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Thursday, May 31, 2018

REALLY ANWAR? THE JEALOUSY STARTS TO SHOW: ACCUSED OF SECRET MEETING WITH ‘TAN SRI’ FROM NAJIB’S CAMP, ANWAR CLAIMS IT’S ‘UMNO 2.0’ DRIVING WEDGE BETWEEN HIM & MAHATHIR – BUT GIVES HIMSELF AWAY BY DEFENDING RAFIZI’S CLAIM IT WAS NOT ‘MAHATHIR FACTOR’ THAT WON GE14

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said claims he had a secret meeting with a “Tan Sri” representing former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak was aimed at driving a wedge between him and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohmad.
Anwar, in an interview with Astro Awani tonight, said there was no truth to the claim which he said may have come from his enemies.
“I do not know where this came from, perhaps from my enemies or people who want to cause a strain in the relationship between Mahathir and myself for their self-interest.
“I have been transparent. When Najib called me (on the night BN lost), I told the public. There was no secret (and also) when (Umno vice-president) Zahid called when it appeared BN was going to lose,” he said.
Anwar said all his meetings so far had been done openly.
“If there is a need to discuss, Najib can discuss (with me). But I have said that if he wants to discuss, he should discuss with Mahathir as he is the prime minister now,” he said.
“There is a small group that is trying to threaten our relationship (his and Mahathir’s) and are uncomfortable with the statements I make about corruption and integrity.
“Sometimes the Umno 2.0 elements seep in but I will not budge from my position of supporting Mahathir’s leadership to govern well and peacefully,” he said.
Anwar said he will continue to voice the views and aspirations of the people.

Anwar troubled by hostility for dissenting views in Harapan

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said he was worried at the hostile reaction towards dissenting views within Pakatan Harapan.
As an example, he pointed towards the reaction PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli got when organisation Invoke said Pakatan Harapan won not because of Dr Mahathir Mohamad but because of bread and butter issues.
Several Bersatu leaders had then criticised Rafizi for Invoke’s finding.
“I am worried by a number of responses that made it look like in our system, there cannot even be the slightest of differences. This is like the old system.
“What is wrong for youths to have some criticism? I too get criticised such as the issue of me riding in a (government) jet. If people ask, we respond. It is not a problem to me,” he said in an interview with Astro Awani tonight.
Anwar said he was not defending Rafizi but there must be room for dissenting views.
“People say I am defending (Rafizi) but that is not the case. There are some matters I agree with and there are others that I don’t.
“But to silence youths who are critical, that is a disease. If we want to foster a new line of leaders, we must give the space and latitude even if their views, to me, can be disconcerting.
“Let the youths air their views. We talk of a new, more open and democratic era, a transformation that inspires confidence but when different views are aired, it causes restlessness,” he said.
“If there are leaders who view (dissenting views) as such, they must be reminded (not to stifle dissenting views),” he said.
Anwar described Rafizi as “controversial” but said he had also worked hard for Harapan in the last general election.
“But if we feel that he is out of line, then we advise him to toe the line,” he said.
MKINI

IT’S DEJA-VU AGAIN – ANWAR STARTS TO PLAY THE RACE CARD: DON’T UPSET MALAYS WITH DEMANDS TO OPEN UP UiTM, PM-WANNABE TICKS OFF HINDRAF IN APPARENT SHIFT TO THE ULTRA MALAY RIGHT AS MAHATHIR BECOMES MORE MULTIRACIAL

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said Hindraf 2.0’s demands to open up Universiti Teknologi Mara (Uitm) to all races comes at a time when Malays are still wary of the new government thus creating a “negative perception”.
Anwar, in an interview with Astro Awani, said while he did not see Hindraf 2.0 airing its views as wrong, now was the time to build confidences while debates on such matters could happen later.
“I do not see it as wrong for anyone to air their views but in my opinion, it is too soon to make demands that would make it appear that under this new government, the Malay community has to concede all their past benefits.
“It gives a very negative perception. The Malays are worried, the government has only been formed so if we demand that they surrender, it is too soon.
“What is important now, for me, is to instil a strong confidence that we will defend the rights of all people without sacrificing bumiputera interests as enshrined in the federal constitution,” he said in the interview.
Hindraf 2.0 is led by P Uthayakumar, whose younger brother P Waythamoorthy is leading the Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (PHM).
Waythamoorthy had also urged to brother to adopt a less confrontational method.
Anwar said time was needed if such matters such as Uitm are to be debated.
“If we want to debate, give time (for) people to be confident so that we will not compromise on existing policies,” he said.
MKINI

