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MB Khalid picked for Port Klang, says he’s keen

Selangor incumbent Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has been selected by PKR’s leadership to contest the Port Klang state seat.

Announcing this on Twitter today, the Ijok incumbent said he is keen to move to Port Klang, but it depends on whether the locals can accept him there.

azlan“The PKR leadership hopes that a heavyweight candidate can win the voters’ confidence and I have been given the responsibility to contest there.

“I will meet with supporters in Port Klang tomorrow and if they support my standing there, I will work towards an even bigger victory for Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.

As for his present seat, Abdul Khalid suggested that Ijok local Idris Ahmad and Reformasi stalwart contest instead.

“I hope Ijok supporters will continue to support the candidate chosen by the leadership. I thank them for all their support and assistance,” he said.

Abdul Khalid, who will also defend his Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat, said that Pakatan had made a mistake in the last outing in choosing someone for the Port Klangseat who would eventually defect.

“I hope to redeem Pakatan’s mistake by providing better service to Port Klang voters,” he said.

Cold shouldered in Ijok

Port Klang incumbent Badrul Hisham Abdullah, who won with a majority of 4,407 on the PKR ticket, defected to Umno in 2010.

Party sources told Malaysiakini last week that the leadership was mulling moving Abdul Khalid out of Ijok for fear that he might not retain the seat this time.

khalid ibrahim cny open house selangorThis is believed to be because his job as MB had made it difficult for him to frequently visit the rural constituency.

His constituents also appear to have given him the cold shoulder judging from the low turnout at his events during his sparse visits.

Party sources added that Abdul Khalid was even jeered by a crowd during a recent event, leading the party to really question the level of his support in the constituency.

Ijok is under the Kuala Selangor PKR division which has been known for in-fighting over the years.

For example, a division member last week lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission alleging misappropriation of the division’s funds by Abdul Khalid, who is division chief, and other committee members.

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Pakatan presents its election manifesto

Pakatan presents its election manifesto

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat presented its election manifesto during the coalition’s fourth convention at Shah Alam Convention Centre this morning.

 

It was reported that the three parties – Pas, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP – will use a common manifesto which will focus to economic growth and education.

 

In a joint statement, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said:

 

“Pakatan offers justice, peace and equality for all. This commitment will be met by implementing our clean administrative approach together with robust implementation of our policies.”

 

DAP national committee member Dr Tan Seng Giaw wrote: “Today, PR Convention prepares for GE13 with policies based on need, not race. These will be fair reasonable based on the Constitution.”

 

DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming wrote on Twitter that Pakatan will form an Anti-Monopoly Commission as well as Public Contracts Commission to revise the contracts and concessions for the public.

 

The manifesto themed as “Pakatan Harapan Rakyat” also stated that 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic development company wholly owned by the Malaysian government) will be dissolved.

 

It is stated that Khazanah will remain as the only state investment body.

 

During the convention Pas MP for Kuala Selangor Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said religion will be used as a unifying tool, in line with Islam’s position as the Federal religion.

 

The manifesto also stated that the image of institutions of Islam image will be enhanced by freeing them from political manipulation.

 

Pakatan pledged to close down Lynas rare earth processing plant in Pahang and it will review the implementation phases of Rapid project in Pengerang.

 

Water and electricity charges will be lowered while Pakatan will distribute gains from the extra oil revenue profit by lowering petrol and diesel prices.

 

For housing the coalition stated that it will build 150,000 affordable homes in the low-cost category (below RM75,000) and medium-cost category (between RM150,000 and RM250,000) in the first term of their administration.

 

On education, Pakatan will be providing free education to the people and fees for higher education in all public institutions will be borne by the government.

 

All legislations that are in conflict with the principles of justice and freedom of the people will be abolished within the first year of Pakatan’s administration.

 

The judiciary, Attorney General’s chambers,  Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM) will be freed from political control under Pakatan’s administration.

Source: MOLE

Clean election candidates: Najib leads the way

Clean election candidates: Najib leads the way

In an email sent to the editor Wong Saikim wrote : 

 

In the history of Malaysia, it has never been done before and in the history of the world, Malaysia is set to be the first country to do it.  What is it? It’s the Election Integrity Pledge.

