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The Hulu Selangor “buy-election” aftermath

April 26, 2010

Media Statement from Deputy President of KEADILAN
25th April 2010

RESULT OF HULU SELANGOR BY-ELECTION

While we are sad to lose the seat, we are glad that we have been able to make considerable headway amongst the voters. We take that as a sign that our policies and programmes, even after a mere two years, have brought benefits to the people.

In 2008, we lost all three state seats by a collective majority of 6,000 votes, and we won the parliamentary seat
by a wafer-thin margin — for reasons that everyone knows.

We are therefore heartened that despite the mud-slinging at our candidate, the unashamed vote buying, the presence of all of the BN’s top guns, including the Prime Minister himself, the media spins and the absence of the specific factors that won us the parliamentary seat the last time, we were able to make significant advances amongst the voters, especially those in the Felda settlements, and to make a mockery of proud boasts by the BN that they would win with a majority of over 3,000.

In reality, the BN only won with a majority of around 1,700 votes: 600 of the majority came from postal votes. Najib has nothing to celebrate.

Our candidate will keep to his pledge to continue to work for all the people of Hulu Selangor. Pakatan Rakyat will
continue to work for all the people. The Pakatan Rakyat Government of Selangor will continue to carry through its
pro-people policies and programmes.

Dr Syed Husin Ali
Deputy PresidentParti Keadilan Rakyat

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

PKR blames poor turnout on BN intimidation and hanky-panky

PKR has expressed disappointment in the poor voter turnout for the crucial polls today and blames it on Barisan Nasional’s (BN) steady intimidation on voters and hanky-panky in the electoral roll.

Besides the “illegal” change of voting stations for 13,488 voters in the large constituency, PKR said they have also received more than 50 complaints from voters who claim their names were suddenly removed from the electoral roll.

“We are still tallying the number of complaints we have received but it is safe to say that there are more than 50 of them,” PKR election director Fuziah Salleh told The Malaysian Insider.

She added that the practice of intimidation by rowdy BN supporters and dubious campaign methods employed by the BN faction had also caused a large portion of the electorate to shy away from today’s crucial polling.

“We cannot say for certain why this is happening… We are still wondering why ourselves. However, we believe that this was largely due to the politics of intimidation used by them,” she said.

As at the close of today’s polls, a total of 48,935 voters out of the total 64,500 voters or 75.8 per cent have cast their ballots.

While today’s voting process concluded successfully without overly violent clashes, the small voter turnout despite the importance of the heavily-publicised by-election comes as a surprise.

PKR views the election as crucial for it badly needs to patch up its tattered image as a solid opposition party in view of the spate of damaging defections that rocked the party of late.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the meantime has already labelled the by-election, the country’s tenth since Election 2008, as a referendum to his administration which has been embarking on a more liberalised stance.

The BN has pitched first-time candidate P. Kamalanathan against political heavyweight from PKR Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who was formerly Umno’s Cabinet minister of law.

“According to our figures, the voter turnout in the Felda areas were a little less than 70 per cent. The Chinese that came out to vote were only about 75 per cent and for the Indian voters, the turnout in the estates were lower than those in the towns. For the Malays, only about 70 per cent turned out,” said Fuziah.

She pointed out that the PKR was suspicious of the method that the by-election was run, adding that in Serendah, the returning officers in three schools had refused to sign the Form 14 of the counting agents.

“By failing to sign, it means they can do anything they want with the forms and we cannot do anything to claim it was a fraud,” she said.

She added however that the PKR’s orders to all its counting agents was never to leave their posts until the forms were signed.

“We told them to lock themselves in the stations and never leave until the forms are signed. This is a matter of life and death,” she cautioned.

Meanwhile, early indication show that PKR may just have a chance to clinch the polls.

An observer told The Malaysian Insider that the poor voter turnout was largely due to the intimidating campaign style used by the BN to buy over support to their side.

“Maybe they are afraid to vote against the BN so they decided to take the goodies and stay away from the polls,” said the observer.

Former candidate V. S. Chandran told The Malaysian Insider that the BN would likely lose in areas like the Kerling polling district, Rasa and Kuala Kubu Bharu town.

