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GE15: KDM announces two more candidates including ex-footballer



KOTA KINABALU: A former footballer has been named as the latest candidate to stand for the Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) in the 15th General Election.

Jekerison Kilan, who played for Sabah’s senior team from 1989 to 1998, as well as having a spell for Negri Sembilan, will be KDM’s candidate for the Pensiangan inside job.

This will be the first parliamentary election for Kilan, who is also the chief divisional coordinator of KDM Nabawan.

In addition to him, the KDM, led by Datuk Peter Anthony, also announced that Johair Matlani, the party’s deputy chairman, would compete for the South West Beaufort parliamentary seat.

This means that the party will now compete for seven seats after previously announcing that it would run in Kota Kinabalu, Kota Marudu, Sepanggar, Kimanis and Tenom.

But Anthony said the party was also considering three other seats, namely Papar, Keningau and Ranau.

“In fact, we have received many requests from leaders who wanted to compete under our symbol.

“However, we have not decided on this. We’ll do it in one or two more days,” she said at a press conference at the KDM office here on Wednesday (November 2).

Last week, Anthony announced that he would run against Tenom, adding that the party was also interested in running for Pensiangan and Keningau, though he did not reveal the candidates for those seats.

“We know our friends and voters in Keningau want us to stay there, but we’ll see. We will make a decision soon,” she said.

KDM had previously announced its other candidates, including Datuk Wetrom Bahanda, who joined the party last month after leaving Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. He will compete for the North Kota Marudu seat.

Others were Jumardie Lukman who will be in Sepanggar, Amat Md Yusof in Kimanis and Datuk Seri Winston Liaw in Kota Kinabalu.

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Selangor Sultan grants audience to Anwar



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’



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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