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KaSiong-Hang Soon team likely Yesterday, PKR vice-presidents Tian Chua and Rafizi Ramli were reportedly involved in a series of heated arguments after the former lambasted the latter for announcing that a seat would be vacated, saying the matter was never discussed among the leadership. MCA deputy president Datuk SeriWee Ka Siong, who has alreadymade known his intention to contest the party top post in November, is tipped to have PerakMCA chief Datuk DrMahHang Soon as his runningmate. In 2008, Mahwas Wee’s runningmate when the latter contested the Youth chief post. According to a report in China Press yesterday, the Zuraida: Anwar must explain decision PETALING JAYA: PKRWanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin wants Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to explain the decision for the Port Dickson parliamentary seat to be vacated for him to contest, suggesting the decision was not arrived at by consensus. Zuraida, who is also AmpangMP, said while many have been waiting for Anwar’s return to Parliament, the action by some PKR leaders was seen as shallow as it did not go through the proper decision-making channels. “Every decision taken by the party has to be done by consensus in order to get the support of all party members, and the consensus achieved has to be in line with the party’s spirit of reform and democracy. “I worry, if decision-making is not done in an open, transparent and democratic manner, it will create confusion among the public and look as though PKR has been manipulated by certain groups. “It is pertinent for the whole party leadership to uphold our reform agenda. I hope Anwar himself will announce his stand regarding this matter,” she said. BY KONG SEE HOH newsdesk@thesundaily.com PRESS DIGEST

BY AMAR SHAHMOHSEN AND ASHWINKUMAR newsdesk@thesundaily.com PETALING JAYA: Former Port DicksonMPDatuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah has rubbished claims that his decision to vacate his seat tomake way for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahimwas tantamount to betrayal of the voters. Danyal, who announced his resignation yesterday, said he would still continue to serve the people in the constituency. “The word ‘betray’ is a bit too strong. Today, when I decided to vacate the seat, it is not out of enjoyment, but it is with the view that I will continue to serve (the people of Port Dickson). “What I will need fromAnwar is his backing. I’mnot quitting the people. I’m staying, and I will act as Anwar’s eyes and ears on the ground,” he told a press conference yesterday. “That message is very clear to the people in Port Dickson,” he added. Danyal said he understood the constituents were happy that Anwar, who is primeminister-in- waiting, will be contesting in the area, adding that it wouldmean he could contributemore to people there, especially the poor. In the last general election, >Vacating seat not betrayal of voters, saysDanyal

PKR secretary-general Datuk SaifuddinNasution Ismail (right) with Danyal during a press conference yesterday.

Danyal obtained 36,225 votes to defeat BarisanNasional’s Datuk V.S. Mogan andMahfuz Roslan of PAS, who obtained 18,515 and 6,594 votes respectively. Meanwhile, National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Brig Jen (Rtd) DatukMohamed Arshad Raji ( pix ) said if Danyal, a retired admiral, is forced tomake way for Anwar, it would cause unease

among armed forces veterans and may create “backlash” fromvoting servicemen in Port Dickson. He said PKRwon in the 14th general election as themilitary personnel there chose Danyal. “It may have a negative impact on future armed forces candidates,” he said, while urging PKR to reconsider Port Dickson as the venue of Anwar’s return to Parliament.

Better tohavea local candidate, saysKhairy PETALING JAYA: Linggi assemblyman Datuk Abdul Rahman Redza is a potential candidate for BarisanNasional (BN) in the upcoming Port Dickson by-election, according to RembauMPKhairy Jamaluddin. Khairy tweeted yesterday that although many had suggested former mentri besar Datuk Seri MohamadHasan contest the seat, he felt it was better for the party to be represented by a local candidate. “I have a bit of political experience in

Negri Sembilan. Port Dicksonwould be better represented by a local candidate. Although it is difficult for BN towin, it’s better to have a local candidate. “Themanwho is best suited is Abdul Rahman,” he said.


SEREMBAN: Pakatan Harapan Negri Sembilan is happy that PKR president- elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be contesting in the Port Dickson by- election, said its chairman Aminuddin Harun. The Negri Sembilan mentri besar said it was a great honour for the state as Anwar is slated to succeed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia’s eighth prime minister. – Bernama ECCONFIRMSRECEIPTOF SEATNOTIFICATION PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission has confirmed receiving notification on the vacancy of the Port Dickson parliamentary seat. Following the development, the EC would be holding a special meeting to discuss the issuing of the election writ, nomination and polling dates, the electoral roll to be used and other preparations. – Bernama COURTALLOWS OBJECTIONTOPETITION SEREMBAN: The Special Election Court yesterday allowed a preliminary objection by Barisan Nasional Jempol MP Datuk Mohd SalimMohd Sharif to an election petition filed by PKR candidate Kamarulzaman Kamdias to quash the 14th general election result for the constituency. Judge Datuk Azimah Omar allowed the objection after finding the petition filed by Kamarulzaman was defective and not in compliance with the Election Offences Act 1954. – Bernama


partnershipwithWee, who hails from Johor – a state with a large pool of delegates – will greatly boost the chances of Mah, who already has the backing of 18 divisions in Perak, another state with a large number of delegates It is learnt that former vice-president Gan Ping Sieu as well as vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong are also eyeing the party top post. However, neither



Gan nor Chua has given any clear indication on the posts they are going for although a party source saidGan is more likely to giveWee a run for his money. The source also saidGanwill pick Johor MCA deputy chairmanDatuk Tee Siew Kiong as his runningmate. As Tee is regarded as belonging to former party chief Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek’s camp, Tee Yong, who is Soi Lek’s son, is likely to seek re-election should the Gan-Tee teammaterialise. As the party is still reeling from its worst polls defeat in the recent polls, its grassroots leaders have called on the top leadership to avoid bitter fights for senior posts in the coming party elections.

YOUNGPATRIOTS ... Pre-school children in Kampung Padang, Kuantan, taking part in an event yesterday in conjunctionwithMalaysia Day on Sept 16.

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