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Malaysia to receive 32 million doses of Pfizer vaccine by year-end – .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 2:18 pm

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will receive 32 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines by this year as part of a new agreement signed with the government, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin announced today. The supply is an increase from the previous signed deal from the US-based drug manufacturer and will cover the first dose requirement of virtually all of the countrys population. MALAY MAIL .





Waste of time – what else is new from ‘dead end’ Anwar! .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 2:13 pm

PAKATAN Harapan will decide in stages the seat allocations for the next polls, said Anwar Ibrahim as the pact prepares for a general election that is expected to be called upon the ending of the coronavirus crisis. The PKR president said the pact was also working on its election machinery ahead of the 15th general election. PH are discussing the seat allocations within the coalition first. Then we will consider the participation of other parties, he said after launching the Women ..

International Day campaign at PKR headquarters. Party communications chief Fahmi Fadzil said the discussions are ongoing. I believe in the coming weeks the committee will present it (the list) to the presidential council. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has assured the people thata general election will be held as soon asthe health crisis isresolved. The country is currently underemergency rule which was declared to containthe Covid-19 outbreak. Elections may notbe held during such a time.Under normal circumstances an electionmust be called for within 60 days of a seat falling vacant. When asked how many seats have been allocated, Fahmi said the numbers are quite advanced. I dont have the latest figures. As for Warisan and Pejuang, we are focusing on [...]





Annuar Musa shows how racist he can get just to stay in power – .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 12:13 am

PETALING JAYA: Former Barisan Nasional secretary-general Annuar Musa says Umno, PPBM and PAS are not enemies, although some quarters are trying to sow enmity among the three parties. Annuar said the three parties were rivals as they were all Malay parties that carried the same goals and struggles, adding that their enemies were those that had different ideologies. He said a certain call made by someone was simply aimed at hiding the individuals actual intention of working with the ..

real enemy. Parties that have different ideologies, and ambitions that obliterate what the other party fights for, can be considered enemies. Annuar Musa. Umno, PAS and PPBM theyre not enemies but theyre competitors or rivals. There are efforts to depict the parties as enemies, although theyre not. When vengeance runs deep, friends are seen as enemies and enemies are seen as friends. Thats Machiavellian politics of the ends justify the means. Islamic politics are not so. Islamic politics hold to the truth, he said in a Facebook post today. Annuars remarks come after Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday claimed that the party was facing threats by certain groups that are trying to take control of it by proxy. Some [...]





In Hadi’s hometown, a ticking time bomb – quarantine-flouter .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 12:02 am

KUALA LUMPUR A movement is believed to be growing in PAS, which could mount a challenge towards president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the internal election due this year. Despite attempts from party leaders to dispel talk of such a faction and the purported rift, several PAS insiders have recently confirmed its existence when contacted byMalay Mail. Yes there is a movement from a faction in Terengganu to gain support to challenge for the presidential post. However, it was not as ..

serious as it was portrayed in the social media, said the PAS state leader who declined to be named. The source was referring to reports and social media posts about secretary of the influential advisory PAS Syura Council, Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, meeting state leaders ostensibly to solicit their support for the partys internal election scheduled this year. Khairuddin is the MP for Kuala Nerus in Terengganu. Abdul Hadi is also an MP in Terengganu, for Marang. Another PAS insider also confirmed the matter on the condition of anonymity but insisted it was a natural phenomenon of democracy and did not merit public discussion. PAS is a political party that has elections. All leaders in the [...]





Johor-born actor Ng man Tat – WHO became famous in hk with movies .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 11:20 am

THE ashes of veteran Hong Kong actor Ng Man Tat may be interred at a columbarium in Johor, reported China Press. According to entertainment journalist Zhu Pi, who is one of Ngs close friends when he was alive, the body of the actor will be cremated today but his ashes will likely not be placed in Hong Kong due to the exorbitant prices for an urn niche. It was reported that despite its small size, the urn niche used to store the ashes of actress Yammie Lam who died in 2018 cost HK$170,000 ..

(RM89,211). Zhu pointed out that Ngs Malaysian wife Hou Shan Yan and children are all based in Johor and it would make it easier for family members to pay their respects during Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping Festival). He, however, added that Hou would make the final decision. Ng, who started his career at the age of 22 in 1973, was known for his roles in movies with comedian Stephen Chow Sing-chi, including The Final Combat, The Justice of Life and Shaolin Soccer. The 70-year-old died of liver cancer on Feb 27 in the presence of family members. ANN .





Gang Muhyiddin must be really desperate – now even Tok Pa pulls .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 11:12 am

PETALING JAYA: Several photographs of Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed travelling by bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Baru, Kelantan have gone viral on social media. The photographs of the Minister in the Prime Ministers Department were shared by a passenger on the express bus who spotted the minister. It was learned that Mustapa, who was accompanied by several officers and police, took the bus ride from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), Salak South to Kota Baru as there were no flights to ..

