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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

[when a politician opens his mouth, this is what happens ...] ...Annuar Musa says his statement of support for Muhyiddin only for now, does not know what future holds

Annuar Musa says his statement 

of support for Muhyiddin only for 

now, does not know what future 

holds



In a press conference, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that Umno and PAS shared the same stance in their support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister following a meeting between them last month. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
In a press conference, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that Umno and PAS shared the same stance in their support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister following a meeting between them last month. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 — Umno Supreme Council member Tan Sri Annuar Musa said his statement that Umno and PAS support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister is only for the here and now, in the context of a possible snap election being held in the near future.
However, he said he could not comment on what might transpire further down the road as it is “too far away”.
“I can confirm that the issue of the prime minister position was discussed, and we support the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government and the prime minister.
“But politics is dynamic. Our present position is we support the prime minister. If there is a snap election, we stand with the prime minister.
“But if the election is held in four or five years’ time, if it is far down the road, I cannot answer that as it is too far away,” he said in a press conference today.
The press conference was shared on his official Facebook page by the Ministry of Federal Territories official media, Wilayahku.
Annuar was asked to comment on his July 2 statement that Umno will name Muhyiddin as the prime minister in the next general election.
In a press conference, Annuar said that Umno and PAS shared the same stance in their support for Muhyiddin as prime minister following a meeting between them last month.
The statement received backlash from several Umno leaders including vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin who urged the party to nominate its own prime ministerial candidate for the coming general election on July 4.
Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi then called on his party to stop trading verbal volleys as to who should be PN’s prime ministerial candidate in the 15th general election.
Annuar said he agreed with his president and his statement on July 2 is merely to relay information to the press from the agreement between Umno and PAS as they are linked in the Muafakat Nasional coalition.
He said there was no contradiction amid pushback from several senior Umno leaders who insisted that an Umno leader should become the prime ministerial candidate if the party were to win the most seats in the next general election.
“We did not discuss the (prime ministerial) candidate. We discussed support for the prime minister. These are two different things,” he said.

source : malaymail

kzso - hahahahahaaaa...expected. when  politicians open their mouth, you can only listen but to believe what they say is different things.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

'PH akan hancur di bawah kepimpinan Anwar' - Khairuddin umum keluar parti Astro Awani

