Sunday, June 06, 2010

S'gor takeover: 'Help sought from big-time tycoons'

Speculation is rife that Umno while allegedly enticing Pakatan members with money politics to cross-over, is also now trying to rope in big-time tycoons to help destabilise the Selangor state government.

According to Perak Pakatan Rakyat chief Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, he had heard that a top Umno personality recently had approached a very prominent tycoon to seek his financial help in undermining the Selangor government.

However, the request was rejected as the tycoon does not believe in dirty politics and was prepared for any political repercussions that his non-cooperation might invite.

NONENizar (left) believes the same tactic had been responsible for destabilising his 10-month-old government in Perak last year.

He also said three Umno members had told him that a tycoon of similar status had financially backed the wresting of Perak from the Pakatan.

This particular person had apparently met former DAP Jelapang assemblyperson Hee Yit Foong in Hong Kong before the collapse of the Pakatan government, said Nizar.

If once you fail, try and try again

So, having tasted success in Perak, Umno is now focusing its attention on Selangor, described as the goldmine state.

"Their plans have not borne fruit so far but we do not know what will happen in the near future as Umno may try to contact other tycoons for their political agenda," the PAS leader said.

Nizar was speaking to Malaysiakini after addressing a four-hour political forum titled 'Sibu to Putrajaya' at the Chin Woo Hall in Ipoh last night.

nizar jamaluddin pakatan rally in ipohAround 1,500 people attended the DAP function where top Pakatan leaders, including party supremo Lim Kit Siang, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Perak DAP party chief Ngeh Koo Ham, DAP state secretary Nga Kor Ming, DAP state deputy chief M Kulasegaran and PKR state chief Mustaffa Kamil Ayub spoke on the topic.

Nizar in his speech touched on the steps that Pakatan is now taking to build bridges with the Perak royalty after the relationship turned icy when the state government changed hands.

No official invitation from sultan

The former Pakatan menteri besar said that he had written an official letter on March 31, to Sultan Azlan Shah requesting an audience to explain to him their version of of the politician situation in Perak.

Nizar's argument is that the sultan has only heard one side of the story from the BN, and Pakatan wants to enlighten the ruler on the state's actual political scenario.

In addition, said Nizar, the opposition coalition wants to correct whatever misconceptions the royalty may have over the absence of its politicians at the sultan's birthday celebration in April.

The absence was simply due to the failure of the BN to send Pakatan any official invitation, he explained.

Nizar said that the Raja Muda had replied to his letter in early April stating that he has consented to a royal audience at a date and time to be fixed

He also claimed that the Perak Raja Muda had whispered into his ear during the May 7 assembly sitting, that the political future is bright for Pakatan in the state and that he could work closely with them if they win the next general elections.

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