Bite the bullet!

Acting UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urges UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) party leaders and members to ‘Bite the Bullet’, face reality and move on, to carry on the struggle for the sake of the people and nation.

New Straits Times story:

Acting Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says party’s survival now lies on the “undivided and strong support” of its members. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today called on Umno members to continue giving their support to the party’s leadership, including other Barisan Nasional component parties to ensure survival.

Zahid, who is now carrying out the duties of Umno president, said the party’s survival now lies on the “undivided and strong support” of its members.

“At this rate, the future and survival of our race are at a critical state. Therefore, Umno must be restructured to ensure it remains relevant as a political organisation that can safeguard the Malays and Malaysians as a whole.

“Let us leave behind all the political nostalgia and improve ourselves to ensure our political survival.

“We must think and conduct self-evaluation to find out our weaknesses. The “rehabilitation” process must be carried out at all level; from top to bottom, as well as at the branch and division levels.

“We must eliminate political liability and face this,

“I believe that everything happens for a reason; for us to be better and rise up again,” he said in a press conference with Umno-Online that was published on it’s website.

Also present was Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Zahid later asked Umno members at all levels to continue giving their support not just to him and Hishammuddin, but also other leadership at state, division and branch levels.

He also called on members to make “adjustment” as the party is now an opposition.

“For that, we have to be a constructive opposition. Our failure this time will lead to another success, if we practise istiqamah and will work harder for it.

“Every branch is obliged to be more open and wise in managing different views of the members, who want fresh change.

“Let us face the reality and rise again together,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zahid said as BN is the only party that has 78 members of parliament, every action from now on will be made as a group.

“InsyaAllah (God willing), every action will be taken as a group. We will not allow BN MPs to be teared apart one by one.

“Any negotiation and discussion will be made in groups. As we are all aware, Umno and BN have been in power longer at the Federal level.

“We must fix all the damages and immediately rebuild the “mansion.”“

“We are at a very difficult phase and our political journey is still far away, but we must remember that this is not the end”.

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The UMNO Vice President and now acting on the President’s role and former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Zahid also asked UMNO leaders and members to change their attitude.

Utusan online story:

Ahli UMNO perlu ubah sikap

AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI dan Hishammuddin Tun Hussein dalam sidang akhbar khas di Kuala Lumpur semalam.
AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI dan Hishammuddin Tun Hussein dalam sidang akhbar khas di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Mei – Ahli-ahli UMNO perlu mengubah sikap masing-masing bagi menghadapi fasa getir ketika ini demi kelangsungan dan perjuangan parti.

Naib Presiden UMNO yang menjalankan tugas-tugas Presiden parti, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata, atas sebab itu kepemimpinan di semua peringkat parti perlu disusun semula bagi membolehkan UMNO tetap relevan.

Katanya, usaha itu perlu dilakukan untuk memastikan UMNO sebagai parti politik yang masih berupaya memayungi orang Melayu dan rakyat keseluruhannya.

“Kita perlu muhasabah dengan memperbaiki segala kelemahan dan kekurangan parti selama ini, justeru proses pemulihan mesti bermula daripada peringkat atas sehingga akar umbi.

“Kelangsungan politik UMNO hari ini berpaksikan kepada sokongan padu ahli pelbagai peringkat dan keyakinan sepenuhnya terhadap kepemimpinan parti,” lapor UMNO Online, yang memetik Ahmad Zahid dalam sidang akhbar khas di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Naib Presiden UMNO yang menjalankan Tugas-tugas Timbalan Presiden parti, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Terdahulu, kedua-dua pemimpin berkenaan mengadakan perjumpaan tertutup bersama Badan Perhubungan UMNO Melaka dan Pulau Pinang di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC), di sini.

Jelas Ahmad Zahid yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bagan Datuk, setiap ketua cawangan wajib berlapang dada dan bijak menguruskan pandangan yang berbeza daripada ahli yang kini mahukan pembaharuan yang segar.

Kata beliau, ahli-ahli UMNO pula perlu memainkan peranan sebagai pembangkang yang konstruktif dan efektif di setiap negeri selain berusaha menghapuskan ‘political liability’.

“Saya minta ahli-ahli UMNO di semua peringkat memberi sokongan kepada kepimpinan parti dan yakinlah bahawa apa yang berlaku ini pasti ada hikmahnya,” katanya.

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However. as expected the blaming game commences. UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Sun story:

Khairy: We should have told Najib about lack of support

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin speaks during a press conference at PWTC, on May 15, 2018. — Bernama

 

PETALING JAYA: Umno’s biggest mistake in the run-up to the 14th General Election was its failure to acknowledge that the grassroots had rejected the party, said its Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

“What happened was we became delusional; we got drunk on our own Kool-Aid and we got carried away.

“We didn’t want to bell the cat. Nobody, after former deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was purged, after Datuk Seri Shafie was purged … Nobody wanted to acknowledge we had a problem. That was a terrible mistake on our part,” he told Channel News Asia yesterday.

Khairy said he wished he had told then-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Abdul Razak what it meant after he dropped Muhyiddin and Shafie from his Cabinet after both publicly criticised him over 1MDB.

He said the mistake of failing to speak the truth in order to protect Najib is one he will personally have to live with for the rest of his life.

“Was there a signal? Yes, there were clear signals but we became oblivious to the signals,” Khairy said.

“This must not happen again, we must not ever allow Umno leaders to be detached from reality and not ask tough questions. If we continue with our feudal mindset of protecting the leader from the truth, Umno will go extinct,” he said.

Khairy said the loss was a collective responsibility while at the same time blaming Najib’s leadership for BN’s disastrous showing.

He said both BN and Umno need to accept that they have been systemically rejected by the people.

He said when BN lost its two-thirds majority in 2008, the then-prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was replaced by Najib but the party did not change operationally.

The Umno Youth chief said Umno thought that by changing the head everything will sort itself out.

“We cannot make the same mistake again,” Khairy said.

He pointed out it was not just rejection of Najib, but also the rejection of Umno and BN.

“It was a systemic rejection of what we stand for and if we can accept that, then we can start to rebuild this party,” he added.

Khairy said there were four things Umno and BN would have to do in the next year or two in order to offer itself as a “credible alternative” to the PH government within five years.
He said for starters, Umno and BN need to make sure the numbers are preserved.

Secondly, he said Umno needs to defend itself against any attempts from the PH government to de-register the party for failing to hold its party elections.

He said thirdly, BN needs to learn to be a strong and credible opposition in Parliament by providing checks and balances.

Khairy said finally, the party needs to work on structural changes to reflect the changing aspirations of the people.

He said it was time for Umno to re-look its structure, including the possibility of opening its membership to all Malaysians regardless of race or religion.

“We should seriously consider all options. What model do we want? United Malays National Organisation or United Malaysian National Organisation? What is our DNA, what is our reason d’être?

“These questions need to be asked; we should not be fixed in what model we take. Everything is on the table,” Khairy said.

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That statement surely is not reflective of the right attitude to portray for the benefit and inspiration of the UMNO and BN youth, if not Malaysians as a whole.

The immediate former UMNO President and Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was quick to respond for Khairy’s banter against him over media.

The Star story:

Najib: Khairy should have spoken up privately about any problem

  • NATION
  • Saturday, 19 May 2018

 

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Khairy Jamaluddin and other Barisan Nasional leaders should have spoken up earlier if they had a problem with his leadership.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve always practised an open leadership style,” Najib told the Malay Mail.

“People were free to voice their comments, even differences of opinion. I’m quite open about it, except that I wanted it to be done in private, because we should not attack each other as members of the government,” added Najib.

The Pekan MP said that Khairy was free to voice his dissatisfaction or concern to him.

“Khairy was free to come and see me. Then I could then decide, whether to accept or not to accept.He didn’t do that. I mean, he admitted that he didn’t do that,” he said.

Khairy had earlier told Channel News Asia that Umno had been decimated during the general elections because it had become so detached from reality and thought it was invincible.

Khairy said that Umno members were “delusional” and “drunk on our own Kool-Aid”.

He also admitted that he regretted not telling Najib that the grassroots had rejected them.

Najib did not mention names, but seemed to indirectly allude to former Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who were both punished after they had spoken out in public against Najib’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.

“He (Khairy) should realise that I’m not going to dictate against anyone with difference of opinion. I only want party discipline, and those who were disciplined by the party, it was because they broke party discipline,” he said.

Najib told the portal that he never forced his ideals on any Barisan members.

“If you attack the leadership openly, that’s against party discipline.

“But if you come and say: ‘Sir, I disagree with you. I think you should do it this way.’ That is not against party discipline,” he said.

Najib has since resigned as president of Umno and chairman of BN. His duties have been taken over by his former deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/19/najib-khairy-should-have-spoken-up-privately-about-any-problem/#owUm6Xdh7d5qMEmH.99

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It is rather childish for UMNO Youth Chief Khairy to air his comment on BN’s failure to retain its position as the Federal Government and most of the State Governments through media in that manner.

As if it would make Malaysians, especially the youth have more faith in BN from now on.

Amongst thinking youth, that would probably create more doubts on supposed BN’s future steward, for his ability to stand up and tell the truth when it matters.

The Malays have a saying for such, ‘Rumah siap, pahat pun berbunyi’.

It translate to ‘When the house is ready, that is when the pounding on the wall begins’. Khairy as a political opportunist, is shining brighter with such theatrical statement.

As the UMNO and BN Youth Chief, Khairy should prove his mettle now and start working the ground instead of making statements through the media.

UMNO Youth should realise that the past five years at the helm of UMNO Youth Movement, Khairy did not do much, especially working through the youth organisations and student movements.

That is the reality that they have to face and overcome and ‘Biting the Bullet’ should start yesterday!

Former Prime Minister Najib in his first explanation on UMNO and BN’s worst performance since the past thirteen GE, said he was a victim of slander and lies.

The Star story:

Najib: I did not steal, I’m a victim of political attacks

 

PEKAN: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said he did not steal from the people and is now the victim of political attacks in order to weaken Umno.

“I’m not a person who steals what belongs to the people,” said Najib when addressing members of the Pekan Umno branch during a meeting he officiated on Sunday (May 20).

“The people of Pekan knows I did not steal. For 42 years I have served the people here.

“Now I am targeted because I was a Prime Minister and the leader of the political party. So if my brand is weakened, then Umno’s name will also be weakened. This is a political strategy,” he added.

Najib added that he would continue to support the fight for Umno’s case, even though Barisan Nasional no longer controls Putrajaya.

“I readily accept the defeat with an open heart but now we must continue to fight for the people and we must show the people that we are sincere,” said Najib who stepped down as Umno president last week.

It was the Pekan MP’s first visit to his constituency after successfully defending his seat during GE14 but which also saw Barisan lose the simple majority in Parliament.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/20/najib-i-did-not-steal-im-a-victim-of-political-attacks/#8fpETcoES0Y5L94R.99

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The fact is that all allegations against Former UMNO President Najib has yet to be proven.

Another important fact is that raison d’être, Malaysians voted for of drama, slander and lies.

Khairy is his capacity as the UMNO and BN Youth Chief, did not work against both although he and the movements under his command had almost three years of ample time and space to do it.

At large, neither UMNO and BN led Government policies nor implementation failed the nation and the rakyat, the past 70 years.

Another paramount fact that since assuming the office as the Sixth Prime Minister nine years ago, Najib tried to bridge the gap between Semenanjung and Sabah and Sarawak and introduced serious programs for the economic and development of the rural Malaysians in the two states.

Some serious bullet biting got to be done here, for the future of younger Malaysians and Malaysia.

 

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Published in: on May 20, 2018 at 22:00  Comments (1)  

A New Medieval Malaysia

So many are elated upon the results of recently concluded XIV GE and dubbed the dawn of a ‘New Malaysia’ when the Opposition Coalition topple the ruling Barisan Nasional of 69 years.

However, the dawn of this so called ‘New Malaysia’ isn’t that promising when a ninety three years old former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had sworn in as the Seventh Prime Minister on Friday 11 May 2018.

For starters, it takes almost ten days to announce a full Cabinet. Even that is without the Foreign Minister.

Channel News Asia story:

PM Mahathir Mohamad announces Malaysia Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (May 18) unveiled his list of 14 Cabinet ministers to be sworn in next week, after the King approved the selection of names following a meeting at the palace.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday at 11.30am at the Istana Negara.

Since his election win, Dr Mahathir has announced five Cabinet ministers, including Lim Guan Eng as finance minister, Muhyiddin Yassin as home affairs minister and Mohammad Sabu as defence minister .

Earlier on Friday, Dr Mahathir withdrew himself as education minister to honour a pledge in the coalition manifesto. The portfolio will now be taken by former university lecturer Dr Maszlee Malik.

A foreign minister was not named.

In a statement, he named PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali as the minister of economic affairs and DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo as the minister of communications and multimedia.

He also appointed PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin as the housing and local government minister; DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook as the minister of transport and DAP vice-chairman Kulasegaran Murugeson as the minister of human resource.

The others named on Friday include Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, as the minister of agriculture and agro-based industry; Amanah strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, as the minister of health; and Titiwangsa MP Rina Harun of Bersatu, as the minister of rural development.

Mohamed Azmin said that he found out about the appointment after he was informed by Selangor State Secretary Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya, and that he intends to meet Dr Mahathir as soon as possible to get further clarification on his appointment as minister of economic affairs.

“I thank Tun Dr Mahathir for his faith in me leading such a senior ministry. The responsibility is very big as the work is to revive the national economy,” Mohamed Azmin  told reporters after an event to break fast.

“However, I have informed the Sultan of Selangor about this and have told him that I also informed him that I will be meeting the prime minister soon, maybe tonight or at the latest tomorrow, to get further clarification on the scope of duties entrusted to me,” he said.

Full list of ministers: 

Prime Minister: Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Deputy Minister: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Home Minister: Muhyiddin Yassin

Education Minister: Dr Maszlee Malik

Minister of Rural Development: Rina Harun

Minister of Women and Family Development: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Minister of Economic Affairs: Mohamed Azmin Ali

Minister of Housing and Local Government: Zuraida Kamaruddin

Minister of Finance: Lim Guan Eng

Minister of Transport: Anthony Loke Siew Fook

Minister of Communications and Multimedia: Gobind Singh Deo

Minister of Human Resource: Kulasegaran V Murugeson

Minister of Defence: Mohamad Sabu

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry: Salahuddin Ayub

Minister of Health: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-malaysia-cabinet-10247844

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These are appointments as per Article 43 of the Federal Constitution.

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Article 43 of the Federal Constitution

However, instead a Council of Eminent Persons was announced seven days ago and already started working and calling persons in respective authoritaty position to appear before them.

At the moment, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is legally and effectively a one-man Government.

Earlier, the Prime Minister pronounced that he would be Minister of Education.

Then, he ‘Flip-Flop’ped because their own promises stated they weren’t supposed to do that.

Did he forget or completely oblivious of their own promises?

Also, he announced the recently sworn in Menteri Besar Selangor would be sworn in as the Minister of Economic Affairs at 1130hrs on Monday.

Perhaps he too should be the Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, since the job is now a political appointee.

Then the nominated Minister of Finance who is supposed to swear in before His Majesty on Monday too, is also supposed to appear in Pulau Pinang criminal High Court before Madam Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail for an ongoing graft trial.

The Star story;

Guan Eng’s trial set to go on

NATION

Thursday, 17 May 2018

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GEORGE TOWN: The corruption trial of Lim Guan Eng is set to continue on May 21 after being postponed due to GE14.

The former Penang Chief Minister’s lead counsel, Gobind Singh Deo, said the case would be brought up for mention in the High Court.

Lim pleaded not guilty on June 30, 2016, to two counts of corruption over the conversion of agricultural land to residential status and purchase of a plot and bungalow at below market value.

He was charged with using his position as Chief Minister to gain gratification for himself and wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

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Lim faces a second charge of using his position to obtain a plot of land and bungalow at No. 25, Jalan Pinhorn, on July 28, 2015, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, at below market value.

Phang pleaded not guilty to a charge of abetting him.

The trial was delayed after both filed motions to declare Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act as unconstitutional.

Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail dismissed the applications and the defendants referred the matter to the Court of Appeal, which ruled that Section 62 was unconstitutional. The Federal Court later overturned the ruling.

It was also reported that Lim could only be officially appointed as the new Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/17/guan-engs-trial-set-to-go-on-hearing-resumes-on-monday-after-break-for-general-election/#o4w1Xd5ZfHmi0LHD.99

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By that note, the nominated Minister of Communications and Multimedia, who is too supposed to appear before His Majesty for the swearing in, is expected to appear before the High Court judge defending his client.

