The crack in ‘Ketuanan Rakyat’ is real

The conundrum of crack in Ketuanan Rakyat is more apparent. The rumour about Deputy Chief Minister II Penang quitting become a reality.

The Star has the story:

Fairus quits as Penang Deputy CM 1, Guan Eng (Update2)



GEORGE TOWN: Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin has resigned effective April 8, Chief Minister Lim Guan said.

Lim said Fairus also quit his position as state executive councillor but declined to disclose the reason to reporters at the press conference held in his office in Komtar Saturday morning.

However, later in Petaling Jaya, de factor PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told reporters that Fairus, who has two Masters degrees, had received offers for further stuidies and planned to take up one of those offers.

In the Penang press conference, Lim said he received a resignation letter from Mohammad Fairus this morning stating his intention of stepping down as both Deputy Chief Minister and state executive councillor.

“After discussions with him, PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and state party chairman Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, I have decided to accept his resignation which will be effective from April 8,” Lim said.

“As Mohammad Fairus is on leave and not in Penang, the letter was faxed this morning,” he added.

He said Mohammad Fairus would stay on as the Penanti assemblyman.

When asked about the reasons for the resignation, Lim said it would be announced by Mohammad Fairus at a suitable time.

“Everything else will be announced later. I just got the letter this morning and so let us do the necessary transition.

“Let him answer at a time he sees fit,” Lim said.

Asked whether the resignation had anything to do with state PKR’s internal investigations into allegations that two of their leaders were involved in illegal activities with quarry operators, Lim replied, “I do not want to comment on matters that are not in relation to what I am announcing.”

Speculation was high about an announcement on Mohammad Fairus, Penang’s youngest Deputy Chief Minister at 33, who has been in the centre of controversy since the end of last year under allegations of under-performance, clashes with other PKR members and most recently, misuse of power.

It was announced on Friday that the double Masters degree holder had taken leave until the end of the week.

In the last-minute press conference Friday, which Lim conducted with Zahrain, Lim said Mohammad Fairus’ leave would be extended until his resignation took effect.

Meanwhile, Lim said Mohammad Fairus’ position as the state Entrepreneurial and Co-operative Development, and Information and Community Relations Committee chairman would be left vacant for the time being.

“Any issues regarding his portfolio can be forwarded to his personal assistant or the Chief Minister’s Office and we will inform the necessary departments involved,” Lim said.






The dismissal of DCM Fairus almost demonstrated DAP’s attitude towards the Malays. From 8 April 2009, Penang is only left with one Malay Exco YB Kassim Hussain. This attitude towards power share with the Malays will add to the complexity of Pakatan Rakyat’s ‘marriage of inconvenience’, which won by capitalising solely on the anti BN sentiments.

There have been issues of backstabbing conspiracies, crack in comradeship and disgareement on policies and stance. Pakatan Rakyat is really what reflected in the word; pakatan, which connotes the ‘association to do something not right’. 

 This ‘marriage of inconvenience’, between the three parties with adverse dreams, wants and approaches is really a testimony that Pakatan Rakyat and all those who believed in them were just kidding themselves. In less than a year, it has problems in ALL the states they managed to capture in the last 8 March 2008 General Elections. 

Now is the best time for the rakyat to evaluate the mitigating points why they would rather throw their valuable votes against Barisan Nasional (BN) in favour of these ‘Ketuanan Rakyat’ clowns. Within nine days time, the disastrous PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will no longer be UMNO President and BN Chairman and slightly under two weeks, DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak will swear in as the sixth Malaysian Prime Minister.

Rakyat should consider progress and people who can actually deliver, rather than people who made utopic promises based on unrealistic idealism which is very hard to implement in a complex and sensitive multiplural Malaysia.







Published in: on March 21, 2009 at 19:44  Comments (10)  

N 25 Bukit Selambau: Mantan ahli UMNO tawar diri sebagai calon bebas

Seorang Mantan Ahli UMNO Merbok, Mej. (B) Anuar Abdul Hamid, telah mengambil keputusan untuk menawarkan diri dan bertanding sebagai calon bebas di Pilihanraya Kecil kerusi N25 Bukit Selambau. Kerusi ini dikosongkan apabila Exco Kerajaan Negeri Kedah YB V Arumugam meletakan jawatan apabila timbul kontroversi mengenai soal kesahihan perkahwinan beliau.


Mej. (B) Anuar merupakan ahli UMNO yang meninggalkan parti, serentak dengan Presiden UMNO ke V Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad akibat kekecewaan dengan kegagalan Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Beliau dikatakan menawarkan diri untuk kerusi ini atas dasar kerusi ini satu masa dahulu diperuntukan kepada UMNO dan kemudian diberikan kompromi kepada MIC. Memandangkan MIC gagal mempertahankan kerusi ini bagi pihak BN pada Pilihanraya Umum XII 8 Mac 2009, maka Mej. (B) Anuar terpanggil untuk ‘mengambil semula peruntukan asal untuk UMNO’, atas kapasiti peribadi memandangkan beliau tidak lagi menjadi ahli parti nasionalis itu.

Kedudukan Mej. (B) Anuar dari konteks UMNO, selepas DPM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sah menjadi Presiden UMNO pada 28 Mac ini dan menangkat sumpah sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia ke VI pada 3 April ini belum dipastikan lagi. Ahli ahli UMNO yang kecewa dengan kegagalan Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah dikatakan akan kembali kepangkuan UMNO setelah beliau bukan lagi menjadi Presiden UMNO.

Samada UMNO akan menerima kembali mantan ahli yang pernah bertanding menentang BN dalam Pilihanraya belum dapat dipastikan lagi. Setakat ini, mantan ahli UMNO yang berjaya dipilih sebagai wakil rakyat bebas, tetapi bersifat seolah olah sebagai masih lagi ahli UMNO ialah MP Pasir Mas Dato’ Ibrahim Ali.





Published in: on March 21, 2009 at 02:51  Comments (12)