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By-elections in Perak February 1, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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The Speaker of the Perak state assembly has announced that the two assemblymen / Exco members have tendered their resignation, thus vacating their seats.

Two of them remain missing and incommunicado.

One of them Capt Osman (rtd), is my colleague i.e. Exco for Tourism. In fact, he is quite a easy-going, delightful chap, and loyal to the core to Anwar Ibrahim and KeADILan. I shall miss him during our Pakatan (Tourism) caucus.

Personally, I find it hard to believe that he would switch camps. I suspect foul-play. It was this Monday, day 2 of Chinese New Year that I spoke at length with his lawyer, Capt Yunus about Capt Osman’s court case due on 10th Feb. Yunus was very excited and confident about the trial, and I told him that I would try to make it too. Then mid-week, I received a message from his legal partner and my old schoolmate, Wende, who caught a whiff of the rumour. I was surprised and told her to ignore the rumours.

I then tried to call and message him later this week, without success. The last time I saw Capt Osman was in Alor Setar for our Pakatan Rakyat’s MB Council meeting.

I hope he is well, wherever he is, that he is unharmed and I pray for his safe return.


1. Francis - February 1, 2009

This is what we have been waiting for. How can a man who has stayed with PKR for 10 yrs quit it at the height of its achievements? He contested in 2004 on a PKR tickey, lost and continued with the struggle. He can’t leave the party at all. By the way, he has defeated Umno’s Datuk Mat Isa who won the seat in 2004 with 4,764 votes. Capt. Osman ousted Mat Isa with 1,102 and here is the catch. The Parliamentary seat is held by Pas’ Roslan Shaharoum who defeated Umno’s Datuk Azim Zabidi. Pas lost the same seat (Dr Lo’lo of Titiwangsa n 2004 with a majority of 8,888). So there is no chance of Umno winning in the seat. Furthermore, the other state seat won by Umno was by a margin of 916, all the way from 3,020. PKR too controls the other state seat in the constituency through it’s Tai Sing Ng who defeated Gerekan’s candidate. Gerekan won the seat in 2004 with 2,866 votes. Wow…that’s excellent. Addded is that the constituency is sandwiched between Taiping and Bagan Serai, both controlled by DAP and PKR (Malay MP) respectively.

2. amira - February 1, 2009

I hope they don’t C4 him. You know what I mean…

3. Taher Sherif - February 1, 2009



4. Samuel Goh Kim Eng - February 1, 2009


Are politicians in politics due to ‘ideal’
Or because of personal desire to have ‘I deal’
Do they really bother about how their electors actually feel
Or do they only look at what they can get in their political reel

(C)Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 010209
Sun. 1st Feb. 2009.

5. Bossanova - February 1, 2009

The good thing about PR is that what ever bad thing happen to anyone, they have the scapegoat ready, the BN. Until when can you do this trick…!

6. wira - February 1, 2009

The love of money and the fear of persecution by a tainted judiciary can change many.

Not everyone is DSAI, Lim KS, Lim GE or Karpal Singh.

7. bangsa Cina Malaysia - February 2, 2009

Rakyat Perak ….gunakan peluang anda bagi menyokong calon PAKATAN RAKYAT!!!

8. AToong - February 2, 2009

Don’t quite understand why these fellows would want to jump into a sinking boat .. unless they are blackmailed, forced or “induced”.. into doing so..

9. Jerry - February 2, 2009

Stop speculating on the behavior of the 2 PKR assemblymen. 2 person cannot just disappear into thin air. Flash them out with the help of a good PI and seek the truth from them. Anyway, by-elections are a waste of public funds and time. As the citizens have given the mandate to their respective representatives to serve and improved the country administration, pls just keep to this mandate and not fight for a bigger share of power. The informed Malaysians are not interest in political parties rhetorics but effective actions to lead the nations to a higher standard of living!!!!!!.

10. mut - February 2, 2009

This is certainly the best way forward. I have no doubt they have been forced or blackmailed in some way to do the Ezam maneuver. At least with Ezam we knew of the rumblings within. Now we hear they have problems with some PKR leaders. I bet those “leaders” do not know anything about this. This is juts a not so convinvcing excuse to leave PKR to become an independent before making the jump to UMNO to save their skins from the proffered charges.

So the best way for PR would be to have the by-election. UMNO will have a fair shot, but I fear it is more mud on their face here. SPR, the MSM, the police are still their tools, so it is important that PR are on their toes.

11. Samuel Goh Kim Eng - February 2, 2009


Whether or not politicians want to resign
Has been prearranged by party’s design
Thus there’s no need to look for another sign
Even if there’s still musical chair around to assign

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 020209
Mon. 2nd Feb. 2009.

12. monsterball - February 3, 2009

RPK put out a message….why he chose to go to jail ..instead of accepting UMNO’s offer of RM10 million.
Bala on the Mongolian murder case…disappeared…after accusing Najib….no where to be seen for months..
Atlantuya needed to be bombed into pieces. Killing is not enough!
Why are the two police murderers doing that way?
Use these two incidents….and add the swearing by the Koran by Najib…you tend to believe what RPK wrote about UMNO and Najib..makes sense.
One have come out today…saying…Najib offered him RM50 million..to buy up two parliamentarians in Perak.
Since Najib announced he is taking over Perak’s UMNO chairmanship…just look at the events rolling out.
PR is trying hard not to spend donated money unnecessarily on by-elections…but UMNO is dragging RP into that game.
I hope Perak will have a State election…not by-elections.
Najib will love that too.
But if he looses much more than present position..that will shut his evil ways…..and may encourage Dollah to stay on….to give some peace of mind to Malaysians…during this very difficult times.

13. BenKhalid - February 3, 2009

opportunity for PKR to put a more reliable and honest candidates this time around(by election) as we were made to understand that these two “jokers” are not really of an above average materials to be a good YBs unlike YB eli wong, nik, MP sivarasa to name a few from selangor. keep up the good work YB eli.

ordinary citizen

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