dengan cara tersebut.

Sasaran Pakatan Rakyat itu sejak April lalu mendapat reaksi bercampur-campur.

Kini BN mempunyai 138 wakil di Dewan Rakyat setelah Parti Maju Sabah (Sapp) yang mempunyai dua perwakilan keluar BN September lalu.

Pakatan Rakyat yang terdiri daripada PKR, DAP dan PAS mempunyai 81 anggota manakala tiga yang lain adalah Bebas.

Ab. Rashid, yang pernah terlibat secara langsung mengendalikan enam pilihan raya umum termasuk sebagai setiausaha sehingga pilihan raya umum 1995 berkata, tidak perlu ada undang-undang bagi mengawal tindakan wakil rakyat melompat parti.

“Tidak… kerana ia adalah kebebasan dan hak (mereka) walaupun ia dari segi moral bukan tindakan yang betul.

“Tetapi orang melakukan kesalahan atas nama kebebasan,” katanya lagi.

Pada 31 Disember, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd. Yusof dilantik sebagai Pengerusi SPR yang baru akan menggantikan Ab. Rashid.

Abdul Aziz, 58, merupakan bekas Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Dalam Negeri yang bersara wajib pada 24 Januari 2006 sebelum dilantik semula ke jawatan sama secara kontrak.

Pelantikan Abdul Aziz dibuat kerana Ab. Rashid akan tamat tempoh perkhidmatannya apabila mencapai umur 66 tahun pada 30 Disember ini.

916M: Mstar Online: Retreat Sulung Pakatan di Ibu Negara Hari Ini

Retreat sulung Pakatan di ibu negara hari ini

Dari Mstar Online


PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat, ikatan pembangkang yang ditubuhkan April lalu, mengadakan retreat – yang pertama sejak pilihan raya umum ke-12, di ibu negara hari ini.

Pertemuan informal itu yang disertai ahli-ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat, antara lain bertujuan membincangkan usaha merapatkan ikatan wakil-wakil rakyat pembangkang.

mStar Online difahamkan pertemuan ini bertujuan menyusun strategi Pakatan Rakyat untuk menghadapi beberapa isu semasa termasuk isu sasaran 16 September dijangka menjadi tumpuan.

Ia merupakan siri pertemuan dua kali. Pertemuan kedua dijadual diadakan minggu depan.

“Pertemuan hari ini adalah retreat yang pertama sejak Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dipilih sebagai Ketua Pembangkang… mahu adakan group binding, bertujuan merapatkan kerjasama di kalangan ahli-ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat,” kata Pengarah Strategi Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Saifuddin Nasution kepada mStar Online.

Saifuddin yang juga anggota Sekretariat Pakatan Rakyat berkata, majoriti ahli Parlimen pembangkang akan menghadiri pertemuan hari ini.

“Kira-kira 10 ahli Parlimen tidak dapat hadir hari ini, ada yang kini berada di luar negara.. di Kuwait, Paris dan sebagainya,” katanya.

Pakatan Rakyat diumumkan pembentukannya selepas pembangkang menafikan majoriti dua pertiga pada pilihan raya umum 8 Mac lalu.

Anwar pula dipilih Ketua Pembangkang menggantikan isterinya, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail selepas memenangi pilihan raya kecil kerusi Parlimen Permatang Pauh 26 Ogos lalu.

Anggota komponen Pakatan Rakyat kini terdiri daripada PKR, DAP dan PAS melibatkan 81 anggota.

PKR mempunyai 31 anggota di Dewan Rakyat, DAP (28) dan PAS pula 22.

Kini, Barisan Nasional (BN) mempunyai 138 kerusi. Tiga lagi kerusi adalah milik Bebas termasuk dua yang dipegang Parti Maju Sabah (Sapp).

Saifuddin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Machang berkata, pertemuan peringkat Pakatan Rakyat ini adalah susulan retreat yang diadakan PAS di Langkawi dua minggu lalu dan PKR di ibu negara minggu lalu.

“Ini retreat peringkat Pakatan Rakyat, melibatkan ahli-ahli Parlimen,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun beliau enggan menyatakan sama ada pertemuan hari ini akan membincangkan aspek-aspek berbangkit, yang berkaitan dengan soal sasaran menubuhkan kerajaan persekutuan yang tidak menjadi kenyataan 16 September lalu.

“Itu saya tidak mahu saya sebut,” katanya.

916M: Bernama: PKR Predicts More BN Leaders To Jump Ship In Sarawak

PKR Predicts More BN Leaders To Jump Ship In Sarawak

KUCHING: Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has predicted that the 10th state election will be held by middle of next year following the latest political development in the state which saw former Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders and members joining the party.

Sarawak PKR deputy chairman Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Senusi, whomade the prediction, said Wednesday (19 Nov) that the entry of Ngemah state assemblyman Gabriel Adit Demong, former Sri Aman MP Jimmy Donald and other BN leaders together with almost 12,000 BN members would strengthen the PKR base in Sarawak.

“I am optimistic that more BN leaders will join PKR in the near future,” he said in a statement here Wednesday.

He claimed that there were sufficient indications that the people of Sarawak are in dire need of change especially of its land policy.

Adit, 58, who won the seat on an Independent ticket in the state election on 20 May 2006, sent his application to join PKR last Saturday (15 Nov). With his inclusion, the party now has two members in the state legislative assembly.

