DAP Advisor Lim Kit Siang is confident voters in the Sandakan parliamentary constituency will help the party retain the seat in the upcoming by-election by backing its candidate, Vivian Wong Shir Yee. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
SANDAKAN, May 1 — DAP Advisor Lim Kit Siang is confident voters in the Sandakan parliamentary constituency will help the party retain the seat in the upcoming by-election by backing its candidate, Vivian Wong Shir Yee.Lim said Wong’s victory was very important, especially in efforts to restore the rights of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the Peninsular as stated in Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).“The amendment (to the Constitution to restore the rights) was not successful when it failed to get a two-thirds majority of 148 votes and fell short with only 138. If Wong is chosen as a Parliamentarian, the vote count will become 139 and we hope to get another vote,” he said when speaking at the DAP ceramah in Kampung Mangkalinau here, today.Also present were Wong, Elopura state assemblymen Calvin Chong and a representative from Parti Warisan Sabah.Lim, who is also Iskandar Puteri MP, said that the Pakatan Harapan government was working to revive the economy of the local community in Sandakan through developments such as upgrading the Sandakan Airport.He said attracting more tourists to Sandakan would require a world-class airport, besides other conveniences.Calvin Chong, meanwhile, said efforts to repair the bridge in Kampung Mangkalinau would also be done soon, while the electricity supply would also be better organised to avoid any untoward incidents such as illegal connections.Meanwhile, Kampung Mangkalinau village head Mohamad Idris, 51, hoped that the village established about 30 years ago, will be officially recognised, to enable it to receive better facilities from the government. — Bernama [...]
Sabah Chief Minister and Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said Warisan will work to help DAP win the Sandakan by-election. — Bernama pic
SANDAKAN, April 25 — Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) will work hard with Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Upko to help DAP retain the Sandakan parliamentary seat in the by-election next month, Sabah Chief Minister and Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said today.He said Warisan will not take it easy although it is confident that the DAP candidate, Vivian Wong Shir Yee, will win.“We will not take the by-election lightly. We will work hard for a DAP victory,” Mohd Shafie told reporters after a ‘Townhall with the People’ programme where he announced Vivian Wong, 30, as the DAP candidate for the by-election, nomination for which is on Saturday and polling on May 11.The Sandakan seat fell vacant after Vivian Wong’s father, Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt, died on March 28. He was also the Sabah health and well-being minister.Replying to a question, Mohd Shafie said the state government will continue to fulfil its pledges to the people over time because it has begun administrating Sabah for less than a year and needed time to rectify the problems left behind by the previous government. — Bernama [...]
SEREMBAN (April 13): UMNO deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan retained his Rantau State seat after defeating his three challengers in the Rantau by-election today.
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Lina Soo slammed the federal government’s proposal as a disgrace and an insult to all Sarawakians and Sabahan. ― Picture by Sulok Tawie
KUCHING, April 5 — Sarawak and Sabah will be worse off if Putrajaya’s proposed amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution gains passage in Parliament, politician Lina Soo claimed today.The Sarawak Reform Party president claimed the proposal did not offer greater protection for Sarawak or Sabah as equal partners to the Federation of Malaysia as it was supposed to, but the opposite.“On the contrary, it leaves Malaya in the driver’s seat with even greater menacing implications,” she told a news conference here.She slammed the federal government’s proposal as a disgrace and an insult to all Sarawakians and Sabahan, claiming there is a qualifying clause on finance that makes no references or commitment to an equal distribution of wealth and resources among the three federation partners “nor does it recognise that Sarawak and Sabah should have a bigger or equal share of the economy”.“The state sovereignty and political future of both Sarawak and Sabah are at stake and we must take action to save our future generations from another round of 50 more years of hegemony from the federal government,” she said.She urged all MPs from Borneo to boycott the vote when it takes place in the Dewan Rakyat.“I propose for Sarawakians and Sabahans to call or WhatsApp your respective MPs to tell them to vote against the Bill,” she said.She also urged both governments of Sarawak and Sabah to call a special assembly sitting in their respective states and seek a public referendum on the matter.Soo also suggested the state governments invite British and Singaporean representatives to their assembly sittings on the matter.She said that both nations were signatories to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and had obligations to realise the federation as long as the treaty exists.Soo said the Pakatan Harapan federal government must revert to the original version of the Federal Constitution concerning Article 1(2) to be in accordance with MA63 if it were sincere about treating Sarawak and Sabah as equal partners and not just among the 13 states of the federation.“By studying the language and rearrangement of English in the amendment Bill, it is obvious that the amendment is not consistent with MA63,” she said, adding that it was not even consistent with the Constitutional Amendment A354 Section 2 in 1976 which reduced the status of Sarawak and Sabah to the 12th and 13th states.“Any Act of Parliament which breaches the MA63 cannot be constitutional federal law. Both amendments are wrong, and two wrongs cannot make a right.“If we don’t stand up today and stop this nonsense now, we will have third, fourth and fifth wrongs,” she said.Soo slammed Sarawak PH politicians who harp on “equal partners”, but cannot define what it means and are all muddled up without knowing what it is all about.“Perhaps their intention is to confuse us anyway. In fact, no constitutional or legal provision for equal partnership exists in MA63 or the Federal Constitution. Equal partnership is just an attractive concept as mere political cliché,” she said.She then said that even if the federal government were to revert to the original Article 1(2) provision, it would not necessarily mean “equal partnership”.“It merely means restoring Sarawak to its original constitutional status as a component nation that formed the federation, but not as equal partner.“At best, any amendment should mean no federal domination, with Sarawak to be consulted as equal partner, undefined,” she said.Soo asked if there could truly be equal partnership within the federation.“If equal partnership then exists or can be created, does this mean Sarawak will have one-third of the total 222 parliamentary seats, one-third of annual budgetary allocation, and a Sarawakian can be prime minister on rotation of one out of three terms?” [...]
KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah has urged Tandek assemblyman Datuk Anita Baranting to vacate her seat. [...]
KAJANG (March 2): Barisan Nasional (BN) wrested the Semenyih State Legislative Assembly Seat after its candidate, Zakaria Hanafi won the four-cornered contest in the by-election... [...]
A Pakatan Harapan campaign billboard and flag are seen in Bandar Rinching, Semenyih February 27, 2019. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
SHAH ALAM, Feb 27 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) is seen to have a good chance of retaining the Semenyih state seat in the by-election this Saturday, said Prof Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).According to the political analyst, the coalition has a bigger chance of winning compared to the other opposition parties because they are the ruling party and the people would have to depend on them for development matters.“Apart from that various issues touching on the people’s welfare, development and progress brought up during their campaign, highlight their strengths and will help PH to retain the seat,” he told reporters after a political discourse at the Karangkraf Media Group Complex here, today.Elaborating Mohd Azizuddin said that although PH has a great chance of winning, this would also depend on the voter turnout on polling day for the Semenyih by-election.As such he said with another two days left (before polling day) the coalition should intensify its campaign and to call on the people in the constituency to come out to vote this Saturday.“If the voter turnout is low it may indirectly have an impact on the by-election result and may work in favour of the other parties,” he added.The Semenyih state by-election will witness a four-cornered fight among Muhammad Aiman Zainali, Zakaria Hanafi (Barisan Nasional), Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (Parti Sosialis Malaysia) and Independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng.The Semenyih seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent, Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, 57, on January 11 due to a heart attack. — Bernama [...]
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. [...]
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at a press conference after the PPBM Supreme Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur January 29, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara
PETALING JAYA, Jan 29 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is confident that it has a good chance of retaining the Semenyih state seat in the by-election scheduled for March 2.Prime Minister cum OOBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he also believed that the Malay support for the party in the state constituency was still strong.“However, we have to remember that there may be more than two parties contesting, so the Malay votes might split.“Of course, that can be very bad for some parties, but based on our assessment we’re convinced that we still have a good chance of winning,” he said after chairing a PPBM meeting here today.The by-election is being called following the death of incumbent Bakhtiar Mohd Nor on January 11.Nomination is set on February 16, while early voting on February 26.Selangor Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Amirudin Shari had reportedly said that the coalition would stick to its earlier decision that PPBM should field its candidate at the by-election to retain the seat.Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir, who is also PH chairman, said the meeting also discussed the current political situation in the country and the public perception of the government.“The government administration is running well despite a little misunderstanding and misinterpretation by the media,” he said.Earlier, Dr Mahathir also received 5,000 application forms to join PPBM from several state representatives.In another development, the prime minister said his remarks criticising Israeli’s atrocities against the Palestinians had received support from several Muslim world leaders.“I think a number of them were very happy with our statement and action. I’ve had some conversation with some leaders and they’ve expressed happiness over our stand and support us,” he said.Malaysia is standing firm on its decision to ban Israeli athletes from taking part in the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, resulting in the country being stripped of the right to host the event scheduled for July 29-August 4 in Kuching. — Bernama [...]
Audi’s latest, large luxury sedan has a crash-avoidance system that borders on problematic
By HANNAH ELLIOTT
The 2019 Audi A8 sedan comes with lots of good things that most people will find exceptionally boring to discuss. But bear with me.
