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GE15: It’s about serving the people first, say ‘new’ faces in Melaka



MELAKA: As election fever builds in Melaka, another spotlight has shined: the presence of three “new” faces who will compete for parliamentary seats here.

Despite not being locals, the trio of Umno Chief Information Officer Shahril Hamdan, PKR Youth Chief Adam Adli and Muda co-founder Muthalib Othman are unfazed by the challenge.

Instead, they say what matters most is how they can serve and improve the lives of those within their constituents, as well as the country.

Shahril, who is the Barisan Nasional candidate in Alor Gajah, said he was looking forward to taking on the heavyweights in his seat.

“I am (also) the underboss of Umno Youth and I can’t expect an easy seat or red carpet treatment. We are destined to enter the lion’s den and snatch seats from the incumbents,” he said.

He said he also knew his opponents would use the “outsider” card against him during GE15.

“I think the voting public in Alor Gajah is more sophisticated than choosing whether someone is a whistleblower or not.

“What matters most is who the people here believe can bring them a better future.

“What matters is what you can bring to the people,” he said, adding that if he were to win the mandate, he would work to earn the trust and good service of the people.

“Hopefully, after several years, they will consider me an informant who has served them well,” he said.

Shahril is the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Alor Gajah seat, where he will face former Melaka Prime Minister Adly Zahari of Pakatan Harapan.

Adam Adli, who is the PKR candidate for the Hang Tuah Jaya seat, said there was no problem with non-locals competing between districts.

“PKR is a national party (and) as you can see, Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin is competing in Bagan Datuk and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Tambun, among others.

“As a national party, it is one that embraces all Malaysians regardless of localities.

“Your candidates must also be able to represent Malaysians as a whole,” he said.

On the other hand, Adam was also excited to compete against another young leader, Barisan candidate Datuk Mohd Ridhwan Mohd Ali, for the position.

“It’s more about how we can both contribute not only to the communities here, but also on a national scale.

“I have big shoes to fill given how their incumbent (Shamsul Iskandar) won and defended the seat in GE13 and GE14 respectively.

“The challenge is there (and) I need to convince the people of Hang Tuah Jaya that I am not only here to participate, but also to contribute to them and the country,” he said.

Mutallib, who is making his political debut at GE15, said Muda’s presence at Masjid Tanah dispelled misconceptions about the party.

“People always say that Muda only wants comfortable, urban and safe seats, but this time we are targeting rural areas.

“Masjid Tanah is also a Malay majority seat where Malays make up 83% of the constituency,” he said.

“There is no challenge too great to serve the people, and even if I weren’t nominated or didn’t win this round, I would continue the work,” he said.

Muthalib is Muda’s candidate in Masjid Tanah, where he will face the incumbent Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, who competes under the Perikatan Nasional banner.

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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’



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



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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Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation



KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria over a speech he made allegedly linking the prime minister to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and stating that he supported communist ideology .

Anwar filed the suit through Messrs. SN Nair & Partners in the Taiping High Court, naming Gunong Semanggol Assemblyman Razman as the sole defendant.

Based on his statement of claim, Anwar as plaintiff asserted that on November 6, defendant delivered a campaign speech during the 15th General Election at Tebuk Pancur night market, which was broadcast live on defendant’s Facebook with the username “Haji Razman Zakaria”. and was viewed more than 94,400 times, received more than 5,100 reactions, 429 shares, and more than 2,600 comments as of Monday (December 5).

The Facebook video was then posted in an article titled “Razman dakwa Anwar bawa agenda LGBT, bimbang kerjasama PH-BN” dated November 6 in Malay and English on a news portal.

The Tambun MP claimed that the defamatory statements and published article implied that he was a liar, practiced and supported communist ideology, and encouraged same-sex marriage.

Anwar also claimed that the defamatory statements were made to ruin his reputation and that the accusations made in the article were untrue as he had always upheld Islamic values ​​and a broader reform agenda for the administration.

It added that the defendant uttered the defamatory words in an effort to sully his good name by inciting the public and creating hatred towards him and the party during the GE15 campaign period.

The defendant also breached Section 4A of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 and did not apologize to him for his actions, Anwar said.

As such, it seeks general, compensatory, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Defendant or its agents from repeating or causing publication of the slanderous article, in addition to seeking costs, interest, and other appropriate relief.

Anwar’s lawyer, Datuk SN Nair, confirmed the matter when contacted.- Bernama

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