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JOHOR BAHRU – Johor Barisan Nasional (BN) will focus its efforts to recapture seats lost to the opposition in the last 13th General Election (GE13).

Johor BN chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said BN would ensure victory, despite the opposition’s confidence of capturing 5 parliamentary seats in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).

“Ask the opposition to specify which areas (15 seats) that they want to capture in Johor,” he told reporters after launching the Mega Sale ‘Muafakat Johor’ Carnival 2017 at Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium, here today.

The Johor Menteri Besar was commenting on a statement by Pakatan Harapan that expressed confident to capture 15 seats in the state in GE14 after a special meeting of the Pakatan Harapan Johor yesterday.

In the GE13, Johor BN won 21 of 26 parliamentary seats.

The five opposition seats are Kulai, Gelang Patah, Kluang, Batu Pahat and Bakri and Pagoh.

On the Mega Sale Carnival, Mohamed Khaled said the carnival would be expanded to Iskandar Malaysia as it would help the people in the face of rising prices of daily necessities at the moment.


GUA MUSANG – Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the Barisan Nasional (BN) needs to plan a strategy to win more seats in Kelantan in the 14th general election (GE14).

“BN s best chance to wrest Kelantan from PAS since 1990 is during the next general election (GE14),” he told reporters here, yesterday.

In the 13th general election, PAS won 32 state seats, BN won 12 seats while Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) won one seat.

Razaleigh said the Kelantan people were aware of weaknesses of the PAS state government and want a change.

He also supported the Orang Asli in Gua Musang for defending their land against excessive land clearing by greedy loggers.


KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday the Barisan Nasional has never deceived the people in providing development projects for the benefit of all the communities in the country.

The Prime Minister said the government always had in mind the rights and needs of the people without distinguishing them in terms of background, and this principle and practice were always upheld by the BN.

“This is in line with the slogan that I used when I took over the leadership and administration in 2009,’ he said, alluding to the ‘People First: Performance Now’ slogan.

“As such, none of the people will be neglected or overlooked because we are realistic and understand how to govern the country, he said when performing the ground-breaking for the Bandaraya @ Sungai Udang Apartments in Segambut.

Also present were Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.

The prime minister said the concept of overall inclusiveness practised today had enabled the government to reach out to the people in both urban and rural areas, hence ensuring that no one would be left behind from the country s development.

Najib stressed that the government had also been practising intervention policy to enable the people to enjoy people economy initiatives, such as from housing projects, the 1Malaysia People s Aid (BR1M), public transportation, and small-and medium-scale entrepreneurs aid.

When the concepts were put into practice, it enables the country s economy to move forward with a healthy and positive growth rate, he explained.

This, he said, would inadvertently enable capital economy development projects to be planned and executed.

Projects such as the MRT, High Speed Rail, Pan Borneo Highway and Pengerang are deemed major and iconic projects, specifically to benefit the people, said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.

Najib said when the “capital economy and people economy” were combined, the people would realise that the government truly understood and knew what needed to be done for the prosperity of the nation and the wellbeing of the people.

Now, he said it was up to the people to judge for themselves the level of the government s success in championing their rights or whether to remain influenced by the sentiments bandied about by the opposition.

The Bandaraya @ Sungai Udang Apartments project, which is expected to be completed in December 2019, will see the construction of two 32-storey blocks, and one 34-storey block offering a total of 1,251 apartment units on a 2.2 hectare site in Segambut.


ALOR SETAR – The Office of the Kedah Menteri Besar today denied having issued
a list of Barisan Nasional candidates for the next general election, as alleged
in a recent WhatsApp message that has gone viral.

Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin, political secretary to the Kedah Menteri
Besar, said the WhatsApp message was “an immature gesture” by certain quarters
to create sensation and cause confusion in Kedah politics.

He said in a statement that the BN had proper systems and procedures in
place and would not use WhatsApp in matters of great importance such as
announcing the list of electoral candidates.

The viral WhatsApp message had carried what it claimed to be a preliminary
list of Kedah BN candidates for the 15 parliamentary and 36 state seats in the
14th General Election, due by June next year.

LUNDU – Barisan Nasional’s dominance in the Tanjong Datu state by-election’s campaign has given early signs that the two opposition candidates will lose their deposit money, according to political analysts.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) senior lecturer, Associate Professor Dr Jeniri Amir said this was because the opposition votes would be split, hence causing the two opposition candidates to lose their deposit money.

