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Galas by election News

October 8, 2010

Kelantan may declare holiday on Galas by-election day

written by Bernama Thursday, 07 October 2010 19:10 KOTA BAHARU: Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said there was a possibility that Nov 4 would be declared a holiday to facilitate the by-election for the Galas State Assembly seat.

He said the matter was being considered because the date would fall on Thursday, which was a working day.

Nik Abdul Aziz, who is also the Pas spiritual leader, said his intention was to make it easier for voters to come out to cast their votes, especially for
those residing in remote areas.

He regretted that the date would be a working day, saying that the Election Commission should have discussed with the state goverment before making the decision.

The EC announced Oct 26 as the nomination day while polling was set for Nov 4 if there was a contest.

The Galas state seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent representative from Pas, Chek Hashim Sulaima, 46, due to cancer of the intestine
last month. — Bernama

Gua Musang Umno secretary Aziz may be BN’s choice

Oct 7, 10 12:22pm

Gua Musang Umno secretary Abdul Aziz Yusof, 49, is among the few who were speculated to be fielded as the BN candidate for the Galas state by-election scheduled for Nov 4.

Another name being mentioned is Gua Musang Umno Youth vice-chief Zamzani Harun, 39.

According to an Umno source in Gua Musang today, although Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was expected to be fielded as the BN candidate, he, as the BN and Umno election director, was believed to be inclined to choose another candidate.

The Galas state seat felt vacant after its incumbent Chek Hashim Sulaima, 46, from PAS, died of cancer on Sept 27.

Nomination day for the by-election was set on Oct 26, while polling day would be on Oct 4.

PAS, on the other hand, had not speculated much about its candidate, even though Kelantan PAS deputy commissioner II Husam Musa was reported as saying that the party was willing to field a candidate from the Orang Asli community.

Out of the total of 11,553 registered voters in Galas, 1,889 are Orang Asli.

Political analyst Juhaidi Yean Abdullah said PAS’ action in questioning the aptness of BN’s plan to field Tengku Razaleigh as its candidate was simply aimed at measuring the people’s acceptance towards Tengku Razaleigh, who is also Gua Musang Umno chief.

“They just wanted to see the reaction of the Kelantan people before they field their candidate.

“They tried to say that Tengku Razaleigh was not qualified to contest for the seat as it was deemed inappropriate in view of his position as the longest-serving MP and former finance minister,” he said.

Juhaidi said the truth was that Tengku Razaleigh was indeed an eligible candidate and that scared PAS.

“However, the possibility of Tengku Razaleigh fielding a candidate of his choice is higher than the possibility of him contesting for the seat,” he added.

– Bernama

View of sakmongkol AK47 of the Umno camp…

Friday, 1 October 2010

Tengku Razaleigh and Galas

Tengku Razaleigh is suddenly placed on a pedestal. Otherwise this PM we never had, lives like a hermit in Langkak Golf. He is ignored by the UMNO big bosses. Of use only when expediency dictates it.

Take Muhyidin for example. Muhyidin was extra friendly with him at one time because MUhyidin wanted him to challenge Pak Lah. Muhyidin prodded Razaleigh on, scaring the diffident Najib into action. Once the game was afoot, Muhyidn was behind Najib.

At his abode, he receives visitors regularly. Even UMNO people too. But UMNO people have this habit of coming like invisible men- afraid of prying eyes. Afraid to be seen with this much respected politician. Should he rise to the occasion, these people will gravitate towards hims like moths to flame.

His name has now become current all because of Galas, a state constituency in his Gua Musang seat. The DPM calls him and invited him to become the Operations Director of the Galas by election. This task is usually undertaken by the DPM with assistance from the Ketua Perhubungan Negeri. In the case of Kelantan- the man with the personality of a lamp post straddling the roads in Gua Musang, Mustafa Mohamad.

So Galas to Tengku Razaleigh will become, the proverbial, you swallow, father will die, you regurgitate, mother dies.

UMNO has never learn to treat its seniors civilly or politely. Imagine this. If UMNO doesn’t win Galas, people will say, it’s because TRH hasn’t done a good joib. He has no influence. Or even worse, TRH will be accused as the enemy under the blanket. If UMNO wins, it’s the effort of many, not TRH. Success has got many fathers, failure is an orphan.

I think it’s the Kelantan Perhubungan Negeri’s call. This will be a barometer whether the UMNO Negeri has carried out ground work in the interim. If it loses, it will also explode the myth and empty promises by Kelantan leaders, that they are ready to re take Kelantan.

TRH does not have to prove anything in Galas.

Indeed, I would suggest that UMNO stand aside to give PAS a walkover in the name of Malay unity. The reason is this: it can show the other non Malay components in BN, that UMNO can and is willing to unite for a common cause. Which is Malay unity. If PAS plays along, UMNO’s decision will have the effect of creating mistrust in PR’s camp. Lets hasten the anarchy within the opposition.


October 07, 2010 23:53 PM

PAS Not Taking It Lightly

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Bernama) — PAS has predicted a 48 per cent chance of the party retaining the state seat of Galas in Gua Musang compared to Barisan Nasional’s 52 per cent chance in the by-election on Nov 4.

Its secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said Pas was not taking the contest lightly because the party regarded the area as an Umno stronghold.

“We do not see it (by-election) as easy although we are the incumbent. If we lose, it may affect us somewhat although it won’t change the state government,” he told a press conference at the party’s headquarters, here, Thursday.

On Gua Musang member of parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah touted to be the BN candidate in the by-election, Mustafa believed the Umno stalwart would decline the offer.

“I think he has his own considerations,” he added.

On the PAS candidate, he said the party leaders would meet next week to discuss the matter after getting the list of nominations from Kelantan Pas.

The Galas by-election will be held following the death of its assemblyman Che Hashim Sulaima on Sept 27. The nomination date has been fixed for Oct 26.



Thursday October 7, 2010

Nov 4 Galas by-election comes at a busy time

KUALA LUMPUR: The fight for the Galas state seat is taking place during a busy period.

The polling date of Nov 4, which falls on Deepavali eve, coincides with the start of the Haj season for Muslims.

The kick-off for the intense nine-day campaign from the nomination date, set for Oct 26, will start just as the Umno general assembly ends and the PKR elections are in full swing.

It will also happen at a time when the Kelantan state assembly meets on the state budget from Nov 1.”

Other developments:

>        PAS may field an orang asli candidate for the seat as a “neutral” choice;

>       Controversial blogger Syed Azizi Syed Abdul Aziz, better known as Kickdefella, is being mentioned as a Barisan Nasional candidate after his fallout with PAS last year; and

>       The commission has said that polling day, which is on Thursday, will not affect voter turnout as most are self-employed and live within the constituency.

The Star.

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