Old men’s wish

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with BN candidate for N20 Sg. Limau by-election Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with BN candidate for N20 Sg. Limau by-election Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim

Menteri Besar Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir vowed that he would follow through his predecessor and former ADUN for N20 Sg. Limau Allahyarham Tan Sri Azizan A Razak’s wish for Kedah and the paid-field area the latter represented for four terms.

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03 November 2013| last updated at 06:38PM

Mukhriz resolves to fulfil ex-MB Azizan’s wish

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YAN: Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Dr Mahathir has resolved to fulfil his predecessor Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak’s wish that he looks after Kedah and shoulder his responsibility to the best of his ability.

“During my walkabouts in Sungai Limau, I met a lot of people who raised many outstanding issues such as houses and surau in dire need of repair and puddles popping up on the roads.

This reminded me of what former Sungai Limau assemblyman Allahyaram Tan Sri Azizan had said to me.

“He told me to look after Kedah as best as I could. I’d consider his wish as the most important responsibility shouldered by me as the menteri besar, with the assistance of state executive councillors, to solve the people’s problems one at a time in a short time,” he said here today.

Mukhriz said the assistance and support he received from the federal government enabled him to shoulder the trust and responsibility to his level best.

He hoped Sungai Limau voters would give the BN the opportunity serve the constituency and solve pressing problems faced by the people by voting BN candidate for the Sungai Limau state by-election Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim.

“Let the constituency be run by the BN like the administration at the state and federal levels to enable us to fulfil our promises and shoulder the trust,” he added.

Ahmad Sohaimi, former Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) senior lecturer, is facing Mohd Azam Abd Samat of PAS in the Sungai Limau state by election tomorrow.

The seat fell vacant following the death of five-term assemblyman Azizan on Sept 26. — BERNAMA

Read more: Mukhriz resolves to fulfil ex-MB Azizan’s wish – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/mukhriz-resolves-to-fulfil-ex-mb-azizan-s-wish-1.391065#ixzz2jZxY9o5O

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Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at Karnival, PPK Mada, Bukit Besar

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at Karnival, PPK Mada, Bukit Besar

In the same day, Fourth Prime Minister and Fifth UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad vowed that he would make sure that MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz do a good job in Sg. Limau and Kedah.

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Mukhriz is my son, I will make sure he carries out his duty if BN wins, says Dr M

BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA
NOVEMBER 03, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: NOVEMBER 03, 2013 05:54 PM

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has promised Sungai Limau voters that he will make sure Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir does a good job for the people in the constituency, but only if they choose Barisan Nasional (BN) in the by-election tomorrow.

The former prime minister, who made an appearance at a carnival rakyat in Sungai Limau today to support the BN campaign, said an elected representative who was close to the BN state government would get more assistance not only from the state but also from the Federal Government. He urged voters to make the right decision by choosing the BN candidate.

“The menteri besar is my son, his name is Mukhriz, he is bald because I keep all the hair. He is bald because he is thinking what else can be done for the people of Kedah,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Dr Mahathir went on to say he would make sure Mukhriz did a good job in Sungai Limau and Kedah or he would return and teach him a lesson.

He also said the scenario and situation in Sungai Limau had changed quite a lot since his time.

“In 1969, I could not even enter Sungai Limau. Now, they let us in and even listen to our explanations,” he said, adding that Kedah will see more development with BN in power.

On Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that Umno is the reason why Malays are poor, Dr Mahathir (pic) said that Anwar was ungrateful.

“He gained his wealth because his father was an Umno supporter. When he was with BN he never told me all this. When he is no longer a deputy prime minister, only then there is an issue,” he added.

He also quashed rumours that his presence in Sungai Limau was due to Mukhriz not being able to stand on his own feet and needed his father to help him.

“If I wanted to help him, I would have helped him when I was prime minister. I forbade him when he wanted to get involved in politics before. Now I am no longer prime minister, he can stand on his own,” said Dr Mahathir.

He also said his last-minute visit to Sungai Limau was of his own accord.

“I will support BN as long as I am healthy and can talk,” he said.

Sungai Limau has been a PAS stronghold since 1995.

PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samad is squaring off against BN’s Dr Sohaimi Lazim in the by-election, which was triggered following the death of the late former Kedah menteri besar and Kedah PAS commissioner Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak who had held the seat since 1995. – November 1, 2013.

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Tun Dr Mahathir with ADUN for Sg Tiang and Exco for Women and Family Affairs Dato' Suraya Yaacob at PPK Buluh

Tun Dr Mahathir dropping in for tea with ADUN for Sg Tiang and Exco for Women and Family Affairs, Welfare, Agriculture and Agrobased Industry and Entrepreneur Development Dato’ Suraya Yaacob at PPK Matang Buluh

Tun Dr. Mahathir dropped in on the N20 Sg. Limau by-election. First he was at BN N20 Command Centre in Sg. Limau. Then he met some Tok Guru pondok  in Sg Dedap and later attended Karnival PPK Mada Bukit Besar. He also dropped by at PPK Matang Buluh.

The BN Blue flying strong on the road to Sg Limau

The BN Blue flying strong on the road to Sg Limau

It was a full itinerary for an unscheduled appearance.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir visiting one of the fisherman village in Sg Limau

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir visiting one of the fisherman village in Sg Limau

Tomorrow, it is expected that 90% of the 27,287 eligible voters will cast their votes to elect the ADUN to replace Azizan. Many observers felt that the result have almost equal chance to go either way. The winner is expected to only tip the scale slightly, unlike the 13GE on 5 May where PAS won with a 2,774 majority.

*Updated Tuesday 5 November 2013 0100hrs

PAS managed to retain N20 Sungai Limau State Assembly seat but with a reduced majority. BN managed to reduce the majority from 2,774 just under six months ago to 1,084. The reduction in majority signifies 6.2% change of voters confidence towards BN, under MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir.

04 November 2013| last updated at 12:31AM

SUNGAI LIMAU BY-ELECTION: Mukhriz thanks BN machinery

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YAN: Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir thanked the Barisan Nasional machinery for their hard work in helping Kedah BN in significantly reducing Pas’ majority in the Sungai Limau by-election.

Mukhriz hoped that the defeat to Pas in Sungai Limau would not deter the spirit to strengten the coalition’s determination to continue serving the rakyat.

He said despite the loss, BN had managed to break into and secured higher votes in the Pas strongholds in the constituency as compared to the 13th General Election’s results five months ago.

“This is a good sign for BN and we will continue to work hard based on the platform we have built during this by-election,” he said.Meanwhile, BN candidate Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim said he accepted the loss with an open mind and thanked the 10,985 voters in Sungai Limau who had voted for BN.

“I am also extending my sincere appreciation to the BN machinery which had worked very hard during the 12-day campaign period,” he said when contacted.

Sohaimi stressed that the loss would not deter him from continuing his service to the party and the Sungai Limau folk.Meanwhile, in a Bernama report, Mukhriz described the success of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in reducing PAS’s majority by more than half in today’s  Sungai Limau election as a victory in itself.

“In that aspect, it is a good victory even though we failed to win this seat (Sg Limau), and as we said before the by-election, win or lose, it has no impact,” he told reporters at the BN’s by-election operations room here tonight.

 

He said the BN accepted the result but promised that the BN would not stop efforts to get close to “sekolah pondok” (madrasahs) as pledged by the coalition in its manifesto for the 13th General Election in May, in upholding the teachings of Islam.

 

“We will keep our promises because from the government’s perspective, we do not practise favouritism,” he said.

 

He said the BN government in the state would also deliver two projects it announced, namely a road linking Guar Chempedak and Pulau Bunting, and the proposal to build a port on the island.

 

PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samat won by a 1,084-vote majority, as compared to the 2,774 majority obtained by the late former Kedah menteri besar, Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak in the 13GE.

 

Mohd Azam received 12,069 votes, beating Ahmad Sohaimi who obtained 10,985 votes. The votes obtained by Mohd Azam was 1,225 votes or 9.2 per cent less than the total votes garnered by Azizan in the 13GE, at 13,294 votes.

 

Meanwhile for BN, the majority in the Sungai Limau by-election increased by 4.4 per cent or 465 votes. The total voter turnout today was lowered by 1,100 voters or 4.5 per cent from 24,349 in the 13GE.