BN’s candidate Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, the widow of the late Chief Minister of Sarawak Tan Sri Adenan Satem, is being challenged by New Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak’s (PBDS) candidate Raphaelson Richard Hamit and the Sarawak Reform Party’s (Star) Johnny Aput. – Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has tendered his resignation to Selangor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar.

Jamal, who is currently Sungai Besar Umno chief, handed over the letter to Noh at his office in Putrajaya on Wednesday.

In a message in a WhatsApp group, Jamal explained that the resignation was specifically from his posts as Sungai Besar Umno chief as well as Sungai Besar Barisan Nasional chairman.

In the letter addressed to Noh, Jamal said his arrest and detention last week had tarnished Umno’s image.

“As you are aware, I have been arrested by the police as I was suspected to have committed robbery under section 395 of the Penal Code. As a result, I was remanded for five days and was detained at the Shah Alam police headquarters.

“This, I believe, has tarnished the name of the party and its leadership, especially in Selangor.

“As someone who loves the party, I take full responsibility over my actions and would like to resign from my posts. I will adhere to any decision made by the party,” he said in the letter dated Feb 7.

He then shared several photos of him speaking to Noh in Putrajaya, however, did not divulge details of their conversation.

Jamal was arrested with nine of his friends on Feb 2 for trespassing into gambling dens around Selangor.

Following his release on Monday, Jamal announced his intention to resign from Umno, stressing that it was for the sake of the party.

Hundreds of his supporters however turned up at his home on Tuesday, urging him to not give up his posts.



KUALA LUMPUR: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos wants to resign from his posts in Umno and Barisan Nasional to uphold the honour of his party.

According to Jamal, this is to ensure that he does not tarnish the reputation of his party.

In a press conference at his home in Ampang Tuesday, Jamal said he will submit his resignation on Wednesday.

In a video posted on his Facebook Monday, Jamal said he would step down from his position as Sungai Besar Umno division chief and focus on running an “illegal gambling den”.

“I will be submitting my (resignation) letter to Selangor Umno liaison committee chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar.

“Whatever his decision may be, I will accept it,” he said to cries of his supporters who insisted that he should not resign.

“I am a man who loves my party dearly, both Umno and Barisan. I do not want the names of these parties to be affected by my activities as an NGO leader.

“I know my actions may not be legally right, but I was doing my part for the people of Selangor. I do not want my friends and family to be subjected to ‘gambling addiction’.

“As for my NGO posts, I do not think there is any conflict. However, if the members feel I should step down, I do not mind doing so,” he said.

On his statement about wanting to open his own gambling den, Jamal said he was merely being cynical.

“I wanted to see how easy it is to get a licence to run a gambling den.

“From what I understand, in the last five days since I was arrested, 28 licences have been given out by the local council for such premises.

“The sad thing is, it’s not even in the jurisdiction of the police to catch these people, because they are licensed,” he said.

Busloads of his supporters at his house shed tears at Jamal’s announcement of his intention to resign.

Last Thursday, police arrested Jamal in connection with a theft at an entertainment outlet in Ampang while nine of his friends were nabbed the night before.

He was released Monday after being remanded for five days to assist police in their investigations.

His nine friends were also released.


KOTA KINABALU – The Barisan Nasional (BN) is a political party that can endure in the modern age of democracy, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.

He said no other party could match BN’s performance all these years having started out as Parti Perikatan (The Alliance) and later changed its name to what it is known today.

“Even though we have had our share of challenges and difficulties since the days of our inception, we have always remained resilient.

“That resilience is because we are committed to the whole concept of power sharing between the various component parties in BN, even to the extent that small parties in BN have the same rights as the big parties,” he said when opening the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) 27th General Assembly here.

Najib said as BN Chairman, he was committed in ensuring the concept of power sharing continued to be the guiding princple in the coalition.

He also said BN would continue to act on the principle of ‘wasatiyyah’ or moderation, in which the party would avoid acting too extreme that it would necessitate compulsion on the people to accept the party, nor be too liberal that it loses its moral values.

“We must stay on the middle path and being on the middle path doesn’t mean that we subscribe to mediocrity. Being moderate means to strive for excellence,” he explained.