Kelantan on Friday (March 5) night. An officer with him told the passenger that the minister had declined travelling by car back to Kelantan as he wanted to experience what it was like taking the bus although the journey took about eight hours. Passenger Raja Zaidi Raja Mohamed said he was surprised to see the minister on the bus and took the opportunity to take several selfies with him. I didnt expect to see a minister on the bus with me. Where has there been a minister who took an express bus to travel back to Kelantan, Raja Said told news portal Astro Awani. It was learned that Mustapa, who is Jeli MP, is the first minister to return [...]





‘The biggest joke’ – and for too many decades! Yet duped .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 11:02 am

If lesser lights say it, it wouldnt have much traction. But if it comes from what arguably is the best prime minister Malaysia never had, then perhaps enough people will sit up and take note. Former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam (above) has lambasted current Malaysian politics as ajokebecause he says it is void of ideology or philosophy. In an interview with Mingguan Malaysia,Musa said that these days political leaders are more concerned with which party has more seats and who ..

is siding with who than with the ideological and philosophical leanings of individual politicians. As a consequence, he says the country has far too many defectors and he speculates that the inducements offered to party hoppers are no longer piddling sums, as was the case in times before. People on this side will jump to the other side, and that is the only issue, lamented Musa in remarks carried by the weekend edition ofUtusan Malaysia. In recent weeks thedefection of two PKR MPs, Larry Sng of Julau and Steven Choong of Tebrau, from the opposition benches to the ranks of independents pledging support for the government of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has renewed public clamour for an anti-party hopping [...]





Even before GE15, Bersatu is off the radar – unless Muhyiddin uses .. - -- [GC] - 8/03 9:33 am

Umno-Perikatan still a couple despite break-up, say analysts THE Umno-Perikatan Nasional situation remains fluid despite an official break-up, said analysts. Umnos announcement is not surprising as the party has said that it did not plan to partner Bersatu in GE15 despite joining the Perikatan Nasional government, said Universiti Malayas Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi. And going by Bersatus nonchalant response after its meeting on Thursday, Awang Azman believes the ..

party will continue to force Umno back to the PN fold before calling for elections. The only thing Bersatu and PAS are worried about is Umno trying to force elections this year. More so, when Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan said the party plans to contest in as many as 96 out of the 165 seats in Peninsular Malaysia. But I believe Bersatu will try to ensure Umno backs down and cooperate with PN in GE15, said the political science lecturer. Awang Azman was commenting on Bersatus decision tostrengthen the PN parties PAS, STAR, SAPP and Gerakan after Umno officially rejected cooperation with Bersatu in the next elections. Ilham Centre executive director Hisommudin Bakar said Bersatu is playing it safe as it still wants to bring Umno back into [...]





‘Mahathir the Best leader among other leaders’ – Musa .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 9:08 pm

KUALA LUMPUR Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was able to beat Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the 2020 political tumult that saw the formation of the Perikatan Nasional administration, said Tun Musa Hitam as reported by Mingguan Malaysia. In an interview with the Sunday edition ofUtusan Malaysia, Musa who was also a former deputy prime minister said Muhyiddin was able to outfight Mahathir then in their political pursuit in securing who would lead the country next following the collapse of the Pakatan ..

Harapan administration. People said that [Muhyiddins] government is a back door [government]. No one respects it, everyday people criticise it. But whatever the case, Muhyiddin beat Mahathir to be the prime minister. Muhyiddin beat Mahathir to it. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are deemed opportunistic in politics, its part and parcel of a character, Musa was quoted saying. Muhyiddin now leads the Perikatan Nasional government after taking his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to join forces with former rivals Umno and PAS. This saw Dr Mahathir resigning as prime minister, and left the party he helped form to start the splinter Parti Pejuang Tanah Air. Musa also commented that Muhyiddin was a man of experience, [...]





‘Ideology of money’ now rules Malaysia – and has for the .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 9:03 pm

KUALA LUMPUR Former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam said Umno needs to put aside its leaders who are facing criminal charges, until proven innocent, as a means to revitalise the party. In an interview withUtusan Malaysias Sunday editionMingguan Malaysia, Musa who was an Umno deputy president, said when the party decides to take a principled stance on the issue, only then public trust can be regained. Firstly, Umno has to take the stance that whoever is related to [criminal] ..

charges in court, has to be put aside until they can prove their innocence. Only with that can the public respect us, he was quoted saying, referring to Umno. In the interview, Musa also explained that severe infighting within Umno has caused the party to be splintered into three factions. One faction he described as Umno puritans who believe in the spirit of the party, the second faction are those who side with the party leaders such as its current president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamid, and the third consists of capable leaders that were not given the opportunities to step forward. Musa explained that another step to allow the party to regain public trust is also to allow [...]





