YAYASAN ARTIS 1MALAYSIA RAPATKAN JURANG ANTARA ARTIS DAN MEDIA

 

Team Shooters finalist..Serina Redzuan dan Tunku Hanis
Team Shooters finalist..Serina Redzuan dan Tunku Hanis

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Suatu Kejohanan Badminton..

Selepas berhempas pulas berlatih memperkemaskan skill serta menambahkan stamina sehinggakan anda pemain handalan Media yang tercedera dan terkeluar. Tempoh 3 bulan latihan ini bukan sahaja demi merampas Piala Ya1M dan mengondol hadiah Rm 5000,malah ada di antara kami yang tidak tahu langsung mengenai hadiah tunai ini, lebih dari itu selama tempoh itu jugalah pihak Media dan artis berjaya merapatkan perhubungan  dan menjalinkan persefahama antara masing -masing.

Malah, dari pemerhatian saya Yayasan Artis 1 Malaysia atau lebih di kenali dengan YA1M telah membuka suatu jalan atau lembaran baru dalam istilah sebenar Artis Bersama Masyarakat. Sukan atau pertandingan adalah hanya suatu aktiviti yang mampu merapatkan golongan seni dan masyarakat. Malah lebih daripada itu saya lihat kepimpinan Presidennya iaitu Datuk DJ Dave sangat memahami peranan penting yang di bawa oleh pihak Media di dalam sesuatu acara dan beliau sendiri telah meletakkan malah mengiktirafkan Aktivis Media sebaris dengan golongan Artis dalam mencapai suatu objektif Kebajikan Artis dan juga Masyarakat yang memerlukannya.

Maka pada 27 September yang lepas, suatu Kejohanan Badminton telah diadakan di antara pihak Artis dan Media. Pihak  artis telah di wakili oleh kumpulan -kumpulan yang bernama seperti Musang Berjanggut,The Shooters, Sutera,galestine dan pihak Media di wakilkan dengan kumpulan seperti RTM, Karangkraft, MalayMail, Metropolitantoday, Muraidotcom dan lain lain lagi.

Artis -artis baru dan lama yang sempat saya kenali  seperti Razak Ahmad, Hasnol, Hairi dan Riot Kool,Umie Aida, Fafau, Maznah Zolkifli, Serina Redzuan, Tunku Hanis, Fizz Fairuz dan Isteri,Joey BPR, Rozita Rohaizat, Keena Mentor dan lain lain yang saya kurang pasti. Malah kehadiran Pemegang-pemegang Amanah Yayasan seperti Dato Rahman Hassan, Dato Nash dan Nancie Foo turut menceriakan suasana.

Tidak lengkap acara ini tanpa kehadiran dan sumbangan penaja-penaja seperti  Peak Fitness, Tron, Kl Sogo,Forum 19 dan orang perseorangan.

 

Menyahut Cabaran

Bila pihak kami di jemput oleh Lis Faisal koordinator dan Pengurus Acara bagi Ya1M untuk turut bertanding demi memeriahkan maka saya kata OK….Tidak terlintas di fikiran saya bahawa pihak kami akan bertemu dengan pemain -pemain ala professional yang penuh berstamina.

Bila saya beritahu anak -anak buah saya bahawa kita akan berlawan dengan pemain -pemain seperti Datuk Dj Dave , Datuk A Rahman Hassan dan lain lain, mereka hanya tersenyum tanda tiada masalah.

Persepsi kami berubah malah muka kami turut pucat apabila melihat Datuk Dj Dave bermain seperti seorang pemain yang berumur 20an tahun. Kami mula sedar bahawa kamilah antara Team Paling Pancit sekali pada hari itu. Pemain Harapan, Kami Zamiel Zukie (bukan nama sebenar)  telah terkeluar di peringkat latihan akibat terkehel kepala lutut dan seterusnya menjadi Juruletih untuk kumpulan. Demi semangat Kesukanan yang kuat kami teruskan juga berbekalkan pemain pemain sedia ada dan ada di antara kami yang baru belajar mengira point…Lawan Tetap  Lawan!!!

