Saturday, April 21, 2007

MORE PICS & Goodies in Ijok – Land Titles, Access Centre; Mineral Bottle Attack; Najib: Allegations Baseless, Altantuya “has nothing to do with me"

The Lethal Weapon (over 400gm in weight, as in Screenshots) – an almost full 500 ml bottle was smashed through an open window at the driver's face damaging his glasses (a press friend of PKR candidate Khalid Ibrahim together with Blogger Jeff Ooi out at Ijok "shooting" with their cameras ) trying to escape from a mob of 20. Full eye-witness details H E R E on injuries sustained. Just imagine the force used to cause the neck of the bottle to be twisted.
and the damaged eye... from Screenshots
protected by the broken glasses he was wearing, details H E R E

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What we are witnessing is a desperate attempt by BN not to allow Ijok to be another Lunas in the making. The 482 families who received their windfall Land titles could be translated to over 1000 votes for the BN and with the roping in of the sick Indian Progressive Party (IPF), Datuk M. G. Pandithan, another 1000 votes can be added and yet the Selangor menteri Besar Datuk Dr Mohd Toyo has the cheek to say the issue of titles “is not a bribe to garner votes

Even the Education Minister Datuk Hishamuddin challenged the opposition to bring these “bribery issues to court.

482 Familes received Land titles after 30 years

ABOVE & BELOW: The grateful residents Kampong Sentosa, Sri Aman, Jaya Setia and Ijok receiving their land titles are expected to show their kindness in return. What about all the other squatters in the country? Will titles be given during the GE campaign?

The State government has finally approved their application for Land Titles on the house they have lived for the past 30 years. The people in Kampong Sentosa, Sri Aman, Jaya Setia and Ijok squatters areas were offered their Land titles.

ABOVE & BELOW: After 30 long years, their prayers were answer in this By-election

The land they have been staying so long is officially theirs.

ABOVE: Samy Vellu listening in "disbelief" or was it his idea to fish for certain votes in the Squatter areas?

Selangor MB Datuk Sri Dr Mohd Toyo has the cheek to assure the public that these land titles “is not a bribe to garner votes”. He also added that the squatters are offered special premiums to purchase their lands.

The land fill issue is closed.

“Area would be turned into a recreational park. Lorries seen entering are carrying waste & dirt and not rubbish Why no compensation to Wrorldwide holding Bhd raised by Tian Chua. Don’t forget that Worldwide is a subsidiary of the State Government and we build a new landfill for Worldwide in Jeram.

ABOVE: At the opening g of Computer Access Center at SMK Raja Muda, Batang Berjuntai.

What a cocincident?

Meanwhile UMNO youth Chief Datuk Hishamuddin has declared that the Ijok By-election is NOT a reason for the influx of development projects. He challenged the opposition to bring the matter to the court. “What we are doing is not due to the By-election. If you do not believe us... sue me in court as I can prove that the plans were approved long time ago

ABOVE & BELOW: The BN candidate Partiban doing his campaign rounds

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ABOVE: PKR Tan Sri Khalid has no choice but to meet the voters and BELOW: He must use his "machai" to do the saying with the Indians community

April 21, 2007 21:12 PM

Opposition Bankrupt Of Issues In Ijok - Najib

KUALA SELANGOR, April 21 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition no longer have any issues to raise in the by-election for the Ijok state seat and are resorting to issues which have nothing to do with the locals, including the murder of the Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu. "What is the relationship between the Mongolian woman and the people of Ijok? There is no relationship, it has nothing to do with me too. It has nothing to do with me, yet it is being raised up here as an election issue," said the Deputy Prime Minister when opening the new SRJK (Tamil) Bestari Jaya building, here today.

“BN has its own strategy and not dance to the opposition tune. The most important thing in Ijok is to win the support and trust of the people. We don’t want to follow the opposition tune”

Yesterday, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pressed Najib to clarify whether he knew about the involvement of his senior officer in the killing of the Mongolian woman as it had received wide media coverage internationally. Najib was earlier reported to have said that he would reply all the allegations made against him by the opposition who continuously linked him to the Altantuya case in the Ijok by-election. In his speech, Najib also criticised the opposition who claimed that they were capable of championing the cause of the estate workers when the candidate they were fielding to contest against the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate was a corporate man (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) who had always been `at the top' and did not know of the problems of the grassroots.

“They raised issues not connected here. What connection has the Mongolian woman with the people Ijok? What connection has Altantuya with the people here? There is no connection at all even with me, but it has been made into an issue. The allegations are baseless"
"I don't have to sue him, but I have the option to sue him

"Who knows better about the problems of the estate workers other than people who were born in the estate such as the BN candidate, K. Parthiban?" he said. On education, the Deputy Prime Minister said the government would certainly give consideration to and look after the Tamil and Chinese national type schools in the country and if one were to look within the South-east Asian region, no other country except Malaysia had allowed the setting up of vernacular schools. This was because the leaders in this country strictly maintained the understanding that existed under Malaysia's social contract.

