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Where’s Rosmah? Najib says it’s normal wife absent during Semenyih stump
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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Now Mat Hasan says Semenyih race not just about Umno-PAS ties
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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China abandons cybersecurity truce with US, report says
China largely abandoned a hacking truce negotiated by Barack Obama as US President Donald Trump embarked on a trade war with Beijing last year, according to the cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike Inc. [...]
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PAS sec-gen’s statement not the true story, says Zahid
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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Liverpool vs Bayern: Jurgen Klopp says Champions League showdown with Munich is not 'a personal thing'
Liverpool manager has a long history against Bayern due to his time with Borussia Dortmund but he believes there is nothing personal between the two when they meet on Tuesday night [...]
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Dr Boo’s call for PM’s resignation personal view, says Johor DAP leader
Johor DAP state committee member Dr Boo Cheng Hau’s call for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation was not the party’s stand, his colleague said. — Picture via Facebook JOHOR BARU, Feb 19 — Johor DAP state committee member Dr Boo Cheng Hau’s call for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation was not the party’s stand, his colleague said today.Johor DAP publicity secretary Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali described Dr Boo’s statement as shallow.“The news of the statement (calling for Dr Mahathir’s resignation) by the former Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo had come as a surprise to me.“Although openness is practised, every statement must come with responsibility and awareness. What more from a veteran politician like himself,” said Sheikh Umar in a statement tonight.Sheikh Umar said Dr Boo’s superficial statement did not illustrate Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) consensus in the context of developing the nation and in bringing Malaysia out of the crisis left by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.He suggested that Dr Boo offer more proactive advice or assist in strengthening the government and also to resolve the complexity inherited from the previous administration.“His expertise and experience should be offered in a more intelligent manner, rather than with such an inappropriate way of thinking,” said Sheikh Umar, who is also the Paloh assemblyman and Johor Entrepreneurship Develop­ment, Cooperatives and Creative Economy Committee chairman.Sheikh Umar asked Dr Boo if problems would be settled the following month if Dr Mahathir resigned as prime minister.He also asked if the new prime minister should also follow suit and resign if they failed to fulfill PH’s election manifesto.“Is this the formula of a solution that can be offered by a veteran in politics?” he questioned.Sheikh Umar said he was convinced that it was not too difficult for Dr Boo to understand the challenges faced by the government in the pursuit of all the promises embodied in the manifesto.“He also knows and is aware that this manifesto is not a ‘Sacred Scripture’ and is required. But it is unfortunate that his view does not reflect wisdom.“I urge Dr Boo to review his opinions, otherwise the people will no longer entertain those who continue politics without giving conclusive solutions,” said Sheikh Umar.Earlier today, Dr Boo openly called for Dr Mahathir’s resignation, claiming the PM’s lack of confidence in himself as well as in the PH election manifesto.He said this was evident based on Dr Mahathir’s earlier comment on PH’s election manifesto as “no bible but only guidelines”.“This implicated that he (Dr Mahathir) had no confidence in himself and in the PH manifesto, and hence he should take full individual responsibility and resign as PH leader and prime minister of the country,” said the former Johor DAP chairman in a statement.  [...]
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PAS backs Dr Mahathir, says commitment for Semenyih polls different
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. Read more at: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/02/17/pas-backs-dr-mahathir-says-degree-of-commitment-in-supporting-bn-different-for-semenyih/ [...]
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Schalke vs Man City: Champions League success stands between City and the 'elite' says Ilkay Gundogan
European glory has eluded them since Sheikh Mansour's takeover in 2008 and they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Liverpool last season [...]
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Modestwear does not have to be drab, says Malaysian label Hanya
Modestwear is now beyond borders and global fashion brands from luxury to high-street are all embracing the look. Local label Hanya however, is aiming to expand beyond the definition of modest fashion. According to founder Tan Veen Dee, modesty is all about having freedom. She says the fashion it is tied to should be experimental – like how a woman can purchase a sleeveless top and wear it in the right manner. “Modest dressers can be equally as stylish or even more stylish with the right styling. A red sleeveless top? No problem, pair it with a turtle neck or a denim jacket and off you go,” she explains. Hanya offers options for everyone to dress modestly, but with clothing that you would not necessarily deem as modest. These include trendy separates that look modern and cool. Designs that feature a neutral palette, pleats and tulle. “I have been working in the modest industry for almost a decade now, and I know there is a hidden gap that is yet to be filled,” Tan states, on why she decided to start her own label. “I wanted to show modest women – with and without hijab – that they can too be fashionable. I want them to be able to dress like the fashion icons they follow on Instagram by making the pieces accessible.” Hanya means “only” in Malay. The label stands for exclusivity, individuality and oneness. It also focuses in positioning the right product at the right price point for all women. “Modest dressing to me consists of clothing with a longer hemlines, loose fitting yet fashionable that goes beyond religion. I think it is the effort of styling and layering,” Tan explains. Her latest collection, Seek Light, features a neutral palette, pleats and tulle. It is set in the 1950s era with the models sporting perfectly wavy hair, sharp eyeliner and a polished style. This is Hanya’s second release. The label (with designs priced between RM149 to RM229) was first introduced in 2018, coinciding with the then Aidilfitri celebrations. [...]
