Apr 30, 2007

Ijok - A wake-up Call For BN Reps

Cedrtainly a wake-up call for all BN reps. It's going to be a another round of tough general election for BN.

(BERNAMA) The Barisan Nasional (BN) may have won the Ijok by-election with an increased majority but the close fight should serve as a "wake-up call" for its elected representatives, denoting that the days of easy victories are over.

The by-election, necessitated by the death of BN State Assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam on April 4, was the most intense compared to the four previous by-elections in the three years since the general election of 2004.

The Elections Act states that a by-election has to be called should a seat become vacant within three years after a general election.

As such, Ijok is the last by-election for now and the focus turns to the general election which should be held anytime before April 2009.

Political observers conclude that the BN's victory in Ijok reflects the people's acceptance of the leadership and the BN government's power-sharing formula and the cooperation of all races that had withstood the test of time.

BN's K.Parthiban, 38, of the MIC defeated Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, 61, of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) with a majority of 1,850 votes, 201 more than the majority garnered in the last general election.

The Ijok state constituency has more than 12,000 voters, of whom 51 per cent are Malays, 28 per cent Indians and 21 per cent Chinese.

Not wanting to take anything away from BN, the win at Ijok will go down in history as one of the most intense and that the party had to muster all its resources to defend the seat.

One of the reasons cited was the poor service record of its past assemblyman, which was admitted by the BN.

Race was not a factor because, according to Umno leaders, the BN garnered 281 additional votes from Jaya Setia where it had lost by 50 votes in the last election.

BN campaigner Datuk Ashari Ibrahim of Melaka Umno said the party machinery did not face much difficulty in countering national issues raised by the opposition leaders, including PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The opposition tactic of personally attacking Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak and claiming that he had problems with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi were easily fended off by Najib and the BN machinery.

Abdullah's visit to Ijok also provided moral support and showed his solidarity with Najib, leaving the opposition dead in their tracks.

At the end of the day, what the voters want is a representative whom they can depend on to solve problems concerning education, housing and basic amenities in their area.

As such, for Parthiban, the former education officer referred to simply as "cikgu", his services in the months leading to the general election will have a bearing not only on his future but also that of the BN.

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Apr 29, 2007

Ijok : A sign there's no hope for Opposition parties in Malaysia?

So the result once again shows that the "rakyat" disapprove the Opposition parties in Malaysia. Consecutively, Opposition parties have been beaten flat to the ground. Voters at Ijok did come out in large volume to vote and they voted for Barisan Nasional. With the highest turnout in the history, and a bigger majority of 1850 votes for Barisan Nasional. So is there any hope for Opposition parties for the coming General Election?. One thing for sure, the Opposition parties need to prove to the "rakyat" their principles and agendas instead of making unsubstantial claims such as corruptions and playing on racial related issues. Moreover, it is certainly not necessary for all the commotions created by supporters during the nine day of campaigning for Ijok. The "rakyat" want a trustworty party, not a party that has members that shout or act as hooligan.

Maybe our PM really can sense that there is a "feel good" feeling among the "rakyat" for the current government. Hopefully it's not from those "phantom voters".

Meanwhile watch the video by Ezam on alleged phantom voters.

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Apr 28, 2007

Ijok : The ultimate "WINNER" is.... (Updated Version)

Updated version :
The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition has won the crucial Ijok by-election with a bigger majority of 1,850.

Election Commission returning officer Haris Kasim announced that BN's MIC candidate K Parthiban bagged 5,884 votes while PKR's Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, 4,034.

The majority is 1,850, which is higher than the 2004 general election result, where BN won with a majority of 1,649.


As of 8.30pm, the unofficial tally is: BN - 5,884, PKR - 4,077. The majority is about 1,897, which is higher than the 2004 general election result, where BN won with a majority of 1,649.

Vote counting for the crucial by-election in the Ijok by-election is currently underway. The counting is being done at all nine polling districts in the state constituency.

As of 7.20pm, the unofficial tally so far is: BN - 5,508, PKR - 3,545.

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No Untoward Incident In Ijok Polls, Says IGP
The Ijok by-election proceeded smoothly with no untoward incidents, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said today. As of this evening, only one police report was lodged on opposition supporters blocking Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his aides heading to the Jaya Setia polling station. He said the police would investigate the incident in which several members of Najib's delegation were allegedly attacked and injured.

Polling Ends In Ijok Polls, Records Highest Voter Turnout Ever
A total of 10,049 or 81.88 per cent of the 12,272 voters cast their ballots at the close of polling at 5pm in the highly-charged Ijok by-election. Election Commission secretary Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor said the percentage was the highest ever registered in an election in the country. The ethnically-mixed constituency recorded 76.17 per cent voter turnout in the last general election.

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Video : BN's tactic to keep PKR away from Ijok voters


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Ijok : The search for the ultimate "survivor" begins

The fact of figures for Ijok :

12,272 Total voters
6,532 Malay voters
3,369 Indian Voters
2,551 Chinese voters
9 polling districts
9 campaign days
2 candidates
1 ultimate winner

(BERNAMA) Polling for the Ijok state seat by-election began at 8am Saturday at all the nine polling centres.

Returning officer Haris Kassim said that all the 28 polling streams at the polling centres would open until 5pm to enable the 12,272 voters in the constituency to vote for either K. Parthiban, 38, of the Barisan Nasional (BN) or Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, 61, of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

The by-election is being held following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam, 59, of heart failure on April 4.

