The New Party?
Parti Keadilan Islam Malaysia (Akim) can function as a legitimate political party, Kelantan Registrar of Societies (ROS) Wan Rahimah Wan Hamat said today.
She said the committee members had resolved the domestic problems in the party with the assistance of the ROS office.
Akim was set up more than 15 years ago, Wan Rahimah told Bernama at her office at Wisma Sukan in Kota Bharu.
It has been rumoured that former PKR Federal Territory chief Zaid Ibrahim would join Akim.
The much-anticipated general elections could be held in March 2011 in view of the announcement yesterday that Umno’s party polls have been postponed by 18 months, said opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
“I predicted an early (general) election, but the postponement shows that Umno is only good at attacking PKR.
“The party doesn’t dare to hold (its) elections because Umno is not strong enough to face their delegates,” Anwar (right) told a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.
The Permatang Pauh MP stressed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also BN chairperson and Umno president, must call for early election to show that he has the mandate from the people.
However, he added that Najib must also show that he has the political will to clean up the electoral rolls before going to the polls.
“He should give us an early date, March or April, and we will let the people decide.
“I’m posing this question and challenge to the prime minister, because the signs are that he wants to call for an early election,” Anwar added.
Najib yesterday announced the postponement of the Umno elections – slated to be held next year – to prevent the party from entering “a political struggle which could lead to clashes within the party”.
PKR secretary-general and Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (left), who was also at the press conference, said there is a trend for the general election to be called around March.
“If you look at all 12 elections, we have had five of them in March,” said Saifuddin.
Anwar added that if Najib decides March is not suitable, then April will be the next option.
‘Any qualified citizen for DPM’
On another matter, he responded to an Utusan Malaysia article that apparently quoted a Sin Chew Daily interview with Anwar on Nov 26.
The Chinese-language daily quoted Anwar as saying that the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang is Pakatan Rakyat’s choice for deputy prime minister if the opposition coalition takes over Putrajaya.
“We are not here to deny the right of any qualified citizen, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, Iban, from becoming or assuming the office of the deputy prime minister,” he said.
Anwar said today that he had explicitly mentioned that the Pakatan leaders would decide on the issue by way of consensus.
“We do not place our emphasis on the race of the candidate. We will not reject the person just because he or she is Chinese,” he said. That is not my stand. On principle, I don’t think its wise to push away any candidate for the deputy premiership on the basis of race.”