Di pendekkan ceritanya, kami tewas di peringkat kumpulan walaupun pelbagai strategi yang telah kami gunakan untuk melumpuhkan pihak lawan ( Bomoh Online, Santau Tweet,)

Dua kumpulan yang berjaya ke peringkat akhir ialah team Artis iaitu The Shooters dan team Media di wakili oleh RTM. Seperti yang di jangkakan team RTM telah menjadi JUARA ( Kerana Kaptennya Mohd Yusof Ahmad ,mempunyai skill yang hebat dan setiasa berfikir di luar kotak) Selaku penyokong kuat team RTM, saya mengucapkan setinggi -tinggi Tahniah dan semoga wang hadiah Rm 5000 itu di gunakan untuk belanja makan besar Penyokong!!!

 

Team Metropolitantoday, Erni dan Feat..
Team Metropolitantoday, Erni dan Feat..
Bergu Campuran Harapan Akan Datang..Dayang Adnin dan Afzal Amran
Bergu Campuran Harapan Akan Datang..Dayang Adnin dan Afzal Amran
MYA…Pemain terbaik keseluruhan..dari RTM
MYA…Pemain terbaik keseluruhan..dari RTM
Pemain Cemerlang..
Pemain Cemerlang..
Pemain Badminton Deejay Terbaik...
Pemain Badminton Deejay Terbaik…

 

PAS did not agree on EXCO cut ?

SHAH ALAM: Selangor PAS has denied suggestions that the party had agreed to reduce its representation in the state executive council from four to three.

Its secretary Mohd Khairuddin Othman said claims that there was a consensus among Pakatan leaders on the matter were not true.

“We were informed by the central leadership that they too never agreed to it,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said the decision to reduce PAS’ seats in the state exco was agreed upon by all Pakatan Rakyat leaders and that there was a consensus on the matter.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, on the other hand, said the party accepted the decision, considering it a “sacrifice” that needed to be made to resolve the crisis in the state.

“We’re confident that he (Azmin) tried his best to balance the situation in the state.

“To us, this is another sacrifice that PAS needs to make so that Pakatan in the state can move forward,” he said in a statement to the party’s organ Harakahdailyyesterday.

Newly appointed state exco member from PAS Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (Sijangkang) also said there must be some hidden blessing (hikmah) to the decision to reduce the party’s seats in the exco line-up.

“What is important is for us to move forward so that the people will benefit from the new administration,” he said.

Asked about the portfolio that the party would be given, Dr Ahmad Yunus said there was a need for all parties in Pakatan to discuss the matter as soon as possible.

There was talk that Azmin himself would take over the religious affairs portfolio instead of giving it to PAS because of pressure from DAP.

PAS’ Sallehen Mukhyi, the former exco member in charge of religious affairs, was one of the members from the previous line-up who has been dropped.

The new line-up was sworn in before Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Istana Alam Shah in Klang yesterday.

The additional exco seat was instead allocated to PKR, which only has 13 state seats compared to 15 each held by PAS and DAP.

The party now has four executive councillors besides the mentri besar post.

PAS has been given the deputy Speaker’s position, previously held by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia), who has been appointed an exco member.

“I have agreed that the position of deputy Speaker be given to PAS,’’ said Azmin.

Another big surprise was the reappointment of Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan) following talk – even during former mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s tenure – that Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei would replace her.

Besides Wong and Nik Nazmi, the other PKR exco members are Dr Daroyah Alwi (Sementa) and Amirudin Shari (Batu Caves).

DAP has maintained its status quo with Datuk Teng Chang Khim (Sungai Pinang), Ean Yong Hian Wah (Seri Kembangan) and V. Ganabatirau (Kota Alam Shah), while the PAS exco members are Iskandar Abdul Samad (Cempaka), Dr Ahmad Yunus and newcomer Zaidy Abdul Talib (Taman Templer).

Will New MB Selangor Continues Raja Idris’ Contract ?

 

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Raja Idris is in the hot soup ???

Selangor PAS liaison committee member Izham Hashim alleges that certain groups in PAS remained staunch supporters of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim because they were able to control state GLCs through the former menteri besar via his crony Raja Idris .

Who is Raja Idris ?

