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SANDAKAN – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition does not have any positive agenda for the nation and that the people cannot depend on them to ensure a future which is progressive and prosperous.

He said the parties and their leaders in the opposition could only “attack” and criticise the government with accusations which were illogical and irrational.

“Like for example when the price of petrol went up (because the price of oil in the international market went up), they said the Prime Minister (PM) increased it. Who did they (the opposition) blame? The PM.

“When the price of petrol came down, they said it was the market price (because the price came down in the global market). That is not fair. If the price goes up, I am criticised, if the price comes down, then I should be praised,” he said.

Najib said this when officiating the “Ekpresi Negaraku” programme at the Sandakan Municipal Field here today.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, several state and federal Cabinet ministers as well as community leaders.

He said another example was that when the government brought in Chinese investors, the opposition accused it of selling off the country’s sovereignty, but when the government made the decision to cancel an investment agreement, the opposition questioned that too.

As such, Najib said, the people cannot place their hopes on the opposition parties and leadership because their struggle was for their own political interests and not for the future of the people and nation.

“Which (opposition party) can set up a stable government. Parti Keadilan Rakyat thinks of something the DAP thinks differently. (Tun Dr) Mahathir has a different view. (Datin Seri) Dr Wan Azizah thinks of something else. (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin has different thoughts, (Datuk Seri) Shafie has other thoughts.

“Look at their statements. All sorts of comments. Today they say something, tomorrow they say something else. That is why I say they are experts at ‘U’ turns,”he said.

Najib also said the opposition parties were trying to trick the people by promising that if they came to power, they would abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and they questioned where the remainder of the RM41 bilion GST collected by the government each year after the RM6 billion which has been given to the people through the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) went.

“Where did the remainder of the money go to? It went to our security forces, our schools, our teachers, our hospitals, our doctors, nurses, roads, water and many other things for the well-being of our people,” stressed Najib.

” Don’t lie. If they win, they said they would abolish the GST. It is easy to talk, talk is cheap. But if we take out RM41 billion from the budget, how do we make up for it?”

“Where do we get RM41 billion? Maybe by letting go of civil servants. may their allowances have to be cut. Maybe do away with BR1M, maybe don’t have people’s housing projects, maybe no roads, maybe postpone the Pan Borneo Highway,” he said.

Najib reminded the opposition parties not to lie to the people by making senseless criticisms because ultimately, it is the people and the nation that will be affected whereas the BN government wants to do so much more more to help the people.

In the case of Sabah and its people, Najib said he was always concerned about the wishes and wants of the state government under Musa’s leadership.

“Datuk Musa as Chief Minister always writes to me and always meets me. I like giving in to him because he does it properly. He does not make open statements. He comes to see me because we are one family, the BN (Barisan Nasional) family,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The opposition is only capable of making promises to draw political support, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

On the opposition’s vehement objection to the goods and services tax (GST), he said it was politicising the issue without its feet on the ground.

“If we reject GST, it means, we are rejecting more than RM50 billion annually of the (RM260 billion) budget, and the government really cannot function and serve the people.

“RM260 billion minus RM50 billion equals RM210 billion. It is not even sufficient to pay for civil servants’ allowances. The opposition’s calculation is unrealistic and not relevant,” he said.

Najib who is also UMNO president told reporters this after chairing the party s supreme council meeting here tonight.

Also present were UMNO vice president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also carrying out the duties of the party deputy president, vice president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, and wing leaders.

On the meeting tonight, Najib said it was focused more on efforts to ensure the success of the mass gathering in conjunction with UMNO’s 71st anniversary at Stadium Bukit Jalil on May 11.

He said about 100,000 members were expected to congregate in a red wave at the stadium to express their commitment to the party, towards victory in the 14th General Election (GE14).

Meanwhile, Najib said the branch meetings which were being held since March 17 were going on smoothly. Without stating the figure, he also said the number of UMNO members had increased.

He said preparations for GE14, politics and the economy were also discussed during the meeting.


PETALING JAYA – A fifth photo of a man and a woman said to resemble two DAP leaders in close proximity has emerged.

This time, the couple is seen looking at a mobile phone with the light from the screen reflected on their faces.

On Tuesday, four pictures of the couple, said to resemble DAP Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari and DAP Youth committee member Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud were widely circulated on social media.

Zairil, however, denied that he was the man in the photo and insisted that the photos were “fake”.

“No, it’s not me. It is clearly another attempt to malign me with personal attacks.

“They are fake and that’s all I have to say,” he said in a WhatsApp message on Wednesday.