What was decided by the country's founders had always been upheld by the government until today and this was reflected in the by-election for Ijok where the BN was fielding a candidate from the MIC although more than 50 percent of the registered voters in the constituency were Malays, he said. This was because the majority of the Indian community was strong supporters of the BN as proven all this while, he said.

ABOVE: Najib, Hishamuddin and MB Mohd Toyo at the School ceremony

Najib also announced that the Education Ministry would build an additional block for the SRJK (Tamil) Bestari Jaya, here soon and would solve the problem of transport for students going to school, as requested by the school to achieve the single session schooling system. At a separate function earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister announced an allocation of RM800,000 for the construction of a hall for SRKJ (C) Yuk Chih, here.

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April 19, 2007 17:35 PM

Najib To Reply Allegations Made Against Him Within The Law

BATANG BERJUNTAI, April 19 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today he would reply, within the law, to all the allegations made against him by the opposition political parties, including the claims linking him to the case of a murdered Mongolian woman. The deputy prime minister and defence minister said he had already begun replying to the allegations. “I will reply to the claims raised. I began to give my replies last night," he said when asked by reporters about the personal verbal attacks allegedly made against him by the supporters of the opposition parties outside the Ijok state by-election nomination centre at the Batang Berjuntai Community Hall, here.

During the process of nomination, from 9 am to noon, supporters of the opposition political parties, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), PAS and the DAP, were heard shouting "Altantuya" and "Mongolia". Altantuya Shaaribuu is the name of the Mongolian woman who was murdered and her body blown to bits with explosives at a secondary forest near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam, last October. Two policemen, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, have been charged with her murder while political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, 46, has been charged with abetment in the murder. The trial is set to begin on June 4. Najib, when launching the Barisan Nasional (BN) election machinery for the by-election last night, had hit out at the attitude of the opposition parties which preferred to use the strategy of personal attacks.

Today, after the announcement of the candidates contesting the by-election, Najib told reporters he would do everything necessary within the law to counter the allegations.

"I will do what I feel is right in the context of the country's laws because we cannot do something that contravenes the law," he said. He said it was important to allow the process of law to proceed unimpeded. Najib described the opposition tactic as personal attacks but expressed confidence that the voters of Ijok would dismiss the allegations.

"It is the same as in the case of Machap (the recent by-election in Melaka). The people of Machap dismissed them," he said. Najib said the opposition would raise similar issues during the campaign in the Ijok by-election, polling for which is on April 28. "Of course ... it is okay, we will give the replies. We are not afraid of that," he reiterated. Asked whether he would take legal action against whoever it was who had made the allegations, Najib said he held that option.

"I don't have to sue him, but I have the option to sue him," he said. The Ijok by-election will be a straight fight between BN candidate K. Parthiban, 38, and Tan Sri Abdul Khalib Ibrahim, 61, of the PKR. The by-election is being held following the death of BN State Assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam, 59, on April 4.
Sivalingam had won the seat by beating Abdul Rahman Moharam of the PKR by a majority of 1,649 votes in the general election in 2004.

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And AG, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail responding to queries from newsmen on the impending court case: “Don’t’ Assume. This is the trouble with you. I keep on telling you people, be fair, just look at the facts. I am siding with anybody. Side with the makamah or side with the government. It doesn’t mater to me. I look at hard facts whether there is evidence. I have not actually confirm these exact words were spoken”

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April 21, 2007 22:25 PM

Samy Vellu, Pandithan On Same Stage Sunday After Eight Years

KUALA SELANGOR, April 21 (Bernama) -- The small Batang Berjuntai town will see a history being made tomorrow as MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and his counterpart from the Indian Progressive Party (IPF), Datuk M. G. Pandithan, will share the same stage after eight years. Samy Vellu is expected to attend and speak at a function hosted by the IPF at 2.30pm at the party's operations room in Taman Sri Cahaya as part of Barisan Nasional (BN)'s campaign in the Ijok by-election. The presence of two Indian community leaders who at one time were political foes is expected to boost the spirits of workers from both parties to ensure a bigger victory for the BN. In the 2004 general election, K. Sivalingam of the MIC won the seat with a 1,649-vote majority. He died on April 4.

IPF deputy president V. Senggutuan told Bernama that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon were also expected to attend the function. The function was expected to draw 1,500 people, he said. "The IPF has strength of 1,087 votes in the Ijok state constituency and will work hard to ensure they are given to BN candidate K. Parthiban of the MIC in the straight contest against Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim," Senggutuan said. The last time Pandithan and Samy Vellu appeared on the same political stage was during the Teluk Kemang by-election that was won by the BN, about eight years ago. Pandithan was an MIC vice president but was sacked from the party in 1989 and became Samy Vellu's political foe.