“The sentiment in those areas are strong against the BN… people are unhappy with what happened before with our previous candidate,” he noted, in reference to MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel, who was the MP for Hulu Selangor for four terms since 1990.

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PKR’s loss a step forward for PR, says Kit Siang

By Clara Chooi

KUALA KUBU BHARU, April 25 — DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang has regarded the Pakatan Rakyat’s loss in the Hulu Selangor by-election as “a step forward” for the fledgling coalition, which had lost in all its three state seats in Election 2008.

Speaking at a small gathering at the mini stadium here tonight, Lim said that PKR’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s loss tonight was a mere 1,725 vote-margin, which was by far a smaller amount if compared to the losses in the last general election.

“In the last election, we had lost by about 6,300 votes (6,175 votes) in all the three state seats of Hulu Selangor. So if we want to compare these results, we have to look at the results in the tally of votes for the three state seats and not the total votes polls for the parlimentary seat,” he said.

In the parliamentary contest for Hulu Selangor, PKR had won by a small majority of just 198 votes.

“So did they really win back all their votes? No. They are still lacking. So we concede that we have lost but we have gained more support than what we had before,” he said.

Lim said that the PR had taken a few steps forward while the Barisan Nasional had taken several steps back.

“Even then, it was because they had won in this ‘buy-election’… not a by-election. The Prime Minister had come here, brandishing more than RM60 million to distribute to the people,” he claimed.

Lim added that if totalled with the amount of money the BN had spent for its extensive election machinery, the government would have spent a whopping RM100 million for a mere by-election.

“Is this what we want? In any case, this is not a victory of the hearts of the people for them. That would be a true victory… when truth is won,” he said.

Lim noted that like Zaid, he too had lost in his first by-election.

“This is Zaid’s first election on the PKR ticket,” he pointed out.

Failure, he said, was the “mother of all success”.

“Like (Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri) Khalid Ibrahim… he lost in the Ijok by-election in 2007. But he came back again in 2008… and his loss in Ijok was just the platform for us to take over the entire Selangor government.

“Let Hulu Selangor be the second Ijok,” he said.

With this, Lim said that in the next election, the PR would win over Putrajaya and claim the Federal government.

Zaid today was defeated by MIC’s first-time candidate P. Kamalanathan when he polled 23,272 against the latter’s 24,997 and lost by a 1,725 vote-margin.

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Hulu Selangor — Dr Syed Husin Ali

APRIL 25 — While we are sad to lose the seat, we are glad that we have been able to make considerable headway amongst the voters.

We take that as a sign that our policies and programmes, even after a mere two years, have brought benefits to the people.

In 2008, we lost all three state seats by a collective majority of 6,000 votes, and we won the parliamentary seat by a wafer-thin margin — for reasons that everyone knows.

We are therefore heartened that despite the mud-slinging at our candidate, the unashamed vote buying, the presence of all of the BN’s top guns, including the Prime Minister himself, the media spins and the absence of the specific factors that won us the parliamentary seat the last time, we were able to make significant advances amongst the voters, especially those in the Felda settlements, and to make a mockery of proud boasts by the BN that they would win with a majority of over 3,000.

In reality, the BN only won with a majority of around 1,700 votes: 600 of the majority came from postal votes. Najib has nothing to celebrate.

Our candidate will keep to his pledge to continue to work for all the people of Hulu Selangor. Pakatan Rakyat will continue to work for all the people. The Pakatan Rakyat Government of Selangor will continue to carry through its pro-people policies and programmes.

* Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali is PKR deputy president
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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Bridget Welsh: Tiada pemenang dalam PRK Hulu Selangor
Today at 8:14am

Tiada pemenang dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil Hulu Selangor, malah ia belum cukup untuk dilihat sebagai referendum terhadap Perdana Menteri Najib Razak sungguhpun Barisan Nasional menawan semula kawasan pengundian ini. Demikianlah pandangan pengkaji politik, Bridget Welsh semasa mengulas keputusan PRK Hulu Selangor.