Sabah Umno Wanita chief to join Warisan

Armani Mahiruddin, who is sister of the Sabah head of state, says more Umno members are likely to follow suit.
Sabah Umno Wanita chief Armani Mahiruddin says she is joining Warisan as an ordinary member and her only intention is to champion the people’s rights. (Bernama pic)
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno Wanita chief Armani Mahiruddin left the party on Tuesday and has now pledged her allegiance to Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal.
“I took the decision after realising that Umno has lost its direction.
“I will be submitting my membership application form to Shafie soon together with other former Umno members,” she said.
Armani, who is the younger sister of head of state Juhar Mahiruddin, said she and her supporters would join Warisan as regular members as their only intention was to join Shafie in championing the people’s rights.
She also claimed that this was just the first wave and believed more Umno members would follow suit.
“As for the other Umno Wanita members in other divisions, it is up to them to decide whether they want to stay in Umno or otherwise. They can go wherever they wish,” she said.
Meanwhile, Armani told FMT that former Umno members in Sabah should not be discouraged from joining Warisan despite objections from Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.
“We in Sabah are different. Yes, PH is here but Warisan is in control of the state government. And if Warisan says okay, why should anybody complain?” she said. -FMT

'Now the time to build confidence, not spook the Malays'


PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said Hindraf 2.0's demands to open up Universiti Teknologi Mara (Uitm) to all races comes at a time when Malays are still wary of the new government thus creating a "negative perception".
Anwar, in an interview with Astro Awani, said while he did not see Hindraf 2.0 airing its views as wrong, now was the time to build confidences while debates on such matters could happen later.
"I do not see it as wrong for anyone to air their views but in my opinion, it is too soon to make demands that would make it appear that under this new government, the Malay community has to concede all their past benefits.
"It gives a very negative perception. The Malays are worried, the government has only been formed so if we demand that they surrender, it is too soon.
"What is important now, for me, is to instil a strong confidence that we will defend the rights of all people without sacrificing bumiputera interests as enshrined in the federal constitution," he said in the interview.
Hindraf 2.0 is led by P Uthayakumar, whose younger brother P Waythamoorthy is leading the Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (PHM).
PHM is a strategic partner of Pakatan Harapan but Hindraf 2.0 is not officially linked to the coalition.

Waythamoorthy had also urged to brother to adopt a less confrontational method.
Anwar said time was needed if such matters such as Uitm are to be debated.
"If we want to debate, give time (for) people to be confident so that we will not compromise on existing policies," he said. -Mkini

Ma;aysia says settled 1MDB's bond coupon RM143m payment


Malaysia has paid a RM143.75 million bond coupon payment of troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that was due yesterday, the finance minister said.
"We have settled that [...] I have signed it very reluctantly, and the payment has been made," Lim Guan Eng (above) told reporters at press conference today.
The new Malaysian government that took charge this month has said that 1MDB is unable to repay its debts but the government would honour all commitments for the state fund. - Reuters

Sungai Besi toll reduced by up to half from tomorrow


Highway toll collection at the Sungai Besi toll plaza operated by the Plus Malaysia Berhad will be reduced between one to 50 percent effective tomorrow, said the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) today.
This comes as the toll concession period for two stretches of highway - namely the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway and the Salak Expressway - expires.
"With the end of the concession period for the particular stretches, toll payment for all entries and exits at the Sungai Besi toll plaza will be reduced by between 50 to one percent (or 40 sen to RM1.70) depending on the length of travel and vehicle class," MHA said in a statement.
However, road users must still pay the toll for the remaining stretches of the Plus Expressway, it said.
"Users who pass the Sungai Besi Toll plaza will still need to pay the toll for the Plus Expressway stretches according to the stretch that they use," it said.
MHA said the new toll rates could be obtained here or through the Plus mobile app.
"The end (of this concession) will benefit 130,000 vehicles that pass the toll plaza daily," it added. -Mkini

