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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
PPP crisis goes a notch higher
Posted by: anothermalaysian

PUTRAJAYA: The crisis between Datuk M. Kayveas and his rival Datuk T. Murugiah has now moved to a higher level with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission moving in.
It is believed that MACC officers have gone recently to the party headquarters to take some documents.
It is understood that the commission is investigating a senior party official for allegedly misusing party funds and that the probe is in its final stages, with only minor details to be sorted out.
When contacted, Kayveas blamed Murugiah as the one being investigated by MACC, which the latter denied. .........
....... Earlier yesterday, Kayveas offered an olive branch to Murugiah to resolve the party’s problems.
He said his door was always open and Murugiah could discuss the internal problems with him instead of raising party issues in the media.
Kayveas is now singing a different tune. First, he sacks Murugiah from the party. Now he offers "an olive branch" to Murugiah. Careful now Murugiah. That olive branch could be a rose branch, full of torns.Obviously Kayveas is now afraid.Typical of Kayveas.

Kayveas is still adjusting his sails to suit the direction of winds.
By soondar, 27-May-2009

C'mon, what T.Murugiah did was also wrong. It's best to have a fresh election to elect a new

President for PPP. Btw, are they gonna help us (rakyay) anyway?
By shammani, 27-May-2009
Fresh election ? Waste of time, will either of them help the Indian community ? PPP are from BN and listen only to UMMO so as MCA, MIC and Gerakan.
By limas04, 27-May-2009
Bottom line is to get Kayveas replace for the good of the indian community.Get a president that reaches out to the people and work with the community to achieve development and progress.
By wwjd88, 27-May-2009
Malaysia Today