Support Muhyiddin & reap ‘benefits’ – of the corrupt .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 6:57 pm

PETALING JAYA: PKRs Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after she was told to give evidence of attempted bribery to jump ship. She said the report is against two individuals, including one Datuk Seri, who had asked her to support Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and reap benefits in return.In a statement today, she said the incident took place on March 3. I have lodged a report based on Section 25 of the MACC Act 2009, ..

which is an obligation to report bribery or any attempt to do so. She hoped MACC would probe the matter as soon as possible. Natrah said she was not keen in supporting Muhyiddin and would not betray her party and her Sekijang voters. To those still trying to buy over support of PKR MPs or opposition MPs in general, stop it. Natrah further claimed that the minority government they were trying to save is on the brink of collapse. Earlier this week, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim claimed that his party members were offered millions to defect. This came after two MPs Julau MP Larry Sng and Tebrau MP Steven Choong quit the party and declared [...]





Mahathir makes history again – at 96, he’s the oldest .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 6:41 pm

At 96, Dr M is oldest Malaysian Covid-19 vaccine recipient PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad became the oldest recipient of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country, earning praise from science, technology and innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin. We encourage more senior citizens to register for phase two of our immunisation programme, said Khairy in his Facebook post. Two photos of Mahathir receiving the shots were also posted on the Vaksin Covid-19 Twitter ..

page, stating Mahathir is now the oldest recipient in Malaysia. Mahathir said he felt fine after the vaccination and urged all Malaysians to get vaccinated. As a senior citizen, I urge not only the older Malaysians but also the younger ones to step forward to be vaccinated against Covid-19. We must support this effort. We want to have as many Malaysians as possible vaccinated in the countrys efforts to fight the pandemic. Mahathir said he opted to be vaccinated together with the second phase of frontliners in Langkawi today, adding that the first batch had theirs much earlier. Earlier today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said about three million individuals had registered through the MySejahtera app to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Selangor had the highest [...]





What future is there in the world for Malays when their leaders like Hadi .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 6:08 pm

THE plot to topple the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government did not materialise over a few minutes through the Sheraton Move but was in the works since the last general election, said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang. He said the scheme to remove the new government started when PH was fighting day and night after winning GE14, and when the relationship involving PKR, DAP and Amanah was already weakening. He also said the takeover of the government from PH by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) pact last ..

March wasnt unconstitutional or against the principles of democracy. In actual fact, we had worked day and night while PH was fighting day and night. As a result, we managed to replace a weak government with a better one. We welcomed friends who left PH, which had been weakened by those who were fighting among themselves, he said in a Facebook posttoday. Bersatu exited PH on February 24, 2020, resulting in the collapse of the ruling pact. It had then formed a new government under the PN label with PAS, Umno, 11 defected MPs from PKR and parties from Sabah and Sarawak. Days before this, there had been talks of a switch of federal power [...]





Bombshell – ‘acquisition attempt about to happen’ .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 4:49 pm

Enemies attempt to take over Umno after failing to destroy it Zahid Efforts have been made to take control of Umno after attempts to destroy the largest Malay-based party failed, said its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Taking to Facebook, Zahid elaborated on how attempts by the partys enemies had led to Umno leaders being demonised and labelled as the court cluster. The term court cluster has been used to mock a group of Umno ..

leaders facing graft charges and accused them of demanding concessions from the prime minister. (The enemies) use brokers as spokepersons in the name of Muslim unity. Ironically, the principle of Muslim unity must be based on honesty and sincerity. It is not to be used to take control in order to remain in power and serve the interest of certain individuals. If these attempts are successful, Umnos brand can be misused. Millions of Umno members will be controlled. Should we surrender? Should (we) give up and just allow this acquisition attempt to happen? asked Zahid. Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera para ahli dan penyokong UMNO sekalian. Saya menulis kali ini supaya saudara Posted byZahid HamidionSaturday, March 6, 2021 The Bagan Datuk MP said since Umno leaders [...]





Bombshell – Muhyiddin the ‘killer’ PM WHO ‘shot .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 10:17 am

A political earthquake that no one noticed THE breakup between Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has been likened to an earthquake by some. In theory, this formalises a fundamental tectonic shift in the balance of power in Malaysian politics. If you had told me beforehand that this was going to happen officially and publicly, I too would have said: Oh, that will probably be big news when it breaks. When I finally did come across the news, however, I did a double take. On ..

the breakup between Umno and Bersatu though, there was barely a peep on any of the multiple WhatsApp groups Im in, or Twitter. I had this weird moment where I was literally asking people: Hey, did this thing really just happen? Did I miss it from a few days ago? Long story short though, it did just happen. And nobody cared. For politicians, and analysts like me, it was of course something of an earthquake. The rest of Malaysia, however, seems to have responded with what basically amounted to a meh and a shrug, and went about their daily lives. Everybody knows that Malaysians have long been experiencing political fatigue and disaffection, but I honestly [...]