In the 2004 general election, Sivalingam beat PKR's Abdol Rahman Moharam and independent candidate Mohamed Shariff Nagoorkani by a 1,649-vote majority.

Counting of votes will be carried out at the respective polling centres before being tallied and the winner announced at the Batang Berjuntai community hall.

The result is expected to be known around 8pm.

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Apr 27, 2007

Final Round of Updates for Ijok - April 27th 2007

Polling day is tomorrow.

~Marilah mari, pergi mengundi~ ~Jangan lupa kewajipan pada negara~

Here're some updates of the comments from PM and DPM. But nothing from the candidate himself, K. Parthiban. And not a single report from our mass media of comments from Datuk Khalid.

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DPM Najib Reminds Ijok Voters To Be Wary Of Opposition's Last Minute Tricks

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak reminded voters in Ijok, who will go to the polls tomorrow, to be wary of the opposition's last minute tricks.
He said that based on the feedback he had obtained, the opposition is attempting to confuse voters or prevent them from going to the polling stations, especially Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters.

MB Khir Reminds Opposition Not To Repeat Chaos Of Lunas
Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo today reminded opposition political parties not to repeat during polling in Ijok tomorrow the chaos they had allegedly caused during the by-election in Lunas, Kedah, six years ago. He said Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) should assume more responsibility and avert any confrontation so as to enable polling to proceed smoothly.


DPM Najib says Datuk Khalid Has Soft Spot For BN
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today he sympathised with the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate in the Ijok state by-election, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, whom he described as having a soft spot for the Barisan Nasional (BN) though he represents an opposition political party. He said Khalid's slip of the tongue in calling on Ijok constituents to vote for his opponent and BN candidate K. Parthiban, 38, during a by-election campaign speech showed that the former Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) chief executive officer had a liking for the BN though he was a member of the PKR.

DPM Najib says Anwar Failed To Fulfil Aspirations Of The Chinese
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak believes Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will not get the support of the Chinese community as its advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim failed to fulfil its aspirations when the latter was an education minister. The Deputy Prime Minister said that as such, Chinese voters would not be taken in by empty promises made by Anwar and the PKR that the party would fight for the Chinese interests, describing them as political gimmicks to fish for Chinese votes in the Ijok by-election, polling of which is on Saturday.

DPM Najib says he risked more for Chinese than Anwar
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today claimed he risked losing Malay support when he repealed a number of provisions in the Education Act involving Chinese vernacular schools. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who is heading the Barisan Nasional campaign in Ijok, asked Anwar this: “If you now say that you fight for Chinese rights, tell us what exactly did you do when you were education minister?”

PM says Ijok Voters Won't Fall For Opposition's Ploy
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today said he is confident that the voters in Ijok will not be influenced by racial issues raised by the opposition parties in their desperate bid to garner support. The Prime Minister said that since independence, the rakyat understood that playing the race card was no longer acceptable in the country, especially when it was played up by the opposition to win an election.

PM says he has confidence in DPM Najib
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he has confidence in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's capability as his deputy, especially in carrying out the tasks entrusted to him. "I've confidence in Najib as the deputy prime minister for I'm satisfied with many of the tasks he has implemented," he told reporters after launching the National Intellectual Property Day 2007 here.

PM says Parthiban's Nomination Reflects BN's Power-Sharing Tradition
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the selection of former teacher K Parthiban, 38, as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Ijok by-election proves that the coalition maintains the existing power-sharing tradition between the races in the country. The Prime Minister said no one, including those from the BN component parties, had disputed Parthiban's nomination to stand on the BN ticket in the by-election which was being held following the death of Ijok Assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam, from the BN, on April 4.

No delay anticipated in counting of votes for Ijok by-election
Some observers and party officials are predicting a close finish in the Ijok Selangor state assembly by-election on Saturday. Despite the small size of the constituency with 12,272 voters, the Barisan Nasional and Parti Keadilan Rakyat have sent a large team of campaigners and supporters to the semi-rural area.

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Importance of Malaysia's Ijok by-election for BN and Keadilan

Here's a piece of interview conducted by Radio Singapore International

All eyes will be on the results of a by-election to be held in a small Malaysian town this Saturday.

The fight for the Ijok constituency in Selangor state - will see the ruling Barisan Nasional or BN pit its candidate against the opposition Keadilan.

Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is spearheading the opposition campaign.

The ruling BN sees the Ijok race as the most serious electoral contest since the party's clean sweep in the 2004 general elections.

Why is this so?

Melanie Yip spoke with Dr Mavis Puthucheary, Associate Senior Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies to find out.

MP: There has already been talk of a general election earlier than expected therefore this is seen as a sign of what is likely to take place in the upcoming general election. Keadilan needs some kind of shot in the arm, a kind of moral boost if it is to participate more prominently in the next general election. So in a way, Keadilan is fighting for its very survival.

Now, former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is lending his support in the Keadilan candidate's political campaign. How much weight will that add?

MP: It is very difficult to say at this point in time because Anwar hasn't got the same level of support he had in the 1999 elections and the time after that. There is some feeling that although he is attracting some kind of interests in the Ijok constituency, whether that will be translated into support for the Keadilan candidate is not very clear. I myself am not convinced that his participation in the election is going to make a fundamental difference.

And how would you describe the credibility of the candidate that Keadilan is fielding in this election?

MP: He was a very prominent UMNO politician and the fact that he is a Tan Sri brings a lot more interests to this particular election. I think he is very credible but he has so far not been able to explain to the electorate why he has shifted his loyalty. And this is part of the reason why I'm going to Ijok because I am hoping to interview him because this is quite crucial to his credibility.