Ketika dihubungi MerdekaReview, Bridget Welsh (gambar kiri) yang juga Profesor Madya di Singapore Management University berkata, walaupun BN memenangi PRK ini, namun ia satu kemenangan yang “kurang cantik”, khususnya apabila Najib menongkah arus tradisional dan turun sendiri ke padang untuk menarik undi dengan menabur gula.

“Sememangnya, anda boleh mengatakan menang tu menang-lah,” kata Bridget Welsh. Pada awal PRK Hulu Selangor, Bridget Welsh menganggap ia sebagai satu referendum terhadap prestasi Najib dalam menguruskan ekonomi negara kita. Namun, setelah mengamati kempen untuk PRK ini, beliau menganggap ia “belum cukup untuk dilihat sebagai referendum”.
Calon MIC-BN P.Kamalanathan menewaskan calon PKR-PR Zaid Ibrahim dengan majoriti 1,725 undi. PRK yang mencatat kadar pengundian 75.87% ini mempunyai 731 undi rosak.

Pakatan Rakyat perlu muhasabah
Selain itu, Bridget Welsh berpendapat bahawa Pakatan Rakyat harus mengambil iktibar dari PRK ini. Menurut Bridget, PR harus berkempen dalam satu pasukan, malah dalam PRK ini, PR lebih berada pada kedudukan “mengawal” (defend), dan agak perlahan langkahnya pada peringkat permulaan. Beliau menjangkakan keadaan mungkin memihak kepada PR seandainya tempoh berkempen dipanjangkan.

Pada pandangan Bridget, sungguhpun strategi BN untuk menyerang secara peribadi terhadap Zaid dan menabur gula kelihatan berkesan, namun taktik ini telah menjadikan kemenangan ini tercalit. Beliau menganggap Zaid Ibrahim seorang calon yang baik dan berwawasan, tetapi lemah dalam strategi kempennya.

“Saya merasakan tiada pemenang yang sebenarnya dalam PRK ini. Malah pengundi Hulu Selangor juga bukan pemenang yang sebenar. Walau bagaimanapun, saya masih dalam pengamatan,” katanya.
Pada 24 April, PM Najib menjanjikan peruntukan sebanyak RM3 juta kepada SRJK (c) Rasa, pembinaan 200 unit rumah kos rendah di Hulu Bernam dan peruntukan RM25 ribu kepada dua pertubuhan Cina di Hulu Bernam, seandainya BN menang.

Pada 23 April, Najib mengumumkan pembayaran pampasan tanah atas pembelian tanah sebanyak RM 50 ribu kepada 100 orang bekas peneroka FELDA Sungai Buaya, yang membawa kepada jumlah RM5 juta. Setiap daripada mereka memperolehi RM1000 pada peringkat awal, dan ini merupakan hasil penantian 15 tahun oleh mereka.

Selain itu, Najib mengumumkan pembinaan susur masuk dan keluar Sungai Buaya di Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan yang bernilai RM85 juta, yang bakal dimulakan pada tahun depan dan dijangka akan disiapkan dalam tempoh dua tahun.

PRK Ijok?
Apa yang menarik, PRK Hulu Selangor agak menyerupai PRK Ijok pada tahun 2007 dalam banyak perkara. PM ketika itu, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi turun ke kawasan pengundian tiga hari sebelum mengundi, apabila keadaan agak mencemaskan buat pihak BN. Apa yang berbeza, bekas PM Mahathir Mohamad tidak dibawa bersama. Namun, kempen BN yang diketuai Najib pada ketika itu juga mengerahkan jentera kerajaan sepenuhnya.

Dalam kedua-dua PRK ini, budaya rasuah, ugutan, samseng bermaharajalela. Selain itu, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) juga tidak memperlihatkan “keberkecualiannya”, apabila masalah senarai daftar pengundi, pertukaran pusat mengundi masih berlaku.

Jika dilihat kejadian keganasan yang berlaku, PRK Hulu Selangor mungkin gagal menandingi PRK Ijok, kerana calon PKR ketika itu, Khalid Ibrahim dibaling dengan air botol semasa berkempen. Malah pada hari penamaan calon, Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO ketika itu, Khairy Jamaluddin (gambar kanan) mengetuai penyokong BN untuk bertelagah dengan PR. Poster “Sedia Gempur” kelihatan di mana-mana, malah berlakunya perang membaling air botol dan pertembungan fizikal.

