UMNO has other subsidiary parties to ‘feed scraps’ to. Like MyPPP, which is out of favour, having had to sack its President. The story is that MyPPP had to sack M Kayveas or be expelled from BN.
26 April 2018
MyPPP sacks Kayveas as member following letter from Ku Nan
Tan Sri M. Kayveas is sacked as a member of MyPPP, two days after he quit as the party chief. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 ― MyPPP has sacked Tan Sri M. Kayveas as a member of the party following a disciplinary proceeding prompted by a letter from Barisan Nasional secretary general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
MyPPP secretary general Datuk Mohan Kandasamy said that the party central working committee has made a decision unanimously to strip Kayveas of all positions in the party, two days after he quit as the party chief.
Vice president Datuk Maglin Dennis D’cruz will be taking over as acting president, Mohan announced.
He also said that MyPPP initiated action against Kayveas before it even received an official notice regarding his resignation from the party.
“We only knew about the letter after our CWC meeting,” Mohan said.
The letter from Tengku Adnan yesterday had asked the party to consider disciplinary action against Kayveas.
“The letter also seemed to imply that we may be asked to leave BN if we did not take action,” party information chief Simon Suresh said.
The letter came days after Kayveas threatened to bring MyPPP out of BN after MIC was given the Cameron Highlands seat, which he was eyeing.
Yesterday, MIC was also given the Buntong state seat in Perak, despite MyPPP eyeing the seat as well.
Besides the Transport Ministry, the only other ministries headed by non-bumiputeras are the Health Ministry held by MIC president Dr S Subramaniam and the Commodities and Plantations Ministry held by Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong.
No squabbling? What do you think is happening at the Cameron Highlands?
25 January 2018
BN component parties not squabbling over GE14 seat distribution: MCA
KUALA LUMPUR: There is no dispute over seat distribution among Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He clarified that the parties are simply in the midst of a discussion over seat distribution for the 14th general election (GE14).
“MCA will contest the Gelang Patah Parliamentary seat in Johor, which we got back, for GE14.
“There is no issue on seat distribution in BN, and we have been discussing seat (swapping),” he told the media at a press conference after the launch of a road safety campaign in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration here on Thursday.
24 October 2017
Don’t give up on Gerakan, MCA seats in S’gor, BN urged
Gerakan Bukit Gasing constituency coordinator Chai Ko Thing has urged BN not to sideline seats previously contested by Gerakan and MCA in Selangor.
Chai said the sentiment in Selangor BN has been to focus on certain seats in rural areas in order to win back Selangor.
“Urban seats contested by Gerakan and MCA were sidelined as they were deemed ‘black’ and difficult to win back,” he said in a statement today.
Chai said this approach must be corrected, stressing that BN is capable of offering political representation and services to urbanites.
As such, Chai supported the statements of Selangor BN chairperson Noh Omar and deputy chairperson Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan that there should be equal focus on both urban and rural areas.
22 October 2017
October 22, 2017
‘Non-Umno parties felt sidelined at BN national gathering’
PETALING JAYA: Several Barisan Nasional (BN) parties were irked that a national briefing for coalition leaders for the upcoming 14th general election (GE14) yesterday was dominated by Umno, the Borneo Post reported today.
It said that there were complaints that the event at the BN headquarters in Kuala Lumpur turned out to be more of an Umno function instead of a gathering of leaders of the various component parties.’
It cited Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing as saying that the other parties were unhappy with the way the briefing was conducted.
They had been made to feel sidelined as the agenda was slanted heavily towards Umno, which is the leading party in the ruling BN, he said.
“It was a briefing by Umno officers on machinery for the 14th general election… The whole programme was tilted towards Umno.
The Borneo Post also reported that the banner used as background on the stage only featured photographs of Umno leaders, although with the logos of the various parties.
“Even the backdrop showed only Umno top guns and none of other component parties’ presidents, as if the rest are just wallpapers for mere decoration… So we were not too happy,” Masing was quoted as saying.
The Sarawak deputy chief minister reportedly added that Umno should not dominate a BN gathering to the extent that other components felt they were there just to make up the numbers.
21 October 2017
BN parties face seat cuts to arrest popularity plunge
BARISAN Nasional (BN) component parties face getting fewer seats in the next general election, Selangor Umno liaison committee chief Noh Omar hinted today, saying they must be willing to give up their traditional seats to win the polls.
He said BN could not maintain the status quo by fielding the same candidates in the same seats if they were still unable to win after three elections.
“Previously, if a seat belongs to Party A, they will continue contesting the same seat.