Ah yes! The nominated Minister of Finance is an ex-convict and His Majesty’s Treasury at the moment is without an effective Chief Secretary since the immediate past was sent away to Public Services Department.

Let is also take note all matters pertaining tax at the moment seems to be decided by four men and a lady, in a forum called Council of Eminent Persons, which is completely absent from being mentioned anywhere in the said Acts in the name of His Majesty, passed by His Majesty’s Parliament.

Sounds like Medieval Malaysia, brought forward, isn’t it?

Published in: on May 19, 2018 at 13:00  Comments (2)  

The one-man Government

It has been 175 hours since Malaysians decided for the ‘New Malaysia’ and yet Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad remained as a one-man Federal Government as no other Cabinet Ministers have been sworn in.

Seventh Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s priority was the release and absolution from all convictions of his former Deputy Prime Minister for five years who later turned as a political nemesis for eighteen years before the two teamed up to topple the immediate past Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak

Anwar: Working with Dr M was crucial to topple BN


  • NATION
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018


  • PETALING JAYA: For many Malaysians, it has been surreal to see Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah sharing the same stage with Tun Dr Mahathir, the man who first put her husband in jail back in 1998, in what was seen as a politically-motivated move.

    However, for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim it was essential for PKR to work with Dr Mahathir to remove Barisan Nasional from Federal power, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    “A new partnership was essential to overcome the deeply entrenched, corrupt system that was presiding over Malaysia,” Anwar told the Australian daily on May 15, a day before his expected release.

    He said after working with Dr Mahathir for many years, he understood that the former and now current Prime Minister cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia.

    The Sydney Morning Herald said Anwar expressed confidence that he would be able to work with Dr Mahathir, whose star power and tireless campaigning had led Pakatan Harapan to victory on May 9.

    Anwar said he never lost hope, even though he had been imprisoned over two sodomy charges for a total for 11 years.

    “I always believed in the wisdom of the people and that if we fought hard enough we would eventually prevail,” he said.

    Anwar’s first sodomy charge was in 1998, when he was the deputy prime minister and protégé to the then-prime minister Dr Mahathir.

    Following the charge, Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar from Cabinet and it then triggered the formation of PKR and the reformasi movement.

    Anwar was found guilty and sentenced to jail in 1999, but was released in 2004 after his sodomy verdict was overturned.

    In March 2014, Anwar was sentenced to another five-year jail term for a second sodomy charge. That sentence would bar him from contesting in GE14.

    Despite that, Anwar remained as PKR’s de facto leader and had played a role from behind bars.

    He told the Sydney Morning Herald that the hardest thing about being in jail was missing his children and grandchildren.

    In this new era, he reminded Malaysians to uphold “respect for all Malaysians” – a reference to addressing racism embedded in the country’s laws – “independence of the judiciary, rule of law, free media and proper separation of powers”.

    “The road ahead will challenge the best among us to deliver what we promised to the people,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    “At a time when democracy is in retreat around the world, I hope that the people of Malaysia have given some hope to people around the world clamouring for their own freedom,” he added.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/16/anwar-working-with-dr-m-was-crucial-to-topple-bn/#C1gRa2vWxhioyHWh.99

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Almost twenty years ago this September, Anwar Ibrahim then Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy UMNO President was sacked by Fourth Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for “Hedious and immoral sexual deviance”.

Later Anwar was convicted for rogering his wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar.

Ten years ago this June, political aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan made a Police report against Anwar for rogering him. He was incarcerated in 2015 after exhausting all avenues to set away the judgment and sentencing.

NST story:

In this file photo, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pauses as he speaks to his assistants at a break session during his sodomy trial in Kuala Lumpur February 14, 2011. Anwar will have to serve out his remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence after the Federal Court dismissed his review application to set aside his sodomy conviction today. Reuters Photo

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will have to serve out his remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence after the Federal Court dismissed his review application to set aside his sodomy conviction today.

In a unanimous decision, a five-man panel chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled that there was no merit in the application.

“The court finds that there is no merit in this application and that this not a fit and proper case to be heard in this court,” the judge said.

In his review application, Anwar is seeking the court to invoke Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 and review the decision of the previous five-member panel of the Federal Court, led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.

Alternatively, he wants the Federal Court to re-hear his appeal on its merits.

Following the decision today, Anwar who has now served a year and 10 months in jail will have to complete his five-year jail term.

Anwar, 68, filed the review application on April 30 last year after the Federal Court on Feb 10 last year affirmed his guilt for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31.

The others presiding were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Federal Court judges, Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin and Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim.

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It is clear Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir put politics ahead of the governing the nation as the absence of a Cabinet which had not been sworn in yet, the function of the Executive of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong’s government in the form of Federal Government’s policy and decision making is left to one man.

One crucial limb of the Executive is the Ministry of Finance where His Majesty’s purse and treasury chest is without a Minister of Finance and the Chief Secretary of Treasury Tan Sri Dr. Irwan Siregar was transferred out to the Public Services Department.

NST story:

 

At ninety three in less than eight weeks time, the Prime Minister is at a high risk of being incapacitated, even with a common cold. For the record, Dr. Mahathir survived two cardio arterial by-pass surgery.

In the lingo of Risk Management, the nation is at its most precarious time. Our best guess is that no bookmakers are willing to take bets, as the odds is high.

Published in: on May 16, 2018 at 23:10  Leave a Comment  

Flip and Fake

Corporate giant Tony “Flip-and-Fake” Fernandes may be in hot water for his air claims that amongst other things, he was forced by Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) to cancel additional flights for the recently concluded XIV GE.

The Star story:

Mavcom lodges police report over Tony Fernandes’ claims

 


  • NATION
  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has lodged a police report against Tan Sri Tony Fernandes over claims that it had instructed AirAsia to cancel all 120 additional flights the airline had scheduled before GE14.

Calling Fernandes’ accusations “baseless and malicious”, it also denied the AirAsia Group CEO’s claims that Mavcom had summoned AirAsia.

“Mavcom has never issued any directive to AirAsia or any other airline to reduce or cancel any flights where regulatory requirements are met,” it said in a statement on Tuesday (May 15).

According to Mavcom, on April 13 and 18, AirAsia had via the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia applied for a total of 54 additional flights (27 return journeys with a maximum volume of 13,660 passengers) to be operated during the GE14 period, which Mavcom approved on April 17 and April 18 respectively.

At 3.20pm on April 20, the airline requested for an additional 86 flights (43 return journeys with a maximum volume of 15,480 passengers).

However on April 23 morning, AirAsia sent Mavcom a revised flight application for 66 additional flights (33 return journeys with maximum volume of 12,274 passengers) for the period of May 6 to 13 with a note to disregard its earlier applications.

Mavcom said it had approved all 66 additional flights that AirAsia applied for by April 23.

It added that on April 19 and April 20, Mavcom executive chairman Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad sought clarification from all airlines if there was sufficient demand for the additional flights requested.

“Only AirAsia proceeded to reduce its application for extra flights while Firefly, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air maintained their requests,” it said.

“Mavcom further reiterates that it had not issued any directive to any airline to reduce or cancel any flights.

“Inclusive of AirAsia, Mavcom approved additional flight applications of the various Malaysian-based airlines as of 24 April 2018, totalling 166 flights (83 return journeys with a maximum volume of 26,434 passengers),” it added.

Mavcom said it is mandated under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 to act as an independent regulator for economic and commercial matters related to civil aviation in Malaysia.

On Fernandes’ statement that “within 24 hours, we were summoned by the Malaysian Aviation Commission”, Mavcom refutes that any AirAsia staff members were summoned between April 17 and May 13 to appear before the Commission regarding the matter.

After receiving brickbats over AirAsia’s endorsement for Barisan Nasional, Fernandes released a video on Sunday (May 13) apologising for “buckling under the pressure”.

He said the low-cost carrier added 120 extra flights, which would have carried 26,000 people on top of normal flights and reduced ticket prices.

Unfortunately, he said, this put him under even more pressure when the government realised that the airline was ferrying so many voters.

“Within 24 hours, we were summoned by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) and told to cancel all those flights,” he claimed.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/15/mavcom-lodges-police-report-over-tony-fernandes-claims/#LVEZDGVSFPfFtp2v.99

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The AirAsia Group co-founder Fernandes was very quick to “Flip and Fake” with a lame story how he was co-erced into coming up with several items in his attempt campaigning for Barisan Nasional (BN).

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An AirAsia X A330-300 livery carried the BN Blue and the air stewardess even wore blue instead of the infamous AirAsia red dress.

