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.
KUALA LUMPUR: There were no surprises yet again, as the incumbents retained their post in the Umno vice-presidential polls Saturday. This trend followed last week's Wanita and Pemuda contests, when delegates voted for status quo.
PEKAN: Umno is putting itself on the forefront of change with the party’s new voting system, said its president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said the party was leading the charge and not following in the footsteps of other parties. “Other political parties have a small number of delegates who can vote and even then they still have to hold re-elections. Whereas, our change is based on the democratic principle, which is inclusive and will breathe new life into the party,” said Najib at the opening of the Pekan Umno delegates’ meeting here yesterday. He said this practice was important as the next general election would be even more challenging. “Information spreads rapidly these days through social media and this presents a more challenging political landscape which we must adapt to. “However, looking back at the 13th general election, Umno was actually successful in that we managed to clinch 88 seats in Parliament. Our colleagues did not perform that well but Umno remains the backbone of Barisan Nasional,” he said. Najib said Umno now had to chart the next move by using the latest strategies to further strengthen the party. “I believe we can do it if we maintain our principles and objectives but change our policies, strategies and approach and at the same time, hold on to the values of our struggle,” he said. In Muar, party deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Umno leaders picked under the new election system would face greater challenges ahead as they were chosen by the grassroots who were the pulse and heart of the party. “I feel it is a better system (than before) as it has given an important message to those elected that they are bearing a heavier trust by the party,” Muhyiddin said when closing the Pagoh Umno division delegates’ meeting yesterday. Muhyddin, who is the division chief, said the new system was “not only a mission to eliminate money politics but more importantly, to strengthen the party by empowering the grassroots”. He said the new electoral process involved more than 145,000 eligible voters and was no longer in the hands of just around 2,800 at the previous party assembly.
KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan acting secretary-general Datuk Mah Siew Keong is pitted against the party's Penang chairman Datuk Teng Chang Yeow in a straight fight for the president post, at the party elections next Saturday.
JITRA: Kedah Umno chairman and Umno vice-presidential candidate Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has urged the media, especially alternative media, to be more responsible in their reports.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno headquarters detected an attempt at distributing forged booklets on the list of Umno candidates, which were believed to confuse delegates for the election of Supreme Council (MT) members on Saturday.
KULAIJAYA: Umno vice president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal decided to defend his post because he believes he still has a lot to offer the party and the government.
PUTRAJAYA: Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor has given the thumbs-down to suggestions to include honorific titles in the ballot papers to be used in the party’s elections. He said the inclusion of titles to accompany the name of party election candidates in ballot papers was not necessary. He was responding to a proposal by Negri Sembilan Umno liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, which was also supported by party vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Mohamad had said that the matter was relevant because titles such as “Datuk Seri” and “Tan Sri” were not only given as recognition, but also used as reference by others. “No, no. We don’t put honorific titles in ballot papers, just like in (the general) election. We don’t understand why they want this sort of thing,” said Tengku Adnan, who urged those concerned to “stay rational”. Speaking to reporters when met at the Majlis Qorban Perdana Putrajaya for the Hari Raya Haji celebrations here yesterday, Tengku Adnan said that less than 10% of the 191 Umno divisions had submitted some form of complaint over last Saturday’s elections for the Umno wings. “Some of these complaints included dispute over the bankruptcy status of certain candidates and the late arrival of ballot papers to voting centres,” Tengku Adnan said, adding that the party would rectify the shortcomings to ensure that this Saturday’s election of the party’s supreme council members would proceed smoothly. “We will fix the problems and learn from the three wings’ elections, where more than 230,000 people turned up to cast their votes.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan acting president Datuk Chang Ko Youn says he is not contesting the party's top post on Oct 26, but the smooth transition of power without a contest he desires may not be in the offing.
PUTRAJAYA: Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor has given the thumbs-down to suggestions that honorific titles be included in the ballot papers to be used in the party's elections.
PASIR GUDANG: Despite being disabled since birth, clerk Mohd Nor Firdauz Che Aman has no qualms over his ability to carry out the duties of an Umno Youth committee member. “I want to prove that even the disabled can contribute to the party even if it is just at the grassroots level,” he said when met at the Pasir Gudang division Umno Youth polling centre held at the UniKL campus here. The determined 24-year-old, whose left hand was broken at birth due to negligence, contested with 29 others for the 15 committee members positions available. Mohd Norfirdauz said he also wanted ensure that disabled youths in the area are not neglected or looked down upon. “It is my aim to reach out the disabled community and prove to them that we are equal and are capable of anything,” he said. Mohd Norfirdauz has been a member of the Bawakali branch here since he left school some five years ago and is currently the branch chief. “I have never used my disabilities as an excuse to escape from my responsibilities as a branch leader,” he said thanking his fellow members for the support he had received. When asked if he was certain of claiming a spot as a Pasir Gudang Umno Youth committee member, he simply said that he had proven himself through his work and it was up to his fellow members to evaluate. “I have to compete with 30 others and only 15 of us would be picked as committee members for the division,” he added.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has attributed the success of Saturday's party election to the new election system that was amended four years ago.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil will retain her post as Wanita Umno chief as unofficial results show that the former Women, Family and Wellbeing Minister has garnered 98 votes, totaling more than half the 191 divisions.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri ShahÂrizat Abdul Jalil, defending her position as Wanita Umno chief in a three-way contest, said she was not taking things for granted or assuming she will win.