The Cameron Highlands by-election 26 January 2019…

26 January 2019












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11 January 2019


CAMERON POLLS | Orang Asli village chiefs (Tok Batin) in Cameron Highlands could lose their salaries and posts if they do not vote for the federal government in the Jan 26 by-election, warned a Pakatan Harapan senator.

PKR senator Bob Manolan Mohd said this during the question-and-answer session at a dialogue with the Tok Batin in the BN stronghold of Pos Betau, Jelai, this morning.

“Batin are paid by the federal government, therefore, batin must support Harapan. If they don’t support, ‘kita buang’ (we discard them).

“Any batin who does not support the government, we will not pay salary. It’s true! We will not pay them. If we pay them (but) they don’t support us, why should we pay them?” he added.

Bob Manolan said Orang Asli leaders and the Village Community Management Council (MPKK) must support the agenda of the government.

The chiefs and representatives of 18 Semai Orang Asli villages in the area were present.

Village chiefs are paid between RM800 and RM1,200 based on the number of villagers they oversee and the size of their village.

Bob Manolan, who is an Orang Asli himself, said the Harapan government wanted village chiefs whom it could cooperate with for the betterment of the people.

“If they can’t work with the present government, how can we choose them as village leaders?

“The policies of the present government are not like the previous government. The current government wants Orang Asli leaders who defend the rights and welfare of their people.

“Problems in the villages must be brought to the attention of the government, unlike before when (chiefs) just nodded their heads as long as money is given to them every month,” he added.

‘BN candidate good, but on sinking ship’

Meanwhile, Deputy Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji,  who was also present, urged the chiefs not to support BN candidate and former assistant commissioner of police Ramli Mohd Nor.

Ramli (photo), who hails from Cameron Highlands, was the highest ranked police officer in the nation’s history.

“Even though their (BN’s) candidate is good, they say he is an Orang Asli, but the party he is representing is about to die!

“[…] Even if he is a good local Orang Asli, his ship is about to sink. What will he be able to bring?” asked Tengku Zulpuri, who is also the Raub MP.


CAMERON POLLS | Gerakan has decided against contesting in the Jan 26 Cameron Highlands by-election.

Party secretary-general Mak Kah Keong, in a statement today, said the decision was reached by the leadership after multiple consultations and discussions with grassroots members.

“There were mixed opinions from members at all levels, which the leadership regards as a positive sign of interest and commitment.

“However, after careful and comprehensive consideration, it was agreed that our primary task now is to focus on our ongoing efforts to strengthen the party, instead of engaging in a by-election. Cameron Highlands is not a traditional seat of the party, but we have a good track record, and enjoy a good relationship with the locals, especially in Tanah Rata,” he said.

“As such, we decided that it is in the best interest of the party to sit out the coming by-election. The new leadership is undertaking efforts to introduce changes within the party which needs undivided attention and complete support from all members,” he added.

According to Mak, the party is also yet to determine which candidate in the by-election it will support.

Earlier today, Malaysiakini reported that Gerakan, which has described itself as an independent political party since leaving BN in June last year, is likely to contest in the coming by-election.

A party source had said that Gerakan may field its Cameron Highlands deputy division chairperson Dr Eddie Edward Tharmaraj as the candidate in the by-election, as he had expressed interest in standing for the polls.

9 January 2019



KUALA LIPIS, Jan 9 — Even as the Barisan Nasional is scheduled to name its candidate for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, the guessing game goes on as to who the coalition will field.

There is talk that Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is discharging the duties of the president, may go for the seat because he has no constituency now considering that his election for the Rantau state seat in Negri Sembilan has been annulled and his appeal is pending in the Seremban High Court.

There is even talk that the BN may field an Orang Asli in an effort to draw the votes from the Orang Asli and Malays as they comprise over 50 per cent of the 32,048 voters in the constituency.

Pahang BN chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail declined to comment, only saying that the candidate will be liked by all.

“We will select a winnable candidate. The candidate will be one who can get close to the people and meet their needs. Let’s wait,” he said.

A news portal had reported that BN, through Umno, was expected to spring a surprise and field a local from the Orang Asli community.


Is MIC going to concede Cameron Highland seat to UMNO because of Hadi’s warning of “hell” and PAS’ 3578 votes?

PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has finally showed his true colours that he is not qualified to be a Malaysian political leader representing all Malaysians regardless of race, religion or region when he came out with his antediluvian warning to Muslims to place their trust in Muslim leaders regardless of their wickedness, claiming that believers will end up in hell if led by non-Muslims.