In the previous four undated photographs, the couple were seated at a table in a restaurant with at least two other people.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dyana Sofya said it was the third personal attack on her in two months.

She said no matter who was in the photos or videos in which she was allegedly featured, these were privacy intrusions into that person’s life. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today rapped opposition leaders who often make it a priority to bad-mouth Malaysia every time he embarks on overseas missions, saying that it is a form of economic sabotage.

In his blog post at najibrazak.com, the prime minister said such an action was indeed a big mistake because it was as if they wanted to chase away foreign investors from this country.

“Wouldn’t it be a loss to our own people? Doesn’t it show that they (opposition leaders) do not have a strong feeling of love for their own homeland?

“I also believe that their action to bad-mouth Malaysia is actually an attempt to cover their own shortcomings in terms of administration and public delivery,” he said.

Citing the attitude of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Najib said the DAP secretary-general had been boasting about Penang being the preferred destination for foreign investors.

However, Najib said when many foreign investors left Penang, Lim changed his stand, prompting his supporters to begin accusing the federal government of selling the country when it managed to lure many foreign investments to Malaysia.

Meantime, the prime minister questioned the opposition’s logic in claiming that the country was sold through foreign investments, while at the same time Malaysian citizens and companies invested nearly RM569.5 billion abroad.

“According to the logic adopted by the opposition, I wonder which country has actually sold its dignity and sovereignty to Malaysia?

“There are certain quarters who repeatedly claimed that Malaysia is a failed state and as long as I can remember, they have been doing so for decades,” he added.

Najib said the opposition leaders should use their common sense and judge for themselves the confidence foreign leaders had in Malaysia, especially with the visits from heads of state, including the President of France, King of Saudi Arabia, President of the Philippines, President of the United States and Prime Minister of Singapore over the past couple of years.

Besides, Najib said Malaysia was well received during his official visits to China, Japan, Indonesia, Germany and many other countries.

“In fact, from all the visits, we have managed to forge cooperation which will benefit Malaysia, like the agreement worth RM31 billion with Aramco and the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) worth RM144 billion with China for instance.

“According to the facts given, is it apt to call Malaysia a failed state as bandied about by the opposition?” asked the prime minister, who is now on a six-day official visit to India.

Najib said his official visits differed greatly from any overseas missions carried out by the opposition leaders as the federal government adhered to the four main agenda, including to enhance bilateral cooperation and explore new opportunities; and also to strengthen diplomatic ties.

He said the official visits would also open more room for investments and create opportunities for Malaysian companies to spread their wings overseas; as well as to lure foreign investments to Malaysia.

In conjunction with his visit to India, Najib hoped that more efforts could be taken to realise Malaysia’s potential, and that his main focus now was to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two country.

“I believe that the Malaysian delegation, from the top-level management to the young officials would work hard in ensuring success of the visit, not only in strengthening the ties, but also in achieving results that will benefit our people.

“Let us pray for the success of the official visit to India and the success of our efforts to further develop our beloved country, Malaysia, Insya-Allah,” he added.


SEREMBAN – Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan reminded the people in the state against being influenced by the empty promises made by the opposition parties.

He said they were certainly good in making various promises, but these promises clearly could not be fulfilled.

“Don’t listen to them (opposition)…promise all kinds of things. They can make various promises. Previously, they promised free water…of course it’s free because there is no water (fererring to the Selangor water crisis). In fact, they promised previously there won’t be any tax, but now the tax has doubled.

“Previously they promised to give an allowance to single mothers every month, but there is no such thing. In fact many Indian community living near the Selangor-Negeri Sembilan border in Sepang and Semenyih, entered Negeri Sembilan seeking for assistance from the Social Welfare Department (JKM) and we approved them,” he said here, last night.

He said this at the Silver Jubilee dinner and Deepavali celebration of the Indian Progressive Party (IPF), here. Also present were IPF president Datuk M. Sambanthan and Negeri Sembilan IPF president S. Visvanathan.

Mohamad, who is also State Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said every one could make promises but if they were not fulfilled, they would be useless.

Commenting further, he said the people must look ahead because the road ahead was still far for the people to face together in improving the country from the present state.

“If we still look at the smaller trivial picture, I am afraid we will fall into a trap which should not have been the case. Our problem ahead is how to ensure that efforts are intensified to continue to bring development to the country in the interest of the 30 million people.

“This is of utmost importance. Don’t listen to others (opposition)…this is not right. We should correct whatever is wrong. What is important is that the people are not trapped by an uncertain political situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking to Bernama, Sambanthan said the IPF would continue to support the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the 14th general election even though the party had yet to join the BN.

