Tuesday, April 23, 2024

RPK’s drastic weight loss sparks online chatter over fugitive blogger’s health

RPK’s drastic weight loss sparks online chatter over fugitive blogger’s health

IS Malaysia’s most famous mercenary blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) facing health issues? His drastic weight loss as seen in his recent videos have sparked speculations and concerns among some of his fans/followers.

In his recent videos, RPK’s cheeks have sunken considerably from about two months ago, while the veins around his neck and throat areas have become more pronounced.

This is unlikely the consequence of fasting during the recent holy month of Ramadan or even dieting or a slimming routine.

The 73-year-old who fled Malaysia in 2008 following to evade police arrest after two arrest warrants were issued against him for failing to show up for court proceedings over allegedly defamatory articles posted on his blog was also seen coughing considerably more in his videos.

Some have pointed out that RPK who now resides in Manchester, UK and is often seen sporting a bandana, cap or a fedora in his video postings on the YouTube channel, now occasionally wear thick clothing and scarves, purportedly to conceal his weight loss.

Reacting to RPK’s latest video posting entitled “Najib Razak: Mangsa atau Pemangsa?” (literally “Najib Razak: Victim or Predator”), YouTuber @darkrose9229 wondered if everything was fine with RPK while an observant @mnadzriaghani noted that RPK’s “nose has dropped a little”.

Elsewhere, @MadAriff007 and @KapalTerapong also spotted a decline in RPK’s health.

Fellow YouTuber @hasmalizahassan55 who noted that RPK “doesn’t look well” sought divine blessing for his health to improve while @aqayzm608 who felt that RPK has lost considerable weight would continue to remain healthy.

Two ‘female fans’ @zurina9512 and @mariayunan3031 also expressed concern over RPK who has seemingly aged in recent times yet is currently residing a far distance away from his homeland. However, they were both consoled by @yusrizayusof7099 who contended that “his wife and all his children are there while his late mother was originally from there, too”.

While RPK has not responded to any comments from his viewers about his sudden change in appearance, others have pointed out that he had taken an unusually long break between April 9 and 16 whereby he did not post any videos. The blogger is known to diligently post videos almost daily or on alternate days.

Coincidentally, FocusM covered RPK’s last video clip on April 9 before he took a break whereby the PAS-slant blogger urged non-Muslim citizens to accept Malaysia as an Islamic – as opposed to a secular – state to ensure that peace prevails in the country.

The one-time political activist with links to the Selangor royalty was previously a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim when the latter was in the opposition. Recall that RPK had spearheaded the Free Anwar Campaign (FAC) when Anwar was detained without trial following his sacking as Deputy Prime Minister.

But the two had a falling out over the years. Before fleeing the country, purportedly over “safety concerns”, RPK had also been a fierce government critic.

His Malaysia Today blog founded in 2004 continues to be widely followed, especially his video postings although some have questioned if he is a political mercenary and to a large extent, “an incurable habitual liar”. – April 23, 2024

Shafee: 1MDB charges against Najib 'all wrong'

Shafee: 1MDB charges against Najib 'all wrong'

Published: Apr 23, 2024 3:16 PM

1MDB TRIAL | The 25 1MDB criminal charges against Najib Abdul Razak are “all wrong”, the Kuala Lumpur High Court heard.

Najib’s lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah raised the contention during today’s RM2.27 billion 1MDB graft trial against the former prime minister, concerning four abuse of power charges and 21 money laundering counts.

The veteran legal practitioner was informing trial judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah about the defence team’s intent to attack the legality of the criminal charges during oral submissions to be scheduled near the end of the prosecution’s case.

The matter is currently on full trial since 2019, and the prosecution has yet to close the case against Najib. Only upon the prosecutors closing their case can the criminal court schedule the oral submission stage (which does not involve witness testimonies, with both prosecution and defence then summing up their arguments based on the evidence presented thus far).

“The subject matter on all the charges will be a huge part (of oral submissions), that the charges are all wrong,” Shafee said.

Double jeopardy

The lead defence counsel added that the criminal charges are defective as they involve the issue of duplicity and multiplicity.

Duplicity is when two or more offences are mentioned in a single charge. There is a legal prohibition against introducing more than one alleged offence in a single charge.

Multiplicity refers to when a single offence is charged in more than one count. The law forbids multiplicitous charges because they can result in an accused being punished more than once for the same offence, thus violating the principle of double jeopardy.

