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Johor Umno chairman believes unity will fortify Barisan in state

MUAR: Johor Umno chairman Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin reminded members of the special bond amongst themselves that will help strengthen party ties even further.

Chance for MCA to stage a comeback has arrived, says Liow

IPOH: The chance for Perak MCA to stage a comeback by capturing more seats in the next general election has arrived, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix).

Pakatan hoping to win in Johor and southern Perak

KULAIJAYA: The dust has yet to settle on the Selangor Mentri Besar crisis and Pakatan Rakyat is already eyeing to take over Johor and southern Perak in the next general election. PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said the parties’ central leadership needed to concentrate more on Johor and southern Perak if Pakatan were to realise their dreams of winning Putrajaya. “Pakatan is the only hope for the rakyat for a change and in order to win Johor, we have to double or even triple our efforts to win them over,” he said during a talk on Pakatan’s future at the Bukit Batu PKR service centre here recently. Rafizi, who is Pandan MP, also pledged his commitment to Johor saying that he would be coming down to the southern state more often in the next three to four years. “In the last general election, besides my own seat, I also concentrated and helped out in four or five other seats like Alor Star and Lumut and those seats have achieved favourable results. “So this means that our central leadership need go down to the ground often and adopt a few seats each to work on especially in Johor and south Perak besides Sabah and Sarawak,” he added. Out of the 56 state seats and 26 parliamentary seats in Johor, DAP won 13 state seats and four parliamentary seats, PKR won one state and one parliamentary seat and PAS won three state seats in GE13. He also explained to the crowd why Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was sacked from PKR and justified their reasons for wanting to oust him from the state leadership. He also said that PKR and DAP never had the intentions to boot out PAS from the party coalition. He said that there was also no denying that there are members within PAS who are not comfortable with the Pakatan coalition and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership. “However, it is up to PAS to align their own dynamic within the party to support the Pakatan coalition. PKR and DAP cannot force them to do so,” he added.

Creating healthy competition

JOHOR BARU: Pulai Umno division wants the party to impose the 40-year age limit on its Youth chief in order to attract younger generation to join the party to produce new leaders. Its chief Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said as one of the party’s main wings, it was timely for Umno Youth to adopt changes and inject new blood into the movement. He said by imposing the age limit, Umno Youth would be able to attract more young people to be members; hence creating healthy competition. “Presently, what we see senior party leaders with posts in the government or party at the national level are competing with each resulting newcomers to loose the competition,” said Nur Jazlan. He said this in a press statement supporting a call made by the deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that Umno needed a “Wow Factor” to get support from Malays and the people to face the next general election. Nur Jazlan said by limiting the age, it would open more space for those contesting for posts more fairly regardless whether they hold any positions in the government of the party. He also supported statement made by Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin who wanted young people to be given the opportunity to contest in the next general election. Nur Jazlan said the move taken by the Opposition by fielding young people had attracted voters to vote for their candidates producing more young leaders in the coalition. “However, Umno must ensure that the young candidates to contest in the election are credible, non-corrupted, highly educated, professionals and not proxies of senior leaders,” he said. Nur Jazlan said the strategy by the Opposition in the GE12 and GE13, had proven successful where voters had shown their support by giving their vote of confidence to young candidates in both elections.

Do more for the people, urges Liow

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA members should be looking into their own contributions to the rakyat and not harp on the faults of the Opposition parties, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Indonesia's Prabowo says quitting presidential election process

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said Tuesday he was withdrawing from the election process, as his opponent Joko Widodo was poised to be declared the winner.

Diffusing hostilities through reasonable discourse

THE recent warning by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of a bloody incident if racial tension is left unchecked deeply troubled me as the statement was coming from someone very senior in the Federal Government.

Language skills a must for GE14

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA candidates in the next general election must have good command of languages and be proficient in two or three of them – Malay, English and Mandarin. “Besides, they must have a clean background and display good conduct,” said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. This, he added, was part of a mechanism on the selection of candidates under the party’s transformation plan. Asked to elaborate, Liow said the guidelines were contained in the book on the transformation plan. Among others, the guidelines listed that the candidates for state seats must have a minimum academic qualification of secondary school while potential Members of Parliament are required to hold a degree or above. MCA candidates, said Liow, would also be chosen through internal and public surveys to ensure that the party representatives deliver their best service to the people. The surveys would also help the party pick the most suitable candidates, who would be widely accepted by the voters, Liow told reporters after attending the “roof covering” ceremony of the MCA building for the Kepong division and Jinjang Utara branch here yesterday. The party, he said, would start preparing its groundwork for the next polls two years after a general election was held. “I have instructed all branches and divisions to start identifying the candidates for the next general election,” he said, adding that the early selection of candidates would enable those hopeful to hit the ground and familiarise themselves with their job scope and local issues in advance. During the Kajang by-election, the MCA candidate was chosen based on these criteria as well as after a survey showing Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun – who holds a Master’s degree in Chinese studies – as coming up top among the list of potential names. Although the MCA vice-president eventually lost to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the polls in March, she successfully reduced the vote majority and garnered more support from the Chinese community. Liow said the party’s GE14 preparatory committee, chaired by secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, had identified the modules and details for preparation for the next polls. “We are starting to move on the ground to make sure that MCA is fully prepared to recover from our bad performance in the last elections,” he said.

Dr Wee: MCA to identify new talents, possible candidates for next GE

KERIAN: MCA is in the process of identifying new talents and possible candidates for all constituencies as they prepare for the 14th general election.

Going for positive changes

PONTIAN: MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong has likened the DAP to a “satay party” because for their love to “cucuk” (poke) and “bakar” (burn) issues for their own benefit.

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