The other is Dominic Ng who is also the state PKR chairnman and Padungan state assemblyman. (Bernama)

916M: Bernama: Anwar: Sarawak Holds Key to PKR Government

Well, let us not give up hope on 916 at all, it will come, it will come …

Gabriel Adit Demong has enabled the ball to continue rolling …

Next, please …

916 Movement

P/S: Err … not PKR Government, but PR Government …

Anwar: Sarawak holds key to PKR government

SIBU, Nov 16 — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Sarawak, which has 30 members of parliament, holds the key to the formation of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government in the country.

“When Sarawak changes its course, the Barisan Nasional government will collapse,” he said at a dinner organised by “Friends of PKR” at the Sibu Trade and Exhibition centre here last night.

He said leaders in the PR coalition like Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang of Pas, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng of DAP and himself and his wife would continue to meet and hold discussions with BN MPS to get them to cross over.

About 3,000 people were present at the dinner, the biggest so far for a PKR function here.

Those present included PKR vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Jeffery Kitingan, Sarawak DAP leader Wong Ho Leng, former Sri Aman MP Jimmy Donald and Baginda Minda, the former Parti Rakyat Sarawak Balleh branch publicity chief, who caused a furore with his statement accusing the state dominant BN party, the Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, of being a bully.

At the function, Anwar received membership application forms from Gabriel Adit Demong, one of two independent state assemblymen, and from 11,752 individuals from throughout the state.

Anwar said Sarawakians were now ready for change, saying Adit had volunteered to lead a recruitment drive for more members for PR.

“Do not be surprise if what had happened in five peninsula states in the March general elections could happen here,” he said, adding that PR was prepared to face the coming state election.

He also claimed that several people from the state had visited him to express their interests to join PKR.

Meanwhile, Adit said a lot of BN members were “waiting in the wing” to join him and that his decision in joining PKR was “the first of many instalments” over the next few months. — Bernama

916M: MalaysiaKini: Anwar to tell all at PKR Congress?

Let us hope that the PKR politicians will do more than just finding out why 916 did not take place.

For instance, PKR can consider the following:

– initiating the formal formation of the Pakatan coalition in order that it can be recognised by the Election Commission in the same manner as the BN coalition, at least for the purpose of GE13

– resolving to take the lead to discuss with its Pakatan partners as to the immediate formation of the Pakatan Federal Shadow Cabinet

– adopting The People’s Voice and The People’s Declaration


Anwar to tell all at PKR congress?

Jimadie Shah Othman & Praba Ganesan | November 14, 2008
The PKR congress this year will revisit the abortive September 16 plan to take over the federal government, with de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim expected to explain why the Pakatan Rakyat plan did not materialise.


khalid jaafarSupreme council member Khalid Jaafar, when contacted, said an explanation could defuse some of the perceptions and allegations that have been bandied about.

“(The congress) can be a platform to revive people’s faith in the party, since naturally there is disappointment over the September 16 plan,” he said.

“So far they’ve (UMNO) talked about power transition, however we need to talk about power transfer, and quicken it if possible.”

anwar ibrahim pkr parliament pc 111108 02About 2,000 delegates from 160 divisions are expected to attend the three-day congress from November 28, beginning with the Wanita and Youth meetings, at the Stadium Melawati in Shah Alam.

This year’s theme is Harapan Baru (A New Dawn).

Khalid said Anwar (right) would touch on changes in store for PKR, as well as talk about UMNO.

“This congress will not just be a routine meeting. We have to mobilise the party since 2009 will be volatile with the (scheduled) power transition in UMNO” he added.

Deputy secretary-general Abdul Halim Mohamed Yusof said the congress will focus on strengthening the membership base.

This is vital because Parliament may be dissolved if after the power transition in UMNO next March, he said.

dr xavier jayakumar official photoSupreme council member Dr Xavier Jeyakumar said the congress will look at how the party can enhance ties with other Pakatan members and how the party can move forward.

“Personally I would like to see more ideas on how we can improve relationships between Pakatan states, and (how PKR can) mobilise to become the party of the future,” he said.

Formed in 1998 as KeADILan, during the reformasi period following Anwar’s arrest, the party subsequently merged with Parti Rakyat Malaysia to become Parti KeADILAN Rakyat.

The year that was

This has already been quite a year for the party, which achieved resounding success in the March general election to take 30 federal seats – compared to just one in the 2004 polls.

PKR played a pivotal role in the run-up to the election, working with opposition allies DAP and PAS to avoid three-way fights with Barisan Nasional (BN). They won 81 seats, denying BN its two-thirds majority in Parliament.

The party now helms the Selangor government and is represented in Penang, Kedah and Perak, all of which fell to the opposition alliance.

anwar ibrahim and saiful bukhari azlan sodomy 2In June, Anwar came up against a complaint of sodomy filed by ex-aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, but has elected to defend himself against the charge.

Some speculated that the allegation was part of a BN plot to derail Anwar’s agenda to take over the federal government by September 16, with the help of 31 defections.

This was at a time when several component parties in the ruling coalition were experiencing internal turmoil after the election debacle or were jostling for a higher profile in BN.

Although the defections did not take place, Anwar continued to claim in October that he still had sufficient support to take the plan through.

anwar permatang pauh polling day 260808Another landmark event for PKR was Anwar’s return to active politics, having completed a five-year ban that followed his conviction and six-year jail sentence for corrupt practice from April 1999.

His wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who had held the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in the interim, vacated it on July 31.

Winning comfortably in his old stamping ground, Anwar was appointed Opposition Leader.

There is no word as yet if Wan Azizah will step down from her party post at the upcoming congress for Anwar to take control of PKR – party polls are only due next year.