BUKIT MERTAJAM: Former state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chief Dr Mansor Othman was the “insurance” in case Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was disqualified from contesting the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-elections.
Dr Mansor arrived at the nomination centre in Tuanku Bainun Teaching Institute about 9.30am and submitted his nomination papers to the returning officer Roslan Yahaya. He however withdrew after the objection period ended at 11am.
According to PKR officials, Dr Mansor’s nomination was an “insurance” in case Anwar’s papers were rejected.
Dr Mansor, has been with Keadilan through thick and thin. He is a supreme council member of Keadilan and the party’s deputy chairman of operations for the March 8 general elections where the opposition made significant inroads. [more]
By Zakaria Abdul Wahab
SINGAPORE, Aug 12 (Bernama) – Foreign businessmen who are contemplating to invest in Malaysia have been advised not to believe claims by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that he would take over the Malaysian Government in September.
“Don’t believe it,” Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told Singaporean businessmen at a trade dialogue here Tuesday.
He said he did not see the possibility of that happening, more so as Anwar kept moving the date on when he would take over the Barisan Nasional (BN)-controlled federal government, from August to September or October and so on.
Muhyiddin said the biggest question was how Anwar could become the prime minister when none of the BN parliament members whom he claimed would cross over to join him since the last general election on March 8 had not done so.
The dialogue was held in conjunction with a one-day seminar on business opportunities in Malaysia which was jointly organised by the trade agencies of Malaysia and Singapore, and declared open by Muhyiddin.
The minister said the current political situation in Malaysia was created by just Anwar alone, who had been telling stories that he could take over the government by this September.
Muhyiddin, who is also UMNO vice-president, said Malaysian voters had made their choice in the last general election by voting in the BN party to the federal government.
KUALA LUMPUR, FRI:
Political scientist Dr Chandra Muzaffar said that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s attempt to become the prime minister through the “back door” by instigating massive crossovers is both unethical and undemocratic.
“A Cabinet established through such an avenue will lack moral credibility.
Parliament itself will be tarnished. Both the Executive and the Legislature — two vital arms of governance — will be perceived by the people as institutions that are bereft of integrity,” he said.
In a nutshell, acquiring power through the back door would demean and denigrate politics, he said, adding that Anwar also had no mandate to oust the democratically-elected government of the day. Anwar, he claimed, was consumed by a single-minded obsession to become the country’s prime minister in the shortest possible time.
Hence his concerted endeavour to persuade Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers in Parliament — at least 30 of them — to cross over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) immediately, the former PKR deputy president said. [more]
Question from freeanwar.org: Is Anwar’s attempt really ‘undemocratic” or is he trying to do the right thing for the future of Malaysia given the dire economic and ethical climate faced by the nation?
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The New Straits Times Online
BUTTERWORTH: Penang Umno liaison secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim advised voters in Permatang Pauh not to be influenced by promises, including one to reduce the fuel price at the pumps, made by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in its campaign for the Aug 26 by-election.
“PKR has run out of issues. They will try to get the support of the voters by promising to reduce the fuel price,” he said when asked on the PKR campaign for the by-election.
Permatang Pauh Umno Youth leader Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said said voters should be wise and understand the issue. [more]
The New Straits Times
PARTI Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has arrived at the Jalan Duta Sessions Court at 9am today amid cheers of Reformasi to face the sodomy charge against him.
Four FRU trucks and traffic police were stationed at the Sessions Court at early as 6.30am today.
Some 300 plainclothes, traffic and regular policemen are currently stationed around the complex where PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be charged with sodomy at 10am.
A slight commotion occurred outside the Sessions Court where some 30 journalists and photographers, both foreign and local, are trying to get into the court room. The police, however, are allowing only one from each Press while the online media are put on the waiting list.
Only one reporter from each Press organisation was allowed in at 9am to cover the event and press tags were checked at the entrance.
In a statement released as he arrived at the court, Anwar claimed the charge is a “political persecution”.
He also claimed that it was the nation, and not he, who is being put on trial.
He said if detained or refused bail, PKR president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be coordinator for the counsel.