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Pribumi Cannot Lead Government Like UMNO, Says Annuar
JERLUN – Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidential candidate Tan Sri Annuar Musa said it has not crossed his mind to withdraw from the race.
While he has yet to receive the inspiration to withdraw, Annuar who is also UMNO Information chief said on the contrary many parties were urging him to continue the contest for the post.
“I do not want to make the FAM president fight as the ultimate goal, I am thinking more of the people and the government’s victory in the 14th general
election,” he said after attending the simultaneous opening of Kedah UMNO branch meeting here today.
The March 25 FAM presidential election will be a straight fight between the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and Annuar.
The UMNO leader said he did not want to carry out any politicking nor campaign to win votes as he was confident the affliate members had already made up their minds on whom to choose.
“What is important is that national football has to improve, it does not matter if I win or not,” he said.
Commenting on the action of some parties disputing his competency as FAM president, Annuar said he was prepared to accept any criticisms and views thrown at him with an open heart.
“I should be challenged because as a candidate if I am not challenged, it means I am perfect, similarly people who disputed my candidacy should also be ready to accept my criticism, but we will be courteous,” he said. – BERNAMA
ARAU – The government should withdraw all subsidies when crude oil prices fall below USD40 per barrel, said UMNO information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
He said the fall in oil prices has a significant impact on the country’s revenue which is used to finance part of the subsidies for welfare of the people.
“The ability of the government to maintain the subsidies is due to prudent management on the nation’s finances despite having to withdraw some of the subsidies in stages.”
Annuar said this when replying to a question posed by a Perlis Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) students as part of his tour programme to brief the people on current issues. – BERNAMA
ALOR SETAR – UMNO has always taken a polite approach when dealing with ‘old friends’ who used to be in the same party, considering that political issue is not about personality per se.
UMNO information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the party, therefore, did not necessarily be apologetic in issues involving sentiments on personalities instead the party would be using a non-aggressive approach without slandering and demonising the opponents.
Using former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad as an example, Annuar said the public know his strengths and contributions when he was in the government for 22 years, but, he said, Tun Dr Mahathir (Tun M) now is not the same person as before.
“Tun M who shared the stage with DAP is a different person. Tun M now is pro DAP. He could not control the DAP, but DAP has managed to change his stance,” he said this during UMNO information tour here today.
Annuar who is also the Member of Parliament for Ketereh said he practiced open door in politics by allowing opposition leaders to enter his constituency to campaign.
“Three days ago I met Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) in Parliament and he apologised to me for entering my constituency. And I said okay, no problem.
“Today and tomorrow I will be in Jerlun for the tour. We know Jerlun is Mukhriz’s (PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir) constituency.
“I believe if they (Mukhriz and Tun M) are still in UMNO, they will also support Act 355 but now that they are pro DAP, they have to be sensitive towards DAP,” he said. – BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: The stage is set for a head-on clash between Johor Tunku Mahkota Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidency.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin confirmed the national body has received the nomination acceptance forms from both candidates.
Speaking at a press conference at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya Monday, Hamidin said the two other candidates – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and FAM Integrity Committee chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat – have withdrawn from the elections.
Annuar, who is Umno information chief, was former deputy FAM president.
The FAM Congress will be held on March 25 to select a new leadership line-up for the national football body.
KAJANG – The issue of recognition for the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) must be resolved amicably and not allowed to create racial conflict.
UMNO Information Chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said interested parties must work together to resolve the issue and the public should not circulate negative perceptions if they do not have accurate information.
He said the racial and religious differences in this country should be a source of strength to the people, but a negative attitude would be a stumbling block.
“In our country, having a negative attitude would be a stumbling block. Racial and religious differences should be our strength. So I do not think what the Dong Zong Association is doing (to gain recognition for the UEC) is an obstacle,” he said in a press conference here today.
Earlier, Annuar met representatives of the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) here today to discuss the issue of Chinese school education, including the UEC.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently asked the Education Ministry to conduct an in-depth study and submit their recommendations on the UEC which was not recognised at the national level.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Dong Zong, Datuk Lau Lee Ming said he hoped the government would recognise the UEC certificate to be on par with the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) to enable students to pursue higher studies in public universities.
Lau also urged that Chinese private school students be allowed to sit for the Bahasa Melayu only in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and not have to take all the papers.
The UEC is a private examination conducted by the Dong Zong in 60 Chinese secondary schools throughout the country.- BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Annuar Musa will be contesting for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidency.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the Umno information chief and Ketereh MP confirmed that he had accepted the nomination to contest the post.
“I am the first to accept the nomination. In the spirit of sportsmanship … and for the love of the sport,” he said, in a post accompanied by a photograph of him handing a form over to FAM secretary-general Hamidin Mohd Amin and another of the latter scrutinising the form.