 

Najib Tun Razak was the first Malaysian Prime Minister to sign such a pledge before a forthcoming general election.

 

If all BN candidates also sign the pledge after their candidatures are announced, Malaysia will be the first country in the world to do so, said Transparency International (TI) whose representatives witnessed the signing at Putrajaya.

 

“The positive tone from the top is an encouraging indicator of the government’s seriousness in fighting corruption and practicing good governance, ”  said Paul Low, President of Malaysian Chapter of TI.

 

The pledge included a promise to:

 

  Observe the principles of truth, integrity, ethical conduct and accountability;

 

  Uphold the interests of the rakyat; and

 

  Practice good governance and transparency.          

 

“Today we are making a further commitment to put those principles into practice by agreeing to internationally recognised standards of electoral transparency and fairness, ” said Najib.

 

This is BN’s second move to have clean candidates in GE-13. Potential candidates have already gone through a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission screening process, to ensure they meet the high standards of integrity expected by the Malaysian public.

 

The issue of integrity is extremely important, said Low. He urged all candidates, regardless of political affiliation, to uphold this principle.

 

Will all opposition candidates also sign the pledge? The rakyat wants to know.

Source: MOLE

Signing the Integrity Pledge

Signing the Integrity Pledge

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Signing the Integrity Pledge

The Malaysian government is unwavering in its commitment to free and fair elections. Recent reforms by the Election Commission, such as the introduction of indelible ink and postal voting, underline our belief in democratic principles. Today we are making a further commitment to put those principles into practice by agreeing to internationally recognised standards of electoral transparency and fairness. I am proud to sign Transparency International’s Election Integrity pledge – and once Barisan Nasional’s general election nominees are announced, I will ensure that all of our candidates honour this agreement too.

Signing the Integrity Pledge

The nominees have already gone through a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission screening process, to ensure they meet the high standards of integrity expected by the Malaysian public. Responsibility for fulfilling the pledge lies with its signatories, and it is a responsibility that I and my colleagues in Barisan Nasional take seriously. But it also places a duty on all Malaysians to hold their politicians to account. With an electoral system that is stronger than ever, and a personal commitment from our prospective MPs, it is my hope that the Malaysian people will give us the opportunity to continue our reform agenda.

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    Deepak proved he acted without us, says Rafizi

    PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli said he would meet businessperson Deepak Jaikishan, following the latter’s press conference yesterday lamenting the lack of political support.

    NONERafizi said while he is confident that Deepak (right) has a lot of “evidence detrimental to (Prime Minister) Najib Abdul Razak, he previously did not want PKR to be seen to be close to him.

    “My fear before was that if PKR is seen to be too close with him and too cozy with him before the fact is established (that Deepak is working on his own), the whole opportunity to uncover the truth would be overtaken by Umno’s spin and allegations that we are behind this,” he said at a press conference, today.

    Rafizi said the message that Deepak is acting on his own accord was achieved last night when Deepak had a press conference calling for political support, and he believed that the public could see that PKR had never had any discussions with him.

    He said he would contact Deepak after the press conference to apologise, arrange for a meeting, and see what he can offer.

    “I will hear for myself what evidence does he have, what plans does he have, and his views. We will see how we will go from there.

    “My rule is very simple and we have maintained that rule all along: We are not really interested in other things except when it is of public interest,” he said.

    However, he insisted that the documents he disclosed yesterday, purportedly showing Deepak’s carpet trading companies purchasing jewellery for the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor are authentic and came from Deepak.

    He said Deepak had indeed approached PKR leaders with documents that he claimed would incriminate Najib and his wife Rosmah several months ago, with hopes that the party would take up the issue.

    These documents were eventually passed to Rafizi, because it is his role as director of strategy to research it, verify its authenticity, and decide what to do with it.

    “At that point with those documents alone, I don’t see any element of public interest in the matter.

    “It could be that Deepak is really rich, and it could be that he bought everything as presents to Rosmah. After all, Rosmah had made it public that she receives gifts from different governments and other people. That is why we didn’t intervene when he later started his exposés.

