17 September 2018
PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim has not rejected an offer by Umno Padang Rengas MP Nazri Abdul Aziz to campaign for him in Port Dickson.
Anwar said he welcomed anyone’s support and that all offers should be considered.
However, he said this will depend on PKR’s strategy for the by-elections.
“I welcome any support, but then when it comes to party strategy, party platform, that’s going to be decided by the party. I am not arrogant enough to reject any offer of help.
“Anyone who wants to help we should be prepared to consider.
“The issue is whether it is on the platform of Pakatan Harapan or PKR, which is certainly not the case,” he told reporters when met in Kuala Lumpur today.
Nazri made the offer to campaign for Anwar, as a gesture to bring Umno and PKR closer together.
This, Nazri said, was to help Umno get back into government quickly.
16 September 2018
PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan may have announced that the party won’t be contesting in the Port Dickson by-election, but party president Abdul Hadi Awang is not discounting the party’s participation, stressing that PKR should not be allowed a “free win”.
Hadi said in the event BN decides not to contest in the Port Dickson by-election against PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, then PAS may join the fray.
15 September 2018
PETALING JAYA: The National Patriot Association today denied claiming that former Navy officer Danyal Balagopal Abdullah had received RM25 million to vacate his Port Dickson seat.
Its public communications director, Capt (Rtd) Dr Wong Ang Peng, said a message in Bahasa Malaysia attributed to the association’s president, Brig Gen Mohamed Arshad Raji, had recently gone viral.
The message contains the words: “Army veteran donates almost millions in ringgit to Danyal Balagopal during GE14 campaign, now Danyal has sold the seat to Anwar for RM25 million — Brig Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji (Patriot president)”.
“Patriot would like to categorically state that neither BG Mohamed Arshad nor Patriot has made the purported statement.
“We are disgusted that such an unethical tactic is still being employed by the enemies of Pakatan Harapan (PH), employing cybertroopers to spread falsehoods, lies and confusion, and to put our president, Patriot and PH in a bad light.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has dismissed the question of nepotism in the party if her father Anwar Ibrahim becomes an MP.
Looking at criticisms and views positively, the Permatang Pauh MP said she would focus on the work and the task given to her by the people.
Nurul Izzah stressed that to counter the perception of nepotism, contracts and funds should not be given to those comprising family members when one held posts in the government.
“We take it (criticism) positively, and understand that there will be voices that disagree with us. Thank God I am not included in the central government.
‘’I am very grateful at being given the opportunity by the people of Permatang Pauh who are the voices on issues, including the empowerment of the young people in technical and vocational education and training,” she told reporters after opening the Penang Mini RTC My Malaysia Carnival in Bukit Mertajam today.
Nurul Izzah said this in response to former Bersih chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan, who questioned the move to hold the Port Dickson by-election to pave the way for Anwar to return to Parliament.
Ambiga said that Danyal Balagopal’s resignation triggered allegations of nepotism in PKR.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad believed that Anwar Ibrahim will not seek any government position in the near term because his party had made this clear.
“Actually (PKR Secretary-general) Saifuddin Nasution has made a statement that when Anwar wins, not if he wins but when he wins, he will not seek a position in the government.
“He is not asking a minister position in the government. I take it that it is a consent from Anwar that he (Saifuddin) said this,” Mahathir said in a press conference at Bersatu headquarters at Petaling Jaya.
He said this when asked whether Anwar will be appointed to a government position if the latter won the upcoming Port Dickson by-election.
Speculation is rife that Anwar will seek to join the executive if he is elected to Parliament once again, since he is Pakatan Harapan’s designated sucessor to Mahathir.
Mahathir today reiterated, again, that Anwar will succeed him.
“We already agreed that it is Anwar… I’m not reneging my promise… When? That period is not certain.
“But I am very cautious that I am 93-years-old. In two years time, I’ll be 95,” he said.
Incoming PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said he waited four months before triggering the by-election that will allow him to return to Parliament.
In an interview with Associated Press, Anwar said there was an initial understanding that he should immediately seek public office upon his release from prison.
“The understanding… is that immediately after the pardon, I should enter the race,” Anwar told Associated Press.
Anwar said it was important for him to “start connecting” with lawmakers and help out on parliamentary reforms.
