Ijok: Kit Siang returns to Ijok tonight

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang decided to give another push to the PKR’s campaign by meeting the Ijok people tonight. This will be his third visit to Ijok since Tuesday.I will be there early to make the necessary arrangement before his arrival at 8pm. The question now is whether ceramahs lined up tonight would be allowed to take place or again stopped or disrupted by Kuala Seloangor OCPD Ibrahim with the help of FRU just like the previous two nights.DAP SG Lim Guan Eng is scheduled to return to Ijok on Friday, the eve of polling day.I will be talking to the Ijok people on issues closest to their heart, and explain why a vote for Khalid could change their lives.I will also ask the Ijok people should the OCPD of Kuala Selangor resign for failing to carrying out his duties and responsibilities effectively.

On the other hand, Tan Sri Khalid has another nice surprise from the former prime minister TDM. He has urged the Ijok people to send a signal to the “rotten” Umno-led BN Goverment. He too believes that BN has changed the nature of the race from by-election to buy-election.

Malaysiakini has the report.

Send signal to the ‘rotten’ government

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
Apr 26, 07 10:53am
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 added that if the Ijok voters got swayed by the by-election goodies in the form of new development in the state constituency, they will only have themselves to blame if a ‘rotten’ government is voted in.

“If you vote (BN) because you get a lot of money or because you get a lot of projects, you may get a rotten government which uses money in order to buy your vote,” said Mahathir.

He lamented that BN supporters would blindly vote for the ruling coalition.

“They don’t care whether it is a good government or not. We are Barisan people. We vote Barisan. No assessment, no study. We vote (Barisan) because we must. That’s why I say a country deserves the government it gets.

“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 added.

If they lose, Khir Toyo will be blamed

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.

While declining to describe that he was urging Ijok to register a ‘protest vote’, Mahathir said the BN should not be given unquestioned support.

“Don’t vote BN blindly, don’t vote PAS blindly, don’t vote DAP blindly. Think. Use your faculties to think,” he said.

The Ijok by-election has been called following the death of its incumbent K Sivalingam on April 4.

BN’s MIC candidate K Parthiban will faces off against opposition candidate Khalid Ibrahim of Parti Keadilan Rakyat in the by-election.

In the past week, the landscape of Ijok has changed with millions of ringgit being allocated for mosques, schools, newly surfaced roads, drainage, street lights and other facilities for the voters in this Malay-majority constituency 50km northwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Previously Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said that there was a ‘feel good’ atmosphere pervading the country, and that he was waiting for the ‘feel good factor’ to get even better before calling for general elections.

Mahathir has been involved in a running battle with his handpicked successor over the latter’s alleged mismanagement of the country’s economy, corruption and cronyism.

Fact boxes on Ijok

8 Responses to “Ijok: Kit Siang returns to Ijok tonight”

  1. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Ijok: It’s carrot and stick plus cheating…

    In a by-election, the candidates should be given the opportunity to reach out to the voters through all media (tv, radio, newspapers) and organised camapigns such as leafleting, distribution of VCDs, ceramahs, dinners and door-to-door canvassing.

    But the PKR’s candiadte Khalid has been denied such rights to campaign. Ceramahs were cancelled or stopped by the police (with instructions from ATAS). Campainers of Khalid were baeten up by ‘gansters’ employed by BN parties. And on the other hand, BN has turned it into a BUY-ELECTION. They are pouring taxpayers’ money (more tha RM50 million so far) to buy votes, literally. By right, government fund belongs to the taxpayers could not be used for election campaign. And under the election rules, all candidates vying for state seats were limited to spend no more than RM100,000 each.

    But the BN is really ‘kiasu’ in Ijok. No one could stop them from abusing our money for their own interest. If money and threats may not win Ijok for them, they would have no qualms to cheat. That’s why they got SPR to distort the logo of PKR on all ballot papers. It’s carrot and stick plus cheating…anything goes.

  2. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Another attack on Khalid
    Soon Li Tsin
    Apr 25, 07 7:20pm Adjust font size:

    Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate for the Ijok by-election Khalid Ibrahim escaped unhurt after a group of unidentified men accosted his entourage during campaigning at the constituency today.

    PKR Klang division chief P Krishnasamy, 46, was assaulted by the group in the incident.

    According to Krishnasamy, Khalid (left) and a group of his supporters were on a campaign trail at Ladang Coalfield near Ijok, when suddenly a group of about 10 men told them to leave the estate’s housing area.

