New Kuching City Mayor-Not from SUPP

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James Chan Khay Syn (picture)is the new mayor of Kuching City South Council (MBKS). It was decided at yesterdays cabinet meeting the seat which was vacant since August 23rd 2007 following the untimely demise of the former mayor. 

Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin told reporters after the meeting that the cabinet had decided to appoint a non-politician due to the “political circumstances”.

“I think if SUPP (Sarawak United People’s Party) wants its candidate as mayor, it better work hard to regain the four seats in Kuching so as to have stronger and better bargaining power,” he said.

He pointed out that SUPP had made its case before the cabinet arrived at its decision, but at the moment, the cabinet feels it is better to have a non-politician to run the city to avoid controversy.

Reporters waited more than three hours in Wisma Bapa Malaysia’s lobby to ask Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud if the cabinet had appointed the new mayor, but when he stepped out of the lift, he told them to direct their questions at Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who is also SUPP president.

However, Dr Chan, when met at his office on the building’s 20th floor, told the reporters to ask Manyin, the minister in charge of local government. Incidentally, Manyin happened to be with him at that time.

It seems that SUPP had it coming for them again this time.  

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Grand Saga EGM-Solutions..

Khalid: Grand Saga EGM in 2 weeks (From MalaysiaKini)
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83641

Excerpts from the report:-The Selangor government – through its state-owned company – will call for an emergency general meeting of toll operator Grand Saga within the next two weeks to settle the on-going Cheras toll saga.
Selangor CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar who visited the spot, told the residents that he had advised Grand Saga to stop any construction of barricades in the area and said that the public would be inconvenienced each time the barricade is erected.
DCP Khalid also urged the Malaysian Highway Authority and the Public Works Department to settle the matter and come up with an amicable solution. There should also be a stop to further politicised the situation by any legislative or electied representative.
The barricades has caused much displeasure to the 38000 residents of Bandar Mahkoto Cheras.We feel that there are ways in dealing with problems and nobody should resort to any violence just to have it their way.Solutions solve problems and Violence only instigates more hatred. We do feel sorry for the residents but any grievances should be tackled and aired through the proper channels. Do you have any other solutions….?

PM’s anti-graft agenda won Ezam over. Whats next?

Malaysiakini In the follow up on the subject of Ezam joining back to UMNO Syed Jaymal Zahiid and Soon Li Tsin reported that the anti-corruption agenda was the main attraction for former PKR leader Ezam Mohd Nor to rejoin the party that once expelled him for being overly critical. Ezam also mentioned that the Prime Minister has given him the mandate to pursue his reform agenda as long as it benefitted the country. The full report can be read in Malaysikini http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83623.

Meanwhile seven former PKR Youth leaders have submitted their applications to join Umno to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. They are Annuar Shaari (former PKR Youth chief for Permatang Pauh and private secretary to party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim), SD Johari Mohd Yasin (former Selangor PKR Youth chief), Mohd Nazmi Rosli (former Selangor PKR Youth secretary), Ahmad Daud Che Ghani (former PKR Perlis Youth chief), Azwan Din Hamzah (former PKR Youth executive council member), Khairul Annuar Ramli (former PKR Kedah Youth chief) and Abdul Ghani Haron (former PKR Youth executive councillor member).

It is understandable that with the latest developments there would be more changes in the political landscape. The situation on the ground remains volatile and the “FEEL” of the people has not been helped by the switching of parties of elected representatives,change of government and the impending realities of “Snap Federal Elections.”  Raja Petra  Kamarudin wrote on Wednesday: http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/8082/84/

What is next? Food and oil prices are increasing and this has also not helped the mood of the people. A number of political party members when interviewed from PRS,PBB,SAPP,Gerakan,UMNO,Keadilan,MIC and DAP agreed that it would indeed help to restore the countrys foreign investors to Malaysia if it was called. This will also help our lacklustre economy.This is in the only way forward as the talk of the pendulum swinging would be put at rests and the Government of the day can carry on administrating the country without anymore hindrance or fear. If Thailand,Taiwan or Japan can do that it why can’t we? Even if it is history to be created it doesn’t matter.

History is after all analysis of past events of importance to the human race. Of course Abdullah would be the creator of this historical Snap Elections if it was called but it will remain unclear who will come up tops. The people will have time to weigh the options of the Political Parties open to them and it is up to the aspiring candidates/incumbents to prove their worth to the people. Abdullah is the most powerful and influential man in the country and he has the rare oppurtunity to prove all his critics wrong. The talk of Crossovers/Hopping would be a thing of the past and to me it will be History. Read my earlier article “Midstream Political changes https://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/mid-stream-political-changes/ The ball has already been rolled…..

Ezam meets PM, rejoins Umno

Malaysiakini correspondent Soon Li Tsin has this report  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83549 :- Excerpts:-  Former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Nor held a 30-minute meeting with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Parliament today to submit his application form and a RM100 in lifetime membership fee to rejoin Umno.Immediately after the meeting, Abdullah held a press conference in which he welcomed Ezam back into Umno.

Ezam was also present but did not say anything. He will hold his own press conference tomorrow morning at 11am.

Abdullah, also the Umno president, said that Ezam had rejoined the party without any conditions or privileges.

“There are no conditions and no special treatment (attached to his membership). He didn’t ask for any. All he wants is to serve and fight for the party. We are not assigning him for any particular task. Not yet,” he said. Read the full report in Malaysiakini.