It takes an effort to change an aircraft livery and specially ordered blue uniforms for the cabin crew.

By that score, it is unbelievable that Fernandes did all that “under pressure”!

Fernandes also said the the Malaysia commercial aviation industry does not require  MAVCOM to made the industry progress and lambasted the aviation authority.

Bernama.com story:

No need for Mavcom , says Tony Fernandes

| May 15, 2018

AirAsia chief says transport ministry is capable of fulfilling role that Mavcom is playing now.

BANGKOK: The transport ministry is more than capable of helping the local airline industry grow, without the need for the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said today.

Expressing his disappointment with the commission, Fernandes said Mavcom should remain independent and treat all industry players fairly.

“I’ve always wanted (for the industry) to be treated fairly. It’s not about (being) good to AirAsia and bad to Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), or good to MAB and not to AirAsia. Do what is good for Malaysians.

“We (at AirAsia) wanted Mavcom because we thought it would be great for the industry, and for them to be independent and look at the industry fairly.

“But I think it’s better to not have Mavcom,” he told Malaysian reporters at the airline’s #HalfABillion Guests Flown Celebration here today.

Fernandes was responding to questions on the police report lodged by Mavcom today over his claim that the aviation regulatory body told AirAsia to cancel all additional 120 flights it requested during the 14th general election.

The AirAsia head said dealing with Mavcom was difficult and resulted in AirAsia deputy group CEO (digital, transformation, corporate services) Aireen Omar, AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat and AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail facing difficult situations.

“Airene, myself, Ben and Riad had nothing short of torture when dealing with Mavcom.

“AirAsia and I will never stop fighting for fair industry practices and demand decisions to be made for the benefit of all Malaysians,” he said.

Shortly after Mavcom said it lodged the report, AirAsia issued a statement saying it has evidence and facts to back Fernandes’ allegations.

“We would like to emphasise that the video released by Fernandes on Sunday, May 13, 2018 is fully supported by evidence and facts, including direct communication between Riad and Mavcom executive chairman Abdullah Ahmad.

“We will divulge the evidence and facts to the appropriate authorities, at the right time,” the airline said.

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It is good that Fernandes is consistent for being a ‘Drama King’ and conveniently and unjustly blame others, especially authorities and GLCs  for his own shortcomings and/or whenever he and his ideas hit a brickwall.

It is that consistent that any utterance of words from his mouth carry little credibility and his integrity as a corporate leader is full of inconsistencies, manipulation and probably, lies too.

Published in: on May 15, 2018 at 23:30  Comments (1)  

(Tax) Break for boomers with Blue

Malaysian youths got a goodie never been given before when Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced tax free income for everyone under the age twenty six, beginning the financial year 2017.

“This include those who have paid income tax”.

NST story:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight announced three pieces of ‘good news’ for the people if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is given a fresh mandate in the 14th General Election. NSTP Pic by OSMAN ADNAN.

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight announced three pieces of ‘good news’ for the people if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is given a fresh mandate in the 14th General Election.

In a 30-minute speech, delivered at 10pm amid a backdrop of the humble, two-room wooden house in Pekan built by his father, the late Tun Abdul Razak, Najib addressed a 4,000-strong crowd, some of whom had gathered as early as 7pm.

To a roar of approval from the crowd, the prime minister announced that if BN is given a new mandate, youths aged 26 and below would be fully exempted from paying income tax.

“I understand that the youths need money for their expenses such as buying a car, paying their house rent as well as to give money to their parents. As a government that cares, this marks the first time that this is being done,” he said.

Najib said the income tax exemption, he said, would apply to the 2017 assessment year. Those who had paid their taxes last year, he added, would receive a full reimbursement.

As for the second piece of good news, Najib announced that a special two-day public holiday would be declared if BN wins the election.

The holidays, he said, would fall on May 14 and 15, which are a Monday and Tuesday. For states whose weekends fall on a Friday and Saturday, the special public holidays would fall on a Sunday and Monday.

“This would give time for Malaysians to spend time with their families as well as make their Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations,” he said.

His third piece of good news, which drew loud cheers, was on the exemption of toll charges for five days of the Hari Raya holidays.

Najib said all highways would be toll-free two days before Aidilfitri to enable the people to return to their hometowns, as well as on the first three days of Aidilfitri.

Najib said these pledges, as well as those made in the BN election manifesto, were proof that the opposition’s claims that Malaysia was a failed or bankrupt nation is untrue.

“A bankrupt or failed nation as claimed by the opposition cannot promise all this. We do not need saving, we are a successful nation,” he said.

He also recorded his appreciation to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, other BN leaders and members at all levels for their dedication to BN’s struggle. He said in the months leading up to the election, he went down to the ground to meet the people and understand their needs and wants.

“This gave me the opportunity to meet the people. All the hands I clasped, each face I saw, all these moments hold a special place in my heart,” he said.

Najib said that apart from being a leader and prime minister, he is also only human.

I have feelings and emotions. I’ve been insulted, ridiculed, slandered but I see it as God’s test and what I have to endure. But when I see the faces of the people I’ve met, who told me to not give up, these wounds and scars disappear.

“It is these moments also which strengthened my resolve to continue and fight,” he said.

GE14, said Najib, will determine Malaysia’s future. He expressed hope that the people will vote based on careful consideration and

“I, Najib Razak, on behalf of BN candidates, humbly ask for voters to without a doubt in their hearts, choose BN, a party which is proven and always keeps its promises.

“For 60 years, we have led this country and effected change after change. If given a new mandate, we will make Malaysia even greater,” he said.

REPORT BY NAJMUDDIN NAJIB, HIDIR REDUAN AND TN ALAGESH

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This means that wage earners whose had a net salary after the deduction of  income tax at source, would get refunds. In the history of the Inland Revenue Board, this is the first time an age group had been totally absolved from to the duty for the coffers of His Majesty’s Treasury.

Prime Minister Najib also announced a complete toll free of the highway system for five days, to commemorate this years Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

These three goodies are on top of the 264 other offered when Prime Minister Najib as the BN Chairman unveiled the ruling coalition manifesto.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 23:30  Leave a Comment  

Johor shall remain Blue

Johor shall remain progressively and productively strong under Barisan Nasional (BN) as the voters decide tomorrow, amidst the many speculation the coalition party led by UMNO would get a massive hit and falter.

Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin is optimistic that Johoreans shall decide to remain steady on course and for future to come, with the right strategy planned and a broad follow through and implementation already in good progress.

“MB Khaled promised delivered what he promised five years ago. His ratings for delivery and implementation have actually gone up”.

Our observation find that generally Johoreans are not bothered by over politicking, especially at national level.

Probably, it is because they have experienced the ‘Chinese Tsunami’ and BN already saw its worst performance in Johor GE.

One BN Division Chief who is defending his State Assembly seat said “We have 17,000 Chinese voters (in the Parliamentary constituency). If we can get only 4,000 votes from them, we are home free”.

During a walkabout in a pasar malam of a kampung off Parit Jawa, Muar MP and BN Division Chief Dato’ Razali Ibrahim is well liked by the folks, be it amongst the Malays, Chinese and Indians.

Razali whose home is in Seri Menanti, which is almost bordering Batu Pahat, has a well staffed service centre in Muar town.

“In a recent event of 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda’s roadshow on the lies and negative perception about the (business problem manipulated into a political scandal) the strategic investment firm, MCA managed to fill half the hall in UMNO building. And they asked questions!”.

PPBM Youth Chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is hardly in Muar even in this XIV GE is attempting to wrest the traditional UMNO constituency from Razali.

Ledang BN Chief Dato’ Ir. Hamim Samuri also is at ease, when talked to about his Parliamentary constituency said “I have a service centre here in Tangkak. However, I don’t wait for (people to come with) problems. I go after problems!”.

Hamim speaks with a notable Muarian twang, is also well received by his constituents. He was observed at the only Friday prayer in this XIV GE in a Sengkang, near Bukit Gambir.

He was the amongst the last to leave.

PPBM President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is attempting to wrest the State Assembly seat, on top defending his Pagoh Parliamentary seat.

“He never served this constituency. It is unlikely they would vote him”.

Another observation worth considering about Johor is that the Opposition coalition, especially PPBM and PAN is very thin on grassroots election machinery.

“These Malay political hopefuls cannot even find a candidate’s polling agent for the PDMs (polling centres). You do realise, in an election especially a GE, you are in trouble if your machine is weak”.

