Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Pak Lah: We met, no discussion

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has refuted reports that he had a discussion with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during a religious event in Hulu Langat, Selangor, yesterday (March 10).
Abdullah said he attended the event on the invitation of prominent religious figure, Syeikh Mahmud al-Majzub.
"I was invited and I went, and when we were in the midst of having lunch, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim came. He was invited to sit and have lunch. That's all. No discussion. "
Syeikh Mahmud conveyed his view to me about the various problems in the world today and he stressed that it was important for leaders of this country to be fair and to always ensure peace. "He (Syeikh Mahmud) spoke to me; he did not speak to Anwar. Nothing more than that," Abdullah, who is Defence Minister, told reporters after visiting the Sepanggar Naval Base here today.
The Prime Minister arrived this morning and went to Pulau Banggi to tour the development in the island. It was a day-long working visit. He returned to Kuala Lumpur this evening.


From Malaysiakini said...


Bloggers warned not to fan communal fires
By Joseph Tawie | Mar 11, 09 11:55am

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president James Masing has accused Dayak bloggers of playing politics by raising issues concerning the community.

“The bloggers raising issues about Dayaks are pitting members of the community against one another,” said Masing, who is state land development minister, when asked to comment on a Malaysiakini report about the role of Dayak bloggers in the coming Batang Ai by-election.

The by-election, triggered by the death of PRS vice president, Dublin Unting on Feb 24, will be held simultaneously with two other by-elections in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau on April 7.

It was reported that the Batang Ai by-election has taken on a new dimension with party leaders and campaign workers turning to the blogsphere to reach out to urban, educated voters and through them, reach out to those in longhouses.

From comments left on blogs, it seems that many are accusing Dayak leaders of failing to fight for the rights of the community, especially for the customary land rights of the Dayaks.

Political turmoil in Sarawak

Masing said, “If the bloggers are smart and feel that they are the champions of the Dayak community, they should not let Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) push them into fighting against their own kind.

“Why should bloggers and Dayaks allow PKR, a peninsula-based party, to bully them?”

What Massing wanted was for all Dayak bloggers and Dayaks to support his candidate at the by-election to “show to the world that we Dayaks can be together and if we can do that, people will not be able to push us around”.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu warned that if PKR won the Batang Ai by-election, there would be political turmoil in Sarawak.

“The political turmoil in the peninsula could creep into Sarawak, if PKR wins the Batang Ai by-election. Recent incidents in west Malaysia involving PKR and its Pakatan Rakyat partners show that the opposition is disrespectful of culture, customs and even the royal institution.

“Batang Ai must be retained as a BN fortress. Do not give way for them to win,” said Jabu.

San Tot said...

...let the Malayans meet each other....pray that they extend peace amongst them and start to treat Sabahans & Sarawakians....especially those inhabiting the rural ""habitats"" as equal Malaysians!

Almighty Kinoringan giveth for free and taketh anything from us without prior notice.........

I don't know about the Gods of the others but my God Kinoringan is nothing but Love, Mercy and Destroyer!