YM Raja Haji Idris Raja Kamarudin, a British citizen, aged 58, was appointed Chairman of Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad on 18 March 2011.  YM Raja Haji Idris has been a Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers, United Kingdom currently known as The Institute of Financial Services since 1974 and a Full Member of The Institute for the Management of Information Systems (“MIMIS”), United Kingdom since 1995.

In the course of his career, YM Raja Haji Idris has acquired more than thirty (30) years of experience holding top management positions in various Private Limited, Public Listed and Multi National Companies.

Between 1994 to 1995, YM Raja Haji Idris was the Managing Director of Nixdorf Computers Malaysia Sdn Bhd and from 1995 to 1998 served as the Executive Director of Siemens Nixdorf Information System (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.  From 1997 to 2000, he was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director of Siemens Multimedia Sdn Bhd and from 1998 to 2000, assumed the position of Vice President, Information & Communication Network of Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

In 2000, YM Raja Haji Idris was appointed as Group Executive Director of TDM Berhad, a position he held until 2004.  He served as the Managing Director of Glory Setup Sdn Bhd and Executive Chairman of Virgo Tours Sdn Bhd from 2004 to 2006.  Presently, YM Raja Haji Idris is a Consultant at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, a position he has held since 2006.

Commencing 2009 till todate, YM Raja Haji Idris serves as Consultant to Significant Technologies Sdn Bhd and in 2011 as a Director/Consultant of Rototype International, United Kingdom.

YM Raja Haji Idris was appointed to the Board of Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad on 4 April 2011. YM Raja Haji Idris is also the Chairman of Kumpulan Hartanah Selangor Berhad.

It will be interesting to see the development of this saga..

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Who will win in Pengkalan Kubor #PengkalanKubor ?

Who will repesent Pengkalan Kubor ?

Polling for the Pengkalan Kubor by-election will begin today at 8am at 12 polling stations and 45 streams in the constituency, after two weeks of low-key campaigning by the three candidates.

Barisan Nasional (BN) is seeking to defend the seat left vacant after popular three-term assemblyman Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar died from cancer on August 20. The coalition has fielded “Ustaz” Mat Razi Mat Ail who is expected to carry on his predecessor’s legacy.

Although PKR has traditionally contested – and lost – the seat, it made way for PAS at the height of the Selangor menteri besar (MB) impasse.

The Islamist party is expected to have a better shot at winning with its candidate, Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim, given that Pengkalan Kubor is one of three state seats in the parliamentary constituency of Tumpat, which is a PAS stronghold.

Independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary surprised observers when he quietly turned up on nomination day on September 13, but has since disappeared from the public eye. His presence is only seen in small signs by the roadside telling voters to vote for him with their pens – his symbol for the election.

PAS entered the campaign having strained ties with allies DAP and PKR over the Selangor menteri besar (MB) impasse, and it showed – the two parties have largely left PAS to its own device, in a departure from their usual cooperation during by-elections.

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang also failed to attend the final, mammoth ceramah by Pakatan on Tuesday night, despite posters indicating they would be present.

PAS’s campaign was lacklustre because of the party’s annual muktamar, which saw most of the top leaders absent during the first week as they attended the 60th congress in Johor.

In contrast, Umno showcased its ministers and top leaders in the small border town, among them Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Even MCA deputy president, Datuk Wee Ka Siong, turned up to woo the 1% Chinese voters in the area, while DAP leaders were nowhere to be seen throughout the two weeks of campaign.

State, national and afterlife affairs such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the oil royalty debate and heaven and hell have been at the forefront of the campaigns, while local concerns, and even the candidates themselves, have taken a back seat.

Mat Razi, 37, is a religious teacher and assistant officer at the Tumpat district office. He is also the imam of Masjid Kampung Simpangan and founder of a “pondok” or traditional Islamic school. The father of six is the Tumpat Umno division committee member and a graduate of History and Malay literature from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

PAS’s Wan Rosdi, 57, is a construction contractor and the Tumpat PAS secretary and Pengkalan Kubor constituency supervisor. The father of five graduated from the Institut Kemahiran Mara Sungai Petani in construction. His late wife, Saadiaj Salleh, was the former Tumpat PAS Muslimat chief before she died last year.