Despite that, the IPF has always supported the MIC and other BN candidates though it is not part of the BN components. Several months ago when Pandithan fell sick and was hospitalised, Samy Vellu visited him several times?????????????. Pandithan has also said that the clash between them has ended and he wants to work with Samy Vellu in the interest and for the sake of unity of the Indian community.

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April 21, 2007 23:59 PM

Welfare Of Malays In Ijok Will Be Well Taken Care Of, Says Ahmad Zahid

KUALA SELANGOR, April 21 (Bernama) -- The Malay community in Ijok will be well taken care of although the Barisan Nasional (BN) is fielding a candidate from the MIC, said Deputy Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. "Athough the Malay community had wanted a Malay candidate to be fielded in Ijok this time, it needs to realise that the BN practises a power-sharing concept," he told Bernama after campaigning in Kampung Jaya Setia here today. He said the Malays need not worry that their welfare will be neglected as the state's leaders would ensure this will not happen.

He also took to task the opposition for engaging in personal attacks on BN leaders saying the opposition parties were resorting to that because they were bankrupt of issues.

The Ijok by-election is being held following the death of BN Assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam on April 4. The BN is fielding K. Parthiban while the Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Polling is on April 28.

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April 21, 2007 16:02 PM

Provocations In Elections Doesn't Promise Victory - Abdullah

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said “I hope it will not be a trend” - on the violence?

From Amer Hamzah Md Sap
WINDHOEK, April 21 (Bernama) -- Political parties resorting to provocative actions in election campaigns, like what happened during nomination for the Ijok by-election on Thursday, did not mean victory for the parties, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

The prime minister said such actions should not happen during election campaigns and must be avoided. "Provocative action approach should not be adopted in election campaigns. It's important for political parties to abide by the election laws. If one wants to campaign, do it properly," he told Malaysian journalists covering his three-day visit to Namibia which ended today. The prime minister was asked on party supporters hurling plastic bottles and pieces of wood at each other during the nomination process for the April 28 by-election.

Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and several others sustained minor injuries in the incident. Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, said his reminder was for both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) contesting in the by-election. He also said personal attacks were also not a good approach to be used in any election, hoping that it would not become a trend as it was unhealthy. Abdullah, who is also BN chairman, said he had never issued a directive to the BN machinery to get prepared for the general election.

"I don't have to tell (anybody to be prepared for elections), everybody seems to know," he said, adding that three or four years after a general election is held, all parties would talk about another election. Nevertheless, the government had a responsibility to implement projects that had been planned so that they were not disrupted or stalled because that was what people wanted, he said. Namibia is the last leg of Abdullah's eight-day three-nation tour of Africa. Earlier, he visited Sudan and Kenya.

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MORE PICS – WHY is MIC SAMY VELLU Torturing MG Pandithan in IJOK? Desperate for that 1000 Votes? NAJIB: Never Met ALTANTUYA; More Goodies to give in Ijok; BN Parthiban Chicken out in Debate Challenge from Khalid; Mohd Toyo Interested

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MORE PICS- Another 38 China Dolls Nabbed in Raids on Massage Parlors in Medan Selera, Jalan Pasar, KL; 12 Muslims (Malays or Indonesians?) Masseurs in USJ 10, Subang Jaya & 4 in Kinara, Section 1

Friday, April 20, 2007

Malaysians Women Fall Prey to Syndicates - Promises of Love & Overseas Vacations but being used as Carriers of Drugs; PENANG Student Duped off RM140 K


Women unwitting mules of drug rings
By : Alang Bendahara, NST
KUALA LUMPUR: One is doing her degree in business management at a local university while the other has just completed her diploma in accountancy. Both women, in their early 20s, are now languishing in a jail in Guangzhou, China, awaiting trial after they were caught trying to smuggle syabu into the country last week. Checks by Chinese police showed that the women had taken a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur. A few days earlier, another Malaysian woman was arrested at an airport in Lima, Peru after she was found in possession of an undisclosed amount of cocaine.

She was on her way to Madrid, Spain when police in the South American country nabbed her. These are among several reports Malaysian police have received in the past one week on Malaysians arrested abroad for drug trafficking. So far this year, 15 Malaysians have been arrested worldwide for drug trafficking, 13 of them women. "This is alarming. These women are being duped with promises of love and money," said Federal Narcotics Department director Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai. Abdul Wahap said the figure represented a huge increase from last year where out of 32 Malaysians arrested overseas for the same offence only two were women.

