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
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:

    07年4月26日 午夜12:04 调整字体大小:



























    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。



  5. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:


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



    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。



    出动爱FM DJ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)。






    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”。


  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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