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Warisan's reluctance towards Bersatu’s Sabah move sign of disingenuous ties, says Jeffrey
Shafie said Warisan will continue to work with the Pakatan Harapan federal government. — Picture by Julia Chan KOTA KINABALU, Feb 18 — Opposition leader Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s resistance towards Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) entry into Sabah was a sign of a shaky relationship between the state and federal government.The Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku president said the chief minister’s Parti Warisan Sabah and its alliance with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government is not genuine.“If Warisan claims that the party and PPBM are like siblings, it should not feel threatened by the latter’s entry into Sabah. If Shafie can welcome other parties, he should accept PPBM into the fold,” he said in a statement here today.Jeffrey, who is Tambunan assemblyman and Keningau MP, pointed out that there were already three parties from PH — DAP, PKR and Amanah — in Sabah and Sarawak, where PPBM had also branched out to last year.He said that Warisan had worked together with PKR and DAP, giving no reason not to welcome PPBM except for the fear that the party might be “clipping Shafie's wings”.He also said that Shafie had needed PPBM’s support after the May 9 polls (GE14) to convince crossovers that would ultimately lead to Warisan gaining the majority support of the newly-elected state assemblymen.“If not for the party, the frogs would not jump from the legitimate government to the then Opposition,” he said.Kitingan also took Shafie to task for saying that Sabahans have given Warisan the mandate to form the government after the May 9 polls last year, when in fact Shafie only managed to wrest victory on May 12, after several crossover, and with Bersatu's support.“It is brazen of its president Shafie Apdal to nonchalantly make such a claim. Please do not mislead the people and accept the fact that his is a government built on ‘frogging’ using statutory declarations, which is not in the State Constitution.“Even after an alliance with DAP and PKR, both multiracial parties from Peninsula, Warisan still needed to horse trade to form what many believe is an illegal government.”If Warisan was a strong local multiracial party, it should stand on its own and not forge an alliance with Upko and two parties from Peninsula,” he said, warning that those who had “jumped” into Warisan may just jump again with the latest political development.Earlier today, Shafie responded to PPBM's entry into Sabah by saying that they could not stop the party, but that they stood by their stand that the parties had come to a brotherly agreement that PPBM would not spread its wings to the state.Shafie also said he would continue to work with its PH allies as they had done, and called on supporters not to get emotional.Several of Shafie's allies including PKR and DAP had criticised the move by PPBM to break their promise and set up shop in Sabah, to absorb 5 MPs and eight assemblyman who have been left as independents since leaving Umno.Shafie called for calm and said it would continue to reinstate the state's rights as Sabahans had given them the mandate to govern the state. [...]
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Putrajaya finalising list of recipients for targeted fuel subsidy, says minister
A customer is pictured at a petrol station in Puchong Permai December 27, 2018. — Picture by Miera Zulyana PORT DICKSON, Feb 18 — The government is now in the final phase of identifying eligible recipients of targeted petrol subsidies to be implemented in the second quarter of this year.Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said this was the result of a series of discussions held with gas station operators and consumer associations.In addition, the Ministry of Finance will also at any time announce the selected vendor to develop a targeted RON95 petrol subsidy programme implementation system, he said in his speech at the opening of the BHPetrol Sepang-Lukut fuel station owned by Seng Group of Companies here today.Saifuddin said it was the government’s hope that the targeted petrol subsidies would go smoothly as it is now.At a press conference later, Saifuddin explained that selecting vendor through the ‘request for proposal’ system conducted by the Ministry of Finance had also reached its peak. He said the vendor would be responsible for developing the system not only involving targeted petrol subsidies, but also covering targeted subsidies of other items.“At any time the Ministry of Finance will conclude a vendor and we in the ministry will work with the  selected vendor to ensure smooth implementation of the targeted subsidies.“On the part of the ministry, ongoing discussions with oil companies, small and large petrol station operators, agencies such as the National Registration Department and the Implementation Coordination Unit  of the Prime Minister’s Department handling the e-Kasih data to ensure that the lists of eligible beneficiaries of the targeted subsidies are credible and clean data, “he said.The ministry, which headed the targeted subsidy implementation programme, said Saifuddin would ensure that the lists of those eligible to receive the targeted subsidies were in accordance with household incomes. “The real goal when we implement this targeted subsidy is to reach the target group,” he said. — Bernama [...]