'PH akan hancur di bawah kepimpinan Anwar' - Khairuddin umum keluar parti

Astro Awani
'PH akan hancur di bawah kepimpinan Anwar' - Khairuddin umum keluar parti
KHAIRUDDIN: PH akan hancur di bawah kepimpinan Anwar. Jangan bermimpi PH akan mampu untuk memenangi PRU lagi bagi membentuk kerajaan pusat seperti PRU14. -Gambar fail
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan pada Isnin mengumumkan keluar dari Pakatan Harapan (PH) dan meletakkan jawatan serta-merta sebagai Penyelaras Parlimen Jasin.
Beliau turut menegaskan tidak akan bernaung dan berjuang untuk menobatkan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai perdana menteri kesembilan seperti yang diumumkan PH.
"Keseluruhan bangsa Melayu harus menolak Anwar daripada menjadi pemimpin. Jangan sama sekali kita biarkan diri ditipu serta tertipu lagi.
"Saya juga ingin merakamkan jutaan terima kasih serta penghargaan kepada presiden dan kepimpinan tertinggi Amanah yang telah meletakkan kepercayaan kepada saya untuk bertanding di Parlimen Jasin pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14) yang lepas.
"Dalam masa terdekat, saya akan berjumpa dengan Presiden Amanah untuk menzahirkan keputusan meletakkan jawatan selaku penyelaras Parlimen Jasin berkuat kuasa serta-merta," katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini, pada Selasa.
Pada Isnin, Majlis Presiden PH komited kepada pendirian asal untuk mencalonkan Anwar sebagai perdana menteri sekiranya mereka kembali membentuk kerajaan.
Majlis Presiden PH turut memberikan mandat penuh kepada Anwar untuk meneruskan perbincangan dengan semua pihak, termasuk Ketua Menteri Sabah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, dalam usaha mengembalikan mandat rakyat dan PH sebagai Kerajaan Persekutuan.
Dalam pada itu, Khairuddin mengucapkan terima kasih dan penghargaan kepada presiden serta keseluruhan kepimpinan tertinggi Amanah yang telah meluluskan keahliannya untuk menganggotai parti itu sebelum ini.
"Ketika berjuang, platform Amanah telah meninggalkan pelbagai pengalaman manis kerana parti ini amat berdisiplin, ikhlas sesama sahabat dan keseluruhan pemimpinnya baik-baik belaka.
"Secara jujur dan ikhlas, saya amat menyayangi semua kepimpinan tertinggi Amanah khususnya presiden, timbalan presiden, naib-naib presiden dan anggota tertinggi parti ini," ujarnya.
Namun tegasnya, keputusan itu dibuat kerana terpaksa berpegang kepada prinsip sama sekali tidak akan bernaung di bawah kepimpinan PH yang kini dipengerusikan Anwar.
"Kini, saya ingin lihat berapa jauh PH boleh pergi di bawah kepimpinan Anwar. Pada hakikatnya, beliau tidak lagi relevan dalam landskap politik negara.
"Rakyat secara total akan mengetahui secara lebih jelas siapa itu Anwar yang sebenarnya," jelasnya.
Dalam masa yang sama, Khairuddin turut menyeru kepada semua pemimpin PH untuk meninggalkan PH secara beramai-ramai.
"PKR sendiri bermasalah dan berpecah di bawah kepimpinan Anwar. Bagaimana dia hendak memimpin gagasan PH yang jauh lebih besar?
"PH akan hancur di bawah kepimpinan Anwar. Jangan bermimpi PH akan mampu untuk memenangi PRU lagi bagi membentuk kerajaan pusat seperti PRU14.
"Ia hanya akan menjadi bahan sejarah semata-mata dan PH akan terkubur buat selama-lamanya dalam sedikit masa lagi," katanya.
Katanya lagi, PH bukan lagi platform yang sesuai untuk berjuang bagi menyelamatkan negara.
Khairuddin sebelum ini pernah meminta Tun Dr Mahathir tidak membuang masa untuk bersama PH kerana Anwar sendiri tidak pernah menunjukkan keikhlasan dengan bekas perdana menteri itu.

source : astroawani

Monday, 6 July 2020

Umno’s Puad Zarkashi latest to protest against Muhyiddin's prime ministership

Umno’s Puad Zarkashi latest to 

protest against Muhyiddin's 

prime ministership


Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi (centre) on a walkabout in Taman Setia, Klang July 30, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi (centre) on a walkabout in Taman Setia, Klang July 30, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Datuk Puad Zarkashi has accused Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of piggybacking on Umno to secure the prime ministership, adding voice to the growing disquiet over the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's president’s candidacy.
"I am worried for the party's future," Sinar Harian quoted Puad as saying.
"We are selling Umno to Bersatu just to be ministers or deputy ministers," he added.
Puad is among five party supreme council members who oppose Muhyiddin's candidacy.
Perikatan Nasional, of which Umno is a member, had recently affirmed its support for the Bersatu president to remain as its prime minister after the 15th general election.
Speculation is mounting that snap polls would be held soon as Muhyiddin aims to secure his own mandate.

Ella’s ‘Standing in the Eyes of the World’ given makeover in US-Malaysia video in conjunction with US Independence Day (VIDEO)

Ella’s ‘Standing in the Eyes of 

the World’ given makeover in 

US-Malaysia video in conjunction 

with US Independence Day (VIDEO)