    The men then allegedly started raining blows on Khalid’s group. Krishnasamy identified one of the assailants as a person known as Balakrishnan. He is believed to the the MIC Tuan Mee branch chairman.

    “They punched me, tore my shirt and broke my spectacles,” he said.

    “I quickly told our group to get Tan Sri (Khalid) out of here,” he added.

    Krishnasamy, who heads the PKR operations centre at nearby Tuan Mee, and three others were still locked in by Balakrishnan at the estate’s gated area at press time.

    “We’re still here and we are waiting for someone to get us out so we can lodge a police report,” he told malaysiakini by telephone.

    However, an hour later it is learnt that the group was able to leave the area and Krishnasamy said that they were in Ijok police station to file a complaint.

    Not the first time

    Khalid when contacted for comment, said the harassment started after he visited 20 houses.

    “These people got upset and said they were going to close the estate gates and told us to get out.

    “From Krishnasamy’s point of view, he said we should finish visiting the houses first and then leave but then they started to push him around,” he said.

    When it started to get violent, the PKR group quickly escorted Khalid to safety.

    This is not the first time intimidation tactics have been used on Khalid during campaigning.

    Last week about 20 people, including some in Pemuda BN uniform, allegedly tried to intimidate him and two freelance photographers, one of them being blogger Jeff Ooi.

    Khalid will be contesting against Barisan Nasional’s K Parthiban for the Ijok state seat in this Saturday’s by-election.

  3. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Police report lodged against Parthiban
    K Kabilan
    Apr 26, 07 1:31pm Adjust font size:

    A police report has been lodged against BN candidate K Parthiban for allegedly threatening to finish off the career of a journalist in an incident that happened more than a year ago.

    M Yohalinggam, 39, in a report lodged yesterday at the Kuala Selangor police station, said he was afraid that his and his family member’s life could be in danger in the course of covering the Ijok state seat by-election which is slated for this Saturday.

    In that contest, Tanjung Karang MIC division secretary Parthiban, 38, will be facing PKR’s Khalid Ibrahim, 61.

    “I constantly come across Parthiban and other MIC members in Batang Berjuntai and Ijok areas. I am worried that something will happen to me as a result of the threat made by Parthiban to me last year,” Yohalinggam told malaysiakini.

    Parthiban’s camp immediately rejected this notion, claiming that the police report was made to discredit the BN candidate.

    “The incident happened in March 2006. Why wait until now to rekindle the matter again,” asked a Parthiban aide when contacted today.

    “Even the incident is a minor matter. I don’t think Parthiban meant any harm to the reporter,” he added.

    Parthiban himself was unable to comment on the matter as he was “busy campaigning”.

    Article on electricity woes

    However Yohalinggam said his fears were founded.

    “The report which I lodged yesterday was the second on that matter. I had earlier filed a report immediately after the incident,” he said.

    In his first report, lodged at the same Kuala Selangor police station on March 26, 2006, Yogalinggam said Parthiban had approached him on that day (March 26) to warn him about an article.

    “I had written about the electricity woes faced by the people in Bukit Belimbing, Kuala Selangor and asked the Kuala Selangor district council to do something about it,” he said.

    “He was not happy with that report and warned me not to write such articles. In a threatening tone, he also told me he would see how far my career would go,” added Yohalinggam.

    At that time Parthiban was a Kuala Selangor district councillor and still is the branch chairperson of MIC Bukit Belimbing. Yohalinggam was then writing for the Tamil Kural daily. He is now attached to Malaysia Nanban.

    Fearing BN rough tactics

    When questioned on the timing of his second report, Yohalinggam said that was because of the increasing rough tactics employed by BN members as the by-election draws closer.

    “We can see them harassing and in some cases beating up people opposed to their candidate. I am worried that since I live in this area and am covering the by-election, I too might become a target as a result of my earlier run-in with Parthiban,” he said.

    In his latest report, Yohalinggam said he was worried that if Parthiban wins the by-election, he would continue to carry the grudge against the reporter.

    “I am not satisfied with the manner my first report was investigated. I want a probe opened on my complaints before the polling day,” he said in his report yesterday.

    When contacted, a police officer for the Kuala Selangor police station said the matter was under investigation and declined to comment further.

  4. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    昨晚再有两场反对党讲座遇阻
    警方以执照没写地址为由解散
    杨凯斌
    07年4月26日 午夜12:04 调整字体大小:

    反对党依约补选座谈会受阻的风波仍未解决!