“We are ‘Friends of BN’ and will continue to give our support to BN. The IPF now has more than 138,000 members with 79 divisions nationwide,” he said. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ended its 11th annual national congress today in a state of doubts or lack confidence as the party leaders appeal for unity among the opposition parties.

As if that is not enough, within PKR itself deputy president Azmin Ali once again reiterated, for several times that he was not at loggerheads with party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail.

PKR, the glue or rallying point of opposition parties at one time is now considered tame as it tries to play the role of moderator to accommodate its partners that are poles apart in ideologies and objectives.

For a start in the absence of the party de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the party’s congress whih began on Saturday and ended yesterday was not attended by PAS and DAP top leaders.

Absent were DAP stalwarts Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Absent was also the firebrand speech by Anwar that normally would also state the party stand on several national issues which would fill up the front pages of the media.

Being a multi-racial Malay-based party, Anwar who managed to unite and rally the opposition parties together is no longer around physically to oversee matters.

Succeeded by his wife Wan Azizah, the confidence of party leaders from within and partner parties has eroded somehow and DAP, the Chinese-based multi-racial party, is pushing its ‘mind in trying to mould’ the opposition pact according to its aspiration.

PAS, the Islamist party that DAP having problem to tame, is as independent as during Anwar’s time when he called the shots in the pact, does not fully recognise Wan Azizah as a leader.

Not seeing eye-to-eye, DAP has been practically pressuring PKR to cut ties with PAS which the former has been brushing aside.

Adding to the complication of the marriage of convenience of the opposition pact is the newly formed Parti Amanah Nasional (Amanah), comprising rejected PAS leaders, who DAP backed and insisted it must be in the pact.

As PKR walks the delicate line so as not to antagonise ans slight any of the partners, Azmin takes the ‘father figure’ of ensuring none of them ‘goes out of the line’ to ensure all are intact and together.

And to allay suspicions from within and among partners, Azmin reiterated that he is a party man in and out and follows the decisions of the party leadership.

In short, the just concluded PKR’s congress is a reflection of the party trying to continue playing its role of uniting and rallying the oppositions together at a time when confidence and trust of the partner parties are at its low level.

Whether PKR can sustain its position or not, the reality is obvious – DAP has questioned the party’s stand in Penang and Selangor while PAS is on its own pursuing its Islamic state and Hudud objectives.

Both parties seem to have their own mind and with no rallying point between them, PKR’s appeal may just be ignored and Pakatan Harapan may just remain as a hope and dream.-MYNEWSHUB.CC/Text: Hassan Idris

KUALA LUMPUR – The DAP said today the opposition Pakatan Harapan pact would appoint a substitute for MP Tony Pua in the proposed open debate with 1Malaysia Development Berhad president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

This follows the decision of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to prohibit Pua from debating with Arul Kanda because the Petaling Jaya Utara MP is a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Pua’s substitute would be determined at a meeting of the Pakatan Harapan secretariat chiefs.

“We do not foresee any problem in finding a substitude,” he said.

Lim’s statement is seen as ignoring Pandikar Amin’s statement that Arul Kanda himself would be unable to appear as a witness in the PAC investigation into 1MDB if he participates in an open debate.

In view of the prohibition imposed by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, many people think that the live television debate on 1MDB would not take place.

Last Saturday, Arul Kanda accepted Pua’s challenge to have the unconditional open debate on 1MDB, and the matter raised mixed reactions from various quarters.

Pandikar Amin announced his decision on the debate in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. – BERNAMA

Once upon a time, I was a bright-eyed and bushy tailed opposition supporter. I even considered volunteering at the office of my local representative, so caught up was I in a rush along with millions of other Malaysians who were elated by the change in the status quo that we grew up in. Everything seemed so different the day after the political tsunami of 2008.

But the day after came, and the day after that, the week after that, the month, the year, and it seemed like the strong start of Pakatan Rakyat had devolved into politicking and internal politics till, finally, the tension between DAP and PAS broke the opposition apart. Of course, Pakatan Harapan was swiftly assembled once PAS had finished its little civil war between the conservatives and the progressives, but the problems have just not stopped coming.

So much for real, tangible change.

Last Monday, it turned out that DAP and PKR couldn’t even agree on the simple but important matter of filing a motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister, something that we thought had been planned weeks ago. They were at odds over Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian’s decision to submit the motion on his own.

Now, this sounds preposterous, but Lim Guan Eng feels that the Opposition Leader should be the one to submit the motion. He said he feared that if anyone else were to do the submitting, it would leave the impression that Pakatan Harapan had no confidence that the motion would be successful. But PKR itself seemed to have no objection to Hee’s action. One of its vice-presidents, Tian Chua, said Hee was exercising his right as a Member of Parliament.

