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    Pas: A serious blunder by Umno: Najib now faces a new PAS in GE-13

    Sunday, 05 June 2011 00:00
    A serious blunder by Umno: Najib now faces a new PAS in GE-13


    Written by Selena Tay, Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle


    The PAS party election may be over but the action has only just begun!

    The results have caught arch rivals UMNO by surprise. PAS members have picked what many pundits have called a "battlefield line-up" for the coming 13th General Election.

    Among the prominent new faces are Mat Sabu, Husam Musa and Mazlan Aliman.

    The popular Mat Sabu was elected Deputy President, replacing Ustaz Nasharuddin Mat Isa (Bachok MP).

    Another well-liked but soft-spoken man, Husam Musa was picked for the post of Vice-President.

    The remaining two Vice-President seats saw incumbents Salahudin Ayub (Kubang Kerian MP) and Mahfuz Omar (Pokok Sena MP and also of the Saman Ekor fame) retaining their positions. Salahudin garnered the highest number of votes at 753. Husam obtained 660, while Mahfuz received 616.

    Underestimated the Malay sense of fairplay

    Whether they choose to admit it or not, UMNO leaders watching the PAS polls must be feeling stabs of cold fear in their hearts now.

    They have badly miscalculated the Malay psyche. They tried to drive PAS back into its former shell of religious fundamentalism but PAS refused to be brow-beaten despite pressure piled by the likes of UMNO units, Perkasa and Pembela.

    Suddenly, it swerved - choosing its own course. PAS has chosen a new direction for itself. It is a road that, if travelled with commitment, can finally nurse Malaysia back to health.

    Prime Minister Najib Razak has no one to blame but himself. His expensively-paid but inept advisers have let him down and they will surely go down in history as the team that nearly brought Malaysia to the brink with their nonsensical dramas and evil shenanigans like Sodomy II and Datuk T Sex Video.

    Whatever it is, the PAS polls show that fairy tale endings are not impossible. In the end, good prevails over evil and the meek do really inherit the earth.

    The new faces of Hope for the Malay community

    On Saturday, leading the change in PAS and in the Malay community, long-time activist Mat Sabu was elected Deputy President. He represents the last ray of hope for the Malays, many of whom are despairing of ever being able to break away from the soul-sapping and corruption-riddled politics of the UMNO elite.

    Mat Sabu is a big personality on the ceramah or lecture circuit as he is known for his fire and brimstone speeches. But that is not only his strongpoint.

    He has a good relationship with non-governmental organisations and has already issued a clarion call for PAS members to give full support to the Bersih Rally to be held on 9th July.

    He stood by Penang Chief Minister, DAP's Lim Guan Eng when Guan Eng was imprisoned under the Internal Security Act for defending a minor who was allegedly raped by an UMNO leader, the former Malacca chief minister Rahim Thamby Chik also of the Datuk T sex video fame.

    It is widely-believed by many in PAS that Mat Sabu, a Penangite, will be tasked to help Guan Eng defend Penang.

    As for Husam Musa, he is the state assemblyman of Salor in Kelantan and also Menteri Besar Nik Aziz Nik Mat's personal aide. He is known for his expertise in economics and is in the forefront in championing the Kelantan oil royalty issue.

    Oil royalties have been denied to the Kelantan state government since PAS took over in 1990 and the amount is now running into mega-billions.

    A new face who garnered the highest number of votes (804) for a post in the Central Working Committee is Mazlan Aliman. He is synonymous with ANAK, an organisation that champions the cause of the FELDA settlers and fighting for their rights. Mazlan's tireless work and efforts is now given due recognition.

    By electing Mazlan Aliman, it is clear PAS members hope to win over the hearts and minds of the FELDA settlers who provide a major bulk of BN's votes.

    Another new face is Khalid Samad, the Shah Alam MP. Known for his moderate views and trouble-shooting skills he will be playing a big role for PAS in Selangor as UMNO is eyeing Selangor and has vowed to get back Selangor at all costs.

    Former Perak Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin who lost in his bid for the Vice-President post, informed Malaysia Chronicle that the immediate focus is the 13th General Election.

    "Clearly, delegates want real change in PAS. They want us to work hand in hand with Pakatan Rakyat to take over Putrajaya. This is a complete 'No-No' to UMNO," said Nizar, who congratulated the winners.

    A first-time VP aspirant, Nizar's prospects shine bright in the future, although he may have lost this round to Husam. Husam, who made a stab for the deputy presidency in the 2009 election, is seen as having a bit more experience as far as PAS politics is concerned.

    Najib's foolish mistep

    On Friday, PAS president Hadi vowed to stay in Pakatan. His decision has turned out to be the right one and the new line-up shows that the party is moving towards embracing a new all-inclusive image. These ingredients, so essential for change, are being seen for the first time in the form of the new party line-up.

    The PAS party polls results is a victory for the Pakatan and a great blow to UMNO.

    Najib and the UMNO elite must now realise that they have to abandon all hope of PAS joining BN. UMNO leaders have only themselves to blame for being lazy. Instead of painful reforms, they resorted to play-acting and when that didn't work, they tried the next shortcut - a marriage with PAS. Again, they were rejected.

    As Najib shifts UMNO towards the right, Hadi is moving PAS to the centre.

    The focus of PAS is now the Welfare State, rather than the Islamic state. Not that PAS has forsaken its raison d'etre but this is the more effective way to reach out to more Malaysians. And the need to reach out is indeed urgent after the BN's abject failure to care for the people. National bankruptcy beckons, spiralling inflation seems inescapable and the masses look set to suffer the worst of the economic pain.

