MORE PICS & Video – Malaysian 2008 Elections; 222 Parliamentary & 505 State Seats; BN won 9 seats Uncontested; PAS won 1 with Rival Disqualified
ABOVE: BN won 7 Parliamentary Seats Uncontested and BELOW:BN won 2, at Sementa, PKR candiate no show and PAS won one when BN candidate was a "bankrupt" & disqualified
BELOW: Datuk Abdul Rahman won uncontested when the PKR rival failed to show (must have been bought over by BN)
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ABOVE: Nurul - Anwar's daughter contesting against incumbent Sharizat (BELOW right) in Lembah Pantai
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ABOVE: Roselinda Abdul Jalil contesting the Klang Parliamentary Seat taking over from his Father-in-law (BELOW, Left)
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ABOVE: in the Batu seat in FT, Tian Chua PKR Information Chief arriving for the nomination and BELOW: Shaking hands with his rival from BN, Gerakan Lim Si Pin, son of retired Gerakan Boss Datuk Lim Keng Yaik (who wanted to create a 3-Generation dynasty in Malaysian Gerakan Politics)
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ABOVE: The PAS Supporters and BELOW: The BN supporters at Marang, Trengganu for nominations
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ABOVE: The BN candidate contesting against BELOW: PAS Hadi
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I Am Focusing On The People, Says Khairy
REMBAU, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Rembau parliamentary seat, Khairy Jamaluddin, who is involved in a straight fight with a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate said his focus would be on the well-being of the people and not on his opponent. Khairy, 32, is facing Badrul Hisham Shaharin, 30, a PKR supreme council member. "He (Badrul) is a young man and very energetic... but my focus is on the people," Khairy told reporters after filing his nomination papers at Merdeka Hall, Rembau District Council, here Sunday. Khairy, who is BN Youth deputy chairman and Umno Youth deputy chief, said he would focus on solving pending issues in the constituency such as repairs to roads and mosques. Badrul had contested against Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan in the Rantau state constituency in 2004. Khairy said he would meet local BN leaders to find out the grievances of the voters in the constituency which comprised four state seats -- Paroi, Chembong, Rantau, and
He said he would upgrade BN services to the voters by following the example set by the Seberang Jaya BN Service Centre in
"The people need to be taken care of and not pampered," he said. Rembau has 62,896 voters including 894 postal voters
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Khairy's Nomination Attracts Foreign Media
REMBAU, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- A big crowd including fore n media turned out at the Merdeka Hall, Rembau District Council, here Sunday to witness candidates for the Rembau parliamentary seat file their nomination papers.
ABOVE: BN UMNO supporters separated by the FRU personnel from the PKR Supporters (BELOW)
At the centre of attraction was Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Khairy Jamaluddin. the prime minister''s son-in-law. Khairy, who is Umno Youth deputy chief, arrived at the hall with Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan at . Mohamad Hasan is defending the Rantau state seat. They were accompanied by thousands of BN supporters to the nomination centre. The foreign media covering the event included those from
Mr Abdullah urged voters not to be swayed by the opposition, saying 'their obsession is they want to deny the (government) the full support of the people'. --
KEPALA BATAS (Malaysia) - MALAYSIA'S ruling coalition won six parliamentary seats unopposed on Sunday as it formally began campaigning to clinch a two-thirds majority in next month's general elections. Hundreds of political heavy-hitters and first-time aspirants filed their nomination papers to contest 222 parliamentary constituencies and 505 state legislature seats. The process officially marked the start of a 13-day campaigning period ahead of the March 8 ballot. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's National Front coalition got an early boost when no opposition candidates came forward to run for six parliamentary seats.
