04 February, 2009

Perak govt collapses !!

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today announced that Barisan Nasional now has the mandate to take over the Perak government from Pakatan Rakyat (PR), with the return of Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim to Umno and the support of three former PR assemblymen who quit their parties to become independents.

Speaking at a short press conference at his office here, Najib said: "BN Perak has the majority assemblymen in the state when three assemblymen, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang), Kapt Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering) and Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang) informed me that they have each sent letters to Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to inform him they have left their respective parties."

Jamaluddin and Osman won their seats on Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) tickets while Hee won Jelapang as a DAP candidate and made history by being the first woman to be appointed deputy state legislative speaker.

"Today, Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim also met me to say that he wants to rejoin Umno," Najib said.

All four assemblymen were with Najib at the press conference.


Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has blasted the Umno leadership for 'stooping low' in accepting two former PKR assemblypersons who have been charged with corruption.

Some excerpts from Chedet: "LOMPAT MELOMPAT"

"Dahulu UMNO dan Barisan Nasional telah cuba sekat kejadian lompat melompat dengan mensyaratkan tiap calon tandatangan surat letak jawatan sebagai ahli Yang Berhormat tanpa tarikh. Kononnya jika setelah jadi ahli Yang Berhormat mereka ingin lompat masuk parti lain maka surat letak jawatan yang telah di tanda tangani oleh mereka akan dihantar kepada Speaker (Tuan Yang di Pertua Dewan) dan dengan itu akan terlucutlan anugerah Yang Berhormat mereka."

" Malangnya perbuatan ini didapati tidak sah daripada segi undang-undang. Jika mereka ingin keluar daripada parti maka mereka sendiri perlu keluarkan surat yang diperbuat oleh mereka dan ditandatangani oleh mereka pada ketika itu untuk disampaikan kepada Tuan Speaker."

Saya percaya surat yang diperbuat oleh mereka tanpa tarikh dahulu akan ditolak oleh Tuan Speaker. Oleh itu mereka akan kekal sebagai Ahli Dewan walaupun mereka lompat ke parti lain atau mereka akan jadi ahli bebas.

" Presiden UMNO berkata UMNO sedia untuk menerima siapa sahaja untuk menjadi ahli. Ini memanglah dasar parti. Tetapi kedua-dua ahli yang ingin keluar dari PKR ini mempunyai masalah. Mereka dituduh terlibat dengan rasuah seks."

" Apakah UMNO begitu terdesak sehingga tidak dapat tunggu keputusan mahkamah berkenaan tuduhan terhadap mereka sebelum menerima mereka? Jika diterima sekarang dan kemudian mereka didapati tidak bersalah maka Kerajaan pimpinan UMNO (lebih kurang) akan dituduh mempengaruhi mahkamah. Benar tidak benar bukan soalnya. Pada pandangan masyarakat tuduhan ini tetap akan dipercayai. Ia akan punyai kesan dalam PRU13."

" UMNO sudah dianggap bergelumang dengan rasuah, selalu mungkir janji, mengutamakan kroni Perdana Menteri di Terengganu. Jika kepada semua ini ditambah pula dengan penerimaan orang yang dituduh melakukan rasuah seks, imej UMNO akan jadi lebih buruk."

" Dato Abdullah Presiden UMNO, fikir dahulu sebelum beria-ia nak terima orang yang seperti ini."



"However, the two (Jamaluddin and Osman) had been charged with corruption,” lamented Mahathir.

"Is Umno so desperate until it is not willing to wait until the court's decision before accepting them. If Umno accepts them now, and they are found not guilty then the Umno-led government would be accused of influencing the courts."

"Whether this was right or wrong is not the question. In the eyes of the public, the charge is believable and would have an impact on the next general election,".

"Unfortunately, this is not legal under the law. If they want to leave the party, they should give in their own letters which they signed to be handed directly to the Speaker.

"I believe that such undated letters would be rejected by the Speaker. They would remain as an elected assembly person despite hopping to another party or being independent,". (Source)



Why a BN-led Perak government is a farce ?

In March 2008 TEN state seats in Perak which were won by BN with a majority of less than 1,000. All of these seats had a total voting turn out of about 10,000 or more. Furthermore, SIX of the ten seats mentioned were won with a majority of less than 500.

Read here for more.

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