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Former Permatang Pauh Umno leader dies at the age of 68

May 19 2019
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Former Permatang Pauh Umno leader Datuk Ahmad Saad (pic) died early Sunday (May 19) morning at the age of 68.

Ahmad, who also used to be Penang Umno Youth chief, passed away due to old age after breathing his last at a private hospital in Bukit Mertajam.

Prayers were conducted for him before his body was buried at the Kampung Tok Panjang Cemetery, Berita Harian reported.

The former Umno leader reportedly suffered a stroke eight years ago that caused him to be bedridden, with half his body paralysed.

TPPA will be in conflict with Constitution, court told

Jul 21 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star

The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will run foul of the Federal Constitution in regards to Malay rights and Islam as the country’s religion, the Court of Appeal was told.

The contention was put forward by three groups - Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), Urusetia Menangani Gejala Sosial (Unggas) and Persatuan Teras Pendidikan dan Kebajikan Malaysia (Teras) - which are appealing for leave for judicial review in order to stop the agreement.

Bigger say for Malaysia

Jul 19 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

The present political scenario favours Malaysia to play a bigger role in finding an amicable solution with China over the disputes in the South China Sea.

Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) senior analyst Shahriman Lockman said that the current situation was favourable to Malaysia especially due to several factors including close economic ties.

He cited the recent ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in The Hague on a case brought by the Philippines against China that favoured the latter.

PM: Salary increment, minimum wage show govt’s concern for the people

Jun 30 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

A salary increment and the implementation of the RM1,200 minimum wage for civil servants next month show that the government gives high priority to the people’s welfare and interests, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said the government appreciated the hard work put in by the civil servants.

In posts on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, Najib said he hoped that this would spur civil servants to serve the people and nation with excellence.

The government had announced in Budget 2016 that civil servants will be given one salary increment in July.

PM: Easy to criticise, but running diverse Malaysia not that simple

Jun 29 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
Malay Mail

It is easy for outsiders to criticise the federal government but the actual task of running an administration in a country as diverse in Malaysia is not that easy, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Najib said only a person from within the administration would know how to appreciate the challenge of running a multiracial, multireligious and multilingual country like Malaysia.

“That’s why when we join the Perdana Fellows programme, we know that in the administration of a country, in a country that is so diverse like Malaysia, it is a complex challenge.

Ministers and deputy ministers sworn in before Agong

Jun 28 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

Newly appointed Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani Tuesday led the line-up of ministers and deputy ministers who took their oath of office, loyalty and secrecy before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

The ceremony took place at the Bilik Singgahsana Kecil of Istana Negara at 11.30am.

Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other cabinet ministers.

Malaysia expecting Cabinet reshuffle

Jun 23 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
Straits Times

 Political attention in Malaysia has turned to an imminent Cabinet reshuffle, with three incoming federal ministers and two deputy ministers following the recent elections.

Two ministerial posts in the Prime Minister's Department are vacant - one in charge of the government's performance unit called Pemandu, and the other in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).

Prime Minister Najib Razak is also set to name a new plantation industries and commodities minister.

Sungai Besar polls: Low voter turnout could determine outcome, says DAP

Jun 14 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

DAP has expressed concern over the possibility of low voter turnout affecting the results of the Sungai Besar by-election.

The party’s national publicity secretary Tony Pua said the challenge for the Opposition now is to ensure sufficient turnout, as outstation voters returning would be able to determine the results.

“We are within striking reach but it is all dependent on the voters outside who come back and vote.

Count early votes on same day to avoid fraud, says Nurul Izzah

Jun 13 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

Pakatan Harapan wants the early votes to be counted on the same day they are cast, claiming that keeping them until the polling day would lead to fraud.

PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar said counting the early votes as soon as the ballots are closed would ensure a fair election process.

The early votes for both the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections are scheduled to be cast on Tuesday. Polling is on Saturday.

Bid to form new Malaysia

Jun 10 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The Star Online

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu says Islamic law is to bring happiness and prosperity to mankind, reports Sin Chew Daily.

He said Amanah’s stance is that Islamic law would solve all human problems.

Amanah, DAP and PKR are working together as Pakatan Harapan now.

Before this, Amanah was part of PAS and its ultimate aim was to implement PAS’ hudud.

Mat Sabu stressed that Amanah would not allow others to influence its religious mission.

Negri govt stays neutral in chieftain tussle

Jun 07 2016
Malaysia
Source: 
The star online

The state government has not lent support to any indivi­dual to become the next Undang of Jelebu – one of the four most powerful chieftains in Negri Sembilan, among those who are responsible for electing the state’s ruler.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Moha­mad Hasan said that anyone claiming to have his support or that of his administration to become the next Undang of Jelebu was telling a lie.

“The state government does not get involved in such matters. Dis­putes on this can only be decided by the Dewan Keadilan dan Undang,” he said.

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