    Najib, who spent hundreds of millions on his 1 Malaysia slogan only to leave it hollow, must feel as foolish as the Three Stooges. But whether it is him, his wife Rosmah Mansor, former premier Mahathir Mohamad or his advisers, the buck stops with him. Such is the nature of responsibility.

    Although PAS - just like DAP and PKR - will work together with BN on matters that will benefit the people, PAS has made it clear it will never join BN.

    Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the PAS Parit Buntar MP whose father was one of the party's early founders, opined that this is the best line-up going into the general election.

    "In the era of New Politics, we must first focus on taking care of the welfare of the people more than anything else as this struggle is based on Islam," Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad told Malaysia Chronicle.

    Endorsement for Pakatan and Anwar

    With the BN-controlled mainstream media constantly reminding the Malays that only UMNO can look after their interests, PAS would need a convincing speaker who can gain the confidence of the Malays and to counter the UMNO media.

    And Mat Sabu fits the bill perfectly and perhaps that is another reason why he was elected as the No. 2 man - to convince the Malays that their interests will be taken care off should Pakatan gain control of the Federal Government.

    Furthermore, Mat Sabu is well-known among the older Chinese and Indians. This is the face of the Malays that PAS wants to project to the non-Malays. Clearly Mat Sabu's mass-appeal that cuts across racial and religious lines will be a bonus to PAS and a threat to UMNO.

    For PKR and Opposition Leader, Mat Sabu's election is also a huge endorsement. Contrary to the incessant trumpeting by the mainstream media and Najib himself, Malay grassroots still support Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim much more than Najib. To prevent Mat Sabu from winning, his enemies had labelled him as Anwar's lap-dog. But still, Mat Sabu won.

    Malays want real change

    The two men he triumphed against were also among the best in PAS - the extremely popular Tuan Ibrahim and the energetic Nasharudin Mat Isa. But members wanted change. It truly was as simple as that.

    And this is another lesson for Najib. Stop the shenanigans. The more you bluff, the more people dislike it. Just be sincere and try do good. If that is not enough, accept your karma and stand aside for others chosen by God to finish the task. But to resort to evil as he has done so, then not only will Malaysians not forgive, the Almighty will also want an explanation!

    For the first time in PAS history, the top post besides that of the President are filled with non-ulama (Islamic scholars). This historic party election heralds a new age for PAS and a new direction for the Malay community.

    Indeed, pundits may have got it right - it does look like the time has come for PAS to replace UMNO. - Malaysia Chronicle


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    Saturday, 04 June 2011 00:52
    Hadi hammers Najib: Don't turn Malays into a stupid and dishonest race


    Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle



    Despite flirty lures and promises of ministerial posts, PAS president Hadi Awang sent Prime Minister Najib Razak off with a flea in his ear, condeming the UMNO president and his party leaders for unrestrained corruption and sacrificing Islamic principles.

    He warned his UMNO counterpart not to hide behind the mask of Malay unity to stir up trouble for the Malays, who form the bulk of membership in both their parties.

    “UMNO as a Malay-bumiputera majority party was entrusted with leadership but the wealth of the nation has been turned into the private property of its leaders, while the ordinary people struggle to make ends meet," Hadi said in a stinging speech at the 57th PAS Muktamar on Friday.

    “Umno has created a flock of Malays and Muslims who are blind and deaf to money politics, with entertainment and media used to turn Malays and Muslims stupid."

    Right smack in the face

    The strength of his words left no room for doubt and only humiliation for UMNO, whose leaders in the past fortnight have tried to annoy their PAS counterparts with leery taunts and skewed reasoning to defect to BN, and dump Pakatan Rakyat partners - DAP and PKR.

    But despite the carrots dangled by Najib and regardless the magnificence of the bribes on offer, Hadi reiterated that PAS would remain in Pakatan,

    “There is a difference between PAS' cooperation in Pakatan Rakyat, with cooperation with UMNO in BN, which sacrifices Islamic principles,” he explained. “Politics needs to be cleaned up but this cannot be done by UMNO-BN who have sullied it with their own hands."

    There has been red-hot speculation that Najib had offered PAS 3 Cabinet positions and 5 Mentri Besar posts. Concern and worry had cloaked the PAS community as the rumors gathered strength, while UMNO leaders swaggered and boasted of an impending "coup" during the 65th UMNO meeting held a fortnight ago.

    Hadi also lambasted UMNO, the dominant BN partner, for "disgusting acts like corruption, money politics, slander, racism, lies and all manner of things which embarrass even our children who are watching us”.

    It was clear he was referring to the gutter politicking that top UMNO leaders had directed against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. Despite flimsy evidence and public outrage, the BN government has insisted on pushing through a sodomy trial against the 64-year old Anwar.

    Recently, some UMNO members also launched a sex video conspiracy to further discredit Anwar. The PAS ulama will be debating this issue and its effect on the Malay community and youth later on at the assembly.

    Malay Unity Government or narrow communalism

    Meanwhile, Hadi continued to slam the merger offered by UMNO, warning that it would lead to “narrow communalism”. Islam acknowledges the existence of racially plural societies, he said.

    He was addressing the concerns of the non-Muslims, who fear that an UMNO-PAS marriage would sideline the minorities in the country even further. Many pundits have also slammed the UMNO proposal for a Malay Unity Government rather than a National Unity Government.

    Malays form some 60 per cent of the 28 million population and theoretically, should PAS and UMNO join forces, they could rule the country and override the rights of the Chinese, Indian and other minority races in the country.

    PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat has thrown back the gauntlet to UMNO, saying PAS would join BN provided PKR and DAP could tag along. So far, Najib has rejected the idea.

