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May 2009

Penanti poll results (Updated 8.39pm) Corrected 9.10pm, 31 May 2009

We inaccurately quoted Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) elections director Saifuddin Nasution as saying that out of the voter turnout of 47% on 31 May 2009 during the Penanti by-election, 44% of the votes cast was estimated to have gone to PKR candidate Dr Mansor Othman while the remaining 3% went to the three independent candidates.

What he meant was, 44% of the total number of eligible voters in Penanti (numbering 15,384) were estimated at that point in time to have voted for Dr Mansor while the remaining 3% for the three independents.

We apologise for the inaccuracy in our reporting.


Freeze bank accounts of those in PKFZ fiasco Corrected 10am, 31 May 2009

We inaccurately reported that the  Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) cost was estimated to balloon to over RM12 million by 2051. The correct estimated amount is RM12 billion.

We apologise for our carelessness.


Manik Urai by-election on 14 July (Updated 12.40pm) Corrected 1.30pm, 28 May 2009

Bernama mistakenly reported that deceased PAS assemblyperson Ismail Yaacob won the Manik Urai state seat in the general election in 1985. The general election was held in 1986.

We apologise for perpetuating the Bernama‘s error in our original story.


Spotlight on PSD grants Corrected 7pm, 25 May 2009

The article initially stated that the criteria for the awarding of PSD 2009 scholarships only came to light after after DAP leaders sought to meet with PSD director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam.

It has been clarified that the criteria for the awarding of the PSD scholarship had in fact been known since 27 March 2009, but was not widely publicised until after this meeting. We regret the error.


Aminah: “I was offered money, posts to withdraw” Corrected 3.35pm, 25 May 2009

The article initially named the local council as the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP), as Aminah Abdullah mentioned MPPP at the press conference. However, she was also heard mentioning MPSP, which is the Seberang Perai Municipal Council, at a different point at the press conference.

We have decided not to name the local council until we can confirm which one she actually meant.


Why Pakatan needs Penanti Corrected 9.18am 23 May 2009

In the article, we mistakenly referred to Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam as former and present Menteri Besar of Malacca, respectively.

The position should actually be Chief Minister. The error is regretted.


The Hindraf rebel Corrected 2.45pm, 19 May 2009

We originally published that Tamil Nadu’s state assembly has 40 seats. However, Tamil Nadu has 39 parliamentary seats, and the DMK alliance also secured the Lok Sabha seat in Puducherry, totalling 40 parliamentary seats. We apologise for the error.


High court declares Nizar rightful MB (Updated 8.32pm) Corrected 10.45pm, 14 May 2009

Our original chart detailing court cases related to the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis, as featured below, contained several mistakes. The corrected chart can be found here. We apologise for the errors.

Court cases related to the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis

Plaintiff vs
defendant
Matter Status / Court / Decision Ruled in PR’s favour
1 Nizar vs Zambry To determine rightful Perak MB. High Court decision on 11 May 2009: Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is the rightful menteri besar of Perak.

2 Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Jailu and Hee Yit Foong (3 Aduns) vs Speaker V Sivakumar A declaration that the plaintiffs have not resigned as elected representatives. Federal Court decision on 10 April 2009: Plaintiffs have not resigned, remain as Aduns.

3 Zambry and 6 Others (excos) vs Sivakumar and state assembly Among others, a declaration that the speaker’s suspension of MB Zambry and six exco are invalid.

Injunction to prevent speaker from holding unlawful meetings.

Federal Court decision on 16 April: Speaker’s decision to suspend Zambry and six others was null and void. No ruling on other applications.

Ipoh High Court decision on 3 March: Injunction granted in the afternoon preventing speaker from holding unlawful meetings. Injunction was not retrospective and did not cover the 3 March sitting under the tree in the morning.

4 Sivakumar vs state legal adviser An order that the state legal adviser had no instructions to represent the speaker. Court of Appeal decision on 13 March 2009: Speaker is allowed to choose and appoint his own lawyers.

