Saturday, June 12, 2010

PRU13 Pulau Pinang akan kami RAMPAS kembali - Azhar Ibrahim

Ketua Pembangkang Pulau Pinang Azhar Ibrahim hari ini mengatakan beliau yakin Barisan Nasional akan memenangi lebih dari 11 Kerusi dalam Pilihanraya Umum yang ke13 ini.

Keyakinannya berdasarkan kekuatan akar umbi dan sokongan dari masyarakat pengundi Melayu dan India sendiri yang menurutnya kini telah kembali kepada UMNO/BN setelah mereka merasakan terpedaya dengan Pakatan Rakyat.

Menurutnya lagi UMNO kini semakin kuat, pengundi yang dulunya menyokong Pakatan Rakyat kini telah memahami permainan politik Pakatan Rakyat.

Kerusi ADUN yang dikuasai oleh UMNO Pulau Pinang sekarang ialah Bertam, Pinang Tunggal, Penaga, Teluk Air Tawar, Sungai Dua, Permatang Berangan, Seberang Jaya, Teluk Bahang, Pulau Betong, Bayan Lepas dan Sungai Acheh.

Manakala UMNO telah kehilangan kerusi bagi DUN Batu Maung, Penanti, Permatang Pasir, Penanti dan Sungai Bakap kepada Pakatan Rakyat..

Itu sebahagian dari terjemahan dari kata-kata Azhar Ibrahim Ketua Pembangkang Pulau Pinang, jika diperhatikan betul-betul boleh dikatakan keyakinan beliau itu ada asasnya terutamanya bila dikatakan beliau UMNO akan memenangi lebih dari 11 Kerusi yang dikuasainya sekarang.

Gerakkerja yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO dikawasan kerusi yang mereka telah kalah iaitu DUN Batu Maung, Penanti, Permatang Pasir, Penanti dan Sungai Bakap Nampak jauh lebih baik dari gerakkerja yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat yang telah menang disitu.

Pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO yang telah kalah dalam Pilihanraya yang ke12 yang lalu dilihat kini lebih kerap turun kepadang menemui masyarakat pengundi, mungkin kerana mereka mempunyai masa terluang yang banyak kini..

Keprihatinan mereka terhadap masyarakat amat luar biasa sekali, mereka kini sanggup meninggalkan kenderaan mewah mereka ditepi jalan untuk berjalan kaki menemui masyarakat bagi mendengar masaalah rakyat.

Mereka juga sanggup turun bersama masyarakat mencari mangsa yang lemas walaupun diberitahu hanya melalui sms pada pukul 2 pagi..

Begitu juga dengan masyarakat India yang dulunya menyokong Pakatan Rakyat, ramai juga dengarnya telah beralih sokongan kerana mereka merasakan kaum mereka dipinggirkan.

Jadi buat pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat yang telah memenangi DUN yang dikuasai UMNO itu berhati-hatilah…

Kesibukan bukanlah satu alas an yang wajar diberikan, kerana anda telah menerima tanggungjawab sebagai Wakil Rakyat dengan tiada paksaan jadi atas apa alasanpun kunjingilah pengundi anda.

Jangan kerana kini anda berada didalam pejabat yang berhawa dingin, anda tiada keinginan atau malas untuk meninggalkan kerusi empuk dan pejabat berhawa dingin anda itu untuk turun menemui rakyat yang berada dibawah terik mentari ini…

ANDA dilantik oleh RAKYAT dan ANDA juga akan dijatuhkan oleh RAKYAT!!

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'Barisan Nasional can regain Penang'


By Athi Shankar

EXCLUSIVE BUTTERWORTH: The state Umno believes Barisan Nasional can win back the Penang government from Pakatan Rakyat in the next general election.

Its secretary Azhar Ibrahim is confident that Umno in particular could win more than the current 11 seats it won in the 2008 general election.

He cited Umno grassroots strength and the return of many rural Malay and Indian voters to the BN fold as the main reasons for his optimism.

“Umno is still going strong.

“Many Malays are abandoning PKR and PAS and returning to Umno because they realised they have been deceived by the Pakatan state government.

“They now understand the Pakatan political game,” Azhar told FMT in an exclusive interview at his office in Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda) here today.

The state seats currently under Umno are Bertam, Pinang Tunggal, Penaga, Teluk Air Tawar, Sungai Dua, Permatang Berangan, Seberang Jaya, Teluk Bahang, Pulau Betong, Bayan Lepas and Sungai Acheh.

The state seats it lost in the last polls are Batu Maung, Penanti, Permatang Pasir, Penanti and Sungai Bakap.

Indians back in BN fold

Azhar, the Perda chairman, also claimed that Indians were now returning to BN after deserting the coalition the last time, especially in the wake of the Kampung Buah Pala fiasco and Mak Mandin “Rumah Hijau” problem.

He is also optimistic that Gerakan and MCA could fare better in Penang the next time because both parties have managed to resolve their internal problems, which marred their last campaign.

He said the internal problems in MCA and Gerakan were the main reason the parties lost all the seats they contested in 2008.

He also blamed Gerakan indecisiveness in naming Koh Tsu Koon's successor as Penang chief minister during the pre-election period as another major reason for the BN electoral setback two years ago.

Three names – Dr Teng Hock Nan, Teng Chang Yeow an Lee Kah Choon – cropped up as Koh’s likely successor during the period.

Azhar said Gerakan’s failure to name any one of them to succeed Koh confused the electorate and affected public confidence.

However, now he foresees that since both parties have put their houses in order, MCA and Gerakan should be able to carry out a stronger campaign to win back some seats in the next election.

“Both parties need not win all their seats.

“They only need to win half of their seats and BN will be back helming the state government.

“I am confident Umno can win more seats the next time around,” said Azhar, the state opposition leader, who also took a swipe at Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, accusing him of behaving like a dictator.

“So many projects are being issued stop-work orders on his directives without any valid reasons,” he said.

'Unprofessional politician'

He also accused Lim of being an unprofessional politician who personalised issues and exacted political revenge on his critics.

For instance, he said, he was referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee merely because “Lim could not stomach my criticisms”.

Azhar is facing a trial before the committee for allegedly uttering seditious remarks in the recent assembly sitting, an allegation he denies.

The committee held its first meeting on the case early this week.

Azhar also chided Lim for failing to resolve the compensation issue for nine village households of the demolished Kampung Buah Pala.

The nine has since filed court action to claim compensation.

Azhar claimed that Lim was taking revenge on them for criticising him during the village fiasco.

“The nine were merely standing up for their rights.

“But the chief minister has made it so personal,” said Azhar.


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