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Education Minister Maszlee Malik speaks during a press conference at its ministry in Putrajaya February 14, 2019. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUCHING, Feb 20 — The federal government has agreed that an RM1 billion loan repayment from the Sarawak government will be used to repair dilapidated schools in the state, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said today.He said the federal Cabinet has given its approval for the loan repayment to be utilised to fix dilapidated schools in Sarawak.“This decision followed an agreement reached between Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg and myself during a courtesy yesterday, during which issues that would benefit 436,000 students in Sarawak were discussed,” Maszlee said in a statement this evening.He said a special committee, with members from the Education Ministry, Finance Ministry and Sarawak government, will be formed to ensure that the management of the fund is clean and a transparent process can be implemented.“At the implementation stage, the Sarawak Public Works Department has been entrusted as the implementing agency,” he said.Maszlee said the federal Cabinet has also agreed for the fixing of dilapidated school projects to be closely monitored to ensure that the RM1 billion will be used in the most efficient manner and benefit all the students and teachers of the schools involved.“I would like to the federal government and the Sarawak chief minister for agreeing with me to ensure that access to quality education is a reality in future for all the children in the state,” he said.Last year, Sarawak offered to loan RM1 billion to the then Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government to fix dilapidated schools in the state.However, the loan offer was rejected by the new Pakatan Harapan federal government.The state government had also suggested two years ago for it to use its outstanding loans to fix dilapidated schools or build new ones, instead of repaying the federal government.State Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin had said there were 1,020 dilapidated schools in the state, of which 415 were considered critically dilapidated.He had also said 371 schools did not have electricity supply and were fully dependent on generator sets, while 428 schools lacked treated water supply.In addition, he had said 721 schools did not have proper road access, including 200 which were only accessible by river or sea. [...]
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says Rantau is a PKR seat and PPBM does not intend to contest the by-election. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 ― Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today said PPBM does not intend to contest the Rantau by-election as PKR customarily runs there.The PPBM president said his party would be interested only if the Pakatan Harapan ally chooses not to contest.“As far as I know, the party which will contest is PKR, last time it was PKR but it is up to PKR,” he was quoted as saying by Astro Awani.Acting Umno deputy president Datuk Mohamad Hasan won the Rantau seat uncontested during the general election but it was vacated after the Federal Court upheld an Election Court ruling that the PKR candidate, Dr S. Streram, was unlawfully prevented from submitting his nomination.The Election Commission has yet to announce the dates for the poll in the Negri Sembilan state seat. [...]
Anwar Ibrahim, who served as finance minister during Dr Mahathir Mohamad's first tenure as prime minister, was not included in the newly established Economic Action Council (EAC).
Speaking to reporters today, Anwar said his exclusion from EAC is nothing strange, as his focus now is in parliamentary affairs. [...]
Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) and BN's candidate Zakaria Hanafi (right) greet supporters during a walkabout at the Pasar Tani Beranang in Semenyih February 20, 2019. ― Pictures by Hari Anggara
SEMENYIH, Feb 20 ― Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today it is not unusual for him to not bring along his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on the by-election campaign trail, as he is neither a candidate nor the president of a party.“I am just a Barisan Nasional (BN) leader who came down to help our election machinery to ensure we win after polling.“Actually what [voters] want to hear is not about me but what the government can do or which party will be able to provide the necessary aid in terms of development so the issue is not about me,” he told reporters briefly during a walkabout at the Beranang Wednesday market.Najib was asked to respond to PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali who expressed suprise at Rosmah's absence in public throughout Najib's campaign trail in Semenyih.Najib also brushed off Azmin's challenge to bring his wife along, citing irrelevance. He also accused Azmin's wife of having “all kinds of stories”, leading to cheers from the crowd.Najib had earlier arrived in his familiar black Proton Perdana bearing the number plate TN50, to have his breakfast at the nearby Kedai Mail Roti Canai.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak is seen mingling with market-goers, traders and stopping for several photo opportunities.
Other prominent BN leaders who were in his entourage included controversial figures such as Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos, and Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.Around 150 people, mostly dressed in BN’s blue attire greeted Najib as he arrived around 8.30am.Initially clad in a dark brown collared shirt, Najib was presented with a red “Bossku” t-shirt after being approached by a supporter.The Pekan MP then changed into the t-shirt emblazoned with a viral “Bossku” caricature of him riding a moped.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) poses for a selfie with BN supporters during a walkabout at the Pasar Tani Beranang in Semenyih February 20, 2019.
