‘But why should I retire? We won. Are Umno people stupid? We won and we will fight together with the people against this robbery, says Anwar at a Penang rally.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim will not retire from active politics any time soon, hinting that he would still be around come the next general election.
The Permatang Pauh MP defied calls for him to retire by claiming that Pakatan Rakyat had actually “won” the 13th general election, only to be robbed by electoral frauds.
He said Pakatan’s popular votes, which were more than Barisan Nasional’s, proved that majority Malaysians have voted for a change of federal government. (more…)
Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi
Although many things remain uncertain after the GE13 result, one thing is unarguably clear…Malaysia is in trouble.
Who is in trouble? Not Pakatan, not BN to my mind…we are. We…the rakyat.
Our children are in trouble and yes, theirs too, in the distant future if we do not stop this juggernaut called…racism.
I would like to outline my basic blueprint for rebuilding this country with the special focus of eliminating racism as its main objective. (more…)
The Chinese community is being vilified for Barisan Nasional’s poor showing in Election 2013.
The call by pro-Umno bloggers and Muslim groups for a boycott of Chinese businesses is racist and will harm the country’s economic growth, according to businessmen from the community.
Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 4.1 per cent in the first quarter of the year as a result of weaker exports and slower growth in public spending, compared to 4.7 per cent in the same quarter in 2012 and 6.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2012.
“How can you say boycott? Who loses? The government and Malaysia are the ones that will lose out,” Chen Kien Keong, chairman of the Tea Trade Association of Malaysia, told The Malaysian Insider yesterday. (more…)
A few days before the historic 505, the then caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said: “The victor or loser of this 13th general election will not be BN or PR. It will be Malaysia, its people and our children.” Immediately after the official results were announced, he blamed the loss of BN seats on a “Chinese tsunami”.
In my view, these statements not only reflect Najib’s arrogance but also his shallow understanding of the democratic process and how disconnected he is with what is happening at the grassroots. And he continues to insult our intelligence!
Today we see Malaysians from diverse ethnic backgrounds manifesting their unity of purpose with so much pride, confidence and optimism, taking ownership of their country and their destiny. They are ready to take risks to secure the future they desire. (more…)
Wong Choon Mei
Yes, it was another easy victory for Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan Rakyat team. The 50,000-odd crowd at the Seremban Blackout 505 rally on Friday night was only too happy to lap up their speeches, and Prime Minister Najib Razak should take note that when Anwar asked, “should we give BN another 5 years”, the crowd roared back “NO WAY!”‘
So great is Anwar’s and Pakatan’s hold on the people that they have become superstars. On arrival, they are mobbed and at the end of the ceramah (rally), the crowd rushes up to the stage to take photos with their favourite Pakatan leaders and to get their autographs.
Tonight, apart from Anwar who as always got the loudest cheers, it was Nik Nazmi, the PKR assemblyman for Seri Setia, who got the hero’s welcome, while stealing the show was Johari Abdul, the PKR MP for Sungei Petani. (more…)
VIDEO | 1.32 min The Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has warned of possible degradation of the environment and social effects on the Sarawak indigenous people, following the proposed flooding of 11 dams which may cover an area of 2,300 square km of rainforests or one-and-a-half times the area of Greater London.
BMF, which released a map of the possible repercussions, said it is concerned over this fact following Sarawak’s hosting of the International Hydro-power Association’s (IHA) World Congress in Kuching for three days beginning May 21.
It said Sarawak Energy, the state’s power monopoly, is planning to realise the dams by 2020. (more…)
Wong Choon Mei
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim called on his countrymen to reject the results of the recently-concluded 13th general election, urging them to defend their rights and “save Malaysia” from a bleak future where corruption and political tyranny would dominate.
His call comes as pressure mounts from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government to accept the outcome of the May 5 polls, which has been marred by allegations of vote-rigging, phantom voters and even the use of illegal foreign workers to slip into the polling booths and vote for Najib’s Umno-BN coalition in return for which they would be given permanent residency.