Double jeopardy refers to a situation where an accused is prosecuted more than once for the same alleged offence.

The trial before judge Sequerah continues today.

Najib is on trial for four counts of abuse of power and 21 counts of money laundering involving RM2.27 billion from 1MDB.

For the four abuse of power charges, the former Pekan MP is alleged to have committed the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd’s Jalan Raja Chulan branch in Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, between Feb 24, 2011, and Dec 19, 2014.

On the 21 money laundering counts, Najib is purported to have committed the offences at the same bank between March 22, 2013, and Aug 30, 2013.

1MDB is fully owned by the Minister of Finance Incorporated.

Najib was chairperson of 1MDB’s board of advisers.

Umno and Harapan will 'die together' in KKB - PAS Youth chief

Published: Apr 23, 2024 1:50 PM

PAS Youth has predicted that BN and Pakatan Harapan will “die together” in the upcoming Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election.

According to its chief, Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden, this is because Umno’s “power-abuse disease” has infected its coalition partner.

“Good governance has gone down the drain. This means the ‘disease’, which previously gripped Umno, is fast spreading to Harapan.

“And this is barely two years into administration. Looks like this time, Umno and Harapan can die together.

“Live together and die together - this is true unity,” the Alor Setar MP wrote on Facebook today, referring to Umno’s colossal loss in recent polls as the former ruling party’s “demise”.

Afnan (above) further urged Umno members unhappy with the party’s leadership to vote for the Perikatan Nasional candidate in the by-election to “teach them a lesson”.

“In this by-election, (if) Umno members want to stem the spread of the disease, they must look for the remedy, which is PN,” he added.

‘Umno abused power’

A total of 40,226 Kuala Kubu Baharu voters are eligible to cast their ballots on May 11 to elect a new representative for the state seat.

The seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Lee Kee Hiong last month.

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke said the party had shortlisted several names but not yet selected its candidate for the by-election.

Afnan also accused Umno of abusing its power when it administered the country.

He claimed the majority of civil servants who used to support Umno rejected the party in recent elections because it abused government agencies and machinery for its own gain, and disrespected the former.

“It was the price Umno had to pay for not respecting civil servants, and not differentiating between party and government affairs. This led to the destruction of the original functions of government agencies,” Afnan said.

Don’t add insult to injury, MCA tells DAP over KKB polls boycott


Don’t add insult to injury, MCA tells DAP over KKB polls boycott

23 Apr 2024, 03:52 PM

MCA president Wee Ka Siong rebuffs calls for his party to help campaign for DAP in the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong said DAP had also criticised his party in the past.

PETALING JAYA: MCA president Wee Ka Siong today asked why his party should help campaign for DAP in the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election next month when the DAP had bad-mouthed it.

In a video posted on Facebook, Wee pointed to recent remarks by DAP secretary-general Loke Siew Fook and asked: “After bashing and hurling insults at MCA, now you (DAP) are asking for our help in your campaign? Do you think we have no dignity or feelings?”

“When party members are hurt by the disrespectful words of DAP, do you think I should remain silent as MCA president? This is a matter of the dignity and integrity of my party.”

Wee’s video featured snippets from an episode of the Keluar Sekejap podcast where Loke expressed his dislike for MCA, labelling it as a “towkay” party that neglected the Chinese community’s interests.

Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, also said the MCA was not a “two-faced and hypocritical” party.

“MCA is a party that is about transparency. If the tables were turned, how would you react if such treatment was directed at your party? Let’s be honest with ourselves,” he said.

Wee also reminded MCA’s partners in Barisan Nasional (BN) of DAP’s previous criticism of the party where it had accused it of “colluding with thieves” and betraying the Chinese community.

“Moreover, MCA was once considered a traitor to the Chinese community for failing to get the Unified Examination Certificate recognised and abolishing the Bumiputera quota system.

“Now, the same party (DAP) is still hurling insults at MCA with all sorts of accusations. Should I (as party president) remain patient about this?” he asked.

Last Friday, MCA announced its decision to not campaign for any non-BN candidate. PH is still in talks over the selection of a candidate for the May 11 Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election.

The Selangor state assembly constituency has been represented by an ethnic Chinese assemblyman since 2004. The incumbent for the last three terms was Lee Kee Hiong of DAP, who died recently of cancer.