Throughout the walkabout, Najib could be seen mingling with market-goers, traders and stopping for several photo opportunities.Chants of “Malu apa bossku?” and “Hidup BN” were also heard, as Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan took to a makeshift stage on a pickup truck to urge voters to cast their ballot for the BN candidate.Najib's walkabout also coincided with Pakatan Harapan's candidate Aiman Zainali walkabout at the same morning market, leading to a brief verbal confrontation between supporters of both factions.However thanks to swift action by police officers deployed on the scene, the confrontation was avoided before it turned ugly after supporters were isolated to their respective areas.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) and BN's candidate Zakaria Hanafi (seated, third right) meet supporters during a walkabout at the Pasar Tani Beranang in Semenyih February 20, 2019. [...]
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PKR members are seen taking down the political banners placed at the pedestrian bridge on Jalan Bangsar. — Picture via Facebook/Fahmi Fadzil
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — Banners calling Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to resign and be replace by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim were seen in several areas in the capital here this morning, following rumours of a no-confidence vote against the prime minister.PKR communications chief Fahmi Fadzil has since accused the banners that read “Mahathir letak jawatan! Anwar Ibrahim PM ke-8. Demi Selamatkan Malaysia” (“Resign, Mahathir! Anwar Ibrahim is the 8th PM. To save Malaysia”) of being the work of the Opposition.“I have instructed PKR members to immediately take down the banner and lodge a police report on the incident,” said the Lembah Pantai MP.“This morning, a slanderous political banner had been placed at the pedestrian bridge on Jalan Bangsar, in front of Abdullah Hukum or Putra Ria apartments.“I believe this was done by the rivals of Pakatan Harapan,” he added.News portal Malaysiakini reported that a similar banner was also put up at the MRR2 highway, near Giant supermarket in Taman Permata here.Recently, PAS had pledged their support for Dr Mahathir to remain as prime minister, as there were allegations that there is a movement to unseat Dr Mahathir as the premier through a no-confidence vote in Parliament.The claims were however dismissed by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who said the PH government as a whole supported Dr Mahathir with not a single component party wanting to declare a vote of no confidence against him.Anwar had also said the claims were aimed to covering up the issue of the RM90 million PAS had allegedly received from Umno.The issue on the transfer of power from Dr Mahathir to Anwar has been a contentious one. Although Dr Mahathir has repeatedly stated the transition will take place, no formal time frame has been set. [...]
Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Datuk Mohamad Hasan said the Semenyih by-election does not solely revolve around the relationship between Umno and PAS. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The Semenyih by-election does not solely revolve around the relationship between Umno and PAS, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said today amid uncertainty about who PAS is backing.Mohamad said that the main focus in the race was about the ruling Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) purported failure to fulfil their election promises and keep the cost of living low.“The cooperation between Umno and PAS is bigger and more strategic in terms of its value and importance than a mere by-election in Semenyih,” Mohamad said in a statement.“It is about Malay-Muslims who feel that they are increasingly marginalised. There have been systematic efforts to marginalise them from mainstream development and national politics. Their identity, religion, and way of life are increasingly at threat, whether explicit or implicit, so that the ideology of ‘Malaysian-Malaysia, No Race, No Religion’ is realised,” he claimed.He also alleged that this so-called ideology manifested from the PH government and DAP politicians’ lack of concern for Malay-Muslims’ culture and values.PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said Sunday that his party was supporting Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership until the next general election, after the prime minister claimed that the Islamist party was not backing Umno in Semenyih.PH is represented by Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in the Semenyih race. [...]
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Datuk Husam Musa went to the Kelantan branch office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to provide his statement. — File picture by Azinuddin Ghazali
KOTA BARU, Feb 19 — Kelantan Pakatan Harapan chairman Senator Datuk Husam Musa was present at the Kelantan branch office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here tonight, believed to be to provide his statement regarding the claim PAS received RM90 million in funds from Umno.The Amanah vice-president arrived at the MACC office at 9.25pm in a multi-purpose vehicle driven by one of his officers.Husam had previously claimed that PAS received the funds from UMNO, which was said to have been admitted to by PAS Central Committee member Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz through a controversial audio recording made public recently.On Feb 8, Nik Mohamad Abduh provided his statement to the MACC over the claim. — Bernama [...]