Johor had been a traditional BN stronghold as UMNO was born in the state 72 years ago, this Friday.

“I predict status quo for BN Johor, if not better results”, said an astute observer. “The three corner fights would spread the Opposition resources thin”.

He also added “Muhyiddin was UMNO Deputy President and been at the helm of Pagoh UMNO Division since 1983 (then Muar-Pagoh). How was Pagoh UMNO affected with Muhyiddin’s sacking?”.

He is right. Muhyiddin’s unceremonious departure did not hurt Pagoh UMNO three years ago. If PAS never did well in Johor, how could PAN dent the traditional Malay seats.

“PKR is nowhere, especially when they have no PAS machinery to depend on. The fate of Opposition politics in Johor is only left to DAP”.

In the last GE, the former MB Johor Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman said then “If only 15% of the Chinese voted BN, Johor is Opposition free”.

Ghani, now Chairman of Sime Darby Plantations goes around quietly in Ledang and Pagoh to do his bid for this campaign.

Johor UMNO is known for the service to the Bangsa Johor. It is this track record is the basis of the optimism, not withstanding the polling centres analysis based on UMNO branches intel and head count.

A good example is this is the BN Seri Gading Parliamentary candidate Dato’ Aziz Kaprawi. He not only served the constituency which is in the out skirts of Batu Pahat town where 42% of the voters are Chinese, Aziz and previous Seri Gading brought so much development into this once a back water Java-nese centric kampung.

Aziz as the Deputy Minister of Transport got the High Spreed Railway (HSR) between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore stops at Pura Kencana, a village next to Parti Raja.

“An election is a game of numbers. If you had worked your constituency, you should know how your party stand”.

Political intel stated the high turn out at Opposition coalition is due massive ‘Groupie-Effect’.

“It is generally the same people moving around. Where can you get a high Chinese turn put at Opposition coalition rallies, especially in Malay majority areas?’, opined a true blue Johorean.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 09:30  Leave a Comment  

Blue over Red

AirAsia founder and CEO Tan Srì Tony Fernandes strongly sends a message to vote Barisan Nasional (BN) at this XIV GE.

He urged Malaysians to continue vote and support the BN Government.

“The Government and Prime Minister Najib put the country first”.

It is very comforting to see Charted Accountant turned media executive and now corporate giant Fernandes committing himself and assets of the firm towards the campaign of BN.

On the other hand, Chairman of AirAsia X Tan Srì Rafidah Aziz is hard on the campaign trail for the Opposition coalition.

The former BN Wanita Chief was sacked from UMNO two days ago.

The Edge Market story:

Rafidah amused by Umno’s sacking over support for Pakatan

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 5): Former Minister of International Trade and Industry Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz is amused over news that she has been sacked by Umno’s disciplinary board for speaking at opposition Pakatan Harapan’s events.

Rafidah, who made her debut appearance on the opposition’s stage in Melaka on Friday night amid thunderous applause from the crowd, asked how can Umno sack a person who is no longer a member of its party since about a decade ago.

The former Wanita Umno chief told theedgemarkets.com that she does not want to be a member of an organisation that does not even abide by its own constitution and is “existing without legal foundation and standing”.

Here is her reply in full, sent via WhatsApp, when asked to comment on the issue:

“I read with sheer amusement on the ‘Public Announcement’ that I have been “sacked” by UMNO. What ‘sacking’? I have ceased being a member of UMNO since almost a decade ago. I have never attended any cawangan meeting for years! No one can ‘sack’ a non-member!

“UMNO is sadly NO LONGER now the ‘United Malays National Organisation’ I was inducted into in the 1960’s. The very spirit, culture and embodiment of TODAY’S UMNO has strayed so far off-TANGENT from the original UMNO before this present cohort of so-called leaders. It seems now to be all about PERSONAL LOYALTY, a materialistic culture, often driven by GREED for power and personal enrichment, and NOT about serving the people and nation.

“Humility, Good Manners and Mutual Respect has been replaced by ARROGANCE. UMNO MUST reform and go back to basics if it were to remain relevant in the ever changing environment. UMNO is NOTHING without its original spirit.

“One does NOT have to be a card-carrying member of ANY political party to serve. After almost half a century of being a member, I can NO LONGER identify with the UMNO of today. The VALUE SYSTEM has been eroded. Principles no longer seem to matter. UMNO does NOT even ABIDE by its OWN Constitution and is existing without legal foundation and standing.

“Do I still want to be a member of such an organization, which also seem to condone Kleptocracy? NO WAY.”

Rafidah then went on to share a video of Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak that was taken in 2015, when he announced that the party’s supreme council has decided to postpone the party’s election that was due to be held in October 2016, by 18 months. In the video, Najib also said the postponement could not be more than 18 months from the original due date, according to the party’s constitution.

It was reported earlier today that Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirmed that he had signed letters to expel Rafidah, together with former Finance MinisterTun Daim Zainuddin, for their outright support of Pakatan Rakyat, while another former minister Tan Sri Rais Yatim has been placed under investigation for disciplinary issues .

“I was at the Umno headquarters yesterday (May 4) and signed the letters to withdraw their membership,” he was quoted as saying.

“According to the party’s constitution, they as Umno veterans should know their actions were wrong when they give ceramah on the opposition’s stage,” Tengku Adnan reportedly told reporters in Putrajaya.

Daim, meanwhile, has expressed relief that he was sacked from Umno, saying he had no business being in an “illegal society”.

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Another chartered accountant turned corporate leader turned Minister of Economic Planning and now Chairman of the largest unit trust investment firm Tan Srì Abdul Wahid Omar also came out in his effort to support Federal Government’s commitment It initiative for the economy.

Assalamualaikum wbt dan salam sejahtera rakan-rakan sekalian.

1. Alhamdulillah dua hari lagi pada hari Rabu 9 Mei ini, kita rakyat Malaysia bakal menjalankan tanggungjawab untuk mengundi dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke14. Ramai rakan-rakan yang tidak sabar untuk keluar mengundi setelah sekian lama berkempen dan ‘dikempen’. Bagi kita yang bukan ahli politik pun terasa penat. Bayangkan apa perasaan ahli-ahli politik yang terlibat secara langsung dalam PRU14 ini.

2. Kita menghargai mereka yang secara sukarela mengenengahkan diri untuk bertanding dan berkhidmat kepada rakyat. Tidak kira sama ada menang atau kalah, kedua-duanya memerlukan pengorbanan tenaga, wang dan masa keluarga. Sekiranya menang, sebahagian daripada mereka berpeluang memegang jawatan dalam pentadbiran yang pendapatannya mungkin tidak setimpal dengan tanggungjawab berat yang dipikul. Sekiranya mereka kalah, lagilah berat kerana mungkin terpinggir dari kancah politik negara sekarang-kurangnya selama 5 tahun.

3. Dalam tempoh kempen, pelbagai isu telah dibangkitkan. Antara yang paling kerap dibahaskan adalah cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan atau GST. Izinkan saya menyentuh 5 perkara berkenaan GST yang telah diperkenalkan 3 tahun yang lalu pada 1 April 2015:-

i) GST 6% ini menggantikan cukai jualan 10% & cukai perkhidmatan 6%. Ia bukan cukai tambahan.

ii) Kadar 6% yang dikenakan adalah yang terendah di ASEAN dan antara yang terendah di dunia. 160 negara telah melaksanakan GST atau Value Added Tax (VAT). Sebagai contoh, kadar di Singapura 7%, Thailand 7%, Indonesia 10%, Vietnam 10%, Filipina 12%. Di Australia 10% dan di UK jauh lebih tinggi iaitu 20% .

iii) Untuk mengurangkan kesan kenaikan harga barang kepada rakyat, Kerajaan telah memperluaskan senarai barangan asas yang dikenakan kadar sifar atau terkecuali dari GST. Ini termasuk barangan makanan asas seperti beras, gula, minyak masak, ayam, daging, ikan & sebagainya, ubat-ubatan, buku-buku dan minyak petrol RON95 & Diesel.