The 64-year-old Anwar is disputing Najib’s claim of a 133-seats victory in Malaysia’s 222-seats Parliament. His Pakatan Rakyat coalition, which won the popular vote, sweeping 52% of all ballots cast, wants a re-election in 27 seats where they say they have evidence of highly irregular procedures. Anwar has refused to concede defeat, and has kicked off a nationwide tour to take his case to the people. (more…)
I am surprised that there are voices from within the opposition saying that it is time to move on and get on with business, ie. acknowledging BN’s victory and continuing the fight within the current system that we have.
Perhaps this is understandable, given that many candidates, especially those from DAP, have now won a seat and do not want to betray the trust that their voters have put in them.
But what is often overlooked is that GE13 was not contested on a level-playing field. The following points can help illustrate this: (more…)
Women and poorer Malaysians voted for Barisan Nasional (BN) while men and the middle- and upper-class voters leaned towards Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties in Election 2013.
Ibrahim Suffian, the director of independent pollster Merdeka Center, also said today that 55 per cent of respondents in a recent survey stated that they depended on the Internet and social media as their main source of political information.
“We see women generally leaned towards BN compared to men who leaned towards PR,” Ibrahim (picture) said at a forum organised by Universiti Malaya Centre of Democracy and Election (UMCEDEL).
The huge and continuing black rallies against BN’s theft of the 13th general election are a brilliant sign of Malaysians’ undying determination to emerge from the dark ages imposed on them by this dim and shady regime.
And the fact that the forces of darkness are fighting back with the same fly-by-night tactics for which the people have come to so loathe them is only serving to make prospects of the new dawn brighter.
Faced with election results rejecting of his fraudulent 1Malaysia as nothing but UnMalaysia, UnPrime Minister Najib Abdul Razak immediately started making dark accusations against Chinese Malaysians. (more…)
AMIN ISKANDAR, DEBRA CHONG AND SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID
Najib announces his new Cabinet line-up at his office in Putrajaya yesterday while Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (left) listens.
Umno’s domination of the 2013 Cabinet shows Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s desire to shore up his personal support ahead of party polls but at the expense of the prime minister’s national reform measures, several observers say.
While the pundits hold grave reservations over the large number of veterans in the 32-man Cabinet, they said Najib deserves a chance to prove he can deliver on his promised government and economic transformation agenda once he has secured his party presidency. (more…)
The ‘indelible’ fact is that the rakyat have lost trust in BN and its leadership and it is this issue that Najib has to deal with.
Looks like the dismal show of support received by ruling coalition Barisan Nasional has failed to teach the party a thing or two about ‘eating the humble pie’.
Instead, BN has unleashed its fury against its rival, the Pakatan Rakyat pact, accusing the latter of misleading the rakyat into thinking that BN’s dominant arm Umno is a racist party out to sabotage the welfare of the non-Malays.
Not only that, BN chief and prime minister Najib Tun Razak says the opposition Pakatan pact is full of lies and excuses. (more…)
The Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association (PPMM) has urged for action to be taken against the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) for using the word ‘Allah’ in one of its programmes.
“PPMM calls on Muslim NGOs or any Muslim individuals to come forward and lodge police reports for investigations to commence.
“State Islamic religious authorities can also lodge police reports for investigations and appropriate action to be taken against those who breached the enactment (on prohibition for use of the word ‘Allah’),” said PPMM president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar.
Zainul (left) pointed out that a court case on whether non-Muslims could use the world ‘Allah’ was still ongoing and until then, enactments in several states preventing non-Muslims from using the word ‘Allah’ still stands. (more…)
Tih Seong Pin
The call by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) pro-chancellor Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad for the abolition of Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools in favour of a single stream school which uses Malay-language as a medium is unconstitutional,backward,impractical,irresponsible and unMalaysian.
To abolish Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools in the country means to deny the roles and contributions played by both major communities since Merdeka in 1957 and this does not make sense!