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and BN Semenyih candidate Zakaria Hanafi are seen during a visit to Semenyih February 19, 2019. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
SEMENYIH, Feb 19 — Umno leader Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has disputed PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan’s statement about his party supporting Pakatan Harapan (PH).Takiyuddin had said that PAS would back PH leader and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad until the next general election, even as it was initially believed that the Islamist party was supporting Umno in the current Semenyih by-election against Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).“It’s pretty obvious that what PAS secretary-general said doesn’t reflect the true story behind his statement.“If people want to interpret their statement as such (throwing backing behind PH), then I’m sure eventually the people are smart enough figure out what’s real and what’s fake,” said Zahid when speaking to reporters after having dinner at Razak Capati in Semenyih.Zahid, who is Umno president, has been on garden leave as he is facing trial to 45 charges ranging from offences under the Penal Code, to the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.He said he has been to Semenyih three times including today as a concerned citizen and member of Umno, but not to campaign for anyone.“It’s my third time in Semenyih and I’m not here to help the BN (Barisan Nasional) or Umno machinery for these upcoming elections,” said Zahid.“I may be on leave but I’ve never taken leave as an Umno member.”To a question on how long his leave will last Zahid said: “We shall see.”The Semenyih by-election on March 2 followed the death of its incumbent from PPBM, Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, on January 11 from a heart attack.The by-election is seeing a four-cornered fight between Muhammad Aiman Zainali (PH), Zakaria Hanafi (BN), Kuan Chee Heng (Independent) and Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (Parti Sosialis Malaysia). [...]
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According to a report, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad already caused upset when he announced on February 15 that PPBM will enter Sabah. ― Picture by Miera Zulyana
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's move to welcome former Opposition members and his statement that he will not hesitate to abandon Pakatan Harapan (PH) has caused tensions to rise within the coalition.The Straits Times reported yesterday that Dr Mahathir already caused upset when he announced on February 15 that his party will enter Sabah. This is on top of reports that he brokered a deal with PAS for its support.Singapore Institute of International Affairs senior fellow Oh Ei Sun told The Straits Times that Dr Mahathir “is not happy that he is constrained by DAP and PKR”, which collectively have 92 MPs.“So he is broadening PH. This does not mean he wants to stay on forever, but that his legacy must stay forever. Of course, this also checkmates Anwar, so he is killing two birds with one stone,” Oh said in reference to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.However, the paper reported that not all of Dr Mahathir's allies are upset over a rapidly expanding PPBM.PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali had said the defecting Umno leaders “can go to the ground and meet Umno members to explain the need to leave their rotten party”.Eekmal Ahmad, the special officer to Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari, told The Straits Times that those criticising Dr Mahathir's “consolidation of power... do not understand political dynamics” of the crucial Malay majority.“PKR or Bersatu are all in Harapan. A strong Bersatu means a strong PKR,” he added. [...]
PAS will throw its full support behind the leadership of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad until the next general election, says its secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
He said a sample of a written declaration was given as a commitment of support by PAS to Dr Mahathir’s leadership on the basis of upholding the interest of religion, the country and race until GE15.
Takiyuddin however said there was no written declaration or any other letters to the Prime Minister with regard to the Semenyih by-election.
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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin speaks to voters in Kampung Rinching Hilir, Semenyih February 18, 2019. ― Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 ― Pakatan Harapan (PH) deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin assured Semenyih voters yesterday that the Malays’ special rights under the Federal Constitution will be protected.Sinar Harian reported Muhyiddin as telling voters in Kampung Rinching Hilir last night that when PH was formed, the coalition formed a consensus to preserve, protect and defend the country’s highest law.“PH agreed to hold on to the Constitution's principles and there will be no compromise when it comes to the Malays special rights, which existed way back.“In fact, we will play the guardian role to maintain what the Constitution states,” he stressed to voters in the Kelompok voting division.The campaign event was also attended by PKR’s deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Bersatu information chief Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin and PH’s candidate for the Semenyih by-election, Muhammad Aiman Zainali.Muhyiddin in his speech also rubbished rumours from the Opposition that PH is now controlled by DAP and Malays special rights were being eroded. [...]