And how has Barisan Nasional been carrying out its campaign in Ijok to counter the competition from the opposition Keadilan?

MP:The BN candidate is playing a much softer line. He is leaving it to the BN party stalwarts to do the fighting for him. He smiles a lot and goes around talking about getting BN's support. But as far as I know, he does not seem to be a strong candidate. The fight seems to be primarily between the Deputy President of UMNO, Najib and Anwar. Perhaps this is also one reason why it is attracting so much attention. The candidates themselves seem to be playing sort of a game where they are holding a brief for two bigger national personalities. Anwar's on behalf of Keadilan and Najib who is going all out in the campaign to win votes for the BN candidate. But the BN candidate himself has not been, you know, playing a very major role.

There is no doubt that it is going to be a tough fight for the Ijok constituency but how would you rate Barisan Nasional's chances in this election?

MP: It seems to be a hotly contested seat in a sense that if the Malay vote is split and there seems to be a support of votes from the Chinese voters for Keadilan, then the real question is whether the Indian voters will be united enough on the side of BN to ensure a BN victory. And I think this seems to be what is happening, that Samy Veloo and the MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) have joined forces in a big way to ensure that the Indian vote is united in favor of BN. And there have been some accusations and allegations that the Keadilan campaigners have not been able to enter certain plantations where the Indian voters are residing.

But would a Keadilan defeat in Ijok halt Mr Anwar's political come-back in any way?

MP: I think just recently, Anwar also supported the candidate in the Machok constituency and BN won. So this seems to be almost the last chance that he has. And I think if the Keadilan candidate does not win the election, it will be a major set-back for Anwar.

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Ijok : 24 hours to go

Sometimes it is mind boggling that we seldom hear any comments from the candidate, K.Parthiban himself, but instead so many claims from DPM Najib.

Anyway, official campaigning is till 11.59pm tonight.

(BERNAMA) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak believes Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will not get the support of the Chinese community as its advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim failed to fulfil its aspirations when the latter was an education minister.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that as such, Chinese voters would not be taken in by empty promises made by Anwar and the PKR that the party would fight for the Chinese interests, describing them as political gimmicks to fish for Chinese votes in the Ijok by-election, polling of which is on Saturday.

Speaking at a gathering with members of the Chinese community at the Sekolah Menengah Teknik hall in Batang Berjuntai here tonight, Najib said that when Anwar was education minister, he (Anwar) refused to abolish Section 21 (1B) of the Education Act 1991, which empowered the minister to shut down Chinese and Tamil schools, despite repeated calls to do so by the Chinese community.

In exposing the matter, Najib said that it was him when appointed the education minister in 1995 who took the courageous decision to have the section withdrawn when he tabled a new education act in 1996.

"But when Anwar was the minister, he did not want to do it because he wanted to be popular among Malay intellectuals. He is only interested in himself," said Najib.

According to him, this assured that national type Chinese and Tamil schools could continue to exist in the country.

"This was my contribution to the Chinese and Indian communities when I was the education minister... we want to ask Anwar when he was the minister (education), what he did (to fulfil the aspirations of the Chinese). When you had the power, what did you do?," he said to thunderous claps from the 1,000 odd people present.

Najib also refuted allegations by the opposition that MCA leaders were not brave enough to champion Chinese interests in the Cabinet and were mere "yes men".

"I have been in the Cabinet since 1986 to this day and I can give the assurance that the MCA leaders in it always speak out for the Chinese and the nation's overall interests.

"Maybe they are not like DAP leaders, always going around shouting this and that. But MCA leaders always discuss matters with the other leaders in the Cabinet, the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno," he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister also assured the people of Ijok that the closure of the landfill in Kubang Badak, Batang Berjuntai was permanent and would not be reopened as alleged by the opposition.

Najib also reminded Chinese voters not to be shortsighted and vote for the PKR as this would only benefit PAS.

"If you support Khalid (the PKR candidate), indirectly you are supporting PAS. That party does not have an inkling of what the Chinese want," he said.

At the function, Najib also handed over a cheque for RM1 million for the building of an extension to the Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Yuk Chih in Batang Berjuntai.

Also present were MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and the BN candidate, K.Parthiban.

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Apr 26, 2007

Round of Updates for Ijok - April 26th 2007

48 hours to go. Here're some interesting updates related to Ijok.

Tun Mahathir to Ijok Viters : Send signal to the 'rotten' government
The Ijok state seat by-election this Saturday is the right time for the voters to shatter the government’s propaganda that all is well, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Will Najib, Khir Toyo or Samy Vellu resign if Ijok becomes “second Lunas”?
Among the three – Umno Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Umno Selangor chief and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo and the MIC President and Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu – will anyone of them resign if Ijok becomes a “second Lunas” on Saturday with Barisan Nasional (BN) losing the seat despite the worst electoral corruption and most undemocratic campaigning in the 50 year history of the nation?

Ijok: Journalist lodges police report on BN candidate
A police report had been lodged against K Parthiban, BN candidate for Ijok, by a journalist, M Yohalinggam. This is his second report against the man. The journalist said he was threatened by Parthiban in March 2006, who also threatened to finish off his career.

