The battle in Permatang Pauh is on Aug 26!
Posted by barbie on August 6, 2008
It is official!
Permatang Pauh polling on Aug 26
Aug 6, 08 12:10pm
The Permatang Pauh by-election is slated to be held on Aug 26 (Tuesday) while the nomination day would be on Aug 16 (Saturday), announced the Election Commission this morning.
The EC also said that it would use the latest electoral roll for the by-election, which will see 57,969 registered voters being eligible to vote. There are also 490 postal voters.
The by-election is being called following the stepping down of PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail last week, to allow her husband Anwar Ibrahim to contest.
Although, BN deputy chairman Najib Abdul Razak had said that the coalition will defend the seat, BN has yet to decide on who they will field against the former deputy prime minister in Permatang Pauh.
On another yet to be confirmed news, Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar is meeting all editors (I assume the mainstream media – news editors?) today for some briefing. For what ever reason, you are free to speculate 🙂
Why the Home Minister wants to meet the editors at this time?
Lastly, according to ‘my reliable source’, cops are at Anwar Ibrahim’s house now. For what? Rumours of an impending arrest on Anwar caused many reporters flocked and some have been ‘camping’ outside his house.
Stay tune for the updates!
Anwar served notice to appear in court
Aug 6, 08 12:38pm
The police visited the home of PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim in Bukit Segambut, Kuala Lumpur at noon today and is learnt to have served him with a notice to appear in court tomorrow.
The police team was led by ASP Jude Pereira, who refused to speak to the waiting horde of reporters as he left Anwar’s house.
Anwar meanwhile will be calling for a press conference at the PKR headquarters at 3pm today.
At present he is believed to be having a meeting with his lawyers and party leaders.
Anwar is being investigated by the police for alleged sodomy based on a complaint made by his former aide.
At about the same time Anwar was being served with the notice, the Election Commission in Putrajaya announced that the Permatang Pauh by-election would be held on Aug 26. Nomination has been fixed for Aug 16.
Anwar will be contesting for the seat in his attempt to return to Parliament. His wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail stepped down from the seat last week to allow the return of Anwar.
The charging of him is not expected to have a bearing in the by-election as only convicted persons are barred from contesting or made to step down from being an elected representative.
Are they going to charge him for real this time? Where is the police report? Where is the medical report? We couldn’t help but to think that they are people out there doing their best using all the machinery and resources available to crush Anwar’s political career. On last Sunday, Nanyang Siang Pau reported:
OPPOSITION leader Anwar Ibrahim is unlikely to be arrested until a new DNA Bill is passed in Parliament later this month, according to influential daily Nanyang Siang Pau on Sunday.
Mr Anwar, accused of sodomy by his 23-year-old former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan, has refused to give his DNA sample on fears that it could be manipulated.
Under current Malaysian laws, the police cannot force anyone to give a blood sample. That will change once the DNA Identification Bill is passed. The Bill makes it illegal for anyone to refuse DNA testing in criminal cases.
It was initially expected to be tabled in December, but Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Heung said last month that the ministry will try to table the Bill this month.
This resulted in the government having to deflect accusations that it was fast-tracking the Bill in order to nail Mr Anwar. Officials said the police had wanted the Bill tabled since last year, as a DNA data bank would help solve cases.
Mr Tian Chua, information chief of Mr Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat, remains unconvinced of the Bill’s urgency.
‘I don’t see why it’s so urgent to push through this law. Even if the police has the law behind them, it’s obvious they’re rushing it to go after one man,’ he told The Straits Times yesterday.
Nanyang also reported that the police will not move against Mr Anwar while he is contesting the by-election in Permatang Pauh, so that they will not be accused of not allowing a fair contest.
However, the newspaper noted that if the former deputy premier is convicted of the charges after becoming an MP, he will lose his post.
Yes, why the urgency? Any thinking Malaysian with only half brain working can tell this has something to do with Anwar Ibrahim. The ‘perfect’ timing and the great speed of doing thing, is something Malaysians deprived of for so long, it becomes quite rare to see this sort of efficiency. It sure seems this country is very efficient when it comes to serving the interests of certain political masters. Members of Parliament, if you still have any conscience, this is the time for you to do what is right.