“But, as what the president said, if there is no change in three terms, it’s time for us to change the seats because seats don’t belong to a particular party,” Noh said after attending a closed-door BN meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
“But we have to see whether it is winnable or not, or if the (candidate) can be accepted by the people,” he said, using the phrase “winnable”, which was used in the last general election in 2013, where BN lost the popular vote.
He said if BN wanted to continue ruling the country, there must be tolerance among component parties as well as the spirit of power-sharing.
“We cannot contest the election on status quo principles.”
5 August 2017
Ahmad Zahid: Stop the backstabbing
ALOR SETAR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called on all Barisan Nasional component parties to stop the backstabbing and instead work together.
The Deputy Prime Minister added that respect must be shown by all leaders, from top to bottom, and that there should be cooperation between all component parties.
Speaking at the Alor Setar Umno division delegates meeting here on Saturday, he said there were 13 component parties under Barisan and there must be collaboration and cooperation between each and every party.
“Please stop the back stabbing. We need to work together and respect our leaders.
23 July 2017
Let MIC, Umno presidents decide on Teluk Kemang seat, says Mohan
KOTA KINABALU, July 23 — The issue pertaining to the Teluk Kemang parliamentary seat should be left to the discretion of MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also prime minister.
In stating this, MIC vice-president Datuk T. Mohan said however, he did not think MIC would give up the seat to Umno in the 14th General Election (GE).
Commenting on a recent news report that Umno might take over the Teluk Kemang seat to secure a win for Barisan Nasional (BN), he said it should not come up as a big issue as it had always been the norm for all BN component parties at all levels to lobby for seats.
“Nobody can decide on the party allocation except the MIC and Umno presidents. If they say swap, then we will swap.
“Historically, Teluk Kemang has been allocated to MIC for many years. So, I don’t think there will be a swap,” he said.
How to “cheat” MCA: Use redelineation. Change a formerly Chinese dominated constituency into a Malay dominated constituency and then replace the MCA candidate with an UMNO candidate.
30 June 2017
Umno eyeing MCA seats after redelineation shows increase in Malay voters, says paper
THE increase of Malay votes in Lumut by 71% after the redelineation process has triggered Umno’s interest in the parliamentary seat which was contested – and lost – by MCA in the last election, said the Chinese-language Oriental Daily.
Under the redelineation process, Chinese voters which made up the majority of votes in the Setiawan state constituency under the Lumut parliamentary seat have now dropped to 17%, with the rest now placed under the Bruas Parliamentary constituency.
The change in the voting landscape has increased the Malay voters in the area to 71%, which will be the moving factor for Umno to push for the seat to be given to them in the coming elections, said the report.
Oriental Daily said Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir who is Pangkor state assemblyman has been named as a candidate to contest for the Lumut Parliamentary seat.
But due to the current political turmoil, Zambry is more needed by Umno to retain the party leadership in Perak.
In the 13th General Election, MCA candidate Kong Cho Ha lost to PKR’s Mohamad Imran Abdul Hamid by 8,168 votes.
Apart from Lumut, Umno is also looking at Padang Serai Parliamentary seat which was allocated for MCA.
20 May 2017
Jamal sparks speculation on Umno clawing Sekinchan from MCA
Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos has in recent years engaged in various publicity stunts in an apparent bid to increase his profile, leading to speculation of him harbouring ambitions to move up the political hierarchy.
However, his unusual move of announcing candidates for the state seat of Sekinchan recently only fuelled further speculations, as the seat has been traditionally contested by the MCA.
Interestingly, Jamal announced Sungai Besar MCA Youth chief Ng Boon Keong as well as Sungai Besar Umno committee member Samad Wahab as the potential candidates for the seat.
Jamal, who made the announcement when officiating the Sabak Bernam election operations room on Monday, acknowledged the seat belonged to MCA but noted that MCA had lost the seat in three general elections.
The apparent display of Umno’s interest in the seat turned into speculation on whether Umno will take it altogether, following a reported statement by Sungai Besar MCA chief Kek Seng Hooi a day later.
Kek was quoted by Sinar Harian as saying that MCA would like to contest the seat, but was prepared to give it up to Umno if Umno could win it.
When contacted by Malaysiakini, Kek claimed he was misquoted and insisted that MCA would not give up the seat to Umno.
Kek explained that he had previously only said that the final decision on who will contest the Sekinchan seat rested with the BN supreme council.
“We will not give up the Sekinchan seat to Umno. We have already submitted our candidate’s name to the MCA leadership,” he said.
He added the candidate nominated by MCA was Ng, the same person announced by Jamal.