Eat & eat & eat! Malaysia’s ticking time bomb – obesity! - -- [GC] - 7/03 10:05 am

WORLD Obesity Day was marked on March 4. It is a day that is dedicated to addressing the global obesity epidemic, raising awareness of the fact that obesity is a disease, and encouraging advocacy. Malaysia has the highest prevalence of obesity among adults in South-East Asia. In the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey, 50.1% of our adult population was reported to be overweight (30.4%) or obese (19.7%). Obesity is a risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like type 2 diabetes, ..

cardiovascular disease and cancers such as breast, large intestine, pancreas and kidney cancers. Compared with individuals of normal weight, obesity increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes sevenfold in men and 12-fold in women. An obese individual has an 81% higher risk of developing heart disease and 64% higher risk of getting a stroke. In addition, Asian populations are predisposed to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at lower than usual body mass index. Besides that, the economic costs of these diseases are enormous. The conservative estimate of diabetes and cardiovascular disease was RM70.1bill in 2017, equivalent to 5.1% of Malaysias gross domestic product that year. A local study found that 30% of Malaysians with type 2 diabetes [...]





Rais yatim sends out a thundering message amid accusations of .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 8:25 am

Umnoand Bersatu should cooperate andcome to anagreement for the sake of the future of Malay politics, saidveteran politician Rais Yatim. He said the two parties should not cut ties completely while expressing hope that Umno and Bersatu would continue to work together. Umnoby itself cannot be in power and the same goes with Bersatu, even withthe support of PAS (cooperation is needed). Thesecomponent Malay parties must realise the importance of gaining consensus, he told ..

reporters after handing out food baskets to residents in Kampung Geylang, Jelebu today. The JelebuBersatudivision chief said it was also vital that each party has a sense of cooperation andthe commitment to work together in developing the country. Rais, who is also Dewan Negara speaker, is of the view that all parties should respect the discretionary powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agongand the role of the prime minister, followingpressures and calls for Parliament to reconvene. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the prime minister have absolute power (respectively), that cannot be altered,it is up to the prime minister to advise the Agong of any changes, he said. Bernama .





Muhyiddin dashes overseas to perform ‘umrah’ as the clamor .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 8:19 am

PRIME Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife, Noorainee Abdul Rahman, arrived in Jeddahtoday to begin a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia. The aircraft that carried the couple landed at the King Abdulaziz International Airport at 5.31pm local time (10.31pm Malaysian time) and they were met on arrival by Malaysian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Abd Razak Abdul Wahab and his wife, Nor Asimah Petah, as well as Malaysian Consul-General in Jeddah Alauddin Mohd Nor and his wife, Najwa ..

Hasbullah. The visit is on theinvitationextendedin April 2020 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salmanbin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. Muhyiddinand his wife willperform umrah and visit Madinah before starting their official programmes for the visit. After the visit, the Prime Minister will depart to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), also for an official visit until March 11 during which he is scheduled to meet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai. Bernama .





Bombshell – of all people, UMNO should know Muhyiddin is wielding .. - -- [GC] - 7/03 8:15 am

Playing the long political game IT was not a tit for tat move when Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysias supreme council responded to Umnos decision to cut ties with the party in GE15. Bersatus statement on Thursday was tidak keras (not hard-hitting), said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia political analyst Dr Mazlan Ali. Bersatu, which Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin leads, met earlier in the week to discuss a letter signed by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ..

stating that the partys supreme council had decided on Feb 19 not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election. The letter dated Feb 26 and addressed to Muhyiddin as Bersatu president and chairman of the Perikatan Nasional coalition also stated that Umno would continue to support the Perikatan government until Parliament is dissolved. In a statement issued after Bersatus supreme council met, party secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin noted that the party viewed the Umno presidents letter seriously. Hamzah also said that Bersatu would remain focused on strengthening cooperation with the Perikatan coalition members PAS, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and Gerakan. The Bersatu statement is not hard-hitting because Bersatu is leading a government with a slim majority. [...]





‘It’s amazing how people can simply make things up’ .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 9:31 pm

IPOH: A screenshot of a purported application to join PKR by DAPs Jelapang assemblyman Cheah Poh Hian(pic)has gone viral. When contacted Saturday (March 6), Cheah, however, denied the claim. I was only made to be aware of it when you called me, he said. Its not true. Its amazing how people can simply make things up, he added. In the picture, the purported application to join PKRs Tambun branch on Nov 8 last year had been approved. Meanwhile, state PKR ..

vice-chairman Tan Kar Hing said he does not believe it to be true, adding that he would check with his partys secretary-general to verify the claim. Two former DAP state assemblymen Paul Yong Choo Kiong (Tronoh) and A. Sivasubramaniam (Buntong) had joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia as associate members. Both were said to have applied to join Bersatu in December last year. After quitting DAP, both became Independents. Sivasubramaniam had also joined Gerakan in June last year. ANN .





‘Sneaky’ Azmin to be made dpm? Bersatu issues strong denial .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 9:09 pm

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has denied all claims in a viral message including an allegation that Datuk Seri Azmin Ali will be appointed deputy prime minister in preparation for a general election. In a statement, Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin(pic) said information in a viral message concerning decisions allegedly made at a Bersatu top leadership meeting was false All information in that message is wrong and fake and has nothing to do with any top ..

leadership meeting, he said on Saturday (March 6). Hamzah said Bersatu will be lodging a police report over the viral fake message to find its source. We will take every legal measure to protect the interests of the party and its members, he said. Among other claims in the viral message were party leadership instructing all members to prepare for a general election supposedly set in July and that Hamzah had asked PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan to get PAS to be a mediator to settle differences between Umno and Bersatu. When contacted, Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan also denied claims made in the viral message. We released a statement following our meeting on March 4 and nothing like what [...]