    原以为在今日国安部副部长佐哈里亲赴依约,与雪州总警长伊斯迈奥玛和瓜雪警区主任依布拉欣晋以及多位在野党重量级领袖举行洽谈,并达至朝野政党在中午12点前提呈主讲名单的妥协做法后;公正党在过去两晚有7场政治座谈会受阻的风波,将会获得圆满解决。

    惟警方却在昨晚解散另外两场在野党的政治座谈会,一场是公正党在八丁燕带苏丽亚花园的讲座会,另一场是回教党在依约8英里的讲座会。

    警方是以准证没写上演讲地址为由,强行解散公正党的政治座谈会。

    公正党在昨晚一共申请主办四场群众演讲,惟只有这一场位于公正党八丁燕带苏丽亚花园的行动室楼下的座谈会,因为出现“技术错误”,而受到极力刁难,被迫举行到一半而宣告中止。

    当时警方除了三次增派人手,趋前讲台意图阻止演讲之外,也不惜同样强硬解散300米外的国大党演唱会,甚至出动约6辆镇暴队车辆前来包围有关座谈会场地,以强硬手段解散人群。

    有两名公正党领袖及党员,在与警方争执时,一度被扣留起来,使到现场气氛紧张升温。他们的双手被反扣造成手腕处,而蒙受瘀伤。惟两人在被带离现场后,皆获得释放。

    瓜雪警区主任亲自出马检举

    根据公正党八丁燕带行动室负责人蔡尚群透露,瓜雪警区主任依布拉欣晋(右图)是在晚上8点30分左右,率领五、六位警官前来检查,这场吸引了约四、五百人围观聆听的座谈会。

    那时候,主讲人正是回教党中委哈达蓝里。

    在公正党助选员出示座谈会准证后,依布拉欣二话不说,就指公正党并未在地点栏位上清楚写上座谈会的地址,只写上苏丽亚花园行动室,而宣告准证不合格,要求即刻解散。

    不过,在野党领袖们皆不理睬他的指示,并继续演讲,造成依布拉欣无功而返。

    当晚发表演讲的在野党领袖,包括行动党秘书长林冠英、公青团副团长刘德海、行动党适耕庄州议员黄瑞林、马六甲“揭发长肉剂”猪农代表林亚结以及著名人权律师谢春荣等。

    不惜中止邻近国大党演唱会

    不过,在20分钟后,10多位警方后援开始来到现场,再次要求解散讲座。不过,这次公正党领袖反批判警方奉行双重标准,为何允许300米处的国大党在今日临时塔建舞台举行演唱会,而偏偏借故取缔公正党的政治座谈会。

    不料,警方所给予的理由却是对方纯属娱乐,而公正党的活动却涉及政治。

    在公正党领袖的大力抗议之下,警方最后干脆下令国大党中止其演唱会,以展现“一视同仁”的做法。

    第三次调镇暴队员包围现场

    之后,不死心的警方,更第三次调派镇暴队员前来,企图强硬解散人群。目击者估计约有四辆警车及五辆镇暴队车辆抵达现场,并派出镇暴队员团团包围了讲座会的四周。

    在镇暴队员未抵达现场前,警方就尝试趋向讲台霸占麦克风,惟却遭公正党霹雳州署理主席戴成银及党员陆远来的阻止,喝斥侵犯私人场所。结果两人皆遭警方反扣手腕,似乎将要被逮捕,导致气氛顿时升温紧张起来,以为警方将要开始捉人。惟后来两人皆被带离现场不远处才释放,并在手腕处蒙受一些瘀伤。

    由于当时已经开始下起大雨,并遭受镇暴队员的围堵,公正党领袖最终不得不在“腹背受敌”的情况下结束这场“命运坎坷”的政治座谈会,并宣布解散人群。

    瓜雪警区主任拒绝评论

    接着在晚上10时30份左右,至少6辆镇暴罗里亮着讯号灯,在警方的开路下,火速开往依约8英里处,当时在依约镇采访的《当今大马》记者见状即驱车跟随。

    记者抵达现场后发现,至少13辆镇暴队与警方罗里,加上一辆镇暴水跑车,驻守在回教党行动室外总部的公路两旁,行动室前的空地上也有一些人潮,不过当时却没有举办讲座。

    瓜雪警区主任依布拉欣晋也在现场,不过却只以一句“我现在有事”,拒绝向《当今大马》记者透露为何大量警力驻守在当地。

    回教党讲座1小时后遭解散

    根据记者向一些值勤警员和回青团团长沙拉胡丁(Salahuddin Ayub)与该党律师哈尼巴麦丁(Mohamed Hanipa Maidin)的了解,该党在行动室前的空地上进行了约1小时的政治讲座后,数名警员就前来要求解散。

