Mansor faces tough battle in Permatang Pauh




By Athi Shankar

PERMATANG PAUH: He may be the favourite by virtue of his positions as the Deputy Chief Minister 1and Penanti assemblyman. But if Mansor Othman, 60, thinks that he would easily win the coveted PKR's Permatang Pauh division deputy chairman post, the former academician would be gravely wrong.

Local sentiments against an ‘outsider’ could play a pivotal role in deciding who wins the position during the division election on Sun, Sep 19, in Yayasan Aman, Penanti.

Thus, any complacency lulled by his official government positions could prove costly to Mansor, who won the Penanti by-election in May last year.

In next seven days, Mansor got to work overtime, hard and reach out the grassroots to win over the division loyal members, who are traditionally motivated by territorial perspective for his pride is at stake.

Mansor was Balik Pulau PKR division chief until three months ago when he moved his membership to Permatang Pauh division to be closer to his constituents.

On Saturday, Sep 4 nomination day, he filed his nomination papers to challenge long serving incumbent deputy chairman Che Mat Hashim, 63, who is commonly addressed as ‘Pak Tam’ by locals.

Sources said Mansor's challenge on Che Mat, though inevitable, was not liked much by majority grassroots members.

“Mansor had just moved to Permatang Pauh a few months ago. Almost instantly he is seen to be ambitious to oust a local loyalist from a top divisional position. This could backfire.

“Mansor could be the favourite but Permatang Pauh could see an upset,” predicted an insider boldly on Mansor’s chances.

Permatang Pauh division has 6,172 members eligible to vote during the division polls.

Almost a three-cornered fight

Originally the contest for the deputy chairman position could have been a three-cornered fight when division secretary Roselai Muhamad, 53, also filed his nomination papers.

It’s learnt however, he withdrew his challenge within hours later after been persuaded by PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim.

Mansor’s political motive to become rightfully elected number two to division chairperson Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the party president, is obvious. Wan Azizah has been returned unopposed as chairperson.

Permatang Pauh constituency is the fortress of PKR and icon of the party’s struggle. Its parliamentarian is the nation’s Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Besides Penanti, the other assembly seats under Permatang Pauh are Permatang Pasir and Seberang Jaya.

Permatang Pasir assemblyman is PAS state commissioner Mohd Salleh Man while Barisan Nasional’s Arif Shah Omar Shah from Umno represents Seberang Jaya.

Anwar hand-picked Mansor to succeed when Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin quit as then Penanti assemblyman and DCM 1 in the Pakatan Rakyat state government in April 2009.

The ‘Anwar factor’ could still tilt the edge towards Mansor though. However, party insiders predicted a close fight.

Predictable campaign

Although Mansor could be in stronger political position, nonetheless local sentiments could play a big part in members' mind when they cast their ballots.

Insiders said Permatang Pauh members have always been loyalists and worked hard for the party for all seasons, without Mansor or any other outsiders.

Moreover the division members are already contented with Anwar and his wife Wan Azizah helming the parliamentary division.

Thus, why they need another government official dominating the division especially when Mansor was already an elected state representative in the division? So goes the argument.

After all, argued insiders, “Pak Tam has always been there for us.”

Insiders also believe that on polling Sunday, the members’ gut feelings will ask “why should we change now?”

Campaigns by both Che Mat and challenger Mansor have been largely predictable. Che Mat campaigners have been harping on continuity while Mansor has been telling members to give him a chance to serve them effectively.

Meanwhile, there will be a three-cornered fight for the division vice-chairman post. Incumbent Zainal Abidin Saad, 44, will face challenges from teacher Alias Said, 46, and Seberang Perai Municipal Councillor Ramli Bulat, 59.

Anwar political aide, Zainal is said to be aligned with Mansor while Alias is from Che Mat’s camp. Ramli, who lost the Seberang Jaya state contest in the last general election against Arif Shah, is described as ‘the lone ranger.’

Meanwhile, state PKR youth leader Amir Ghazali, 36, was returned unopposed as the division youth wing chief while Sarina Hashim, 44, was elected unopposed to helm the women wing.