It includes a hybrid system hidden in its powertrain that undetectably assists with power and efficiency on all forthcoming engine variants. (Highway estimates reach almost 30mpg.)
There’s a novel active suspension system that replaces the traditional anti-roll bar with adaptive dampers and special air springs.
It offers four-wheel steering so light it brought to mind the image of Fantasia’s ballerina hippos when I test-drove the 4,751lb (2,138kg) car.
It also has a smart-driving crash-avoidance technology that can be extremely disconcerting.
The Mythos black a8, starting at RM350,284
I was surprised, for instance, when during a late swerve to merge into a lane exiting the FDR Drive on Manhattan’s East Side, the car actively worked against me.
I tried to accelerate and zig left; it abruptly braked and forced the steering wheel to zag right.
The car’s decision to counteract all of my driving inputs made a dangerous situation out of what was otherwise a mild enough manoeuvre to incur zero honks of protest, even in New York’s legendarily aggressive rush hour.
Suddenly, being inside the car felt like combating an alien presence. Rather than the rare ecstasy of when a machine and a human mind seem to merge for perfect driving engagement, it felt like the car rejected me altogether.
Tt has a 335hp V-6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission
This was the first time something like this has happened in my 15 years of testing and reviewing automobiles. It wasn’t a good feeling.
An argument can be made that because the A8 isn’t meant to be driven like a sports car, my manoeuvre was not in configuration with its intended use.
But even the most sedate bosses, and especially the most powerful ones, will need a driver capable of making that type of move, and others.
A chauffeur will not want to have to fight against Audi pre-sense, the carmaker’s standard automatic emergency braking system, to do it.
Then again, whether this all matters largely depends on where you sit, both literally in the car and figuratively regarding the future of driving.
For instance, the 2019 A8 performs like you would imagine with its 335hp V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
It’s smooth, solid, and persistent on the gas and brake, with capable if nondescript handling. It feels like the computer does everything for you; in this sort of car, that’s typically the point — 99% of the time you’ll be riding in executive mode rather than action mode, anyway.
The car feels more like the inside of an intimate office or control room
Riding is the key word: Get most anyone in the back seat and they’re unlikely to comment on or care about the powertrain, suspension, or how tight the steering is.
Whether or not the driver has activated the Level 3 autonomous driving, a system that Audi is calling Traffic Jam Pilot, may hardly be noticed. (For now, it’s a feature unlikely to be installed in any A8 sold in the US, because the technology violates laws in most states.)
Instead, they’ll ask about the foot massages and admire the mood lighting. They’ll comment on the air ioniser and the churchlike quiet of the cabin. They’ll want to use the flatscreens and heated seats.
This is as it should be — the advances of today’s cars allow us to use and appreciate them without having to know or even care about the inner workings of the chassis.
“This is the nicest car I have ever been in,” said Evan Ortiz, Bloomberg’s photo editor, as I drove him and our food critic, Kate Krader, home one evening. I wanted to get some non-car people inside the A8 to give me some feedback. “It feels very special, like a sense of occasion,” Krader gushed.
Large luxury sedans are difficult to write about because, at this point in the history of modern automotive manufacturing, they’re all very good.
They all offer big-engine, long-wheelbase versions with supple leather massaging seats; crystal-clear heads-up and crash-avoidance displays; and perks such as air purifiers, fragrance disseminators and extensive rear-seat entertainment systems that are on par with private theatres.
The A8 isn’t meant to be driven like a sports car
Choosing the best one for you is often more about brand loyalty and marketing than it is about one car being better than another.
And in the scheme of things, that’s really where Audi AG’s latest — the biggest car in its line, and the fourth generation of its star — is now.
It’s special because it represents the Ingolstadt, Germany-based automaker’s shot at competing directly against the exceptional and heretofore dominant town cars from BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, the US$83,650 (RM349,657) 7 Series and US$91,250 S-Class respectively.
The Mythos black A8 that I drove cost US$102,000. (That figure includes the US$83,800 base price and some serious executive-style upgrades, which I’ll dissect in a moment.)
Others from BMW and Mercedes routinely cost mid-six figures as you get into the “executive-level” packages that offer extra room, foldout working tables, extra rear-seat controls and the like.
The 2019 A8 feels less like the coach-built interior of a private jet and more like the inside of an intimate office or control room.
Four-zone climate control, leather detailing, LED lighting, two large sunroofs and a rearview camera come standard, as does the centre-placed rear-seat console full of knobs to control climate, audio and entertainment settings
As the third party in what’s largely been a binary race for luxury sedan pre-eminence, Audi’s A8 offers consumers what’s often a welcome out from the stranglehold they may feel choosing between the two brands that have owned the segment for decades. — Bloomberg
A mother demonstrates how to fasten a seat belt on her child in this file photo. Bernama File Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Compliance in wearing seat belts is still low among road users, resulting in serious injury and death among drivers and their passengers, said the Malaysian Institute for Road Safety Research (MIROS).
