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916M: Yes, focus on Parliament and BN States come GE13

Good, at least we are seeing more strategies coming out of Pakatan.

Good move, Pakatan Selangor.

Yes, whoever said we must follow Najib when he dissolves the Federal Parliament?

Sure, there was a convention, but we need not be bound by convention, particularly when there is political will.

Penang, Kelantan, and Kedah should follow suit.

Let us then focus on the Parliament and BN States come GE13.

This way, those who are supposed to focus on Selangor, Penang, Kelantan and Kedah can work on the other states.

Kedah can help Perlis, Terengganu and Perak.

Kelantan can focus on Terengganu. Pahang and Johor.

Penang can help Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca.

Selangor can help Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

Of course, Perak must win back Perak (not that it lost the state actually).

Sarawak and Sabah to focus on winning their own states.

Of course, the other side will also mobilise their people accordingly.

But we all we need to do is to focus on the marginal seats.

Good work Pakatan, come up with more strategies.

Let us get ready for GE13!

916 Movement

P/S: Be prepared for the BN States not dissolving as well, ie GE13 will be for the Federal Parliament only.

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Selangor won’t follow BN to call snap polls

By G. Manimaran
Bahasa Malaysia Editor
July 25, 2010

The Selangor state assembly will see out its full term even if BN decides on a snap general election. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has decided not to dissolve the Selangor assembly even if the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government calls for an early general election.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the decision was made at the state leadership meeting last Monday.

The Selangor PR wants to use its five-year mandate fulfil its Election 2008 promises without being tied to BN’s decision.

PR also rule Penang, Kedah and Kelantan which were won in the 2008 general election.

Mentris besar and chief ministers can independently advise the state rulers or governors on when to dissolve their respective state assemblies. The PAS-ruled Kelantan has always followed BN’s timing despite keeping the state since 1990.

The prime minister can also do the same at the national level by obtaining the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

By convention, the general and state elections are held concurrently.

However, observers and analysts believe this convention will now be abandoned, as a result of the changes in the political landscape since March 8, 2008.

PAS information chief Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir confirmed the decision and said that PR needed more time to fulfil its election promises, amid accusations that they had failed to do so by Umno and BN.

“Yes, it is true we decided on the issue during the last meeting earlier this week… only the mentri besar has not announced it yet,” he said when contacted by The Malaysian Insideryesterday.

In his latest blog entry entitled “Tidak ada kerjasama PAS-Umno di Selangor” (no co-operation between PAS and Umno in Selangor), Roslan wrote that PR had plenty of other work to do, besides strengthening ties between PAS, DAP and PKR.

“The seats we lost, we need to regain. We want to assure our supporters and the people in Selangor that stale stories that the BN plans on calling for snap polls do not interest us.

“You can dissolve Parliament but the Selangor state assembly will proceed until its final term,” he said, referring to the Umno and BN’s recent attack on the Selangor PR claiming that it had failed to deliver on its Election 2008 promises.

Roslan further explained that since it has only been two years since PR started its of rule Selangor, the coalition would need more time to carry out all the economic and social programmes it had planned from before.

“We do not want to be trapped by BN’s moves, which indicated that snap polls would soon be called… we want to proceed with the present mandate, at least until we complete four years.

“We decided the state elections would only be called after the fourth year, if needed, and if not, we will complete our five-year term,” he said.

PR Selangor’s present mandate would end in May 2013.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub told The Malaysian Insider that the party had decided during a recent retreat in Port Dickson that it would be ready to face the 13th general election by year-end.

“According to our calculations, the general election would (possibly) be held by year-end,” he said.

In an interview with The Malaysian Insider two weeks ago, Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said he hoped all states, whether helmed by the PR or BN, would hold their elections together with the general election.

Signs of possible snap polls initially emerged when the BN administration began its attacks on the Selangor government over the controversial sand-mining issue.

On Friday, the Selangor Umno launched its series of 19 political rallies, to be held in conjunction with its “Save Selangor” roadshow that will go on until August 8.

Selangor Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the rallies would cover all 19 Umno divisions in the state, beginning with Shah Alam.

He added that the first phase of the roadshow would give the people a clearer picture on Selangor regarding controversial issues like allegations of mismanagement among members in the administration, poor management of government subsidiaries, as well as personal and moral issues of the PR leadership

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/selangor-wont-follow-bn-to-call-snap-polls/#When:23:10:57Z

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916M: Kudos Guan Eng on the Speakers’ Corner! More, more, more …!!!

Guan Eng, kudos!

There should be more initiatives like this.

And there should be more publicity too.

We are inclined to believe that the Penang Government has done a lot, but given the blackout in the mainstream media, the Pakatan Rakyat and the Penang Government must find alternative ways to reach out to the electorate.