Sarina replaces retiring Khatijah Yahaya.

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1- ARKIB UTUSAN: 02/09/2008 - Cuti 16 September tidak wajar dipolitikkan
Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Noraini Ahmad ketika dihubungi berkata, cadangan pemberian cuti umum pada 16 September tidak sesuai kerana negara ini sudah pun mempunyai cuti kemerdekaan iaitu pada 31 Ogos. ”Lagi pun negara ini sudah mempunyai terlalu banyak cuti umum, bagi saya memadai dengan cuti 31 Ogos,” katanya. Jelas beliau, pemberian cuti umum yang terlalu banyak tidak elok untuk produktiviti pekerja dan ia sudah memadai dengan cuti umum yang sedia ada.

2- ARKIB: 04/09/2008 – Cuti 16 September hanya muslihat Anwar
KUALA LUMPUR 3 Sept. – Langkah Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menggembar-gemburkan bahawa tarikh 16 September wajar diisytiharkan sebagai cuti umum merupakan satu bentuk muslihat untuk membeli ‘perasaan’ rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak.

Presiden Parti Liberal Demokratik (LDP), Datuk Liew Vui Keong berkata, Anwar cuba menarik perhatian masyarakat di kedua-dua negeri itu dengan sengaja menjadikan tarikh kemasukan Sabah dan Sarawak ke dalam Persekutuan sebagai agenda perjuangannya.

Beliau bagaimanapun yakin rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak matang untuk menilai perilaku Anwar yang disifatkannya sebagai semakin terdesak dalam usahanya menarik Ahli-ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN) menyertai pembangkang.

3-ARKIB: 03/09/2008 – Anwar ‘terlalu teruja’ tarikh 16 September (oleh lidah pengarang Utusan)
Apabila pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Permatang Pauh berakhir pada 26 Ogos lalu dan disusuli dengan majlis angkat sumpah oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai Ahli Parlimen kawasan itu dua hari kemudian, ramai yang berpendapat maka redalah sedikit arena politik negara.

Mereka ingin melupakan seketika soal politik, tetapi malang sekali, ketika kita berada dalam bulan penuh keberkatan ini masih ada pemimpin politik yang terus berpolitik 24 jam.

Ini jelas apabila Anwar secara tiba-tiba mencadangkan supaya lima negeri yang kini dikuasai pembangkang menjadikan 16 September sebagai cuti umum – kononnya atas alasan, ia hari bersejarah memandangkan hari penubuhan Malaysia. Sebenarnya, Anwar dan 16 September tidak boleh dipisahkan.

Oleh itu sempena Ramadan, Anwar tidak mahu rakyat lupa tarikh tersebut, beliau mahu rakyat sentiasa ingat bahawa 16 September ada impian pembangkang yang harus dilunaskan. Anwar benar-benar teruja dengan 16 September, beliau sudah tidak sabar lagi untuk ke Putrajaya biar apa cara politik sekalipun

4 - ARKIB : 03/09/2008 – Shabery anggap Pas hipokrit
KUALA LUMPUR 2 Sept. – Kerajaan Pas Kelantan tidak seharusnya bersikap hipokrit apabila hendak menjadikan 16 September sebagai cuti umum, kata Menteri Penerangan Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat hari ini menyatakan Kelantan setuju dengan cadangan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim untuk menjadikan 16 September iaitu tarikh ulang tahun penubuhan Malaysia sebagai cuti umum.

Ahmad Shabery berkata, adakah dengan sekadar mempertikaikan tarikh tersebut sebagai cuti umum, kesilapan masa lampau Pas Kelantan yang menentang usaha Perdana Menteri pertama, Tunku Abdul Rahman dan pemimpin terdahulu dapat dilupakan begitu sahaja.

Katanya adakah orang seperti Tunku Abdul Rahman tidak cukup semangat Malaysianya hanya kerana tidak mengisytiharkan cuti pada masa tersebut.

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