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GE15: Four ministers among big guns likely dropped from contesting

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PETALING JAYA: Four ministers are likely to be removed from the Umno candidate list to stand at the 15th General Election.

Federal Territories Minister and four-term MP for Arau, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, called Monday night (October 31) the “saddest night” when he announced the closure of all his operating rooms in his current constituency and the lowering of all Umno and Barisan Nasional flags on their social media accounts.

READ ALSO: GE15: Priority to Competition Recommended for Kelantan BN Incumbent MPs, Says Umno State Head

“Tonight is the saddest night. All operating rooms in Barisan of Arau parliamentary constituency have been closed and all flags have been lowered. First time in history,” Shahidan stated in his post.

This comes a day before Barisan’s announcement of the list of candidates for parliamentary seats across the country on Tuesday (November 1) at the World Trade Center by Barisan Chairman and Umno Chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

READ ALSO: GE15: Dr. Adham to make way for a new face in Tenggara?

Shahidan first won the Arau seat in 1986. He served as Perlis menteri besar and was also a Tambun Tulang State Assemblyman from 1995 to 2008.

Another Umno minister said to have been dropped from the list of candidates is Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who hinted that he was fired.

In his Facebook post today, he stated that he heard that many “winners were being sacked, especially those close to the Prime Minister.”

“They supposedly promised that they would choose the winners, acceptable and sympathetic, but we hear here and there that many of the ‘winners have been sacked, especially those close to the prime minister,'” Annuar said.

Shahidan and Annuar have been strong critics of Ahmad Zahid and supporters of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob since they became part of the government.

Meanwhile, in JOHOR BARU, it became known that Tenggara’s incumbent MP, Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba, who is the Acting Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and Tenggara Umno’s division head, is also expected to be eliminated.

“The news that his name is not on the Johor Barisan candidate list came quite late considering he is also Johor Umno’s chief information officer,” the source added.

The source said Umno is likely to field his Tenggara division youth boss Manndzri Nasib for the job.

Speculation about Dr Adham’s discharge intensified recently after he missed two programs in the constituency on Monday (Oct 31) morning.

Apart from Dr. Adham, the other Johor minister who will not participate in GE15 is Acting National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, the current MP for Kota Tinggi.

On October 22, it was reported that Halimah, from the same division as Dr. Adham, will make way for Umno Vice President Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.


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Covid-19 Watch: 2,898 new cases, nationwide ICU bed usage at 66.7pc

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 2,898 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Nov 26), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,984,272 infections since the pandemic began.

The KKMNow portal of the Ministry of Health reported that 2,896 of the new Covid-19 cases on Saturday were local transmissions, while two imported infections were registered.

There were 2,789 recoveries on Saturday. This brings the cumulative number of recoveries in Malaysia to 4,920,616 since the pandemic began.

The portal also reported that there were 27,008 currently active cases in the country, with 24,924, or 92.3%, in home quarantine and 14 people, or 0.1%, admitted to low-risk quarantine and treatment centers.

The KKMNow portal reported that 2,070 patients, or 7.66% of the total, were currently admitted to the hospital for treatment. The number of patients with Covid-19 admitted to intensive care units (ICU) throughout the country is 97, of which 57 require respiratory assistance.

The national ICU utilization rate was 66.7%, with ten states or localities reporting ICU utilization rates greater than 60%.

Kedah had the highest ICU utilization rate at 80.8%, followed by Kelantan (80.3%), Selangor (79.6%), Melaka (76.8%), Perak (73.7%) ), Johor (72.3%), Penang (67.5%), Kuala Lumpur (65.2%) and Sabah (62.9%).

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry’s GitHub data repository reported that four deaths from covid-19 were reported on Saturday.

This brings the death toll to 36,648.


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Anwar to meet govt depts, agencies to focus on cost of living issues on Nov 27

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will hold a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya on Sunday (November 27) that will focus on cost of living issues affecting people.

“Tonight, we held a prayer session with parishioners and friends in Sungai Long.

“Tomorrow morning at 11am there will be a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya that will focus on the cost of living issues that are burdening the people,” he said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Saturday. (November 26).

Anwar is scheduled to attend the 2022 National Cost of Living Action Council special meeting at 11am on Sunday in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya. – Bernama


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Football: Malaysia Cup 2022: JDT take trophy after downing Red Giants 2-1

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PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) has become the 2022 Malaysia Cup champion after beating Selangor 2-1 in the final held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday (November 26).

JDT and the Red Giants were tied 1–1 at halftime before JDT’s Fernando Forestieri scored the game-winner in the 59th minute.

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