Izat Bukhary, 47, was a former architecture lecturer. He received his diploma in interior design from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and is a graduate from Manchester University. Unlike his contenders, he is not a local; he was born in Kota Baru and now lives in Kubang Kerian.

This will be the second time Izat Bukhary has contested – last year, he won 65 out of 24,097 votes. He told reporters on nomination day that these 65 voters had spurred him to take another shot, at the risk of losing his deposit for a second time.

The busiest polling centres today are expected to be at Sekolah Kebangsaan Getting (1) in Kampung Getting, which has 3,555 voters, followed by Sekolah Kebangsaan Pengkalan Kubor (2) with 3,198 voters, and Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Tumpat in Tujoh, with 2,836 voters.

For early voting on Sunday in Pengkalan Kubor, 96.3% out of 109 police personnel cast their votes at the district police station. Only four voters failed to vote as they were said to be outstation.

Mat Razi is expected to cast his ballot at 8.20am at Sekolah Simpangan, while Wan Rosdi will vote at 8am at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bendang Pak Yong. Izat Bukhary will not be voting as he is not a local.

The Election Commission is expected to announce the official results of the by-election latest by 9pm this evening.

On the campaign trail, BN capitalised on the infighting apparent in PAS following its annual muktamar, as banners were erected quoting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s fiery closing speech, where he took aim at the two rogue Selangor PAS assemblymen.

But while BN was able to boast about the aid the federal government had given to Malaysians, it also had to fend off accusations of “betraying” the Kelantan folk by depriving them of oil royalty worth RM13 billion.

PAS, with the help of pro-royalty non-governmental organisation R, has hammered home the message that voters must rise up against the tyranny of BN, as it has neglected to provide them basic infrastructure such as roads and a barrier to protect them from the annual year-end monsoon floods.

It also used religion to remind voters to cast their ballots for the party that represents Islam, as their actions in the voting booths would have repercussions in the hereafter.

Malays make up 92% of the voters in Pengkalan Kubor while Chinese make up 1%. There are 0.1% Indian voters and 6.8% Siamese voters.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said he expects more than 70% of the 23,929 ordinary voters to cast their votes today.

Kenapa Tidak Banyak Syarikat Kedah Berdaftar di Martrade ?

Syarikat-syarikat di Kedah digesa supaya mendaftar sebagai anggota Perbadanan Pembangunan Perdagangan Luar Malaysia (Matrade) bagi membolehkan mereka mendapat maklumat pasaran serta peluang perdagangan terkini, terutama di pasaran antarabangsa.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir berkata sehingga kini, sejumlah 312 syarikat dari Kedah telah berdaftar dengan Matrade, dengan 264 terdiri daripada syarikat Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) manakala 48 lagi syarikat besar.

Katanya beliau tidak berpuas hati dengan angka tersebut kerana ia menunjukkan banyak syarikat di negeri ini masih tidak berdaftar dengan Matrade.

“Sektor pemakanan yang paling ramai daftar dengan Matrade, diikuti minuman dan produk lain seperti farmaseutikal, kelengkapan dandanan diri, kosmetik, perabot serta elektrik dan elektronik,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Program Forum Pengeksport Matrade 2014 di Sungai Petani hari ini.

Hadir sama Pengerusi Matrade Datuk Noraini Ahmad.

Mukhriz berkata beliau banyak berbincang dengan syarikat-syarikat di Kedah tentang usaha untuk mengeksport produk mereka ke luar negara, namun ramai ragu-ragu untuk memasarkan produk mereka ke luar negara.

“Masalah mereka antara lain ialah bimbang ada tempahan dari luar negara dalam kuantiti yang besar sehingga mereka tidak cukup kapasiti (untuk menanganinya). Mereka takut ia akan menjejaskan nama syarikat dan juga nama negara,” katanya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berharap kerjasama dapat dijalin dengan institusi perbankan bagi membantu dalam aspek modal serta bantuan kemudahan perdagangan”.

“Jangan tunggu dapat tempahan, baru nak fikir (bantuan modal). Jika ikut Matrade pergi misi perdagangan, apabila syarikat datang dengan sokongan bank, syarikat sana (luar negeri) lebih yakin dengan syarikat Malaysia untuk memenuhi tempahan,” katanya.