    “We need to realise that a plural or majmuk society is part of Islam's political message. It is compulsory for us to spread the message of no compulsion in religion, and that Islam is fair for all so that non-Muslims can see how Islam should be practiced, and Islam's image which has been tainted by Umno's antics can be redeemed,” said Hadi.

    GE-13, hottest bets still July and end-August

    The manner in which the UMNO-controlled media reported Hadi's eye-opening speech this morning was telling. None dared to carry Hadi's definitive 'No' to UMNO nor the scolding the Islamic leader gave to Najib and the UMNO elite for their questionable behavior.

    Instead, the mainstream media rushed to focus on Hadi's call to Pakatan and PAS to prepare for snap general elections, and to also place greater attention on the people's welfare.

    Pundits are now watching to see how Najib will react to the speech in terms of the timing for the 13th GE. They said if Hadi had sounded conciliating, chances are the PM would delay snap polls till later this year or even next.

    But now that the PAS rejection has been clearly delivered, it looks like July and end-August are still the hottest bets.

    "There is no room for hope for UMNO and Najib will have to bite the bullet or risk losing further support from the Malay community if he delays. There will be no help from PAS especially when the price hikes really start to be felt and the Malays suffer the most, especially the rural ones," Rafizi Ramli, PKR director of strategy told Malaysia Chronicle. - Malaysia Chronicle


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    Saturday, 04 June 2011 17:48
    Mat Sabu eyes an inclusive PAS, Husam says members want fair politics

    Written by Malaysia Chronicle


    Newly-elected PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said that he will take the mandate to place the Islamic party in the national mainstream by appealing to non-Malays and non-Muslims.

    This, he said, is especially important in light of the upcoming general election.

    “You can't win elections just on the back of Malay support. I will endeavour to garner more support from non-Muslims using the Pakatan Rakyat platform,” said the popular grassroots leader.

    Considering himself “lucky to have garnered grassroots support” in the three-way fight, the Penangite believes that he can strengthen the Islamic party's relationship with Pakatan Rakyat.

    Responding to claims that professionals have ousted the ulama from leadership, Mat Sabu insisted that PAS is still under the direction of the ulama who provide guidance through the syura council.

    Kelantan senior exco member Husam Musa, who was elected vice-president today, said that the results show that the delegates understand the current political climate.

    “The rakyat want politics which is reasonable and fair to a multicultural society so we need to convince both Malays and non-Malays that if there is a power shift, PAS is stable and inclusive,” he said.

    Ulama still strong in PAS

    Like Mat Sabu, Husam brushed off the ulama-professional dichotomy, saying that there was never any intention to sideline the ulama.

    “I am not exactly a professional myself and (returned vice-presidents) Salahuddin (Ayub) and Mahfuz (Omar) and I were raised in ulama teachings,” he said.

    For ousted deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa, the results show that there is still room for ulama in the party.

    “There is quite a mixture in the line-up, although the number of ulama is getting smaller. If (the delegates) reject ulama there will be no representation but there are still a few names (in the central working committee),” he told reporters.

    He added that the voice of the ulama is still strong in PAS because of the influential Syura Council, of which he is part.

    Respecting the decision of the delegation, Nasharudin also said that the fact that the Ulama Council leaders were uncontested in the wing's polls showed the stability among the ulama ranks.

    Meanwhile, information chief Idris Ahmad, who missed out on the vice-president spot by about 100 votes, denied that the victors are 'Anwarites' who showed their ardent support of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

    “No, this is just what the media says. The media also said the contest was heated, but I didn't feel it. I accept (the defeat) with an open heart. I still have a lot of work to do in PAS,” he said.

    - Malaysiakini
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    PAS: Malays must take heed from the Chinese community, says Mat Sabu

    Malays must take heed from the Chinese community, says Mat Sabu


    By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani June 05, 2011


    Mat Sabu is urging the Malays to be proactive in defending their civil rights. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — Newly elected PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu told Malays to learn from the Chinese community and be proactive in defending their civil rights.
    Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, said the Malays have been passive and not willing to help each other.

    “The Tionghua are always concerned about their rights and will fight for justice like in the case of Teong Beng Hock. Even the case has died; they will revive it again until justice is found.

    “However something similar happened to Sarbani, our people did not do anything. They only said what can we do? He has already died,” he told the delegates today during PAS general assembly.

    Customs assistant director Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed was found dead on the badminton court on the first floor at the MACC office in Jalan Cochrane on April 6 this year.

    Teoh, an aide to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after giving a statement to the anti-graft body on July 16, 2009.

    Mohamad said that the Malays must wake up from their slumber as the country will be facing its 13th general assembly.

    He also reiterated that the party cannot win Putrajaya based on the votes its members alone and must work hard to gain public support.

    “We must get support from the general public. The party must get support from non-Pas members, Chinese, Indians and Kadazans.

    “We must be together with the president and get the support so that we can deliver the votes to Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.

    Mohamad also said that Umno was already on its deathbed as MCA and MIC has become irrelevant.

    “MIC and MCA are like crutches to Umno and without them, they will be destroyed. The Chinese and Indian communities are beginning to show their support for PAS. Surely Umno is dying,” he said.

    Mohamad won the party deputy presidency with 420 votes in Friday’s election, leading a group of progressive leaders to counter conservatives who prefer to link up with Umno.

    The Penang-born Mohamad defeated incumbent Nahsarudin Mat Isa who received only 224 votes and vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man who came second with 399 votes. A total of 1,100 delegates voted in this year’s party elections.

    Mohamad was contesting the post for the second straight time against the three-term deputy president, who together with Tuan Ibrahim, are seen as leaders from the ulama or scholars’ group.
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    PAS: Mat Sabu: Make Bersih rally a success

    Mat Sabu: Make Bersih rally a success


    Tarani Palani | June 5, 2011


    The newly elected deputy president received a resounding thunder of approval when he asked if the delegates will march on July 9 to seek a clean and fair elections.

