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April 22, 2010

To inform 14ooo voters that their polling stations have been relocated within these coming two days.

Voters are passive and not aware of the deliberate attempt to produce confusion and chaos on Polling Day.

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1Malaysia, Apco, One Israel: Live from Parliament
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Apr 22, 10 10:03am

BN is tabling a motion to censure Anwar, with four government MPs lined up to debate four Pakatan MPs. Malaysiakini reports live from Parliament. Click ‘Refresh’ or ‘Reload’ in your browser for the latest updates.

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11.06am: Nur Jazlan (Umno-Pulai) says Anwar Ibrahim (Permatang Pauh) used the “negative publicity” in international eyes to paint a bad image for the government.

He defends the government’s hiring of Apco to repair the damage that Anwar had done. He also accuses Anwar of using NGOs, hired Internet experts and the international press to tarnish Malaysia’s image.

NONE10.55am: Nur Jazlan (Umno-Pulai) (left) – the first BN debater – begins to speak. Pandemonium ensued as Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) and N Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai) stand up to refute something which is being read out by the Umno MP. Both shout at Nur Jazlan.

House speaker Pandikar tells everyone not debating the motion to sit down and keep quiet, or he will order them removed from the chamber.

10.48am: Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) continues his speech. “I ask the BN reps, speak with your conscience. The nation is being ‘attacked’ by the Zionists at your invitation.”

“Di mana Pekan (Prime Minister Najib Razak)? Di mana Pagoh (Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin)? Kenapa mereka tak berani nak hadapi tuduhan ini?”

Both Najib and Muhyiddin are not in the House.

Azmin rounds up with his argument that 36(12) was in fact instituted to ensure that ministers give proper information in the House. He said that if that rule is taken literally, then many minister will be hauled before the rights and privileges committee.

“Marilah Barisan National, janganlah jadi budak suruhan Najib, janganlah jadi hamba Apco,” he says.

NONE10.39am: Anwar’s top lieutenant Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) (right) is the first Pakatan MP to speak. In his usual eloquence, he attacks Umno to the cheers and table-thumping of Pakatan MPs. He hits out at the motion for being “grossly unjust” and questions why the documents provided by Anwar in his earlier explanation to the House are not investigated.

Azmin accuses the government of being errand boys to Apco – the Washington-based communication consultant hired by the Malaysian government – and Israel. He says BN is punishing Anwar with their “haphazard and rushed” motion at the bidding of their Apco-Israeli “masters”.

He invokes concerns of national security and says that Umno is trying to cover up the real extent of Apco’s involvement and its connection to Israel by only debating on the 1Malaysia-One Israel and burying everything else that Anwar has revealed.

10.37am: House speaker Pandikar sets 15 minutes for each speaker. “If we were to allow Padang Serai (PKR MP N Gobalakrishnan), five days will not be enough,” he quips.

Opposition MP keep raising the technical issues involving the motion, but Pandikar insists the motion is “proper”.

Meanwhile, Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) will replace Anthony Loke (DAP-Rasah) as one of Pakatan debaters.

10.28am: Gobind Singh (DAP-Puchong), who appears slightly emotional, insists to argue his point of order. House speaker Pandikar told him to shut up.

A few other MPs try to speak. Pandikar tells everyone to sit down and listen to him

Pandikar reads out standing order 43. He says that it is his decision that the motion is proper and his decision is final. Anyone who questions the motion will considered to be ‘out of order’.

10.23am: There is a bit of commotion with a few MPs from both sides seeking to speak. Gobind Singh (DAP-Puchong) stands up a few times to raise a point of order.

House speaker Pandikar admonishs Gobind for his “stalling tactics”. “I have the power to kick you out!” he warns.

10.18am: Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS-Tumpat) stands up to say that the motion is in contempt of the Dewan Rakyat. Because the motion to refer Anwar to the rights and privileges committee is to ask the powerful committee to determine the punishment and not to weigh whether if he is guilty. This he says violates the committee’s rights.

10.16am: Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) almost got into an argument with House speaker Pandikar Amin over the matter brought up by his fellow MPs. After an explanation from Pandikar, Kit Siang relents.

NONE10.11am: House speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia he says he and the deputy speaker will determine if a motion is properly worded. If motion is on order paper then it is proper, he argues.

10.09am: Lim Kit Siang (DAP- Ipoh Timur) stands up to ask for explanation. He wonders if the motion is properly worded.

