Monday, April 21, 2014

Azmin Ali insists PKR is not a Malay party

I support PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali’s (pic) rejection of secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution’s purported claim that PKR is a Malay-dominated party. 

The former asserted that PKR is a party for all Malaysians; that the party’s principle was to ensure that the party’s struggle could nurture a new political culture in the country, regardless of race and religion. 

As Azmin explained: “It’s true that at the early stage, it was not easy to introduce a multiracial party culture... But after almost 15 years, we are able to prove that the country’s new generation could accept the reality that racial politics should be rejected and that multiracial politics should flourish”. 

Party elections are approaching. Azmin will be contesting against Selangor MB Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and the head of Hulu Selangor division, K Ramachandran for the deputy presidency. 

On Saturday, bottom-of-the-table Sunderland claimed a spectacular 2-1 win over Chelsea – and it was Jose Mourinho's first home Premier League defeat in 78 games over 2 spells as Chelsea manager. The Black Cats had possibly irreparably damaged the Blues’ EPL title ambition. 

And even better news was to follow the next day. Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of the summit after a hard-fought 3-2 win at Norwich.

Raheem Sterling arrowed in a long-range shot to put the Reds ahead in the fourth minute. Luis Suarez guided in a second in the eleventh minute only for Gary Hooper to slot in for Norwich after keeper Simon Mignolet's error (54). Sterling scored with a deflected shot (62) before a Robert Snodgrass header (77) gave the Canaries hope but the Reds held on to secure their 11th straight win. 

Liverpool have now confirmed their place in next season's Champions League, ahead of next Sunday's home game against Chelsea, a visit to Crystal Palace and a meeting with Newcastle at Anfield. 

Yesterday, in a Scottish Premiership match, Celtic drew 3-3 with Motherwell. Two weeks earlier, Celtic beat Dundee United 2-0. The outcomes did not change anything since Celtic are already the Scottish champions.

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