Kedua-dua PRK ini memperlihatkan kecenderungan pengundi Cina untuk menyokong PKR. Walaupun PKR tidak menang di Pekan Ijok, kawasan pengundi Cina majoriti, namun PRK hanya tewas nipis, memperlihatkan pola pengundi Cina yang menyebelahi PKR.
*Chen Shaua Fui ialah Assistant Editor

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Malays, Indians trickle back, Chinese stay away from BN


Written by Chan Kok Leong
Monday, 26 April 2010 00:58
BUKIT BERUNTUNG: By-elections are very different from a general election.

Although it is sometimes indicative of the sentiments, by-elections bear their own histories, with wants and needs that differ from place to place. It is not an accurate premonition of the general election to come.

In fact, it can be totally opposite of the local sentiments.

The Ijok by-election in April 2007 was a good example of how local needs took precedence and portrayed a warped view of what was in store in the next general election.

After picking a relative unknown from MIC K Parthiban by giving him a 1,850-vote majority, the same voters returned the favour to PKR candidate, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who lost 11 months earlier, with a 1,920-vote majority in the 12th general election (GE).

Practicality ruled the day in Ijok as voters decided to accept any goodies that Barisan Nasional (BN) could dish out or promised to give for the remaining electoral months before shutting off Parthiban’s replacement from Umno Datuk Mohamed Sayuti Said in favour of Khalid.

With a little more than two years to go before the 13th GE, it looks like Hulu Selangor also chose to settle local governance issues and collect on old debts before deciding again on April 25.

Barring huge majorities for either coalition, it is hard to say that the popularity of either BN or Pakatan Rakyat has improved by much ever since the last general election.

For BN, a huge majority means a return to the 10,000-vote margins it used to enjoy prior to the 2008 GE. In 2004, MIC deputy president Datuk G Palanivel beat PAS’ Datuk Ismail Kamus by 14,483 votes.

While any win above 3,000 votes for Pakatan Rakyat would have meant gains in non-Malay votes while preserving their slim Malay popularity. Instead, the 1,725 majority picked up by MIC’s compromise candidate P Kamalanathan neither proves that BN is back in favour nor PKR’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was soundly rejected.

In the last GE, the combined majority enjoyed by BN in the three state seats — Hulu Bernam, Kuala Kubu Baru and Batang Kali — was 6,176 votes while parliamentary seat incumbent Datuk G Palanivel lost by 198 votes to PKR’s Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

Nevertheless, a string of by-election trends put together paint a very different picture.

Notwithstanding Permatang Pauh, Batang Ai and Bagan Pinang, where the presence of a local hero or postal votes overwhelmed the results, the other six by-elections showed a trend among non-Malay voters.

Other than in Kuala Terengganu, where the local MCA was helmed by the state’s sole Chinese assemblyman and executive councillor Toh Chin Yaw, the other five by-elections saw a continuing flight of non-Malay voters to the opposition. The biggest jump was among the Chinese, which saw at least 15% improvements for Pakatan Rakyat.

On the other hand, since the by-election in Bukit Gantang and Manek Urai, Malay voters have slowly begun to shift back to BN by around 3%-5%.

Using samplings from four Malay, Chinese and Indian-majority polling stations, Hulu Selangor backed the trend of Chinese voters pulling further away from BN while Malay voters are returning to the fold. Indian voters, however, showed a shift back to BN albeit slowly.

Malays back with BN
Malay voters from high-majority seats such as Gedangsa, Kg Gesir, Kg Sg Dusun and Kg Desa Maju showed much stronger performances compared to 2008’s results.

In all four polling stations, Kamalanathan improved on Palanivel’s showing. The highest percentage of improvement was in Kg Gesir which has 842 Malay voters. While Palanivel only had 246 votes, his successor picked up 607 tickets, a 146% improvement.