Lim has tweeted that today’s session in Parliament will be see a situation of “brute majority bullying minority”. He added that this would be an illustration on why BN must never be allowed to get back its much coveted two-thirds parliamentary majority.

10.08am: BN whip Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz gets the ball rolling on motion to censure Anwar. He reads out the following motion:

“BAHAWA pada 17 Mac 2010, Yang Berhormat Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh, ketika mengambil bahagian dalam Perbahasan Usul Menjunjung Kasih Atas Titah Ucapan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, telah mengeluarkan kenyataan, “1999 Satu Israel. 2009 APCO menasihat Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib 1Malaysia”.

BAHAWA Yang Berhormat Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh telah mengeluarkan kenyataan yang mengelirukan serta membuat dakwaan yang sangat serius dan menyalahi hak dan keistimewaan sebagai Ahli Parlimen serta merupakan satu penghinaan kepada Dewan ini.

MAKA INILAH DIPERSETUJUI BAHAWA Ahli Yang Berhormat Permatang Pauh hendaklah dirujuk kepada Jawatankuasa Hak dan Kebebasan. Jawatankuasa ini hendaklah membuat syor jenis hukuman yang setimpal yang patut Dewan kenakan ke atas Ahli Yang Berhormat Permatang Pauh.”

10.06am: Nazri Aziz (Umno-Padang Rengas) moves that today’s session in the House will not be suspended until motion to censure Anwar Ibrahim ((PKR-Permatang Pauh) and several other bills have been passed.

10.05am: Abdul Rahim Bakri (Umno-Kudat), who is deputy transport minister, just give notice to the House to retract Road Transport Act amendment bill. The amendments include raising the compound for traffic offences to RM1,000 from RM300.

10am: The four speakers from the Pakatan Rakyat are:

1. Azmin Ali (PKR- Gombak)
2. Anthony Loke (DAP-Rasah)
3. Marfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena)
4. Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh)

For Barisan Nasional:

1. Nur Jazlan (Umno-Pulai)
2. Abdul Rahman Dahlan (Umno-Kota Belud)
3. Khairy Jamaluddin (Umno-Rembau)
4. Nazri Aziz (Umno-Padang Rengas)

BN whip Nazri Abdul Aziz has earlier told Malaysiakini in the Parliament lobby that he would be tabling a government motion under standing order 27(3), while the offence for Anwar is section 36(12) for misleading the House.

9.46am: The motion to censure Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh) for misleading the Parliament over his 1Malaysia-One Israel allegations will be the first order of business on this last day of the current House sitting.

The chamber as well as the public gallery is packed with parliamentarians in anticipating of the debate.

[More to follow]

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PUSAT MEDIA PILIHANRAYA KECIL P094 HULU SELANGOR

MEDIA CENTRE FOR P094 HULU SELANGOR BY ELECTION

PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT

No.18, Jalan Dato Muda Jaafar, 44000 Kuala Kubu Baru, Hulu Selangor

Pengarang Berita,

JEMPUTAN  MEDIA

[Dikeluarkan pada 9:00 malam, 21 April 2010]

[Tertakluk kepada perubahan]

22/4/2010 Khamis

Masa Tempat Program Catatan
8am Pasar Pagi Kuala Kubu Bharu Walkabout Datuk Zaid Ibrahim
10am Pasar Pagi Batang Kali Walkabout Datuk Zaid Ibrahim
11am Pusat Media KEADILAN, KKB Sidang Media Latheefa Koya

Aktivis Orang Asli Serendah

5pm Ladang 15 & SKC Bernam Walkabout Datuk Zaid Ibrahim
8pm Padang Perumahan Taman Teratai, DUN KKB Ceramah Perdana Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (10pm)

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (10pm)

8pm Padang Kampung Gedangsa, Felda Gedangsa, DUN Hulu Bernam Ceramah Perdana Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (11pm)

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (11pm)

23/4/2010 Jumaat

Masa Tempat Program Catatan
8pm Sungai Tengi, DUN Hulu Bernam Ceramah Perdana Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim

8pm Kg Sungai Buaya, DUN Batang Kali Ceramah Perdana Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim

Perkhidmatan internet wi-fi kini aktif di Pusat Media Pilihanraya Kecil P094 Hulu Selangor Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Sila hubungi Hj Mus mengenai pergerakan calon di talian 012-3226596, atau melayari www.zaiduntukrakyat.com. Wartawan dan jurugambar dijemput untuk membuat liputan kecuali Utusan Malaysia. Sekian, terima kasih.