Now Malaysians can understand why PAS under his leadership was prepared to give full support to former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak who has brought infamy and ignominy to Malaysia by transforming it into a global kleptocracy!

No wonder that under Hadi’s leadership, PAS is becoming quite a practitioner of the toxic and vicious politics of lies, hate, fear, race and religion which is the single greatest threat to the survival of a tolerant, harmonious and successful plural nation of diverse races, religions, languages and cultures.

No wonder Hadi can strike the posture that 99 per cent of the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world living in 179 countries which have ratified the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), including 55 of the 57 member nations of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), such as Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Turkey, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan are very wrong and misguided as ICERD is a “Freemason Agenda” to destroy Islam.

No wonder the PAS Youth Leader and the son of the PAS President, Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, could warn Muslims not to post Christmas greetings on Facebook because the Christian celebration is against the teachings of Islam and that there should not be any acknowledgement of the Christian religion.

No wonder that PAS under Hadi’s leadership is now laying claim to be the only party to fight for the Malay-Muslim agenda, claiming that “Last time, it was Umno which fought for the Malay-Muslim agenda, as it was the government, and it also had the strength (in terms of resources and numbers). Now, it is no longer the government, and it is bleeding MPs and lawmakers, causing the party’s very structure to collapse.”

No wonder that PAS under Hadi’s leadership has no strong objections to the 1MDB scandal and the other 1MDB-like scandals in Felda, Felcra, MARA and Tabung Haji, as Hadi is not fully committed to fight corruption, regarding a corrupt Muslim is anytime better than a non-corrupt non-Muslim, and accepts with equanimity the fact that seven of the ten most corrupted nations of the world according to Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2017 are Muslim nations and member of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).

But the PAS leaders cannot be more wrong as PAS cannot have the monopoly to champion the Malay-Muslim agenda in Malaysia.

This is because in a New Malaysia, it is the responsibility of all Malaysian political parties in the Pakatan Harapan coalition, whether PKR, Bersatu, Amanah or DAP, to champion the Muslim/Malay and non-Muslim/non-Malay agendas to demonstrate that any viable and successful nation-building in a plural society is not a zero-sum game but a win-win formula for all Malaysians.

The monstrous 1MDB scandal, which cast Malaysia to perdition by being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy, must be a terrible lesson for all Malaysians, that we must never again allow the nation to be pawned to anyone’s greed for power or wealth and that the interests of all Malaysians of diverse races and religions and future generations must always take higher priority than the interest of one man or group of persons, however exalted their position or power.

This should be what the Cameron Highlands by-election by all about – good governance versus kleptocracy.

What is of more immediate interest, however, is whether MIC is going to concede Cameron Highland seat to UMNO because of Hadi’s warning of “hell” and PAS’ 3578 votes?

In actual fact, I have great doubts that Hadi will be able to deliver the 3,578 votes in the Cameron Highlands by-election on January 26, as I do not believe that the general PAS membership are “all fours” with Hadi in rejecting Malaysia as a plural society and his antediluvian view that a corrupt Muslim is always better than a clean and honest non-Muslims, which is also not the teaching of Islam or the great religions of the world.

Furthermore, whether the MCA leadership is also so unprincipled and opportunistic as to gang up with Hadi’s PAS for electoral arrangements, as happened in the three Selangor State Assembly by-elections after the 14th General Election, despite Hadi’s antediluvian concept of “hell” and “good governance”.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 9th January 2019)

8 January 2019


CAMERON POLLS | As BN leaders mull either an MIC or Umno candidate for the coming Cameron Highlands by-election, disputed MyPPP president M Kayveas says backing him for the seat is the only way the coalition can win.

Rather than “fight” among themselves, he suggested that BN adopt him as its candidate as he was most “neutral.”

“My suggestion is to agree to me as the candidate and work with me.

“Because of this infighting, they are going to contribute an additional seat for Pakatan Harapan in Parliament.

“They should agree on a neutral candidate, which is me,” he told Malaysiakini today.

Kayveas reasoned that an Umno candidate in Cameron Highlands would be rejected by Indian voters, while a MIC candidate would not only split the Indian vote, but also turn away Malay voters – particularly Umno members.

The former deputy minister announced on Sunday that he will stand as an independent in the Jan 26 by-election. Nomination takes place on Jan 12.

Harapan has named deputy Pahang DAP chief M Manogaran as its candidate.