Bombshell – the die is cast – Johor, the .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 8:54 pm

JB Umno wont be part of Muhyiddins scheme of things, says Shahrir Samad PETALING JAYA: Umno veteran Shahrir Samad said Johor Bahru Umno will not be part of Muhyiddin Yassins infamous scheme of things and will not give up any constituency that it contested in the last general election (GE14) to PPBM. One or two state Umno leaders may have said they support Muhyiddin but these are states that have none or no significant number of seats held by PPBM. Using the examples ..

of Perlis and Sabah is very lame. Perlis Umno chief Shahidan Kassim had yesterday said he would continue to cooperate with Perikatan Nasional (PN) in GE15. Its very easy for him to say this as PPBM did not win any seat there. Is he ready to hand over one or two Barisan Nasional seats to PPBM? Shahrir said in a Facebook post today. In the 2018 general election, PKR won the Johor Bahru parliamentary seat and the two state constituencies within the seat. Shahrir failed to retain the Johor Bahru parliamentary seat, which he had held for six terms, being defeated by Akmal Nasir, while the state seats were won by Mohd Izhar Ahmad (Larkin) and Andrew [...]





They didn’t know what they were doing – Annuar Musa claims .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 8:41 pm

Pro-Bersatu lobby in Umno gaining steam Umnos Perlis and Sabah chapters have pledged to work with Bersatu in an apparent revolt against the national leaderships decision to cut ties as soon as Parliament is dissolved. Perlis Umno chief Shahidan Kassim said it was paramount for the party to continue working with Bersatu and PAS to forge Muslim political unity. Why should we be enemies with Malay parties? We should forge unity, not make enemies. We want to win as a large ..

Malay political movement, he told a press conference yesterday. Umno currently holds two out of three Parliamentary seats in Perlis. Sabah Umno head Bung Moktar Radin said the state party leaders will uphold their agreement to work with Bersatu through the fledgling Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS). Sabah Umno has autonomy (to chart its course). We need to stay calm and affirm (our decision to work with Bersatu). As of now, we have no problems. We will cooperate (with Bersatu and GRS parties), he added. The commitments made by Shahidan and Bung was a shot in the arm for former Umno supreme council member Annuar Musa, a vocal critic of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Zahid has been showing increasing [...]





‘Mousedeer’ Muhyiddin no match for ‘king of the .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 12:01 am

After much speculation, Umno crosses the Rubicon THE circle around Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was still basking in the euphoria of the big boss surviving his first year as Prime Minister when the thunderbolt came from Umno. Umno was serving a divorce notice on the Perikatan Nasional government. After months of beating around the bush, there it was in black and white a letter from Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi informing Muhyiddin that Umno would be working with the ..

government only until Parliament is dissolved and the party would not be teaming up with Bersatu in the general election. It was quite a blow for Bersatu and those at the partys political bureau on Wednesday evening were said to be fuming mad. But cool heads prevailed a day later at the Bersatu supreme council meeting that saw the party releasing a sombre statement acknowledging the situation. What else was there for Bersatu to say or do? Umno had crossed the Rubicon and the Perikatan government suddenly seemed more shaky than ever even though it had been beefed up by the crossovers of two MPs from Pakatan Harapan. Moreover, the national mood had begun to lighten up [...]





Mat Hasan, Umno’s popular no.2, distances from ‘geng’ .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 11:43 am

SEREMBAN Umnos decision to cease cooperation with Bersatu in the 15th General Election (GE15) was not influenced by any party, its deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said. Instead, the party was only fulfilling grassroots members demands, he said. Umno is a mature party .we will no longer be with Bersatu during the election. This is not a decision made by one or two people but more than 100 divisions, so there is no issue that it was influenced by anyone, he told ..

reporters after chairing the Negri Sembilan Muafakat Nasional (MN) committee meeting here, today, with state PAS commissioner Rafiei Mustapha also present. He was commenting on Barisan Nasional former secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musas statement who claimed that Umno seemed to be under the influence of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Mohamad added that Umno remained with its stand to cooperate with PAS in strengthening MN. Meanwhile, Rafiei said PAS holds firmly to the principles of strengthening MN and defending Perikatan Nasional, and would take a mediator position, thus strengthening cooperation among Malay Muslims. We will implement whatever decision made by the central PAS. In todays meeting, we have agreed to form a task force to [...]





MCA women show more ba**s than their men – Seai Kie calls for .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 11:26 am

PETALING JAYA: Wanita MCA has called for Parliament to reconvene but urged that elections only be held after the Covid-19 pandemic has been brought under control. Its chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie said the political instability in the country has wavered the confidence of the people after the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government as well as the take-over by Perikatan Nasional. The biggest culprit? Political leapfrogs. However, taking into consideration public safety and the national interest, ..