Two Navy helicopters crash during fly-over training at Lumut base, all crew members confirmed dead

Two Navy helicopters crash during fly-over training at Lumut base, all crew members confirmed dead

Rescue personnel working at the site of the crash. ― Picture via Facebook/Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2024 11:27 AM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Two military helicopters collided today during the Royal Malaysian Navy's (TLDM) rehearsal for its 90th anniversary celebration scheduled for May.

TLDM confirmed the incident in a brief statement, saying it happened at 9.32am during a fly-over exercise near TLDM's Lumut naval base.

"All victims were confirmed dead on site and the remains were sent to TLDM Military Hospital for identification process," it said.

"TLDM will form an investigation body to determine the cause of the incident.

Two military helicopters collided today during the Royal Malaysian Navy's (TLDM) rehearsal for its upcoming 90th anniversary celebration. ― Picture via Facebook/KPKT Malaysia

TLDM also confirmed that the collision involved an AgustaWestland AW139 maritime operation helicopter and its Eurocopter Fennec light-size counterpart.

A preliminary report previously said the two aircraft left Padang Sitiawan at approximately 9.03am before colliding, with the AW139 crashing onto the steps of the stadium of the Lumut base while the Fennec fell into the swimming pool of the base's sports complex.

TLDM also urged the public to refrain from sharing videos of the incident to protect the sensitivity of the families of the deceased, and to preserve the integrity of the investigation process.

This morning, videos shared online showed several helicopters flying low in a formation over the stadium, followed by one of the helicopters seen clipping the rear rotor of another helicopter, causing both to go into a tailspin and crash.

Rescue personnel are seen at the site of the crash. ― Picture via Facebook/Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia

Today's incident came after another incident involving the national security forces' helicopter, after a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) crashed into waters near Selangor's Pulau Angsa while conducting rescue drills last month.

The incident on March 5 took place around 9.55 am, and was reported to the authorities through a MERS 999 call by a fisherman who was in the vicinity where the helicopter made its emergency landing.

In February, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) also confirmed a light aircraft crash near Kapar, Selangor that killed two people including the pilot.

CAAM chief executive Captain Datuk Norazman Mahmud said the aircraft model BK 160 Gabriel with the registration number I-POOC and operated by Air Adventure Flying Club had departed from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang at 1:28pm for a recreational flight.

PM Anwar: Nation saddened, Malaysian Armed Forces deeply affected by Navy helicopters crash

Rescue personnel are seen at the site of the crash. ― Picture via Facebook/Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2024 2:04 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 ― The nation mourns the heart-wrenching tragedy involving the crash of two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) helicopters in Lumut, Perak this morning, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In a Facebook post, he said the tragedy had deeply affected the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) family and was a great loss for the country.

He also extended condolences to the families of those who perished and prayed for them to be given strength in facing the tragedy.

“I have been informed that an immediate investigation will be conducted by the Ministry of Defence, especially RMN, to determine the cause of the accident.

“Praying that the souls of all those who perished are showered with mercy and forgiven of all their sins. May God love them and grant them a special place and position by His side,” said Anwar.

RMN said all 10 personnel on board were killed after a Maritime Operations Helicopter (HOM-AW139) and a Fennec helicopter collided and crashed at 9.32am at the Lumut base.

It is learnt that the helicopters were making a fly-past when rehearsing for a parade to be held in conjunction with RMN’s 90th anniversary early next month. ― Bernama

Fahmi: Refrain from circulating clips of Navy helicopters' crash

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil has urged the public to refrain from circulating video clips of the two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) helicopters’ crash in Lumut, Perak this morning. ― Bernama pic

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2024 2:09 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 ― Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil advises media practitioners and the public against circulating video clips of the two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) helicopters’ crash in Lumut, Perak this morning.

“Videos depicting the moments of the incident should not be circulated. Let us show respect to the victims’ families and next of kin. Refrain from spreading it. I also urge media colleagues not to use those clips or footage,” he told reporters at Wisma Bernama today.

He made these comments after participating in the Let's Read Together for 10 Minutes@Bernama programme: Reading Preserves Unity, organised in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden to commemorate World Book and Copyright Day celebrated every April 23.

Fahmi also conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims who perished in the incident and deferred to the authorities to conduct a detailed investigation.

TLDM confirmed the deaths of 10 of its personnel in the 9.32am incident, which involved seven crew members of the Maritime Operations Helicopter (HOM-AW139) and three RMN Fennec crew members.