Malaysian artists and US cultural envoys join together to celebrate US Independence Day with a special rendition of ‘Standing in the Eyes of the World’ by Ella. — Picture courtesy of US Embassy
Malaysian artists and US cultural envoys join together to celebrate US Independence Day with a special rendition of ‘Standing in the Eyes of the World’ by Ella. — Picture courtesy of US Embassy
KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 3 — In celebration of United States’ Independence Day on July 4, its embassy in Malaysia has a four-minute music video clip featuring musicians from both countries. 
They have put together a video of their performance of the iconic song Standing in the Eyes of the World  that was originally sung by Malaysia’s popular rock singer, Ella. 
Featuring Ella, the English-Bahasa Melayu song was composed by Datuk Wah Idris, who is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, award-winning songwriter Habsah Hassan, and American singer-songwriter David Gates, who was the frontman for the chart-topping group Bread.
The song was first recorded as the anthem to commemorate Malaysia’s hosting of the 1998 Commonwealth Game and was also frequently used by Pakatan Harapan during its 2018 general election campaigning period.
In a statement, US ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir said the idea behind the music video was to celebrate the relationship between the US and Malaysia as many people still can’t gather due to the pandemic.
“While Americans and Malaysians can’t gather in person to celebrate our relationship this year, we can find other means to highlight our long history of partnership and cooperation.
“Today, more than ever, music is a universal language that transcends borders and brings people together, and in that spirit, the Embassy is proud to release a new recording of the Malaysian classic Standing in the Eyes of the World,” she added.
The video, which was published on YouTube earlier today, features several alumni of American Music Abroad programmes — I US Government-sponsored exchanges that send dozens of American musicians around the world each year.
The project also involves a percussionist from the US Air Force’s Band of the Pacific.
Muhardiman Ismail, a Malaysian flutist known as Mohar, kicks off the song playing a traditional Malaysian flute.
Throughout the song, both Malaysian singers share a strong affinity with the United States. 
Ella made history when she recorded 1994’s multi-platinum album Ella USA in Los Angeles.
The 53-year-old Penang-born musician has now recorded tracks with two Guns N Roses guitarists, having performed with Slash on the 1998 hit Bayangan.
Sarawak native Zee Avi was signed by Los Angeles-based Brushfire Records and with the 2011 release of Ghostbird, she became the first Malaysian singer to have albums on the US Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart and top Billboard chart.
The Embassy also worked closely with Malaysian songwriter/producer Helen Yap, a Berklee alumna who arranged the song and coordinated singers across two countries and four time zones.
Nick Lee — I also a Berklee graduate — I not only mixed and mastered the song, he also designed Calvary studios, where the Malaysian portions of the song were recorded.
On the American side, the video features former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, guitarist Tony Memmel, jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli, a capella group ReVoiced and all-female country group Farewell Angelina.
A percussionist from the US Air Force’s Band of the Pacific is also featured.

source : malaymail

Saturday, 4 July 2020

[HOT!!...]...Umno veteran Shahrir Samad questions party’s decision to endorse Muhyiddin as PM


Umno veteran Shahrir Samad 

questions party’s decision to 

endorse Muhyiddin as PM

Tan Sri Shahrir Samad is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur High Court January 21, 2020. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Tan Sri Shahrir Samad is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur High Court January 21, 2020. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 — Umno’s endorsement for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to remain the prime minister after the 15th general election was premature as seat negotiations have not been resolved, said Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.
In a Facebook post last night, the former Johor Baru MP said Umno should have discussed how its complex web of political alliances would play out heading into the poll.
Umno is part of at least three such groupings: Barisan Nasional, Muafakat Nasional, and the informal Perikatan Nasional ruling coalition.
“Did (we) need to resolve the questions of who is the prime minister first? How did everything become backwards? Don’t (we) need to solve first how BN, MN and/or PN are to contest in GE-15?
“(Is it) for each and every one? One coalition? (Using) different logos or one logo? So who will fill the main position of the government has been the first offer BN, PAS, PPBM (Bersatu), G10?” he wrote on his Facebook page.
On Wednesday, Muhyiddin announced that he has received the backing of the PN components to lead their GE15 campaign and to remain as the prime minister in the event of their victory.
Shahrir compared the decision to former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s move to propose Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal as Pakatan Harapan’s PM candidate last week.
He went on to ask what it cost Umno to provide the public endorsement for the Bersatu president.
“And what is TS Muhyiddin’s condition after he was announced as the GE15 PM candidate?” he said.
He concluded his post with the hashtag “Muafakat Nasional ada lagi” (Muafakat Nasional still exists), referring to the alliance between Umno and PAS.
Yesterday, Muafakat Nasional co-secretary general, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said both parties have agreed to continue supporting Muhyiddin as PM candidate as the matter was discussed at a steering committee meeting two weeks ago.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang also said on Facebook that the Islamist party was fully behind Muhyiddin to remain as the PM after the election.
A general election is not due until 2023 but Muhyiddin is said to be contemplating one soon to secure his personal mandate to lead and dispel views that the PN government seized control undemocratically after Dr Mahathir resigned.
One critical and unresolved issue is the overlap between Umno, PAS, and Bersatu that all appeal to the same Malay base.

