I have friends who are candidates in the coming Umno Election, and so I have read with interest today’s news regarding the final list of candidates, minus those who have withdrawn (495), disqualified due to bankruptcy (334) and disqualified due to disciplinary offences (39).
I realize that out of 146,000 delegates entitled to vote, almost a quarter of them (33,880) have submitted their nominations. So, almost 25% of them aspire to become leaders – that’s impressive! But when you compare that figure against the millions of Umno members, it’s not much, barely 5%.
Of course I have no problem with the final list of candidates. But I can’t understand the reasoning why delegates who are bankrupt (1,703) are not allowed to take part in the election. They are not criminals. (more…)
KUALA LUMPUR: Several Barisan Nasional MPs have slammed Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for questioning the outcome of GE13 and the legitimacy of the government of the day. MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Anwar should be gentleman enough to accept defeat. “I feel sad that there are still Opposition leaders trying to use the election to create issues and not accept the results which are a sincere reflection of the peoples’ choice. The people have decided and the Opposition should be gentlemanly about it,” he told reporters after attending a closed-door briefing between the Prime Minister and newly elected Barisan parliamentarians yesterday.
The Bentong MP added that the Opposition was trying to split hairs and create doubt to stir the emotions of the people. “Anwar has to stand up as a leader and accept the polls results rather than spreading lies,” he said, adding that foreign observers had said the electoral process was effective and transparent. (more…)
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KUALA KANGSAR: The Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, has expressed dismay that his speeches have been manipulated and rewritten by certain quarters to imply that he openly supported certain political groups and belittled others. This gave a wrong perception and could mislead the people, he said at the “Istiadat Meletak Kerja” ceremony signaling the start of celebrations for the 85th birthday of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah on Tuesday.
“Any act of associating my name and good self to gain political support can be deemed to court the palace into partisan politics and can be assumed to have violated civility and prudent political order,” he said. (more…)