BATU SAPI Updates (4)
“I would say we are between 38 and 40 percent in gaining ground to win.
“This is a slow process (to gain trust of the voters). I am catching a plane there now to help in the campaign,” he told reporters outside the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.
Anwar (right) is scheduled to speak at several ceramah within the Batu Sapi parliamentary constituency, for which PKR is involved in a three-way contest.
It has put up Ansari Abdullah as its candidate, while BN has picked Linda Tsen of PBS, the widow of the former seat holder, Edmund Chong.
SAPP president Yong Teck Lee, who has been without a state or parliamentary seat since a 1999 election offence, is the third candidate in the battle that is to be decided on Nov 4.
Mega projects for Umno cronies
Anwar, who was also asked about the announcement of mega projects by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in the 2011 Budget, said they were for the benefit of Umno cronies.
“The questionable mega-projects, no matter what the PNB (Permodalan Nasional Bhd) claims, are for the benefit of Umno cronies and not the people,” he said
He admitted, when asked, that he had a limited role in setting up Realmild Sdn Bhd, which holds a controlling stake in Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), when he served as deputy prime minister and finance minister.
“However, the testimonies in court show that the shares are owned by Umno, not by me. Some even said that 70 percent of it is owned by Dr Mahathir Mohamad. This lends credence to Umno’s involvment in major projects, which are to support its cronies.
‘Realmild court case has absolved me’
“What we are having now, as tabled in the budget, are more mega projects and I suspect they are also for the benefit of Umno cronies, as was done in the past,” Anwar added.
The opposition leader was asked about his role in setting-up Realmild during his tenure as finance minister, since it had been alleged that he played a major role in it. Some Umno politicians have even claimed that Anwar had a controlling stake in MRCB.
Anwar had said before that after the suit was filed by former Realmild director Khalid Ahmad against another former director Abdul Rahman Maidin, the court action had absolved him of having any interest in MRCB.
The Realmild case concluded in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today and the decision has been fixed for Dec 10.
By FMT Staff
SANDAKAN: The war between Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal and Sabah Chief Minster Musa Aman camps is now an open secret, according to former Sabah Umno leader sponsor Karim Ghani.
He said it was now public knowledge that both groups were trying to sabotage each others efforts in Batu Sapi in a bid to control Sabah politics.
He said Shafie’s group is actively working towards ensuring that Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) candidate Yong Teck Lee wins the Batu Sapi parliamentary constituency on Nov 4.
The seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Edmund Chong on Oct 9. Sabah BN has fielded his widow Linda Tsen, 54, as their candidate.
Karim said the open-war between the two camps had reached the ears of Umno president Najib Tun Razak who has issued a stern warning, to both groups, to stop immediately.
“Their (Shafie’s camp) aim is to embarass Musa Aman as the Sabah Umno liasion chief and Batu Sapi election director,” said Karim.
He urged Usno members, who had joined Umno, not to vote for the BN candidate, who is from Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
“This is because in 1985, PBS betrayed Usno and suppressed Usno for 10 years.
“I hope Usno members will show their hatred for PBS and not vote their candidate,” he said.
Karim said Batu Sapi was an important prelude to the 13th general election where only BN or Pakatan Rakyat had the ability to form the government.
In view of this, he said it would be a waste if Batu Sapi voters gave their support to SAPP which was only a state party.
By Queville To
SANDAKAN: PKR Batu Sapi by-election candidate Ansari Abdullah is happy with the response he’s receiving from the Batu Sapi folk on the campaign trail.
He said one of the main issues affecting the people here, both bumiputeras and the Chinese, concerns land.
Recalling his ‘chats with the people,’ he said that some had spoken of needing to get the approval of the Chief Minister for their land applications.
“Even for one acre of land, the applicant has to get the endorsement and signature of the Chief Minister. This should not be the case,” he said.
Land owners whose land lease had expired or was going to expire soon have been approached by people claiming to be closely associated to the
state government, who offered to purchase their land at a cheap price, he said.
If the land owners declined, their land lease would not be renewed or be imposed with a high land premium if they were to renew it.
The other pressing issue, he said, is security due to the presence and continuous influx of a large number of foreigners into the area.
Many of the fishing villages are said to be occupied by the foreigners now and many of the villagers have abandon their seaside dwellings and
move inland as crime has increased, Ansari claimed.
No pact with SAPP
Ansari also categorically denied that there was any agreement or pact between with the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) in the by-election.
“All we did before this was suggest to SAPP to join us in Pakatan Rakyat to be the voice of the people. If SAPP was willing to accept this, then we (PKR) were prepared to give way to an SAPP candidate.
“We offered them a ‘one-to-one’ fight with the BN, but they don’t want. It’s up to them (SAPP) whether they want to cooperate with us in future, or not,” he elaborated.
The Batu Sapi parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Edmund Chong in an accident on Oct 9.
