KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 29, 2008): Parliamentary Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said the 2009 Budget is not good enough to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) which is important to propel the country’s economy.
“Nothing new. We reiterated that in the last four, five years when there was global pressure and slow economy, (but) the Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional were not able to give new incentives.
“The problem is that we have lost the competitive edge. There are no new FDI, slow management and corruption. These were not dealt with,” he said to reporters after the prime minister had tabled the budget in the parliament.
Describing it as a deficit budget, Anwar said for an oil-producing country, it is exceptional that Malaysia continues to register deficit. “It is understandable for a country that has no resources,” he added. [more]
By Jalil Hamid
PERMATANG PAUH, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia’s opposition alliance, which backs Anwar Ibrahim in his bid to return to parliament, said on Monday that some of its supporters had been removed from voter lists ahead of a crucial by-election.
As tensions mounted in the usually sleepy northern Malaysian enclave of Permatang Pauh, police sent in reinforcements to prevent clashes between rival groups and there were reports of a scuffle between Anwar supporters and government backers.
The vote pits Anwar, an ex-deputy prime minister who is now the de facto opposition leader, against the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the dominant party in the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957.
Tensions have mounted with the nightly airing on television of testimony sworn on the Koran by a 23-year-old former male aide who says he was sodomised by Anwar. Anwar has been formally charged with the offence and will appear in court on September 10.
“Clearly this election can only be fair and free when the media is free and when the Election Commission is credible and respected as an independent commission. We don’t have that on both accounts,” Anwar told a press conference on Monday.
Earlier, the Anwar camp said that Malaysia’s Election Commission had removed 949 names from the voter list that was used in the March 8 general elections. [http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKKLR18099320080825]
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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Three members of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s party have been arrested for graft, triggering accusations of “dirty tricks” Thursday ahead of a tense by-election.
Anwar, who was sacked as deputy premier and jailed a decade ago, has accused the ruling coalition of trying to undermine his chances of returning to parliament in an August 26 ballot in his home state of Penang.
Anti-corruption officials on Wednesday detained two members of the state cabinet in northern Perak which is run by Anwar’s opposition alliance, as well as another official in his Keadilan party.
They were among a group of six people accused of taking bribes of more than 120,000 ringgit (36,000 dollars) from a businessman to expedite a local housing project, the New Straits Times reported.
“None of them resisted when the team barged into the hotel room,” state anti-corruption chief Samsiah Abu Bakar told the daily after the raid. “We also found 100,000 ringgit in a bag belonging to one of the suspects,” she added. [more]
International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s anti-corruption watchdog arrested two state lawmakers from opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s party for alleged bribery Wednesday, complicating Anwar’s bid to re-enter Parliament.
Opposition groups voiced concerns that the arrests were meant to undermine public support for Anwar ahead of next week’s parliamentary by-election. Anwar has persistently accused Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration of rampant corruption and has pledged to seize power by mid-September.
The government’s Anti-Corruption Agency said it detained two legislators and four other suspects in northern Perak state for alleged crimes in connection to a 180 million ringgit (US$56 million) housing project and a sex case.
One of the legislators was “caught shortly after receiving a bribe of over 123,400 ringgit (US$38,500) to speed up the processing of a housing project,” the agency said in a statement. It did not elaborate on the alleged sex case.
An agency official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements, said the legislators were from Anwar’s People’s Justice Party, but he denied the crackdown was politically motivated.
The arrests could be a potential embarrassment for Anwar, who is already fighting a sodomy charge that he claims was concocted by the government to tarnish his reputation. The government has denied the allegations. [more]
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Tagged Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Anti-Corruption Agency, Anwar Ibrahim, By-Election, corruption, Parti Keadilan Rakyat
The New Straits Times Online
By : V. Vasudevan and Eileen Ng
The government has tabled the long awaited Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Identification Bill 2008, and it is expected to be debated and passed at the current meeting.
Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar quickly quashed any talk that the bill was politicallly motivated.
He said it had nothing do with the current sodomy charge being faced by de factor opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“Suspects have to give their DNA samples compulsorily,” said Syed Hamid in the lobby after tabling the bill for first reading yesterday.
“It is not politically motivated and has nothing to do with Anwar Ibrahim. The government has been working on this bill since 2001. It is ridiculous to attribute it to political motives,” he said.
Syed Hamid said the bill is not targeted specifically at any individual but to record the DNA of every person who is charged in court or arrested. He said the bill covered the extraction of DNA under all crimes covered by the Penal Code.
“There is no law at present on this aspect. What we are doing is introducing a law to regulate and govern the taking of DNA. I don’t think they (the opposition) should attribute a sinister motive to it. If there is a case in court and you are not guilty why should you worry about this bill,” he said.
The New Straits Times Online
BUKIT MERTAJAM, SUN:
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today admitted he would have a uphill task winnning the Permatang Pauh by-election on Aug 26 following a spate of bad publicity about him.
He said all kinds of slander were being spread about him in the constituency to prevent him from winning the seat.
“It slandering will only get worse as the by-election nears. So too corruption to buy over voters. [more]