source : malaymail

Malaysia drops Najib-era graft cases spearheaded by Mahathir

Malaysia drops Najib-era graft cases spearheaded by Mahathir

Dismissed charges raise concerns country is turning soft on corruption


SINGAPORE -- As Malaysia awaits a verdict in the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the judiciary has dropped graft cases against prominent figures tied to his party.

A power struggle is playing out between former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the incumbent, Muhyiddin Yassin, who is seen as close to the Najib faction. With the cases spearheaded by Mahathir having been withdrawn, some have raised concerns that the country may be heading back to an era tainted by corruption.

Prosecutors on June 9 announced the withdrawal of all charges against Musa Aman, former chief minister of the eastern state of Sabah, citing a lack of evidence. Musa had faced nearly four dozen charges including corruption and money laundering related to timber concessions in the state.
Last month, a court dismissed the case against Riza Aziz, stepson of former leader Najib and a central figure in the scandal surrounding the sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB. Riza was accused of laundering $248 million from the fund, but the charges were dropped under an agreement requiring him to return more assets.

These moves, as well as upcoming verdicts on charges against Najib himself, will influence how the international community views Malaysia's willingness to prosecute corruption at a time when the government seeks to boost inflows of foreign direct investment.

Riza and Musa were among the targets of investigations pursued under Mahathir after he returned to power in 2018 with Najib's election defeat over the 1MDB affair. The anti-corruption campaign gave Mahathir an avenue to take down Najib, a major political foe.

But Muhyiddin replaced Mahathir in March after the latter suddenly resigned amid turmoil in the ruling coalition at the time. The new prime minister, whose government depends on having Najib's United Malays National Organization in coalition, appointed a new attorney general. The Mahathir-led graft investigations have stalled, raising fears that the government will backslide into the corruption of the Najib era.

Muhyiddin's government is fragile, with only a narrow majority in the parliament's lower house. He is wary of a no-confidence motion from Mahathir, now in the opposition, after a close call last month. The dismissals offer an opportunity to shore up political support.

A regional party aligned with Mahathir's coalition holds a plurality of seats in Sabah's legislative assembly. Some observers say Muhyiddin is helping Musa make a return to power as a way to break off support from the pro-Mahathir camp there.

The Riza case draws an accusation that the dismissal is intended to cement Muhyiddin's leadership in the coalition by doing a favor for United Malays National Organization, a central member.

"Musa Aman's acquittal was a strategy by Muhyiddin to penetrate the Sabah state government," said Liew Wui Chern, a lecturer at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. "In terms of Riza's acquittal, it was apparent that Muhyiddin would like to gain continuous support from UMNO."

A Malaysian High Court dropped a breach of trust charge last week against Isa Samad, former chairman of the Federal Development Land Authority, who has deep ties with UMNO.

Najib himself faces verdicts July 28 on seven of more than 40 charges related to the 1MDB scandal. The affair, which involved the siphoning of $4.5 billion out of the country and entangled U.S. financial institutions, was an massive scandal even by global standards.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's government is scrambling to shore up an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Since attracting foreign investment will be essential to maintain growth and jobs, "the change of power to Prime Minister Muhyiddin shouldn't lead to more unreasonable demands to businesses," an executive of a Japanese company said.

But any weakening of transparency or trust in the judicial system would risk disrupting business activity and hurting Malaysia's international competitiveness.