BN Machinery In High Spirits As Abdullah Visits Ijok
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi visited the Ijok constituency today to see for himself Barisan Nasional (BN) preparations for the by-election on Saturday. The prime minister's visit is likely to spur the BN election machinery to go the extra mile in countering the challenge mounted by the opposition led by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Abdullah was received by BN candidate K.Parthiban, who is Tanjung Karang MIC secretary, and Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib on arrival at the BN operations centre in Kampung Bukit Badong here.

PM Tells BN To Continue Hard Work To Ensure Ijok Win
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has urged Barisan Nasional leaders and election machinery not to let up on the hard work until the last day of campaigning to ensure victory for BN candidate K. Parthiban in the Ijok state by-election on Saturday. The prime minister said that everyone must cooperate and extend their full support to Parthiban despite the voters' apparent support for the BN.

I can tear Anwar down, says Samy
MIC president S Samy Vellu today launched a scathing attack against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Anwar Ibrahim over the Maika Holdings shares scandal. The veteran politician accused the former deputy premier of misleading the public over the matter, which has become part of the opposition’s election campaign.

Adoi... Bernama!
Bernama also rises to the occasion, connecting Washington with Ijok. The headline: Anwar's Ally Now Battling For Survival After Pay Scandal -- the Anwar ally here is World Bank president, Paul Wolfowitz. It's journalism par excellence! The only relevance of the headline to the 16-para story is just the 37-word intro. Don't we need Fox News come 2012 when Bernama TV beams right into your bedroom... Adoi!

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Tun Mahathir to Ijok Viters : Send signal to the 'rotten' government

Good advice to Ijok voters.

(MalaysiaKini) The Ijok state seat by-election this Saturday is the right time for the voters to shatter the government’s propaganda that all is well, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

While he did not outrightly called on the 12,000-odd Ijok voters not to back the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, he nevertheless urged them to vote wisely this Saturday.

“If you don’t think (about) what you are doing, you don’t use your vote intelligently, then of course, you are to be blamed,” he told malaysiakini yesterday.

“Unless you send a signal to the government that, ‘Look, if you don’t behave yourself, you may not get my vote at the next election,’ then the government will say, ‘You see? The people are voting for us. We are doing well,’ he said.

He predicted that should the ruling coalition win, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would get all the credit.

“If they win, it’s because of Pak Lah, if they lose, it’s because of (Selangor Mentri Besar Mohd) Khir Toyo,” he said with his trademark sarcasm.

Via Malaysiakini.tv with Steven Gan, Premesh Chandran and Kabilan

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Aceh`s Unsyiah to award honorary doctorate to Mahathir Mohamad

Banda Aceh (ANTARA News) - Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah) University here will award an honorary doctorate to former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for his leadership and economic development concept, a university spokesman said.

The honor will be bestowed on Mahathir at a function on May 3, 2007 in the university`s Prof Dayan Dawood building, the co-promotor, Dr Jasman J Ma`ruf MBA, said here Wednesday.

Prof Dayan Dawoon was an Unsyiah rector who passed away several years ago.

Mahathir on the occasion would deliver a speech titled "Leadership and Economic Development", Jasman said, adding that it would be the first time for Unsyiah to conduct this kind of event.

Jasman said the university had decided to give the honorary doctorate to Mahathir considering that he had laid the basic groundwork for Malaysia`s economic development as formulated in the 1999-2020 Malysian Developoment Mission.

Until now, Malaysia was still adhering to this mission which showed the validity and strength of Mahathir`s concept, he said.

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Ijok : DPM Najib Reveals Reason For Khalid's Animosity Towards BN Govt

WOW! This is a "great" statement from a DPM and from someone that is not a candidate for this coming Ijok By-Election.

So the logic here is, by joining PKR Datuk Khalid is hoping to gain more wealth for himself? Hmm, isn't suppose to be by joining UMNO?

By the way, how come we didn't hear anything from our PM since he is back from his overseas trip?

KUALA SELANGOR, April 25 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tonight revealed the reason for what he said was former Guthrie Berhad chief executive officer Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's animosity for the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

He said Khalid, also the former Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) CEO who is the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate in the Ijok state by-election, was disappointed for having failed to acquire a 20 per cent stake in plantation giant Guthrie.

"Khalid was angry with us because he had wanted a bigger equity share. This is not slander, we have proof. Khalid only wanted to hog the wealth for himself," he said when opening an office of the Selangor menteri besar in Ijok town near here.

Najib said that since 1994, Khalid had the desire to own a 20 per cent personal stake in Guthrie and had initially asked for a 6.5 per cent equity in the company.

"As the deputy prime minister, I received much information from various sources that were brought to my attention. For that amount (6.5 per cent) of shares, he (Khalid) had to seek a loan of RM175 million," he said.

Khalid had held the post of Guthrie CEO from 1995 to 2003. He joined PKR last year and holds the post of treasurer-general.

Najib said that after obtaining the 6.5 per cent stake, Khalid then sought to own 13.5 per cent more equity in Guthrie.

"This is the truth. He had difficulty to settle his loan (to obtain the remainder of the shares). Then he asked for an extension of the payment period but could not pay according to that schedule. We extended (the period) again but he could not pay as well.

"Finally, when the term was up he was unable to acquire the shares and was angry with the BN government," he said.

Najib said Khalid's animosity for the BN was not based on principles or policies but on his failure to own all of the 20 per cent stake in Guthrie, which rightly should be used for the welfare of the poor in the country.

"Who says he took a small bite; looks like he bit off a huge chunk. Guthrie shares should by right be utilised for the unit trusts for the people, both Bumiputeras and non-Bumiputeras," he said to applause from BN supporters.

