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GE15: 1,386 candidate nomination papers received, says EC

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) received a total of 1,386 candidate nomination documents during the 15th General Election (GE) nomination session on Saturday (Nov 5).

Its president, Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Salleh, said in a statement today that six nomination papers, for four parliamentary seats and two state seats, had been rejected.

“A total of 945 nomination papers were received for parliamentary seats, 434 for state seats and seven for the Bugaya by-election,” he said.

Ge added that most of the candidates were 50-59 years old, a total of 443, candidates over 60 (352), candidates 40-49 years old (350), 30-39 years old (205), and 21-21 years old. 29 years (36).

“The highest type of contests for parliamentary seats are four-corner contests, involving 82 seats, while for state seats, they are three-corner contests, involving 51 seats,” he said.

Abdul Ghani said that the EC had set up 625 election campaign enforcement teams to monitor candidates’ campaign activities.

“The official campaign period begins after the declaration of election by the returning officer until 11:59 p.m. on November 18, 2022. Campaign material that contains words that may cause ill will, dissatisfaction or that are racial or that touch religious sensitivities or that are seditious”. he added he.

The EC also expressed its hope that the campaign will be carried out in a harmonious manner and in accordance with the established law and regulations.

The EC set November 19 as voting day and November 15 for early voting. – Bernama


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Selangor Sultan grants audience to Anwar

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PETALING JAYA: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor granted an audience to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Istana Bukit Kayangan, Shah Alam.

The matter was announced in a post on the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page on Tuesday (Dec 6).

Anwar was appointed prime minister on November 24, the publication added.


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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’

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PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.

PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.

There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.

On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had

asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.

Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.

Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.

Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.

Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.

A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.

On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.

“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.


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Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin

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PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.

“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).

Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.

He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.

He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.

“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.

“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.

There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.


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