Monday, March 17, 2008
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Samy: Time not ripe for Barisan to be a single party
The time is not right for a Barisan Nasional to become a single party as suggested by Gerakan, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
Negri exco gets new look, 2-year term limit
Nine new faces were appointed to the Negri Sembilan state executive council Monday with Umno holding eight of the 10 positions, and MCA and MIC holding one each.
Selangor water agreement to be reviewed (update)
The Selangor government will review the agreement signed between the state and Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd allowing the company to operate, manage and maintain the Sungai Sireh water treatment plant in Tanjung Karang.
Perak MB waives local council compounds, summonses
Perak Mentri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has announced a waiver for all compound notices and parking summonses issued by local councils in the state up till Monday.
Perak’s PAS MB sworn in amidst calls for a BN govt (update)
As the new Perak Mentri Besar was being sworn in, several groups continued to call for Barisan Nasional to be recognised as having a legitimate claim to form the state government.
PAS: Guan Eng will look after Malays too
Penang PAS Deputy Commissioner Dr Mujahid Rawa said the Islamist party is fully confident that newly-appointed Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would look after the interests of Penang Malays.
Cabinet list out by Tuesday
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is set to announce his new Cabinet, expected to be a smaller one by tomorrow, at the latest.
Kedah official papers missing
All documents from the offices of the Mentri Besar and executive councillors in Kedah have gone missing.
Cafe Latte with Lim Guan Eng and Khalid Ibrahim
Send your questions for The Star's Group Chief Editor Datuk Wong Chun Wai to ask of the new Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, and the new Mentri Besar of Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, in his upcoming Cafe Latte chats with them.
Md Isa set to be MB of Perlis
The person who will be sworn in as Perlis Mentri Besar will be known earliest by today – and the post is likely to go to Bintong assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu.
Shahidan has ‘gone overboard’
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has “gone overboard and shown disrespect” to the monarch by questioning the right of the ruler in the appointment of the mentri besar, said the granduncle of the Raja of Perlis, Syed Sofian Jamalullail, 74.
A dejected Shahidan eludes the press
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim looked a dejected man when leaving the Prime Minister's office at Bangunan Perdana Putra on Sunday.
Grassroots to remain united
MCA division and grassroots leaders, including those from Youth and Wanita wings, have unanimously pledged to remain united, said party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
Chan reduced to tears midway through speech
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy was in tears when he gave his speech at the party's special briefing to its grassroots leaders at Wisma MCA.
Pahang MCA vows support for Ong
Pahang MCA has pledged its support to the leadership of party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
PKR invites Umno for talks on NEP
PKR has invited Penang Umno to thrash out their concerns over the New Economic Policy (NEP) in a dialogue session, Penang PKR chief Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said.
Don’t rest on laurels, Guan Eng reminds DAP
DAP should not be complacent over its success in the recent general election as Malaysians could easily vote the party out if it fails to deliver, party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.
Malay petty traders for open tender policy
The Penang Bumiputra Petty Traders Association is appealing to state Umno leaders not to politicise the state government’s intention to practice an open tender policy for contracts and projects.
Talks over Opposition Leader
The DAP will meet other opposition parties to discuss who should be Opposition Leader in Parliament.
Council wants BN to form Perak Govt
The Perak Youth Council wants the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to recognise Barisan Nasional as the legitimate state government.
Triple joy for Perak as birthday boy Nizar assumes post
After more than a week of anticipation since the March 8 polls, Perak Mentri Besar-designate Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is scheduled to be sworn in at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar today – his 51st birthday.
It’s confirmed: Idris to get second term
It is finally confirmed that Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh will be sworn-in as Terengganu Mentri Besar for the second term, ending the lengthy saga over his status.
Palanivel: Lure of growth alone won’t win votes
MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel says unhappy voters cannot be sold on the idea of development alone.
‘No drastic measures in Kedah’
The newly formed PAS-led government in Kedah will not introduce drastic measures to disrupt the daily lives of the people.
Sikh Youth declares support for Abdullah
The Sikh Youth Association of Malaysia has declared its full support for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, saying that the Prime Minister had always been attentive to their needs.
EGMs on polls losses sought
Many letters have been sent to Umno division and branch chiefs nationwide asking them to hold emergency general meetings to identify weaknesses in the party which caused the setbacks in the recent general election.
Mukhriz gets more flak over letter
The Kubang Pasu Umno division does not share the views of its committee member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir who had urged the Prime Minister to step down, division chief Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said.
The polls – and the BN debacle
THE ruling Barisan Nasional suffered its most severe electoral setback on March 8. It lost its two-thirds majority in the Federal Parliament, failed to retain control over four states, and was heavily repulsed in its bid to regain authority in Kelantan. Just World president Dr Chandra Muzaffar explores the reasons behind the Barisan’s setback. He uses a question and answer format in order to clarify the issues involved.
Gerakan: No room for racial politics
All Barisan Nasional component parties must consider amending their constitutions to accept members of all races as the voting trend shows a move away from racial politics, Perak Gerakan chief Datuk Chang Ko Youn said.
Umno needs to get back to the people
Umno, the backbone of the Barisan Nasional, also suffered at the hands of its electoral base as seen from losses of many Malay-majority constituencies, especially in the Klang Valley. Could the party have lost touch with the needs of its supporters?
Illegal gathering dispersed
An illegal gathering at the Ipoh Padang dispersed after the police gave its participants, claiming to be acting as individuals, 30 minutes to have their say and leave.
MCA reps in PAS-led Kedah must resign
All 26 MCA councillors in local authorities in PAS-led Kedah will relinquish their positions with immediate effect.
Husam clarifies statement
PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa has clarified that his statement, on the party taking over the Government at the federal level, which was reported Sunday, was taken out of context.
Don’t decide emotionally, says Zaid
Former Kelantan Umno liaison deputy chairman Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has called on all party leaders to take four months for “soul searching” before deciding on who should be their leader.
Sarawak DAP wants early talks on seats
The Sarawak state elections are due only in 2011 but the state DAP wants an early discussion with the PKR national leadership on seat allocation for the next polls.
MBJB mayor warns parties
Political parties in the recent general elections will forfeit some of their deposits should they fail to bring down posters, flags and banners.