    GOMBAK: PAS today passed a motion urging all party members to join a rally planned by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) on July 9.

    The motion, passed during the Islamic party’s muktamar, also urged all Pakatan Rakyat party machineries and NGOs to make the rally a success.

    “Our president in recent speeches said that he wants around 300,000 PAS members to attend the gathering.

    “PAS will work together with other political parties and NGOs in order to make this rally as success so that we can hold a clean and fair election,” said newly elected deputy president Mohamad Sabu who proposed the motion.

    “We who love peace will make sure that the coming general election is conducted fairly. We will work to make the ‘Walk for Democracy’ a success. Do you agree?” asked Mohamad, who is better known as Mat Sabu.

    The delegates enthusiastically answered his call with an assuring, “Setuju!” (We agree!)
    Mat Sabu said that the previsous demands from Bersih were yet to be fufilled and that there were many concerns about the conduct of the coming general election.
    He added that a major concern was the alleged use of foreign workers as Barisan Nasional voters.

    To highlight the matter, Mat Sabu gave the example of Terengganu where there was an increase in voter registration by a whopping 17% from the period of 1999-2004.

    “If a political party is active in canvassing votes, it will only get an increase of voters between 4-7%. The whopping increase shows that the Election Commision and the police are working hand in glove with the Barisan government,” he said.

    “Now this is happening in Selangor. If the registrations of foreigners continue, it is not sure if we can win back Selangor,” he said, adding that it had to be prevented.

    PKR women’s wing chief Zuraidah Kamaruddin had recently claimed that Umno’s Hulu Selangor division had applied for 2,000 foreign workers to be given citizenship to enable them to vote in the constituency in the coming election. Representative from the Hulu Selangor Umno branch has denied that allegation.

    Mat Sabu’s motion was seconded by the party’s ulama wing whose representative said: “Don’t leave your husbands or wives at home. Bring them along to Kuala Lumpur for the march”.

    “The ulama wing supports the motion fully because without real action, whatever that we have propagated in our speeches will merely be speeches,” said the representative.
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    Will PAS’s new dream team be Umno’s nightmare?

    By Sheridan Mahavera June 05, 2011

    ANALYSIS, June 5 — The election of veteran activists, parliamentarians, state administrators and think tank experts into the top PAS leadership has appeared to put the party on a firm war footing.

    This line-up of Mohamed Sabu as the PAS deputy president and vice-presidents Salahuddin Ayub, Datuk Husam Musa and Datuk Mahfuz Omar is expected to not only stand shoulder to shoulder with allies in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) but it is said that they want to spearhead the coalition in its march to Putrajaya.

    Their election perhaps speaks of the party’s changing membership and support base, and the rank-file’s desire to see the party move beyond an Islamist movement to a national-level ruling party.

    And there is very little doubt about working or talking to Umno or Barisan Nasional (BN). Not only will this leadership have no truck with them, PAS’s new war cabinet fervently wants to replace Umno as the representative of Malay Muslims.

    Yet despite the optimism that the new leadership could widen PAS’s public appeal, a significant number of members are uncomfortable with the shift in the voting trend.

    “I wished that an ulama had won. PAS should be lead by an ulama because it is an Islamic movement,” said a Kuala Lumpur grassroots member when he heard the new line up.

    For the first time in 20 years, a majority of PAS’s top leadership are made up of those who don’t come from a religious education background or to use a much-misunderstood term, ulama (religious scholar).



    “This is the leadership that will put the fear in Umno,” said Kelana Jaya delegate Abdul Rahman Othman. “It is a dynamic dream team for us to go into the next general election.”

    The headline-grabbing personality is the very amiable new party deputy president Mohamad. A former MP, senior Pakatan leader/activist, ex-Internal Security Act detainee, popular ceramah speaker and a veteran civil disobedience insurrectionist.

    Mohamad defeated incumbent Nasharudin Mat Isa and another popular challenger, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man for the coveted post.

    Below him are three vice-presidents, each of whom has crafted huge public profiles as national parliamentary opposition leaders — Salahuddin, Husam and Mahfuz.

    Of the central committee members, only six are considered “ulama” personalities. The rest of the 18 elected members are lawyers, doctors, engineers, — individuals that more reflect the majority Malay middle and working class that PAS courts.

    Mohd Rashidi Hasan, a popular pro-PAS writer, explained that though delegates still wanted the ulama to be “guardians of the party”, they realised it would take more than religious scholars to beat Umno.

    “PAS wants to lead Pakatan, but to do that it needs to win more Malay majority seats,” said Rashidi.

    In a way, the election results are an out-growth of the sentiments that elected the new Muslimat (women’s wing) leadership, where the top three posts went to two MPs and a Senator.

    “We wanted a leadership that would be able to take Muslimat forward,” said a Muslimat member from Perak, who requested anonymity.

    It is a desire for PAS to move beyond Malay society’s religious set and appeal to mainstream Muslims, whose ties to the faith are basic and who are more worried about making ends meet.

    Delegates however took pains to stress that the polls was not a manifestation of the “ulama vs professional” schism that has dominated media reports about PAS..

    “We choose based on who we think can best perform,” said Temerloh delegate Syed Hamid Syed Mohamed.

    “We want leaders who we think can raise PAS to the level of a ruling party,” he said. To get there, it needs to coordinate a united, hand-in-glove relationship with the DAP and PKR.

    “Mat Sabu” as Mohamed is popularly known, brings with him an almost three decade-long legacy of working closely with DAP and PKR leaders.