However, Kek said he did not see any problem with Jamal announcing two candidates for the seat.
‘Sekinchan will remain with MCA’
Meanwhile, Selangor MCA secretary Ng Chok Sin, when contacted, insisted the Sekinchan seat would remain with MCA.
16 April 2017
Subra: Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat belongs to MIC
CAMERON HIGHLANDS: MIC will contest in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat in the coming 14th general election (GE14), said party president Dr S. Subramaniam.
He said the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat traditionally belonged to MIC despite some Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties expressing their intention to contest in the area.
“It is the seat of the MIC although there are issues (among the component parties eyeing the seat), but it will not affect us and we will continue to defend it.
“We will also be looking for new faces to ensure victory is retained by the BN in GE14,” he told reporters after visiting Hospital Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom here yesterday.
Subramaniam, who is also health minister, said, however, the decision on who would contest for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat depends on BN chairman Najib Razak.
Before this, myPPP president, M. Kayveas had hinted that he would like to contest the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat in the coming GE14, as it was his place of origin.
The seat is currently being held by former MIC president G. Palanivel, who won it in the 13th general election.
5 Dec 2016
In the 2013 general election, MCA loaned its Wangsa Maju, Kuantan and Gelang Patah seats to Umno whch were then lost to the opposition, with PKR MPs Tan Kee Kwong and Fuziah Salleh at Wangsa Maju and Kuantan respectively while DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang won the Gelang Patah seat.
Umno Youth vice-chief raps Liow for wanting ‘loaned seats’ back
Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun has rapped MCA president Liow Tiong Lai for seeking the return of seats loaned out by the latter’s party.
“Asking for the return of these so-called ‘loaned seats’ is counter productive as the goal should always be ‘what is always best for a BN victory’.
“I would suggest that Liow urgently seek an audience with the prime minister who is also BN chairman for his wisdom and advice,” Azwan said in a statement yesterday.
He also said that it was a shame that a BN component party was asking for seats instead of telling voters about the dangers of “DAP’s chauvinist narrative”.
3 Dec 2016
MCA wants back seats loaned out in last election
Whatever seats MCA loaned out in the last general election should be returned, said MCA president Liow Tiong Lai.
“Our stand is that whichever seats we loaned out should be taken back,” he told reporters after attending a graduation ceremony at SJK Wangsa Maju today.
That he has to remind the UMNO man of this says a great deal about the uncertainty the MCA faces…
Transport minister’s post a BN decision, Liow reminds Umno man
Transport Minister and MCA president Liow Tiong Lai has urged Umno delegates at the party’s ongoing annual general assembly to be respectful of the BN mechanism that decides on posts.
He was responding to Umno delegate and Jasin MP Ahmad Hamzah, who suggested yesterday that the transport minister should be someone from Umno.
2 Dec 2016
NIGHTMARE MIGHT COME TRUE FOR MCA
IF UMNO GETS ITS WAY, MCA WILL NOT GET ANY CABINET POST.
Here is the start…
Umno MP wants transport minister to be from Umno
UMNO AGM The Transport Ministry should be held by someone from Umno, said a lawmaker from the party.
“Allow me to suggest that the Transport Ministry be given to someone from Umno.
“Many of our bosses up (on the stage) are qualified.
The Transport Ministry is currently held by MCA president Liow Tiong Lai.
Previously, Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein held the portfolio, after MCA refused to accept any cabinet position following the bad results it achieved in the 2013 general election.
During that time, Ahmad said, Hishammuddin had given the Malacca government the idea to create a deepsea port, which China is now investing in.
19 September 2016
Denial of Reality
Contrary to common perception and Nazri’s verdict that the Chinese have rejected the MCA, its President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai insists that “many – including party veterans – have come back to support us after our transformation programmes.”
He also thinks that the Chinese turned away from the MCA because of the infighting and the split.
He fails to see that THE CAUSE is what the Chinese perceive as MCA’s betrayal of the Chinese.
” To me, it’s better to be a ‘jaguh kampung’ with 88 seats than be like MCA.” – Nazri Aziz
18 September 2016 | MYT 8:57 PM
Liow: MCA one of Malaysia’s most popular parties
KEPONG: MCA is one of the most popular political parties in Malaysia, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Speaking to delegates at the opening of the Subang MCA division’s annual general meeting, Liow said that this was the finding of an online survey conducted by a Singapore-based organisation.
“The results showed that MCA was liked by the people because we have done a lot,” he added.
Liow said that people had turned away from the party because they were tired of the infighting and the split in the party.
“However, I can see that many – including party veterans – have come back to support us after our transformation programmes,” said Liow.
