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GE15: Avoid ‘cah keting’ if not nominated, Ismail Sabri advises Barisan members

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KUALA BERANG: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob advised Barisan Nasional members not to engage in “cah keting” (sabotage) if they are not nominated as candidates for the 15th General Election (GE15).

The UMNO vice president said that the non-nominees should accept the party’s decision with an open heart and not allow themselves to be deceived because through such actions, Barisan could be defeated even in their own strongholds.

“What is worrying about cah keting is that we (Barisan) are not weak, but due to self-sabotage, we fail in our strengths.

“If all this time we make fiery speeches about making sacrifices, show it on November 5 (nomination day).

“If you are not nominated, please support our party and whoever is running,” he said on the “Solidarity, Stability and Prosperity” program and the launch of the Terengganu Barisan machine here on Friday (21 Oct).

The prime minister said that two things that must be maintained to ensure that Barisan gets Terengganu back were to avoid disunity and that the machinery must work hard.

He also hoped that Barisan would win back the Hulu Terengganu seat because it was originally his, but was “stolen” by the parliamentary incumbent who jumped ship.

Hulu Terengganu MP Datuk Rosol Wahid won the seat on a ticket from Umno, but left the party to join Bersatu after GE14.


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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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