 

PAS’ strength depended on Azizan’s name, which was heavily used in the by-election campaign, including showing Mohd Azam as a student of Azizan and being related to the former

menteri besar.

 

In fact, PAS also allegedly used a picture with a superimposed image of Mohd Azam with Azizan in the party’s campaign leaflets when it was actually the photograph of a Sinar Harian journalist during a visit to Azizan’s office in 2011.

 

Meanwhile, Ahmad Sohaimi said he accepted the people’s verdict with an open heart.
“We have to believe in Rukun Iman (rule of faith) and qadar (destiny),” he told Bernama when contacted.
He also thanked the party machinery and the media for their support in helping to get him closer to the community.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who is also Jerai Umno division chief, said he was not disappointed with the result, but would shoulder on to capture the seat.
“In the 12-day campaign alone, we managed to reduce PAS’ majority. Given five years before GE14, we could create an upset. This itself is a victory,” he told reporters at the BN operations room.
As Member of Parliament for Jerai, Jamil Khir said he was committed to assist the constituents and would not marginalise the community.

 

Mukhriz had earlier admitted BN was an underdog but BN put up a strong fight by offering the people in Sungai Limau, in terms of development.

 

Despite losing, the residents of the Sungai Limau state constituency will benefit from the federal and state governments as proof that the BN government does not marginalise areas under opposition parties.

 

On BN’s side, many likened the loss to the candidate factor as he was too low profile and not considered suitable as a people’s representative.

 

The new Jerai Umno division leadership which changed from Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom in the Jerai division election on Oct 19, could also be a factor.

 

Many considered the voters were still with PAS, not because they were confident of Mohd Azam but as a check-and-balance for the Kedah Government controlled by BN.

 

If seen from the support of voters to Mukhriz during the campaign, the residents of Sungai Limau were actually more confident with Mukhriz and the state government, and only time can determine if BN can recapture the Sungai Limau state seat.

 

The conclusion on the Sungai Limau by-election is that neither PAS nor BN won everything. — BERNAMA

Read more: SUNGAI LIMAU BY-ELECTION: Mukhriz thanks BN machinery – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-sungai-limau-by-election-font-mukhriz-thanks-bn-machinery-1.392290#ixzz2jiKoQq5h

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  1. Saya harap dan berdoa semoga ahli dan penyokong PAS di Sungai Limau berani lah ber”hijrah”.

    Cuba pikir sapa yang untung dan dapat macam-macam hasil dari sokongan tuan-tuan dan puan-puan kepada PAS? nun orang PAS Kelantan, orang PAS Terengganu dan orang PAS kat Kolompo! Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan dapat apa? Tun M sendiri kata Tok Yan tu baguih, tapi disebabkan macam-macam hal dalam PAS dia pun tak buleh nak buat apa kat Sungai Limau.

    PAS kata asas perjuangan dia nak tegakkan Islam, Alhamdulillah.. tapi la ni PAS duk makan semeja, tidoq sekatil dengan DAP, kapiaq harbi yang suruh langkah mayat depa dulu kalau nak buat hudud!!! Tak rasa ka pemimpin-pemimpin PAS hat kat Kelantan, Terengganu, Kolompo tu duk buat main kat kita?

    Cek rasa dah sampai masa tuan-tuan dan puan-puan tukaq angin, bagi peluang kepada UMNO pulak kali ni.

    • Mungkin MB Kedah YAB Dato Mukhriz terlambat siap kempen malam tadi dan bila sedar hampir 12 tengah malam, ia itu masa berhenti berkempen menigkut undang undang pilihanraya, dia buat keputusan tak balik ke rumahnya sendiri. Dia di laporkan tidur di rumah seorang penangkap ikan di kampong berkenaan, dan tidak di lihat masih dalam kereta selepas 12 malam, jadi tidak sesiapa boleh mengata dia masih berkempen.

      Syabas, YAB Dato Mukhriz. Pendirian ini lah yang membuktikan bahawa Dato berjiwa rakyat, sanggup tidur di lantai di rumah kampong saperti ramai orang kampong laukan. Dia tidur di ruang hadapan rumah itu.

