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Kelantan

BN files 21 election petitions Pakatan settles for 36 complaints

PETALING JAYA: With today being the deadline to file election petitions, all parties, including the Election Commission, are ready to do battle in court. Barisan Nasional has decided to file 21 election petitions, less than half of the 50 initially announced by its chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said based on advice from the coalition’s special task force, the smaller number of petitions was to save the court’s time and avoid unreasonable costs. “Barisan does not want to raise petty issues in court and is convinced that the petitions filed have concrete reasons for consideration,” he told Bernama here yesterday. At the Jalan Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur, Barisan filed two election petitions for the Lembah Pantai and Batu parliamentary seats. Voter Mohamad Sazali Kamilan, 43, was named as the petitioner for the Lembah Pantai seat against Nurul Izzah Anwar while Barisan candidate for Batu, Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, 46, filed the other petition. In Johor Baru, election petitions were filed by the state Barisan at the civil court here for the state seats of Puteri Wangsa, Stulang, Bandar Penggaram and Parit Yasni, and the parliamentary constituency of Batu Pahat. The Kelantan Barisan filed five petitions for the Bachok parliamentary seat and the Jelawat, Mengkebang, Gaal and Manek Urai state seats. In Kota Kinabalu, Beaufort Umno chairman Isnin Aliasnih, who lost by 179 votes to PKR’s Datuk Lajim Ukin, filed a petition for the Klias state assembly seat. He was followed by Lajim himself, who filed a petition for the Beaufort parliamentary seat, which he lost to Deputy Women, Family and Community Deve­lopment Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun. In Malacca, Barisan filed two election petitions for the Bukit Katil parliamentary and Bukit Baru state seats. PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said Pakatan Rakyat would be filing 26 election petitions in 25 parliamentary seats, including two in the Bagan Datoh seat, which was won by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. PKR would file 20 petitions, PAS four and DAP two. As for the state seats, PAS would be filing nine petitions and PKR one. His party, added Rafizi, would also be filing suits against the Election Commission (EC) in the next few weeks over the indelible ink as well as to challenge a legal amendment that the voter’s roll could not be contested. Meanwhile, EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said, as dictated by law,

BN files 21 election petitions

PETALING JAYA: With today being the deadline to file election petitions, all parties, including the Election Commission, are ready to do battle in court.

PAS: Don’t use force to topple government

KOTA BARU: Kelantan PAS rejects any effort to topple the legitimately elected Federal Government through violence and street demonstrations. State PAS deputy commissioner (III) Datuk Nik Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said an “Arab Spring” would not be beneficial and would only be detrimental to the nation. “It is not suitable in Malaysia as it brings evil into the country. “Let’s wait another three years, at least, and select a government through a general election,” he said, He stressed that Kelantan PAS rejected violence or going down to the streets. Nik Mohd Amar, who is Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar, said nobody in the state had discussed whether it was necessary to gather this way, like it has been done in some countries. He added, however, that it would not be wrong to have a peaceful gathering to voice out criticisms or to protest. “For PAS, it is better, regardless for what purpose, that things are done in accordance with democratic principles,” he told reporters at his office here yesterday. Meanwhile, PAS Youth deputy chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz described the street gatherings as “hasty”. “Think of victory through patience, not through an ‘explosion’ on the streets,” added the son of PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Recently, party secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said that PAS stood firm against backing any use of force to topple the Government. He said that there were other avenues available. For example, using the courts and petitions to challenge the result of the general election. — Bernama

PAS: Don’t use force to topple government

KOTA BARU: Kelantan PAS rejects any effort to topple the legitimately elected Federal Government through violence and street demonstrations.

'Arab Spring' method of toppling government detrimental to nation, says Kelantan PAS

KOTA BARU: Kelantan PAS, in concert with several party leaders, has rejected the effort of certain parties trying to topple the government through violence and street demonstrations.

EC mulls action against those who slandered it

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission has collected evidence against those who have slandered it and is now mulling the next course of action, said its deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

Umno probing reports of sabotage by party members during polls

KUALA LUMPUR: Investigations are being carried out following reports of sabotage by Umno members against the party during the 13th general election.

Accept PM's appointment of Waythamoorthy, Dr Subra tells MIC members

PUTRAJAYA: MIC deputy president Datuk Seri S Subramaniam has urged members to accept the prime minister's decision to include Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman P.Waythamoorthy into the Cabinet.

Najib likely to unveil smaller Cabinet

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to announce a smaller Cabinet today as he makes adjustments to his administration to reflect the GE13 results.

Opposition to focus on 47% of Malaysians who voted for BN

JOHOR BARU: Pakatan Rakyat will focus on gaining the support of the 47% of Malaysians who voted for Barisan Nasional in GE13.

GE13: Polls panel insists elections were clean

ELECTION Commission (SPR) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof defends the election process and addresses allegations of electoral fraud.

GE13: Kelantan announces portfolios of 11 state exco members

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan Govern­ment has announced the portfolios of 11 new state executive council members after PAS formed the state government for the sixth term after the recent 13th general election.

GE13: Ku Li - Umno must reform or risk being alienated

KOTA BARU: The country’s longest serving parliamentarian has urged Umno to quickly reform itself or face the prospect of being booted out of the Government when the next general election comes around.

GE13: Nik Aziz rejects unity talks

KOTA BARU: Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who has just relinquished the Kelantan Mentri Besar’s post, said he will reject any attempts by Umno to initiate goodwill talks with PAS.

GE13: Husam not sore about being dropped from Kelantan exco line-up

KOTA BARU: PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa is disappointed over how he was dropped from the state executive councillors line-up, but stressed that he was not sore about it.

GE13: PKR sets up team to investigate polls 'irregularities'

PETALING JAYA: PKR has appointed its director of strategies and newly elected Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to lead a team investigating alleged poll irregularities.

GE13: Anwar urged to stand up as a leader and accept defeat graciously

KUALA LUMPUR: Several Barisan Nasional MPs have slammed Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for questioning the outcome of GE13 and the legitimacy of the government of the day.

GE13: Najib: Chinese taken for a ‘good ride’

KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition, particularly the DAP, has taken the Chinese for a “good ride” by making them believe they could change the government even when bumiputra and Indian support remained with Barisan Nasional, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

GE13: Perak Pakatan assemblymen stay away from MB’s swearing-in ceremony

IPOH: All 28 Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen were not at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar to witness Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir being sworn in as Perak Menteri Besar, Tuesday.

GE13: Najib - Opposition manipulated the Chinese community

KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition, particularly DAP, took the Chinese community for a "good ride" by successfully persuading them into believing they could change the government despite bumiputra and Indian support remaining with Barisan Nasional, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.