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Apple to release 16-inch MacBook Pro, 6K monitor and iPhone with bilateral charging in 2019, says report     – CNET
A note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests 2019 could be a busy year for Apple. [...]
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BN still receives support from PAS, says Semenyih candidate
Barisan Nasional’s Semenyih candidate Zakaria Hanafi is seen during the announcement of his candidacy in Semenyih February 14, 2019. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon SEMENYIH, Feb 17 — Zakaria Hanafi, the Barisan Nasional candidate in the Semenyih state by-election, today refuted allegation that he did not receive support from PAS.He said the BN campaign machinery was being assisted by PAS and it was running smoothly.“Alhamdullilah, PAS still supports me especially when I am a local boy and not a foreigner to the people in this area,” he told reporters when met at Kampung Kuala Pajam here.Yesterday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that PAS had formally stated it would not support Umno and BN in the Semenyih by-election. — Bernama [...]
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Contrarian case says US growth slowdown a boon for Asia stocks
SINGAPORE • There’s at least one bullish way of framing US economic growth slowdown concerns: It could benefit Asian stocks. This is according to Edward Lim, a fund manager at Singapore-based Covenant Capital Pte Ltd. His rationale is that while the US isn’t entering a recession, the difference between its economic growth, corporate profits and interest rates relative to the rest of the world has narrowed, which in turn will weigh on the US dollar — and bolster Asian stocks. Asian markets look attractive due to stronger economic growth and lower valuations when the US Federal Reserve is close to a neutral stance on interest rates, and as the impact of US President Donald Trump’s policies dissipates, Lim said. He has an ‘Overweight’ stance on the region’s equities, ‘Neutral’ on US and ‘Underweight’ on Europe. “US exceptionalism in growth will fade away” in 2019 as the rest of the world catches up to America, he said. Lim’s views are in stark contrast with money managers at Allianz SE, State Street Global Advisors and Capital Group Cos who have recently said that buying US stocks remains the top trade for global investors. His economic models and data show no recession, Lim said — but that may change if the US and China are not able to resolve their trade conflicts. Trump said talks to resolve the US trade war with China are making good progress and “going along very well”. This comes after he said he was open to extending a March 1 deadline to raise tariffs on Chinese products if the two sides are near an agreement, sending a conciliatory signal amid talks to resolve the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. Lim, who declined to provide his assets under management, expects an 8% to 10% return from equities this year and advises investors to buy stocks in China, Japan and emerging markets like Indonesia. He has added defensive and growth stocks to his portfolios. The S&P 500 Index has gained 9.8% this year, while the MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 7.1%. — Bloomberg The post Contrarian case says US growth slowdown a boon for Asia stocks appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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Rugby – Savea 'free' to go, says furious Toulon boss
PARIS (Reuters) - Former New Zealand winger Julian Savea is free to go and not welcome at Toulon anymore after his performance in a 19-10 defeat by Agen, the Top 14 club president said on Tuesday. [...]
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Govt guarantees building one million affordable homes within 10 years, says Dr M
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the government cannot afford to build one million homes within 10 years without the cooperation from the private sector. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon PUCHONG, Feb 17 ― Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has given an assurance that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will build one million affordable homes and low-cost houses within a period of 10 years.He said although the government was facing various constraints in fulfilling the pledge, it would still be implemented to help the less affordable group, especially those in the B40 group, with the cooperation of the private sector.“The government cannot afford to build one million homes within 10 years without the cooperation from the private sector. Today, we see many private sector groups welcoming our programme including in the restructuring of the community to ensure that there are industries located in the community settlements to be developed.“We hope that with the existence of the structured community and equipped with clubs that could be made as the medium to channel the problems of the local community to the elected representatives, and equipped with workshops to enable them to be involved in business, will also develop the economy of the local community,” he said.He was speaking to reporters after launching the National Community Policy (DKN) formulated by the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) to tackle social housing issues at the local community level, especially in low-cost stratified housing areas nationwide.Also present were the Prime Minister's wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, several other members of the Cabinet, and Selangor Mentri Besar Amiruddin Shaari.Dr Mahathir said the policy also encouraged people in the community to be involved in the Small and Medium Industry (SMI) with a more structured marketing aspect.“We want a more structured community, even better, this is the aspiration of the government and many private sector groups welcomed this aspiration. Our intention is to build one million units in 10 years, maybe a little plus or minus (the target of building 100,000 houses in a year) but we hope within the 10 years, we can build according to our target,” he explained.The price for one unit of the affordable home is below RM300,000 and fixed according to the locality. ― Bernama [...]
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