22
Jun
09

Manik Urai: Do or die for ‘Umno Talks’

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(Wfol.tv) – Riau, Indonesia – 22 June 2009 – The issue of the ‘unity’ talks has broken the PAS into two factions and has led one faction to work with the Umno from behind the scene and even cooperating with government controlled newspapers in the process. However, the crowd and the temperament at Manik Urai seem to put the anti-Anwar faction in the PAS in denial of the reality, said an observer to Wfol.tv.

“Manek Urai is the do or die for those who want to the party to frog over to the Barisan National (BN) in a unity government,” said the observer who wanted to remain incognito.

“If the Umno were to contest and win, it will indicate a huge fissure within the PAS and this would mean there will be rapid ‘future’ development that could break the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) altogether,” he added.

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This will take place before the sodomy II case against Anwar Ibrahim goes to court said the observer who added that it was confirmed that the Opposition leader’s case to strike out the Sodomy II court case was postponed to July 1st, which is the same day on which the sodomy case is to start. “They will wait for the strike out decision and if it is rejected, the prosecutors will start the sodomy II case right away on the same day,” he said.

The Malaysian Insider reported on June 22 that  Anwar Ibrahim the opposition leader brought the Sodomy II trial against him to the Manek Urai by-election campaign. The presence of Anwar Ibrahim in Manek Urai drew a large crowd in a campaign that could sniff the Party Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) away from the United Malays National Organization (Umno) in the already embattled ‘unity’ talks issue.

On Saturday, Harakahdaily.net said Anwar Ibrahim was much expected at Manek Urai and that the PAS was expected to draw a large crowd since Anwar was to be accompanied by PAS Murshidul Am Nik Aziz Nik Mat. Wfol.tv has information indicating that some elements in the PAS would be glad to see the Umno winning the Manek Urai by-election as this would show the Kelantan PAS leadership that Anwar Ibrahim is not the best bet for the party and its future aspirations.

The campaign period for the Manek Urai by-election near here will coincide with his second sodomy trial in a decade. This time he is accused of sodomising his former aide Saiful Azlan Bukhari.

Speaking before thousands of people in Kampung Laloh, some 100km south of Kota Baru, he said: “Pusrawi did an examination at 3pm, and it found no sign of penetration and no wound. He was brought to Kuala Lumpur Hospital, examined by three specialists, results were the same, no penetration and no wound.”

“I didn’t ask for the reports, but the police and the Attorney-General did,” said Anwar who has filed an application to throw out the case based on the two reports.

The Manek Urai by-election was called following the death of five-term Kelantan state lawmaker Ismail Yaacob last month.

Ismail first won the seat in 1986. In last year’s general election, he defeated Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Zulkepli Omar by 1,352 votes.

Ismail did not contest the 2004 election when Zulkepli won by 53 votes.

Manek Urai, which is about a two-hour drive from Kota Baru, comprises an electorate that is almost exclusively Malay, with other races making up less than one per cent of the 12,292 voters.

A largely forested area, Manek Urai is one of the four state seats in the Kuala Krai parliamentary constituency. The other three are Mengkebang, Guchil and Dabong.

Nomination is set for July 6 while polling will be held on July 14.


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