Sunday, February 24, 2008

P41: PM Abdullah In Straight Fight With PAS Candidate [In Kepala Batas]

PENANG, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is in a straight fight with a Pas candidate in defending his Kepala Batas parliamentary seat in the March 8 general election.

His opponent is independent missionary Subri Mohd Arshad, who in the 2004 general election lost to the Barisan Nasional's (BN) Datuk Azhar Ibrahim in the Penaga state seat within the Kepala Batas parliamentary constituency.

For Abdullah, who is BN chairman, this is the eighth time he is seeking re-election to the seat he has held since the 1978 general election.In the 2004 polls, Abdullah defeated by 18,122 votes Pas committee member Abdul Khalid Rasid who had been his opponent since the 1999 election.

Abdullah, leading… MORE BERNAMA'S HERE

UNDI INFO: PENANG: P41 – Kepala Batas

Malaysian PM Abdullah hopes to get two-thirds majority in parliament - SINGAPORE: Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi faces what is likely to be one of the most hotly contested elections in Malaysia's recent history, and he hopes to get two-thirds majority in parliament. Analysts say with anything less, the prime minister might face pressure from his party to step down. Four years ago, Mr Abdullah led the ruling coalition to a record election win. This time his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which leads the coalition, is intent on claiming the only state left in opposition hands. Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) holds Kelantan by just a one-seat majority, and a victory there would be a huge morale boost for Prime Minister Abdullah. Ooi Kee Beng, a fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, said: "I think if I were Abdullah, at this point in time I would want to go down in history as the UMNO leader that got Kelantan back."

Malaysia's former DPM Anwar remains a force on the sidelines - SINGAPORE: Malaysia's former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, has been banned from running in any election until April this year, but he remains a force on the sidelines that the ruling coalition has to contend with.

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