Republic of Malaysia | Local Campaigns Resources

July 23, 2008

Ke-Rajaan:Pe-Merintah:UMNO’t-Raja

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — Already in control of three state governments and a strong representation in Parliament, the PAS grassroots are wondering the reasons for the party leadership to have secret talks on Islam and Malay unity with the Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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JULY 22 — The prime minister’s admission on Sunday that he has had three meetings with top PAS leaders since the March 8 general election to discuss issues pertaining to Islam and the Malays is telling indeed of the new political scenario in the country.

KOTA BARU, July 22 — Kelantan PAS Youth claims that the dialogue or muzakarah between the party and Umno is an Umno agenda to drag PAS into Umno’s internal problems.

Its head, Mohamad Zaki Ibrahim, questioned why Umno leaders were now busy with the dialogue whereas such discussions had long been proposed by PAS but had not been welcomed by Umno.

JULY 22 — PAS, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat — the opposition Pakatan Rakyat — are at loggerheads now. Their problem — the secret talks between PAS and Umno.

After weeks of going on about the need to have unity talks between the two Malay parties, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dropped a bombshell with the disclosure of secret meetings with top PAS leaders three times since the March 8 general election.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — It’s becoming clearer now that MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai may end up being Datuk Ong Tee Keat’s running mate for the top two party posts at the coming MCA polls with his announcement that he will not defend his Youth chief’s position.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — Former Information Minister Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman is bringing two former senior Umno leaders to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat tomorrow, the first of crossovers promised by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The opposition leader is set to announce the crossover tomorrow, a day after he briefed mostly western diplomats about the “political conspiracy” to stop him from becoming Malaysia’s sixth Prime Minister.

Fauzi is the former Kuantan MP and Beserah state assemblyman in Pahang. His entry into PKR is not a surprise among party supporters as he had been seen with Anwar during the opposition leader’s visit to Pahang recently.

Fauzi’s son Mohd Farhan is also the founder member of the Anwar Ibrahim Club.

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18 — United States Senator Joseph Biden Jr today called on Kuala Lumpur not to repeat the mistakes of the past in prosecuting opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, urging the Prime Minister “to drop this political attack on a respected opposition figure”.

Biden, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the latest American official to voice concern over Anwar’s arrest in connection with a sodomy complaint filed by a former male aide last month. This is the second such accusation against the 60-year-old father of six in a decade.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 — Until tonight, not many people outside Pekan would have heard of Kampung Ubai. But by nominating Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the Umno president’s post, this little known branch in Pahang has guaranteed its position in the limelight and set tongues wagging.

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