By election in Bukit Selambau?

I read with disblief a piece of news in malaysiakini, “A by election In BukitSelambau?, in which the elected representative, V Arumugam, was quoted to say that he was being enticed with lucratic offers, as well as threat to “kidnap” him.

I do ot know whether such an allegation is true, but if it is true, then I am really sad that Malaysian politics has sunk to such a low level.

If this is true, then Arumugam should tell us that who are luring him? Who are those who are threatening him?

This is part of the Malaysiakini report:

It is leant that Arumugam had decided to throw in the towel following tremendous pressure on him and his family to defect to Barisan Nasional.

Arumugam VengatarakooArumugam,54, could not be contacted for confirmation but high level party sources said that the party would make the news official tomorrow.

It is learnt that Arumugam has submitted his resignation letter to the Kedah assembly speaker today and had gone overseas.

Arumugam’s resignation, if it is confirmed tomorrow by state officials, brings an end to weeks of speculation that he would be tempted or forced to join the BN.

Police report lodged

Early this month, Arumugan had lodged a police report claiming, among others, that there was an attempt to kidnap him.

He also claimed that he and his officers have received numerous threats.

The country is facing a severe economic storm, and yet all we care about is to lure this and that to cross over. Is there anyone who is manning the government? Are we not concerned about this economic meltdown that would affect each and everyone of us?

But on the other hand, if the allegation is true, and there is indeed an enticement for him to cross over, his decision to go back to the people is laudable.

At least once and for all show that who has the more support from the people, and let the people of Selambau send a clear message on behalf of all malaysians that ‘enough’ is ‘enough’.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 10:59:31

    At least Arumugum is an honourable man. He resigned rather than betray his constituents and his party.

    The component party (wont mention name but you know what i mean) given the task of converting Arumugum don’t have style. They are just brutes.

    The event of Perak will have already stir up the feeling of the people. I am looking forward to this bye-election.


  2. daffodils
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 10:59:37

    Seizing power through sham defections! Where will this lead the country to? This is gutter politics of the lowest and vulgar level. Imagine the country is run by people who have no integrity, no principles, no respect for the mandate of the rakyat.

    Can we trust our country to be led by this group of people who can be enticed with lucrative carrots? Can people with dubious character be trusted to run the country?

    The public’s revulsion isn’t mindless class hatred. Enough of diversion. What is very wrong cannot be accepted as right!


  3. klm
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 11:03:14

    Looks like frog catching is a new game in BN.

    UMNO – 2 points
    MCA – 1 point
    MCA – 1/2 point ( i consider resignation as half point)
    Gerakan – 0 point

    Wonder what Gerakan will do to catch up?


  4. klm
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 11:04:18

    sorry . I mean MIC – 1/2 point


  5. Dr Hsu
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 11:11:28

    Hee in fact did Lim Guan Eng a big favour..

    From what I gather from my child hood friends and associates in Penang, even some die hard supporters of Gerakan has turned angry…

    This will ensure an easy victory for Lim Guan Eng and DAP in the 13 GE..

    Gerakan’s hope of getting a seat abck in Penang will be an uphill (the hill of Himalaya Dimension) task…

    Thanks to Hee and UMNO.

    And Gerakan has so many hardworking youth memebrs ,, it is a pity that all their efforts will be gone, especially if MCA pushes Hee to Gerakan , ostensibly to give Gerakan a seat in perak, but really to kill off a rival party in BN.


  6. klm
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 11:29:08

    Hee. Hee. Hee. (sorry, I cannot hep it)

    First Perak and now Kedah. The ground swell of feeling and anger against BN will build up to a Tsunami. I agree with Dr. Hsu, Gerakan has no chance in Penang. It has lost the battle of the heart.

    Will Gerakan supporters turn against the party in Penang? I think Lim Guan Eng should go on the offensive to win over the Gerakan supporters.


  7. charis14
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 11:48:25

    Pakatan should move to dissolve DUN and call for a gresh mandate – before BN can complete the coup. This will also provide Arumugam the opportunity to recontest again – instead of being ineligible for 5 years.