Reactions received from Deputy Prime Minister Najib:- welcomes back Ezam and he feels that he is an asset which will be beneficial to UMNO. 

Meanwhile Education Minister Hishamuddin:-He has no qualms on Ezam joining back UMNO and he knows that Ezam is very passionate about UMNO.

Azmin Ali:- Everyone has a right to join or leave any party and Ezam has his own rights. In an interview at TV3 at 8pm tonight Ezam said that he will first go back to his former branch.

An UMNO Sarawak Protem member said that the homecoming is complete for Ezam and it augurs well for him just to serve UMNO and fight for the party.  Ezam would also be a welcome help for us in Sarawak as he knows Keadilan enough to assist the Sarawak UMNO protem committee and his experience is invaluable to UMNO Malaysia as a whole the protem member adds.

Informed sources have said that Keadilan has directed the Sarawaks State liaison committee to speed up the setting up of divisions in the rest of the parliamentary constituencies still without divisions. Membership to Keadilan has also increased with new 500 to 1,000 members  joining every week. It is already a concern to the Sarawak State Barisan National. The “Hawkish Eyes” are already focussed on Anwar and concerted efforts are being made by the State BN to stop the Keadilans machinery and movement in gathering momentum. The heat is on……….. 

Ezam to meet PM ….

Breaking News today:-  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83549  Malaysiakini reported last week that Ezma’s crossover has received the approval of both Abdullah, who is also Umno president, and his deputy, Najib Abdul Razak.

    Our story:-ezam mohd noor 220507                https://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/05/22/former-pkr-youth-chief-times-his-movesumno/ Its the sign of the times as we have said Ezam we are watching..and a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. Moreover we wrote yesterday the Prime Minister knows what is coming…..With the current political mood in the country  Abdullah knows that he needs to muster all the intellectual and political minds on his side to face the ever growing discontentment of his leadership and the BN government. It’s the mixture of the 4th Floor boys with the older and battled hardened politicians which will make  “The Right Cocktail.”  An UMNO Protem member from Sarawak was quick to elaborate to our sources that it’s a homecoming and that “Ezam is a good Politician,Bright and will be an Asset to UMNO”

Anwar your move next…….

Mahathir fires another salvo

“He’s more afraid of Singapore than Umno members,” the former premier told a crowd of 300 supporters who had gathered to welcome him back from a week-long overseas trip. Full report by Syed Jaymal Zahiid from Malaysiakini  at http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83527

Our view…. When Former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that he was quitting Umno on 18th May 2008 he thought there would be a snowballing effect from his former colleagues and also a domino effect with mass resignations.He has been very persistant and urged UMNO members to emulate him.

Now his strategy is to use Malaysia’s lost in the sovereignty of Pulau Batu Puteh whose ownership was given to Singapore by the International Court of Justice. Seems Mahathir will not stop pushing in his agenda till Abdullah gives way and steps down.

Just as we thought, Muhyiddin does not want to be left behind and outpaced  he said: “There is a need for the (succession) plan to be put in place now rather than later.The prime minister has mentioned that Najib is his successor.But the question people are asking is, when?  I cannot answer that as he was interviewed by Reuters. The turmoil in UMNO is heading for self destruction if all the leaders keeps on attacking the Prime Minister who returns from Japan tonight.

Surely,Abdullah will have the final say as he battles to safe his term in office. abdullah ahmad badawi looking leftThe next couple of days we will see more interesting developments.Is “Snap Federal Elections” in the offing as an alternative before he even faces the “Vote of No Confidence.” There is price for all this. PM knows what is already coming… 

Abdul Latiff: Docs have licence to kill

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Malaysiakini carried a report. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/83446 . It was supposed to be a straight forward question at Parliament by Alexander Nanta Linggi (BN-Kapit) on the shortage of doctors in remote areas of Sarawak. Surely for Deputy Health Minister Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad one would think that he would not have the cheek to answer so blatantly with the phrase “Licence to Kill”.

An elderly retired medical pensioner and a voter from Kapit was rather rattled and upset when he was informed by one of his friends.He said our YB was just asking for an answer why need to use the “James Bond 007”. This is Parliament and not Movie theatre. You know for a simple Appendicitis( Untreated, mortality is high, mainly due to peritonitis and shock) a person could also die from it when you have to travel all the way down to Kapit from the longhouses” he was very furious. This is an issue close to heart of the rakyat and as such we need answers and our Alex is voicing our needs. If he is not doing his job we would not have put him there. Respect our YB lah!!  He still remembers the programme in 2007 called ‘Leader and Healthy Lifestyle’ where the MP reminded the people not to neglect their health as it relates to their lives. 

Even though the deputy Minister did reply that  the government has introduced measures to tackle the shortage of skilled personnel, such as re-hiring retired medical officers who have served with the health ministry. We also have increased medical education opportunities and work closely with the human resource ministry to encourage skilled workers working abroad  to return and work here,” 

Was the answer good enough? Come to think of it, it’s not the Answer that is relevant, it’s the Approach I must say.Issues relating to health,education and basic needs are the rakyats concern and as such all MPs are in Parliament as “Peoples Representative” and are there to find solutions and come up with constructive answers. Tony Pua’s “column also carried this “Whats wrong with our Ministers? http://tonypua.blogspot.com/2008/05/whats-wrong-with-our-ministers.html.

I wonder do you? Have your say if you must….