    哈尼巴表示,回教党领袖并没有违抗警员的指示,双方洽谈不久后,回教党就同意停止讲座,不过,警方却在之后劳师动众地召来大批镇暴队与警员。

    哈尼巴承认该场讲座并没有获得警方准证,惟这名律师认为,目前正值补选期间,警察法令的14天申请准证程序并不适用,加上讲座地点属于私人地,并不需要申请准证。

  5. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    纳吉警示选民:
    公正党获胜依约发展受阻

    ■日期/Apr 26, 2007 ■时间/02:49:02 pm
    ■新闻/家国风云 ■作者/本刊陳慧思

    【本刊陈慧思撰述】国阵打发展牌的同时,频频警示依约居民,投选公正党将阻碍依约的发展。副首相纳吉警示依约选民,若他们投反对票,让人民公正党候选人在依约州议席补选中胜出,依约的发展将受阻。
    纳吉(左图)说:“卡立不必再提依约发展蓝图了。我要问他,他哪里找基金发展依约?”台下一名国阵支持者高呼:“募捐!”惹来阵阵讪笑声。纳吉继说:“募捐?如果卡立会用自己的钱发展依约,你可以砍掉我的尾指!他不会发展依约!”

    他指出,发展最需要土地,而土地是在州政府的管辖之下,若国阵州议员申请土地以推行发展项目,同属国阵阵营的州务大臣会详加考虑及通过相关建议;州政府和联邦政府都由国阵组成,任何地方上的发展建议必须获得国阵政府的批准,就算发展事项小至造路、造沟渠,也需政府点头同意。

    纳吉昨日为雪兰莪州州务大臣基尔多约(Khir Toyo)在依约新村大街开设的办公室主持开幕时发表上述言论。昨日的开幕仪式由纳吉一人撑场,同在现场的国阵国大党候选人巴迪班(K.Parthiban)不获安排发表演说。

    在仪式尾声,纳吉及一众国阵领袖率领在场选民宣誓效忠国阵,确保国阵在依约补选中取得胜利。

    值得一提的是,早前宣布以独立人士身份角逐依约州议席补选的罗加纳登(Loganathan,右图左)昨日现身开幕典礼,并被安排为纳吉戴花圈。

    出动爱FM DJ拉票

    国阵与公正党候选人势均力敌,两党预料将在4月28日的投票日当天上演一场激战。情势告急的国阵涉嫌滥用国家机器为己拉票。

    民政党昨晚在依约新村举办“爱FM与民同欢晚宴”,邀请新闻部旗下的爱FM电台众DJ为依约新村居民载歌载舞。此外,早前旅游部也以“推广本地旅游业”为名,在依约举办“依约嘉年华”(Ijok Karnival)。

    基尔多约早前表示要领养依约,公然以其州务大臣职所可能带来的“甜头”笼络依约选民。昨晚基尔在依约开设办公室,是该“领养计划”的首炮动作。纳吉表示,基尔在依约开设办公室,彰显其服务依约居民的决心。

    国阵昨晚在依约新村大街举办的开幕典礼吸引约300人与会,现场的节目包括歌手演唱以及餐会。比较起来,国阵的声势远不及公正党,可是,纳吉认为,昨晚的出席率非常鼓舞,场面非常热闹。

    依约新村的居民以华人居多,可是出席者却多为印裔同胞,华人出席者只有不到30人。公正党前晚在依约新村举办的演说会数度吸引逾千人与会,坊间盛传华人票反风大吹,可是纳吉昨晚矢口否认。他认为,华人仍全力支持国阵。

    国阵涉嫌贿选发200元

    国阵贿选及恐吓居民的消息尘嚣甚上,昨晚人民公正党人民公正党乌鲁冷岳区副主席李成金在依约新村海吉天酒家发表演说时透露,马华公会的“代理人”向武吉罗宾逊的每户人家分派200元现金。

