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Mukhriz must know actions one of betrayal

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 02:38 AM PDT

Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir's decision to work with Pakatan Harapan is an act of betrayal to Umno and can never be justified, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said Mukhriz, the former Kedah mentri besar, "must be very naïve" not to tell the difference between the implications of working with Umno leaders and of working with Pakatan Harapan leaders.

"If you work with Umno leaders, and if it is with the purpose of changing the party leadership, then this is done during the party election.

"However, if you work with Pakatan leaders, then it is with the purpose of changing the ruling party during the general election," Salleh said in his blog on Tuesday.

Salleh said that Mukhriz's action can "only be construed as an act of betrayal" to Umno as the general election is due to take place before the next party election.

"Mukhriz must surely know the consequences of his action," he said, adding that he had no doubt that Mukhriz was trying to justify his action by raising "all sorts of excuses".

"Mukhriz should know that the end can never justify the means and no amount of justification can legitimise the transgressions he has committed," he said.

Earlier this month, Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said a motion to expel Umno leaders involved in the Citizen's Declaration calling for the ouster of the Prime Minister would be tabled at the party's next supreme council meeting.

Mukhriz was among several political leaders and activists who signed the declaration.

#PRNSarawak : DAP says will pull out of Batu Kitang if PKR withdraws five candidates

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 02:00 AM PDT

DAP will withdraw its candidate from the Batu Kitang seat if PKR agrees to withdraw five candidates from conflicting seats.

The party's national organising secretary Anthony Loke  said the only way a middle ground could be achieved at this point is if PKR agreed to withdraw its candidates despite their names being on the ballot papers.

"As of 2013, there is no withdrawal period. Last time candidates had three days after nominations to withdraw, now they can't.

"It means that once you are successfully nominated, your name will be on the ballot paper," he said.

Loke added that the only way forward is for PKR to make an announcement with regard to withdrawing its candidates and did not campaign.

"If they do that, we will also do the same. If five of their candidates who are going against us can withdraw, then we will withdraw and not stand in Batu Kitang," he said.

The Seremban MP, however, added that he did not foresee such a scenario as PKR had changed its mind at the very last minute.

"When it comes to contesting, there are a lot of things to do, the candidates need to prepare themselves because it's a very serious process.

"Yet until the last minute, they were making changes," he said.

Loke also pointed out that DAP had honoured its end of the agreement and that the party had instructed its Batu Kitang candidate Abdul Aziz Isa to file his nomination papers only after PKR made a final decision of the seats to be contested.

DAP will go against PKR in six seats in the 11th Sarawak state election.

The seats are Mambong, Ngemah, Siamanggang, Murum, Mulu and Bukit Kitang.

#PRNSarawak : Cops take statement of reporter who allegedly misquoted assemblyman

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 01:21 AM PDT

Police have warned against playing up racial issues during the Sarawak state elections, adding that authorities have already taken the statement of a reporter who allegedly misquoted a state assemblyman.

"That is why we have taken action against a Malaysiakini reporter for trying to raise religious issues," Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters after launching the Auxiliary Police unit for ERM Property Management Sdn Bhd on Tuesday.

"We have taken a statement from the reporter and are discussing with the Attorney-General's Chambers on further action.

"I want to advice the media and members of the public that issues of religion are sensitive and should not be played up by anybody.

"Just because you want votes you want to play up the issue. You are playing with fire so we will not allow that," he said.

Sarawak police launched an investigation under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code for the causing public mischief after six police reports were lodged over a Malaysiakini article quoting Barisan Nasional's Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee.

#PRNSarawak : Bukit Kota given to DAP and won by BN, says PKR's Xavier

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 12:48 AM PDT

DAP was supposed to field its candidate for the Bukit Kota seat but somehow Barisan Nasional ended up winning the seat uncontested, said its ally PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.

Dr Xavier said PKR was not informed that a DAP candidate would not be fielded in Bukit Kota, which was given to DAP during seats negotiations between the Pakatan Harapan members.

DAP had contested the seat in the state election in 2011.

"They didn't inform us that they didn't have a candidate or that they weren't going to put a candidate there.

"If we were told, then PKR would have found someone as a replacement," Dr Xavier told reporters at the PKR operations centre on Tuesday.

Dr Xavier expressed regret at the oversight that allowed Barisan incumbents Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan to win Bukit Kota and Bukit Sari seats uncontested.

For the Bukit Sari seat, it was the PKR candidate, Jamal Brahim, who did not turn up to file his nomination papers on Monday for reasons yet to be known.

"As far as Bukit Sari is concerned, it is sad that the candidate chosen by PKR did not appear even though we have paid the deposit and the deposit slips had been given 24 hours before nomination," Dr Xavier said.

He added that PKR would seek an explanation from the candidate and investigate the matter after the elections.

PKR had earlier announced its five election promises and launched an 18-pooimt road map for the state. Polling for the 11th state elections is on May 7.

#PRNSarawak : No truth to candidate disqualification claim, PKR tells DAP

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 12:17 AM PDT

PKR has denied an allegation by Sarawak DAP that its Batu Kitang candidate, Voon Shiak Ni, was nearly disqualified because her proposer was a declared bankrupt.

Voon's campaign manager, Simon Siah Sy Jen, told a press conference on Tuesday that her proposer, Narawi Palayan Miniandi, was not a bankrupt and this had been verified by the Insolvency Department.

He said that a bankruptcy search was done on the candidate, the proposer and the seconder the night before nominations, with all three individuals cleared by the department.

"The whole nomination process was very smooth and not once our candidate, proposer or the seconder from the party in Batu Kitang queried by the Returning Officer.

"The atmosphere in the nomination centre was peaceful and with not much drama other than a delay which we were not told the reason of," Siah said.

He criticised state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen for making false allegations without consulting PKR first, urging the latter to check his facts.

Siah said Chong's accusation had also damaged the reputation of Narawi, who is a PKR grassroots member.

Narawi, who was present at the press conference, said he would contemplate legal action against Chong.

"Since we are entering into the second day of the election, we hope that we can all practise healthy and mature politics," Siah added.

Chong alleged on Monday that the Opposition would have lost Batu Kitang to Barisan Nasional if not for DAP fielding its candidate there at the last minute.

He alleged that Voon nearly had her nomination disqualified because her proposer was found to be a bankrupt.

DAP is in a direct clash with PKR in six state seats, including Batu Kitang, following a breakdown in negotiations over seat allocations by Pakatan Harapan leaders.

At the last minute, DAP fielded its candidate for Stakan, Abdul Aziz Isa, in Batu Kitang, while a clash between the two allies will also be seen in  Mulu, Murum, Simanggang, Ngemah and Mambong.

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