Wanita MCA urges both sides of the political divide to set aside their differences for the sake of the people, to overcome the pandemic and difficult times together. Parliament should be reopened, but any elections may only be held after bringing the pandemic under control. Otherwise, the aftermath would be like the Sabah state election all over again, she said during the opening of Wanita MCAs 45th annual general meeting on Saturday (March 6). Heng added that it was imperative to enact anti-hopping laws before the next general election, citing news reports that since GE14,60 MPs or 27.5% have switched sides. The alternative to enacting the law is untenable and will result in more problems, she said. Separately, during her speech, [...]





Watch out, guys! MCA to teach women ‘karate’ to discourage .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 11:20 am

MCA Women will be organising an online karate course aimed at empowering women, discouraging domestic abuse and crime prevention. In her policy speech at the MCA annual general meeting today, MCA Women president Heng Seai Kie said women and children are often taken advantage of by criminals. Hence, it was important to know how to defend oneself, she added. In view of this, she said MCA will collaborate with the Malaysian Karate Association and Malaysia Chinese Women Entrepreneur Association to ..

run the Karate Defence and Self Protect training course from March 12 to 20. I hope you will all participate with enthusiasm. After all, a good wife does not have to hold on to the virtue of not fighting back. If necessary, fight back with full force to deter perpetrators and help rein him in from the precipice and enable him to reform, said Heng, who revealed that she has martial arts training. She added that government statistics showed that from March to August last year, there was a 53 percent spike in domestic violence and over 80 percent of victims were females. Following this, MCA had set up a one-stop centre for abused women to provide legal advice, apply [...]





‘Once UMNO has won, they will think of a new alliance’ – .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 11:13 am

UMNO will benefit from its decision not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election as it will no longer need to negotiate over seats to contest in, said analysts. Universiti Malaya analyst Awang Azman Awang Pawi said this will make the 15th general election an open contest and whoever is stronger will win. This will benefit Umno as the larger, stronger party, with a better-established grassroots network and machinery. It will also benefit Umno, which won certain seats in 2018 but ..

lost them to Bersatu through defections. Awang Azman said one example is the Mersing seat in Johor where Abdul Latiff Ahmad is the MP. He won on a Barisan Nasional ticket before leaving Umno to join Bersatu. The grassroots in the area are from Umno. If Bersatu was to contest there against other parties without Umno on its side, it might not win. If Umno is still cooperating withPerikatan Nasionalfor GE15, then it needs to share the existing seats with Bersatu, making it difficult for it to dominate even though the party is more influential than Bersatu and PAS in PN, he said. We know between Umno, PAS, and Bersatu, which party has more members. Of course, [...]





The more UMNO & Muhyiddin fight, the better for Sabah & Sarawak: .. - -- [GC] - 6/03 10:43 am

PETALING JAYA: A political analyst sees Umnos decision against working with PPBM in the coming general election as giving Sabah and Sarawak parties their best chance yet to be kingmakers. Jeniri Amir, a fellow of the National Council of Professors, said it was unlikely that any single party or coalition could dominate the polls now that Malay-based parties are going head to head and Pakatan Harapan (PH) is weakened like never before. PH does not have the momentum it did in GE14 and it ..

cannot count on Dr Mahathir Mohamad and PPBM for Malay support, he said. Umno is divided and PPBM is a weak party. So there is little reason for Sabah and Sarawak parties to dance to anyones tune. Jeniri Amir. Recently, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi informed his PPBM counterpart, Muhyiddin Yassin, that his party would not be cooperating with PPBM in the next general election. The Umno and PPBM chapters in Sabah are united under Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GPS) and Jeniri said there was no animosity between their leaders. So, I do not see Umno and PPBM leaders in Sabah really listening to their central leaderships, he said. They know they have the power and the [...]





Muhyiddin the great divider of Malays – 72% of UMNO supporters want .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 6:58 pm

Survey reveals Umno, PAS supporters clearly divided on PM, Perikatan UMNO and PAS supporters are clearly poles apart in their attitude towards Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, a survey by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) has found. While 72% of Umno supporters polled want Parliament to be dissolved immediately and the 15th general election held, 74% of PAS supporters want Muhyiddin to stay on as prime minister until the Parliaments current term is ..

completed in 2023. PAS supporters were also more positive towards PNs handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 86% saying Muhyiddin had dealt with the virus outbreak effectively. In contrast, 69% of Umno supporters said Muhyiddin had failed to effectively control the coronavirus from spreading. On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the best performance, PAS supporters gave Muhyiddin and his cabinet an eight, while Umno supporters gave 3. The attitude of PAS supporters is clearly different; they are more positive and pragmatic towards Muhyddins leadership and the PN government, IDE said in a press release on the survey. Whereas Umno supporters have a very low and negative view of the PN government, especially among the grassroots, IDE added. The survey [...]