'I believe the people will be attentive to the National Front, which has brought peace and progress for 50 years,' Mr Abdullah said. 'I would like this election to be free of troubles.' More than 1,000 government loyalists thronged a nomination centre to support Mr Abdullah as he filed his papers against a challenger from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS, in his traditional stronghold of Kepala Batas in northern
ABOVE: The new symbol of hope for the opposition - "Barisan Rakyat"
This time, the three parties have made a pact to field only one candidate in each constituency to avoid multi-cornered fights, which in the past benefited the National Front. The strategy is aimed at preventing the National Front from attaining a two-thirds parliamentary majority, which enables the government to change the constitution easily. Mr Abdullah dismissed the opposition's effort as 'a pact of convenience, that's all'. 'I want us to win with a very good majority, even more than two-thirds,' Mr Abdullah said. The 14-party National Front, which has governed since 1957, has acknowledged it will win fewer seats this time amid public complaints over rising inflation, crime and racial and religious tensions.
In recent months, several high-profile street protests have raised the political consciousness of Malaysians, awakening more people to ask questions about alleged government corruption and policies that some say are tantamount to racial and religious discrimination. The National Front has the advantage of being backed by the pro-government mainstream media and is more cohesive and better coordinated than the opposition. Opposition leaders have long complained that polls are also steered against them through the gerrymandering of constituencies, vote-buying and use of bogus voters. The government has repeatedly denied any irregularities.
A poor performance could undercut Mr Abdullah's popularity as he targets a second five-year term as prime minister after succeeding longtime leader Mahathir Mohamad in 2003. One of the fiercest electoral contests is in Kelantan, which has been controlled by PAS since 1990, making it the only one of
'Praise to God, I'm confident,' Mr Nik Aziz (BELOW,front in jacket leading the pack), wearing a turban and white robe, told reporters.
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Veteran politicians who were expected to be ousted in the run-up to the polls have so far retained their positions, but Mr Abdullah hinted in an interview with the New Straits Times that there might be a clean-out after the polls. 'I have made no promises to anyone. I have a free hand (after the election),' he was quoted as saying. 'I did not promise anybody anything; whether a return to the Cabinet or any other post,' he added.
Mr Abdullah has been criticised over his Cabinet, which retained many veteran figures from the former administration of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and which analysts say has prevented him from carrying out his reform promises. He swept to power in landslide 2004 elections amid optimism after taking over from Dr Mahathir, but since then has been gained a reputation for being weak and ineffective, and failing to act on key goals like eradicating corruption. Figures like Mr Samy Vellu, the only ethnic Indian minister in the multi-racial coalition, are contesting the election again despite strong criticism over his handling of recent anti-discrimination protests by Indian activists. Mr Abdullah defended the old faces in his line-up, saying they were critical to the election campaign, in which the opposition is aiming to deprive the coalition of its two-thirds majority for the first time in history.
'In facing elections, the party must be led by those who have experience because we do not want problems which may affect our chances to crop up due to inexperience,' he told the New Straits Times. Analysts said Mr Abdullah's popularity, which has already plummeted, would be further damaged if he dashes hopes of rejuvenation in the coalition which has ruled
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KEPALA BATAS - THE Barisan Nasional (BN) Manifesto which will be launched tomorrow, focuses on issues of the people. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said among the issues were how to lessen the people's financial burden as a result of increased world fuel price. The manifesto will also explain the government's efforts in reducing the people's burden by maintaining electricity tariffs, for instance. 'We had done this in education (by abolishing school fees), which PAS had only been thinking of doing it,' he told a press conference at the Seberang Perai Sports Complex, following the naming of the BN candidate for the Kepala Batas parliamentary constituency at Dewan Milenium here. Mr Abdullah reiterated that the RM35 billion subsidy for oil and gas after the world oil price went up to US$100 a barrel, and another RM5 billion for other subsidies, in order to stabilise costs for consumers, was a big financial burden for the government. -- BERNAMA
PAS' Wan Ubaidah Wins Unopposed, BN Candidate A Bankrupt
KOTA BAHARU, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- PAS candidate Wan Ubaidah Omar was declared winner of the Kijang state seat in Kelantan after the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Mustopha Ahmed, was disqualified, state Election Commissioner Rahim Mohd Salleh said. He told Bernama that the records showed that Mustopha had been declared a bankrupt by Mara and was automatically disqualified as a candidate. "As such, the BN candidate's nomination was rejected and the PAS candidate won unopossed," he said.