    He is said to enjoy a close friendship with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, which was forged when both were detained under the ISA during the 1987 Ops Lalang crack down.

    Though to the public Mat Sabu is known as the jester of PAS, those who’ve worked with him say he has wide experience leading campaigns against BN policy.

    “He coordinated a campaign to oppose a plan to privatise health care that was eventually dropped. He has also been at the forefront of many civil society demonstrations and actions,” said Alor Star delegate Adnan Saad.

    However, Mat Sabu still has a long, difficult road ahead and one of them is convincing the more conservative members that his methods will suit PAS’s Islamist brand of politics.

    At the same time, Mat Sabu and the new leadership will have cut through the mental barriers of racialism that Umno has grafted into the non-urban Malay electorate.

    They may have convinced PAS members that they can bring the party forward, but the real test will be whether Mat Sabu and the new leadership can persuade Malay Muslims that it will be PAS and not Umno, that can bring the community forward.


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    What the PAS party elections means to me

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    Saturday, 04 June 2011 Super Admin

    This is how I interpret yesterday’s Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS) party elections. Of course, it is still too early to bring out the wine, halal or otherwise -- as they say, we should not count our chickens before they hatch. However, from the number of eggs (and I counted at least a dozen), we can sort of already tell.

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    1. PAS will move more towards the centre from presently the right.

    2. DAP will reciprocate by also moving more towards the centre from presently the left.

    3. PKR, which is presently in the 'centre' and used to play the very crucial ‘middleman’ role to balance the leftist and rightist parties (DAP and PAS respectively), will see its relevance much reduced.

    4. DAP and PAS will build up a better working relationship through the new 'liberal' leaders.

    5. Pakatan Rakyat would be less dependent on PKR and if anything were to happen to Anwar Ibrahim or PKR the opposition coalition would not suffer too much with PAS poised to take over the role of PKR as the ‘liberal Malay-based party’.

    6. PAS, like DAP (and as DAP would wish), will focus less on theological issues as its party’s thrust and will instead concentrate on universal issues and the economic and social welfare of Malaysians (which was what the New Economic Policy or NEP was actually all about in the first place).

    7. PAS will field non-Muslims in the coming general election while DAP will field Malay candidates as part of its ‘moving towards the centre’ exercise.

    8. PAS will see a better balance between the perceived ‘ulamak’ and ‘secular’ leaders from what used to be a purely ulamak leadership.

    9. Mat Sabu, the new number two in the party, who is seen as more ‘modern thinking’, will complement the number one, who is seen as more ‘old school’.

    10. The non-Muslims will become more comfortable with the new PAS leadership line-up -- many who are seen as less ‘extreme’, ‘orthodox’ or ‘fundamental’.

    11. It will be more difficult for Ummo to continue talking about ‘Malay unity’ and to entice PAS to work with Umno for the sake of the ‘Malay cause’ seeing that PAS will now be perceived as the ‘new and better Umno’.

    12. PAS will be able to replace Umno as a ‘Malay party’ seeing that PAS is becoming more ‘Malay’ while at the same time retaining its ‘Islamic’ identity -- something which Umno would have a problem duplicating.

    13. Liberal Malays who hang on to Umno and/or PKR as their hope for the future would begin to see PAS as a viable alternative.
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    Self-correcting’ PAS is Umno’s worst nightmare

    Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz | June 5, 2011
    In PAS, the voice of delegates and members weigh much more on the decisions taken by its party leaders, unlike in Umno.
    COMMENT
    Umno talks about transformation but PAS is the party that concerts that into action. Umno does not even dare hold its party elections fearing that the party will be more divided.
    Umno hasn’t got the stomach to get rid of its old blood.
    If PAS does not break-up having had its party elections, then the Umno leadership will have a tough time defending postponing its party elections.
    Even Umno people will go away convinced that holding back elections is really an excuse by the Umno leadership to self-perpetuate.
    Hence all the cock and bull story about disunity and such.
    Meanwhile the victory of the so called Erdogan faction in PAS has got Ibrahim Ali provoked.
    He reacted by saying the victors are opposition coalition chief Anwar Ibrahim’s voice in PAS.
    Ibrahim’s outbursts are likely to be dismissed as the ranting of a loony bin and the eternal busybody.
    By the way, this ‘Erdogan’ and non-Erdogan thing is a fiction created by those who are fearful of PAS.
    I don’t see a change in the fundamental basis of PAS’s struggle with the ascension of the less-ulamak elements in PAS.
    An attempt to divide

    The whole of PAS’ body politics – whether ulamak or non-ulamak – remains whole and integral and is likely to reaffirm its commitment to Islamic politics.
    I am sure the description of PAS as such is likely to be seen as an attempt to drive a wedge in the solidarity of PAS members.
    I am more inclined to believe that such a commitment to a struggle is alien to the present generation of Umno people who have a different political culture.
    Umno struggles about getting a share in the MRT project. Umno struggles to get a lion share of the UDA Pudu Jail redevelopment project. Umno fights for big businesses.
    Umno fights for increasing electricity tariffs so that Independent Power Producers (IPPs) make more profit and prices of goods and services using energy get passed on to consumers.
    For Ibrahim Ali, the eternal busybody and the pompous windbag, what happens inside PAS is of no relevance to him.
    His comments are unsolicited and carry no weight at all.
    Ibrahim, who borrowed the PAS shell in the last elections, will have no vehicle to go into elections this time.
    If Umno allows Ibrahim to hitch a ride, there is something very wrong in Umno.
    Don’t underestimate PAS zeal

