UMNO’s leadership may believe sincerely that they can kill off Anwar Ibrahim at Permatang Pauh.
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Plot to ‘finish off’ Anwar
Umno chieftains claim that with the right candidate and strategies, BN would have the best opportunity to finally “kill off” Anwar’s political career.
They forecast that a defeat for Anwar would break up PKR and make the party redundant. PKR’s demise, they said, would then tear apart Pakatan Rakyat, the three-party coalition which had been gearing up all its machinery to capture Putrajaya.
Umno leaders are perhaps still living in dream world. Even after the 2008 electoral reverses, they still failed to learn and realise that the country’s political landscape is so divided, polarised and hypercritical that any ruling coalition would always face formidable opposition.
Stopping Pakatan’s march to Putrajaya is one thing while ending Anwar’s political career is a different ball game altogether. It would be easier to stop Pakatan, but beating Anwar in his home turf, where he started his political career with a victorious electoral debut in 1982, is a near impossible task.
Gutter politics slammed
Posted on 10 April 2013 – 09:17pm
GEORGE TOWN (April 10, 2013): Pro-establishment blogger Papagomo’s reported strategy to release alleged sex videos involving Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as part of his campaign in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency, has been given the thumbs down by politicians from both sides of the divide.
Terming such tactics as gutter politics, Penang Gerakan Legal Bureau chief Baljit Singh said such acts could make one liable for legal action and urged that a clean campaign be conducted.
He said bread-and-butter issues as well as corruption, among other matters, should be the focus of an election campaign.
Barisan Nasional (BN) Pulau Tikus coordinator Rowena Yam also disagreed with such campaigning methods.
“I don’t think it is something that should be commended (as) politics should be clean,” the lawyer said when contacted.
Pulau Tikus incumbent and lawyer Yeoh Soon Hin also said such a tactic was “not right”.
The DAP man and former Penang Legislative Assembly Backbenchers Club chairman said the blogger, said to be former policeman Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, could face legal action if he resorted to such acts.
Wan Muhammad Azri announced in his blog earlier this week that he would be contesting as an independent against Anwar.
PAPA GOMO’S BID TO RUN IN PERMATANG PAUH: OVER BEFORE IT EVEN BEGINS?
According to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) data, Wan Muhammad Azri was convicted of two charges of corruption for asking a RM1,000 bribe from one Mohd Rahyudi Mokhtar to prevent action being taken against the latter for taking drugs.
He was also convicted of accepting a RM400 bribe from Mohd Rahyudi. Both offences were committed in 2004.
Following the announcement yesterday on the possibility of Papagomo contesting against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat, many have begun to question if the Umno-linked blogger is even qualified to do so.
This came as Papagomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, was previously convicted and fined for corruption when he was serving as a traffic constable.
The Court of Appeal had last year upheld the decisions of the Sessions Court and High Court, and he was fined RM10,000 and sentenced to 14 days jail.
According to lawyer Razlan Hadri Zulkifli, Wan Muhammad Azri cannot contest due to his conviction as the decision was only upheld last year.
“Hence, Wan Muhammad Azri cannot contest unless Wan Muhammad Azri is not Papagomo,” he said.
Another lawyer, Ranjit Singh, also held the same view that a person fined RM2,001 and up cannot contest, as stated in article 48 of the federal constitution.
Article 48 stipulates that a member of parliament loses his position if convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year, or fined not less than RM2,000, and has not received a free pardon.
The article also states that a person who has been convicted shall not be allowed to contest for a term of five years.
Both lawyers had represented Batu MP Tian Chua when the lawmaker was fined RM2,000 for allegedly biting a police personnel.
NOT ONLY WILL HE BE THRASHED, HE WILL LOSE HIS DEPOSIT…..
|5:13PM Apr 8, 2013|
Unpertubed by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s defamation suit against him, Umno-linked blogger Papagomo has announced that he will contest as an independent candidate in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency.
After saying on his Twitter webpage that he will hold a press conference today at Kuala Lumpur, the blogger, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, did not turn up.
His candidacy was announced by his representative, Mohamad Rafi Awang Kechik, who introduced himself as the president of a little-known group dubbed Nadi Rakyat Malaysia.
Mohamad Rafi, who held the press conference at the Federal Territories Election Commission office after buying a nomination form for Papagomo, said the blogger plans to expose all of Anwar’s alleged wrongdoings to the people of Permatang Pauh.
“Why Papagomo need to contest against Anwar in this GE13? Because this is the best way to expose who is Anwar [sic],” Papagomo posted on Twitter later in the day.
Anwar had confirmed last Friday that he would defend Permatang Pauh in the coming general election.
He has filed a RM100 million defamation suit against Papagomo after the latter failed to apologise and retract a series of lewd photographs.
The blogger had claimed that the photographs were screenshots from a video depicting Anwar as being intimate with another male.
Speculation is high that Umno is planning to field locally-born Telekom Malaysia general manager Dr Mazlan Ismail in Permatang Pauh.
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Blogger Papagomo to stand against Anwar
The blogger says he is contesting so that he can expose more alleged sex tapes of Anwar.
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno blogger Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, who blogs as Papagomo, will contest as an independent candidate against PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim in Permatang Pauh constituency.
Wan Muhammad Azri also promised to expose more alleged sex videos of Anwar during the campaigning period.
NGO Nadi Rakyat Malaysia president Mohd Rafi Awang Kechik, who represented Wan Muhammad Azri at a press conference today, read out a text message of Wan Muhammad Azri which declared his intention to stand in the election.
Wan Muhammad Azri said he decided to contest because the opposition leader has refused to step down despite repeated call from “all quarters” including former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom the blogger warmly referred to as his source of inspiration.
“Though my defeat is almost certain, at least it will provide an opportunity for Permatang Pauh electorate to better know who Anwar Ibrahim is,” he said.