PAS picks Dr Zulkefli for Galas

PAS picks Dr Zulkefli for Galas
The Malaysian Insider
October 22, 2010

GUA MUSANG, Oct 22 — PAS picked Gua Musang acting chief Dr Zulkefli Mohamad as Pakatan Rakyat candidate for the November 4 Galas vote.

Dr Zulkefli was the Gua Musang parliamentary seat candidate in Election 2008, losing to Tengku Razaleigh, who has been appointed as the election director for this highly anticipated by-election, the 13th since the general election.

The announcement was made by Kelantan mentri besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat last night. Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was also present.

Nomination is slated for October 26. Both nomination and voting days are the same as for the Batu Sapi by-election in Sabah.
The seat became vacant following the unfortunate death of PAS’s Che Hashim Sulaima from cancer on September 27.
In Election 2008, Che Hashim beat BN’s Mohd Saufi Deraman by a margin of 646.

Medical doctor is PAS’ choice for Galas
Oct 22, 10

Medical doctor Dr Zulkefli Muhammad, who is also Gua Musang PAS division deputy chief, has been named as the PAS candidate for the upcoming Galas by-election.

Zulkefli was the PAS candidate who ran and lost against Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for the Gua Musang parliamentary seat in the 2008 general elections.

The 44-year old Dr Zulkefli ia the seventh son of 10 siblings. Graduating from Universiti Malaya (UM) in 1992, he holds a degree in medicine and surgery.

He is said to be well known to locals for his services as a doctor, he is reportedly well regarded in party circles and is currently Gua Musang PAS acting-chief.
PAS spiritual advisor Nik Aziz Nik Mat made the announcement at the Dataran Ilmu at close to midnight during a meet-the-people session held next to the Faiz Mosque in Gua Musang town.

Parliamentary opposition leader and de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim and Nik Aziz spoke to the crowd prior to the announcement.

Although DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang was also supposed to join them, he was taken ill and did not attend. Lim was represented by Perak DAP chief Ngeh Khoo Ham

BN to announce candidate on Sunday

The state assembly seat fell vacant after PAS state assemblyperson Che Hashim Sulaima, who had been battling colon cancer, passed away late last month after a relapse.

Hashim won the Galas seat with a majority of 646 votes in the last general election, against incumbent Saufi Deraman of BN.

The state constituency has 10,330 voters consisting of 65.4 percent Malays, 22.3 percent Chinese and 1.8 percent Indians. Most of the remaining 10.5 percent are Orang Asli, who number around 2,000 in Galas.

Galas, one of three state seats under the Gua Musang parliamentary constituency – long held by Razaleigh – and is considered a BN stronghold.

It fell to PAS in the 2008 general elections, reportedly due to a swing in non-Malay votes.

Meanwhile, BN will be announcing its candidate for both the Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections on Sunday.

Razaleigh has agreed to spearhead the BN campaign in Galas, but has declined to be the candidate.

  1. #1 by Loh on Friday, 22 October 2010 - 10:49 am

    Najib said that non-Malays have more wealth than Malays and so NEP which discriminates against non-Malays for the past 39 years have not made non-Malays poor. So it seems the government has the right to institute more discriminatory policies against non-Malays as collectively they had wealth, contrary to expectation.

    For Najib’s statement to make some sense there should be a law in the country which makes the community shares the wealth among themselves like a communist state. Najib should know that ISA is against communism and so there is no law to ask rich Chinese such as the CEO of SP Setia to share his wealth with other Chinese. Thus Najib was merely talking nonsense with his statistics.

    Najib has also conveniently forgotten that the rich Chinese could withstand NEP because they can easily fund the activities of their children. But ordinary Chinese have to save from their meagre earnings to foot the bills of bringing up their children. Unlike Malays who stand a chance to study in residential schools with government support, non-Malays do not have such facilities. Unlike Malays who can easily get into local universities and some even get state bursaries, non-Malays have less opportunity to be admitted to local universities, and invariably they have no financial support from the government. Unlike Malays who get overseas scholarship when they show good results, non-Malays do not get even 0% of the scholarship offered when they have at least 25% of scholars, assuming all races of the same intelligence, who qualify based on universally accepted meritocratic criteria. In terms of employment, 1.2 million Malays get to enjoy the perks of government services and the remaining 100,000 non-Malays government servants, if there are that many would have their promotion and career development obstructed. Despite that there are at least 300,000 non-Malays (by population ratio) who would like to be employed in the government service, despite career obstacles. They are denied that chance simply because some so-called Chineese like the CEO of SP Setia who became rich despite NEP.

    There are complaints that Malays are not favourably treated in the private sector. Firstly, it seems that GLCs are not in the private sector. Secondly, the private sector companies that have semblances of job security (in the sense that company does not go bankrupt) and career advancement are in the listed companies and they invariably have Malays in the management. As for the small time employers, they have to make sure that the little hard earned money they have would make the company viable. They certainly want their money to buy its worth of services. Thus such small time private sector services cannot be requested to perform social services for employment like the government does. In fact the government service is the greatest welfare organization in the country; but 90% of such social-transfers go to Malays. Yes, government services do need some skeleton staff to give the impression that it looks like an office and perform some functions. That was why there are some non-Malays around.

    Because Najib is surrounded by rich Chinese and he does not know that there are ordinary Chinese and Indians who live from hand to mouth. Their 4,000 years culture conditions them not to live on handouts. But the discriminatory NEP policies make life difficult for them. Despite not getting handouts from the government, the poor non-Malays have to subsidize the Malays through paying more for housing units so that Malays can get a discount, on top of the handouts the Malays obtain from the governemnt.

    Najib is correct that after his father amended the Article 153 to make the council of rulers decide on that article after it had been approved by 2/3 votes in the parliament, amending or doing away with article 153 is not automatic. But to say that is impossible is telling Malaysians that the rulers cannot decide among themselves. That is contempt of the Royal houses. It is undemocratic of the government to deny citizens the right to discuss provisions in the constitution. If this country practises rule of law, then it can stop hooligans creating unrest responding to civil discussions. The government can use ISA to stop discussion, but it shows that the government could not allow free flow of information as part of democratic voting system. There are tall buildings but there is so social development in this country. Yet Malaysia signed the ASEAN Charter and accepted the principle of democratic governance. It is easy to fool Malaysians, but wouldn’t Najib blush in front of his counterpart of other ASEAN countries in allowing Rais Yatim to suggest police actions against free speech?

  2. #2 by Ray on Friday, 22 October 2010 - 12:53 pm

    Kudos To PR >PAS,
    Rakyat >>Lets stand together as One Nation of People Humane Race Together absolutely for the sake of rebuilding a better nation for the future generation of our children….
    Lets declare our sincere commitment for PR
    Pls Vote Dr Zul into Parliament in the coming By-election at Galas.
    Just Practise Politics of Prudence and Fairness..Human hv feelings and will also support if the PR foundation and unity remain as firm and sound.

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