For a while, Hee stood by this right, saying he believed his constituents would demand action from their representative. For that motive alone, he must be vindicated of this imaginary sin of daring to take the spotlight.
Guan Eng’s assertion seems rather petty considering that the motion will probably fail despite it’s historic significance.

The answer to the question of why the Opposition Leader or Guan Eng himself did not submit the motion to the Speaker before Hee did could perhaps be the key to understanding this particular little problem.

But really, is this what our Opposition has come to? Squabbling over small details like children when the ruling government is at it’s most vulnerable? This only deepens the impression that Pakatan Harapan was dead on delivery.

This is not the time for politicking and bickering. The opposition has a lot of work to do to ensure victory in the next general election, and that starts with putting things straight in the coalition itself. The downfall of the old Pakatan came because communications broke down between parties, and the same is happening again with the new Pakatan.

According to the Merdeka Centre, only a third of Malaysians still support the Prime Minister, meaning that the next election will be about capturing the disenchanted. If our other option is just as chaotic as the ruling government is, then what option do we really have?

Enough already with the politicking and drama.- by Scott Ng/Image: Free Malaysia Today

By Mohd Hisham Abdul Rafar

KUALA LUMPUR: The popular saying, “united we stand, divided we fall,” figures prominently in the opposition’s political landscape.

The history of opposition coalitions started with the formation of Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU), followed by Barisan Alternatif (BA) and then Pakatan Rakyat (PR), and they all eventually disintegrated.

Then there were the splinter parties like Semangat 46, which was formed in 1988 following a split in UMNO; and PAS offshoots Parti Hizbul Muslimin Malaysia and Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia, which were formed in 1983 and 1995 respectively. These parties no longer exist as well.

Another PAS splinter party Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa), established in 1977, tried to make a comeback at the 13th general election in 2013 but failed to make an impact.

More recently, PAS suffered a setback when its former deputy president Mohamad Sabu, together with other leaders from the “professional” group who were defeated during the party elections in June, left PAS to form Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).


Amanah, which is now in the process of being registered as a political party, has now joined forces with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP to form Pakatan Harapan (PH), an obvious replacement for PR.

Political analysts say they are hardly surprised at the emergence of the new coalition, considering that former PR allies PAS and DAP were never on the same wavelength.

Last Tuesday, PKR, DAP and Amanah announced the establishment Pakatan Harapan, with PAS left out of the equation.

Taking a peek into the history of PAS-DAP relations, the two tried to cooperate with each other via BA in 1999. Parti Keadilan Nasional and Parti Rakyat Malaysia were also part of BA before they merged to form PKR in 2003.

In 2001, the DAP withdrew from BA, citing differences with PAS over its struggle to establish an Islamic nation.

According to analysts, PKR would now find itself torn between its allegiance for the new pact and its friendship with PAS.

The question now is how PKR is going to “treat” PAS, now that the Islamist party has made it clear that it does not want to have anything to do with the DAP and Amanah.

Senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA’s Dungun campus in Terengganu Che Hamdan Che Mohd Razali said although PKR may find itself in an uncomfortable position, its decision to become part of PH was “a bold one”.

“It even allowed former PAS leader and MP for Tumpat Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar to cross over to PKR. Such a thing should not have happened at all if you look at it from the angle of political consensus (between PKR and PAS).

“The PKR leadership’s open support of Amanah also appears to show that it is sidelining PAS,” he told Bernama.

On Tuesday, PAS Deputy President Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said in the party’s official website that PKR still remained a partner in Pakatan Rakyat. PAS, however, would not cooperate with either the DAP or Amanah, he added.

PAS Secretary General Datuk Takiyudin had also confirmed the party’s political cooperation with PKR, pointing out that it was a decision made by PAS at its muktamar in June.

Che Hamdan said while PKR has given some clear signals that it needed the support of PAS, it also wanted to be part of a multi-party opposition coalition in order to realise its ambitions.


Several political analysts have in the past predicted that Pakatan Rakyat may face the same fate as BA and APU. Does Pakatan Harapan have any chance of surviving in this nation’s political arena?

A lecturer with Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Department of Government and Civilisation Studies Asso Prof Mohd Izani Mohd Zain said like PR, the new pact too was a loosely-formed coalition unlike the Barisan Nasional (BN).

“Unless it is structured properly, Pakatan Harapan may disintegrate easily. This is why PKR has to make a firm stand on its relationship with PAS,” he told Bernama.

Che Hamdan, meanwhile, said he was still trying to figure out if PR still existed.