In a related development, Anwar told a PKR gathering in Johor Bahru yesterday that his wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, would step down as deputy prime minister once he is made prime minister.
“Why didn’t Wan Azizah step down? If she did, PKR will lose the deputy prime minister’s post.
“(And) I have also informed Mahathir that if I win (in Port Dickson), I don’t want to be in the government right away. I want to make way for Mahathir to discharge his responsibilities until my time comes.
“So… when I’m appointed (prime minister), Wan Azizah will step down. When? When it’s my turn to be the prime minister. There is no need for people to make a fuss of it so early, wanting her to step down.
“This is what is happening in the country, but be patient. People raise this matter, and I explain,” he said according to Bernama.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — PKR should not even consider the offer by Umno’s Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz to assist Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s campaign for Port Dickson, said DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh.
The Bukit Gelugor MP reminded PKR that Nazri had been vociferous in his attacks against Pakatan Harapan (PH) previously and insisted the latter’s offer now was suspicious.
Ramkarpal said nothing has changed with Nazri since before the general election except that the latter was now part of the Opposition along with the rest of Barisan Nasional (BN).
“There can be no doubt that Nazri is an opportunist,” he said in a statement.
“Why not accept Najib as part of the campaign as well if he was to offer his support?”
Ramkarpal said accepting aid from Nazri would cause interminable damage to the public trust in PH, saying voters clearly expressed their rejection of politicians such as Nazri.
He further warned that allowing the Umno man into PKR’s campaign would also hurt and possibly doom Anwar’s chances of securing his return to Parliament.
Padang Rengas MP Nazri Abdul Aziz says he will campaign for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim in the coming Port Dickson by-election.
“I’m serious,” he told Malaysiakini when asked if he was joking.
Asked why he wanted to campaign for Anwar, Nazri said it is what is best for Umno in order for the party to get back into government.
“I don’t foresee Umno being in government in the near future but there is some common thinking among Umno MPs that we should come back into government as early as possible.
“The only way to do that is to work with PKR […] so we should show some goodwill […] if we want to form the government, let Anwar win,” he said.
Nazri also rebutted Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan who said the party would fight to the death against Anwar in Port Dickson.
Nazri, the former tourism minister, opined this was not an Umno decision and that Mohamad was “not an MP and does not know what we MPs are planning.”
He also said that Umno could not win the seat and thus should let PKR carry out its plan to change the seat’s MPs.
He added he would still campaign for Anwar even if Umno contested the seat as he wanted to do what was “best for Umno, not for individual interests.”
“I will still campaign for Anwar but this is still speculative (that Umno will contest),” he said.
He also said he was prepared to face disciplinary action for his stance.
‘We should be like Razak’
Nazri said PKR was the party that the people wanted in power as evident by the past three by-elections.
“There have been three by-elections. MCA, PAS and Umno lost badly, the people did not budge and still rejected those who fought against PKR (and Pakatan Harapan).
“So you have to be close to the people and they want to give PKR a chance.
He also said that forming coalitions was not strange and that this was what the second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein did when he transformed the Alliance into BN and offered to bring all opposition parties into the fold.
“Razak was a wise, courageous leader. We should be like him,” he said.
13 September 2018
SABAK BERNAM – Ketua Umno Bahagian Sungai Besar, Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos bersedia ‘menawarkan diri’ berkempen bagi pihak Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, di kerusi Parlimen Port Dickson.
Jamal berkata, beliau sendiri akan memberikan sokongan terhadap Anwar dalam usaha mengangkat bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu sebagai perdana menteri kelapan.
Menurutnya, beliau menyokong Anwar menjadi perdana menteri adalah disebabkan kerana tidak yakin dengan kerajaan di bawah pimpinan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.
“Kesempatan dan peluang yang diberikan rakyat kepada kerajaan Harapan dilihat gagal untuk membawa negara ke arah yang lebih baharu dan cemerlang di masa akan datang,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian.
Jamal memberitahu, PRK sepatutnya diadakan lebih awal sejurus Anwar dibebaskan agar pemimpin itu diangkat lebih cepat menjadi perdana menteri.
PAPAGOMO TAWAR DIRI LAWAN ANWAR DI PORT DICKSON
Exco Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Wan Muhammad Azri atau lebih dikenali sebagai Papagomo telah menawarkan untuk bertanding di Port Dickson melawan Anwar Ibrahim.