In considering integration as a Malaysian way of life as prescribed by the nation’s forefathers, Najib urged Malaysians to come together as when the whole nation were in unison cheering for national badminton hero Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s quest for gold in the recent Olympic Games.

“We must create more moments of unity so that Malaysia becomes a country that is predicated on the strong sense of unity and patriotism.

“As we move forward as a country, we (will) gain recognition, we gain respect because we are a successful country,” he said.

Meanwhile, Najib reminded the people not to be influenced by the opposition’s attempt to confuse them on the BN government’s efforts to boost the country’s economy such as bringing in foreign investments.

“They (opposition) are not concerned about facts, but rather on how to demonise the government.

“And now, a 92-year-old man is making a ‘U-turn’. He is reversing everything he said in the past to confuse the people,” he said, adding that the opposition’s attempt was an act of political ‘psywar’ (psychological warfare).

For that reason, Najib said it was important for BN to explain to the people of the opposition’s ‘political game’ and convince the people that the government was all out to bring political stability to the country.

“A country cannot progress unless it has political stability and that (political stability) is the backbone of our success in the past and in the future.

“If there is no political stability, you can forget about your dreams, you can forget about the future,” he said.

Najib also said BN has evolved into a political institution that has proven to deliver real results for the people.

“They (opposition) can say what they like, but we (BN) can deliver.

“We must work for the people because at the end of the day, the people will support us,” he said.

Najib said BN component parties should not be disheartened by the opposition’s political tactics of swaying the people’s confidence towards BN, but instead, BN leaders should become responsible leaders and stay focused on how to bring change for the betterment of the people.


PUTRAJAYA – Barisan Nasional (BN) does not agree with 30 per cent of the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries by the Election Commission, said BN Secretary-General Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

Tengku Adnan, who is also UMNO Secretary-General, said among the factors were voter-distribution that was too race-based, distance of the electoral boundaries that were way too far as well as polling centres removed from parliamentary constituencies.

He gave as an example the proposed redelineation exercise in Sabah which had caused much dissatisfaction among BN component parties as the proposed 10 new seats were only represented by certain races.

He said all BN component parties’ secretary-general had submitted their respective feedback on the proposed redelineation exercise to him.

“I’ve given my views and advice on what they need to do regarding the matter,” the Federal Territories Minister told reporters when met after opening a food and beverages kiosk at Precint 9, here, Tuesday.

He said letters had also been sent out to all state BN chairmen to remind them that UMNO and BN headquarters could not directly convey their objections to the EC, as this could only be done by the state governments, local authorities, or via petitions by at least 100 voters in the affected areas.

As for states which are not under BN, Tengku Adnan said he had suggested the state BN chairman gather 100 voters from each affected area who are against the proposed redelineation to sign petitions and present them to the EC.

Prior to this, EC secretary-general Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh had announced a redelineation exercise for parliamentary and state seats in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

He said the exercise was being done according to Clause (2) Article 113 of the Federal Constitution and the Clause (2) Article 14 of the Sabah State Constitution.

All parties have been given until this Friday to submit their feedback or objections.



KUALA LUMPUR – MCA is confident that Barisan Nasional will be able to come out with a collective decision before the closing date to file objections on the Election Commission’s (EC) proposed redelineation exercise.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the party had raised its concerns to BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor during a BN committee meeting to discuss the issue yesterday.

Tengku Adnan is the chairman of the committee formed to iron out issues raised by several BN component parties regarding the exercise.

He added MCA had prepared detailed information on its objections and recommendations which was tabled in the meeting.

“Of course, any action that has to be taken must be done before Oct 14,” he said.

“MCA as one of the major parties in BN must take the proactive approach in bringing forward our recommendations,” he told reporters when met after the meeting at Menara Dato Onn here.

The EC’s proposed redelineation, which was published on Sept 15, was met with criticisms from various political parties, with MCA raising concerns that the changes in constituencies’ boundaries would lead to racial polarisation.

Meanwhile, Gerakan secretary-general Datuk Liang Teck Meng said the party will go to the grassroots where any feedback would be tabled in the next meeting.

“Another meeting will be held at the same place next week,” he said.

“However, that will not be the final stage, as the deadline to submit any objection is on Oct 14,” he added. – The Sun