“In the eyes of DAP and Amanah, PR is no more but for PAS, the coalition still exists. In fact, the composition of the Selangor government shows that PR exists.

“In the context of the latest developments, the opposition leadership is trying to regain public support by forming Pakatan Harapan to allow DAP and Amanah to work with PKR.

“Like what had happened during the APU and Gagasan Rakyat era, history is repeating with two opposition pacts in place,” he said.


According to Che Hamdan, one clear takeaway from the political developments was that Amanah, under the helm of Mohamad Sabu, had succeeded in creating a split in PAS, in terms of support from members.

“It has caused some panic in PAS, and its leaders are now trying to give the impression that party membership is increasing and that it is organising major programmes like HARAP, which took place in Dungun last week. But all that is merely a reaction to the threat posed by Amanah,” he said.

He added that it was still too early to gauge whether or not Amanah would be a worthy replacement for PAS.

The split in PR started after the DAP severed ties with PAS in Sabah and Sarawak following the hudud issue. Later, the party decided to cut ties with PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang but maintain its cooperation with the party.

During its 61st muktamar in June, the PAS Dewan Ulama unanimously passed a resolution to sever the party’s ties with the DAP, but chose to remain a member of PR.

On June 16, DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng announced that PR did not exist any longer. He had said that PAS’ resolution to end ties with the DAP had effectively “killed” the coalition.

Then on June 17, PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail admitted that PR no longer functioned as a formal entity.


PETALING JAYA: The verbal war between DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has reached a point of no return with the DAP and PKR just waiting the Islamist party next course of action.

To be decided at the party assembly next Thursday, the opposition pact of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) may be history if liberals in PAS are voted out as the grassroots have begun drawing a clear line between the two factions in the upcoming party poll.

And the probability is that DAP and PKR may not get the positive news they expect – PAS may not leave PR but will make the lives of DAP and PKR miserable as the Islamist party will continue with its objectives while ignoring the existence of the two parties.

While incumbent Hadi is expected to emerged victorious, defeating contender Ahmad Awang, the liberals’ incumbent deputy president Mohamad Sabu is expected to be booted out and replaced with the fundamentalist Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

The position of incumbent vice-president labelled as liberals Datuk Husam Musa is considered as fifty-fifty while another incumbent Sallehuddin Ayub is fighting hard to be retained and avoided from making statements that can tilt his chances of being retained.

The fact that Lim had interfered by calling for Hadi to be replaced has affected the liberals the chance of strengthening their positions in the Islamist party and now they see themselves on the verge of being voted out.

Lim, who calls the shot in the Chinese-based party, openly wants incumbent PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang be replaced, a very rare case of interfering in another party’s affair, while the Islamist party on the other hand is prepared to cut all ties with DAP.
The war between the two parties with different ideologies and communal support is nearing the end with PAS upcoming poll as PKR tries to play the moderator – fearing a break-up would mean the end of PR.
While Lim is feeling secured with Penang as its base where the party can go on its own given the Chinese seats are majority, and Hadi is comfortable with Kelantan under the Islamist party control, PKR is not in a fortunate position as Selangor is versatile and can go either way come next general election.

PKR needs both DAP and PAS support to retain Selangor as its own support is insufficient to go alone in the next general election.

Lim had been ‘gunning down’ Hadi since early last year and both leaders have never got down to sit and talk or rather mediate for an amicable solution to save the PR after showing a remarkable performance in the 2013 general election.

Besides differences in ideology, the fact that Hadi had kept silent on many issues involving the pact’s leadership decisions which included supporting PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar and stayed out or absent from the pact’s leadership council meeting had angered Lim personally.

Calling for Hadi’s removal in the upcoming PAS poll has backfired as the fundamentalists and even liberal grassroot members have rallied behind the incumbent and worse is that they are now rallying behind every fundamentalist who is contesting.

At first it was Hudud that had DAP angry against PAS and just last week, it was DAP’s shadow Cabinet that had PAS going after DAP’s throat.

Gone are the honeymoon days of DAP and PAS, with PKR taken as just an audience in the serious political business of the attempts to unseat the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

Despite PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail trying to ‘slow talk’ leaders of DAP and PAS to come together and work on a common platform as they did before, the time has come for PAS to ‘stand up and stop playing second fiddle’ the pact.

The Islamist party is now indirectly demanding DAP and PKR to treat it as equal partner where it also has its struggles to fullfil towards its members and followers, and the struggles will never be accepted by DAP – the setting up of an Islamic state and implementation of Hudud laws.-MYNEWSHUB.CC