Najib said the interesting thing was the role of former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is now PKR adviser.

He said Anwar was the person who wrote to the PNB chairman then, Tun Ismail Ali, giving approval for Khalid to obtain the shares.

"The person who wrote to Tun Ismail was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. If we want to talk about it, there's a lot to talk about; more interesting, more colourful.

"Let's face it, the people of Ijok should not be conned like this," he said.

Najib said the matter he had revealed was known to and could be verified by the first PNB CEO Tan Sri Mohd Desa Pachi, who was present there tonight. Mohd Desa was seen nodding when Najib turned towards him.

The deputy prime minister then called on the people of Ijok to ensure victory of the BN candidate, K. Parthiban, on polling day on Saturday.

The by-election is a straight fight between Parthiban, 38, and Khalid, 61. It is being held following the death of BN Assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam, 59, on April 4.

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Apr 25, 2007

Round of Updates for Ijok - April 25th 2007

Three days to go. Here're some interesting updates for Ijok.

Batang Berjuntai folk have good words for Parthiban
Pekan Batang Berjuntai is BN candidate K. Parthiban's "playground". Having spent his secondary schooldays here, a walkabout meant bumping into old faces. It was a pleasure watching them exchange greetings as Tan speaks fluent Tamil. Tan, who used to operate a schoolbus, ferried Parthiban to school and back to Ladang Raja Musa where he lived.

'Miracle of Lunas' in Ijok
Pundits are already drawing a comparison between Ijok and the Lunas due to the striking similarities in racial composition, the political scenario and the fact that it is yet another fight between the MIC and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). PKR (then Keadilan) won the Lunas by-election in Kedah in 2000, one of the most bitterly fought by-elections in recent history, beating the MIC candidate by a wafer-thin margin of 530 votes while generating a tidal swing of some 5,000 votes.

Parthiban Aims To Draw In Investment To Ijok
Bringing in investment and creating more jobs for the locals is Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate K.Parthiban's main agenda if victory comes his way in Saturday's Ijok state by-election. Located in the booming Kuala Selangor district, Ijok would gain from the development push in the next five years, he said, and if elected as assemblyman, he promised that locals would benefit from it. Development initiatives seen in Ijok were not prompted by the upcoming by-election as they had been planned a while back by the BN government, he told a news conference here today.

Bloggers visited Ijok
Parthiban as discovered by bloggers, is actually made of some quite good stuff. In fact, as one of the bloggers said after tea, the Opposition will surely win the Ijok by-election if Parthiban was their candidate!.

Ijok by-election - BN “kiasu” despite worst electoral corruption and most undemocratic campaigning in 50 yrs
Lim Kit Siang left Ijok last night with the predominant impression - that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is “kiasu” despite masterminding the worst electoral corruption and the most undemocratic campaigning in 50 years. A shameful way to commemorate our 50th Merdeka anniversary in 2007!

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LATEST : Court Declares Anwar's Dismissal Lawful

The logic is if there is No Prime Minister, then there will be no Finance Minster and Deputy Prime Minister. Thus, the power to dismiss ministers lies with the Prime Minister.

(BERNAMA) The dismissal of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from his cabinet posts nine years ago was executed lawfully by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the power to appoint and dismiss ministers lies with the prime minister, the Court of Appeal ruled today.

Justices Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Datuk Mohamed Raus Sharif and Datuk Heliliah Mohohamed Yusof made the unanimous decision after rejecting Anwar's appeal to declare his sacking from the posts of Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister unconstitutional.

Raus, in his 19-page judgment, said the letter of revocation of Anwar's appointment as cabinet minister, issued by Dr Mahathir on Sept 2 1998, complied with Article 43 (5) of the Federal Constitution as there was more than sufficient evidence to show that the formality of advising the Yang di-Pertuan Agong about the revocation was done by the former premier.

"Under the scheme of our Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is a constitutional monarch who acts on ministerial advice and not on his own initiative. The power to dismiss any minister is in fact with the Prime Minister. He can, at any time advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dismiss any minister and his majesty is bound to act on the advice of the Prime Minister.

"In short, no minister can remain as a member of the cabinet, if the Prime Minister decided that he should be dismissed," he said.

The written concurring judgments of the three judges were delivered by Court of Appeal registrar Hasnah Mohamed Hashim.

Anwar had appealed against the High Court's decision, delivered nine years ago, to summarily strike out his application for an order to declare Dr Mahathir's decision to dismiss him from the cabinet posts unlawful, null and void.

He argued that the revocation of his appointment must be effected by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong acting on the prime minister's advice and that the revocation cannot be effected by the prime minister without prior assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

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Promises made by MB Selangor Khir Toyo to Ijok voters

Here're some of the promises made by MB Selangor Khir Toyo to Ijok voters since the beginning of Ijok buyby-election campaign. Maybe there are more, if yes, please send your update as comment here.

Kg Ijok Field To Be Retained For Recreation - Mohamad Khir
Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has announced that the field in the Ijok New Village would be retained as a recreational area for the Chinese community there

Rehabilitation work at the sanitary dumping ground at Kubang Badak
Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said rehabilitation work at the sanitary dumping ground at Kubang Badak, Ijok had to be carried out despite the landfill having been closed.

Selangor To Set Up Education Foundation For Estate Children
The Selangor state government will set up an education foundation next week to help children of estate workers excel in studies and not be dependent on jobs in their estates, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said Friday.