[GEMPAR!!!...]...UMNO Tinggalkan Bersatu PRU15 – Razaleigh

UMNO Tinggalkan Bersatu PRU15 – Razaleigh

(Edisi 9) – UMNO dipercayai akan meninggalkan Bersatu pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 (PRU15)  yang akan datang bagi membolehkan parti itu menang dalam kedudukan dominan.
Pengerusi Jemaah Penasihat UMNO, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah berkata, sekiranya UMNO tidak menang dalam kedudukan dominan, akan berlaku satu lagi siri ketidakstabilan politik.
“Bersatu tidak sepatutnya ada pun (dalam kemungkinan itu). Mereka (ahli UMNO) berasa bahawa ia (kerjasama) harus berlaku dalam kalangan Muafakat Nasional (MN) iaitu PAS,UMNO dengan rakan-rakan tradisi BN, MCA dan MIC,” katanya semasa bercakap kepada Channel News Asia.
Razaleigh menjelaskan, justeru itu barulah pakatan terbabit tidak akan ada masalah agihan kerusi.
“Tapi kalau kamu bawa Bersatu, kami mungkin akan berdepan (keputusan) pilihan raya yang menyebabkan kita berada dalam situasi ‘tergantung’ sekali lagi, tiada yang ada kedudukan dominan dan mempunyai majoriti jelas.
“Kemudian, kita akan menghadapi situasi yang sangat tidak stabil,” kata Ahli Parlimen Gua Musang itu.
Pada soalan adakah beliau percaya UMNO akan menyokong Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sebagai calon Perdana Menteri pada PRU akan datang, Razaleigh percaya perkara itu tidak akan berlaku.
“Saya tak rasa begitu. Susunan di dalam Perikatan Nasional (seperti sekarang), hanyalah semata-mata demi memastikan kestabilan.
“Bila kita berdepan dengan PRU, itu satu situasi yang berbeza. UMNO akan  fikir dan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya,” katanya lagi.
Semalam, MN dilapor sepakat untuk menyokong Muhyiddin sebagai calon perdana menteri bagi PRU yang  akan datang.
source : malaysiatoday

Thursday, 2 July 2020

[INTERESTING...VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE TO READ!...] ...The Shafie opening

