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Riot police stepped in after rival factions hurled bottles, stones and abuse at each other ahead of next week's by-election.
IJOK, Malaysia, April 19 (Reuters) - Malaysian riot police stepped in to calm political tensions on Thursday after rival factions hurled bottles, stones and abuse at each other as the nation geared up for a possible early general election. In heavy rain, thousands of supporters of the ruling coalition and of opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim traded insults in a small town outside the capital where a by-election will be held next week. Police armed with batons, shields and water cannon moved in to keep the peace after about 2,000 Anwar supporters confronted a pro-government crowd of about 5,000, accusing the coalition of corruption and raising living costs.
Ethnic Malays, who dominate politics in this multi-racial society, made up the majority of both factions. Holding party flags and banners, they rallied outside a hall where candidates were to be formally announced. Some chanted "Reformasi", an old war cry of Anwar's reform movement of the late 1990s, one of the most tumultuous chapters in Malaysian politics. Anwar, a former deputy premier, was arrested for leading a "Reformasi" protest in 1998 and jailed for six years on what he called trumped-up charges. Several of his supporters carried a poster of Anwar headlined "He is the best for
Other Anwar supporters touched on a raw political nerve for the coalition, shouting out "Altantuya!" -- the name of a 28-year-old Mongolian model murdered in Malaysia in October.A policeman who doubled as a government bodyguard and a former adviser to the current deputy prime minister are among those accused of her murder. They have all pleaded not guilty.'SPREADING LIES' Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak has accused the opposition of spreading lies about him in relation to the case. He said the opposition was using the murder in the by-election to try to discredit him, the New Straits Times reported on Thursday. The coalition said several of its supporters were injured after campaigners from Anwar's Keadilan party hurled stones, sticks and bottles.
"They started it first," said Khairy Jamaluddin, a leader in the main ruling party and son-in-law of the prime minister. Keadilan chief Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, wife of Anwar, denied the allegation. The April 28 by-election in the sleepy constituency of Ijok, in central Selangor state, is shaping up as a test of the political currents that appear to be sweeping Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi toward an early election. A general election is not due until 2009, but Abdullah is expected to hold one before April 2008, when Anwar's political ban is due to be lifted and he can stand for parliament.
The government is expected to win the Ijok by-election, but political analysts say the poll will mean more for Anwar and his Parti Keadilan than Abdullah's Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled
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ABOVE: The UMNO Youth Chief (flanked by his Deputy, Khairy Jamaluddin ) complained bitterly of this disruptive tactics by the opposition. It happened in Lunas and now here. He finally with the supported of his "ma chais" lodged a report about this incident at the nearby Ijok police Station
BATANG BERJUNTAI: Problems always arise whenever the Barisan Nasional and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) contest in an election, Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien said. Referring to the flared tempers outside the community centre here during nomination yesterday morning, he said: "We did not have such problems when we contested against other parties. "PKR likes to provoke and use scare tactics as well as touch on personal issues when campaigning." He said PKR came across as desperados wanting their candidates to win at any cost.
Tension was high among the thousands of party supporters who accompanied their candidates to the nomination centre, leading to stones, bottles and sticks flying across each side. Hishammuddin said whenever incidents such as this happened, the PKR would allege that the Barisan Youth started the problem. "They have to ask themselves why when the Barisan faces either PAS, DAP or independent candidates, no such incidents occur," he said.
"Enough is enough. There is a limit to our patience. If you see their slogans and posters, you will see very personal attacks against our leaders. "How do you expect us to feel?" Hishammuddin asked. He added that none of the Barisan campaign slogans or posters touched on PKR leaders personally. Hishammuddin claimed the situation could have taken a turn for the worse if the Barisan Youth members had not been disciplined and had not controlled themselves. Umno deputy youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin claimed the fracas was started by opposition supporters. "They were the ones who started throwing the bottles. They came behind the Barisan supporters and picked up our water bottles and filled them up with stones before throwing them at us," he said.
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BN And PKR In Straight Fight In Ijok
STRAIGHT FIGHT… The Ijok state by-election in Selangor on April 28 will see a straight fight between Barisan Nasional’s K. Parthiban (left) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (right).
