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Nizar’s bodyguard assaults pixman – Malaysiakini

Andrew Ong | Feb 8, 09 4:20pm

A Chinese daily photographer was assaulted by a member of ousted Perak Menteri Besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin’s security detail today.

Tang Cheong Hoong, 26, from the Oriental Daily was left with a bruise the size of a 50 sen coin on his left side of his forehead resulting from a punch. Blood was also oozing from the wound.

A second punch landed on the photographer’s lower jaw, leaving a small bruise.

The incident took place when Mohd Nizar visited the Arulmigusubramania Temple in Gunung Cheroh this morning and was about to address a crowd on a makeshift stage.

According to witnesses, the bodyguard in a black t-shirt gestured angrily at the photographer before punching him twice.

Quizzed by reporters later, the photographer said the assailant later grudgingly offered an apology and a handshake.

The photographer said he has no intention to lodge a police report nor complain to Mohd Nizar.

“This is a small matter. I won’t pursue it. He (Mohd Nizar) has enough problems now. I guess I’m giving him face.

There were three other incidents of assault by Pakatan supporters. It is high time Pakatan leaders don’t have assistants who behave like persons with their hands on the trigger. They are worst than the FRU and Police. In times of difficulty, like now, the reporters are focussing on Pakatan Rakyat and the party can ill afford to antagonise newspapermen.

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As reported by Malaysiakini Karpal Singh did not mince his words when he blamed the disarray in Pakatan as being caused by Anwar’s leadership. Anwar’s rhetoric that he will form government with the aid of defectors from  Barisan Nasional has angered Karpal.  He wants Anwar to step down as the leader of Pakatan.

Anwar was at the summit of popularity after the outcome of the March 2008 tsunami and he jubilantly announced that he has set September 16 as the date when there will be exodus of BN members and Pakatan will rule the country. The date came and nothing materialised. 

Again, after some lapse of 3 months, and during the KT election campaign he was at it again, indicating defectors will join Pakatan. He said there were 2 from Sabah, 6 in Sarawak, another 2 from unidentified states and the one from KT making a total of 93, to have a change. It was just a case of calling wolf too often.

What really transpired is that as a result of 3 defectors Pakatan lost Perak to Barisan Nasional.

Anwar has to come out clear and explain, in detail, what were the actual circumstances that made him to claim the numbers. Or was this his imagination running wild or a threat to BN to make them jittery. The whole matter is  shrouded in mystery. Anwar should come with clarification, and if he does not do so, further commitments and promises will be taken with a pinch of salt. 

I like the minted thing. Other words like created, forced on, had to accept, driven to etc come to mind.

Mohd Nizar won.

clipped from www.malaysiakini.com
Newly minted Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir arrived in his SUV at the Arulmigusubramaniam Temple in Gunung Cheroh at 8.30am and was met by several MIC and PPP leaders.
He proceeded to shake hands with some stall owners before making a short speech to the temple-goers, in the process pledging RM100,000 for the temple.

Meanwhile, ousted Menteri Besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin arrived at the temple at 10.30am.
If this was a popularity contest, Mohd Nizar won it hands down as he was greeted with cheers, applauses and cries of “Hidup Pakatan”.
poh Barat MP M Kulasegaran told Malaysiakini that this was the first time in history did a Barisan Nasional menteri besar visited a temple during Thaipusam.
“But this is the second time that Mohd Nizar had visited this temple during Thaipusam. Last year, he was not even menteri besar or a state rep at the time,” he said.
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Only yesterday we heard that Menteri Besar 2 or the Barisan Nasional MB Zambry Abdul Kadir, telling all Perakians, he is here to serve all races. Now UMNO youth comes along to hold a rally to protect Malay interests and what is dear to the community. I don’t whether other communal parties will organise rallies to protect their kind and what is dear to them.

Quite contrary to what UMNO youth think, there is no disrespect for the Sultan. He is human and bound to make mistakes. Experts on law say he has no rights to dismiss a government run by Pakatan Rakyat. What the people are clamouring for the return of Pakatan Rakyat, a Government they voted for. Is this wrong.

Is the UMNO Youth suggesting the monarchy is an institution only for Malays.

Maybe they can get some views from Dr Zambry.    

 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com.my/index.php/malaysia/17874-umno-swings-for-sultan-in-peraks-dire-straits

IPOH, Feb 8 – The mercury is set to rise further in Perak tomorrow with plans for UMNO Youth to hold a rally supporting the constitutional monarchy, in particular Sultan Azlan Shah, much criticised for his role in the transfer of power in the state.

The rally is the first move by Umno to frame this constitutional crisis as a belligerent show of disrespect by Pakatan Rakyat to an institution respected by the Malays.

In this way, they hope to persuade fence-sitters and the apolitical in the community that only Umno-led Barisan Nasional can be counted on to protect Malay interests and what is dear to the community.

The coverage in the main Malay language newspapers today suggest that the approach of driving a wedge between the monarchy and the Opposition led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will intensify.

I suppose the people of Jelapang have all the right to ask Hee Yit Foong to quit. Jelapang voters voted her in under a DAP ticket, lost the confidence of the Jelapang folks when she quit DAP and became an Independent.

Another news item in Star says, Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong could be in the state’s new executive council line-up.

This woman has become an out-cast in Ipoh and will be a subject for ridicule for a very long time.

clipped from thestar.com.my

Quit now, crowd tells Hee

IPOH: Hundreds of people have turned up at the Jelapang market here Sunday to sign a petition demanding their assemblyman Hee Yit Foong quit her seat.

Hee, previously from DAP, announced she was quitting the party earlier this week. She said she would remain an independent assemblyman, but pledged her loyalty to the Barisan Nasional.

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