Anwar troubled by hostility for dissenting views in Harapan


PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said he was worried at the hostile reaction towards dissenting views within Pakatan Harapan.
As an example, he pointed towards the reaction PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli got when organisation Invoke said Pakatan Harapan won not because of Dr Mahathir Mohamad but because of bread and butter issues.
Several Bersatu leaders had then criticised Rafizi for Invoke's finding.
"I am worried by a number of responses that made it look like in our system, there cannot even be the slightest of differences. This is like the old system.
"What is wrong for youths to have some criticism? I too get criticised such as the issue of me riding in a (government) jet. If people ask, we respond. It is not a problem to me," he said in an interview with Astro Awani tonight.
Anwar said he was not defending Rafizi but there must be room for dissenting views.
"People say I am defending (Rafizi) but that is not the case. There are some matters I agree with and there are others that I don't.
"But to silence youths who are critical, that is a disease. If we want to foster a new line of leaders, we must give the space and latitude even if their views, to me, can be disconcerting.
"Let the youths air their views. We talk of a new, more open and democratic era, a transformation that inspires confidence but when different views are aired, it causes restlessness," he said.
Anwar said this sort of mindset had to be rectified.
"If there are leaders who view (dissenting views) as such, they must be reminded (not to stifle dissenting views)," he said.
Anwar described Rafizi as "controversial" but said he had also worked hard for Harapan in the last general election.
"But if we feel that he is out of line, then we advise him to toe the line," he said. -Mkini

Claims of meeting with Najib's man to drive wedge with Dr M - Anwar


PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said claims he had a secret meeting with a "Tan Sri" representing former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak was aimed at driving a wedge between him and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohmad.
Anwar, in an interview with Astro Awani tonight, said there was no truth to the claim which he said may have come from his enemies.
"I do not know where this came from, perhaps from my enemies or people who want to cause a strain in the relationship between Mahathir and myself for their self-interest.
"I have been transparent. When Najib called me (on the night BN lost), I told the public. There was no secret (and also) when (Umno vice-president) Zahid called when it appeared BN was going to lose," he said.
Anwar said all his meetings so far had been done openly.
"If there is a need to discuss, Najib can discuss (with me). But I have said that if he wants to discuss, he should discuss with Mahathir as he is the prime minister now," he said.
Anwar said the rumour should not be viewed seriously and speculated that it may have come from "Umno 2.0 elements".
"There is a small group that is trying to threaten our relationship (his and Mahathir's) and are uncomfortable with the statements I make about corruption and integrity.
"Sometimes the Umno 2.0 elements seep in but I will not budge from my position of supporting Mahathir's leadership to govern well and peacefully," he said.
Anwar said he will continue to voice the views and aspirations of the people. -Mkini

Muhyiddin rejects Jamal's plea for 'protection'


Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has rejected an appeal for "protection" from Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Yunos who went missing after promising to turn himself in to the police yesterday.
"What protection? He (Jamal) knows he has done something wrong and then he ran away," Muhyiddin told reporters after attending a Prisons Department breaking fast function at the Kajang Prison mosque tonight.
Muhyiddin said he has also asked Inspector-General of Police Fuzi Harun to track down Jamal who is being reportedly investigated for nine cases, including three of which he had been charged for last Friday at the Ampang Puteri Hospital.
In a statement earlier today, Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Fadzil Ahmat confirmed that police are in the process of placing Jamal on an immigration travel ban following rumours that he could have escaped to Indonesia.
"I am asking the IGP to hunt him down. We heard he is in Indonesia (so) we need to ask for cooperation from the police there to find him and bring him back," said Muhyiddin.
"Whatever the offence, I leave it up to the police to take appropriate actions under the law," he added.
After failing to show up at the Ampang Jaya district police station yesterday, Jamal released a video recorded in an oil palm estate and stated that he was concerned he would be arrested.
In the seven-minute clip, Jamal, who accused the current government of victimising him, declared that he was neither a criminal nor a terrorist, but was being treated as such.
Personal plea
The firebrand politician also made a personal plea to Muhyiddin for a guarantee that he would not be victimised further.
"I beg the Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to give me a guarantee that as a politician, as an activist, I will not be mistreated or victimised," said Jamal.
He also claimed that the MACC and police, under pressure by the new Pakatan Harapan government, had raided his home, his mother's home, his office, and other locations linked to him.
On May 25, Jamal went missing for the first time after being charged at the Ampang Puteri Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, with regard to a protest where he smashed beer bottles in front of the state secretariat building in Shah Alam.
His bail was being processed when he absconded.
The following day, he released an audio recording claiming that it was a misunderstanding. -Mkini

