Sunday, February 24, 2008
Monday February 25, 2008
Three-way fight for Mentakab
BENTONG: An independent candidate showed up for a three-cornered fight for the Mentakab state seat, throwing a surprise during nomination day at the Temerloh parliamentary constituency.
Mohd Shokri, 47, claimed to be a full-time politician and vowed to fight for more democratic rights for Mentakab voters.
Incumbent Chuah Boon Seong from Barisan Nasional is defending the seat while the third contender is old-timer Ng Kwi Liang from DAP, who is contesting for a record seventh time.
The parliamentary seat saw a straight fight between Youth leader Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah on a Barisan ticket against Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Ahmad Nizam Hamid.
This is Saifuddin’s first contest after the incumbent Datuk Mohd Sarit Yusoh was dropped.
Another first-timer, Barisan’s Khairuddin Abd Manan, will go up against Syed Hamid Syed Mohamed from PAS in the Kuala Semantan state seat.
|ELECTION RESULTS 2004|
P88 - TEMERLOH (49,984)
Malay: 62.11 Chinese: 26.88 Indians: 9.06 Others: 1.94
% Voted: 75.11
N31 - LANCHANG (16,667)
Malay: 60.49 Chinese: 18/46 Indians: 17.38 Others: 3.67
% Voted: 72.10
N30 - MENTAKAB (SANGGANG) (15,103)
Malay: 49.66 Chinese: 43.40 Indians: 5.57 Others: 1.38
% Voted: 74.73
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
MEDIA STATEMENT –
SPR BERLAKU TIDAK ADIL KEPADA BAKAL CALUN
Saya, yang bercadang untuk bertanding Kawasan Parliamen TEMERLOH telah menghantar wakil saya ke pejabat Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya di Temerloh, di Tingkat 4 Pejabat Daerah Temerloh untuk mendapatkan Borang Percalunan Kerusi Parlimen, Senarai Pengundi kawasan Parlimen Termerloh, serta Peta Kawasan.
Saya ingin menyatakan bahawa saya telah berjaya memperolehi keratas pencalunan kawasan Parlimen dengan pembayaran RM20-00 TETAPI terkejut apabila diberitahu pada
Apabila pihak kami bertanya bilakah bahan yang sangat diperlukan oleh seorang calun tersebut boleh didapati. Jawapan yang diberikan adalah ianya tidak lagi boileh didapati di pejabat SPR Temerloh tetapi jika mahu kena pergi ke Kuantan untuk mendapatkannya.
Pihak kami seterusnya menghubungi pihak SPR di Kuantan, dan meminta mereka sama ada Senarai Pengundi Kawasan Parliamen Temerloh dan Peta Kawasan boleh dihantar kepada pihak kami sekiranya bayaran yang diperlukan dihantar, dan jawapan yang diberikan adalah bahawa itu tidak boleh dilakukan.
Ini bererti seorang harus pergi ke Kuantan, yang merupakan lebih kurang 4 jam perjalanan pergi pulang. Seorang bakal calun dan penyokongnya tidak akan ada masa untuk pergi sini
Pada pagi hari ini,
Pihak SPR berkata bahawa jika mahu, mereka boleh tempah daripada Jabatan Ukur tetapi tidak pasti bila ianya akan sampai, tak tahu sama ada sempat sebelum tarikh pencalunan.
Pihak kami berkata bahawa kami sedia membuat pembayaran untuk peta tersebut (yang diperlukan segera) serta bayaran untuk penghantaran melalui pos laju tetapi mereka tidak mahu menerima wang pihak kami, dan juga tidak ada apa-apa borang untuk mencatat penempahan.
Ini bermakna jika kami pergi lagi ke Kuantan selepas beberapa hari, jawapan yang mungkin mungkin lagi diberikan adalah “tidak ada tempahan” atau “tidak ada peta”. Jika calun Barisan Nasional, saya pasti masalah sedemikian tidak akan timbul.
Jika habis, barangan yang diperlukan mestilah dihantar dengan segera kepada pejabat SPR Temerloh atau daripada ibu pejabat negeri di Kuantan. Seorang bakal calun tidak seharus dipaksa lari ke sini
Salinan peta kawasan sepatutnya senang disalinkan di Temerloh. Salinan CD maklumat pengundi pun senang dibuat salinan. Maka adalah tidak lojik mengapa pejabat SPR Temerloh tidak ada bahan yang perlu bagi seseorang bakal calun di Temerloh.
