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. [...]
Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will keep his Kimanis parliamentry seat. — Bernama file pic
KOTA KINABALU, Nov 19 — The Election Court here today struck out an election petition filed by Parti Warisan Sabah’s candidate for the Kimanis parliamentary seat in the 14th general election, Datuk Karim Bujang, to challenge the victory of former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.Justice Supang Lian struck out the suit by Karim after allowing Anifah’s application, filed last August 24, to strike out Karim’s election petition on seven grounds under the Election Petition Rules 1954 and the Election Offences Act 1954 that Karim failed to comply with.Karim was also ordered to pay RM30,000 in costs to Anifah and RM5,000 in cost for the returning officer and the Election Commission.Anifah was represented by counsel Ansari Abdullah, Tengku Ahmad Fuad Tengku Ahmad and Rizwandean Bukhari M. Borhan, while counsels Rebecca Thong, Tiong Jia Yi, Song Wei Wan and Chua Kuan E acted for Karim.Both the returning officer and the EC were represented by counsels Muammar Julkarnain, Abdul Fikry Jaafar Abdullah and Faizal Sarbi. Anifah won the Kimanis Parliament constituency with 156 vote-majority in the three-cornered fight, securing 11,942 votes against Karim and Parti Harapan’s Jaafar Ismail, who garnered 11,786 votes and 1,300 votes respectively. — Bernama [...]
KOTA KINABALU (Nov 19): The Election Court here today struck out an election petition filed by Parti Warisan Sabah’s candidate for the Kimanis parliamentary seat... [...]
Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has held the seat since 2004. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
KUANTAN, Nov 17 — Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has pledged to defend the Rantau state seat in the by-election which will be held soon.Mohamad who has been standing in the seat since 2004, added that he was prepared to face former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli who was among the names being considered by Pakatan Harapan to contest in the by-election.“It is up to them to nominate their candidate...I am prepared to face anybody.“Of course I will be going all out (in Rantau by-election),” he told reporters after a meeting between UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Pahang Umno at Pahang Foundation Complex here today.Also present was Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail who is Pahang Umno liaison committee chairman.The Rantau by-election is scheduled to be held after the Seremban High Court yesterday nullified Mohamad’s unopposed victory.Judge Datuk Azimah Omar made the decision after the PKR candidate for the state seat, Dr S. Streram filed a petition to challenge the win by Mohamad who was the former Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan on May 23.PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the party’s 13th Congress today confirmed Rafizi’s name was raised as a possible candidate for the Rantau by-election.However, he added that the decision on PH’s candidate from PKR for the by-election was still at discussion stage. — Bernama [...]
SIBU: By winning 324 votes, George Chen has successfully defended the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) branch leader seat this PKR election.
Chen managed to beat his competitor Joseph Jana who had won 297 votes.
For Kanowit’s deputy chairman post, it was held on by Thomas Laja with 328 votes against Tadomng Tambi’s 279 votes.
Vice-chancellor seat was given to Anchom with 329 votes, a landslide win from his rival Mampi Usop’s 53 votes.
For the party’s deputy president seat, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali won 257 votes while Rafizi Ramli was close behind at 242 votes. [...]
KOTA KINABALU, Nov 9 — The Pensiangan parliamentary seat remained under Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) after the Election Court here today dismissed an election petition filed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate in the 14th general election Raymond Ahuar.Judge Ravinthran Paramaguru, in dismissing the petition, also ordered Raymond to pay cost of RM15,000 to Arthur Kurup, who won n the seat in the last general election.Raymond, represented by lawyers Datuk Alex Decena and Faezah Abby Ibnu, filed the petition last June 18 on the grounds of money politics.Raymond, who obtained 9,469 votes in the last general election lost in the contest for the Pensiangan parliament seat to Arthur, who won with a majority of 2,314 votes. — Bernama [...]
Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said he would not vacate his Jeli parliamentary seat despite being pressured to so after leaving Umno. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has reiterated that he will not vacate his Jeli parliamentary seat even though he has been pressured to so after leaving Umno on Sept 18.The former Kelantan Umno chief said he would continue to serve as an Independent MP and fight for the people, especially his constituents.“I thank the people of Jeli for welcoming my migration to be an independent MP. Insya Allah (God willing) I can continue to champion their welfare. I will not step down (as MP for Jeli) as demanded by some. I will fight for the people inside and outside the Dewan Rakyat,” he said as he started to debate the motion on the 11th Malaysia Plan Mid-term Review in the Dewan Rakyat today.Mustapa, who had been with Umno for more than 40 years, quit Umno on Sept 18 citing the party’s direction was no longer in line with his principles.Meanwhile, R.S.N Rayer (Pakatan Harapan (PH)-Jelutong) interrupted him on his brave stand and invited the former Minister of International Trade and Industry to join PH.However, Mustapa replied that he had yet to decide on the matter. — Bernama [...]
KOTA KINABALU (Oct 15): The Sipitang Parliamentary seat remains under UMNO, while the Kundasang and Sook State seats will remain with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)... [...]
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail celebrate in Port Dickson after the Port Dickson by-election October 13, 2018. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was officially sworn in today as the Port Dickson MP at the second meeting of the first session of the 14th Parliament.His swearing-in ceremony was the first agenda in the Dewan Rakyat and was witnessed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and MPs from both divides.The inauguration comes two days after he won the Port Dickson by-election by a landslide majority.The incoming PKR president was previously elected as the Permatang Pauh MP from 1982 to 1999, and 2008 to 2015, and had last participated in a parliamentary debate on Budget 2015 before he was imprisoned on February 10, 2015.MORE TO COME [...]