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8  theSun | WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18 2009

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Nizar to vacate residence

before Feb 27
by Humayun Kabir Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar, who had declared that he is still the Perak state
assembly speaker, is still using his official
IPOH: Former Pakatan Rakyat mentri besar, car.
Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin Former exco members, Jamaluddin
will vacate his official residence much Mohd Razi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman
earlier than the deadline of Feb 27, set by Mohd Jaitu (Changkat Jering), who had an-
the state secretary. nounced that they had become independ-
Nizar told theSun yesterday, he had re- ents, could not be reached for information
ceived a written order from State Secretary about their official cars.
Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Hasim on Saturday On the by-election for the Bukit Gantang
to vacate the residence by Feb 27. parliamentary seat fixed for April 7, Nizar
However, he said, he will vacate the said, the PAS Bukit Gantang division is pre-
premises much earlier than that. paring the list of potential candidates.


“Actually, I did not bring much of my This list will be forwarded to the state
family’s belongings when I took office as PAS headquarters, which will shortlist the
the mentri besar. I have moved most of the candidates, and forward it to their party
items out and only some personal belong- headquarters for the final decision.
ings remain to be cleared.” The Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat
Nizar intends to rent a house in Sungai fell vacant, following the death of Roslan
Rokam, where four of his eight children are Shaharum (PAS), of a heart attack on Feb
attending a religious school. 9. There are 55,562 registered voters in the
He said he will hold a ceramah before he constituency.
moves out of the official residence but did Nizar said that out of the three state
not specify the date. constituencies in this parliamentary seat, Mukhriz,

3 young Turks battle

He said, he will continue to use his official PAS has strong support in Changat Jer- Khairy and
car “as I am still legally the mentri besar of ing and Kuala Sepatang, which are PAS Khir share
Perak” but said, six of the 11 members of the strongholds. The problem area is Trong, a light
Pakatan Rakyat state executive committee, where PAS’s influence will be tested in the moment
had left their official cars at his residence by-election. before the
for the state secretary to collect. He said the support from the Chinese debate at
The six are Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and Indians for the Pakatan Rakyat is very Dewan

it out in talk show

(Sitiawan), Nga Kor Ming (Pantai Remis), good. However, the same cannot be said Bahasa
A. Sivanesan (Sungkai), Seah Leong Peng of the Malay support, because PR has no dan
(Pasir Bedamar), Chen Fook Chye ( Keranji) source of media coverage to reach out to Pustaka
and Thomas Su Keong Siong (Pasir Pinji). them “as the media is fully controlled by the auditorium.
Kuala Sepetang assemblyman, Tai Sing Barisan Nasional government”.
Ng, said that he and Lubok Merbau assem- That is why Nizar will be launching a
blyman, Mohd Zainudin Mohd Yusof, had series of ceramah in the Malay areas to
left their official cars at the state secretariat inform the Malays of the recent political by Tim Leonard the Opposition.
about a week ago and are using their own crisis that brought down the PR state gov- Khir replied: “Even Tun Dr Mahathir,
cars. ernment. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had
KUALA LUMPUR: Temperatures rose at the suffered defeats in their political career ... I
Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka during the live was fortunate that I learnt (of failure) at a
television talk show Hujah featuring Umno relatively young age.
Youth chief aspirants Datuk Seri Dr Moha- “I have gone through the cycle ... from the
mad Khir Toyo, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir and son of a farmer to a mentri besar to being
Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday. ousted by the Opposition after the elections
The one-hour show broadcasted live on ... but I thank God I learnt a lot from my
TV9 was hosted by hard-talking political failure,” replied Khir.
analyst Associate Prof Dr Mohammad Agus All three politicians agreed to a question
Yusoff and provided a glimpse on how the by Mohammad Agus that the NEP must be
three politicians viewed various issues given a new package to be more relevant, fair
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the amazement of the packed auditorium. Before he ended the show, Mohammad
On one occasion, he asked Khir and Khairy Agus asked Mukhriz what differentiates him
how they perceived being seen by the public from his illustrious father Tun Dr Mahathir
as “liabilities” for Umno while on other occa- Mohamad.
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on issues affecting the Malays. father and I aspire to be a continuous exam-
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