It is understood that the crash occurred during a fly-past rehearsal for the 90th RMN anniversary celebration scheduled for early next month. ― Bernama

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Don't weaponise the Indian community

TK Chua
Published: Apr 19, 2024 1:17 PM

LETTER | There was a university professor who became a politician and subsequently the deputy chief minister of Penang without going through the hard knocks of engaging in opposition politics.

After he was dropped in last year’s state election and since then he has not stopped venting his unhappiness towards DAP, his former party. Professor P Ramasamy, I think it is time for you to wake up to reality.

I must say you derived more gains than sacrifice. So for goodness sake, please stop weaponising the Indian community because of your personal dissatisfaction with DAP.

No community in Malaysia today is satisfied because our politics and governance are depraved. Whichever party or coalition emerges victorious or forms the government, we must learn to live with it.

What matters most is whether the government of the day can provide the right trajectory over the long term. Do we want a moderate government or a right-wing extremist government?

Say what you like, our country has been divided and dissected for far too long. It would probably take an equal amount of time to bring us together again.

The Madani government has its shortcomings and no one can dispute that. I think the present government is also aware of its own weaknesses. There are probably many things that the government would want to do differently but it is constrained by the political reality now besieging the country.

We have records of how the Indian community was marginalised since independence, essentially perpetrated and perpetuated by the same nationalist government. For a short while, it was ruled by another conservative government, which treated the Indians the same.

Many grievances

Now, we have the Madani government. For better or worse, it is a new government that is not even two years old. Suddenly, we have so many grievances that we want to “stab” this government and teach it a hard lesson.

Former Penang deputy chief minister P Ramasamy

It would be good if Professor Ramasamy could point out in what ways the Madani government has done less than the Perikatan Nasional and BN governments.

I sincerely hope there will be an objective evaluation of this and let us not continue using the Indian community to satisfy our agenda.

It does not make sense to me, Professor Ramasamy. Before this, you were a part of a multicultural DAP, and I believe you were happy to play your roles accordingly. Today you are the “champion for Indians”.

I think everyone, including Professor Ramasamy, can see what is behind the screen. Please, for the long-term good of this country, do not keep dividing us simply because you no longer have the favour of your party.

FAM, what happened to the World Cup tickets?

R Nadeswaran
Published: Apr 19, 2024

COMMENT | Football is the world’s most popular sport with billions of followers around the world and cricket is a poor second because of the large following in the Indian subcontinent and Commonwealth countries.

Whenever big tournaments are held, legions of followers and supporters from around the world descend to the venues to watch their favourite stars in action.

As demand always outstrips supply, organisers and governing bodies make efforts to ensure that the fans, even from the smallest and remotest countries get a chance at the tickets instead of paying large sums of money to scalpers.

The governing body for football, Fifa, allocates tickets to all its 211 affiliates for the World Cup, the last of which was held in Qatar two years ago.

These tickets are meant for sale to fans in their respective countries and the quantity varies depending on various factors, including if that country qualifies for the final rounds.

Malaysia was one of the recipients of tickets but local fans never saw any of these tickets.

Instead, they had bought them online or from friends in other countries who had bigger allocations or even on the lucrative black market.

Malaysia was allocated a minimum of 250 tickets but England, which had qualified, got a bigger allocation.

A Malaysian fan who had heard about this sent messages to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) requesting tickets but received no reply.

How the tickets allocated to the FAM meant for fans were distributed remains a mystery and no one wants to clarify.

For the past three months, I have been trying to get the FAM to explain how and to whom the tickets were sold.

It was a simple query to the FAM secretary Noor Azman Rahman: “I understand that it is a practice and policy of Fifa to allocate World Cup tickets to all its 211 affiliates and that includes the FAM.

“In this context, I would like to know how many tickets were allocated to FAM for the 2022 tournament in Qatar and if the tickets were made available to Malaysian football fans.

“If they were, I asked in a rejoinder, how was it carried out? Was there a public announcement, etc?”

Questions went unanswered

Despite several messages and reminders, Azman has not been forthcoming and has gone into silent mode despite initially saying he would respond.

The first message was on Jan 28 and the immediate response was: “Sure I will prepare the reply.”

That was the last I heard from him. Regular reminders were sent via WhatsApp with the last being on Monday, but no reply was forthcoming.