KUALA SELANGOR, April 19 (Bernama) -- The Ijok state by-election in Selangor on April 28 will see a straight fight between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). BN's K.Parthiban, 38, who is Tanjung Karang MIC secretary, will face PKR's Selangor chairman Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, 61. The announcement was made by the returning officer, Haris Kasim, after the nomination and objection period ended at at the Batang Berjuntai community hall which served as the nomination centre. No objections had been filed over the nomination of the two candidates.
Haris' announcement at was greeted with loud cheers and applause from the supporters of both parties. The by-election is being held following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam, of heart failure on April 4. Polling is on April 28. This is PKR's second attempt for the Ijok seat. In the 2004 general election, Sivalingam beat PKR's Abdol Raman Moharam by a 1,649-vote majority. Among the BN leaders present to lend their support for Parthiban were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is BN deputy chairman, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo who is Selangor BN chairman, MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas and acting Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
ABOVE: PKR President arriving "hot" with a double crescent fan to cool down!
and BELOW: Her noisy supporters with party flags
ABOVE and BELOW: The PKR supporters were all there to show their presence and support for the PKR candidate who might have an outside chance to capture the seat
Abdul Khalid was accompanied by PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan
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Local Boy Khalid Confident Of Voters SupportKUALA SELANGOR, April 19 (Bernama) -- The "local boy" factor backed with vast experience in the corporate world, have made Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim confident on his chances of winning the Ijok state by-election. "I hope that the voters in the constituency will give me a chance to serve the place where I was born. "I promise to work hard and hope that the state government will pay attention to the Ijok community which has so far been marginalised," he told reporters after the nomination for the Ijok polls closed here today.
Abdul Khalid, 61, who is Selangor PKR chairman, is facing Barisan's K.Parthiban, 38, who is Tanjung Karang MIC secretary, in the April 28 polls. He expressed the hope that the voters would choose their new assemblyman based on certain criteria and for the by-election to run smoothly. The former Permodalan Nasional Berhad chief executive officer regretted a bottle-throwing incident involving supporters of the two parties and the "barriers" encountered while he and PKR supporters were making their way to the nomination centre. Meanwhile, PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was confident that Abdul Khalid would be able to woo the voters as he was a local boy and a man with wide-ranging experience. She also hoped that the Election Commission would play its role to ensure a free and fair election in Ijok.
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ABOVE: The supporters "crossing" each other paths results in shouts and pushing when they were obstructed.
Earlier, the nomination was marred by a shoving incident involving the supporters of both parties when they inadvertently crossed each other's path on the way to the nomination centre. They were heard trading insults and seen shoving each other for 10 minutes. The situation returned to normal following police intervention as the BN entourage made way for the opposition.
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ABOVE & BELOW: Once separated by a short distance, the supporters vented their anger and hatred for each other by throwing the empty mineral bottles (you can observed them as white streaks in the pictures) and thees bottbles were flying from left to right and vice versa)
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ABOVE: Top corner left, the white mark is another bottle flying L to R and R to L and BELOW More Bottles flying. After sometime, short sticks were used and even small stones as claime by UMNO Youth Chief who lodged a police report over the incident
BN and Parti Keadilan in straight fight in Ijok by-election
Haris Kasim after the nomination and objection period ended. During the general election in 2004 Sivalingam defeated another PKR candidate Abdol Raman Moharam by a 1,649 vote majority. Party leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, led their respective party candidates to nomination centre.
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KUALA SELANGOR, April 19 (Bernama) -- Only two candidates from the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) filed their papers when nomination for the Ijok by-election in Selangor closed today.
BN candidate, Tanjung Karang MIC secretary K. Parthiban (ABOVE), 38, filed his papers 20 minutes after nomination opened at the Batang Berjuntai community hall here at . His candidacy was proposed by Rahim Mohd Yatim and seconded by Chong Yau Peng.
PKR's choice, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (ABOVE) who is the party's Selangor chairman, filed his papers at . He was proposed by Abdol Raman Moharam and seconded by Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahim.