The UiTM pro-chancellor must not forget it was the joint noble aspirations, efforts and unity of the nation’s 3 major races that won Malaysia’s Merdeka and freed us from the British rule thta made us the master of our destiny! (more…)
The next redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC) – expected later this year – could involve redrawing the borders to group Chinese voters in a single constituency, in order to minimise the effect of the purported “Chinese tsunami”.
Universiti Malaya Centre for Democracy and Elections (Umcedel) director Prof Mohd Redzuan Othman (left) predicts this based on statements by BN leaders in reacting to the consecutive loss of the two-thirds majority in Parliament.
“(In the last) exercise, they realised that there are Malays voting for the opposition. So what they did was (to redraw the) lines to create more mixed seats, and that worked for them,” he said at a forum yesterday that discussed a preliminary analysis of the 13th general election results. (more…)
Hussaini Abdul Karim
When Malaya was under British rule, the government at that time identified a need to establish a systematic school system that would offer quality education for all races in the country. However, it was made to satisfy British interests but not to the nation as a whole. In 1950, the Barnes Committee headed by LJ Barnes (Oxford University) was established to conduct a study on meeting such a requirement. The 1951 Barnes Report highlighted the following recommendation: All Malay and English schools would be preserved and should be given priority. Vernacular schools would be closed and replaced by the National School. English would be the medium of instruction at the secondary level. Free education was guaranteed in the National School.
The greatest fear of the Singapore government is a Malaysia that is better governed and less corrupt. The extraordinary events in Malaysia over the past few years, plus the courageous stand of her citizens in the last few days, has been closely monitored from across the causeway.
If the infection spreads, the pent up feelings of Singaporeans may be unleashed. The two nations have a shared history.
Singapore may be a first world nation, but when it comes to an outpouring of feelings, the Singaporeans still look up to their cousins in Malaysia. (more…)
I cannot seem to shake off this feeling of grief. Like many other urbanite non-malays I had voted for an non-BN candidate in my constituency, and the indelible ink on my finger was coming off. At 40 I had just taken part in my first elections, fueled by the responsibility I felt as a parent and a tax paying citizen. But I never used to care.
I speak English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin better than I speak Malay. I was born in a foreign land and look foreign.
I was never educated in Malaysia- growing up in Johor in the 80s it was an easy choice for my parents, and I started at age 7 commuting to Singapore everyday, and later the US. (more…)
This BN government is not reticent in using everything it has in its arsenal and at its disposal to ‘manage’ any threat to our national security – perceived or otherwise.
The huge crowd at the Pakatan rallies, especially in Kelana Jaya, would have given Najib Tun Razak food for thought.
The oratory on display would certainly have fuelled the adoring assembly into raptures of reverence and expectations of another tsunami, hopefully this time around to sweep Pakatan Rakyat into government.
‘Hari ni PR menang. Esok BN form Government’, ‘Tumbang, Tumbang! Tumbang BN’, ‘Tolak, Tolak! Tolak BN’, ‘BN curi keputusan pilihan raya!’, ‘SPR Tipu! SPR Bohong!’, ‘Mari ketawakan SPR. Ha Ha Ha!’, ‘Tolak Tangan Persahabatan BN’, ‘Kami anak Malaysia’, ‘Kami Pahlawan Rakyat!’. (more…)
The dust is beginning to settle one week after the dirtiest election in the country’s history. Some of the dirt will stick, while others will hopefully wash away as the memory of the election fades.
My earlier pieces have focussed on the questions about the electoral process and impact of an Umno ‘victory’. Here I turn to the effects of the election on the expansion of democracy in Malaysia.
The message is one of strength, not weakness, or hope, rather than despair.
A strengthened opposition (more…)
Former US vice-president Al Gore said recently that “American democracy has been hijacked”. He said his country needs to wake up to the special interests that have a grip on the levers of power.
The same could well be said about Malaysia, following the 13th general election.