    But what happens in PAS has much bearings on Umno. Umno’s worse nightmares are now becoming real.
    Mohamad Sabu (better known as Mat Sabu), has won the party deputy presidency with 420 votes.
    He leads a group of leaders to counter conservatives who are said to prefer to link up with Umno.
    I hesitate to refer them as progressives.
    We can’t underestimate their (PAS) zeal towards Islamic politics; they differ only in approach.
    The suggestion that PAS wants to link up with Umno has always been a non-issue. PAS operates differently from Umno.
    The voice of delegates and members weigh much more on the decisions taken by party leaders.
    And PAS has the influence of its Dewan Ulamak.
    That inference I think is a figment in the imagination of some people and probably a manifestation of hope for redemption from a more besieged party – Umno.
    It is Umno that has been harping on Malay unity which when translated actually means – please save us, we want to stay in power.
    No need for Umno

    The reality has always been that the majority of PAS members who are Malays probably have no desire to supplant their Malay-ness by teaming up with Umno.
    PAS simply does not need Umno to reaffirm and remind them that they are Malay first.
    They are already Malays and can also justifiably claim, to be more Islamic in conduct and behavior.
    The victory of non-ulamaks in so many party positions must be seen as what they really are – a self-correction measure undertaken by PAS adherents to moderate its image, but never its content.
    What is the typical image of PAS?
    It’s an Islamic party portraying the image of a spiritual and other worldly organization.
    It’s a party filled with wide-eyed mullahs, patrolling the streets enforcing dress code, unshaved chins and mandatory use of skull caps, hijab and so forth.
    Umno on the other hand projects a temporal and secular image.
    So what has PAS now become? It has become a spiritual and less other-worldly.
    The later description conjuring the image of an uncompromising and harsh Taliban-esque organization bent on imposing harsh laws on the populace.
    Viable alternative

    By correcting itself, PAS can succeed better at making itself more relevant to society.
    Why would PAS need Umno?
    I think the victory of the moderates in PAS who will change the character of PAS from one party with Taliban-esque inclinations to a party of rational Islam, actually strikes fear in Umno.
    Now, PAS with the new leadership line up offers a very credible and viable political leadership to the Malays.
    The new line up also allays fears within the non-Muslim community who can see PAS now as a realistic political party.
    This strikes Umno in two areas.
    PAS can now offer an alternative to Malays and therefore will further erode Umno’s already dwindling monopoly over Malay votes.
    Secondly, it can appeal to non-Muslims who are tired of Umno’s bully tactics and its cowardly support of Perkasa’s Malay agenda.
    The trio who won the vice-presidential posts are well known non-conservative Islamists.
    They are incumbent Salahuddin Ayub who took top spot with 753 votes.
    Kelantan senior councillor Husam Musa was second with 660 votes while another incumbent Mahfuz Omar kept his post with 616 votes. Both Salahuddin and Mahfuz were incumbents.
    Only one aim

    More than two-thirds of the 18 places in the central working committee were also taken by the professionals, who were among the 53 candidates contesting the seats.
    The new central working committee are Anak chairman Mazlan Aliman who received the most votes with 804 followed by Dr Hatta Ramli (765), Kamaruddin Jaafar (739), PAS lawyer Hanipa Maidin (735), Kedah Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak (721), Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (702),Parit Buntar MP Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (651), Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad (643), Abdul Ghani Shamsuddin (579), Amiruddin Hamzah (576), Kuala Terengganu MP Abdul Wahid Endut (556), Abu Bakar Chik (527), Kelantan exco member Mohd Amar Abdullah (470), Johor’s Dr Mahfodz Mohamed (449), Kota Raja MP and Muslimat deputy chief Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (445), Selangor PAS commissioner Dr Hasan Ali (437), Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman (430) and former Muslimat chief Nuridah Salleh (416).
    It simply means, PAS has succeeded in the area where Umno has failed.
    Umno leadership talks about pompous transformation of this and that but it is PAS which is actualy walking the talk.
    What of the future?

    PAS can now play the role of a kingmaker determining who leads the next government.
    Despite the victory of more than 12 moderates in the leadership line-up, PAS lacks a figure with a stature credible enough to muster sufficient national support from all quarters.
    If it can find such a leader to lend its support, PAS can deliver the support of conservative Malays to the general desire of the people to punish Umno.
    I predict they will do so because PAS has only one aim. To topple Umno in the next elections.
    The writer is a former Umno state rep. This is an excerpt of his latest blog entry at Sakmongkol 47. He is also an FMT columnist.
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    When you have UMNO, Ibrahim Ali and Utusan Malaysia incessantly attacking PAS, you know PAS is doing something right. If I didn't know better, I would have thought UMNO is having the hysterics.

    PAS scared of the truth about the video: Muhyiddin

    Utusan says Hadi, Nik Aziz forced PAS ulama out

    Utusan blames Anwar, DAP for PAS ulamas’ electoral defeat

    Ibrahim Ali calls new PAS leadership ‘Anwar’s voice’
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    This is a very serious danger facing Malaysia. UMNO is prepared to sell the country to foreigners just to hang on to power. This strategy is a colonization tactic first used by the British against the Malays. Now UMNO is using it against all Malaysians. If we let UMNO get away with this, we go the way of Myanmar and one day, the Malays will wake up to realize that they are now a minority.

    PAS seeks to block ICs for foreigners, says BN election plot

    By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani June 05, 2011


    Mat Sabu cites reliable sources in his accusation against JPN in the illegal squatter settlement in Selangor. — Picture by Choo Choy May

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — PAS wants Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to legally stop the national registration department (JPN) from issuing identity cards to foreign nationals, saying it is a Barisan Nasional (BN) plot to win elections.
    PAS delegates approved a motion for PR to file the injunction against JPN, claiming BN was abusing its powers in the Election Commission (EC) and JPN to win the 13th general election.