Nomination ended at followed by the hour-long objection period. The nomination papers were being displayed on a notice board near the hall's parking lot amid rainy conditions. The Ijok by-election is being held following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk K.Sivalingam on April 4. Polling is set for April 28.
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Partibhan, Khalid Submit Nomination Papers
KUALA SELANGOR, April 19 (Bernama) -- Barisan Nasional candidate K. Parthiban submitted his nomination in the Ijok state by-election at the nomination centre at the Batang Berjuntai community hall at about 9.2Oam today. Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim filed his papers at . Parthiban, 38, was escorted to the centre by 3,000 supporters including Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo, Penang Chief Minister and acting Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, and MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was present at the nomination centre to lend his support for the BN candidate. The Ijok seat fell vacant following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam in
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Thirumoorthy Expresses Support For BN Candidate In Ijok
ABOVE & BELOW: How much is this "dogie" worth to BN?; Two days after throwing in the towel, he wagged his tail and came running back and declared his whole hearted support. (See previous related post on his exact spoken words). Mohd Toyo can spent RM36 Million on development, Thiru can quit his teaching post now and "retired" forever with the windfall "buy-election" pension.
KUALA SELANGOR, April 18 (Bernama) -- Two days after announcing his withdrawal from the MIC for not being selected to contest the Ijok state by-election, Kuala Selangor MIC Division chief S.P. Thirumoorthy, Wednesday openly expressed his support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate.
"Two days ago, I announced my withdrawal as chairman of the division and the MIC because I was not happy with the choice of candidate. Today, I announce that my supporters and I accept the decision (on the choice of candidate) of the prime minister and deputy prime minister," he told a news conference in Batang Berjuntai near here.
Thirumoorthy, 55, a secondary school teacher, said his announcement to withdraw from the party was only made orally and not in writing. He said his status as an MIC member and Kuala Selangor MIC Division chief would be determined by MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. When announcing his resignation from the post, Thirumoorthy had said he was disappointed because his hard work and service for the party had not been appreciated.
He has been the Kuala Selangor MIC Division chief since 1994. The BN has chosen Tanjung Karang MIC Division secretary K. Parthiban, 39, to contest the seat, which fell vacant following the death of Selangor MIC Deputy Chairman Datuk K. Sivalingam on April 4. Thursday is nomination day in the by-election and polling is on April 28. Thirumoorthy said that though he still felt disappointed, he would continue to support the BN leadership and the BN candidate. "Personally, the disappointment is still there but for the common cause and the national cause, I am putting that aside," he said. Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, asked about the issue involving Thirumoorthy, said: "I understand that the matter has been resolved."
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Govt Has The Right To Carry Out Projects At Any Time, Says Samy Vellu
KUALA SELANGOR, April 18 (Bernama) -- The government reserves the right to implement development projects including road repair and resurfacing works at any time for the benefit of the rakyat, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Wednesday. He defended the ones being undertaken in the Ijok constituency, the stage of the April 28 state by-election, describing them as something routine. "As a minister, I can order such works to be carried out for which the allocation has been approved some time ago. We are carrying out such projects in Ijok.
It is at the request of the rakyat," he told reporters here when queried on allegations by the opposition that, in so doing, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was fishing for votes. He jokingly said that the road repair works would also benefit opposition parties as it would be much easier for them to enter the villages and estates to campaign. The by-election is being held following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam, of heart failure on April 4. Nomination has been set for tomorrow while polling is on April 28. Tanjung Karang MIC secretary K. Parthiban is the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate-designate while Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is pinning its hope on former Permodalan Nasional Berhad chief executive officer Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan warned that stern action would be taken against those trying to create trouble in the Ijok polls. He told reporters here that 1,000 police personnel would be stationed in the constituency to ensure security. At a separate function, Puteri Umno chief Datuk Noraini Ahmad expressed confidence that the BN candidate would do well in the Ijok polls. "The opposition candidate-designate is only known in the corporate world whereas the BN man has a wide experience," she said, adding that some 1,000 Puteri members would be mobilised to ensure a BN victory. Meanwhile, returning officer Haris Kasim told Bernama that preparations for tomorrow's nomination process were going on smoothly.
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