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The amendment has substituted a new condition for “by-election” within Part II Article 23 Clause (5) of the constitution. The latest provision stipulated that “a casual vacancy shall be filled within 60 days from the date on which it is established by the Election Commission (EC) that is a vacancy”.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he was prepared to have a nationally televised debate with Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon anytime, anyplace, anywhere – without any ‘buts’ – even at the Gerakan headquarters.
The result of the Permatang Pasir by-election showed that UMNO-Barisan Nasional is at its wits’ end. The party is plagued with internal power struggles at the grassroots level with local warlords vying for what is left of their traditional power base in Permatang Pauh.
For the last few months, UMNO-owned newspapers especially Utusan Malaysia have embarked on a campaign to win back Malay support by painting certain Malay Pakatan Rakyat leaders as traitors to the Malay race and Islam.
In the incident that shocked the whole country, some 50 residents purporting to be members of the Section 23 residents association in Shah Alam carried out a rowdy protest outside the state government premises on 28 August, where they brought along a severed cow head and proceeded to stomp and spit on it.
Six years ago, the Cabinet under Tun Dr. Mahathir took a hasty and ill-considered decision to rush headlong to …
“As a young person, I resonate with his desire to contribute so willingly to this cause. His death cannot be in vain. Although it may spark fears amongst the young – and their parents – as to the grave political dangers of this working environment, I believe with a greater urgency and fervour that this is the right thing to do.
It’s official. Barisan Nasional is hell-bent on wresting back Selangor from Pakatan Rakyat.
It was reported by Bernama on 26 July that the Selangor UMNO has been asked to hold information campaigns under the Conquer Selangor Initiative Programme (Pintas) in all 56 state constituencies in Selangor beginning August.