The other three polling stations showed smaller improvements — Gedangsa (865 to 957 votes), Kg Sg Dusun (987 to 1,115) and Kg Desa Maju (943 to 1,043).

The improvement could be due to the absence of swing voting which took place in 2008 and contributed to Palanivel’s defeat.

But without polling station data from 2008 GE, this cannot be confirmed.

What the four stations do show, is that BN continues to improve among Malay voters whether it is due to the new Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak or pressure group Perkasa’s emergence.

Promises made by the prime minister to partially settle some of their outstanding debts due to a botched development problem is another strong reason for voters here to pick BN.

Another reason for the Malay return to BN could be due to the fact that PKR and PAS are not held to be strong in Hulu Selangor. And the sluggishness of the PAS election machinery did not help PR.

Continuing flight of the Chinese
The trend among the Chinese continues from Bukit Gantang and PR has continued its improvement here.

In Kg Baru Kalumpang, Kg Baru Cina KKB, Kg Baru Rasa and Ulu Yam Lama, Zaid earned more votes with the highest improvement coming from 95%-Chinese Kg Baru Rasa.

Here, Zaid almost doubled his predecessor’s gains from 560 to 1,154 votes. Other polling stations showed improvements albeit smaller gains.

Despite the prime minister making his rounds around Ulu Yam, Assam Kumbang and the Rasa areas, his walkabouts did not help much.

The Chinese here, which are involved in the agriculture and small-medium-enterprises do not seem taken by his 1Malaysia or the New Economic Model (NEM). While the jury is still out about the NEM, the Chinese here are probably disinterested in the liberalisation of sectors which do not concern them.

Instead national issues concerning integrity and corruption coupled by the years of neglect under the previous BN governments are still issues they feel strong enough to continue to “punish” BN.

Indian coming home slowly
The biggest cheer of Hulu Selangor for BN comes from the Indians as despite the compromise candidacy of Kamalanathan, he has managed to improved on Palanivel’s performance.

One of the biggest factors for BN’s poor performance in the 12th GE was the sudden and drastic drop of Indian votes — culminating in many MIC leaders losing their seats.

But a little after two years, the Indians are either less angry with their old party or they have become disenchanted with PR’s overtures

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Monday, April 26, 2010

MACC should investigate whether Najib had committed at least two election bribery offences under Election Offences Act 1957 in the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign yesterday

by Lim Kit Siang,

It has been brought to my attention that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should investigate whether the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had committed at least two election bribery offences under the Election Offences Act 1957 in the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign for the Barisan Nasional candidate yesterday.

The first incident was his blatant disregard of the Election Offences Act against bribery when he tried to induce the 1,500 voters of Rasa to vote for the BN candidate by announcing the approval of RM3 million for rebuilding Rasa Chinese Primary School but with one big condition.

Najib publicly declared: “If we win this by-election, you can come to Kuala Lumpur the next day to look for me. I will write a personal letter to approve the money and it will be transferred to the school board’s account. If we lose, don’t have to come.”

The second incident was during his visit to Kampong Hassan where he promised the Chinese-majority voters in the area that the Barisan Nasional government would build 200 low-cost housing for them if the BN candidate wins the by-election.

Najib is doing what no other previous five Prime Ministers had done – promising to issue a RM3 million approval for the Rasa Chinese primary school and building 200 low-cost houses for the Kg Hassan predominantly-Chinese voters – both on the condition that BN wins the Ulu Selangor by-election today.

Has election of an elected representative, whether MP or State Assembly person, been reduced to buy-and-sell by BN leaders like in the marketplace under Najib as Prime Minister with the Election Offences Act to prevent electoral abuses and offences becoming a dead letter?
What has the MACC Chief Commissioner got to say?

http://national-express-malaysia.blogspot.com/2010/04/macc-should-investigate-whether-najib.html

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Almost 49,000 voted, says EC

UPDATED

By The Malaysian Insider team

KUALA KUBU BARU, April 25 — Polling closed in Hulu Selangor at 5pm with 75.8 per cent of the registered voters turning up. The 48,935 voters who did vote will decide whether Barisan Nasional recaptures the Selangor parliamentary seat or let Pakatan Rakyat successful defend their 2008 win.