iv) Semasa pelaksanaan GST diumumkan dalam Bajet 2014 pada 25 Oktober 2013, Kerajaan juga telah mengumumkan langkah ‘pengimbangan’ atau offset measures seperti pengurangan cukai pendapatan individu antara 1-3%, pengurangan cukai pendapatan korporat dari 25% kepada 24% dan pengurangan cukai perusahaan kecil & sederhana dari 20% kepada 19%. Pemberian BR1M isirumah berpendapatan RM3,000 kebawah sebulan juga ditingkatkan dari RM500 ke RM650 manakala isirumah berpendapatan RM3,000-4,000 sebulan mula diberikan BR1M RM450 buat pertama kali. Seterusnya dalam Bajet 2015, jumlah BR1M telah dinaikkan masing-masing kepada kepada RM950 & RM750 . Untuk individu bujang berpendapatan RM2,000 kebawah pula, BR1M dinaikkan kepada RM350. Ini semua bertujuan untuk meringankan impak kenaikan harga barang.

v) Tujuan asal pelaksanaan GST adalah untuk memperluaskan asas percukaian negara memandangkan kita hanya ada 2 juta pembayar cukai pendapatan, satu jumlah yang kecil berbanding jumlah rakyat Malaysia seramai 30 juta. GST adalah cukai penggunaan (consumption or indirect tax) dimana mereka yang berbelanja lebih adalah dari kalangan mereka yang berpendapatan lebih. Ini juga selaras dengan langkah konsolidasi fiskal yang mensasarkan bajet seimbang dalam jangkamasa pertengahan. Dengan peningkatan pendapatan Kerajaan, kita bukan sahaja dapat mengurangkan defisit fiskal kita malah dapat melaksanakan banyak projek pembangunan yang tertangguh sebelum ini seperti pembinaan lebuhraya, jalanraya, jambatan, sekolah, hospital, klinik desa, dll. Ini termasuklah pembinaan lebuhraya Pan Borneo yang sedang rancak pembinaannya dan dijangka siap pada tahun 2022.

4. Terdapat cadangan untuk menghapuskan GST dan berbalik kepada sistem percukaian lama iaitu SST. Bagi saya ini suatu langkah yang ke belakang atau ‘regressive’ dan boleh membahayakan ekonomi. Ini kerana kutipan GST pada tahun 2017 adalah sebanyak RM42 bilion dan dijangka meningkat kepada RM44 billion tahun ini berbanding kutipan SST RM17 billion pada tahun 2014. Sekiranya GST dimansuhkan, terdapat kekurangan pendapatan sebanyak RM27 bilion (2% daripada KDNK).

5. Sekiranya Ini berlaku, Kerajaan ada 3 pilihan. Pertama – Menaikkan cukai pendapatan atau memperkenalkan cukai baru seperti cukai keuntungan modal (Capital Gains Tax). Kedua – Mengurangkan perbelanjaan termasuk perbelanjaan pembangunan. Ini bermakna membatalkan atau menangguhkan projek-projek pembangunan yang telah diluluskan sebelum ini; atau Ketiga – Meningkatkan defisit fiskal kepada 5%. Kesemua opsyen tersebut amat berbahaya kerana boleh menjejaskan pasaran modal dan mengakibatkan penarafan kredit hutang antarabangsa negara kita diturunkan daripada paras A3/A- kepada BBB. Ini sudah tentu akan meningkatkan kos pinjaman dan memudaratkan ekonomi negara.

6. Saya berharap sistem GST akan dikekalkan. Perhatian boleh diberikan kepada memperbaiki lagi pelaksanaan program dan projek-projek yang dapat memberikan lebih peluang perniagaan dan pekerjaan kepada rakyat dan mempertingkatkan kesejahteraan rakyat. Ini selaras dengan matlamat model baru ekonomi yang mensasarkan Malaysia menjadi sebuah negara maju yang inklusif dan mampan.

7. Menjelang 9 Mei 2018, saya menyeru rakan-rakan mengamalkan 3 perkara berikut:-

i) Keluar mengundi seawal mungkin kerana ini adalah hak kita sebagai warganegara Malaysia.

ii) Jangan membenarkan pendapat politik memecah-belahkan atau mengasingkan keluarga. Silaturrahim perlu dikekalkan.

iii) Menerima keputusan dengan hati terbuka, merapatkan saf dan bersatu membangunkan negara.

8. Marilah kita bersama-sama memainkan peranan masing-masing, bersikap membina dan menghayati/ mengamalkan prinsip Rukun Negara iaitu Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan, Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara, Keluhuran Perlembagaan, Kedaulatan Undangan-undang dan Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan.

Selamat mengundi & Salam hormat.

Abdul Wahid Omar

7 Mei 2018.

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It is a brief but substantial explanation about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which has been blamed as one of the culprit for the rising cost of living.

Wahid’s message also reminded that the unity amongst Malaysians in all units should not be at the expense of politics and the practice of democracy.

These two corporate barons based their projections on the best returns on their investments.

Like wise, they urge to vote BN under the leadership of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak for the best outcome in context of going concern, policies, it’s implementation and follow through, track record and strategic results.

Published in: on May 7, 2018 at 15:30  Comments (1)  

‘Chase the Lion’

MB Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin

Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin had strategic economic agenda for the state to be an economic powerhouse and to ride on the growth and spill over effect of the Singapore economy and global trading and financial standing.

The Edge Market story:

GE14: Johor BN launches manifesto, aims to “Chase the Lion”

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JOHOR BAHRU (April 14): Johor Barisan Nasional (BN) launched its manifesto, based on five thrusts including ensuring sustainable economic development, providing comprehensive infrastructure and talent development.

The ruling coalition will not let Johor become the ‘backwater’ to Singapore, said Johor BN chairman and menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin at the launching event held at the Persada International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru today.

“Johor BN will not let Johor be the backwater to anyone, especially Singapore. We will not just sit here and watch Singapore develop itself, while not doing anything on our side. The southern tiger will chase the lion,” said Khaled, drawing loud applause from the attendees.

As the incumbent state government, Johor BN wants to position the state as a new economic power in the region, and become an economic and development competitor to any state or region, especially its southern neighbour.

The coalition offers a total of 230 pledges for the people in Johor over the next five years. Among the most notable pledges include developing each district based on its economic strengths and needs.

For example, Muar’s furniture manufacturing industry will be developed further with the development of Muar Furniture Park. The district will also be turned into an education hub for the country, mostly through the Pagoh University City which is home to about 7,000 students.

Segamat will be developed into the “Agriculture Hub of National Importance” or “The Holland of Malaysia”. The state government has planned to develop nucleus farms – named Agro Mix Farms – on a 46 acre site, which will be expanded to 100 acres over the next five years.

The state’s BN also pledged to increase the growth rate of the gross domestic product (GDP) to an average of 6% over the next five years , said Khaled. BN Johor is also committed to ensure the success of mega projects in the state, he added.

The mega projects that the coalition is promoting include the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID), the development of Pengerang Industrial Park with a RM1.1 billion investment, Ibrahim International Business District and Johor Bio Desaru Food Valley.

Other mega projects include :

1.       Developing Jemaluang Dairy Valley to create job opportunities in dairy processing industry

2.       Developing Nusajaya Tech Park with the aim of creating 20,000 job opportunities

3.       Johor Halal Park

4.       Sedenak Iskandar Data Centre Hub

5.       Boosting Johor’s position as the National Logistics Hub

Continuing on the coalition’s target to “Chase the Lion”, a reference to Singapore, which is known as the Lion City, Khaled said that it will develop the state’s tourism attractions and infrastructure, in order to compete with Singapore in attracting tourists from across the region.

“If Singapore has Gardens by the Bay, we will develop Desaru Coast, a multibillion tourism development which will see many world-class hotels and resorts. Desaru Coast will also have the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia,” said Khaled.

Desaru Coast, which is currently being developed at a cost of RM4.5 billion, will be operational this coming June, the manifesto read. In addition to that and Legoland and Hello Kitty Town, other tourism attractions that will be developed in Johor include :

1.       Sci-Fi Universe, a science fiction-based theme park with an investment of RM400 million

2.       Johor Eco Entertainment Park to be developed in Bandar Akademi YPJ Kota Tinggi with an investment of RM2.7 billion

3.       Pengerang Waterfront worth RM100 million

On the social side, Johor BN also pledges to reduce the burden of the high cost of living among the bottom 40 (B40) and middle 40 (M40) through several programmes, including by expanding “imCoop” across Johor by adding 50 more fair price shops by 2020.

The coalition also pledges to continue the Johor Affordable Housing Scheme, or Rumah Mampu Milik Johor (RMMJ) by building another 100,000 houses  by 2023. Johor BN also wants to expand the rent-to-own scheme to those with a household income of below RM3,000.