Its chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said this could be avoided by emphasising the importance of wearing seat belt, increasing public awareness on the matter and intensifying enforcement.
“At the moment, the rate of compliance in wearing seat belt among drivers is 90 per cent and 70 per cent for front passengers. As for the rear passengers it is very low with only five per cent having buckled their seat belt,” he said in a statement today.
Lee said the rate of mortality and injuries from road accidents could be reduced if the aspect on wearing seat belt was to be be given priority.
He said one of the most important aspects before travelling is to ensure every passengers had buckled their seat belts and appropriate car seats provided for infants and young children. – Bernama [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional will continue to let MIC field a candidate for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat should a by-election be called following the Election Court’s decision to nullify the victory of MIC Youth Chief Datuk C. Sivarraajh there. [...]
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrives at the National Heart Institute (IJN) to visit injured fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim in Kuala Lumpur November 30, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council will hold a meeting soon over the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat which has become vacant following a court ruling earlier today, said PKR Advisory Council chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.The meeting will be held following the decision of the Election Court which declared Barisan Nasional (BN)’s victory in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary constituency in the 14th general election (GE14) in May, was null and void.“We will hold a PH meeting (of coalition parties) and will decide how to deal with this latest development,” she said when asked about the court decision.Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi in her decision said corrupt practices were committed to influence and induce voters in the constituency with the knowledge and consent of BN candidate Datuk C. Sivarraajh.On June 4, PH candidate M. Manogaran, who is from DAP, filed a petition to seek a declaration that the result of the 14th general election for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary constituency should be null and void as it had violated the Election Offences Act 1954.Manogaran claimed that Sivarraajh who won the seat had campaigned with Pahang BN chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, who is now the state mentri besar and had bribed Orang Asli voters through several Tok Batin (community heads) of between RM30 to RM1,000, to ensure they voted only for BN.Dr Wan Azizah spoke to reporters after visiting Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, the firefighter who was a victim of the riot at the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in USJ 25, Putra Heights near Subang Jaya.The deputy prime minister spent almost half an hour visiting the 24-year-old firefighter and his family.Dr Wan Azizah advised the public not to visit Muhammad Adib as the firefighter needed to receive treatment and recover.“What is more important is for (Muhamad) Adib to have good treatment and care because he is in a very vulnerable state. I am a doctor first, we need to take care of him, we cannot have many visitors because we all bring in or carry germs that cannot be seen.“So I think it’s important that we collectively take care and hope that he will recover,” she said. — Bernama [...]
Sivarraajh confirmed he will be challenging the Election Court’s decision. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — MIC leader Datuk C. Sivarraajh insisted that he had not engaged in vote-buying in the 14th general election (GE14), and will appeal the Election Court’s decision today to defend his victory in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat, a report has said.Sivarraajh, who has been MP for Cameron Highlands for just over half a year now, confirmed he will be challenging the Election Court’s decision that invalidated the GE14 results for the federal seat in Pahang.“I am going to appeal.“(But) if there is a by-election, I leave it to the party leadership to decide who is the candidate,” the former MIC Youth chief was quoted as telling news portal Malaysiakini today.Earlier today, an Election Court had declared the GE14 results for the Cameron Highlands federal seat as null and void, as Sivarraajh’s DAP election rival M. Manogaran had proven that there were corrupt practices in the form of money being given to induce voters there to vote for the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that Sivarraajh was contesting under then.The Election Court’s decision today will trigger a by-election if Sivarraajh does not appeal.According to Malaysiakini, Sivarraajh insisted that he was not involved in dishing out money to Orang Asli voters, alleging that there were “agents” who actually did so.“I didn’t give money to any tok batin (Orang Asli village chief). And even the evidence was proven in court that I didn’t give any money.“According to the judgment, it says agents gave out the money, things like that [...] Which of course, you must know that there was another candidate also contesting together with me,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.Previously during a hearing in September for the election petition, Sivarraajh was similarly reported by news portal Free Malaysia Today as denying that he had tried to bribe Orang Asli voters in Cameron Highlands when he was carrying out his election campaign, adding that vote-buying was legally wrong.Sivarraajh had then reportedly said he would never have forced Orang Asli voters to support him, claiming that any money that he had handed out — if any — was in response to the Orang Asli village chiefs’ request for funds to help them.MORE TO COME [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: It is too early to determine the candidate for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat, says Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. [...]