Timbalan Presiden UMNO iaitu Tok Mad Hassan dikatakan calon sesuai untuk bertanding di situ.
Azri mempunyai pendapat yang berbeza kerana menurutnya Anwar Ibrahim akan menang di Port Dickson kerana pengundi Cina dan India akan mengundi Anwar manakala Melayu akan terbahagi dua.
“Anwar tetap menang manakala Tok Mad menjadi mangsa fitnah dan persepi jahat terbaru yang direkayasakan oleh Anwar dan konco-konconya sebagaimana fitnah yang Rafizi lemparkan keatas DS Najib Razak.”
Azri menasihatkan supaya UMNO tidak gadaikan pemimpin yang bersih menjadi mangsa kerakusan fitnah dendam manusia bernama Anwar.
Azri menawarkan diri untuk diletakkan sebagai calon BN jika pucuk pimpinan parti bersetuju yang mana beliau sanggup menjadi punching bag kepada Anwar Ibrahim semasa kempen nanti.
Ada yang berpendapat jika UMNO merestui tawaran Azri, pertandingan ini dilihat sangat klasik kerana semua tahu Papagomo mempunyai banyak “rahsia pelik” Anwar Ibrahim.
12 September 2018
11 September 2018
PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim’s ambitions to become the next prime minister will be dashed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who will ensure his defeat in a by-election, Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam claimed today.
“I am sure Mahathir will help to place a candidate (against Anwar in a by-election).
“This is for sure. Because Mahathir will go all out to ensure Anwar doesn’t become prime minister,” Lokman said at a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre.
He did not elaborate on why this was the case.
KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has already chosen which seat he plans to take over to return to Parliament, with less than 48 hours to go before the official announcement on Wednesday (Sept 12).
A select few Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders are in the know with regards to the seat which has been chosen, but this has not stopped other PKR members from speculating.
Malay Mail understands that a single seat has already been confirmed, and that Mr Anwar has agreed on it and given specific instructions for the announcement on Wednesday, to be made by PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
It is understood that Mr Anwar will not be present for the announcement, but the MP who will be vacating his or her seat will most likely be attending the press conference.
When contacted, Mr Saifuddin refuted reports that it would be either the Sungai Petani or Alor Setar parliamentary seat.
“No, it is not any seat in Penang, it is not any seat in Kedah.
“No, it is also not Pandan,” he told Malay Mail when contacted, referring to the parliamentary seat currently held by deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also Anwar’s wife.
The Star Online carried a report saying that Mr Anwar had three seats to choose from — Sungai Petani, Port Dickson and Alor Setar.
While Mr Saifuddin denied it would be either Sungai Petani or Alor Setar, he declined to comment on the possibility of Port Dickson as the chosen seat.
“You will have to wait for the announcement, the seat we have has been based on proper study and research, as to the winnability and other factor,” he added.
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will contest a parliamentary seat in Negri Sembilan in a by-election.
The PKR president-elect has already picked a seat, according to top party sources.
Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, MP for Port Dickson is the only PKR parliamentary representative from Negri Sembilan.
In the 14th General Election, Danyal won the Port Dickson seat with 36,225 votes while VS Mogan of Barisan Nasional tallied 18,515 votes and PAS’ Mahfuz Roslan garnered 6,594 votes. This gave Danyal a comfortable majority of 17, 710 votes.
Selangor PAS has instructed its machinery in Pandan to prepare for a by-election as it believes the seat is most likely to be vacated for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim.
“Among the seats which we feel may be vacated is Pandan because the MP there is (Deputy Prime Minister) Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
“So to ensure that Anwar becomes (prime minister), Pandan is among those which we feel is most suitable.
“You’re not going to ask someone else to vacate their seat when your own wife is an MP,” said Selangor PAS commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi to Malaysiakini today.
He was commenting on a statement issued today by Pandan PAS chief Iskandar Samad, who had instructed all machinery in Pandan to be ready for the possibility of a by-election in the near future.
Sallehen said that even though there are several other seats which PAS believed may be vacated for Anwar to contest, the Islamist party thinks Pandan is one of the most likely.
However, he noted, PAS has issued instructions not only to Pandan machinery but also to several other places such as Petaling Jaya.