Mukhriz berkata usahawan yang baharu memulakan perniagaan juga perlu mendaftar awal dengan Matrade bagi mendapatkan maklumat yang boleh membantu mereka memajukan perniagaan.

“Daftar dengan Matrade bukan bermaksud terus nak eksport produk, tapi untuk dapat maklumat. Malaysia banyak menandatangani perjanjian perdagangan bebas …banyak peluang tetapi banyak syarikat tak tau. Banyak tak tau tentang pelepasan cukai kalau eksport,” katanya.

Beliau berkata jika usahawan di Kedah memanfaatkan kemudahan yang disediakan Matrade, eksport dari Kedah ke luar negeri mampu ditingkatkan ke tahap yang jauh lebih baik.

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya, Mukhriz menggesa syarikat-syarikat di Kedah memanfaatkan maklumat dan bantuan yang disediakan Matrade dan perlu berani mengembangkan prospek perniagaan serta meneroka pasaran antarabangsa untuk menggalakkan jenama tempatan berkembang di peringkat antarabangsa.

“Saya percaya jika semua usahawan, termasuk petani dan nelayan di Kedah dapat beralih kepada paradigma baharu dalam pengeluaran dan pemasaran barangan, sektor eksport akan memberi pulangan yang cukup besar kepada perkembangan ekonomi negeri,” katanya.

Beliau berkata Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Kedah dengan kerjasama beberapa agensi kerajaan seperti Matrade, menganjurkan pelbagai program pembangunan usahawan untuk melahirkan golongan profesional dan usahawan global yang berjaya dan berani menghadapi cabaran.

No Selfies at the Palace

KLANG: The Alam Shah palace has imposed tight security around the premises ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of the new Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali.All visitors and vehicles were screened and those who were not on the guest list were not allowed to enter the palace grounds.

It is understood that the Palace had never been strict with the security before.

Most of PKR and DAP assemblymen were not seen inside the BalaiRong Seri, where the ceremony is now taking place.

However, Selangor state assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh was present, together with four former PAS state executive councillors.

The guests were also not allowed to take photos with mobile phones, especially “selfies”.

A guard informed the media that no photos were allowed in light of a photo of the rehearsal being leaked on social media on Monday.

Rahman Dahlan – The Python Catcher

TUMPAT: Despite the bustle of the hectic campaign for the Pengkalan Kubor by-election, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan managed to do his civil duty and help capture a three-metre long python.

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister was giving a press conference at an eatery in Kampung Raja in Pantai Geting here, when he spotted the snake and alerted a fire officer.

Without wasting any time, Abdul Rahman and Kelantan Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Osman hurriedly left the press conference to join several firefighters in capturing the python which had slithered away into some nearby bushes.

The captured python was then sent to the Wildlife and National Parks Department.

A villager, Wan Ali Wan Stapa, 57, said he would never forget the incident as it was the first time he had seen a Minister help to catch a snake.

“It is normal for firefighters to catch snakes, but it is different when a Minister rolls up his sleeves to do the job,” he said.

Another resident, Saadiah Awang, 50, said: “The Minister is truly brave to capture a snake. Even we were terrified to watch him and the firefighters in action.”

The Pengkalan Kubor by-election is being held following the death of BN’s three-term assemblyman Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar on Aug 20, who succumbed to cancer.

The by-election will be a three-cornered fight involving BN’s Mat Razi Mat Ail, 48, PAS’ Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim, 56, and independent Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, 47.

Noor Zahidi retained his seat during the 13th general election last year, with a majority of 1,736 votes, beating Saharun Ibrahim of PKR and Izat Bukhary. – Bernama

KTMB Union – Please help us Mr PM

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been urged to step in to put a stop to the spree of sacking by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), in his capacity as the Minister of Finance which overseas the rail company, said Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) vice-president J. Solomon.

Solomon said Malaysia does not have a positive image in terms of how employers’ treatment of their workers, especially foreigners.

“In past international labour conferences, Malaysia’s image and reputation has taken a battering as it has been ridiculed at these events,” he added.