He said these women were usually approached by foreigners who were "recruiting agents" for drug syndicates. "The agents prey on single women, between the ages of 20 and 30, who are doing part-time jobs," Abdul Wahap said. "They get into a relationship with the women, take them on overseas holidays and would then ask them to carry packages for them to another country. "These women are so gullible and they do not suspect that the package they are carrying contain drugs.

"When they do find out, it is too late for them." He said these recent cases have increased police suspicions that more and more Malaysians were being used as mules by international drug syndicates. "They avoid sending these women to countries with tough anti-drug trafficking laws like Malaysia and Singapore. "That is why more such cases are surfacing in South America, China, Australia and European countries." He said Malaysian tourists were unlikely to raise suspicions overseas due to the country’s good relations with other countries. "This is being exploited by the drug syndicates."

Abdul Wahap advised local women to be wary when approached by foreigners with promises of relationships or overseas vacations.

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Friday April 20, 2007, STAR

College student loses RM148,000

PENANG: A college student lost all her college fees totalling RM148,000 to a syndicate which told her that she had won RM3.3mil in two Internet lucky draws. The 20-year-old student first received a call on March 20 from a woman telling her that she had won RM120,000 in a Hong Kong Turf Club online draw. But in order to collect her winnings, she was told to deposit RM46,000 as insurance and processing fees. She then transferred the amount into an overseas bank account on March 30. George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said later the same day, she received another call from a man informing her that she had won another RM3.2mil in a bonus draw.

"She managed to raise another RM102,000 which was the fees for the whole duration of her course. The money was then deposited into the same account on Wednesday. "After not hearing anything from the callers, she realised she had been cheated and made a police report the next day,” he said on Friday. ACP Azam said a check showed that the phone number used to call the victim was registered in China, adding that the case had been classified as cheating. "This was not the first time that such a thing had occurred. We have warned several times through the media but such a thing continues to occur. "The syndicate could also be behind several cases reported in the state over the past several months," he said.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

MORE PICS – Supporters thrrew Flying Bottles; By-Election-BN (Partiban) Vs PKR (Khalid); How Much for Thirumoorthy’s U-Turn & Loganathan’s withdrawal?

Update: April 20th 2007

Riot police stepped in after rival factions hurled bottles, stones and abuse at each other ahead of next week's by-election. Apr 19, 2007; Reuters

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 Malaysia" -- though Anwar is banned from standing for office until April 2008, due to his criminal record.

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 Malaysia since independence in 1957. "Keadilan needs to win or lose just by a razor-thin margin to show it is relevant in the next general elections," said Syed Ahmad Hussein, political analyst at Malaysia's Universiti Sains. Barisan is fielding an ethnic Indian candidate and Keadilan a Malay candidate for Ijok. Malays make up just over half of the constituency, just as they do for Malaysia as a whole.

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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

Friday April 20, 2007; STARPPKR likes to provoke, says Hisham

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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ABOVE & BELOW: Ijok came alive with the By-election on April 28 07. MB Selangor has spent RM36 million ringgit to retain this "shaky seat"

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).

ABOVE: The "bad boys" of Samy Vellu arriving with their characteristic flags and attire and BELOW: The grand BN entourage arriving in style in an open convertible leading the way

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 11am 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 11.05am 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 Eng. Parthiban filed his nomination papers 20 minutes after the nomination centre opened at 9am while Abdul Khalid filed his at 9.36am today.

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April 19, 2007 16:33 PM

Local Boy Khalid Confident Of Voters Support

KUALA 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.

ABOVE & BELOW: Tensions started when the supporters crossed each other paths; Booing and trading of insults started, and there were pushing and jostling; the FRU came to the resucue

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.

ABOVE & BELOW: The FRU present on seeing the commotion rushed to the scene, about 1/2 km from the nomination centre and separated the heated up supporters

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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

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BN and Parti Keadilan in straight fight in Ijok by-election

KUALA LUMPUR: The by-election for the Ijok Selangor state assembly will be a straight fight between the Barisan Nasional and the Parti Keadilan Rakyat(PKR). The BN candidate K. Parthiban, 38, and PKR's Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, 61, Ibrahim filed nomination papers Thursday for the by-election to be held on April 28. The seat fell vacant following the death of BN's Datuk K. Sivalingam, in Chennai, India, during a visit there on April 4. The candidates were announced at about 11am by returning officer

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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April 19, 2007 12:31 PM Only BN And PKR Nominate Candidates For Ijok Polls

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 9am. 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 9.36am. He was proposed by Abdol Raman Moharam and seconded by Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahim.

Nomination ended at 10am 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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April 19, 2007 12:30 PM
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 9.36am. 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 Chennai, India, of heart failure on April 4. Polling has been set for April 28 in the event of a contest.

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April 18, 2007 19:28 PM

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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April 18, 2007 20:40 PM

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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