Four districts in Sabah hit by floods

a city street at night: The affected areas are Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Tuaran, and Papar. (pic courtesy of NSTP Reader)© Provided by Media Prima The affected areas are Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Tuaran, and Papar. (pic courtesy of NSTP Reader)
KOTA KINABALU: Several districts in Sabah are flooded, following continuous downpour that started this afternoon.
The affected areas are Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Tuaran, and Papar.
As at 7pm, Sabah Fire and Rescue Department has received 50 calls regarding flooding in the four districts.
“At the moment, firefighters are monitoring the flooded locations.
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"There is a possibility of evacuation process to be carried out but we have yet to receive reports from our personnel on the ground,” said the department's spokesperson.
In Penampang, traffic came to a standstill as Sungai Moyog broke its bank, inundating low lying areas and causing several stretches of roads to be impassable.
Heavy rain upriver also caused the river to swell late in the afternoon, catching many residents by surprise as the water level rose drastically between 4pm and 5pm.
A spokesman for the state Water Department said the level at Sungai Moyog was below the 4m mark at 4pm but breached the 7m mark within an hour.
At about 8pm, the level was recorded at 9m, the spokesman said.
A district Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said efforts are on going to reach several villages where calls have been made, requesting for assistance.
“Several stretches are no longer passable for most vehicles so we have dispatched our trucks and boats to reach the low lying villages,” he said.
“Among the affected areas are in Dungkahang, Kolopis, Kibabaig, Tanaki, Tuavon, Kasigui, Penampang Proper, Dabak and Inobong. These are among the areas badly affected.”
Sabah Civil Defence Department spokesperson said the department had also received calls about uprooted trees in Putatan, Kolombong, Manggatal, Inanam and Telupid.
Works to clear the roads were being carried out.
Meanwhile, state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew said the flash floods have created much disruption and inconvenience to the people.
“I hope the relevant authorities will quickly put in place an irrigation plan to divert the flood water quickly to minimise the situation.” she said.

Home minister orders police to hunt down Jamal

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrives for the ‘Program Penerapan Nilai-Nilai Murni’ at the Kajang Prison As-Saadah Mosque in Kajang May 31, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa© Provided by Malay Mail Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrives for the ‘Program Penerapan Nilai-Nilai Murni’ at the Kajang Prison As-Saadah Mosque in Kajang May 31, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KAJANG, May 31 — Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today said he had ordered police to seek the assistance of their Indonesian counterparts to locate and bring back fugitive Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also PPBM president, said he had ordered the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to step up efforts in locating Jamal both locally and abroad.
“I understand he is apparently in Indonesia.
“We will ask for the cooperation from the local police there to locate him and bring him back here,” he said after attending a breaking fast event at the Kajang Prison As-Saadah Mosque this evening.
Muhyiddin said should Jamal have committed any wrongdoing, he would leave it up to the police to take the appropriate action in line with existing laws.
This comes after reports claimed the Sungai Besar Umno division leader had fled to Indonesia, a day after posting a video of himself in a palm oil plantation, alleging that he was victimised by authorities.
In the video, Jamal also pleaded for help and protection from Muhyiddin.
“(You) Want (me) to protect what?” questioned Muhyiddin.
“He knows he did wrong, and then he runs away.”
Jamal was said to have escaped from police custody while he was being charged at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital last Friday.
He later claimed he had not fled and had instead gone to withdraw cash to settle his bail.
Yesterday, Jamal was expected to appear at the Ampang Jaya district police headquarters to explain his predicament but failed to show up.