It looks like UMNO, PAS and PKR will contest the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat and in a three-cornered fight, UMNO will benefit.
8 May 2018
Spoilt for choice, Permatang Pauh remains nostalgic over Anwar
However, Barisan Nasional has made significant inroads in the PKR bastion, courting voters through the generosity of its candidate.
Nurul Izzah Anwar will face BN’s Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said (left) and PAS’ Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden.
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Despite its semi-rural status, the people of Permatang Pauh say they are saturated with politics, having been courted by politicians from both sides of the divide since the ouster of hometown boy Anwar Ibrahim.
The majority of Malay voters in the area are still loyal to the jailed opposition leader and his family, which has helped PKR retain the seat.
“So many politicians have come here over the years. Dah tepu dah (we are used to it). They come and go but we want our hometown boy Anwar Ibrahim and his party to stay,” said Siti, a 55-year-old voter in Kubang Semang.
She said many still appreciated what Anwar had done to turn the rural area into what it is today.
“We have factories, jobs, roads since Anwar became MP. We remain indebted to him. And we will vote for his daughter Nurul the same way we have voted for Kak Wan,” she said, referring to Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Nurul Izzah Anwar will face Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS in a three-cornered fight while Wan Azizah will contest the Pandan parliamentary seat in Selangor.
While most voters met by FMT indicated their support for PKR, others appeared won over by BN.
BN’s candidates have lost to PKR in the seat since 1999, but Permatang Pauh Umno chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said seems to be the strongest challenger so far.
Team Zaidi-branded T-shirts, caps, watches, mugs and other souvenirs have been handed out to people in Permatang Pauh. The target is for at least three out of every 10 people to be seen wearing or using them.
The wildcard is, of course, PAS, which has often claimed that its well-oiled election machinery from the Pakatan Rakyat days was what made PKR a winner.
PAS performed badly in the last general election, winning only Permatang Pasir, a state seat within Permatang Pauh.
17 April 2018
PKR keeps Permatang Pauh in the family
GEORGE TOWN: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will contest a seat in the Klang Valley while her daughter is now going to the PKR stronghold, Permatang Pauh.
This has been confirmed by party secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution.
He said there were several “safe” seats for Nurul Izzah Anwar including the Pandan parliamentary constituency which was held by Rafizi Ramli.
“An announcement will be made soon,” he said.
Saifuddin said the party had made it clear the candidate for Permatang Pauh should be from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s family as the seat was a PKR fortress.
9 February 2018
Umno rubbishes Permatang Pauh seat sabotage allegation
PERMATANG Pauh Umno today denied that more than 800 police voters have been transferred to the parliamentary constituency ahead of the 14th general election.
Division chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said said there were only 929 police voters in Permatang Pauh, and if the allegation was true, the number would be higher.
“Previously, there were more than 700. So, if over 800 have been moved from the island to Permatang Pauh, then, we should have some 1,600 police voters or more, right?
“But 929 is the updated figure, the latest. That is all we have now,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
Yesterday, PKR leaders revealed that they had been given an audio recording that suggested an attempt to sabotage the seat, an opposition stronghold synonymous with Pakatan Harapan and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Penang PKR information chief and Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin said the recording was from the Umno branch election machinery.
The one-minute, 17-second recording contained parts of a speech by a man urging the audience to keep secret that more than 800 police voters from “Tanjung and Datuk Keramat, and beside Penang Road, have been moved quietly to Permatang Pauh”.
8 February 2018
PKR reveals recording of alleged attempt to sabotage Permatang Pauh seat
AN audio recording alleging an attempt to sabotage the Permatang Pauh seat has been found by PKR.
PKR information chief Afif Bahardin said the recording was sent to him.
“This recording was at the Pemukiman Jentera Pilihan Raya Umno Cawangan (Umno branch election machinery),” he said at a press conference at PKR headquarters today
The one minute and 17 seconds recording, played at the press conference, was a speech of a man urging listeners to keep secret that more than 800 police voters from “Tanjung and Datuk Keramat and beside Penang Road, had been moved quietly to Permatang Pauh”.