There can be little doubt that there was widespread electoral fraud during the elections. The Election Commission’s much touted indelible ink, for example, turned out to be a joke. The only indelible stain, as far as most Malaysians are concerned, is on the reputation and credibility of the EC itself.
Until these reports are properly and transparently investigated and put to rest, it is reasonable for Malaysians to question the validity of the elections and the continuing legitimacy of the BN government. Clearly, BN has lost the support and confidence of the majority of Malaysians. (more…)
Christine SK Lai
I guess we should have seen it coming. Sigh.
The homo sapiens species is notoriously difficult to satisfy and very easily agitated when things don’t swing our way (and I am not talking about women).
The mother of all elections has come and gone. The day after, I saw a man dismantling election banners and flags on my way home from work. The odd thing was, he was only removing the paraphernalia of a certain party – the one which lost in his constituency. My, my, division even trickles down to removal of rubbish nowadays! Anyhow, whilst I anticipate our roads will look nice, clean and orderly again soon, that can’t be said about the state of affairs in our land. It looks like the dust isn’t settling at all; on the contrary it’s being stirred and swept up to create even more storms and tsunamis; wonder what we will call the next one?? Both sides of the political divide are unhappy; one cries foul, the other finds fault and makes excuse. (more…)
Why did rural Sarawakians and Sabahans stay with BN, while their urban counterparts voted overwhelmingly for change?
BN’s strategy of harping on ethnic insecurities made no impact in Borneo, yet BN won 48 of 57 parliamentary seats in Sabah, Labuan and Sarawak.
In Sarawak, even allowing for electoral fraud, it was clear that the “urban tsunami” stopped at the coastal towns of Kuching, Sarikei, Sibu and Miri.
Rural Sarawakians have been denigrated as “squatters” on their own land. (more…)
Jacqueline Ann Surin
AS Malaysians head to the polls today, I am reminded of an insight by economist and journalist Tim Harford about what democracy guarantees. After a lecture in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, an audience member asked Harford: “What is the probability that democracy can guarantee that citizens vote in the right government?”
The author of The Undercover Economist, whose lecture was hosted by Sime Darby Bhd, replied: “Democracy cannot guarantee that you vote in the right government. It guarantees that you can vote out the wrong government.”
On my part, how I vote today will be guided by Harford’s observations. I may not know how Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will govern should it come into federal power after today. In fact none of us do, not even caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, since PR has never been the federal government. But I do know that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is the wrong government. How do I know this? (more…)
Rights, idealism and even spiritual principles take a back seat when facing abject poverty, says Sarawak PKR in explaining its loss of 14 seats in the GE.
Churches here must aid the political empowerment of their parishioners if the communities’ socio-economic well-being is to improve, said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.
Sarawak which is predominantly Christian has more than 40 sub-ethnic groups.
Referring to the party’s dismal performance in 14 of the 15 rural seats it contested, Bian said it was illogical that the time and effort put into educating the natives had been negated overnight by money politics. (more…)
In assessing the results of the long-awaited 13th general elections, it is imperative that one considers the actual conditions under which the elections were conducted.
Uninformed observers, particularly from overseas, assume that because Malaysia has a Westminister-style parliamentary democracy, our elections are conducted freely, fairly and in the spirit of fair play.
The reality is that our elections are never held as they are in mature democracies like the United Kingdom, India or Australia. (more…)
Lim Sue Goan
Although Pakatan Rakyat has failed to achieve the regime change target in the 13th general election, the next general election would be more favourable if it ploughs its political fields deeper in multiracial areas.
It seems that Pakatan Rakyat has suffered a setback and some of its leaders might not be able to sustain for another five years due to their age. The whole pattern, however, allows Pakatan Rakyat to expand its political map if the BN fails to implement more reforms.