  8. Kenny Gan
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 17:17:24

    Arumugan is indeed an honourable man. He decided to quit rather than succumb to BN’s threats and inducement. BN must have found a weak point somewhere and are hitting relentlessly on him.

    With or without Hee’s help, Gerakan has no chance of re-capturing Penang. The ‘conscience of BN’ is now a bad joke. Where is this conscience when Perak govt was toppled by immoral and illegal means? KTK even had to gall to go toss Yee Sang with the Umno goons in Perak.


  9. bbc
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 17:32:18


    your party leader is supportive of the coup in Perak on the premise that Anwar started the game.

    Firstly, Anwar didnt start it. It was BN thru discreet overtures to PAS to jump ship from PR and form “unity” government.

    Secondly, think he has to revisit his intellectual capacity. If he believes that frogging is immoral, how can he justify an immoral action just because his opponent started it?

    Is that the calibre of a Gerakan leader?

    By the way, good luck to the Hee lady since she got what she desired which is a CAMRY to go with her. Curses against her are ringing everyday, in coffeeshops and temples. And I wonder how she is going to serve her constituent when she cant even step in now.


  10. serendipity hopeful
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 17:33:41

    Doc., now you can better my disgust with all these ‘clowns’, why I stay away from commenting on their stupid actions.


  11. serendipity hopeful
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 23:29:17

    sorry,…should be ‘better understand my disgust….’


  12. VoiceOfPolitics
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 00:24:28

    Source said, Arumugan has tendered his resignation for being accountable of his extramarital affair with another woman.


  13. cilipadi
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 00:58:12

    The outburst of Karpal Singh is very normal in my country. In fact, this is a very healthy development in Bolehland.

    Your own son may not be agreeable to you all the time, right? If you son agreeing to you all the time, better watch out. He may depend on you for your whole life.

    No big deal to me on the Karpal Singh outburst. Yet, we can see huh-hah is happening now by Umno and BN. A trap of Karpal Singh? Don’t forget, Karpal Singh is a good lawyer.


  14. monsterball
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 04:10:10

    After seeing how an UMNO man resigned and hop to Anwar willingly….no bribe..than hop back to UMNO..within one week… can see who started all these in Perak.
    Less said about Ms.Hee..the better.
    She dare not look at anyone’s face straight..eye to eye contact. Such a person…is very unreliable..with an unstable mind…but her selfishness is so clear.
    Once the good side comes back….she may ‘disappear” out of shame ..forever.
    From the above…what to believe or not to believe…to me….not important.
    Presuming that V.Arumugam is telling truthfully or lying…so what??
    After the Sultan of Perak have shown his lawful judgement .. morally or ethically wrong…… has inspire me to protect the power of my all powerful vote in 13th election.
    Let every Malaysians do not matter what….your votes are most powerful!!
    And only idiots want to have same old crooks governing our country more than 52 years..and on going.
    Lets see…..after 13th election……..will Malaysians be the laughing stock to the whole world…talk so much with no guts…or people made who values….morals and ethics….besides…being lawful citizens.
    Perhaps…after 8 years or more..of a new government……nice to dream of Malaysia becoming a Republic.
    The Sultan of Perak have set the idea in millions on Malaysian minds…I am sure.


  15. Observer
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 20:46:21

    Two hills to climb! One in Kedah , another in Perak. Uphill tasks or downhill spiral? Two more interesting matches betweens BN and PR.

    The score 2-1 with PR leading in P Pauh & KT and BN making a comeback thru a goal back in Perak. Actually this is an own goal by PR player or ex PR players.

    Both coaches are drawing their strategies to outwit and outfox the other team. It’s a winner takes all format . You can do anything for it is a no hold barred contest.

    The last goal scored was carved out from the 36 strategms known as “tossing out a brick to get a jade gem”. At this moment ,there are some confusions among the officials of Team PR and the team manager were asked to quit.

    The outcome of the two coming matches will be exciting and nails biting as both sides cannot afford to lose as trophy and crown are at stake.


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