Why Sultan Choose Azmin Ali ?

PKR CONGRESS

The Sultan of Selangor settled for Mohamed Azmin Ali for the Selangor menteri besar post because the state ruler was confident that the PKR deputy president would have the support of his party and of Pakatan Rakyat.

The Sultan’s private secretary, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, said the ruler had considered the fact that state government was formed through a pact between PKR, DAP and PAS.

He said the Sultan also understood that the new MB had to be appointed from among the PKR assemblymen in Selangor in order to enjoy the confidence of the majority and support from Pakatan parties in the state assembly.

“Azmin is also the deputy president of PKR and based on this, the Sultan has confidence that a deputy president must certainly have the support. Not just from PKR, but also from PAS and DAP who together form a coalition government to administer Selangor,” Munir said in a statement today.

Munir said that the palace’s delay in naming the new MB was because of the turmoil within PKR and between Pakatan parties over the candidate. He said DAP and PKR’s refusal to submit more than two names as requested by the palace on August 27 had complicated matters and caused the Sultan to consider other candidates.

DAP and PKR had submitted only Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s name, while PAS had given three names.

Refuting claims of palace interference in the administration of the state and appointment of the MB, Munir maintained that the Sultan had acted according to provisions in the Selangor State Enactment 1959, and in the Constitution of Selangor 1959.

“The Sultan hopes Azmin will carry out his duties with the fullest responsibility, honesty and sincerity and with the highest integrity, and to always put first the interest of the people and of the state in his administration.”

Yesterday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she was withdrawing her candidacy for the MB post to give way to Azmin, and that his helming of the state government would be supported by PKR’s central leadership.

Dr Wan Azizah had long be slated to fill the post, first through the “Kajang Move” to stage a by-election in order to get her a seat in the Selangor legislative assembly.

Her statement yesterday said she accepted the Sultan’s decision with “an open heart” for the sake of the people and for a quick end to the impasse.

DAP and PAS have also issued statements that they now accept Azmin as the Sultan’s choice for MB.

However, PKR in a statement last night said that while it accepted the decision, it also noted that this episode had not been done according to the law.

“The MPP (central leadership council) also disagrees with the way the palace handled the nomination process of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was not summoned for an audience despite having clear majority support,” it had said.

Wan Azizah Accepts Her Fate

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said tonight that she accepts the decision of the Sultan of Selangor, who has opted for deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali to take over as the next Selangor menteri besar.

Dr Wan Azizah, who was PKR’s initial choice to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, congratulated and thanked the 29 assemblymen who had supported her and enabled Pakatan Rakyat to remain as the state government.

“I appreciate their cooperation in putting the interests of the people’s mandate over their personal interests,” she said in a statement today.

“In that spirit, I have made the decision to withdraw as a Selangor MB candidate.”

 

She added that the party’s central committee, which had convened this evening, had unanimously agreed to Azmin’s appointment as MB.

“I have taken this decision for the interests of the people that the crisis has to be resolved as soon as possible. I am confident that PKR has defended the principle of democratic constitutional monarchy.

“Although the appointment process, in my opinion, was not in line with the provisions of the Selangor constitution, I believe the focus should go back to defending the people of Selangor.”

Over the last few weeks, PKR had repeatedly said it was sticking to its stand of nominating only Dr Wan Azizah for the MB post, despite reprimands from the Selangor palace over its decision to submit only one name.

DAP and PKR had submitted only Dr Wan Azizah’s name for the post, although DAP was open to the idea of Azmin replacing Khalid.

PAS, however, broke ranks with its partners when its president, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, submitted three names to the palace.

The three are said to be Dr Idris Ahmad (PKR-Ijok), Dr Yakub Sapari (PKR-Kota Anggerik) and Iskandar Samad, the Selangor PAS commissioner, who is also a state exco member and Cempaka assemblyman.

It is not known if PKR and DAP submitted more names following the sultan’s reprimand, who had asked each Pakatan Rakyat (PR) party to submit more than two names.

Last week, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah reportedly interviewed and shortlisted three candidates for the job.

Apart from Azmin, he had also interviewed Iskandar and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, despite the Islamist party stating it would not stake a claim for the position.