Selangor Govt Allocates RM36 Mln For Projects In Ijok
The Selangor government has allocated RM36 million for various development projects to be implemented within these two weeks in Ijok. Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said these involved the upgrading of public facilities such as road widening and resurfacing works as well as constructing drains and lighting up major roads.

Selangor state government's effort to build a mosque in Ijok
Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo denied that the state government's effort to build a mosque in Ijok was not due to the upcoming by-election there but to fulfil a responsibility.

Maybe more development plans are coming to Ijok by April 28th, polling day.

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Apr 24, 2007

Round of Updates for Ijok - 24th April 2007

Four days to go for polling day. Here're some interesting updates for Ijok.

Wanita Umno's Campaign In Ijok Educative As Well
The Wanita Umno election campaign in the Ijok state constituency is educative as well. Members of the movement, when going from house to house, take the time to educate housewives and other women on the right way to mark the ballot paper and deposit the ballot in the box. Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said many voters, especially women in the villages, still did not know the correct way of marking and depositing their ballots on polling day.

DPM Najib Asks Malay, Chinese Voters To Reciprocate Indians' Contributions
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has asked the Malay and Chinese voters to reciprocate the contributions of the Indian community who have strongly supported Barisan Nasional (BN). They should do so by supporting K. Parthiban in the Ijok by-election this Saturday, said the deputy prime minister at a function in Taman Pancaran, Batang Berjuntai, attended by over 1,000 people of various races tonight.

Police halt three opposition ceramah
The police stopped three ‘ceramah’ (talks) by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Ijok last night claiming that they were illegal gatherings. In the first incident, a large number of policemen, including members of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), barricaded a road leading to a PKR ceramah in Taman Pancaran, Bestari Selatan. Following this, Kuala Selangor district police chief Ibrahim Chin told the organisers to disperse the crowd immediately or face action under the Police Act for holding an illegal gathering.

Battle for Malay votes: Umno turns to fear
Malay votes in the upcoming Ijok by-election in Selangor is crucial and Umno has launched an all-out campaign to bag support in the Malay-dominated areas.
One of the targeted areas is Bukit Badong, a district of 1,900 voters which Keadilan won in the 2004 general election. However, some villagers warned that the strategy employed by the ruling coalition could backfire.

Ijok - BN transforms into “Bribery Nasional” with cornucopia of corrupt electoral practices
The full transformation of BN into “Bribery Nasional” in Machap and Ijok by-elections has made a total mockery of the third anniversary commemoration of the National Integrity Plan and the Integrity Institute of Malaysia – and I can understand why I did not receive any invitation to it.

Barisan Nasional will win by roughly 1,200 votes as they have voters aged up to 93 years
Officially, Barisan Nasional will win by roughly 1,200 votes. As there are 1700 or so of ‘phantom voters’.

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Test confirms ex-hubby fathered Altantuya’s son

Finally the DNA test is out, and it's proven that Altantuya Shaariibuu's four-year-old son is not belong to Abdul Razak Baginda. Hmm, So what is Abdul Razak Baginda's motive for killing Altantuya?

The release of the DNA result is also a great timing for our DPM.

Meanwhile Susan Loone is crying for answers. Maybe someone is hiding the truth from her.

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: Altantuya Shaariibuu's four-year-old son was fathered by her former husband, also a Mongolian.

A police source said a DNA test had confirmed that the child, Altanshagai Munkhtulga, was born to her ex-husband, and dismissed rumours that Altantuya had given birth to the boy after an affair with a Malaysian man.

“We have said previously that the child was Altantuya’s from her marriage to her former husband. I hope this matter will not be played up any more,” the source told Bernama.

Two police officers and a forensics expert from Kuala Lumpur Hospital had gone to Ulan Bator on March 14 to conduct the DNA test with the assistance of the Mongolian Interpol.

The murder of Altantuya, 28, received wide media coverage after her remains were found, believed to have been blown to bits with explosives, near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam in Shah Alam in October last year.

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MB Khir Toyo Warns Against Groups Out To Disrupt Campaigning In Ijok Polls

A good warning from the MB himself. This goes to everyone from BN and PKR team.

(BERNAMA) Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has asked the authorities and Barisan Nasional election machinery to be on the lookout for groups bent on disrupting the Ijok state by-election campaign.

He said it was possible that they would pose as members of certain political parties before sabotaging them.

"I know that this is the work of outsiders. They created trouble in Lunas (by-election) but don't try it in my state," he told reporters, here Monday.

He said the reminder was not aimed at opposition parties alone as the BN too should steer clear of anything that could adversely affect peace and security during the current campaigning period.

He said that while opposition parties appeared to be keen on exploiting racial issues, BN component members were consistent in their policies as they worked together for the sake of all races.

Dr Mohamad Khir observed that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had failed to shine in his "ceramah" rounds as he kept on reverting to stale issues and slander.

On allegations that he had gone too far in demolishing several Hindu temples, he explained that the state government had to tear down structures which flouted building codes to ensure public safety.

The by-election on Saturday pits BN's K. Parthiban, 38, against PKR's Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, 61.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he would not politicise education issues like those involving Tamil schools, which were being raised by the opposition, as it would be a futile exercise.

He said the allocations for several Tamil and Chinese primary schools in Ijok had been disbursed, and announcements would be made for other schools once approval was given.

The minister further said that the government allocated RM1.3 billion per year to help students from needy families under the free textbook and nutrition programmes.

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Apr 23, 2007

Round of Updates for Ijok - 23rd April 2007

Monday, the beginning of a new week for Ijok. Here're some interesting updates of Ijok.