18 September 2016
Gerakan party has expressed reservations about the redelineations because of the priority given to racial dominance instead of a balanced inter-racial mix.
“Peninsular Malaysia will now have a situation in which ethnic Malays dominate the ruling party, and minorities, including the Chinese, have almost completely gone to the opposition.
“It’s not a recipe for inter-ethnic harmony,” said Andy Yong, deputy head of Gerakan Youth.
Gerakan to file objection on seat changes
Mah says party fears constituency redelineation proposals will ‘affect the party’s structure’.
PETALING JAYA: The Gerakan party, fearing a loss of its three parliamentary seats, is to file an objection to the Election Commission’s proposed redelineation of parliamentary and state constituencies.
Party president Mah Siew Keong said that the proposed changes would affect their chances in Beruas, Taiping and Teluk Intan parliamentary constituencies, all three in Perak.
Mah is the sitting MP for Teluk Intan, while its only other seat in the current Parliament is Simpang Renggam in Johor, held by Liang Teck Meng. The party also holds the Pemanis state seat in Johor and Elopura and Tanjung Papat in Sabah.
Mah said the party intended to contest 45 parliamentary and state seats at the next general election, among them the state seats of Bachang (Malacca) and Ketari (Pahang), and was not in favour of the redelineation proposals which he said would “affect the party’s structure”.
Liow slams racial domination in election seat changes
More Malays in Malay-majority seats and more Chinese in Chinese-majority seats may lead towards a theocratic state, says MCA president
PETALING JAYA: Proposed changes to electoral constituencies may lead to an unhealthy racial domination of some seats, according to MCA president Liow Tiong Lai.
Some Malay-majority areas would have more Malays and Chinese-majority constituencies more Chinese. “This is not healthy for a multi-racial society, it will push the country towards becoming a theocratic state,” he was quoted as saying.
Liow said that a healthy constituency must have a diverse racial composition. MCA leaders would meet on Tuesday to review proposals by the Election Commission to rename and redelineate parliamentary and state assembly constituencies across the country.
Liow’s deputy, Wee Ka Siong, said the party had instructed all its 85 divisions to report on the effects of the redelineations.
Wee heads the MCA election steering committee preparing for the next general election.
14 September 2016
MIC: Nazri has hurt the feelings of grassroots leaders
MIC president S Subramaniam has hit out at Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz for his statements lambasting BN components for their dismal performance in the last polls, which he said may have come too close to the mark for some in the Indian party.
“I have met Nazri this morning and expressed my unhappiness over some of those statements. While active positive political dialogue is welcomed, we should avoid ugly situations which could be divisive to the spirit of BN.
“Nazri’s statements have hurt the feelings of grassroots MIC leaders.”
Subramaniam said that it was unfortunate that disparaging remarks were made over the last few days in the exchange of words between leaders of BN component parties.
“It has been my stand that BN leaders should avoid such situations which will create unnecessary tension amongst BN component parties.
We should uphold the principle of mutual respect for each other,” said Subramaniam.
He called upon MIC members to be calm and restrained in this situation, and not jump into the shoot-fest which saw Nazri trading barbs with MCA leader Ti Lian Ker and others over the perceived dismal performance of component parties in general elections.
Subramaniam said that a truce of sorts has been called after the leaders met in the cabinet meeting today.
12 September 2016
Expect Big Boss (The Master) to tell MCA President and Gerakan President to hush their men, to toe the line.
They can’t allow the shaky BN boat to be rocked.
11 September 2016
UMNO: It’s alright now, we calmed them down…
“I have resolved the matter with Teng, who is the Penang Barisan chairman. He was not present when I made my remarks in Balik Pulau,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid…
“After he (Teng) got an explanation from Penang Umno chief Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman and Penang Umno secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, he realised that he had misunderstood the real meaning of my speech,” he added.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said that in his speech, he had urged all Barisan component parties in Penang to use a common template if they wanted to wrest back Penang.
“The advice was well-received by Barisan component parties in Penang,” he said.
Umno downplays internal revolt, gets ticking off from BN partners
BN partners upset at Umno
While Umno trained its guns against Bersatu, its BN partners expressed their grouses against Umno.
Penang Gerakan chief Teng Chang Khim blamed Umno’s support for right-wing Malay groups for BN’s defeat in Penang.
10 September 2016
Gerakan’s Teng sneers at Umno’s polls machinery
Their machinery is so good that they are unable to win back Kelantan and Selangor, he says sarcastically after Zahid’s remark about winning back Penang.
Ti: Umno should prioritise the survival of Barisan instead of its own