5 Sivakumar vs Election Commission, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Jailu and Hee Yit Foong To rule whether the EC has the right to declare vacancy status of state seats. Federal Court decision on 9 April 2009: Yes, EC has the right to determine if a state seat is vacant, not the speaker.


6 Chen Fook Chye, Tai Sing Ng and Sivanesan (excos), and Ahmad Sabry, Abdul Latif and Foo Hon Wai (voters) vs EC and three independent Aduns Judicial review of EC’s decision not to hold fresh elections for three vacant seats. Kuala Lumpur High Court hearing on 28 May

Nizar applies for stay (Updated 5.40pm) Corrected 6.38pm, 14 May 2009

Our original chart detailing court cases related to the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis, as featured below, contained several mistakes. The corrected chart can be found here. We apologise for the errors.

Plaintiff vs
defendant
Matter Status / Court / Decision Ruled in PR’s favour
1 Nizar vs Zambry To set aside stay of execution order obtained by Zambry over High Court decision Court of Appeal hearing on 18 May

2 Zambry vs Nizar To seek stay of execution order on High Court decision declaring Nizar rightful Perak MB Court of Appeal decision on 12 May 2009: Zambry granted stay of execution order.

3 Nizar vs Zambry To determine rightful Perak MB. High Court decision on 11 May 2009: Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is the rightful menteri besar of Perak.

4 Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Jailu and Hee Yit Foong (3 Aduns) vs Speaker V Sivakumar A declaration that the plaintiffs have not resigned as elected representatives. Federal Court decision on 10 April 2009: Plaintiffs have not resigned, remain as Aduns.

5 Zambry and 6 Others (excos) vs Sivakumar and state assembly Among others, a declaration that the speaker’s suspension of MB Zambry and six exco are invalid.

Injunction to prevent speaker from holding unlawful meetings.

Federal Court decision on 16 April 2009: Speaker’s decision to suspend Zambry and six others was null and void. No ruling on other applications.

Ipoh High Court decision on 3 March 2009: Injunction granted in the afternoon preventing speaker from holding unlawful meetings. Injunction was not retrospective and did not cover the 3 March sitting under the tree in the morning.

6 Sivakumar vs state legal adviser An order that the state legal adviser had no instructions to represent the speaker. Court of Appeal decision on 13 March 2009: Speaker is allowed to choose and appoint his own lawyers.

7 Sivakumar vs Election Commission, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Jailu and Hee Yit Foong To rule whether the EC has the right to declare vacancy status of state seats. Federal Court decision on 9 April 2009: Yes, EC has the right to determine if a state seat is vacant, not the speaker.


8 Chen Fook Chye, Tai Sing Ng and Sivanesan (excos), and Ahmad Sabry, Abdul Latif and Foo Hon Wai (voters) vs EC and three independent Aduns Judicial review of EC’s decision not to hold fresh elections for three vacant seats. Kuala Lumpur High Court hearing on 28 May 2009

Nizar applies for stay (Updated 5.40pm) Corrected 1.15am, 14 May 2009

We mistakenly reported that Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin’s motion, filed in the Court of Appeal on 13 May 2009, was “an appeal against an appeal”.

Lawyer Grace Wong has pointed out to us that that is incorrect. The motion was an application to set aside an earlier Court of Appeal order.

We apologise for the error.


High court declares Nizar rightful MB (Updated 8.32pm) Corrected 12.30pm, 12 May 2009

We mistakenly reported that Nizar sought an audience with the Sultan of Perak on 5 May to request the dissolution of the state assembly.

The date should be 5 Feb 2009.

We apologise for the error.


Pandemonium during historic Perak state assembly Corrected 4.05pm, 7 May 2009

We mistakenly wrote that state assemblyperson from the MIC Datuk R Ganesan was defeated by embattled Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin in the recent Bukit Gantang by-election. Nizar defeated the Barisan Nasional’s Ismail Saffian, not Ganesan. We apologise for the error.

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