Only Wan Ubaidah and Mostapha had submitted their nomination papers when nominations at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Pengkalan Chepa Satu centre closed at . Mustopha, when met, said he was disappointed. He said he had stood guarantor for a loan taken by a businessman severalyears ago. "But I've settled the debt," he said, adding that he would appeal the decision to the Election Commision and the courts.
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ABOVE: Tun Mahathir while denying creating a political dynasty, nevertheless gave his blessings and support to his younger son Mukriz to vie for the Jerlun, Kedah parliamentary seat being introduced to his supporters and BELOW: declared BN will win more votes, so that his son can get into Parliament
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Opposition's Friendship A 'Pact Of Of Convenience', Says Abdullah
KEPALA BATAS, Feb 24(Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says the alliances being formed by the opposition parties ahead of the elections on March 8 were merely 'pacts of convenience'. The alliances of the opposition parties to fight the Barisan Nasional during this round of elections are pacts being formed just for the "fun of it", he said in reply to a question from a reporter on the opposition's latest trend of becoming allies. Abdullah was speaking at a press conference held at the Seberang PeraiSports Complex here, after completing his election candidacy and confirmation process for the Kepala Batas parliament seat at the Dewan Milenium here Sunday. It can be clearly seen that PAS, DAP and PKR have joined forces in many of the states where there is going to be a straight fight for the Parliament seat and State Assembly seat between a BN candidate and a candidate from the opposition party, he said. This is different from the 2004 general election, where several of the Parliament and DUN seats were equally contested by candidates from DAP, PKR and PAS.
They may have have joined forces in the allocation of seats, but these parties have never at any time agreed with each other's idealogies, Abdullah said. "DAP has never accepted the ideologies propagated by PAS which is to form an Islamic state. "In fact, the DAP has its own philosophies which are not in synch with what PAS wants to do. Keadilan also has its set of ideas," he said. Indeed, each of the party has its own way of going about achieving their objectives, he added.
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Early Indication BN Will Get Mandate, Says PM
KEPALA BATAS, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi described the success of Barisaan Nasional (BN) candidates in winning some seats unopposed as an early indication of BN getting the mandate to rule the country.
"That is good news, it is of course a sign of confidence in our party. I know in Selangor (BN won), and also in Johor. I have yet to obtain the entire information," he told a press conference after the nomination process at the Seberang Perai Sports Council Complex, here Sunday. In the March 8 election, Abdullah would defend his Kepala Batas seat and would be challenged by Pas candidate Subri Md Arshad BN has so far won uncontested in six parliamentary seats including four in
Abdullah hoped that BN would repeat the success it achieved in the 2004 general election where it obtained the two-third majority and enabled the party to continue to rule the country.He also gave an assurance that the Cabinet to be formed after the election would be a good one comprising the young generation and those with experience. Commenting on the nomination process today, Abdullah said that he was happy as it went on smoothly. "To-date, I have not heard of any problems occurring anywhere, I am happy and want to thank the authorities who have managed to control the situation and thus enable the nomination process to run smoothly," he said. Abdullah said that if given the mandate, BN would ensure that the country remained successful and peaceful after 50 years of independence. As for the selection of candidates, Abdullah said that BN had scrutinised their background first before they were selected to ensure only the best candidate would contest. "We check with the Anti-Corruption Agency, the police, court and the Insolvency Department to ensure that a candidate is not a bankrupt," he said. Citing an example, he said that yesterday a candidate was not listed as he has a court case. "We are cautious when it comes to selecting candidates," he stressed.
In Pekan, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also commented on the success of the BN candidates, saying that it clearly indicated that the party could put up capable candidates compared to the opposition. He said that the opposition's strength was not widespread compared to BN which was able to feature candidates who could work for the people in their respective areas. "In fact we have already known of some areas where the opposition party is weak and finds difficulties in getting a candidate wanting to contest," he told reporters after submitting his nomination paper at the Dewan Konvensyen Sultan Ahmad Shah to defend his Pekan parliamentary seat. "So, if we win that area uncontested, it clearly shows that the opposition party's strength is limited and does not cover all areas, whereas BN's strength encompasses parliamentary and state seats," he said. Najib, 55, will be challenged by Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin, 31, from Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Asked about his younger opponent, Najib said: "That is normal, I have faced younger and older opponents before."