‘Uncle Bond’ to the rescue

“If Umno and MIC work with me, we can take on Harapan… no problem, we can win. If they don’t, 100 percent they will lose. It will be a big advantage to DAP (without me).

“This is because (with me) we will have Malay votes, Indian votes and Orang Asli votes on our side.

“The Orang Asli have always been good with me, I am the ‘Uncle Bond’ to the Orang Asli,” he said, referring to his moniker.

Based on figures from the 14th general election, the Cameron Highlands electorate is 34 percent Malay, 30 percent Chinese, 15 percent Indian and 22 percent Orang Asli.

Kayveas argued that BN had deprived him the opportunity to contest the seat during GE14.

Despite his intense lobbying for the seat, he said, BN eventually decided to field MIC’s C Sivarraajh instead.

“Right from the beginning they know I wanted to be the candidate, but they deprived me (of it). Now the seat has fallen vacant, why are they fighting?

“They created this problem for me, but I am still a peaceful guy. Just make a truce with me, we can work together,” he said.


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has today questioned MCA on whether it will support MIC’s pick as the Barisan Nasional candidate in the upcoming Cameron Highlands by-elections or bow to Umno’s wish to nominate one of its own.

As the former ruling coalition is expected to announce its candidate on Thursday, Lim said it will be interesting to see what MCA’s stand is as this would reflect a majority vote against Umno in the BN Supreme Council.

“An interesting question is what is the stand of the MCA in the BN Supreme Council that the MIC candidate for Cameron Highlands by-election should be dropped in favour of an Umno candidate?

“If MCA supports MIC, that the BN candidate for Cameron Highlands by-election should remain a candidate from MIC, then Umno would be out-voted in a 2-1 result in the BN Supreme Council,” he said in a statement, today.

Following the statement made by Umno Supreme Council member Tan Sri Noh Omar that BN will have a better shot at winning the seat if an Umno candidate is fielded, Lim said the Tanjong Karang MP may in the future demand to take back the Ayer Hitam seat, which is currently represented by MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

“But dare MCA side with MIC against Umno? Does Umno exercise a secret veto power in the BN Supreme Council?

“If we go by Noh Omar’s logic, then Umno will next demand to take back the Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat from MCA, and Wee Ka Siong would have no parliamentary seat to go to.

“But dare Wee Ka Siong defend MIC’s right to field the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election?” he asked.

Earlier today, Noh said BN has a better chance at retaining the Cameron Highlands seat if an Umno candidate is chosen to contest in the by-election.

He said this was because the people have more confidence in Umno based on the Malay votes garnered for its representatives.

Noh also said Lim had provoked MIC to leave the BN pact if an Umno candidate is placed instead, as he said the Iskandar Puteri MP is afraid should Umno contest in the Cameron Highlands by-election.


CAMERON POLLS | Umno has called for a supreme council meeting tomorrow in which the BN candidate for the Jan 26 Cameron Highlands by-election is expected to be discussed.

“Surely. Because the by-election is near. Umno will discuss,” a high-ranking party source told Malaysiakini when asked if the meeting would focus on who to field for the polls.

The source also did not rule out the possibility of BN fielding an Umno candidate in the traditional MIC seat.

The supreme council meeting is slated to take place at 8pm at the Umno headquarters in the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

7 January 2019


Who will decide who will contest Cameron Highlands by-election on behalf of Barisan Nasional – Barisan Nasional, UMNO, MIC or PAS?

Nomination Day for Cameron Highlands by-election is set for Saturday, January 12 and polling two weeks later on January 26.

Who will decide who will contest the Cameron Highlands by-election on behalf of Barisan Nasional? Barisan Nasional, UMNO, MIC or PAS?

The statement by the MIC Secretary-General S. Vell Paari that UMNO has not requested to contest the Cameron Highlands by-elections means nothing at all.

Dare the MIC President or Secretary-General declare that MIC will definitely be fielding the Cameron Highlands by-election candidate on behalf of Barisan Nasional and resign from his MIC office if this does not happen on Saturday?

Dare the Acting UMNO President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan declare that MIC will definitely be fielding a candidate for the by-election on behalf of Barisan Nasional and that the candidate will not come from UMNO or any other party? If not, the reason for such thunderous silence?

PAS has declared that it will not contest in the Cameron Highlands by-election but will back a candidate put up by other opposition parties.

Did PAS tell UMNO that a MIC candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election is completely unacceptable and PAS will not help to bring out the 3,587 votes which the PAS candidate garnered in the constituency in the 14th General Election last May, and this was the reason for the UMNO leadership overriding the MIC leadership and putting up an UMNO candidate?

