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Terengganu crisis: Situation should have been handled diplomatically, says Dr M

Posted: 14 May 2014 08:05 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The Umno top leadership should have handled the Terengganu political crisis carefully, using diplomacy, so that Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) would continue to gain the people's trust in administering the state, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said if Umno leaders used a rough approach, it would only invite problems like former Terengganu menteri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said's reaction of quitting the party.

"If we had acted harshly, it would not be a problem for him (Ahmad) to leave Umno. It (situation) is not like in some states like Johor, where Umno is already in the members' blood. In Kelantan, is is difficult for party members to quit PAS or Umno as they have strong faith in their party.

 "Both leaders (at the federal and state levels) must accept the fact that mistakes had been made by both sides," he told reporters after receiving an honorary doctorate in political development from Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.

Dr Mahathir said in Terengganu, it was not a big issue for Umno leaders to quit the party compared to those in other states, because "in Terengganu, crossing over to another party is normal and they like to try. They would try to do it in Umno, then in Pas and in Umno again.

 "It's their way, so we have to be careful as they can easily switch (party). It's their character."

Dr Mahathir, who is also former Umno president, said the political crisis in Terengganu arose because of the party's weakness.

 "Umno is weak now. The feeling of (party members) is that it is focusing less on the problems of the Malay community but more attention being paid on opposition parties, the Chinese community and so on.

 "Hence, there is dissatisfaction among the Malays. They support (Umno) not because of the leadership but because they dislike the opposition," he said.

Dr Mahathir said the Umno top leadership needed to understand the sentiments of the party supporters at the grassroots level to ensure continued support for the party, especially in facing the next general election.

He stressed that Umno leaders should not listen totally to the individuals around them, but should instead also listen to the grouses of members who always supported the party.

Dr Mahathir also noted that Umno had in many instances, made the same mistakes, but not many of its party leaders were brave enough to correct the mistakes, making the top leaders feel that whatever they do receives support.

"Umno seldom learns. I've said this many times before but they still don't realise it. We will lose (power) if Umno does not learn and repeats those mistakes," he said. - Bernama

Terengganu crisis: Ahmad Said denies delaying daughter’s wedding

Posted: 14 May 2014 07:52 AM PDT

KEMAMAN: Former Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said denied claims that he delayed his daughter's wedding on purpose.

He said the wedding was fixed for May 10 and 17 after confirming the attendance of the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.

 "It's not easy to invite the Sultan (Sultan Mizan) to the wedding. The invitation had to be sent two months in advance. The Sultan was only free on May 10, so we held it that day," he told a press conference at his residence in Teluk Kalong here on Wednesday.

Based on custom, he said the bride's side has to host another reception a week after the official ceremony on May 10, which was to be on May 17 in Teluk Kalong.

"Then there's a reception in Kuala Lumpur on May 31. The wedding date was not delayed to May on purpose," he said.

Ahmad also added that his daughter had been traumatised by his resignation as Mentri Besar.

Queried as to whether he will be appointed as a Senator, he said: "Let's not think about that now. I just want to rest after this."

Ahmad had resigned as Terengganu Mentri Besar on Monday following which Seberang Takir assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman was appointed as the new Mentri Besar and took his oath before the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Syarqiyyah, Kuala Terengganu later the same day.

On May 13, Ahmad resigned from Umno and declared himself as an independent elected representative but changed his mind today by retracting his resignation and returned to the party. - Bernama

Cops question man over arrows shot at dog

Posted: 14 May 2014 07:28 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The man who shot two arrows at a dog in Taman Sinaran, Taming Jaya was questioned at his house by police Wednesday evening.

According to a police officer from the Kajang district police headquarters, who declined to be named, they had received instructions from the Selangor police headquarters to investigate the matter.

The officer also declined to reveal if the man was being investigated for possessing and using the bow and arrow as opposed to animal abuse.

"We cannot reveal anything at the moment because the case is under investigation,'' said the police officer.

The man had shot and wounded the dog, which had stood at his gate and refused to move and one arrow lodged hit the front leg whilst another hit the back.

Animal lovers rushed the dog to a veterinary clinic where it received first aid before handing over the Rottweiler to canine welfare project Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB).

MDDB project manager Melinda Joy Gomez said the dog has been estimated to be about 12 years old and was also partially blind.

"She appears to be a lost dog and must have been trying to find her way home and gone to the shooter's house after hearing voices coming from that direction,'' said Gomez.

She added the dog had not moved away because it could not see.

"That's also why the dog stood at the same spot as the man shot his arrows at it,'' she added.

According to Gomez, the dog has since been admitted to a veterinary clinic and found to be anaemic and suffering from tick fever and heartworm.

"He had shot his arrows at an old, blind and very very sick dog,'' said Gomez.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Traditional Malay Archers Association (Pertama) has voiced its unhappiness over the man's conduct.

"He has given the sport a bad name and violated all of its code of ethics by shooting at a poor and defenceless animal,'' said its president Muhamad Akmal Mohamad Dahlan.

Muhamad Akmal also said the man was not a member of his association.

"We condemn his actions and urge the relevant authorities to initiate the necessary action against him,'' said Muhamad Akmal.

He said the incident had tarnished the image and reputation of archery enthusiasts in the country.

"The sport and art of archery denotes disciplines and is forbidden to be used to create pain and misery,'' said Muhamad Akmal.
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