Besides Annuar – who is a former deputy FAM president – Johor Darul Ta’zim football club owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and FAM integrity committee chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat have been nominated for the top FAM post.
Nominations for the FAM presidency will close on Feb 13 and affiliated bodies will cast their votes on March 25.
Earlier on Monday, Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar gave his blessing for his son Tunku Ismail to contest the post.
PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Annuar Musa spent four hours at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as investigators questioned the suspended Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) chairman over allegations of abuse of power and misappropriation of funds.
Annuar, who is also Ketereh MP, was all smiles when he emerged from the MACC headquarters at 1pm where a media scrum had waited for him since 8am.
“I came here as I felt dutybound and I gave assistance, to the best of my abilities, to the MACC.
“Whatever they had to ask, I answered them. So it’s now up to them if they find a case or not,” said Annuar.
He said the questions revolved around Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) spending.
When asked if he could be called up again by the MACC, Annuar, who was former Kafa chairman, said it was possible and he was ready to cooperate.
“I am ready anytime, if they need to question me further,” he said.
The Umno information chief, however, said there was no rush to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Umno president, over his party position.
“This has got nothing to do with the PM or the party. This is my case with the MACC, so let me manage this myself,” he said.
He also said the case would not affect his bid for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidency, as it is still at the investigation stage.
“There are several criteria that disqualify you from contesting the FAM presidency, including bankruptcy. Being investigated by MACC, however, is not one of them,” he added.
Mara announced the immediate suspension of Annuar as chairman of Mara and its subsidiary Pelaburan Mara Bhd (PMB) on Tuesday.
The unanimous decision was made at a special meeting of the Mara Council.
Council member Datuk Dr Yusof Yakob, who chaired the meeting, said Annuar’s temporary removal would remain in effect pending the findings of an internal audit.
The MACC also announced that it would call Annuar to record his statement.
On Tuesday, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was informed that the Mara Council held a special meeting to pave the way for an internal audit into the Kafa sponsorship as well as other issues that have been going viral on social media.
PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who is alleged to have abused power in Mara, should be given the opportunity to clear his name.
“He is willing to be investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, so give him a chance to clear his name.
“We cannot make assumptions – due process must take place,” he said after visiting the flood relief centre at Institut Kemahiran Bina Negara (IKBN) Paloh Hinai here yesterday.
Najib also said Annuar remained as Umno Information chief for now.
Annuar was advised to go on “temporary leave” to facilitate internal investigations over Mara’s sponsorships of the Kelantan Football Association (Kafa).
Mara had announced the immediate suspension of Annuar as chairman of the agency and Pelaburan Mara Bhd (PMB) on Monday.
The unanimous decision was made at a special meeting of the Mara Council. Council member Datuk Dr Yusof Yakob, who chaired the meeting, said Annuar’s temporary removal will remain in effect pending findings of the probe.
Annuar is expected to return home from New Zealand today.
JELI – The suspension of Tan Sri Annuar Musa as chairman of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) and chairman of Pelaburan Mara Berhad (PMB) and the probe against him, do not affect Kelantan UMNO.
In fact, Kelantan UMNO liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed praised Annuar, who is also UMNO information chief and Ketereh UMNO division chief, for abiding by the decision of the Mara Council special meeting yesterday.
“The suspension of Tan Sri Annuar Musa has no relation to UMNO. It does not effect Kelantan UMNO and will not be discussed in its monthly meeting,” he told reporters after a Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju) event at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) here, today.
The Mara Council special meeting yesterday suspended Annuar as chairman of Mara and chairman of PMB, with immediate effect.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is probing Annuar for alleged corruption and abuse of power in relation to sponsorship of the Kelantan football team. – BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he was in the dark over a special meeting which suspended him from his posts as chairman of Mara and its subsidiary Pelaburan Mara Bhd (PMB).
“I had no idea about this meeting and I was also not informed of the issues surrounding my suspension.
“I was also never asked to explain myself before the Mara council or the minister in charge,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
Earlier, Mara (Majlis Amanah Rakyat) council member Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob said Annuar was suspended and asked to go on leave while an internal audit is conducted into allegations over the sponsorship of the Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) by two Mara subsidiaries.
However, according to Annuar, who is in New Zealand on official Mara duty, the meeting was initially scheduled to be held on Feb 14.
He said he was planning to discuss with the board the issues involving him.
“But it looks like the minister has given his consent to have the meeting earlier without my presence.
“As a civil servant, I accept any decision with an open heart and will take full responsibility. I will hold on to the principles of integrity and trust,” he said.
Annuar also said that following the suspension, he will cancel his remaining programmes in New Zealand before returning to Malaysia on Thursday.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, whose ministry oversees Mara, could not be reached for comment.
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