Barisan Nasional is fielding Chong’s wife Linda Tsen, in a bid to swing sympathy votes. Rivalling both Ansari and Tsen for the seat is Sabah Progressive Party president Yong Teck Lee who is attempting to make a comeback into mainstream politics.
Currently Yong is giving BN a nightmare. His campaign trail is reportedly littered with rousing welcomes by voters. It’s left to be seen if their support will convert into votes on Nov 4.
October 29, 2010 15:23 PM
Ansari Insists On Debate With Yong
SANDAKAN, Oct 29 (Bernama) — Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate for the Batu Sapi paliamentary by-election, Ansari Abdullah, insists on a debate with his Sabah Progressive Party opponent Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
He said that Yong, the SAPP president and former Chief Minister, was just making an excuse to avoid a debate when he claimed that he (Ansari) had no local standi to represent PKR because he was only the Tuaran head of the party.
“The debate is not between parties. The debate is between candidates (for the Nov 4 by-election). So I hope Datuk Yong will make himself available to present his case so that the people of Batu Sapi can judge for themseleves which of the three candidates is the best choice for them,” he told reporters here.
“Maybe Datuk Yong is thinking of a court case involving us when I represented (former Sabah Chief Minister) Datuk Harris (Salleh) against him.
Butyou can tell Yong this time people will be the judge.” Also present at the press conference were Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Sabah DAP chairman Hiew King Chiu and PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar.
On Thursday, Yong said Ansari had no local standi to debate him, but was willing to have it out with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Ansari said that debate and discourse should be made a culture among political parties and the people of Sabah.
By refusing to the debate, he added, Yong seemed to prefer going back to the politics of the 1960s.
DAP, PKR dismiss ‘secret’ pact to ensure Chinese rule
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 — PKR and DAP lawmakers have furiously dismissed the notion of a secret pact between the two allies to ensure Chinese rule should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) capture Putrajaya.
Instead both parties trained their guns on ex-PKR MP Zulkifli Noordin, who made the claim, calling him a liar who was “spinning tall tales” to serve his “political masters” in Barisan Nasional (BN).
The Kulim Bandar-Baharu MP told Parliament yesterday that there was a “secret contract” between PKR and DAP and that even PAS — a PR partner — was unaware of.
“There is no secret pact or deal at all. This is a ridiculous ploy by Zulkifli who only intention is to split up members of Pakatan Rakyat.
“This is the kind of bankrupt politician that is being used by BN to suggest that sort of allegation against us, that we would go behind our own coalition partners… no we are not like BN,” said PKR vice-president Azmin Ali.
Dubbing Zulkifli as a “barking dog” of the ruling coalition, Azmin said that the increasing attacks against the opposition proved that BN was intimidated of the unity between the DAP, PKR and PAS.
“We are in the strongest position right now. We will continue to be strong, united and prove to be a formidable force in next general elections. The strength of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is always through discussions and coming out with a consensus,” Azmin told The Malaysian Insider.
DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang echoed his PR colleague’s views, and questioned the timing of Zulkifli’s “revelation.”
“There is no such thing, it is not true. Where is he trying to go with this?
“What he is saying is a fairy tale, Parliament should not be a place to spew fairy tales,” Lim told The Malaysian Insider.
But the Ipoh Timur refused to comment further, saying that he did not want to give his former PR colleague “too much importance.”
Another PKR MP, Fuziah Salleh dismissed Zulkifli’s allegations as “normal”, given the circumstances that two by-elections were around the corner.
“This is normal for Zulkifli Noordin, this is a ploy to serve his political masters. Biasalah, this is nearing the by-election, we expect that he would come out with something like this.
In six days time, November 4, the by-elections of Sabah’s Batu Sapi (parliamentary) and Kelantan’s Galas (state assembly) will be held.
“Stop telling tall tales Zul, be accountable for your actions,” Fuziah told The Malaysian Insider.
Like Azmin and Lim, the Kuantan MP took to great pains to explain that PKR would not make a pact solely with DAP and exclude PAS.
“We deny these claims, it is not true. If you look all three PAS, DAP, PKR we are united. Why would we go behind PAS and do something like that? It’s not in the nature of Pakatan politics. He is a liar,” said Fuziah.
In his parlimentary speech yesterday during the debate for Budget 2011, Zulkifli claimed that the “contract” inked between DAP and PKR promised Chinese leaders in DAP would obtain complete autonomy to rule Penang.
The independent MP who was once closely associated with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lashed out at DAP, calling it a “chauvinist-infected party” and accused the party of being responsible for the May 13 riots in 1969.
“[Should PR take power] Malay candidates will be put in Negeri Sembilan and Perak. And if they win (in the states), they will pick a mentri besar from DAP to head the states,” he said yesterday.
Zulkifli and other independents in Parliament, who were former PR lawmakers, have denied claims that they are BN supporters, but his speech today echoes the oft used Umno line when attacking PR.
The independent MP, who is a harsh critic of PR, however did not provide any details to his accusations as his speech was abruptly cut short by Deputy Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Jaafar.