URUSETIA PUSAT MEDIA PILIHANRAYA KECIL P094 HULU SELANGOR

(Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila layari www.zaiduntukrakyat.com ; atau hubungi Ketua Penerangan Latheefa Koya 012-3842972, Pengarah Komunikasi Jonson Chong 012-29661276)

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The roads of Felda settlement Sg Tenggi might show who’ll eventually win on Sunday in the by-election. – Picture by Choo Choy May

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA KUBU BARU, April 21 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is focusing on Felda settlements across Hulu Selangor to ensure Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s victory in the April 25 by-election after PKR fared poorly there in Election 2008.

Campaigners from PR’s PAS and PKR have spread out as they can finally access the Felda settlements, which are seen as the vote bank to the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional’s (BN).

BN has named MIC information chief P. Kamalanathan for the by-election.

“Our objective is to win, to get more than 50 per cent, but if we can at least increase our share of Felda votes by 10 per cent, that is good enough for us to win Hulu Selangor,” said PKR Felda affairs bureau chairman Suhaimi Said.

In Election 2008, PKR’s Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad defeated MIC No 2, Datuk G. Palanivel by 198 votes. PKR did not do well in the all-Malay settlements garnering about 30 per cent of the total votes.

“I don’t even want to talk about the past results, but last time we were not allowed into the settlements, obviously a lot of things have changed since then,” Suhaimi told The Malaysian Insider.

There are four Felda settlements in Hulu Selangor — Sungai Tengi, Soeharto, Gedangsa and Sungai Tengi Selatan — with 6,841 voters in them, and most of them backed Barisan Nasional in Election 2008.

Suhaimi and his team of 80 campaigners, mostly second generation Felda settlers from Pahang, have been in the Sungai Tengi settlement since early April to educate the settlers on what he called act of betrayal by the land development authority.

Since the start of the campaign period, the party loyalists have been going on house to house visit in all the Felda schemes, distributing leaflets containing allegations on how Felda has been exploiting the settlers.

It claimed that the land authority has deviated from its original objective to help landless Malays but is now treating settlers as the source of cheap labour.

Suhaimi who was arrested under the ISA twice in the 1980s, claimed Felda has made it compulsory for settlers to replant their palm oil through an appointed contractor, a scheme which caused settlers to be in debt for the rest of their lives.

The newly-formed PKR bureau also prepared customised banners with messages focusing on the settlers’ which are put up along major roads in the Felda settlements.

The party also distributed Zaid’s pledge to protect the interest of the settlers should he wins the election.

The palm oil which builds the economy for the Felda community. – Picture by Choo Choy May

“Felda is one of the world’s largest plantation groups in the world yet each settler only receives RM1,500 per month,” reads a message on a banner in Felda Sungai Tengi.

Felda settlers who did not undertake clearing and replanting on their own are paid on average RM1,500 to RM2,000 per month while those who chose to manage their own land earn more than double the amount, said Suhaimi.

He said only 25,000 out of the 110,000 settlers from some 300 schemes nationwide who decided not to depend on Felda for replanting.

“If they replant on their own, they will not in debt, and can earn RM4,000 to RM7,000 a month, but if Felda does it, they end up owing Felda money and they only get RM1,500 to RM2,000 a month,” Suhaimi told The Malaysian Insider in an interview at the PKR operation centre in Felda Sungai Tengi.

“Some of them are too old to be able to settle their loans, the next generation cannot inherit the land,” he said.

Apart from the PKR’s Felda affairs bureau, the PAS-backed Anak, an organization fighting for the rights of the second-generation settlers has also mobilised 50 campaigners to win the Malays votes.

Anak is led by PAS central committee member Mazlan Aliman, who was arrested last month in Felda Lembah Klau in Pahang for allegedly trespassing into the settlement without permission.

“We want to offer the second-generation a better deal, for them the issue is land ownership,” said Mazlan who has mobilised 50 Anak activists to campaign in Hulu Selangor.

Felda was formed in 1956 to oversee development of rural land for rubber and oil palm planting and to improve the economic status of the landless rural Malay community.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/60401-felda-settlements-key-to-pakatan-victory

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