Scapegoat? Bn suspends media officer for ‘confusion’ over .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 6:51 pm

BARISAN Nasional (BN) has suspended a media officer for a month, pending an internal probe, over confusion in BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidis press statement yesterday. BN executive secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz said in a statement that the officer had made a mistake in Zahids statement that was issued after a supreme council meeting yesterday. In the statement, Zahid had said the BN was appealing to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Riayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to ..

call for the parliamentary session to be held immediately. He also said BN also recommended its representatives in the Dewan Rakyat to call on the prime minister and the cabinet to respect His Majestys view that the Parliament session should be held, especially as the rules under the MCO have been relaxed. Leaders of other BN component parties who were also at the meeting, however, disputed the matter. MIC president S.A. Vigneswaran was reported as saying that the BN meeting did not support any move to appeal to the King to call for the Parliament sitting immediately. MCA president Wee Ka Siong confirmed Vigneswarans remarks. PBRS deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup likewise said the BN supreme council did not agree to that. [...]





Big miscalculation by bungling Muhyiddin regime – or another .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 6:33 pm

2,154 new cases, Klang Valley figures steady ahead of CMCO The Health Ministry today reported 2,154 new Covid-19 cases with no improvement in the Klang Valley and Johor, one day ahead of inter-district border restrictions being lifted. There were 906 new cases in the Klang Valley, up from the average of 834 new cases over the past seven days. Johor reported 463 new cases, up from the average of 316 over the same one week period. Overall, the number of Covid-19 cases nationwide are continuing on ..

a downtrend while the number of ICU cases are the lowest it has ever been since Jan 10. Six deaths were reported today, bringing the national Covid-19 death toll to 1,159. Active cases: 22,034 Patients in ICUs: 184 Intubated: 87 MKINI .





Now, Bersatu touts Ismail Sabri as dpm – but will it pacify angry .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 6:20 pm

PETALING JAYA: Umnos Ismail Sabri Yaakob may be named as deputy prime minister and general elections called before August if Umno ditches the governing coalition, according to a proposal by a number of PPBM Supreme Council members, a source said. One source said Parliament was expected to sit in August and PPBM would definitely know Umnos final stand on its cooperation with Perikatan Nasional (PN) by then. By then, we will know whether Umno is still with us or has withdrawn support for ..

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, he told FMT. Due to this, some Supreme Council members have agreed to push for Ismail to be made Muhyiddins deputy so he could woo Umno members to support PN before the next general election. His role will be to convince Umno members to work with PN. Even Arau MP Shahidan Kassim has agreed to work with the ruling coalition, he added. Ismail is currently the defence minister. The source said PN would invite Umno for talks in a month to negotiate seat allocations. We are waiting for them. Right now, the negotiations can only be held among PPBM, PAS and Gerakan. In a way, our discussions are stalled because we are not [...]





Bombshell – a Malay tsunami blows in – forget Bn! It will be .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 5:32 pm

Its confirmed then that Umno (and most likely its BN allies too) wanted to go on their own for GE15. I dont mind that at all. PN vs BN vs PH. That should be quite interesting. Pribumi Bersatu said they were not scared but I think they do. The flying car minister said there are still the Umno election, hinting that if theres a change of that partys leadership, then Umno will stick with supporting PN. Sure. I believe they are betting on their trojan horses in Umno to ..

take over the party leadership and change its course. They can try. Pour lots of money and it may work. Fair enough. Who? Hishammuddin and KJ? But those two are too liberal for Pribumi Bersatus ultra-Malay designs or Pas ultra-Islamic aspirations. Other than those, who else? Never mind. Lets just wait and see. Its Pribumi Bersatus best hope for survival, I guess. Seriously, if that one doesnt work, I dont think PN stand any chance to survive GE15. PN now solely rely on Pas machinery to fight on the ground. Really. Pribumi Bersatu and the other insignificant parties in the coalition have almost zero grassroots structure. What? Gerakan? Gerakan is now [...]





Annuar Musa – sharp enough to spot ‘copy & paste’ .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 4:47 pm

Copy n paste statement Annuar claims Umno inching towards Anwar, DAP Former BN secretary-general Annuar Musa has claimed that the Umno leadership has been under the influence of Pakatan Harapan, notably PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, after both political coalitions issued a similar media statement yesterday. Both statements suggested similar points to be debated in Parliament if it is convened. These include the emergency proclamation, the effectiveness of measures to ..

curb Covid-19, the implementation of Budget 2021 and the effectiveness of economic recovery during the movement control order. The points were also written in the same order. Both statements were also parallel in thanking the government and the frontliners for their sacrifices in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic. Responding to the similarities, Annuar implied that the statements showed that the Umno leadership has been under the grip of Pakatan Harapan and Anwar. This is clearly sidelining the party policy of not supporting Anwar and DAP. After the Umno presidentslettersupporting Anwar went viral, this media statement is another evidence that the Umno leadership is under the influence of Anwar, he said in a Facebook posting. The Umno Ketereh MP, who was sacked as the BN secretary-general in January, said what he regrets [...]