The Shafie opening

JULY 2 — Pakatan Harapan surprised many this week. It floated the idea of Shafie Apdal as its prime minister candidate.
What was still true to style was the uncertainty over consensus within the perpetually inconsistent coalition for the proposal, more so with a displeased PKR President Anwar Ibrahim.  He’s wishing they’d prefer him as the truer saviour.
Many see this as the work of ex-PM and till late, candidate for said position Mahathir Mohamad. An ill-disguised stratagem to thwart Anwar’s ambitions and strengthen son Mukhriz Mahathir’s hopes as the designated second deputy prime minister. So, many claim.
However, neutrals cannot deny the freshness of the proposition. The Mahathir-Anwar leadership contest stupor has left Pakatan supporters numb. This may radically rejuvenate the cause as many pundits expect the coalition to struggle in a general election. A leg up, finally!
Yet, this remains premature, as Shafie asked for time to consider and Anwar’s agreement is pending.
Boleh bah, kalau kau
But if it’s him, the Sabah chief minister, can he undo the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government?
Quick fact, he’d be the first Borneo candidate vying to lead the country at a GE — or an improbable Dewan Rakyat ouster. Which goes beyond symbols.
Pakatan is at its lowest point.
With the 165 Peninsula parliamentary seats, securing 70 is a minimum to remain substantial, and hundred to run the table. That’s the game, for whichever Semenanjung coalition to reach that target and then to lean on Borneo to cross the 112-majority line. We’ll return to this, after a look at Borneo.
The last time Semenanjung-based coalitions had full control was in 2004, when the euphoric Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Barisan Nasional (BN) team secured 146 — or a 34-majority at least — before factoring Borneo’s 57. 
The coalitions have wooed Borneo MPs since 2008, which is when no coalition was supreme in Malaya.
The events since February which include a government change relied heavily on support from across the sea.
If PN decimates Pakatan in Semenanjung akin to BN’s 2004 dominance, then Borneo factors less. East Malaysia would toe the federal line to self-preserve.
Still, while Pakatan’s west coast base will likely shrink, if they get enough from Selangor (22), Kuala Lumpur (11), Perak (24) and Penang (13), and pinch enough from the rest, they can cross the 75-seat threshold. Which is when attention turns firmly to Borneo.
The last 20 years has been a steady rise of state identity and demands. It’s no accident the Sarawak government defends steadfast religious plurality and asserts autonomy on oil and education for instance, or simply put, reminds all and Malaya that in Borneo things are different. Ruling coalition GPS has also ceased to contest as a BN party. Similar in Sabah as a first-time party, Warisan won on a state-first platform. 
If the Malaya coalitions are in a relative stalemate and Borneo decides, will it pass the opportunity to pick the first prime minister from East Malaysia?
Power truly emanates from Putrajaya. A Borneo-based PM would mean for the first time in history Sarawakians and Sabahans can negotiate all development matters with one of their own. Regardless whether their parties are government or opposition in either states, all Borneo parties might find huge comfort to know their PM is from their island.
In that case of a draw, all 57 MPs will be tempted to support Shafie, the Pakatan PM choice. Politically, and from a personal place inside their hearts. It’ll be monumental to the six-decade struggle for equal partnership inside the Federation of Malaysia.
The Malaysian experience
Shafie Apdal’s Kota Kinabalu office might be close to a three hour flight from KLIA, but he has long roots in Semenanjung.
Before being sacked — along with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin — from Umno in 2015, he was a two consecutive term party vice-president. To add context, he’s the first Borneo rep to hold the position.
This also means he has longstanding ties within that party and Bersatu, which invited him to set up the Sabah wing before he reinvented himself with Warisan.
Coupled with his decades in Parliament and Cabinet, he’s neither new nor strange to the power centre in Klang Valley where he attended secondary school.
Shafie appeals in Malaysia’s West as much as he does in the East.
Before the 2018 election, Pakatan was pressed to name a prime minister nominee to inspire confidence and they’d agree today the name at the top of the ticket has a major bearing on voters’ attitudes and reactions around the country.
Naming Shafie can shift close contests especially on the west coast where there are resettled Borneo families and influencers. The lack of development in Sabah and Sarawak out of federal neglect caused decades of economic migration to the Semenanjung cities. Many return to Borneo to vote, many also now vote in Malaya. Also through marriage, there are Borneo roots all over Semenanjung.
But even if the argument does not point to blind region loyalty leading to votes, the co-mingling of Malaysians from East and West probably leads to a normalisation of the idea all citizens matter within the country.
And therefore, a sense of affront that no East Malaysian has yet to lead the country may permeate, encouraging voters to alter that fact at the polling booth.
That the combination of Shafie’s federalist credentials and Malaysians growing in acceptance of a country with two halves and sharing power between those halves, may hasten this Borneo PM candidate’s ascension. If he was the pick.
Be yet wiser
Five years ago, two men were cast off to oblivion by Najib Razak.
One chose to play second fiddle inside a new party, and when the pieces were aligned struck well and is the prime minister today.
The other went to the end of the country, or as he’d call it, home. He rebuilt his base and helms his state. 
It’s tantalising to frame Shafie in the prime minister race as the Pakatan PM-designate. For now, he’s considering the proposal, while waiting for more comprehensive support from all Pakatan leaders.
I can’t decide for the Pakatan leaders, or one leader in particular, but the Shafie option excites. And holds promise. At a time where Pakatan is becoming overly predictable and petty to voters, that’s a good thing, to rally behind a traditional outsider.
* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.
source: malaymail

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Tidak cukup popular? Dr Mahathir beri sebab kenapa Anwar tidak layak jadi calon PM

Tidak cukup popular? Dr Mahathir beri 

sebab kenapa Anwar tidak layak jadi calon 

PM

Tidak cukup popular? Dr Mahathir beri sebab kenapa Anwar tidak layak jadi calon PM
Menurut Perdana Menteri kelapan itu, Anwar yang juga Ahli Parlimen Port Dickson tidak popular dalam kalangan orang Melayu, selain menyifatkan sokongan tersebut penting untuk mana-mana parti menang dalam pilihan raya.

















KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pada
Selasa mendedahkan bahawa Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tidak layak
menjadi calon Perdana Menteri bagi mewakili kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Menurut Perdana Menteri kelapan itu, Anwar yang juga Ahli Parlimen Port Dickson
tidak popular dalam kalangan orang Melayu, selain menyifatkan sokongan tersebut
penting untuk mana-mana parti menang dalam pilihan raya.

"... Dan kerana beliau (Anwar) tidak begitu popular menjadi ketua parti berbilang
bangsa, beliau memerlukan seorang pemimpin Melayu yang mampu membantu
memenangi pilihan raya.

"Jadi, saya (Dr Mahathir) dengan beliau di dalam pilihan raya ini dengan saya
sebagai calon Perdana Menteri, saya rasa kami akan dapat sokongan daripada orang
Melayu," katanya dalam temu bual bersama CNBC, hari ini.

Mengulas lanjut, Ahli Parlimen Langkawi itu berkata, Anwar gagal mendapat
sokongan Melayu dalam tiga pilihan raya sebelum ini.

Anwar juga jelas beliau, tidak boleh mencalonkan dirinya ketika itu kerana masih
berada di dalam penjara.

Anwar dipenjara pada 2015 atas kesalahan meliwat dan dibebaskan pada 16 Mei 2018
selepas memperoleh pengampunan diraja daripada Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"Ketika saya memimpin parti pembangkang, kita berjaya menang dan ini merupakan
pencapaian kerana untuk tempoh 60 tahun, Malaysia dipimpin oleh kerajaan daripada
parti yang sama.

"Ini pertama kali perubahan (kerajaan) dicapai," tambahnya.


Ketika ditanya mengapa Dr Mahathir mengambil keputusan untuk meletak jawatan
sebagai Perdana Menteri pada Februari lalu, beliau berkata, keputusan itu dibuat
kerana komponen parti PH menolak pandangan beliau agar tidak meninggalkan
gabungan parti kerajaan.

"Mereka menolak cadangan saya, dan selepas penolakan tersebut... mereka mahu
saya memimpin parti bersama parti kerajaan terdahulu.

"Saya sentiasa menentang kerajaan terdahulu berikutan skandal yang mereka terlibat.
Jadi, saya tolak untuk bekerja dengan parti yang kalah dalam pilihan raya
(Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14)," katanya.

source : astroawani

[TRUTHS HURT ANWAR..!]...Dr Mahathir again claims Anwar lacks popularity with Malays to be Pakatan’s PM candidate

Dr Mahathir again claims Anwar 

lacks popularity with Malays to be 

Pakatan’s PM candidate

Mahathir pointed out that Anwar could not get the support of the Malays and win the election on three previous occasions. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Mahathir pointed out that Anwar could not get the support of the Malays and win the election on three previous occasions. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not suitable to as the prime minister candidate as he is allegedly not “popular” among the Malays, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed.
The former prime minister reportedly said the PKR president needs someone like himself in order to acquire support from the Malays and win the election.
“He is not very popular with the Malays,” Mahathir told US-based CNBC’s Street Signs Asia during an online interview yesterday.
“It has been shown that the support of the Malays is very important for any party to win the election, and because he’s not very popular — being the leader of a multi-racial party — he needs somebody who’s leader of the Malays to help him win the election.”
Dr Mahathir pointed out that this was why initially he wanted to become the prime minister for a third time for a period of six months should Pakatan Harapan Plus (PH Plus) took over the government from Perikatan Nasional (PN).
“The proposal is that I should lead and become the prime minister, but he disagrees. He wants to be the prime minister’s candidate.
“I have already given a promise that I would step down after six months. But he didn’t want me to be the prime minister at all. That makes it difficult to work together,” he said.
The Langkawi MP also pointed out that Anwar could not get the support of the Malays and win the election on three previous occasions.
“It was after I joined them, they got the support from the Malays and won the election. It was a big achievement as the government didn’t change for 60 years,” he said.
The parties of Pakatan Harapan only came into power in 2018 after Dr Mahathir and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia joined the fray, but lost power after Dr Mahathir resigned as prime minister in early March.
Last week in an interview with Asia Times, Dr Mahathir said his refusal to back Anwar was not due to any distrust of the latter, but a matter of pragmatism, claiming his former deputy could not muster enough support from among Opposition parties to mount a credible challenge against Perikatan Nasional.
In March, Dr Mahathir had claimed that Anwar did not have the support of the Malay community since his time in Umno, as they viewed him as a “liberal”, adding that the Malays feared liberalism would lead to an erosion of their rights and privileges.
The Opposition has yet to settle on its choice of prime minister candidate should it return to power, with PKR initially rejecting the proposal for Dr Mahathir to become the prime minister and Anwar, his deputy for a period of six months.
This led Dr Mahathir to support a proposal naming Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal as the coalition’s prime minister candidate with Anwar, and his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as deputies.
source : malaymail