On the pledge to build 100,000 RMMJ by 2023, which coincidentally is similar to what Pakatan Harapan offered in their manifesto for Johor, Khaled said that the opposition coalition copied the state government’s ideas.

“When they copied our ideas, this shows that we are on the right track,” said Khaled.

Through the mega projects and economic policies, the state BN targets to create about 250,000 new job opportunities, including 14,000 high skill jobs through Iskandar Shares Services and Outsourcing initiative, 5,000 jobs in the furniture industry and another 5,000 in the oil and gas industry.

This commitment to increase job opportunities in the state will be followed by efforts to reduce dependence on foreign labour, said Khaled. For starters, the state government is in the midst of developing a Labour Rationalisation Plan, he added.

On infrastructural development, some RM600 million will be allocated for the maintenance of rural roads. The North – South Expressway between Yong Peng and Johor Bahru will also be upgraded to six lanes, from the current four lanes.

RM350 million worth of investment will be channelled towards developing the state’s sports infrastructure, mostly for the construction of the Johor Bahru Sport City and Arena Larkin. Mini stadiums will also be built in each districts, said Khaled.

Ending his presentation, Khaled said that Johor BN is not competing against Pakatan Harapan when crafting the manifesto. Instead, the coalition has a bigger aim, which is to make Johor as competitive as Singapore in the international arena.

“We must work hard to make Johor as the best state in Malaysia, so that within five to 10 years, the story of our success will be echoed, not only throughout the nation, but also across the Tebrau Strait. Let everyone knows that this Southern Tiger can roar as loud as the Red Lion,” he said.

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The Edge Market story based on Bernama report:

Johor set to outperform Klang Valley in economic contributions

ISKANDAR PUTERI (March 6): Johor’s rapid growth, which has been projected to continue in the next few years, may result in the state outperforming the Klang Valley in terms of contributions to the nation’s economy.

Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said he was confident the state’s economic growth would continue to accelerate within the next 10 years due to factors such as the over-development in the Klang Valley and its lack of space for future development.

He said his confidence was also based on Johor receiving the highest amount of investment in the manufacturing sector for four consecutive years since 2013 and being among the highest contributors to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“If we want to compare among Johor, Selangor and Penang, Penang is a small state, whereas Selangor is benefiting from the spillover from Kuala Lumpur (KL).

“When KL spends around KL, Selangor benefits. We do not have that in Johor, but look at how the state has been developing now,” he told Bernama in his office in Kota Iskandar recently.

Johor’s economic growth was backed by its strength in various sectors, he said, adding that the state was the nation’s third biggest contributor in major economic sectors, except for the mining sector.

Mohamed Khaled, who was also the Joint Chairman for the Iskandar Region Development Authority, said that from 2011 to 2016, Johor’s economic growth had surpassed the nation’s economic growth rate, with an average of 5.9% compared with Malaysia’s 5.1%.

In 2016, the state’s GDP growth was recorded at 5.7%, the third highest following Labuan (7.2%) and KL (5.9%).

In order to boost the state’s economic growth, the state authority had launched the Johor Strategic Development Plan in 2016, he said.

He said among other things, it included plans to capitalise on each district’s economic potential according to their respective niche and advantages.

For example, Muar would be developed as an education and furniture hub, while Mersing would be developed under the tourism sector, he said.

Mohamed Khaled, who is also the Permas Assemblyman, said the plan was crafted in such a way as it would be impossible for each district to be developing the same project.

“We do not want what is being done in Iskandar or Pengerang to be done in other districts, that is impossible.

“This is why we choose to develop each district according to their respective niche,” he said.

He said the rapid development in Johor Bahru, Pengerang and the Iskandar Malaysia Economic Region should not spark any jealousy among the residents in other districts, as the gains from the developments in those districts would be used to fund the developments in other districts in the state.

“The state government’s approach will ensure that the development in Johor is inclusive, balanced and ensures the people’s prosperity.

“If we do not have any development in any districts, especially in Iskandar and Pengerang, we will not have any resources or capability to develop other districts,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled said that by choosing to develop Johor in an inclusive and balanced manner, the state government would have to ensure that there would not be a large economic gap between the districts.

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This is a good strategy considering the projected Singapore GDP for 2018 is USD350 billion and the GDP per capita in the terms of purchase power parity (PPP) is third highest in the world.

In a Straits Times report, Johoreans prefer the investment from Singapore compared to other investor nations.

Johoreans ‘prefer Singapore investments’

Chinese developer Country Garden Pacific View responded to criticism that its RM444 billion (S$150 billion) investment in property project Forest City did not benefit locals by announcing last year that more than 40 per cent of its capital expenditurPUBLISHED

Poll shows state residents do not see China’s economic presence as beneficial to them

JOHOR BARU • Residents in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor welcome foreign investments generally, but favour investments from neighbouring Singapore over those from China, says a recent survey.

A poll conducted last month by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research showed that 69 per cent of 1,007 survey respondents in Johor were in favour of investments from Singapore, but only 56 per cent of them welcomed investments from China, according to The Malaysian Insight (TMI) news site yesterday.

Johoreans, according to the news site, do not see themselves benefiting from China’s growing economic presence in the state, largely in the form of multibillion-ringgit property developments.

“We don’t feel the positive effects,” Mr Zayani Ismail told TMI.

“The only thing they have done is drive up the local property prices and make it harder for people like me to buy a home in Johor Baru,” said the 32-year-old executive.

Many locals view Chinese investments with a mixture of disinterest and suspicion, mainly because the bulk of these investments were in high-end real estate, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute senior fellow Francis E. Hutchinson told TMI.

“The perception is that this drives up housing prices and many of those buying the newly completed units will not be local,” he said.

The survey also showed that more Johoreans – 29 per cent – were dissatisfied with Chinese investments than with Singaporean investments, which saw a dissatisfaction rate of 18 per cent.

Average Johoreans believe that Chinese projects do not provide enough local job opportunities, Dr Hutchinson said, in contrast to the involvement of Singapore-based multinationals in the 1980s development of Pasir Gudang that had directly benefited Johoreans.

“Beyond the jobs created, an important new township was developed in a sparsely populated part of the state,” he explained.

  • 69%
  • Of respondents were in favour of investments from Singapore.
  • 56%
  • Welcomed investments from China.

According to the TMI report, Chinese developer Country Garden Pacific View responded to criticism that its RM444 billion (S$150 billion) investment in property project Forest City did not benefit locals by announcing last year more than 40 per cent of its capital expenditure went to pay local firms.

Despite its revelation that RM4.7 billion was spent on local consultancy services, law and architecture firms and construction materials, the average Johorean’s scepticism remains, the report said.

The historical relationship between Malaysia and Singapore – they were part of the Federation of Malaysia until 1965 – also plays a part in Johoreans favouring Singapore, said Dr Hutchinson.

Singapore investments are also viewed as more relevant to Johor because of their close geographical location, with the two linked across the Johor Strait by the 1km-long Causeway at Woodlands and the 2km-long Second Link at Tuas.

Nine in 10 Johoreans polled said there should be a high-speed railroad between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; 81 per cent said there should be a third link between the two countries and 88 per cent said Johor and Singapore should be linked by an MRT service.

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Khaled’s economic strategy to turn Johor into an economic powerhouse would have a desired effect on the creation of a quarter of million new jobs.

The Star story:

MB: Johor govt plans to turn state into economic powerhouse

  • NATION
  • Sunday, 21 Jan 2018

  • by mohd farhaan shah

    PASIR GUDANG: The Johor government has a long-term plan for the state and an aspiration to make it the new economic powerhouse in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

    The Mentri Besar said mega projects such as the Rapid Transit System, Gemas-Johor Baru double tracking system, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail and the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project in Pengerang would set Johor above others once completed.

    “More importantly, these mega projects – together with other developments taking place here – will generate 250,000 employment opportunities in the state,” he said in his speech before officiating SMK Dato’ Penggawa Timur’s 44th Parent-Teacher Association meeting here on Sunday (Jan 21).

    Mohamed Khaled also blasted certain parties for questioning the state government’s efforts in attracting foreign investments.

    “Without these investments, the state government cannot develop Johor’s economy. We can see how vibrant are the developments here,” he said.

    Mohamed Khaled added that unlike Barisan Nasional, the Opposition does not have any concrete plans for Johor.

    He said that the state government has been proactive in addressing the high cost of living, especially in urban areas, through building affordable homes and other initiatives.

    “We have built 27% of affordable homes in Johor so far with a price range of between RM40,000 and RM150,000, which is the cheapest in Malaysia,” he said.

