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(The headline for the Malaysian Insider “No let-up as Kit Siang continues attacks against PAS ahead of Kedah trip” is not correct, as it is not reflected in the contents of its report.
It implied that I was continuing to “attack” the Pakatan Rakyat government in Kedah. This is not the case.
It further implied that I had attacked the PR Kedah state government yesterday. This was also not the case.
Pakatan Rakyat is facing a second crisis of confidence and efforts must be made to resolve it.
This is why I am not only meeting the Kedah State DAP tomorrow but also have a dialogue with the people of Kedah in Alor Star tomorrow night. (New Straits Times today had wrongly reported that I would be meeting residents in the abbatoir area when I said I would be having a people’s dialogue in Alor Star).Both the Malaysian Insider and New Straits Times report are reproduced below.)
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — After failing to hold unity talks with Umno, the conservative faction of the Islamist party is now pushing for an “intellectual” discussion with Umno Youth, in a sign that the fiasco has not been laid to rest.
PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan, in a joint press conference with Umno Youth deputy chief Datuk Razali Ibrahim today, said the talks are aimed at resolving the political standoff between the two parties.
Nasrudin added that the talks will be beneficial to the Malaysian public.
“We hope this will be the beginning of many more discussions and to have an intellectual culture in solving problems,” Nasrudin said.
But such an open sign of cooperation between the two political rivals could spark off a fresh round of concern among both their partners in Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
The PAS flirtation with Umno over the possibility of forming a unity government had caused serious fissures not onlywithin the Islamist party but also among its PR partners, the DAP and PKR.
Last week, PR leaders made a public commitment towards the fledgling alliance, but The Malaysian Insider understands that an intense power struggle continues in PAS between the conservative ulama group who are for unity talks with Umno, and the so-called Erdogan faction, backed by spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, which sees its future in the opposition alliance under the leadership of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
PAS's conservatives, led by party president Hadi Awang and deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa are keen on exploring options with Umno as they feel the party and its leaders are being overshadowed by Anwar and the other two parties.
Umno remains keen on cooperating with PAS in what is an obvious attempt to drive a wedge between the PR parties.
Razali said that Umno Youth is committed to such intellectual discussions not because of political mileage but for the universal betterment of Malaysians.
“If we are sincere with our work and do it with honesty and trust. I think we are able to solve many issues,” Razali said.
Both parties will create a special secretariat to deal with the format, subject matter and the location of the discussions.
Nasrudin also wants the intellectual discourse to be held public so that Malaysians can witness how the two parties are trying to solve their political differences.
“What is important is the honesty and the truth. What we are looking for is the truth and not trying to attack each other. What we are want is the truth,” Nasrudin said.
Nasrudin stressed that this discussion is not related with the failed unity talk but it is an attempt by both parties to discuss what is best for the country.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today, told reporters he did not know the details when asked about PAS Youth’s bid to have an “intellectual” discussion with Umno Youth.When pressed for his views on how this latest round of talks will affect Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ties, he said “I will let the PAS leaders discuss it first.”
KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — Former Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) enforcement director Capt (R) Abdul Kudus Ahmad was sentenced to 11 years 10 months jail and RM370,000 fine by the Ampang Sessions Court here today on 24 counts of corruptly soliciting and accepting bribes totalling RM59,000.
Judge Noradidah Ahmad found him guilty after ruling that the defence had failed to cast a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case.
The trial stretched nearly six years, starting on Aug 9, 2003, and involved 11 prosecution and 12 defence witnesses including former deputy housing and local government minister Datuk M. Kayveas.
Abdul Kudus, 46, was found guilty of soliciting and accepting various sums totalling RM59,000 from the owner of Sri Steven's Corner between May 2001 and May 2004.
Each charge carries a maximum 20 years jail and a fine of up to five times the amount of graft involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher, on conviction. — Bernama
KLANG, June 28: Four independent Chinese secondary schools here received allocations amounting to RM2mil from Selangor yesterday.
Representatives from SM Chung Hua, SM Pin Hwa, SM Hin Hua and SM Kwang Hua received the allocation from Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
Bolt, who holds the record with 9.69 seconds set at the Beijing Games last year, ran home in 9.86 against a negative wind at the National Stadium to post the year's fastest non-assisted time.
Powell, who was quicker out of the blocks, was second in 9.97 ahead of Michael Frater (10.02).
Gay ran a speedy, albeit wind-assisted 9.75 seconds in his first 100 metres of the season at the US world championship trials in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday, and said after the race that he felt he could break Bolt's record if he could improve his start.
Egypt has opened its Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days, allowing some Palestinians to leave the blockaded territory.
About 400 people were able to cross into Egypt, with priority given to students, patients and officials.On the Egyptian side, 700 people and 10 trucks with medical aid from Arab countries waited to enter.
Gaza has been blockaded by Israel, and much of the time by Egypt, for two years since Hamas took control there.
But a spokesman for Unrwa - the UN agency for Palestinian refugees - said the opening would not help the reconstruction of Gaza.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya expressed hope for a "complete" re-opening
"It's going to make a very small difference, if any," Chris Gunness told the BBC's Newshour programme. "Rafah is designed not for industrial levels of building materials and other humanitarian supplies that need to go into Gaza."
Among those who have been given permission to pass through are officials attending the latest round of Palestinian unity talks in Cairo, students, and Palestinians needing urgent medical treatment.
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniya made a surprise visit to the crossing and expressed hope for a "complete" re-opening.
"We are prepared and ready [to operate the crossing] according to arrangements undertaken with our Egyptian brothers, the Europeans, [President Mahmoud Abbas's] presidential guard and the [Hamas-run] government," he was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.
Despite considerable criticism in the Arab world, the Egyptian government has kept Rafah largely shut since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007, insisting that the authority of President Abbas be restored.
However, Cairo is continuing to play a significant diplomatic role, including acting as a go-between for Israel and Hamas.
It is exactly six months since the start of Israel's military offensive in Gaza, and relations with the Palestinian Islamists of Hamas remain extremely tense.
In recent days there has been increased speculation about a possible deal to exchange captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners.