Friday, 19 July 2013

CIMB Political News - 19 July 2013

PAS has no intention to take over the Terengganu government from the Barisan Nasional (BN) even if it wins the Kuala Besut by-election, says its vice president Datuk Husam Musa.

  • He said the state government BN would be maintained, even though a win for PAS in the by-election would mean a ratio of 16:16 seats for both parties, resulting in a hung state legislative assembly. 
  • "It's only that they (BN) would not be able to do as they like. We will play a constructive check-and-balance role in the administration of the state, that is orientated towards the wellbeing of the people in Terengganu," he told a media conference at the party's election base in Kampung Baharu here Thursday. 
  • He was reacting to Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein's statement that PAS' bid to wrest the hung assembly through populist sentiments and form a new government would not be received favourably by the people. (Bernama)

A full-blown battle has emerged between the past and present presidents of the MIC following the sacking of party strategist S. Vell Paari from the powerful central working committee. Party leaders say the drastic action by Datuk Seri G. Palanivel against the son of Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, the former chief, will result in more casualties. With the party polls nearing, insiders also see Palanivel's move as the return of the contentious caste politics. (Malay Mail)

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