    Mohamed Khaled said it was the responsibility of the Barisan-led state government to ensure that the people is able to benefit from development.

    “It is our aspiration to make Johor a developed state and its rakyat enjoy prosperous lives,” he added.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/21/mb-state-govt-plans-to-turn-johor-into-economic-powerhouse/#3UW2vOVCdaJ4ZIiV.99

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The Johor GLC firm of RM5.1 billion turnover Johor Corporation is set to embark on the Industrial Revolution 4.0, which is a manifest the shift on the state turning into an economic powerhouse.

Utusan online story:

JCorp sedia teroka Industri 4.0

MOHAMED KHALED NORDIN
MOHAMED KHALED NORDIN

JOHOR BAHRU 27 April – Kumpulan Johor Corporation Bhd. (JCorp) sedia meneroka bidang perniagaan global baharu terdiri daripada sektor Revolusi Perindustrian Ke-4 (Industri 4.0) pada masa depan.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin berkata, perancangan JCorp untuk me nyertai era Industri 4.0 merupakan satu usaha berterusan yang digerakkan pihaknya.

Mohamed Khaled yang juga Pengerusi JCorp bagaima napun membe ritahu, syarikat milik kerajaan negeri itu tidak akan tergesa-gesa sebalik nya akan mengikut perancangan ditetapkan.

“Penerokaan sektor Industri 4.0 ini akan dibuat mengikut keupayaan dan perancangan ditetapkan syarikat.

“JCorp merupakan instrumen terbaik kerajaan ne geri dalam menerokai bidang tersebut, sekali gus dapat memberi manfaat kepada rakyat seluruh negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas me nyempurnakan Majlis Pelancaran Laporan Tahunan Johor Corporation Bhd. di Hotel Puteri Pacific, di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan negeri, Datuk Md. Jais Sarday serta Pre siden dan Ketua Eksekutif JCorp, Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim.

Sementara itu, Kamaruzzaman mengumumkan JCorp telah merekodkan perolehan berjumlah RM5.579 bilion bagi kewa ngan 2017, peningkatan 4.1 peratus berbanding perolehan tahun sebelumnya.

Katanya, kejayaan itu merupakan satu pencapaian yang memberangsangkan dalam keadaan ekonomi glo bal yang tidak menentu sepanjang tahun lalu.

“Keuntungan selepas cukai bagi peringkat kumpulan pada 2017 turut mencatatkan peningkatan sebanyak 31 peratus iaitu sebanyak RM542 juta berbanding RM415 juta pada 2016.

“Daripada segi pemilikan aset, jumlah aset Kumpulan JCorp bagi 2017 adalah sebanyak RM21.795 bilion,” katanya.

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/bisnes/korporat/jcorp-sedia-teroka-industri-4-0-1.659805#ixzz5Ek8PU6pD
© Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd

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The RM120billion GDP Johor economy is poised to grow bigger, upon such prized investment such as the USD27 billion Petronas RAPID with investors such as Aramco of Saudi Arabia.

“It is a confidence shown for the Malaysian economy”, Minister in-charge Dato’ Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said at the signing between Petronas and Aramco.

Aramco committed USD7 billion in the project termed as a ‘Green Field project’. “Saudi Aramco will support any financing for the project”.

The past five years saw MB Johor Khaled policies and leadership brought transformation and increment in the Johor economy.

The trickle down has been felt by the rakyat.

This is attested by a professional serving one of the Johor GLCs, who saw MB Khaled move to follow through policies and being implemented through GLCs and SPVs.

“MB Johor Khaled has delivered what he promised since five years ago. His ratings for delivery and implementation have actually gone up”.

‘Chase the Lion’ is one of the MB Khaled’s strategy to put Johor at even better spot, in the challenges of the overall transformation of Malaysia.

*Updated 7 May 2018 1500hrs

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An artistic debate against “Old Ma”

Muo born Chinese rapper Namewee took an abstract swipe against Fourth Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Tun Dr. Mahathir for his campaign which include teaming up with Chinese Chauvinist DAP, considering the latter is a “Racist”.

The secondary message is the concoction of ‘Fake News’, which Dr. Mahathir and the Opposition coalition utilised to sow hatred, intensely for the past three years.

The Youtube music video hit 77,000 viewership within four hours of its release and 91% of the viewers are between the age group 0f 20-29.

Although is was featured as if it was an election debate, the clear message against Dr. Mahathir is a subliminal signal for the first time Malaysian Chinese voters.

On the ‘Come out and vote’ note, Malaysian Classic Rocker Amy Search also published a music video on the Youtube format to urge Malaysians to exercise their constitutional right.

The Fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also issued a strong sublime message to voters to choose wisely.

MEDIA STATEMENT BY

TUN ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI

 

1. On the 9th of May, Malaysians will go to the polls to determine the future of our beloved country.

2. Since independence, we Malaysians have exercised our democratic rights in 13 General Elections; and if we include the 1955 general election, this will be the 15th time in 63 years that we exercise our duty as citizens.  And throughout the years, Malaysians have demonstrated experience and wisdom in exercising their democratic rights and duties.

3. The 14th general election will determine the ability of our country and society in facing previously unheralded challenges. This election will determine the government that will steer us through these challenges and lead us into the future.

4. And whether we continue to be progressive, prosperous and peaceful will be decided by the government we choose on the 9th of May.

5. Malaysia is at the precipice of becoming a developed nation and like other countries, is not insulated from the effects of globalisation.

6. The challenges that we will face in the coming years can only be overcome by a government which is strong, stable and experienced. A strong and stable government can only be formed on the back of a strong mandate and one that is anchored by leaders who genuinely work together for the benefit of its people. Any government comprising people of differing and opposing political ideologies who only come together for the sole purpose of wresting political power will not and cannot be good for the country. It is unwise to elect leaders who share the same bed but yet have different dreams.

7. Malaysia’s tremendous progress since independence was largely possible because of its political stability and because it was led by leaders who were genuine and sincere in working together and shared the same aspirations and dreams for their country

8. In building the nation, our leaders from the very beginning formulated consistent and progressive policies with strong and sound fiscal and economic management.

9. Throughout the years the governments of Barisan Nasional and it’s precursor Perikatan also consistently had a smooth transition of power from one prime minister to another which ensured the country’s continued stability and success.

10. As such, in the coming general election, Malaysians should again exercise wisdom and rationality in applying the same important criteria when choosing the party that will helm the government.

11. An election is not a game of chance; neither is it an excuse to change for the sake of changing as there is no system that is perfect. Malaysians should be honest with themselves and carefully evaluate the electoral promises made by competing parties and rationally distinguish between what is real and achievable and what are mere promises, made just to fish for votes, as the promise of spring may lead to a glorious summer; but it can also end up in a winter of discontent for our country.

12. As one who once led this country, it is my hope and desire to see a higher level of political maturity amongst the candidates contesting in this election. It is also my hope and wish to see that the political parties and candidates embrace democracy in a rational manner; and not based on emotions, anger and animosity.

13. As an elderly man who loves his country as much as any other Malaysian, I would also like to remind those contesting this election that you do so out of a sense of duty to your country and  to serve your fellow citizens, and not merely to seize power for power’s sake.

14. The people’s interests should be the primary concern; and not the agenda or political ambition of any particular group or individual.

15. I plead to my fellow citizens to exercise their democratic rights and duties peacefully and responsibly without ill feelings and animosity. Let us continue to build a society that values integrity, ethics and righteousness.

16. Whether we progress or regress, live in misery or prosperity; live in dignity or ignominy is all in our hands and for us to decide. i pray to the almighty that this election will be conducted smoothly and peacefully and the outcome on the 9th of May will be one that is in the best interest of the nation that we love and cherish.

Selamat Mengundi.

TUN ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI

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Haliza: We would bring development that should have been here

BN candidate for Batu Pahat Parliamentary seat Haliza Abdullah promised for the development that should have brought to the town but instead taken for other satellite towns.

“I will not promise you the sky but I would ensure that the development which should have been brought here but instead went to towns like Seri Gading and Parit Sulong”.

She spoke to the Chinese voters in a temple Jalan Jenjang, in own one of the oldest towns in Johor.

Apparently, she has been to a temple everyday to meet the Chinese voters since the XIV GE campaign started last Saturday.

She then on for three other venues.

Haliza is the Batu Pahat BN Wanita Chief and the first woman BN candidate for Batu Pahat.

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