MALAYSIA POLITICS PARLIAMENT

By Kung Chin Chin on Friday, January 02, 2009

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Opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People's Justice Party) president Wan Azizah Ismail (L), who is the wife of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, poses for photographs with her 27-year-old daughter and newly-elected member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar (R) before a closed ceremony where members of parliament were sworn in, at the parliament building in Kuala Lumpur on April 28, 2008. Malaysia's newly elected lawmakers took the oath of office in parliament April 28 after the March 8 elections which redrew the political landscape with a historic strong opposition presence. AFP PHOTO/TENGKU BAHAR (Photo credit should read TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Anwar assumes PKR Sabah & Sarawak state leadership; KT briefs

By Kung Chin Chin on Friday, January 02, 2009

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Firstly, KeADILan has gone ahead and reshuffled a little bit the state leaders (”State Liasion Chiefs”) around the country.

Notably, DSAI himself has been made state chief for Sabah and Sarawak. Such an appointment is something of a procedural oddity - one that obviously signals a very firm commitment to making serious inroads in East Malaysia.

On the whole, I think the move is a welcome one. Too long have our brothers and sisters across the South China Sea been neglected and given a bad deal. Sending the top gun to personally oversee developments there is I think appropriate.

In other news, Mat Sabu seems to be out of the running for the KT candidacy? If so, this is a little unfortunate, as I quite like the guy (on top of everything, he’s quite entertaining. Don’t be surprised if it’s just a ruse though, politics = possible).

I quite like Syed Azman too, so I’d be happy with him.

But I’m not going to meddle too much in Pas internal politics, save perhaps to note that like all political parties, I think there are divergent factions, and I think the final announcement of the candidate may reveal certain trends.

Over lunch the other day, my colleagues and I were joking: perhaps the selection of Wan Farid was a typical hedge bet by Najib.

If he wins, he can say it’s because of the transition plan. If he loses, he can say it was because it was Abdullah’s man.

Sneaky fler!

Alright, will beg your pardon if this blog quiets down a bit for Christmas and new year - family time!! :)

Sarikei pertarungan sesama DAP / 25/02/2008

By Kung Chin Chin on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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SARIKEI 24 Feb. – Parlimen Sarikei yang asalnya adalah medan pertarungan Barisan Nasional (BN) dengan pembangkang pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-12 kini telah menjadi pertarungan sesama anggota DAP sendiri yang tidak puas hati dengan pucuk pimpinan mereka.

Meskipun DAP telah meletakkan calon mereka, Dr. Wong Hua Seh, 57, untuk menentang calon BN iaitu Ding Kuong Hiing, 53, namun dua anggota parti itu bertindak membelakangi parti dengan bertanding atas tiket Bebas.

Dua anggota DAP terbabit iaitu Ngu Ting Hai, 51, dan Kung Chin Chin, 34, bertanding pada kali ini seolah-olah memprotes pucuk pimpinan parti berkenaan di negeri ini.

Antara alasan dua calon itu untuk bertanding adalah disebabkan tidak terpilih pada pilihan raya kali ini manakala seorang lagi menggunakan masalah prinsip yang diamalkan oleh pemimpin parti berkenaan.

Chin Chin memberitahu, masalah prinsip dalam kepimpinan parti itu menyebabkan beliau rasa terpanggil untuk bertanding di Parlimen Sarikei walaupun percubaannya pada pilihan raya di peringkat Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) pada 2006 di Repok gagal.


Menurutnya, banyak perkara yang tidak kena dalam parti itu malah segala kata-kata yang dijanjikan tidak pernah ada yang betul atau diterjemahkan.

“Sebab utama saya ingin bertanding adalah prinsip, kalau cakap kena tunaikan dan kalau salah tetap salah kerana negara ini mengamalkan demokrasi,” ujarnya yang mengakui masih ahli parti tersebut.

Begitu juga dengan Ting Hai yang tidak kisah jika parti DAP mengambil tindakan untuk memecatnya kerana baginya kepimpinan parti itu tidak menepati janji mereka.

Katanya, sebelum ini beliau telah dijanjikan untuk bertanding tetapi namanya tidak tersenarai menyebabkannya tidak peduli untuk bertanding atas tiket Bebas.

“Saya ingin berkhidmat kepada masyarakat tetapi kepimpinan DAP tidak menunaikan janji mereka untuk meletakkan saya sebagai calon.

“Lagi pun, saya telah 10 tahun memantau perkembangan di Sarikei dan mengetahui apa yang berlaku di sini dan berharap berkhidmat di Parlimen ini,” katanya yang kecewa dengan parti itu yang tidak menepati janji mereka.

Recent Events

By Kung Chin Chin on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Malaysian general election, 2008

Ding Kuong Hiing (BN SUPP) - He was appointed a political secretary to the Chief Minister in 2005 and is now SUPP Sarikei branch assistant secretary. He replaced the incumbent, Law Hieng Ding, SUPP deputy president, who retired after six terms as MP.

Dr. Wong Hua Seh (DAP) - a former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate, who contested against SUPP's David Teng in 2002.

Lau Kian Chai (Independent) - Former SUPP member. He resigned from SUPP in June 2007. He's a timber businessman.

Ngu Tien Hai (Independent) - Former DAP member. He joined DAP Bintangor after the 2004 general election.

Kung Chin Chin (Independent) - Former DAP member. She lost by a slim majority of 500+ votes to David Teng in the Repok constituency in the 2006 state election.

Nomination Day

By Kung Chin Chin on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Finally, the nomination day for the General Election is over. News including:

Three way fight in Sibu and Stampin for Sarawak. PKR decided to field its candidates in these traditional DAP seats.

Dominique Ng decided not to contest in Kuching. (thank god.)

Five way fight in Sarikei, Kung Chin Chin contesting as an independent! (I’d support Kung Chin Chin and I’m speechless)

Ginie Lim is nominated as a state-seat candidate under the Keadilan banner! (Melaka’s N8 Machap)

In Sabah, Kalabakan, Pensiangan parliamentary seat won uncontested by BN! (Joseph Kurup go die!!)

Azalina won Penggeram parliamentary uncontested, again! (on the way to become UMNO Wanita chief?)
Kapit in Sarawak goes uncontested by BN!

Four way fight for Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat, Yee Moh Chai decided not to contest and gives way to party member.

Jeff Ooi to contest in the Jelutong Parliamentary seat in Penang.

Teresa Kok to contest in Kinrara state seat other than her Seputeh Parliamentary seat.

Mahathir’s son, Mukriz to contest in Jerlun parliamentary seat in Kedah, next to Kubang Pasu.

Donald Mojintin, previously from Penampang parliamentary seat, to contest in Moyog state seat - gives way to Bernard Dompok.

Lim Guan Eng to contest in Bagan, Penang.

I now understand why election candidates would have butterflies in their stomaches until they are officially nominated. They might fail to hand in their nomination form successfully and fall into all sorts of technical problems including being late, forgetting to fill in some information into his/her form, incorrect information, ugly handwriting, etc etc.

The Truth & Facts are always painful / Kung Chin Chin 龚 晶 晶

By Kung Chin Chin on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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By Kung Chin Chin on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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