Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.s loyalists believe "hidden hands" within the country are behind recent mounting pressure for their chief to relinquish his post with immediate effect. They were eager to remove Taib as he was seen as a stumbling block to their agenda to make Sarawak "politically and economically a free for all state," according to Parti Pesaka Bumuputera Bersatu (PBB) leaders, who declined to specify if the hidden hands came from Kuching or Kuala Lumpur.
- Responding to reports that Taib might serve a full five-year term in office instead of mid-term, political secretary to the Chief Minister Abdullah Saidol told The Star Online that the accusations hurled at Taib recently were an integrated effort to tarnish the image of his boss. (Star)
The Election Commission has fixed July 12 for nomination for the Kuala Besut by-election. Polling will be on July 24 with early voting on July 20. EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusoff said the nomination of candidates would be carried out at Kompleks Rakan Muda, Kampung Raja, Besut. (Star)
About 20 MCA leaders will be called by the party's disciplinary committee to investigate complaints of sabotage during the May 5 general election. Committee chairman Tan Sri Michael Chen said the two-day hearing on Thurs was called following complaints from members over the misconduct of some leaders and grassroots members during the campaign period. (Star)
Even as the Home Minister denied that he was on a collision course with the Prime Minister over the Sedition Act, the Penang Chief Minister weighed in today and said he should toe the line or quit.
- "Such defiance by Ahmad Zahid is unacceptable. Datuk Seri Najib must provide certainty and clarity that he is committed to abolishing the act by demanding that Zahid toe the line, reverse his stand and support the abolition. "Or else Zahid should resign from Cabinet," said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in a statement.
- He said Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmd Zahid's stand that the act should not be abolished is not only open defiance of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.s promise but also a betrayal of Barisan Nasional's general election slogan of "A Promise Fulfilled".
- Najib had in July last year announced that the Sedition Act would be replaced with a National Harmony Act, after repealing the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Emergency Ordinance (EO). He dismissed Zahid's claim that to abolish the Sedition Act would mean that there was no law to regulate offences such as seditious content, slander, accusation or condemnation. (Malaysian Insider)
Source: CIMB Daybreak - 08 July 2013