Malaysiakini has also reached out to FAM for comment but has yet to receive a response.

Why the fuss about a minimum of 250 tickets? It goes down to the core of integrity and honesty of those holding positions in sports governing bodies in every country.

In the book “Foul!”, renowned investigative journalist (the late) Andrew Jennings outlined how football officials were lining their pockets by re-selling the allocated tickets to selected travel agents.

In 2015, in what was then described as the biggest sports scandal, Swiss authorities arrested a string of officials on corruption charges in Zurich and opened criminal proceedings over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The Swiss authorities seized “electronic data and documents” in a raid on Fifa headquarters. Bank documents had earlier been collected from various Swiss financial institutions.

Arrests were made on behalf of US authorities, after an FBI investigation that had been underway for at least three years. The US Department of Justice charged 14 people including nine current or former Fifa executives.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the respective presidents of Fifa and UEFA, were hit with suspensions after a recommendation from world football's ethics committee. Also suspended was former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-joon.

Subsequent investigations resulted in the indictment of several officials - the most prominent of them being Jack Warner - who was president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and a Fifa executive committee member.

Jack Warner

Warner was said to have taken all tickets allocated to Concacaf and passed them to his son, who sold World Cup travel packages from the Caribbean.

Warner fought extradition but his two sons, who held dual citizenship were arrested in the US and entered a plea-bargaining arrangement and spilled the beans.

How are these events connected with FAM and local football?

Despite its enormous wealth, FAM is partly funded by the public. As recently as January, it received RM5 million as a grant from the government.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who announced the grant said “based on the request by the youth and sports minister, the government has agreed to add RM5 million to the FAM to manage the national football team.”

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim

I am not in the least suggesting any wrongdoing by the FAM or its officials but there is this onerous duty to account for all their actions or inaction.

Neither am I suggesting an operation a la Warner, whereby the tickets ended up with a travel agent or a crony to be part of tour packages.

After all, the FAM is not a family business where details are made available to selected members.

It is a public body entrusted with governing football in the country and it is the organisation’s duty and responsibility to at least explain the mystery of the missing tickets.

In the governance of sports, transparency has become important, and it is the most frequently cited principle in good governance codes for national and international sports organisations.

It ought to be used as the main tool for evaluating the governance of sports organisations by the Youth and Sports Ministry and other related bodies.

I am not asking for details of the salaries and allowances paid to FAM officials. All I want to know is what happened to the tickets meant for us.

R NADESWARAN is a veteran journalist who writes on bread-and-butter issues. Comments: citizen.nades22@gmail.com

Unity govt parties have ways to ensure win in KKB by-election, Zahid says

Unity govt parties have ways to ensure win in KKB by-election, Zahid says

Published: Apr 20, 2024 7:26 AM

Coalition government parties have their ways to ensure a win in the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election next month, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

The BN chairperson said this was discussed at the Unity Government secretariat meeting on Wednesday.

“...certainly each party within the coalition government has its methods to ensure the victory of our candidate,” the Umno president told reporters at the Bagan Datuk Parliamentary Aidilfitri Open House event last night.

Over 8,000 people attended the event.

He was responding to MCA’s statement that the party would not be campaigning in the by-election if the chosen candidate was not from BN.

MCA decided on this at the party’s political development committee at the party's headquarters yesterday.

MIC, another component party of BN, reportedly said it would not join the by-election campaign if the candidate was not from BN.

The Kuala Kubu Baharu seat became vacant following the demise of its incumbent, Lee Kee Hiong, from DAP, on March 21.

The Election Commission has set May 11 for polling, while nomination and early voting will be on April 27 and May 7 respectively.

- Bernama

Zafrul refuses to reveal factual errors in Zahid's affidavit

Zafrul refuses to reveal factual errors in Zahid's affidavit

Published: Apr 19, 2024 7:16 PM

Umno supreme council member Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz refused to reveal the factual errors in the affidavit submitted by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in support of Najib Abdul Razak’s house arrest.

He said his stance remains the same as his statement issued two days ago.

"As I mentioned in the press release two days ago, I have no further comment,” said the investment, trade and industry minister at the launch of the Multi-Code Electronics Industries (M) Berhad construction site in Serendah, Selangor, today.

He declined to comment further when asked if he would submit an additional affidavit.

On Wednesday, Zafrul said there were factual errors in Zahid's affidavit to support Najib’s attempt to have his remaining jail sentence served under house arrest.