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PM Wants Trouble-free Election
KEPALA bATAS, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- "I would like this election free of trouble, one that I want to be done properly" Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told a press conference after he filed his nomination paper at Dewan Milenium in Kepala Batas.
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No Untoward Incident During Nomination , Says IGP
"Overall, supporters of candidates abided by the rules," he said, attributing it to the continous warnings and reminders to political parties and supporters of candidates to adhere to the rules. "The deployment of policemen, including those in plainclothes at the centres, especially in "hot seats", helped subdue the emotions of supporters," he told Bernama. Musa said police would now focus on the 13-day campaigning period before the nation went to the polls, and urged political parties to apply for permits to conduct public rallies. "Police officers and men will monitor the campaigning," he said, adding that if the candidates and their supporters adhered to the rules, the campaigning process would go on without a hitch .He warned that police would come down hard on those who fell foul of the law.
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Nomination Process Was Smooth, Says EC
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 24 (Bernama) - Election Commission (EC) Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid (ABOVE) Abdul Rahman has declared that Sunday's nomination process in the 12th General Election was carried out smoothly and in a calm manner.
He attributed this to party supporters and members of the public cooperating well in ensuring that the registration of candidates was unhampered. "I thank them for extending such excellent cooperation that has resulted in the nomination process being completed well. " As EC chairman and having been in this business for so long, I am very happy," he told reporters at the EC Headquarters here. As a consequence, he expects the election campaign and voting on March 8 to be carried out just as smoothly.
"This demonstrates the maturity of Malaysian society in important matters that are vital to the nation," he said. "Let the people decide on who they want as their representatives, not other parties. It is based on this principle that we decided that there were no rejections except where the nominees did not meet the qualifications, such as being bankrupt." On the several uncontested seats, Abdul Rashid pointed out that in the 2004 general election, there were many more candidates winning uncontested. "I'm not surprised that there were no contests for some seats. To me, this wasn't because we rejected nominations but because there were no opponents," he said.
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His opponent is independent missionary Subri Mohd Arshad (ABOVE, Left) , who in the 2004 general election lost to the Barisan Nasional's (BN) Datuk Azhar Ibrahim in the Penaga state seat within the Kepala Batas parliamentary constituency. For Abdullah, who is BN chairman, this is the eighth time he is seeking re-election to the seat he has held since the 1978 general election. In the 2004 polls,
Abdullah defeated by 18,122 votes Pas committeemember Abdul Khalid Rasid who had been his opponent since the 1999 election.Abdullah, leading the BN charge in the second general election since becoming Prime Minister in October 2003, submitted his nomination papers at the constituency's nomination centre at Dewan Milenium in Kepala Batas at about 9 am. With him were the BN candidates for three state seats within Kepala Batas, Datuk Azhar Ibrahim (Penaga), Zabariah Abdul Wahab (Bertam) andDatuk Roslan Saidin (Pinang Tunggal), when he handed his nominations papers to Returning Officer Mokhtar Jait. His wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, was among the 3,000-odd supporterswho had accompanied him.
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Najib Faces PKR Candidate In Pekan
PEKAN, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak is opposed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat's candidate Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin for the Pekan Paliamentary constituency in the general election.
Abdullah, Najib File Nomination Papers
ABOVE & BELOW: The scene at Kepala Patas nomination center when PM Abdullah arrived greeted by thousands of his supporters
About five minutes later, Abdullah shook hands (ABOVE) with returning officer Mokhtar Mohd Jait and took his seat in the hall. BELOW: Sorting out his nomination papers
In PEKAN, Pahang, Najib (ABOVE) who is Umno deputy president and BN deputy chairman, submitted his papers at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Convention Centre at about the same time Abdullah was filing his in
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