We hardly hear about what the Penang Government has done.

Sure, there has been media blackout, but this does not mean that Pakatan and even the Penang Government cannot get creative.

How about setting up a Pakatan news portal?

How about the Penang Government sending out weekly e-News to the Rakyat who are interested to find out what the Penang Government has done? And these subscribers can subscribe at a Penang Government news portal which can be set up easily. And subscribers are asked to forward such eNews to friends, to encourage more to subscribe!

Sure, you have a lack of resources, but this does not mean that you cannot get creative in reaching out to the Rakyat or even in seeking help from Rakyat who are willing to help and contribute.

2 years plus gone, 2 years plus to go. Not much time, Pakatan better buckup, or else, it shall be bye-bye.

Focus on economic development, put money in the pockets of Penangites. Persuade fellow Chief Ministers to focus on the economic aspects of running the states. Help businesses get business from overseas, organise trade missions, develop such key industries like outsourcing, food export, etc.

Keep going, and we will be behind you.

But you need to stay focused on the right focus areas.

It is still not good enough, but keep it up and keep going!!!

916 Movement

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Speech by Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, during the launch of the Speakers’ Corner today

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 Super Admin

The Speakers’ Corner fulfills the aspirations of empowering the people by encouraging citizens to exercise their constitutional rights under Article 10 (1)(a) of the Federal Constitution of freedom of speech and expression and Article 10 (1)(b) where all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably.

1. I wish to thank all of you for being here to witness the historic launching ceremony of the first Speakers’ Corner in Malaysia today. This auspicious day marks an important history in George Town’s colorful chapter of political change since March 2008 where the Speakers’ Corner represents the platform of democracy for all Malaysians, the aspirations to enjoy the right to freedom of expression and the hopes of all Malaysians for a civil society.

2. With the Speakers’ Corner, the rakyat will have the opportunity to express their views and opinions freely whilst ensuring that their rights are being protected.  Speakers’ Corner should be an avenue to allow the citizens and individuals to have gatherings and candle vigil peaceful demonstrations, press conference, various other forms of peaceful and artistic forms of expression and to demonstrate their citizens’ rights.

3. It is time for Penang to show the rest of Malaysia that the thrust of participatory democracy is alive and well in this state and it embraces the value of freedom and human rights. Let’s not consider the Speakers’ Corner as just another platform like Hyde Park in London but an important milestone for democracy and free speech in Penang and Malaysia.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

4. Penang PR’s people-centric state government is based on 3E’s of Empowering the people, Enriching therakyat and Enabling the people. The Speakers’ Corner fulfills the aspirations of empowering the people by encouraging citizens to exercise their constitutional rights under Article 10 (1)(a) of the Federal Constitution of freedom of speech and expression and Article 10 (1)(b) where all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably.

5. Penang State Government entrust the citizens of Penang will make use of this Speakers’ Corner responsibly to demonstrate their views, exercise their rights by giving them the voice to speak. They should be mindful that the police can take action because the police have said that they are unable to provide any legal immunity from prosecution. I wish to urge the police to exercise judicious discretion and allow views to be freely expressed.

6. The Speakers’ Corner may result in unfair criticisms, including of the state government. I believe that we are all mature enough to listen to different views and allow people the freedom to express them freely. We hope this will give us  the most important freedom of all, which is the freedom from fear.

7. I have always said that a good government must do three things: listen to the people, do the people’s work and give hope to the people. The Speakers’ Corner serves as a catalyst to the growing spirit of democracy throughout Penang and the willingness of the state government to listen to the people to be a good government.

8. As Voltaire was reputed to have said on free speech, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. Last but not least, I wish to thank the Police, the Local Authority and the NGOs that have worked together to establish a Speakers’ Corner in George Town.

LIM GUAN ENG

Source: http://www.malaysia-today.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31629:speech-by-lim-guan-eng-chief-minister-of-penang-during-the-launch-of-the-speakers-corner-today&catid=18:letterssurat&Itemid=100129

916M: Local Elections: Go for it!!!

Penang’s move to pursue Local Government Elections is indeed a step in the right direction.

Kudos too to Selangor for following suit.

It is likely that the Elections Commission will find a way to avoid this.

If the Elections Commission resists, take this to court, right up to the Federal Court.

Yeah, sure, they will arrange for the Federal Court to decide their way.

It is OK, at least we would be able to make a point.

We can remain hopeful that some High Court judge with conscience will decide the right way.

Who knows, we may succeed? In which case, such Local Elections may be a way for the Rakyat to send a message to the incumbent government that we do not like to be messed up with.

Or even if we lose, at least we get to educate the Rakyat on another important aspect of the nation’s governance which must be corrected.

Just go for it, for we have nothing to lose!

916 Movement