Has the MCA leadership led by its new President Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong agreed to the PAS suggestion that the Barisan Nasional candidate in the Cameron Highlands by-election should come from UMNO and not MIC?

I have been in Cameron Highlands twice in the past eight days – in fact, I was trapped together with the Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election, M. Manogaram, the PH MP for Bentong Wong Tack, PH Pahang State Assemblyman for Tanah Rata Chiong Yoke Kong to spend 2019 New Year’s Eve at Kampong Orang Asli Semoi Lama because heavy rain had made the road out of the interior inaccessible and we were cut off from all access to the outside world.

In my two visits to Cameron Highlands, I had visited seven of the nine Orang Asli Pos in the constituency which constitute a total of 27 Orang Asli kampongs, and had walkabouts in Ringlet, Bertam Valley and Kampong Raja.

What struck me in the last 24 hours was that to those-in-the-know about political developments in the country, including the political “aficionados” in Cameron Highlands, they are fairly unanimous about the latest political development, viz MIC would not be contesting in the Cameron Highlands by-election as an UMNO candidate will be entering the battle.

This had in fact been confirmed by the designated MIC candidate for Cameron Highlands who had confided this development to one of our leaders.

Who is this “mysterious” UMNO candidate for the Cameron Highlands by-election? Is he the person who will be tasked with taking over the leadership of the Opposition in Parliament if he can win the Cameron Highlands by-election?

This is why I am not convinced at all by the ambiguous statement by the MIC Secretary-General which is significant in that he dare not categorically state that MIC will be fielding a candidate in the Cameron Highlands by-election on behalf of Barisan Nasional.

This leads to the question whether Barisan Nasiuonal Supreme Council had met to discuss which political party would contest in the Cameron Highlands by-election.

Who can summon a meeting of the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council? Although Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi has been forced to hand over the duties of the President of UMNO to Mohamad Hasan, Zahid has not announced handing over the duties of President the Barisan Nasional to any other person. Must the BN Supreme Council meeting decide who should be the Acting BN President, or is this reserved for the UMNO President?

And has MIC become so irrelevant and inconsequential that the BN candidate for Cameron Highlands by-election can be taken away from MIC without any meeting of BN Supreme Council?

Is the MIC leadership capable of categorically clarifying this important question before this day is over?

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Ringlet on Monday, 7th January 2019)


MIC should immediately quit Barisan Nasional as it is not allowed to contest in Cameron Highlands by-election

It is now clear that MIC is not allowed to contest in the Cameron Highlands by-election.

UMNO will be contesting in the by-election.

Cameron Highlands had never been contested by UMNO in the past sixty years since Merdeka, and the latest development shows the arrogance of UMNO as far as the other BN parties are concerned.

MIC should immediately quit Barisan Nasional if it has any honour or dignity left, as it should not be another MCA.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang after a walkabout in Kampong Raja with Pakatan Harapan candidate for Cameron Highlands, M. Manogaran and Bandar Baru Brinchang DAP leaders on Monday January 7)

6 January 2019









PEKAN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is confident that Barisan Nasional will retain Cameron Highlands in the Jan 26 by-election.

The former premier and Barisan chairman said his prediction was based on the current mood of the people, who were disappointed with the Pakatan Harapan government, which he claimed had failed to fulfil their election promises.

“It could be a major factor for voters to reject them. We have a good chance of defending the parliamentary seat.

“If the Barisan machinery uses the right strategy, then there will be no problem for us to win,” he said after presenting school aid to students at SM Agama Tengku Ampuan Fatimah yesterday.

The event was organised by the Pahang Foundation and the Office of the Pekan MP.



KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will mobilise its machinery and help MIC garner Chinese support in the coming Cameron Highlands by-election slated for Jan 26.

This is despite the party having only recently passed a resolution at its annual general meeting for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional (BN) to pave the way for the formation of a new coalition.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pix) said the decision to help MIC was reciprocal, after the Indian-based party did the same for them during the Balakong by-election in September last year.

“MIC president Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran called me recently to seek our help to get the support of the Chinese. I still remember a few months ago when facing the Balakong polls, we went to see MIC and get their support.

“This is reciprocal. I think being partners for so many years, I don’t see any problem for the two parties to work together,“ he told reporters after attending the VTAR Institute’s 22nd graduation ceremony at Wisma MCA, here, today.






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