PHETCHABURI , Thailand: Polls opened peacefully in five Thai provinces Sunday for re-runs of a widely disrupted general election, authorities said, in the first move to complete a troubled vote that could provide a mandate for a new government.
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi succeeded in retaining his Bagan Datoh parliamentary seat after the Election Court allowed his preliminary objection against two petitions filed by a registered voter of the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency and a candidate during the 13th General Election.
Only 49 days after his upstart Aam Aadmi ("Common Man") Party took power in the capital, Kejriwal resigned on Friday night when the country's two main parties combined to thwart his efforts to bring in a new anti-corruption bill.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat has failed in its bid to declare the outcome of all 222 parliamentary seats in the 13th general election invalid.
Thailand is gearing up to stage touchpaper polls on Sunday despite a boycott by the main opposition party and disruption from demonstrators bent on preventing the likely re-election of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
PETALING JAYA: A number of Pakatan leaders claimed to be in the dark over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s move to contest in the Kajang by-election, even as other leaders voiced their support for his decision.
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has no jurisdiction to decide on a civil suit over election disputes, a Senior Federal Counsel argued on Monday.
The 43-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has dominated India's post-independence politics, is typically evasive when asked about his future plans and role.
The presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) decided the election - held every five years - would take place on March 9, the North's official KCNA news agency said.
KUALA LUMPUR: The year 2013 has been significant for some of the main political parties in the country as they saw top leadership changes, one party experienced a major transformation in its election process, while others were still mired in controversies and internal squabbles.
THE media has been at its wits’ end trying to get MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek to reveal his favourite candidates for the party’s top two posts.
KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA elections on Saturday will be a crowded race with 72 candidates vying for 31 posts.
It is a contradiction that highlights the dilemma facing Thailand's oldest - but by no means most popular - political party, the Democrats, whose lawmakers recently resigned en masse from parliament to join opposition street protests.
KULAIJAYA: The MCA must be the first to voice out on the affairs of the Chinese community, said its Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek will not defend his MCA president’s post at the party elections on Dec 21.
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has set Dec 12 for parties to inform it if they can reach a settlement over 19 election petitions, failing which the apex court will hear the merits of the petitions.
PUTRAJAYA: MCA leaders have scoffed at Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged turnabout over claims of 40,000 voters, purportedly Bangladesh nationals, brought into the country to vote for Barisan Nasional in the May general election. MCA deputy national organising secretary Datuk Heng Seai Kie called Anwar a “political chameleon” for creating “all forms of political speculation” to score political mileage. “Anwar altering his stand is common. On July 4 (last year), Anwar pledged that should Pakatan Rakyat fail to take over the Federal Government after GE13, he would quit politics and go overseas to lecture. “Today, more than six months have passed since GE13, (but) Anwar refuses to step down,” Heng said in a statement yesterday. MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok said the Opposition had attempted to discredit Barisan with baseless allegations even before GE13. Loh said Pakatan leaders had hurled accusations against Barisan through their supporters via social media. “Now we see Anwar shirking his responsibility by denying his claims of foreign voters, when in the past he and other Pakatan leaders had no qualms about letting their supporters run loose on the Internet to use these allegations of 40,000 Bangladeshi voters to discredit Barisan. “They also maliciously edited pictures of our nation’s leaders to make it seem that their allegations were true, thus gaining more support for Pakatan during the elections. The statements from the MCA leaders came following Anwar’s claim on Wednesday that the Opposition had never made such remarks about 40,000 dubious voters originating from Bangladesh. A day earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had poked fun at the Opposition during his visit to the Bangladesh capital, saying that even Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had found the allegation to be impossible.
The PAS Youth wing has set the tone for the party election by voting in an ulama-dominated team that intends to defend the role of the religious scholars in their party.
The voting for the party's women’s wing is being held at Dewan Jubli Perak, the state secretariat building here.
"Voting has begun all over the country," Bir Bahadur Rai, a spokesman for the election commission, told AFP.
KUALA LUMPUR: In less than 24 hours, 560 delegates each from the MIC Youth and Wanita wings will elect their respective national leaders to represent them for the next three-year term.
PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat are in discussions over a possible "global settlement" on 19 election petition appeals that are pending at the Federal Court for determination.
JOHOR BARU: A Johor MCA Youth candidate promises the people 5-star service while his challenger aims to be more vocal to ensure the voice of youths is heard. It is a straight fight for the wing’s top post between Pengerang division chief Koo Choon Peng and Pasir Gudang Youth chief Cia Chow Hui, both 35 years old. Koo, who heads a team made up of members from 20 divisions in the state, is banking on the slogan “Wu Xing” (five hearts in Mandarin). “Whether it is five-stars or just to show people that we have the hearts to change, we want to show the people that we really have the heart to bring back the party image and gain support again from the youths. “In line with our slogan, our team really has the heart to unity the party’s youth wing, love the party, is vocal, young at heart and have the heart to contribute to the party and society,” he said when contacted. He added that among the things that his team aims to achieve are to unite youths in all the party’s branches and divisions, condemn cyber and personal attacks, bridging youth associations, maintain the party’s stand and protect MCA’s integrity. “In the past two general election, we can see that youths have abandoned their support towards MCA and we make it our mission to win them back,” said Koo who was the Pengerang division’s youth chief in 2005. His opponent Cia, said that he aims to revitalise the state’s Youth wing and attract a balanced number of male and female youth members into the party. “Besides that, I want to be a leader that is vocal and dares to speak out on what is right and what is wrong instead of being a puppet for someone behind the scenes,” he said. He also wants to be the bridge between the youths and state government to ensure that the authorities hear the voice of the younger generation. “I want to contribute to help bring the party out of the previous general elections’ shadow and gain more support from the youngsters in Johor,” he said. A total of 1,119 delegates from the state’s 26 divisions would cast their votes in the Youth and Wanita wing elections.
YAN: Following the resolutions taken at the MCA extraordinary general meeting on Oct 30, the party is lobbying to have two seats in the Kedah executive council.
PETALING JAYA: Although there were not many changes in the top Umno posts following the recent elections, “winds of change” were apparent in the grassroots said a political analyst.
KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no “presidential line-up” for the MIC national, youth and women’s wings elections next month, said party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
KOTA SAMARAHAN: The International Festival 2013 was a great opportunity for foreign students and staff of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) to showcase their unique culture and food.
JOHOR BARU: Umno has set up a special committee that would look into the complaints and problems occurred during the party polls.
PETALING JAYA: Some 80 Sepang Umno members congregated at the party headquarters to handover a memorandum to the leadership on Monday.
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein took to Twitter to celebrate retaining their vice-presidents' posts in the Umno elections Saturday.