      Saya harap pengundi tahu dan sedarkan hal itu, dan beri sokongan kapadanya sebagai Ketua UMNO negeri Kedah, kapada partinya UMNO, kapada wakil parti UMNO yang bertanding, dan saya do’akan BN menang.

    • D kedah dah ramai penganut syiah. Saya tahu kerana saudara saya ada yg berkahwin dgn mereka. Hipocrate. Hancur msia nih sbb dgn bermuka2 nya mereka. Jais jakim tolong la buat sesuatu. Perkara penyebaran agama syiah sudah terlalu lama d msia hingga jadi kecoh begini. Sama la dgn org cina hipocrate habis.

  2. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  3. UNDI PAS ADALAH UNDI DAP………

  4. Big Canine,

    Ustaz Azizan was a good man. Unfortunately he wasnt a competent leader nor administrator.

    He was serrounded by backstabbing colleagues, who are very ambitious and even willing to topple him. Coupled with the KCS which is an organisation filled by Sir Humphrey Appelbys.

    So he didn’t get much done. Especially the last three years of PAS’s administration of Kedah.

    Now here comes Mukhriz. A fairly competent and innovative new MB, with the drive to deliver. Not to mention a son of Dr Mahathir, who is strategically very influential in Malaysian mainstream politics.

    However, he enherited the Kedah State Govt with the same KCS even tho there is now a different SS. Needless to say, he took over a Kedah Govt which is RM1b in the reds worse than when Azizan wrestled it from the clutches of Det Khalid’s hands.

    This is the time where the Federal Govt isnt as wealthy and financially strong as when the former Pol Sec to Slumberhead took over from the other chap.

    It is a very good moral boost if BN under Mukhriz could win tomorrow. That will automatically prove that the 174 divisions which gave Shafie Afdal should hv saved some for this new chap and alleviate him to the top UMNO echelon.

    It could also be a starting point to get PAS Kedah to be with BN Kedah for some sort of co-operation or workable arrangements for practical administration purposes, since it is very unlikely PAS would join as part of a ‘Coalition Govt’.

    However, if Dr Sohaimi cant win but lessens PAS’s majority, then it is still good for Mukhriz’s inaugral by-election as a BN Chairman.

    What if BN poll worse than six months ago?

    Would like to hear your thoughts on this

    • Thank you.

      We shall respond in due course. Polling in N20 Sungai Limau will commence in 60 mins time.

      At this point, let’s give democracy in a chance. Some political observers already noted that the folks in Sungai Limau are very matured in their reception of politics.

      Again, thank you.

  5. I like very much the news that last night Mukhriz slept on the floor of the living room of a fisherman in a PAS stronghold to be with the people campaigning etc.

    I hope that goes well with the voters and that BN will win PRK Sg Limau.

    • Thank you.

      This is not the first time Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir slept in a house of someone unknown, during a campaign period.

      During 10GE in November 1999, Mukhriz slept at the verandah of a PAS supporter whilst campaigning in Jeli.

  6. Saya senang hati membaca Tun Dr Nahathir berkata BN ada lebih peluang menang Sg Limau sekarang.

    Kata nya, di masa lalu BN nak masuk kawasan itu pun susah. Sekarang bukan sahaja senang masuk, penduduk kawasan itu pun mahu mendengar penerangan penerangan yang di buat kapada mereka.

    Moga moga BN menang. .

  7. Perhaps majority of the Sg.Limau voters believe that even if they dont vote for BN, the BN state govt would still help them in matters of devt. I would say that Sg.Limau folks prefer to stick to PAS as a matter of political choice and not as a matter of socio economic choice. The socio economic factor is already an assured premium that will be delivered by BN. Strange scenario really, but that’s the end result when PM guarantees that he is PM for all. So, why bother to vote for BN when it is easy for non BN supporters to benefit from a BN govt.

    • I agree with this view. PAS supporters will never identify Najib with defending and promoting the cause of Islam and can never be swayed to vote for BN on account of Najib or the PM being a Muslim.

      And I don’t think Najib really cares about winning Sg Limau. He and the UMNO Vice-Presidents didn’t even show their faces there. did they? Why should they help “the kacau daun” Mukhriz who got more votes as a first timer at the UMNO VP elections than Hishamuddin who contested for the second time.

      Maybe better, because if Najib did, BN might have got less votes.


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