In a statement uploaded to Facebook, he said he would obtain legal advice and write to the High Court to correct the errors.

However, he did not reveal what the errors in the affidavit were.

Earlier that day, Zahid in an affidavit backed Najib’s claim of a supplementary royal order concerning the latter’s house arrest.

Zahid claimed that on Jan 30, Zafrul had informed him of the addendum order dated Jan 29 during a meeting at his house at Country Heights.

Najib’s affidavit

On April 4, Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told the media that a “critical witness” was set to file an affidavit to support Najib’s judicial review seeking to serve house arrest for the remainder of his six-year jail sentence over the RM42 million SRC International corruption case.

Najib is seeking leave to commence the judicial review for implementation of an alleged addendum by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong linked to the partial pardon that halved his jail sentence to six years and discounted his fine from RM210 million to RM50 million.

According to Najib’s affidavit in support of his judicial review, the former Pekan MP claimed that the king’s main royal order allowing the partial pardon was accompanied by a supplementary royal order containing the house arrest provision.

The former Umno president seeking a court order to compel the home minister, the attorney-general, the Pardons Board, the federal government, and a few other respondents to confirm this alleged addendum in the partial pardon and to “forthwith remove the applicant from Kajang prison facility to his known residences in Kuala Lumpur, where the applicant would continue to serve his imprisonment sentence under house arrest”.

Najib also seeks a mandamus order to compel the respondents to provide the original version of the royal addendum, costs, and any other relief deemed fit by the court.

He claimed in his affidavit to support the judicial review that his rights had been adversely affected and infringed upon by the respondents in ignoring his inquiries over the alleged royal addendum.

The respondents’ disregard of his request constituted a direct intrusion of his basic rights under the Federal Constitution and also amounted to direct contempt of the Agong, he added.

Najib further alleged that the respondents are trying to conceal the existence of the alleged royal addendum.

S’gor PH to continue working with BN despite likely MCA, MIC polls snub



S’gor PH to continue working with BN despite likely MCA, MIC polls snub

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The coalition’s election director, Ng Sze Han, says Pakatan Harapan wants to maintain the momentum of the unity government in the state.

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Selangor PH respects the decision by MCA and MIC to possibly stay out of the Kuala Kubu Baharu polls, says election director Ng Sze Han. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Selangor Pakatan Harapan has vowed to continue working with the Barisan Nasional leadership in the run-up to the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election after two of the coalition’s component parties set conditions to help with the campaign.

“We want to maintain the momentum of the unity government in the state,” Selangor PH election director Ng Sze Han told FMT.

BN and PH formed the unity government in Selangor following the state election in August last year.

Earlier tonight, MCA said it will sit out the by-election campaign if the unity coalition did not field a BN candidate for the by-election on May 11.

MCA will join MIC on the sidelines, after MIC president SA Vigneswaran also said his party was not taking part in any way.

Selangor PH previously said it would field a candidate from DAP to defend the seat that fell vacant following the death of its assemblyman, Lee Kee Hiong, from cancer last month.

Ng said Selangor PH respected the decisions by MCA and MIC.

Meanwhile, Selangor DAP organising secretary Lau Weng San expressed hope that MCA and MIC supporters in Kuala Kubu Baharu will support the unity government on polling day to ensure that Selangor and the country continue to be administered by those who “care for peace and harmony”.

Nominations for the by-election will be held on April 27.

MCA to sit out by-election campaign if BN candidate not picked



MCA to sit out by-election campaign if BN candidate not picked

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The party says it will stay on the sidelines, like MIC, if the unity government selects someone from outside Barisan Nasional.

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MCA says its political development committee arrived at the unanimous decision at its meeting today.

PETALING JAYA: MCA said it will sit out the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election campaign if the unity coalition does not field a Barisan Nasional candidate.

It said its political development committee had made the call during a meeting earlier today.

Last month, BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it will give way to a DAP candidate to stand in the May 11 polls as it is the incumbent party.

“After a thorough deliberation, it is the unanimous decision of the committee that if the proposed candidate is not a member of any BN party, MCA will not participate in any campaign efforts,” the party said in a statement.

MCA will join MIC on the sidelines, after MIC president SA Vigneswaran also said his party was not taking part in any way.

The by-election is being held following the death of DAP’s Lee Kee Hiong on March 21 after a battle with cancer.