Dr Afif said the recording was sent after the Umno branch election machinery meeting at Seberang Perai Polytechnic on January 28.
“The recording confirms there is manipulation of postal and early votes by Umno,” he said, adding the identity of his “trusted source” must be kept secret.
17 August 2017
@NajibRazak hadir Majlis Kenduri Rakyat di Politeknik Seberang Perai hari ini.
Police round up PKR members heading for protest against PM
Posted on 17 August 2017 – 10:34am
SEBERANG PERAI: Police have taken in several PKR members heading to a demonstration against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak for questioning here today.
They were picked up as they were making their way to the protest site near the Seberang Perai Polytechnic.
Among them were Penang PKR Youth chief Asrol Sani Abdul Razak, the PKR Youth Info chief Fahmi and Seberang Perai Municipal Council councilor Ong Jing Chen.
They were taken to the Central Seberang Perai district police headquarters for questioning.
The state Youth wing was planning to hold a demonstration urging for the release of jailed PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Najib is in Penang on a working visit and is scheduled to join the people for brunch at the polytechnic.
Twelve PKR Youth ‘flash mob’ members arrested in Permatang Pauh
Police today arrested 12 Penang PKR Youth members after they gathered for a flash mob ahead of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s visit to Permatang Pauh later.
The group was rounded up after gathering in front of the Seberang Perai Polytechnic in Bukit Mertajam, where the prime minister is expected to join thousands of people for a record breaking feast at 11am.
State PKR youth chief Asrol Sani Abdul Razak confirmed the incident…
The 12, including Asrol Sani and Seberang Perai Municipal Council member Ong Jing Cheng, were then taken to the Seberang Perai Tengah district police headquarters.
PKR banners were put up at the polytechnic gates and surrounding areas last night, with rallying calls to “Free Anwar Ibrahim” – PKR de facto leader who is currently serving a five-year jail term in the Sungai Buloh prison for a sodomy conviction.
16 August 2017
PKR Youth plans flash mob to greet Najib in Anwar’s stronghold
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is scheduled to visit Permatang Pauh, which is the stronghold of jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, tomorrow.
According to reports, the premier is slated to attend a record breaking feast where 20,000 to 25,000 people are expected to attend to dine while sitting cross-legged or duduk bersila.
Permatang Pauh Umno chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said said the public is invited to join Najib to feast on nasi kandar and traditional Malay cuisine to set a national record from 10am to 3pm at Politeknik Seberang Perai.
However, PKR Youth is planning to serve a flash mob instead.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Penang PKR Youth deputy chief Asrul Sani said the flash mob will be held outside the polytechnic.
He said the group wanted to highlight Anwar’s incarceration, which the opposition claims was based on a fabricated charge.
“We are not looking for a fight.
“We just want to hold placards that read, ‘Bebaskan Anwar Segera‘ (Free Anwar Now),” he added.
Asrul said the flash mob, expected to number around 30 people, will gather at a petrol station opposite the polytechnic at 9am before proceeding to the event venue.
Najib is expected to arrive at 11am.
15 August 2017
Untung orang Permatang Pauh, dapat mohon cuti tanpa rekod sebab PM nak datang
12 August 2017
Lunch Of ‘Makan Bersila’ With PM In Permatang Pauh Set For Thursday
PERMATANG PAUH: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to join 25,000 people for a luncheon during his visit to Penang on Thursday.
Billed as “Jamuan Kenduri Bersila Bersama Rakyat”, it will be held at Padang Politeknik Seberang Prai here.
Najib is expected to arrive at about 11am for the event, which is between 10am and 3pm.
Umno Permatang Pauh divisional chief Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said said the organiser had invited Malaysia Book of Records to tally the number of people at the event.
“We hope to enter the event in the Malaysia Book of Records as the largest gathering of ‘makan bersila’ (to eat while sitting cross legged),” he said.