Polling stations opened at 8 this morning.

At 4pm 73.82 per cent of 64,500 voters had voted, choosing between PKR’s  Datuk Zaid Ibrahim or MIC’s P. Kamalanathan.

The Election Commission said 47,615 have cast their votes in 136 polling streams by 4pm.

A total 63,701 ordinary voters are due to cast their ballots to elect their new MP at 48 polling centres. Some 799 police and military personnel and election workers cast postal votes on Thursday and Friday in the country’s 10th by-election since Election 2008.

Police have mounted tight security controls to ensure a smooth polling, directing traffic in towns within the district that are more used to weekend anglers and picnickers rather than the dedicated supporters of both Barisan Nasional (BN)and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) who had packed the district in an eight-day campaign period.

BN officials said most of the early voters are PR supporters but they have now gone out to ferry their own supporters to ensure a high turnout and a better chance of victory in the hotly-contested poll.

Selangor’s first by-election since Election 2008 was called following the March 25 death of PKR’s Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad, who won the seat by a slim 198 votes majority over four-term MP and MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel.

Palanivel was the initial MIC choice but a very public spat with Umno which wanted a fresh face finally saw a compromise candidate in Kamalanathan, who is the MIC information chief and Putera MIC co-ordinator.

Two others, V. Chandran and Johan Md Diah, signed up on Nomination Day last April 17 as independent candidates but dropped out last Tuesday. Chandran, the former Hulu Selangor MIC deputy chief, is campaigning for BN but Johan has disappeared.

The Hulu Selangor campaign has been blistering from the word go, with both rival coalitions pouring millions and promising more while trading personal attacks against each other’s candidates.

BN has capitalised on Zaid’s drinking past with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also calling him a “Cabinet reject” although the former law minister quit the Cabinet in late 2008. Najib has broken traditional BN convention to pay three visits to the campaign which he has called a referendum on his one-year administration.

PR too has promised land titles to Hulu Selangor voters, arguing it has brought changes in its two-year-rule of Selangor — one of the four states it won in Election 2008.

It has also attacked Kamalanathan as an “Umno stooge” and questioned his academic qualifications.

The Election Commission expects some 80 per cent of the 64,500 voters to turn up and cast their votes when polling closes at 5pm. The results are expected after 9.30pm.

MORE TO COME
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April 26, 2010 00:19 AM

Zaid Claims Election Was Not Clean

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HULU SELANGOR, April 25 (Bernama) — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate Datuk Zaid Ibrahim who lost the Hulu Selangor by-election Sunday said he accepted defeat but claimed the voting system in the country was not fair and clean.

Zaid, a former minister and former Kota Baharu Umno division chief who polled 23,272 votes to lose by 1,725 votes to P. Kamalanathan (24,997), said Barisan Nasional, said Barisan Nasional (BN) won because of vote-buying.

He also alleged that the Election Commission (EC) was biased.

“I hope one day the people here will recognise and accept PKR’s struggle. PKR’s struggle will not end in Hulu Selangor,” he told about 200 Pakatan Rakyat supporters and leaders including DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, at the Mini Stadium in Kuala Kubu Bharu after the result was announced.

The Hulu Selangor seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of PKR on March 25.

Dr Zainal defeated MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel by 198 votes during the 2008 general election.

Meanwhile, Khalid said the Pakatan Rakyat machinery must be more disciplined and not rest on their laurels or take things for granted.

He added that despite losing, he and Zaid would return to Hulu Selangor bring about changes.

Khalid said the Selangor state government would continue to visit Felda settlements in Hulu Selangor to find out their problems and assist in whatever way possible, especially matters related to land.

Yesterday, Khalid had announced that Zaid would head a committee that will study and review terms and conditions in agreements made by Felda settlers with the Federal government that do not favour the settlers.