Jika SPR, yang nyata kurang efisyen dan tidak bersedia, memerlukan masa lama untuk membuat sesuatu, mereka seharusnya tidak menetapkan tarikh penamaan calun pada
Untuk berlaku adil, notis lebih 100 hari harus diberikan mengenai tarikh pilihanraya. Masa kempen juga mestilah sekurang-kurangnya 30 hari – bukan 13 hari saperti apa ,yang berlaku kini.
Saya ingin menyatakan bahawa saya sangat diprejudiskan, dan halangan yang diletakkan oleh pihak SPR, secara sengaja atau secara lalai, ini adalah sangat tidak adil. Ini bukan demokrasi. Ini bukan satu pilihanraya yang adil,
(Bakal Calun Kawasan Parlimen Temerloh)
Batu 3, Jalan Mentakab,
28000 Temerloh, Pahang Darul Makmur
Tel: 09-2901250 / 019-2371100
Sunday, February 17, 2008
|SO you want to be a candidate|| || || |
|Sunday, 17 February 2008 09:10am|
©New Sunday Times
But who can forget Shamsiah Rosidah bte Brahim's heart-felt wailing on TV when she realised she had been disqualified from contesting - on a technicality.
That was shattered in 2004 when Shamsiah gave her opposition challenger, Mohd Ramli bin Md Kari from Pas, a walkover for the N24 Senggerang, Johor, state seat.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
|Malaysia's longest political detainee, a fighter to the very end|
|Nov 7, 02 8:32am|
“As long as we are of the slave mentality, we will remain as slaves of those who want to keep us trodden. History tells us that as long as there is no political consciousness, you will be stamped upon. This is what we are lacking — the political consciousness. Once we have that, we will not let others walk over us,” Kamarulzaman Teh told malaysiakini in an interview in November 2000.
He was 80 years old then, blind and unable to walk, forgotten by everyone. He was not just an old man imparting words of wisdom on political consciousness. This man had the honour of having endured the longest political detention — 22 years — in this country, all because of his determination to fight for true freedom for his country.
In that interview, he said he had yet to see his dreams realised although Malaysia had gained independence in 1957.
“What I struggled for decades ago is yet to be achieved. We are still in the shackles of the slave mentality and we have yet to elect leaders who are people-oriented.
"As long as the elected leaders try all the tactics to keep their interests, our struggle for a truly free nation is far from over," he had said.
But Kamarulzaman will never know if his dreams will come true one day. He died in Southern Thailand at about 10.30am on Nov 5 and was buried in the Muslim cemetery in Narathiwat province the same day.
According to PRM's Siti Noor Hamid Tuah and Sabariah Abdullah, Kamarulzaman’s health deteriorated about four months ago. He was taken from Kuala Lumpur to his village in Temerloh, Pahang, and from there, to Southern Thailand to meet his old friends.
Kamarulzaman was born on Jan 15, 1920 to a farmer in Temerloh. He joined the Partai Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM) during the Japanese occupation to rid his motherland of the invaders.
"What attracted me was the socialism that they preached and as a farmer's son, it was the only avenue for me to break the vicious circle of poverty caused by landowners,” he had said.
"I was also taken by their underground guerilla tactics and this was one of the most effective ways to disrupt the Japanese forces."
Kamarulzaman was eventually made the Pahang head of the PKMM youth wing, Angkatan Pemuda Insaf (API).
When Emergency was declared in 1948, the British arrested Kamarulzaman at the Temerloh bus station without any warrant and charged him with possession of firearms, for which he was sentenced to death by hanging.
"For 10 days and 10 nights, the death sentence hung over me. I appealed against the sentence. Then on the day I was supposed to be hanged, I was told by the warden, the Sultan of Pahang had pardoned me. My sentence was then reduced to life imprisonment.”
Kamarulzaman then spent the next 14 years in jail. Following the departure of the British, he was released, but placed under surveillance.
However his freedom was short-lived as he was arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act for another eight years.
Following his release, Kamarulzaman joined Parti Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia (now PRM) and contested unsuccessfully for election in 1974.
Siti Noor and Sabariah said that Kamarulzaman was actively involved in PRM throughout the seventies.
Poor health proved to be a handicap for Kamarulzaman in his ‘freedom’ struggle. His family also had difficulties paying his hospital bills. He was taken care of by his adopted sister and her husband.
In his later years, he was put in an old folks home in Kuala Lumpur. Though his physical condition prevented him from active pursuit of his dreams, he tirelessly spread his message to anyone who cared to listen.
"We are still very much in the feudal system, where we are still slaves to the people who rule us. We have yet to be able to have a class struggle, where everyone gets his share and no one is above the other...the struggle is (not over).”