Zaidi said the event differed from others as everyone would sit down on the field and eat together.
“There will be no stage, no chairs, no tables. Only be the field. We hope the Penang people will join us in this event,” he added.
8 August 2017
Opposition dismisses Umno’s ‘psy war’ in Permatang Pauh
UMNO’S talk about its chances of wresting PKR stronghold Permatang Pauh is just hot air, said opposition leaders, who are not convinced that most of the 8,000 new voters that Umno claims to have registered would ensure Barisan Nasional wins the seat.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said anyone who read up on polling data would know that claims of a surge in confidence in BN were nothing but “hopeful posturing”.
Nurul Izzah said registering voters did not equate to confirmed votes, adding that Malaysians would remove the allegedly corrupt federal government if polls were conducted in a free and fair manner.
She said Malaysia was more than simplistic election projections based on racial lines, with voters clamouring for real economic opportunities and an accountable government.
People in Permatang Pauh, as well as the rest the country were aware of the government’s bullying tactics and withholding of development in opposition-held constituencies, she said.
“We have also seen numerous BN stalwarts leave the coalition and many others ready to do the same, taking their voters with them.
“The ruling party (Umno) is more nervous than ever. They are dealing with an open rift in their party, from the top to the ground, and have no strategy to create a sustainable, prosperous future, and equitable access to opportunity for all Malaysians,” Nurul Izzah told The Malaysian Insight.
7 August 2017
8,000 new voters boost hopes for Umno in Permatang Pauh
AN increase of at least 8,000 new voters in the Permatang Pauh constituency since 2015 is good news for Umno, which it hopes may help wrest back the seat synonymous with jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim after 20 years, a local Umno leader said.
Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said said the odds in the coming general election could finally favour the Malay party that leads the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, and change the parliamentary seat from “kawasan hitam” (black area) to a white one.
He said the latest voter information showed that there are over 80,000 voters in the constituency now, compared to 72,000 in the 2015 by-election, when PKR retained the seat after Anwar was jailed for a second sodomy conviction. Anwar’s wife, PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, won the seat in the by-election by 8,841 votes.
“Some 7,000 of these new voters are Malays, who were mostly registered by Umno in our voter registration drive. New Chinese voters are only about 700.
“These new voters, especially the youth and first-time voters, are going to play a significant role in determining which side wins the seat,” he said at the Permatang Pauh Umno delegates meeting this morning.
“Studies done by the party’s membership and voter registration bureau had indicated the possibility of BN securing 67% of the voters,” he added.
BN has good chance of wresting Permatang Pauh – Abdul Azeez
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) have a 67 per cent chance of wresting the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election (GE14), said Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
Azeez, who is also Umno Voter Registration and Membership Committee chairman, said the confidence level was based on a study which showed voters in Permatang Pauh were fed up with the PKR leadership.
“We can win Permatang Pauh with more than a 5,000-vote majaority in GE14. But we must work hard, be united and have fighting spirit,” he said when opening the Permatang Pauh Umno delegates meeting here today.
26 July 2017
PAS MP flays own party over plan to contest Permatang Pauh in GE14
KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — PAS MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar has criticised his party’s leadership over its plan to contest the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in the next general election.
He said making such a statement meant as if PAS was interested to contest in all of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) seats.
“This is a proud statement by PAS. They [PAS] admit to be an opposition, but they refuse negotiate with opposition parties…cannot compromise and want to grab all seats.
“In the end, voters will be frustrated with PAS because it is starting to show traits like Umno,” Mahfuz was quoted as saying in Sinar Harian.
If this continued, the Pokok Sena MP said he was confident a big chunk of PAS members and supporters will “switch directions”.
PAS vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah had recently said that PAS will field its candidates at all PKR seats, including Permatang Pauh, in the next elections.
The seat is currently held by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Mohd Amar reportedly said that his party has the right to do so as it was no longer working PH.
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THURSDAY, 4 APRIL 2013
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