    ‘A whole new dimension’

    “However, last week when Boustead Holdings Bhd announced that it would pay RM160 million for Deepak’s company and Awam Megah, that adds a new dimension to the whole thing.

    “Suddenly you see pension money from Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera – which involves the armed forces’ interests – now being used to buy Deepak’s shares and pay Awam Megah” he said, which raised suspicion of kickbacks and prompted him to investigate further.

    Since Deepak had denied that the documents were his but admitted that he owned the carpet trading companies named, Rafizi said Deepak should report it the police if he believed there was forgery.

    However, he noted that it would be difficult for Deepak to do so because the documents originate from him.

    Regardless, Rafizi said PKR leaders throughout the nation would lodge reports with police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the documents, and added that the person who obtained the document from Deepak is willing to come forward to give statements.

    “At this stage when we exchange words in press conferences, of course it is my words against his words.

    “In the interest of the public, I think we should push it further so that it is being investigated… only the authorities after an investigation can ascertain whether these documents did come from him,” he said.

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    Report lodged on Malaysia’s ‘most expensive road’

    PKR-linked corruption watchdog Jingga 13 lodged a report today with the Sabah office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), over possible corruption in the construction of “Malaysia’s most expensive stretch of road”.

    The road is the 0.9km single carriageway linking the Sabah Foundation building with the state assembly building in Kota Kinabalu at a cost of RM14.9 million.

    NONEThe matter had been first highlighted by Bukit Antarabangsa MP Azmin Ali (left) during the last sitting of the Parliament.

    He cited newspaper reports on the state Public Works Department’s (PWD) announcement of the cost of the road, which was launched by Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman.

    However, Deputy Works Minister Yong Khoon Seng, who fielded Azmin’s question, said the topic had veered too far off the original question, which was on the status of upgrading works on the Kota Kinabalu-Sindumin stretch.

    Yong refused to comment further in the House, only saying that such matters are always open for debate, but in the proper forum.

    Jingga 13 has claimed that the cost of a comparable stretch of road with high-end specifications, including bridges and other add-ons, would only have been RM1 million.

    “The road also had no divider between the two single lanes,” it pointed out in a statement.

    It urged the MACC to open a file on the report and to investigate:

    • The chief minister
    • The deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan who is also infrastructure development minister
    • The state PWD director
    • The firm awarded the contract to build the road

    Jingga 13 said it hopes that the investigations will determine if elements of corruption and misuse of public funds have occurred. If so, those culpable should face justice.

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    MACC jumps into Orang Asli slapping case

    Parents of four SK Bihai pupils who were on Oct 23 slapped for not reciting the doa before having their lunch have given their statements to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

    This was when two officers from the MACC visited their Orang Asli village, Pos Bihai, last Tuesday following allegations that teachers of the school attempted to bribe them to drop their police report on the slapping.

    NONE“They wanted to know if we asked for bribe or whether it was the school that offered the bribes.

    “We told them there was no such thing (that we asked for bribe) and the officers were satisfied,” said village representative Arom Asir (right) when met at Kampung Tenrik, where the school is located, within the administrative centre of Pos Bihai, near Gua Musang in Kelantan.

    Arom, who is also SK Bihai Parent-Teacher Association deputy chairperson, had accompanied the the fathers of children when their statements were recorded.

    The fathers, Hassan Achoi, 34, Atar Pedik, 38 and Along Pandak, 49, had earlier this month made a three-hour journey to Gua Musang from their remote village to lodge a police report on the bribery attempt.

    Each parent offered RM300

    They had claimed that teachers from the school had, on Nov 7, offered them RM300 each to withdraw an earlier police report against the teacher who had slapped their daughters for not reciting the doa.

    Atar said he and the other parents were initially unclear on what to do about the alleged bribe offer.

    “They offered us RM300 and wanted us to withdraw our police report, but we did not make any guarantees. We said we wanted to ask Pak Rom what to do first,” Atar said in reference to Arom.

    “When I returned to the village and found out (about the money offer), I told them this was wrong and so we lodged another police report,” added Arom.