First of all, Pakatan Rakyat obtained 51.4 per cent of popular vote while BN gained only 48.6 per cent. This is due to a wide voter population in some constituencies. As urbanisation has been accelerated, BN’s advantage in rural areas would be gradually reduced. (more…)
In Viewpoints on NTV7 on Monday night, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin appealed to the opposition to be magnanimous and accept the GE13 results. I wonder if he would ask his party, Umno, and the Barisan Nasional it leads, to do the same.
Instead, one day after the elections, after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had said he would seek national reconciliation and healing, Umno-owned Malay daily,Utusan Malaysiaheadlines ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu?’ (What more do the Chinese want?) When his attention was drawn to it, Najib defended the paper, alluding that Chinese papers do the same.
Now, tell me who is stoking racialism in post-GE13 Malaysia and who is not being magnanimous? Apparently the Chinese voted en bloc for Pakatan Rakyat in predominantly Chinese areas where the DAP is strong. (more…)
Thousands could not make it into a Kelana Jaya stadium brimming with a heavily passionate crowd last night, and many could not even drive anywhere close to it as Petaling Jaya was caught in a gridlock by those heading to the mass protest rally against the Sunday’s polls alleged fraud.
At least half of the 120,000 people who descended upon the stadium for one of the biggest rallies in recent times did not even get to hear their leaders speak.
Many did not have a clue when or where the likes of Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang spoke. Part of the sound system in the stadium was inaudible to the outlying areas and even to some stands at the far end of the stadium. (more…)
A rally like the one in Kelana Jaya last night whose attendance was in six figures on a matter like the alleged fraud in last Sunday’s polls only means one thing – the issue won’t go away.
Like Banquo’s revenant ghost that haunted the murderer in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and brought the culprit to dissolution, this huge rally and its planned sequels are going to disturb the sangfroid of suspects complicit in the grand larceny that took place in the late of the night on May 5, 2013.
Rallies planned for Ipoh tomorrow (this one is still tentative) and for Penang on Saturday, are going to garner crowds, if not as huge as the one in Kelana Jaya last night then even larger – that’s sure to put a blowtorch to the trail of the Election Commission which will be difficult to extinguish. (more…)
While BN basks in the good news that it has ‘won’ the 13th general election, I’m delighted to see how much bad news this crooked, lying regime has to face in its moment of ‘triumph’.
In other words, though my hopes have been dashed that some kind of miracle might occur to rid Malaysia of this chronic curse this time around, I’m absolutely elated at the fact that it was such a pyrrhic victory for Najib Abdul Razak and his gang of nasties.
Survival with seven fewer federal seats than Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (left) achieved in 2008 is absolutely pathetic considering the fraudulence of the electoral system, the countless billions thrown around in pork-barreling and bribery, and the combined might of the mendacious mainstream media. (more…)
Anwar gestures during the news conference at his party’s headquarters today where he vowed to lead a ‘fierce movement’ to reform the country’s electoral system.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today his rally tomorrow would be the beginning of a “fierce movement” to fight for free and fair elections amid reports of vote-rigging in Election 2013.
The PKR de facto leader, who had led thousands in the “Reformasi” street demonstrations in 1998, also called on Malaysians to wear black or use black insignia to protest alleged electoral fraud in Election 2013.
“This shall be a beginning for a fierce movement to clean this country from election malpractices and fraud, for there is no opportunity for renewal without a clean and fair election,” said Anwar at a packed press conference at the PKR headquarters here. (more…)
File photo of a DAP ceramah in Skudai on April 30, 2013, though overwhelmingly Chinese, attracted large numbers of Malays and other non-Chinese too.
The outcome of Election 2013 was not simply the result of a “Chinese tsunami” as Datuk Seri Najib Razak has claimed but a major swing in the urban and middle-class electorate that saw Malaysia’s urban-rural rift widen, analysts have said.
In their preliminary reading of the vote trend, analysts noted that despite the increase in Chinese support for Pakatan Rakyat (PR), the political tsunami had also swept with it “large numbers of the Malays”, many among them forming part of the country’s middle- to upper-class voters. (more…)