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Malaysia attempts to muzzle opposition by arresting second blogger

BBC News

Another blogger, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, was detained last week. An opposition blogger has been arrested for allegedly displaying a national flag upside down on his website, as the government comes under more pressure.

Syed Azidi Syed Aziz, better known as Kickdefella, is the second blogger to be arrested in a week.

The Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, is demanding a vote of no confidence in the government.

Mr Anwar says he now has the support of enough MPs to bring down Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.

Mr Syed Aziz, picked up late on Wednesday, is being held under the Sedition Act.

He is known as a supporter of the conservative Islamic PAS party, a component in the coalition seeking to topple the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.

Mr Syed Aziz’s website had recently advocated that people fly the Malaysian flag upside down as a protest against the current political upheaval.

Mr Abdullah reportedly called the protest “a malicious act” and police were told to investigate the campaign.

“We were informed that the police were looking for us on Tuesday and waited for them but they didn’t show up,” his Mr Sayed Aziz’s wife Bariah Ishak told the Star daily newspaper.

“We thought the worst was over but they came looking for him and so he surrendered,” she added.
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PAS endorses Anwar in bid for political reform

By David Chance and Soo Ai Peng

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s leading opposition figure, Anwar Ibrahim, cleared a major hurdle in his race to win power when an Islamist party endorsed him on Wednesday as leader of an anti-government alliance.

The move by Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) came after Anwar’s convincing win in a by-election and was made despite reservations among some sections of the Islamic party about the “rainbow alliance” of which they are a part.

However, political analysts say that Anwar may struggle to hold his coalition together, let along find the 30 defectors from the ranks of government MPs he needs to join him to win power.

The government has been on the back foot since losing its two-thirds majority in an election in March and there were calls on Wednesday for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to quit. [more]

Fence-sitters hard to read

The Star On Line

Analysis
By JOCELINE TAN

The silence on the ground among the Malay fence-sitters in the Permatang Pauh by-election has both sides worried about which way the swing votes will go.

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim is once again looking like the average Penang Malay bloke.

Days of campaigning under the sun have turned his skin several shades more tanned and dark sunspots have formed on his cheeks. And the last time he was this slim was when he was in prison.

The campaign toll has also been tough for Datuk Arif Shah Omar. He told people he has shed 5kg since the day he was picked as the Barisan Nasional candidate.

But when he stopped by at a wedding luncheon in the PAS stronghold of Guar Perahu yesterday, he ate so heartily his friend teased him: “You said you lost weight but the rice on your plate looks like a small hill.” [more]

PAS Non-Commital on Support for Anwar Ibrahim

Star on line

IPOH: PAS said Friday it will back Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Permatang Pauh by-election but refused to say if it will endorse him to be prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat comes to power.

The remark indicates that Anwar faces big hurdles in his goal to take the top job despite stitching together a formidable alliance to produce spectacular gains during the March 8 general election.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said at the party’s muktamar here they “will give full support” to Anwar during the by-election campaign. [more]

Pas’ 54th Muktamar: Party chiefs slammed for appeasing Anwar

The New Straits Times

IPOH: The Pas leadership came under attack yesterday for putting Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and its Pakatan Rakyat partners above the party’s own interests.

Several delegates at the 238-member Pas youth assembly did not mince their words when they blamed the party leadership for paying too much attention to Anwar and his political agenda.

They accused party leaders of championing Anwar’s cause for political mileage and to boost their own popularity with the masses.

Terengganu delegate Wan Khairy Wan Abdullah set the ball rolling when he questioned why Pas leaders were obsessed with Anwar.

He then delivered a short history lesson, reminding party members that it was Pas which had been supportive of his activist agenda before his entry into politics.

“But what did he do in the end? He dumped us and joined Umno,” he said to restless murmurings from the floor.

He said despite this, party leaders obviously had not learnt their lesson. Wan Khairy said Pas now had to take a backseat when it came to ties within Pakatan Rakyat. [more]

Malaysia’s PAS pledges support for Anwar Ibrahim

radioaustralia.net

The spiritual leader of Malaysia’s Islamic Party, PAS has pledged to support Anwar Ibrahim’s campaign to return to front-line politics despite looming charges of sexual misconduct.

Campaigning is underway for the seat of Permatang Pauh in the North of Penang State. Anwar Ibrahim’s attempt to return to parliament has been plagued by a charge relating to sodomy.  [more]

PAS wary of Anwar’s moves

The Star.comCOMMENT
By BARADAN KUPPUSAMY

PAS fears that in an Anwar-led government, concessions made on his way up would mean Islam and Malays being relegated to the backseat.

NOT by piety alone has Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat risen up the ranks of PAS to become the powerful Murshid’ul Am or spiritual leader of the party which has a membership now of over one million.

Splendid political footwork and a willingness to fell his detractors are key elements of his success – a talent that he hides well behind his piousness and charming demeanour.

The way he undermined the PAS-Umno talks and offset PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and his deputy Nasaruddin Mat Isa, then gained the upper hand, is a classic example of how the crafty leader has survived this long in a party given to constant ideological battles.

It is hard to imagine that this 77-year-old veteran started as a part-time adult class teacher with Kemas in 1960 at a time when he was just one of the many Al-Azhar graduates crowding Kota Baru and not yet the Tok Guru he later grew into. [more]

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