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Ball in Sultan’s Court February 4, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Politics.
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“Our 29 state assemblypersons are united and unanimous in wanting a snap poll to be held.

“We want to see a fresh mandate to obtain a bigger majority so that we don’t face further disturbance from BN.” (Malaysiakini)

Mohamad Nizar arrived at the Kinta palace at 3.50pm.

The ball is in the Sultan’s court. Will he delay until BN gets the numbers or will he listen to MB Nizar?

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.

The case of the Perak Excos August 25, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The two Perak Excos were charged in the Ipoh sessions court this morning.

I know one of them, Capt Osman, who is my counterpart in tourism. Suffice to say, his arrest and that of his mates had nothing to do with corruption. If not for the brave magistrate who refused to grant the additional remand order, there could well be a new government in Perak by this week – a goal relentlessly pursued by Umno Perak.

There were some preliminary objections this morning, including state jurisdiction. This will be an exciting case to look forward to – exciting as it will reveal the machinations of the BN state apparatus involving the ACA, the Special Branch and its links with Umno. Mention will be on 15 September.

I am very grateful to my old schoolmate, Wende, who joined the legal team yesterday with her legal partner and brought in more firepower to defend these men.