IPF Youth To Hold Big Campaign For BN Candidate
The Indian Progressive Front (IPF) will hold a big campaign on Wednesday in support of the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Ijok by-election. Pandithan and MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu yesterday ended 20 years of animosity to cooperate in the interest of the Indian community.

Reject Abusive Leaders, Says Rais
The people should reject individuals who use abusive or coarse language as leaders, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said. Rais was referring to the mocking and heckling that erupted into a fracas involving rival supporters before nominations for the Ijok state seat by-election last Thursday.

Ijok by-election: Khalid wants debate with Parthiban
Ijok’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has asked his Barisan Nasional opponent K. Parthiban for a public debate on Thursday. He said the debate would give an opportunity to voters to hear from them, and for the people to field questions.

DPM Najib promises to assist Ijok personally in the future
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he would give emphasis to the Ijok state constituency even after the polling day for the Ijok by-election on April 28.

Coffee shop to kampung, Anwar charms Ijok
About 600 or so people that jam packed in a coffee shop were predominantly Chinese, Anwar decided to touch on topics close to their hearts such as the economy, mother-tongue education and not to forget, Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein's infamous keris-wielding incident.

All-Blogs must go to Ijok
Susan Loone (blogger) is suggesting that All-Blogs (otherwise known as the National Alliance of Bloggers) must turun padang (go down to the fields) in Ijok and campaign for freedom of speech for Bloggers. This campaign, also the first, in the history of bloggers, must see heavyweight bloggers like Sheih @ kickedefella, Rocky, Jeff Ooi, Nuraina Samad, Marina Mahathir, Elizabeth Wong and Raja Petra Kamaruddin, meet the Ijok people, or at least their respresentatives to tell them there is such a thing called blogger, bloggers united, alliance of bloggers, and freedom of speech.

Gerakan president Dr Koh Tsu Koon - Ijok a tough fight
Penang Chief Minister and newly-minted Gerakan president Dr Koh Tsu Koon believes that the upcoming Ijok by-election in Selangor will be challenging.

“It is a tough fight, we (Barisan Nasional) are up against a big shot (Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate Khalid Ibrahim)

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DPM Najib promises to assist Ijok personally in the future

More money and promises were offered to Ijok. This is definitely a great buyby-election.

(BERNAMA) Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he would give emphasis to the Ijok state constituency even after the polling day for the Ijok by-election on April 28.

"I will look at the constituency not only until April 28 but even after that date, and if there are problems that can't be resolved and need assistence from the federal government, I'm prepared to come down to Ijok to assist all of you," he said at a gathering at Kampung Jaya Setia, here tonight.

At the function, Najib handed over grants and approval letters worth RM3.5 million to seven mosques, 16 suraus and six religious schools as the Barisan Nasional (BN) government's commitment to improve the mosques, suraus and religious schools in the constituency.

He said the allocation was given not at the request of the mosques, suraus and religious schools concerned.

"So I hope the nonsensical campaign that the by-election is to decide between the mosque and temple would be put to rest," he said.

In the by-election, the BN is fielding a candidate from the MIC, K.Parthiban in a straight fight against the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

"The people are spreading quietly, they dare not speak in the open, they are merely whispering in their house-to-house campaign `you want the mosque of the temple'," Najib said.

The by-election is being held following the death of the Ijok Assemblyman and Selangor MIC deputy chairman Datuk K. Sivalingam on arrival at the Chennai Airport in India on April 4, after a heart attack.

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CM Sarawak Taib wants apology, damages over PKR article

In the beginning, he threatened to sue MalaysiaKini. And as the story progresses, now he demands public apology from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). I wonder how will be the ending.

(TheStar) KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has demanded a public apology and sought a substantial compensation from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and its two Sarawak leaders over the distribution of leaflets, which he claimed, were highly defamatory against him.

Taib, through legal firm Reddi & Co, made the demand in a letter dated April 20 to PKR, its state liaison committee chairman Wan Zainal Wan Sanusi and legal advisor See Chee How.

The legal firm said the leaflets which contained an article which was published in three languages and distributed to the public here were highly defamatory of Taib.

It said the charges contained in the leaflets amount to a very serious libel, and had caused him considerable distress and embarrassment.

“These allegations have lowered our client’s reputation in the estimation of the public and exposed him to hatred, contempt and ridicule. All the allegations made against our client are false and your attack against our client (Taib) is wholly unjustified,” the letter said.

The legal firm demands PKR, Zainal and See to:

·IMMEDIATELY cease and desist from publishing the leaflets, the articles, and/or the defamatory words or any similar words to that effect;

l IMMEDIATELY publish a full and unequivocal public retraction and apology in terms to be approved by Taib;

l PROVIDE Taib with a written undertaking that they will refrain from publishing the leaflets, the article, and/or the defamatory words or similar words to that effect within 48 hours;

l NOMINATE a sum of substantial compensation for the injury and damage to the established reputation and good name of Taib within 48 hours, and

·INDEMNIFY Taib of all costs incurred in this matter.

The legal firm said if PKR, Zainal and See (both lawyers) failed to give any satisfactory response to the demand, Taib had instructed it to proceed with legal action.

In a statement issued on Saturday, PKR said it and the leaders were ready to fight the legal battle.

Taib had earlier, through another legal firm, Shearn Delamore & Co, demanded Internet portal, Malaysiakini, to retract and make a public apology over eight articles published on its website between April 6 and 14, which he said were highly defamatory.

