TEMERLOH, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Umno has distributed the list of 10.8
million voters to all its divisions to facilitate tracing of voters and
campaigning in the upcoming 12th general election.
Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the list
carried the names and addresses of voters to enable the party's
election machinery to get voters to carry out their responsibility of
casting their votes.
He said the list had been divided according to voters' race and
submitted to Umno, MCA and MIC to help them identify the respective
party supporters and facilitate door-to-door campaigning.
"The distribution is meticulously done as it also involves age and
gender groups and the voting centres," he said after a briefing on
current issues at the Temerloh Umno hall here Sunday.
He said Pahang had 601,512 voters -- 423,792 Malays, 139,593 Chinese, 29,051 Indians and 9,076 from other races.
He was confident that the party's Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings
would work as a cohesive unit during the election campaign to ensure a
big victory for the Barisan Nasional.
Radzi said Umno had 2.8 million registered members, out of whom
650,000 did not register as voters with the Election Commission.
"However, 250,000 of them could be traced and have registered as voters to be able to vote in the coming elections," he added.
Kimma Chief: We Have Decided To Merge With PPP
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress
(Kimma) has decided to merge with the People's Progressive Party (PPP),
after its application to join Barisan Nasional (BN) failed to elicit a
Kimma president Amir Amsaa Alla Pitchay said the unanimous
resolution to join PPP was passed at its (Kimma's) supreme council
"We need a channel to voice the problems of Indian Muslims to the
highest authority after our application to join BN did not get any
reply," he told reporters after chairing the meeting.
For example, Amir Amsaa said, children of Kimma members were
recorded as 'Indian' in their birth certificates, instead of Indian
Muslims like before.
He said this had caused problems to school going children who became confused with their background.
He said that last Friday, Kimma supreme council members met PPP
president Datuk M. Kayveas to discuss the possibility of merging with
While Amir Amsaa did not state Kayveas's stand on the merger,
Kimma Wanita chief, Masturah Sulaiman claimed that Kayveas welcomed the
Amir Amsaa said Kimma would hand over the merger resolution to Kayveas in Shah Alam on February 23.
Kayveas could not be contacted for comments.
Kimma is reported to have almost 80,000 members.
Opposition Misleading People Over Price Hikes - Shafie
TEMERLOH, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal Sunday hit out at the opposition for
claiming that the government has failed to curb price hikes of goods.
"The claim is politically-motivated. They are trying to mislead
the people although the prices of essential goods in Malaysia are
cheaper than in neighbouring countries like Singapore, Indonesia and
"The government will not allow retailers to benefit from
profiteering but instead work at controlling prices. For instance, gas
is priced here at RM1.75 per kg compared to RM2.70 in Kuwait," he said
after a giving a briefing on current issues at the Temerloh Umno
division hall here Sunday.
He said the government had to spend RM60 billion on subsidy for
gas over the last 10 years and billions more on subsidies for essential
goods like cooking oil, flour and sugar, besides education, medical
care, agriculture and other sectors, in order to make the costs
affordable for consumers.
"The opposition parties love to raise the price hike issue,
especially with the general election coming, but I am sure the people
are wise enough to judge for themselves," he said.
Shafie said the government had foreign reserves of RM110 billion,
among the highest in the world, and with prudent measures, it was able
to control inflation.
Government Considers Genuine Requests - PM
Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi waves to the crowd after
laying the foundation stone of the Hulu Terengganu Polytechnic. Also
present are Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Idris Jusoh (left), Higher
Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed (second from right) and Hulu
Terengganu member of parliament Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang
(right). Pix: Arjasneh Ahmad
HULU TERENGGANU, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
said Sunday the government is always prepared to consider any request
from any race which it feels appropriate and genuine.
The Prime Minister said if the government felt that the requests
could be met or were appropriate for consideration, it would approve
"I'm confident that when all the details are submitted, God
willing, action can be taken because we adopt a positive attitude on
the people's requests.
"Whenever the complaints, requests are right, genuine,
appropriate, definitely we will consider them... whatever we can give,
which are appropriate, we will implement. This is the principle we
uphold all this while in the development of our country," he told
reporters after laying the foundation stone of the Hulu Terengganu
Polytechnic, here Sunday.
Abdullah was asked to comment on the MIC request to the government
to resolve seven critical issues which had caused dissatisfaction among
the Indian community including the imbalance in equity participation.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu made the requests at the party's convention Sunday.
The Prime Minister said the government always listened to the
people's grouses irrespective of their race and would not allow any
community to be marginalised in the country's progress.
"The grouses are not only coming from the Indian community, we
also hear such grouses from the Chinese, and Malays. What is important,
the government will not neglect, isolate or deny them the opportunity
from deriving benefits from the country's progress," he said.
However, he reminded that in distributing the opportunities and
benefits to the people, the government adopted a fair and equitable
Abdullah, who was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, was in Terengganu for a one-day visit.