    The MACC officers who recorded the statements of the pupils ‘ parents, he added, had also advised them against withdrawing their police report.

    Atar’s two daughters are aged 13 and 14, Hassan’s daugther is aged 12 and Along’s daughter is aged 14 and are were Year Six pupils at SK Bihai.

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    Corruption Perception Index improvement will boost investor confidence: Mustapa

    Corruption Perception Index improvement will boost investor confidence: Mustapa

    KUALA LUMPUR: The improvement achieved by Malaysia in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) this year will further boost investor confidence in Malaysia, among foreign and domestic investors, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today.

     

    He said ratings and rankings are very important to Malaysia as a developing economy to woo more investments and increase trade movements to developed nations.

     

    “Foreign investors will not be interested to invest in countries that have high corruption level. Thus, this ranking is very encouraging for Malaysia,” he told reporters after his ministry’s monthly assembly.

     

    Mustapa said the credit to the achievement must be given to ongoing efforts by the government through the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to curb corruption at all levels in the public and private sectors.

     

    “MACC has done a fantastic job and I think with their continuous effort, higher rankings can be achieved in years to come,” he added.

     

    Malaysia moved up six notches to 54th spot in this year’s CPI from 60th position last year, according to the Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M).

     

    Malaysia scored 49 out of 100 on the CPI’s survey which gauges the perceived level of public sector corruption among 176 countries.–BERNAMA

    Source: MOLE

    Public complaints on the rise

    Public complaints on the rise

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 which came into force in 2010 has received positive feedback from society, as complaints filed with enforcement agencies rose from 1,960 in 2011 to 11,841 this year.

    The Act is to protect the safety of informants on improper conduct offences, disciplinary or criminal, in the public and private sectors.

    "A total of 93 informants were given protection following 7,537 complaints filed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the recipient of most of the complaints," said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong, in reply to Senator Datuk Jaspal Singh Monday.

    Liew told the Dewan Negara that individuals who leak information on the informants face a fine up to RM50,000 or a minimum jail sentence of 10 years or both. Each complaint received would be promptly investigated while the duration of investigation depends on the complexity of the case, evidence and testimony of the witness.

    On the suitability of using social networking sites and short messaging service (SMS) to make complaints, Liew said it could be done if enforcement agencies receive complete information from the complainants. -- Bernama

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    Tabung Memali not misappropriated: Baling MP

    Tabung Memali not misappropriated: Baling MP

    KUALA LUMPUR: Pas MP for Baling Datuk Taib Azamudden Mohd Taib has dismissed allegations that the party is misappropriating the Tabung Memali fund for its own use instead of giving it to the wives and children of Memali victims.

     

    Taib Azamudden, who is also former Pas Kedah deputy commissioner, told The Mole the issue about the fund, which has been questioned and highly discussed in the blogosphere, was merely a gimmick by political opponents to tarnish Pas’ reputation.

     

    The Kampung Memali tragedy occurred on November 18, 1985 in Baling, Kedah, when14 members of a deviant sect were killed after a struggle with police.

    “These blogs are malicious. We have been giving the fund to widows of Memali victims from time to time,” Taib said.

     

    “Why can’t they ask for clarification from us? People should not write anything without basis,” he added.

     

    Some bloggers have been posting videos on claims made by former Pas Kedah Youth Exco Zainol Ismail, better known as Cikgu Non, who has repeatedly questioned on the status of the fund.

     

    Cikgu Non has also accused Pas of being cruel for not giving money from the fund to those deserving, especially the orphans.

     

    A blog post by Unit Media Kedah in July had claimed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission would investigate the Tabung Memali issue.

     

    Taib however explained: “Maybe when people thought about the fund, they thought that they will receive a huge sum of money. But that is not the case, we can only give as much as we can based on (what is given to) the fund.”

     

    “If we can only manage to give a kain batik, then that is what we have managed to get from the fund,” he added.

     

    Asked about when the donation was given, or whether there was any official ceremony for it, Taib said: “We should not be boasting about our charity work.”

     

    “For me, although I am not directly involved with the management of the fund, our conscience and intention is clear.”

     

    He added: “It is up for people to believe what they want.”

    Source: MOLE