Pakatan: Low voter turnout still our biggest fear at Penanti
Posted by admin

Thursday, 28 May 2009 15:09
By Wong Choon Mei, Suara Keadilan

At the halfway mark of their Penanti by-election campaign, Pakatan Rakyat believes its chances for another thumping win will hinge on getting voters to come to the ballot boxes this Sunday, rather than on the competition put up by the three Independents, including the controversial Aminah Ahmad.
Said PKR strategic affairs director Tian Chua: “Our main focus remains on how we can encourage people to turn out to vote. Many of our supporters here are too sure of victory. We have to work extra hard to persuade them not to be too confident and to make the effort to come to the polling stations this Sunday.”
Pakatan partner PKR is fielding former USM lecturer Mansor Othman in the four-cornered contest. Mansor will face Aminah, a former PKR state Wanita chief, Nai Khan, the newly-resigned Gerakan Youth chief of Teluk Wang branch and businessman Kamarul Ramizu.
Arch-rival Umno-BN is sitting out after coalition president and Prime Minister Najib Razak decided to ‘save costs’. His controversial decision has drawn jeers of cowardice, not just from opposition politicians, but also from within his own Umno party.
A revealing referendum - already trailing in the approval ratings
Despite the decision not to face up to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim at Penanti, the by-election is still billed and eagerly watched as a revealing referendum on Najib’s first 60 days in office. He assumed the premiership on Apr 3.
“Najib will have a tough time convincing Malaysians he is offering anything new. He has neither demonstrated his ability to provide leadership nor far-sighted planning,” said Tian..
“Look at his handling of the Perak crisis, the split within the PPP, the unresolved tensions in Terengganu and the new challenges in Kelantan and Perlis. By not contesting in Penanti, what has he achieved? More flak for himself and his party! He must realise that he can never gag people or police their thoughts. Respect must be earned not forced.”
Indeed a poll carried out by PKR in Penanti showed that the unpopular PM only managed to score a 28 percent approval rating. The poll was carried out on a sample size of 3,374 constituents.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng took top place with 59 percent of respondents saying they were satisfied with him, while Anwar bagged 58 percent approval rating. Even Najib’s deputy Muhyiddin Yassin scored higher than him with 39 percent.
Tian said despite Najib’s boycott, Pakatan ceramahs or political lectures were well attended even by Umno supporters, who had been asked to ignore the campaigning. In fact, Umno leaders have been busily offering free trips to northern border sex-and-shopping towns in a bid to lure voters away on the May 31 polling day.
“I suppose our supporter laugh at Najib’s cowardice, his inconsistency in not wanting to contest here but his eagerness to put up a candidate in Manik Urai in Kelantan.”
“So far, Umno supporters have been quiet, although many come to our ceramahs. But it is still early to gauge what Umno supporters will do on voting day,” Tian said.
A quiet and pleasant electorate unruffled by Aminah’s bid for publicity
Penanti is a small constituency of 15,384 voters. It is located on mainland Penang, with padi fields, rubber and palm oil plantations dotting a landscape made up of little villages and a smattering of commercial activities.
It is also a Malay heartland. Most of the folk are industrial workers and small businessmen. Some 73 percent of voters are Malay, 24 percent are Chinese, and 2 percent are Indian.
According to Tian, most of the electorate have been generous with their feedback.
While keenly interested in national issues and the troubles overwhelming their counterparts in neighbouring Perak, they have also been vocal on local issues and the direction Penang was headed for in the coming years.
“Yes, the audience likes to hear talk on Perak. They are quite a savvy lot and very in touch at the national level. On the local side, their feedback, if anything negative, would be on smaller matters such services, lamp-pole, road repairs etc,” Tian said.
Of the three Independents, it is Aminah and Gerakan dark horse Nai Khan who are likely to pose the bigger problem to Mansor. Aminah hit the headlines by releasing a controversial CD recording of a conversation with two PKR leaders whom she alleged had tried to ‘bribe’ her into withdrawing from the by-election.
Both men - Cheah Kah Peng and Peter Lim - have denied the accusations and the PKR has proceeded with legal action against. But the 56-year staunch supported of Ezam Mohd Nor, the former PKR Youth chief who was lured away to Umno by Najib last year, has promised to reveal more ‘dirt’ on her former colleagues.
Said Tian: “This is part of campaigning - the good and the bad, the ugly and the sad. But I doubt she will swing many votes. The press are all going after her as it is sensational, otherwise the news reports on the by-election would be too mundane.
“For example, her claim that we offered her the deputy chief minister post is just too ridiculous. We are confident that her support will not grow.”

I am the legitimate president, says Murugiah

Datuk T. Murugiah says he did not ask the Registrar of Societies to deregister the party
KUALA LUMPUR: Senator Datuk T. Murugiah is adamant that he is the president of the People's Progressive Party and that Datuk M. Kayveas was no longer a member.
The deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the Pahang PPP annual general meeting on Saturday that Kayveas officiated was illegal. He said the annual general meeting of Penang PPP on Sunday would also be illegal if state leaders proceeded with it. "All these (AGMs) will not be recognised. Anyone can claim to be a PPP member and hold an AGM", Murugiah said, adding that he would also not recognise the party's AGM to be held on June 7.On when he would convene an AGM, he said he had two years to do so from Monday when he submitted documents on the extraordinary general meeting held on Sunday to the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
He said the handing-over was verified by a group of lawyers who witnessed the EGM.He also denied a media statement by Kayveas alleging that Murugiah had asked the RoS to deregister the party."I would like to stress that I never asked the RoS to cancel the registration of PPP."Instead, he reiterated that he had knowledge that PPP records were not in order and that the party had failed to submit financial statements since 2002 as alleged by former party supreme council member Dr N.A. Shanmuga-nathan.He said that these were the reasons why PPP members were disappointed with the party leadership."I feel Kayveas should use his 100 'James Bonds' to update the party records instead of wasting time and energy," Murugiah said, referring to Kayveas' claim of having "secret agents" monitoring Sunday's EGM in Putrajaya. He said he did not need to establish another political party, as Kayveas had suggested, because PPP members had given him the mandate by electing him president."I have to adhere to the decision of PPP members and not to the Kayveas' demands." Murugiah said allegations against him did not hold water. "I believe a person of sound mind will not call or allege that a deputy minister is crazy," he said, adding that it was the people who should decide who was of sound mind.To drive home the point he was the legitimate PPP president, Murugiah said he would set up a new party headquarters in Sentul.He said he had yet to meet Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on his problems with Kayveas.

