Justice For All Malaysia

PM to hold BN council meeting on polls

Posted on: January 18, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister has called for a Barisan Nasional supreme council on Monday here to finalise preparations for the coming general election expected to be called in weeks ahead.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is the coalition chairman, has informed all the heads of the 14 component parties to attend the meeting at the Umno headquarters.

Informed sources said preparation for the elections would be the main agenda of the meeting.

The Barisan leaders were informed via SMS from the coalition headquarters here.

Abdullah, who returned from Madrid yesterday, is expected to request the leaders to provide the updates of the poll preparations by their parties, which have been stepped up.

All the Barisan component parties have completed their “dry runs” for Terengganu, Kelantan, Selangor and Johor, while the police have ordered a leave freeze for its personnel in anticipation of the polls.

Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib had said the party’s election preparation was now in overdrive, adding that all its party workers nationwide had been briefed.

Both Abdullah and his deputy, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, have also packed their schedule for the next two months with stops in various states.

On Sunday, Abdullah will meet 20,000 MIC members and supporters at the Cheras Badminton Stadium, where he is expected to make a major announcement.

The two leaders, who have made frequent trips to PAS-held Kelantan, are also expected to make another visit at the end of the month.

Said a Barisan leader: “This supreme council meeting would probably be the last before Parliament is dissolved. We will want to hear more from Pak Lah on Monday.”

Last year, there was only one Barisan

supreme council meeting on March 12. In 2006, there was also only one meeting, on June 16.

Another Barisan leader said that despite the hype of the coming elections, there was still a need for the coalition to carry out some “house-keeping” ahead of the polls.

“The meeting will enable leaders to inform the Prime Minister of their concerns and views on various issues. This will be a good occasion ahead of the polls.”

The leader said they expected the Parliament to be dissolved after the Chinese New Year and polling to take place in March, adding that schools had been identified as polling stations.

A Sabah Barisan leader said his party had already told “potential candidates” to submit their résumé to the leadership, adding

that they had been told to make preparations.

The DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat have announced the seats they would be contesting in Penang, while the former has launched its manifesto in the state, where a big political battle is shaping up between the Opposition and the Barisan.



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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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