    “It is no longer a secret that there was a planned conspiracy which was conducted in Sabah through Project IC during the 1980s and 1990s to overthrow the Sabah government led by Sabah United Party (PBS) which saw thousands illegal immigrants given permit registered as voters,” said the motion.

    The motion also called for the setup up of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the issue.

    “We will hold a peaceful walk for democracy and seek for a fair election. BN must restrain themselves and void chaos because we are peaceful people seeking justice,” PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu told the delegates at the general assembly here today.

    But Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had recently rejected a call by United Pasokmomogun Kadazan Dusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok’s to set up a RCI on the same matter.

    The minister reportedly said last February that the RCI would not solve Sabah’s immigration problem.

    PR Selangor backbenchers’ chief Azmin Ali has also accused the BN federal government of issuing identity cards to illegal immigrants to boost their electoral votes.

    The Gombak MP did not substantiate his claims — citing “reliable sources” — and accused JPN of working with BN to issue identity cards in illegal immigrant squatter settlements in the state.

    A total of 130,097 new voters were registered in Selangor last year.

    According to the Election Commission, 70 per cent of the 4.3 million unregistered voters are between the ages of 21 and 40. About 450,000 Malaysians turn 21 each year, the eligible age of voting in this country.

    Selangor PKR deputy chairman Zuraida Kamaruddin recently circulated a document alleged to be a letter Umno had sent to Hishamuddin requesting that 2,000 foreigners be given full citizenship instead of just permanent residence.

    The motion also wants for the IC issue to be included as one of the demands in the Bersih 2.0 rally that will be held on July 9.

    Bersih 1.0 rally drew tens of thousands in Kuala Lumpur in November 2007, a few months before the historic Election 2008 that saw the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) lose its two-thirds parliamentary majority and five states for the first time since independence.
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    Umno’s attacks on muktamar reflects panic, say PAS leaders
    By Zulaikha Zulkifli June 06, 2011


    Mahfuz said Umno leaders are now panicking. — File pix

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — Umno’s strident attacks on PAS for allegedly sacrificing its Islamic state agenda is proof the ruling party is shell-shocked by the election of professionals, party leaders say.
    Re-elected vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the weekend’s party polls, which saw progressive leaders wipe out conservative ulamas from the deputy and vice-presidencies, have left Umno leaders shaken.

    “(Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin) and other Umno leaders are now panicking. It looks like this muktamar has succeeded in bringing chaos among their ranks,” the Pokok Sena MP told The Malaysian Insider.

    He said the question of whether PAS has neglected Islam does not arise at all but “Umno is acting in desperation as the public has rejected other issues it has been raising.”

    Muhyiddin, who is Umno deputy president, accused PAS yesterday of sacrificing Islamic principles for the sake of politics, saying the party should have used its muktamar to seek the truth behind a sex video allegedly featuring Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    The deputy prime minister also mocked PAS, which his party has repeatedly tried to woo into forming a unity government, claiming the Islamist party was likely afraid the “truth” behind the video would tarnish its religious image.

    PAS delegates had moved at its party assembly to condemn state muftis and Islamic scholars for keeping silent over the controversial sex video caper.


    Salahuddin said Muhyiddin does not know Islamic principles.

    It followed from the ulama faction, most significantly former deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa, suffering huge losses in Friday’s vote.
    “My advice to Muhyiddin is that he should learn more from ulamas if he wants to talk about adultery,” Mahfuz said.

    Newly-elected deputy president Mohamed Sabu also said Muhyiddin should refer to Islamic scholars before speaking about PAS and its Islamic agenda.

    “He cannot say that because our leadership is made up of capable ulamas who refer to the scriptures,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

    Vice-president Salahuddin Ayub condemned Muhyiddin for prejudging PKR de facto leader Anwar.

    “He does not know Islamic principles. Islam does not allow us to disgrace others. The allegations against Anwar involve his dignity,” the Kubang Kerian MP said.

    A mysterious “Datuk T” had aired a 21-minute recording to reporters at the prestigious Carcosa Seri Negara hotel here in April, alleging that it was a video of Anwar having sex with a prostitute, a claim that the former deputy prime minister has denied.

    “Datuk T” was later identified as a group made up of businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and former Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim
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    Some lessons from PAS muktamar


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    What you heard during the presidential address was some idea about a welfare state which PAS wants to introduce if Pakatan Rakyat comes to power; on how Umno had corrupted and made Malays unthinking, etc. Basically, you did not have table thumping and fire and brimstone speeches and threatening gestures you find at the Umno assembly.

    The Malaysian Insider

    Beyond the headlines in the past few days, some interesting facts and storylines have been thrown up by the PAS elections. These include:

    Lesson Number 1: For all the stereotyping of PAS as a party of backward religious types, these elections have shown that the Islamic political party is committed to democratic principles.

    In the months before the polls, it was clear that this was going to be a tough and possibly acrimonious polls between the religious class and the progressives. Some argued that the PAS leadership should have postponed the bruising elections in view of coming general elections.

    No way.

    PAS went ahead with the party elections, believing that electing leaders is a crucial part of democracy. Unlike Umno who has postponed its party elections for fear of infighting. Unlike the MCA which has also postponed its party election.

    Sure, the PAS leadership may have their work cut out in bridging gap between the ulamas and the progressives but would you prefer politicians who delay tackling an issue or those who confront issues headlong?

    Lesson Number 2: Calling all future election candidates: if you want to win a contest, engineer it so that Utusan Malaysia and the mainstream media will campaign for your opponent.

    In the run up to the PAS elections, Utusan Malaysia campaigned for Nasharuddin Mat Isa and others in the ulama class, believing that this group was more amenable to working with Umno.

    Not a day went by without Utusan Malaysia talking up the need for PAS to be run by the ulamas (a curious happening given that the paper's owner ridicules PAS's brand of Islam).

    So what happens? Nasharuddin the incumbent number 2 is soundly beaten by Mat Sabu, a PAS veteran who enjoys close ties with Lim Guan Eng and Anwar Ibrahim. Also, Husam Musa — a favourite target of Utusan Malaysia — got in as one of the three vice-presidents.

    Perhaps this is another sign of the waning influence of Utusan, a paper read and believed only by Umno members. This fact should worry Umno because its mouthpiece is losing the ability to shape opinion outside hardcore party supporters.

    Lesson Number 3: You didn't hear Ustaz Hadi Awang speaking about Malay rights, about apportioning contracts to Malay business, about banning the Bible, about crushing Christians.

    What you heard during the presidential address was some idea about a welfare state which PAS wants to introduce if Pakatan Rakyat comes to power; on how Umno had corrupted and made Malays unthinking, etc.

    Basically, you did not have table thumping and fire and brimstone speeches and threatening gestures you find at the Umno assembly.

    Point is that the PAS leaders may not come across as urbane or sophisticated but they seem to dislike playing the race card. That is refreshing in this racially polarised country.

    And reflects what Islam is all about. Or for that matter, the PAS that wants to govern Malaysia.
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    UMNO’s nightmares are becoming reality


    UMNO's worse nightmares are now becoming a reality. PAS is transforming
    itself into a credible and viable alternative. If it links up with
    likeminded people from other parties and the combined forces are led by
    someone with stature, they will form the next government.

    Will PAS implode? It will only if it has the UMNO culture. What
    differentiates PAS from UMNO is the existence of an eternal idealism. To see
    the application of more Islamic content in the running of the country
    wherever and whenever they are applicable.

    The recent victory of the Erdogan faction in PAS is also a reflection that
    PAS has succeeded in attracting more libertarian members into the party. The
    change in leadership character in PAS can only be possible as a result of a
    change in the character of the men and women who have become PAS members. If
    they have enlisted into the PAS army, then UMNO has lost people of this
    caliber from its ranks.

    What will happen to UMNO? Very soon, UMNO members will consist of the
    riff-raffs and contract hungry divisional leaders and class F contractors.
    UMNO will continue to be dominated by leaders and followers who make high
    pitched noises when they can't get something out of the MRT and Pudu Jail
    redevelopment projects.

    Pas is showing it's ready to take the bull by its horns. It shines where
    UMNO leadership falters. PAS doesn't fear leadership transformation. UMNO
    shows it does.

    UMNO talks but its PAS who walks. The party is now made up of more
    professionals. They are trained in the secular skills but the people with
    the skills have spiritual credentials. Plus, they are younger and are being
    groomed to take over PAS leadership.

    UMNO reins in its young fearing backlash from powerful warlords in the
    party. It doesn't even have the stomach to fill in positions with elected
    members. Some who lost in the last elections continue to be given positions
    in government. For all the talk about transformation, the party has shown
    it's all just rhetoric.

    The UMNO president can only offer a meek excuse that UMNO members do not
    want Khairy and therefore he is let out to pasture. Which members?

    In the meantime, the young and restless will continue to be drawn to PAS now
    that more people with libertarian views are going to PAS. Those not moved by
    PAS will continue to shy away from UMNO. Because UMNO hasn't shown it's
    ready to jive in with young. It misleads itself into believing giggly young
    girls rushing to shake the hand of the PM will convert into votes that will
    ensure UMNO stays in Putrajaya.

    Who in UMNO can speak to the young with credence? Let's be realistic enough.
    Khaiiry Jamaludin with all his imperfections and perhaps impetuousness can
    link up with the young. No other UMNO leader can provide the emotional tie
    up. He is articulate and highly intelligent. His character flaws can be
    corrected if the UMNO leadership shows more maturity and coolness in
    decision making. The UMNO president underestimates his own influence on UMNO
    psychology. If he decides KJ to be given a position in government, the
    others will follow.

    Instead he follows the whispers that blow in the wind. They come from Pro
    UMNO bloggers who may not be and are not even UMNO members and whose
    Malayness are questionable. These people continue to berate and cast
    aspersions on the character on the one person capable of galvanizing the
    young and capturing their emotions.

    Instead the UMNO president relies on people like Mukhriz Mahathir whose
    support comes mainly from conceited MRSM alumnus who think the hell about
    themselves. The only semblance of intelligence that Mukhriz has is his
    receding hairline, fitting the conventional description of professors with
    balding heads.

    UMNO talks about transformation but PAS is the party that converts that into
    action. UMNO does not even dare hold its party elections fearing that the
    party will be more divided. UMNO hasn't got the stomach to get rid of its
    old blood. If PAS doesn't break up despite having party elections, the UMNO
    leadership will have a tough time defending why its postponing party
    elections.

    Even UMNO people will go away convinced that holding back elections is
    really an excuse by the UMNO leadership to self-perpetuate. Hence all the
    cock and bull story about disunity and all that.

    It's strange to get the impression that UMNO can stay in power provided the ulamas dominate PAS. Since when is UMNO so chummy to people of the robes? Such reversal of affection can only suggest that UMNO hasn't got a soul. Or
    it can also suggest the plight of a person going into old age and conscious of his mortality and who now mourns for spiritual salvation.


    Does ageing UMNO see spiritual salvation in PAS? If it does, there's no
    future for people like Ibrahim Ali.
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