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Future of Malaysia is Pakatan, says Saifuddin

In the first part of the The Malaysian Insider’s interview with PKR’s election director Saifuddin Nasution last week, he talked about the outcome of the Penanti election. As expected, his party won, but he had hoped for PKR to get 7,000 votes, 1,000 more than…

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Charting out the road less travelled

The months spanning 1998 and 1999 were a watershed for Pas. It was the height of the reformasi movement around ousted deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and Pas was one of the parties that rode the wave of sympathetic support for him. Pas’…

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A new lease of life for girl

THANKS to public generosity, nine-month-old Nur Aisha Sofia will be able to lead a normal life after undergoing a major heart surgery. Nur Aisha, who suffered from a hole in the heart and artery failure, underwent the surgery at a private hospital in Penang on…

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Forum on Penang’s growth potential

A TWO-DAY forum with the theme ‘Restructuring and Reshaping Penang’ is scheduled to take place at the E&O Hotel in Penang beginning on June 1. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s policy advisor Liew Chin Tong said the forum was aimed at providing a platform…

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Rise of leadership by ulama in PAS (Part 2)

The Majlis Syura Ulama (Consultative Council of Religious Scholars) in PAS was created in 1983 to give substance to newly-adopted policy of kepimpinan ulama (leadership by scholars). Previously, the Dewan Ulama – established in the early years of PAS along with Dewan Pemuda and Dewan…

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Rise of leadership by ulama in PAS (Part 1)

The concept of kepimpinan ulama (leadership by ulama), and the structure of the Majlis Syura Ulama, is central to the identity of post-1982 PAS. However, this has been increasingly questioned internally in the recent years with the influx of highly-educated middle-class members in the aftermath…

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Chua’s second coming

The post of Barisan Nasional (BN) chief coordinator has been called a “consolation prize” for MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who has been sidelined in the party by his boss, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat. There’s also talk that the post…

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A battle for the heart and soul of PAS

PAS delegates from all over the country are due to gather at Stadium Shah Alam next month for their muktamar, or general assembly. The dust has barely settled on the list of nominations—most notably, 16 for vice-president and 86 for the Central PAS Exco, making…

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PAS’s Penanti tantrum revisited

For a while there, PAS nearly gave Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) a scare for the upcoming Penanti by-election — the party’s Permatang Pauh division wanted the seat for itself. In fact, newly elected Penang PAS Youth chief Yusni Mat Tiah even told the press there…

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