Barisan Nasional will make a thorough selection to ensure it fields a suitable candidate who is also acceptable to the people in the coming Kajang state seat by-election, said BN deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the selection would also be based on good performance and credibility, besides being part of any BN component party.Can an election ever throw up the right candidate? Or to put it more moderately, is an election the mechanism best suited to throw up representatives that will strive to work for their constituents and attempt to better their life? Are there in-built into the electoral process, a set of imperatives that help pre-determine one kind of outcome, irrespective of the quality of the candidates?
Increasingly, it would seem that what it takes to win an election is not only very different from what it takes to govern, but might well be at odds with the idea of providing governance. The privileging of representativeness in our democracy, with an emphasis on caste and religion, has meant that electable candidates are chosen with a view to who has the biggest electoral draw in terms representing the interests of a community rather than select those that have a view on issues of policy or administration. At one level, democracy does not require its practitioners to come equipped with a track record, and representativeness is perhaps the most vital element in the idea of democracy, but over a period of time, what representativeness has come to mean identity rather than action; the leader resembles his or her constituents, speaks for them and on the occasion that he or she acts on their behalf, it is often through the same narrow lens of community. Under these circumstances, the election abets the process of weeding out those that see their role in more secular terms, and focuses its attention narrowly on those with more sectarian agendas.We will decide on the candidate soon woes continue. The admonishments keep flowing in and suddenly it seems as if the same party that had fired so many imaginations can do nothing right. And while it does seem that the party has made some grave errors, some of the arguments being made against it are a little unfair, and care needs to be taken to separate the party’s mistakes from some legitimate if unusual choices that it has made.
," said the Deputy Prime Minister Senator Datuk S. Nallakarupan, Anwar's former ally turned nemesis, said he was the "best opponent" to run against the former deputy prime minister."I don't think BN has decided on a candidate, so what's wrong if I ask?" said Nallakarupan, who was once PKR's Kepong division chief and who now leads the Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP)
In June 2012, the High Court ordered Nallakarupan to pay damages to Anwar, after the latter sued him for defamation over a claim that Anwar received RM60 million from a major corporation.
This followed a RM100 million defamation suit by Anwar against Nallakaruppan for calling Anwar a bisexual and that he was unfit to be the opposition leader.
Nallakarupan's statement was published by Utusan Malaysia, whose chief editor Abdul Aziz Ishak was also one of the defendants.
Nallakaruppan, who was arrested under the Internal Security Act weeks before Anwar's sacking in September 1998, had also alleged that he had personally witnessed Anwar’s bisexuality throughout their 30-year friendship. To argue that the act of governing carries with it an implicit decorum is another way of saying that rulers must embrace the surrounding aura of gravitas that has historically been associated with power. They must be seen to be spending time in acts of governance, and not be seen shouting slogans and confronting the police. Now while this is conventional wisdom, there is no intrinsic reason why this must be the case. Why is it all right for political leaders to spend time includes giving meaningless speeches, cutting ribbons and laying foundation stones and generally be so involved in the ceremony surrounding the act of administration and not acceptable if they agitate for what they believe in? A new political culture means that some old customs must give way to the new. Using the power of public opinion to agitate for a cause is an option available to everyone, the CM included. If anything, a protest like this, if held peacefully and for the right reason reinforces the idea that democratic persuasion is an on-going process and not a once-in-five-years phenomenon.readmore.