    昨日一名依约新村居民也向《独立新闻在线》透露,当地武吉罗宾逊(Bukit Robinson)的部分居民获派200元现金。

    此外,根据《当今大马》报道,马来票源不稳,因此国阵瞄准当地马来区武吉巴东(Bukit Badong)出击,使用各种各种的手段拉拢马来选票,其中包括恐吓马来选民“投在野党将被逮捕”。

    《独立新闻在线》发现,国阵的竞选手法起了阻吓选民的作用,其中一名表明支持在野党的华裔妇女担心国阵会从选票上获知其投选的政党,询问记者“投反对党会不会被捉”。

  6. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    BN generosity or insecurity?
    Andrew Ong
    Apr 26, 07 3:31pm Adjust font size:

    As the nine-day campaign period for the Ijok by-election enters its final lap, there is little doubt that the BN coalition is pulling all the stops to ensure victory.

    Soon after the sun sets on Batang Berjuntai, loud music boomed from a small tent in the town area here last night as attractive singers belted out the latest Chinese pop hits.

    Beside the stage lies about a dozen buffet trays licked clean by the crowd of some 200 people about 15-minutes after the master of ceremony signalled ‘chow time’.

    As the crowd savour the already cold mee goreng, Rawang state assemblyperson Tang See Hang lectured voters to rally behind BN for a guaranteed future.

    Efforts like this to woo voters are a familiar scene across the Ijok constituency – paintball competition, live rock music, cultural performances, nine-course dinners – often attended or at least officiated by a high-ranking BN politician.

    Even local Gerakan party leaders, who are better known for their low-profile campaign strategies, were caught up in the festivities by holding its first karaoke session at a temple in Ijok town last night, backed by government-owned Chinese radio station ai-FM.

    Right next door at a yet-to-be operational petrol station, some 500 people attended a function to officiate Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo new office in Ijok.

    Even though Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was in attendance flanked by several BN component party leaders, the crowd did not have to listen to any political lectures during meal time.

    Instead, they were treated with professional dance troupes and singers, much to their delight.

    Insecurities fuelling spending?

    All these activities come with a cost – one which cannot be afforded by local political leaders of this small semi-rural state constituency.

    But what is driving such sheer amount of funding for such activities?

    According to a Gerakan source, the party was ordered by their state BN superiors to organise activities in a bid to lure voters away from a series of well-attended opposition ceramah (political lectures) of late.

    “This event (and a second leg on polling day eve) is even sponsored by them (state BN superiors),” said the source.

    While luring voters with free food and entertainment may be acceptable to some, allegations of vote-buying with cash also surfaced last night.

    A MCA source told malaysiakini that the party was on ‘panic mode’ to deliver votes for the BN and that certain individuals may turn to direct vote buying soon.

    Selangor Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy chief Lee Kim Sin alleged last night that the vote buying had already begun.

    He told a ceramah that BN party workers were giving out RM200 per household in a housing area in Ijok yesterday.

    “By all means, take the money! But on voting day, vote for us,” Lee told a crowd of about 100.

    Show of force

    In view of the grandiosity of the BN nocturnal campaign, it is difficult for the opposition’s frugal efforts to draw a crowd. This, the opposition claim, is made even more difficult when the police come in to stop their activities.

    The presence of riot police in the area has become more obvious as the campaign progresses.

    In a bid to stop an opposition rally last night in Batang Berjuntai, four red Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) trucks and a water cannon was deployed near the scene.

    At Batu 8 Ijok, another six FRU trucks and a water cannon was seen parked near a night market organised by PAS.

    “This is just crazy. We have such activities all the time. Why the show of force?” said a resident who declined to be named.

    PKR Youth leader Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin remarked that the amount of riot police deployed was largely disproportionate to the crowd size relative to how they handle large-scale street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur.

    The BN poster campaign has also rose several notches. Their posters seem to have doubled over the past 24 hours, overwhelming the sprinkling of PKR flags dotted throughout the area.

    The most notable addition to the BN poster gallery featured Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussien and his deputy Khairy Jamaluddin.

    The two-storey high billboard near Bukit Badong reads, “Pemuda gempur, PKR terkubur! (Umno Youth attacks, PKR is buried)”.

  7. sampalee Says:

    A win is necessary,but do not ever loose sight that the true work is how the opposition can act as a SINGLE force to split the bn to splinters without wasteful diffusion.This by-election serve a good rehersal for opposition,esp pas and dap to come together and establish a sound co-operation.Do not forget,it is the WAR and not the battles that eventually counts

  8. casio アウトレット Says:

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