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    PKR to hold new polls for six divisions

    PKR to hold new polls for six divisions

    By Yow Hong Chieh
    January 09, 2011

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 9 – PKR will hold direct elections again for six of its divisions affected by “chaos” during the party’s first-ever direct elections in November, the PKR secretary-general has said.

    Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said today that polling results for Kuala Langat, Kapar, Klang and Subang in Selangor, Jerai in Kedah and Batu Sapi in Sabah had been declared invalid by the party’s election committee owing to “various factors”.

    “The central leadership council (MPP) has instructed the [three] state committees to fix a date for direct elections at these divisions,” he told reporters at PKR headquarters here today.

    “When the dates have been fixed by the state committees, the election committee will discharge their responsibilities accordingly.”

    Saifuddin Nasution also said the complaints lodged during direct elections in Kelana Jaya and Semporna divisions would be resolved by Saturday.

    PKR’s shambolic first direct elections were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities. This caused former Federal Territories PKR chief Datuk Zaid Ibrahim to withdraw from the deputy presidential race and eventually leave the party.

    Saifuddin Nasution also announced state-level and central leadership council appointments as decided by the party today.

    Rosli Abdullah from Terengganu will replace Badrul Hisham Shaharin, better known as Chegubard, who turned down the deputy secretary-general post over what he said was the leadership’s failure to investigate party election fraud claims in a timely fashion.

    Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian, who was appointed vice president last month, has also stepped down in order to focus on upcoming state elections. He will be replaced by fellow Sarawakian, Datuk John Tenewi Nuek.

    Nuek will be joined by new state chiefs Wan Salleh Wan Isa in Kedah, Dr Mohd Nor Manuty in Perak, Azan Ismail in Terengganu, Abdul Aziz Kadir in Kelantan, Pajuddin Nordin in Sabah and Dr Idris Ahmad for the Federal Territories.

    Datuk Mansor Othman will lead PKR in Pulau Pinang and Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin in Melaka.

    Datuk Chua Jui Meng continues as Johor PKR chief while Azmin Ali, Johari Shafie, Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman, Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Abbas remain state PKR chiefs for Selangor, Perlis, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan respectively.

    Low Chee Chong will take the deputy treasurer-general post while Syed Hamid Ali, S. Manickavasagam, Zulrusdi Mohamad Hol, Mohd Rafie Abdul Malek, See Chee How and Chang Li Kang were appointed as central leadership council members. TheMalaysiaInsider....

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    Sabah PKR Chief: Unknown Pajudin is Sabah PKR chief

    Unknown Pajudin is Sabah PKR chief

    Luke Rintod | January 10, 2011

    PKR headquaters has gone for a fresh face with its choice of Pajudin Nordin as Sabah chief.


    KOTA KINABALU: Little-known Pajudin Nordin, 42, of Tuaran, is Sabah PKR’s new chief, replacing the heavily-criticised Ahmad Thamrin Jaini.

    PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced the Arab-speaking Pajudin’s appointment yesterday.

    Pajudin, who is fondly addressed as “ustaz” among his friends here, was no where on the list of battling candidates touted by the media during the run-up to the selection.
    Pajudin, who was chosen over bigger names in the state, will lead the party’s assault in the 13th general election.

    The decision came as a surprise to various feuding camps.

    Thamrin, however, said that he had no problems with the new leader though he did not attend Pajudin’s press conference here today.

    “It is the prerogative of the president. I have no problems,” he told reporters.

    Other senior party leaders were caught by surprise over Pajudin’s appointment.
    Pajudin was a state deputy youth chief and was also in the national youth exco team.
    “Honestly, we do not know what is the rationale… I don’t think our problems will be solved. Maybe it’s KL’s idea of a solution,” said an insider who declined to be named.

    Surprise appointment

    Pajudin’s press conference has also caught some leaders off guard.

    A shocked Tawau PKR division chief Kong Hong Ming said: “Several division heads and I were unaware of the press conference… there should have been a state announcement by the party president first.”

    Sabah PKR has been hit by a spate of resignations including that of its former vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan.

    The party’s various factions including Thamrin and Ansari have been at odds in public.

    “I hope that everyone will close ranks and put their differences aside. We have to work to strengthen the party and gear up for the coming election,” Pajudin said.
    He added that many division heads had congratulated him over the appointment. Thamrin, however, was not among them.

    Pajudin was a deputy state Youth head as well as national Youth exco member before this.

    A trained teacher, he graduated in “tahfiz wal qiraat” from Saudi Arabia’s Maahad Syubro.

    He was formerly the deputy principal imam of the state mosque in Kota Kinabalu as well as a deputy registrar at the Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Deparment.

    The press conference today was attended by only three divisional heads – Ansari and his strong allies Hassnar Ebrahim of Batu Sapi, and Anthony Mandiau of Kota Marudu.
    The others in attendance were mostly from the Tuaran division.

    Thanking PKR leadership for having confidence in him, Pajudin said his appointment was part of PKR’s bigger plan to put young, capable leadership to helm the party’s state liaison team.

    “I appeal to all divisional heads to leave behind their differences. I pledge to work with all divisional heads. We uphold the constitution and we shall respect the decision of the president,” he said, adding that everyone in PKR should work to topple the Barisan Nasional.

    Pajudin is the first in Sabah to be appointed PKR state chief, who is not from among the 25 divisional heads themselves as has been the norm.

    The move is seen as a precedent in the reform-seeking party. Pajudin is expected to announce his full line-up including his secretary, treasurer and information chief in the coming days.

    Also expected to be named soon is the state Youth chief.

    Meanwhile, Lukia told FMT that she would work out programmes for the wing as soon as she had formed her committee

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    Bian retains Sarawak PKR chief’s post

    Joseph Tawie | January 10, 2011

    A fierce SMS campaign to scuttle Baru Bian's bid to head Sarawak PKR ended in vain when the party announced his re-appointment.

    KUCHING: Prominent native customary rights (NCR) lawyer, Baru Bian, has been reappointed to helm Sarawak PKR for a second term despite rumoured dissent and disatisfaction in the party over his leadership.

    Speculations were rife that Bian might not be appointed as there was intense lobbying for him to be replaced with another PKR leader.

    PKR de factor leader Anwar Ibrahim was said to have been bombarded with a “fierce SMS campaign” urging him to remove Bian who had held the post for slightly over one year.

    According to a party insider, some of the “SMS messages” were believed to be the work of BN people who wanted to see discord among the PKR leaders and members in Sarawak.

    He said Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and other BN leaders were fearful of Bian as he (Bian) had been fighting for the rights of the native landowners whose NCR lands were seized by the government and leased to their cronies.

    He said there were also PKR members who sent messages to Anwar warning him that if he did not reappoint Bian to his current post, many of the current members would leave the party.

    “Many of the messages said they did not want to see what happened to Sabah to happen here,” he said, referring to several PKR members in Sabah who left the party due to a row over the choice of a leader.

    Bian was also recently appointed as vice-president of the party.

    Gaining momentum

    Meanwhile, Bian, in thanking the party leadership for reappointing him, said: “This is very important because what we have done in preparation for the upcoming state election must not be disrupted.

    “Cooperation among Pakatan Rakyat members, non-governmental organisations, supporters and sympathisers in preparing for the election is at an unprecedented level.

    “We must thrive to gain (greater) momentum in the next three months.

    “With my appointment now made official, I will endeavour to work together with our colleagues, party leaders, members, sympathisers and supporters to ensure the historic political victory we all desire after 30 years under a rotten regime of a man and his cronies.

    “May God bless and bring to reality our sincere and righteous will and desire for a change,” he added.

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