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

[OUCH!...] ... Four Sabah youth wings endorse Shafie-for-PM proposal

Four Sabah youth wings endorse 

Shafie-for-PM proposal


The youth wings of Parti Warisan Sabah, DAP, Upko and Amanah today declared their support for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to be the next prime minister. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
The youth wings of Parti Warisan Sabah, DAP, Upko and Amanah today declared their support for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to be the next prime minister. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
KOTA KINABALU, June 30 — The youth wings of Parti Warisan Sabah, DAP, United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) and Amanah today declared their support for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal to be the next prime minister.
Sabah DAP Youth chief Ginger Phoong said Shafie can be the solution to the country’s political struggle and the Opposition’s prime minister candidate impasse.
“We are fully behind the proposal of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to have Shafie as the next prime minister. We are now seeking support from others to share this same idea.
“He will be the solution to the current impasse and be able to unite Sabahans and Malaysians,” he said, adding that Shafie would be able to fulfil the aspirations of Sabahans to have its first Prime Minister.
He was speaking at a press conference at the Warisan’s media centre here today.
When asked what PKR Sabah Youth’s stance on the matter was, Phoong said they have the blessings from the state’s PKR leadership committee but the youth wing is yet to make a stance.
“PKR Sabah is yet to make an official stance. We need time for them to analyse the situation but I’m sure they will support Shafie as prime minister,” he said.
Upko youth chief Felix Joseph Saang said that the wing fully supports the proposal to have the Warisan president as prime minister.
“This is something Sabahans and East Malaysia can benefit from so we can achieve our aspirations. There is no reason for Sabahans not to support him to fulfil our dreams,” he said.
Warisan’s youth wing deputy chief Mohd Ismail Ayub also said that the opportunity to have a Sabahan as prime minister was too good to let pass.
“This will show that Sabah is an equal partner in the federation. Let’s take this chance and unite, all Sabahans and Sarawakians should brush aside their political differences and realise what a good opportunity and chance this is. He is not just Warisan’s choice but a solution to all Sabahans’ problems and aspirations,” he said.
Last Saturday, Dr Mahathir who is locked in a stalemate with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over the Prime Minister candidate post, announced that he supports Shafie as the next prime minister for the Pakatan Harapan Plus coalition and is withdrawing from the race.
He said the decision to name Shafie was a collective decision during an informal meeting at the Ruman Tetamu Sabah here two days ago with leaders from DAP, Amanah, and Parti Warisan Sabah.

source : malaymail

[HOT!!...]...Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, asks Interpol for 'red notice' over Qassem Soleimani killing



Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, asks Interpol 

for 'red notice' over Qassem Soleimani killing



A man in a blue suit with a red tie waves his right hand as he exits an aircraft.
Donald Trump was singled out in the announcement of the charges but there is almost no chance he will be arrested.(AP: Evan Vucci)

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Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.



While Mr Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the US since it unilaterally withdrew from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Mr Trump and more than 30 others accused of involvement in the January 3 strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad face "murder and terrorism charges," the state-run IRNA news agency reported.
Mr Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Mr Trump, but stressed that Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

source : abc.net.au