Gruesome murders of Malaysia – the story of dpp Kevin Morais’ .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 4:29 pm

Deputy prosecutor meets gruesome end DESPITEprominence in the Attorney-Generals Chambers (AGC) as a competent and experienced deputy public prosecutor, Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais (pix) was humble and friendly. Well-liked by his peers, he was honest and highly proficient in his work. Morais, 55, was also known to be a stickler for precise evidence-gathering in cases he undertook, especially ones involving corruption. He was seconded to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, where he ..

played a pivotal role in the commissions prosecution division for a decade before returning to the AGC in July, 2015. However, on the morning of Sept 4, 2015, it all came to an end for the government lawyer when he left his residence at Menara Duta 1 condominium in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur for work. Morais neither made it to the AGC nor did he return home later that day. His car, a Proton Perdana, was found burnt at an oil palm estate in Hutan Melintang, Perak the next day. When he could not be reached by phone, his family lodged a police report. A team promptly initiated investigations after they suspected there was a sinister motive behind the lawyers disappearance. Days later, after an intense probe, investigators learnt that [...]





3 new clusters hit malay-land’s war-torn political landscape – .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 4:12 pm

UMNO members should ignore the online attacks aimed at him and the party, said party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He added that members should continue to strengthen Umno on social media. Its not late for us to get active on social media for next elections, said the Umno president on Facebook today. He said that Umno members should not feel put off by online attacks, criticising the party, adding that personal attacks against him had begun since he told members to go all out on ..

social media this week. They are angry, attacking my Facebook account and twisting my statements, said the Bagan Datuk MP. He said the Kluster Fitnah was worried about the truth after they were conned by their leaders, while the Kluster Kuasa was worried their leaders would lose their positions. The Kluster Cari Makan is worried that their leaders will lose their jobs, said Zahid. Hence, its never too late for us to get active on social media ahead of the elections. Umno yesterday informed Bersatu that its co-operation with the splinter party and Perikatan Nasional would end at GE15. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT .





Bombshell – Muhyiddin & Hamzah will Play hardball – UMNO may .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 3:21 pm

The 4th March earthquake its and aftershocks Malaysian politics has entered into a new and challenging phase. On 4 March 2021, exactly five years after the Citizens Declaration realignment, two parties in the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition, namely Bersatu and UMNO, have officially severed ties and vowed to contest each other in the next general election. As a result of the 4 March 2016 realignment between UMNO dissidents particularly Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the originally ..

opposition parties especially DAPs Lim Kit Siang, the decaying and corrupt one-party state under prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak fell on 9 May 2018. In a normal democracy, when a governing party loses election, the discredited leaders stepped aside for renewal. New leaders play the role of constructive opposition with the aim of winning the next election. But Najib and president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi refused to let go. From October 2018 onwards UMNO, together with PAS, launched a campaign to burn the house down. The then Pakatan Harapan foreign minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah pushed for the ratification of ICERD, which was first seized upon by self-styled progressive Khairy Jamaluddin, who alleged that the move was anti-Malay. A massive demonstration on 8 [...]





As expected, gang Muhyiddin starts to poke Fire in Bn – with MCA, .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 2:53 pm

BNs plea to Agong: Other leaders say Zahids statement did not reflect their meeting decision Top BN leaders refuted a statement from its chairperson Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday that appealed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to order for a parliament sitting to be held as soon as possible. Instead, they said that the coalitions top leadership meeting on Wednesday did not make such a decision as Zahid had represented. MIC president SA Vigneswaran said the BN meeting that took ..

place on Wednesday decided that they would not to make an assumption on the Kings decree about Parliament sitting. I am shocked with the statement issued by the BN chairperson. The BN meeting had never supported any decision to make an appeal to the Agong to order a Parliament sitting to be conducted as soon as possible, he toldMalaysiakini. MIC president SA Vigneswaran He said this when asked to clarify about rumours that the BN meeting did not agree with a call to hold a parliamentary session. Yesterday, Zahid in his statement as BN chairpersonmade an appealto Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to order a Parliament sitting to be held as soon as possible for lawmakers to debate on several crucial [...]





Of all people, Malaysians like to choose conmen, Charlatans thieves, .. - -- [GC] - 5/03 10:47 am

May we, voters, be fooled no more! I started off this piece working on this title: Want to get rich quick? Easy, be a political frog. I quickly changed my mind as such a heading would be seen as encouraging people to take up a political career to enrich themselves. While such political misbehaviour is no surprise at all, as we have witnessed in recent days and for the most part of the past three years, it is also an irresponsible proposition on my part. Politics should, and must, remain ..

an honourable, dignified profession. Sadly, most career politicians will turn rogue in no time and make it dirty and ugly. We should know how to deal with such political parasites and leeches by now. If we are still nave and ignorant, then we have to learn quickly. Voters have to be smart and be a step ahead of wayward politicians. We, voters, must not be fooled again and again. We need to buck up and stop being taken for a ride repeatedly, elections after elections. This must halt immediately and it is up to us to act promptly and decisively. I have just read about a Sarawak politician stating this: [...]




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