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Apr 22, 2007

Ijok Nomination Day (19th April 2007) Flickr Photo Slideshow

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Najib Stresses That He Had Never Met Altantuya

DPM, We heard you the first time. There is no need to stress about the fact unless it is not. It is?

KUALA SELANGOR, April 21 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tonight stressed that he had never met Altantuya Shaaribuu, the Mongolian woman who was murdered in Malaysia in October last year.

"I have only seen pictures of her in the media," he said in refuting allegations by the opposition that he was linked to the high profile murder.

Speaking while campaigning for the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Ijok by-election in Kampung Bukit Badong here, he also urged the Malay voters in the constituency to give their undivided support to the MIC's K. Parthiban, who is representing the BN in the contest.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Malays, especially Umno members must reciprocate the support the MIC had given to the coalition in all the previous elections.

"Eighty per cent of Indians in the country support Umno and the BN. If others support us, God wants us to be fair and reciprocate the support given," he said.

Najib, who is also the BN deputy chairman, said the coalition did not want to see its candidate losing the election merely because the candidate was not from the majority of the electorate.

"Umno as the backbone of the government is strong because Malays and non-Malays support it," he said.

At the function, Najib also announced a RM300,000 allocation to upgrade the mosque in the kampung.

The Ijok by-election is being held following the death of BN Assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam on April 4. Parthiban is involved in a straight fight with Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Polling is on April 28.

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Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir renews criticism of government

"At one time, they say mega projects are a waste of money. Now they are going for mega projects -- very, very mega -- so this is flip-flopping," Mahathir told reporters after his speech.

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad resumed his criticism of the government on Saturday, sinking hopes he would tone down his attacks as the country heads toward a possible early election in early 2008.

The outspoken 81-year-old, who has been relatively quiet since suffering a heart attack in November, accused his successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, of poor economic management after addressing about 300 members of the ruling UMNO party.

Mahathir, who has many sympathisers within UMNO, slammed the government's indecision over a multi-billion-dollar rail project, which was shelved in 2003 and revived this year.

"At one time, they say mega projects are a waste of money. Now they are going for mega projects -- very, very mega -- so this is flip-flopping," Mahathir told reporters after his speech.

Abdullah had shelved the project, one of Malaysia's biggest ever state projects, in late 2003 saying that the money would be better spent on healthcare, education and agriculture. With an election expected in the next 12 months, the project is back on.

Mahathir's renewed attack could give the opposition ammunition to use against the government, which is widely expected to call a general election by early 2008. The next general election is not due until 2009.

Mahathir, who chose Abdullah to succeed him in late 2003, has turned against his protege over a range of issues, including the shelving of large state projects and the government's decision to scrap plans for a bridge to neighbouring Singapore.

There had been talk the two men would bury their differences as the government shifted into election mode, especially as it faced a possible political comeback by opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim, who was released from six years' jail in 2004.

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Ijok: Najib's favorite Mongolia song?

There is always something interesting from Youtube.

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Apr 21, 2007

Round of updates on Ijok - April 21st

Here're some interesting updates related to Ijok By-election :

Anwar Ibrahim is now anxiously waiting to be sued!
Anwar Ibrahim advisor to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is hoping that DPM Najib Abdul Razak would take the initiative to sue him as this would enable him to expose more in court of what he knows about the Mongolian murder case. Last night, Anwar continue his attack on Najib by 'inviting' the deputy premier to initiate a lawsuit against him for linking the latter to the murder case of a Mongolian national.

Opposition Bankrupt Of Issues In Ijok - Najib
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition no longer have any issues to raise in the by-election for the Ijok state seat and are resorting to issues which have nothing to do with the locals, including the murder of the Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu.

"What is the relationship between the Mongolian woman and the people of Ijok? There is no relationship, it has nothing to do with me too. It has nothing to do with me, yet it is being raised up here as an election issue," said the Deputy Prime Minister when opening the new SRJK (Tamil) Bestari Jaya building, here today.

PM says provocations In Elections Doesn't Promise Victory

Political parties resorting to provocative actions in election campaigns, like what happened during nomination for the Ijok by-election on Thursday, did not mean victory for the parties, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. The prime minister was asked on party supporters hurling plastic bottles and pieces of wood at each other during the nomination process for the April 28 by-election.

Rehabilitation Work Necessary At Closed Landfills - Khir Toyo
Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said rehabilitation work at the sanitary dumping ground at Kubang Badak, Ijok had to be carried out despite the landfill having been closed. Dr Mohamad Khir said he needed to explain the matter due to allegations by the opposition parties, in their campaign for the Ijok by-election, that he had lied about closing the landfill.

Blogger Jeff Ooi and PKR candidate Khalid Ibrahim intimidated by BN Youths
About 20 people, including some in Pemuda BN uniform, allegedly tried to intimidate PKR candidate Khalid Ibrahim and two freelance photographers - one of whom is a well-known blogger, Jeff Ooi - in Ijok this afternoon.

Ooi said the injured photographer, who declined to be named, was later hit by a water bottle hurled through a half-open car window when trying to inch away from the venue after being surrounded.

BN Has 'Own Strategy' To Woo Support In Ijok
Barisan Nasional (BN) will adopt its 'own strategy' and not follow the tune set by the opposition party in the campaign to win support in the by-election for the Ijok state seat in Selangor on April 29, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"We must use our wisdom in drawing up an appropriate strategy," he told reporters after the second annual gathering of the Attorney-General's Chambers of Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.

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