JOHOR BARU, May 28 – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Johor chairman Dr K. Siva Kumar today dismissed a claim by Senator Datuk T. Murugiah’s supporters that 13 division chiefs in the state supported the senator.
Instead, he countered, 18 of the 19 divisions in the state were in support of Datuk M. Kayveas as the party’s president.
“Except for Pontian, all of the other divisions support Datuk M. Kayveas,” he claimed.
In Pontian itself, he said, five out of six branches were for Kayveas.
Yesterday, a group that supported Murugiah claimed that 13 divisions in Johor would quit the party if a report of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) on the party was in favour of Kayveas as its president.
The group’s spokesman, Dr Muruga Raj Rajathurai, who is also the deputy chairman of the Pulai division, said that if the report was in favour of Murugiah, they would make efforts to win back the people’s confidence in the PPP and the Barisan Nasional (BN).
Dr Siva said five of the six division chiefs who attended the press conference at a hotel here yesterday had been suspended for not attending the PPP Johor State Convention last Sunday.
Dr Siva, who is also the Gelang Patah division chief, said the PPP annual general assembly scheduled for June 7 was still on and Kayveas was still the president of the party until the Registrar of Societies decided on the validity of last Sunday’s PPP extraordinary general assembly and the existence of two PPP presidents.
Murugiah was elected as the “new president” at the extraordinary general meeting held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Putrajaya.
PPP, a component party of the BN, plunged into a crisis after Murugiah, who is also a PPP supreme council member, and several other leaders of the party were expelled by the party’s disciplinary board recently. – Bernama

Kayveas threatens to sue all who made 'baseless allegations'
PENANG, May 27 - People's Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk M Kayveas will initiate lawsuits against those who had hurled baseless allegations at him.
"Lately, slanderous accusations have been hurled against me and I have no choice, but to take legal action against them," he told reporters after opening Penang PPP's annual convention here today.
He said he was informed today that a lawyer had lodged a complaint with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) that there had been misappropriation of funds in the party.
"I'm prepared to hand over documents pertaining to the party accounts to prove that no abuse has taken place since I became party president in 1993," he added.
On PPP's status, Kayveas said he was in the process of submitting all the documents requested by RoS concerning the party.
On developments in the party, he said one of the leaders expelled had submitted his appeal while two others had stated they would do so in the next two or three days.
"Datuk T Murugiah can also appeal, if he really loves the party. The deadline is May 30 and the party will give due consideration to all appeals," he added.
PPP, a component party of the Barisan Nasional, plunged into crisis after Murugiah, who is a PPP supreme council member and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, and several other leaders of the party were expelled by the party's disciplinary board recently.
Murugiah was elected as the "new president" of PPP at an extraordinary general meeting held in Putrajaya on Sunday, prompting a probe by the ROS. - Bernama

RoS to look into PPP status
PUTRAJAYA, May 27 – The Registrar of Societies (RoS) will decide on the validity of last Sunday’s PPP extraordinary general assembly and the existence of “two PPP presidents.”
Registrar Datuk Md Alias Kalil said investigations would be carried out as soon as possible and a report would be handed over to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak before the PPP annual general assembly scheduled for June 7.
“We will do it promptly, as requested by the prime minister,” he told Bernama.
He was asked to comment on the statement by Najib yesterday that he would have to find out the status of PPP from the ROS before deciding whether or not he would attend the assembly.
Md Alias said the ROS would investigate the issue from all aspects before coming up with a decision.
On PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas’s stated intention to submit party documents to the ROS, Md Alias said he had not met Kayveas as of noon today. – Bernama


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