— BERNAMA

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Ethnic Indian wins key Malaysian by-poll

April 25th, 2010 – 9:38 pm ICT by IANS

Kuala Kubu Baru (Malaysia), April 25 (IANS) An ethnic Indian Sunday won a prestigious parliamentary by-election, giving a boost to the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) that claims to speak for the 1.7 million community.
MIC’s information chief and a public relations consultant P. Kamalanathan re-took the Hulu Selangor seat the party – a constituent of the ruling alliance Barisan Nasional (BN) – had lost by a narrow margin of 198 votes in 2008.

Kamalanathan won by a margin of 1,725 votes, getting 24,997 votes to the opposition Pakatan Rakyat candidate Zaid Ibrahim’s 23,272, The Star newspaper said.

He had been hand-picked by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak over MIC vice chief G. Palanivel who had held the seat since 1991.

Razak had also preferred the MIC to contest the seat over the claims by his own United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), although ethnic Indian voters comprised only 19.6 percent of the electorate in the constituency.

The challenge for the MIC, the prime minister said, was to represent all the communities, not just ethnic Indians.

The Hulu Selangor victory is significant for the MIC that had been reduced to three seats in the 2008 election in which the party chief, S. Samy Vellu had lost his ninth bid at re-election.

Indians form seven percent, followed by ethnic Chinese in Malaysia’s 28 million population.

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PKR admits defeat in Felda settlements

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA KUBU BARU, April 25 — PKR has conceded that it has failed to win the majority of the more than 6,000 Felda votes at stake in the Hulu Selangor by-election today.

“We started with support level of about 26 per cent, but in the end we managed to get 30 per cent, but we have achieved our target as our job here is to improve the support level,” said PKR Felda affairs bureau chief Suhaimi Said.

Suhaimi however was still confident that PKR can still win in the election based on the increase in support from other areas.

In Election 2008 PKR lost badly in all four Felda settlements in Hulu Selangor.

The party is only expected to do well in the former Felda settlement of Sungai Buaya, where more than 300 settlers have been waiting to be compensated for their land which was sold in 1994.

Suhaimi and his team of mostly second generation settlers from Pahang have been mounting an intense campaign in the settlements with the assistance of the PAS-backed second generation settlers group, Anak.

The two groups claimed that the land development authority had deviated from its original objective to help landless Malays but is now treating settlers as the source of cheap labour.

They even organised a two day national Felda settlers’ convention in the Sungai Tengi settlement that ended yesterday.

The convention was attended by PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Khalid also announced the formation of a special body to administer the process of issuing land titles to Felda settlers in the state, in a last minute attempt to win the Malay votes.

During polling today, PKR canvassers in Felda Sungai Tengi even adopted Umno’s battle cry, ‘Hidup Melayu’ or “long live the Malays” in urging the settlers to support its candidate, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim who is facing Barisan Nasional’s (BN) P. Kamalanathan.

“BN supporters’ chants in Felda Sungai Tengi was drowned by shouts of ‘Hidup Melayu’, ‘vote Zaid’ Ibrahim,” said PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Akin in his tweet on @shamsuliskandar.

The Malays form about 53 per cent of Hulu Selangor’s 64,500 voters.

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‘Probe Najib for election offences’

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 17:07
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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should investigate whether Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had committed two election bribery offences while campaigning in Hulu Selangor yesterday.

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang said it has been brought to his attention that Najib had allegedly committed the offences under the Election Offences Act, 1957.

According to him, the first incident was when the prime minister tried to induce 1,500 voters of Rasa to vote for BN candidate P Kamalanathan by announcing the approval of RM3 million to rebuild Rasa Chinese Primary School but with one big condition.

Najib publicly declared: “If we win this by-election, you can come to Kuala Lumpur the next day to look for me. I will write a personal letter to approve the money and it will be transferred to the school board’s account. If we lose, don’t have to come.”

Lim said the second incident was during Najib’s visit to Kampung Hassan where he promised the Chinese-majority voters that the BN government would build 200 low-cost houses for them if Kamalanathan wins.

He added that Najib was doing what no other previous five prime ministers had done – promising to approve RM3 million for the Rasa Chinese primary school and building 200 low-cost houses for the Kampung Hassan predominantly-Chinese voters – both on condition that BN wins the by-election today.

“What has the MACC got to say?” Lim said in his blogsite.

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