The result of a ‘hung’ state legislative assembly involving the opposition and Barisan Nasional (BN), following the Kuala Besut by-election would be to the detriment of the people with prolonged politicking for power, said Professor Datuk Dr Aziz Deraman.
The Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) Computer Science senior lecturer said the situation of a 16-16 seat balance between the two sides would see the government unable to proceed with development programmes due disagreement by the opposition.
“We are not against the opposition but if it wins in Kuala Besut, both the government and the opposition will have 16 seats each, resulting in a hung assembly, and neither could form the government,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Therefore, he reminded voters in Kuala Besut not to be influenced by the ’16-16 New Terengganu’ campaign as promoted by the opposition as it would bring negative impact to the political stability of the state.
Aziz, who is also UMT vice-chancellor special assistant, said the people should take the opportunity to maintain BN for continuity in government administration.
The Kuala Besut by-election on July 24 will see a contest between BN candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman, 37, and PAS candidate Endot@Azlan Yusof, 48.
By Trinna Leong
A pair of sex bloggers turned up for questioning by Malaysian internet regulators today after they raised a firestorm online for a Facebook posting said to be insulting Muslims in the holy Ramadan fasting month.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had told the couple, Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee, to come in for questioning at its Jalan Raja office in Kuala Lumpur.
The couple had posted a picture last Thursday with the greeting “Selamat Berbuka Puasa” (happy breaking fast) while eating “bak kut teh” (herbal pork soup). A halal logo was also displayed on the picture.
Facebook later shut down the page just as MCMC launched an investigation after receiving reports from the public about the couple who had been in the limelight since last October for posting lewd sexual acts in a Tumblr blog.
“You may shut us down now but we will be back and be stronger and better than ever. Enjoy your Ramadan for now,” the couple posted on their Alvin and Vivian Twitter account over the weekend. – July 15, 2013.
It is a straight fight for the Kuala Besut state seat in Terengganu between incumbent Barisan nasional (BN) and PAS.
BN fielded a 37-year civil old engineer Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman while PAS fielded 48-year old businessman Azlan Yusof and both are local ‘boys’ – one a former civil servant and the other a self-made businessman.
The by-election was called following the death of Dr Abdul Rahman Mokhtar, 55.
Nominations went smoothly in the morning at Dewan Kompleks Rakan Muda with supporters of the two candidates filling up the road in a normally quiet and tranquil town which is the popular and famous gateway to Pulau Perhentian, a paradise island for tourist all over the world.
Tengku Zaihan was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who is the director of the by-election for BN while Azlan was accompanied by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
The stake is high for both sides of the political divide in this by-election given that if PAS wins, the state will have a ‘hung assembly’ – while BN is hard-pushed to retain the seat – or else risk losing the state.
With just a 17 to 15 seats in the state assembly, BN is not going to take things easy as losing the state or even a ‘hung assembly’ will reflect the ruling coalition’s weakness is ‘sustaining’ its hold, especially it is just about two months ago when the party emerged victorious with a 2,484 majority.
And PAS is also not taking things ‘sitting down’ as it promoted a new approach – having young leaders at the front line – Husam Musa and gang and not the religious fundamentalists leaders such as Abdul Hadi himself, whose bastion is Rusila, about a 100km away from Kuala Besut.