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GE15: Perikatan fields six new faces in Penang

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GEORGE TOWN: Perikatan Nasional will bring six new faces to Penang for the 15th General Election (GE15).

Among them are Alan Oh @ Oh Teik Choon, from Bersatu, 46, and Wong Chia Zhen, from Gerakan, 37, who will face former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Prime Minister Chow Kon Yeow in Bagan (P43 ) and Batu Kawan (P46). parliamentary seats respectively.

Oh, who is the managing director of two companies, said he was aware the odds were stacked against him when he faced incumbent Lim, who is backed by vast resources.

“But I will not chicken out and do my best to convince voters that I am their best option. I am also giving voters another choice besides Lim.”

“I know the constituents there as I was the special chief coordinator of the Ministry of Housing and have helped many of them,” he said after being introduced to the media as a candidate at the Penang Gerakan office on Macalister Road on Thursday (Nov. twenty). 3).

Wong, a businessman, said as a local boy raised in Sungai Bakap in Batu Kawan constituency, he felt he would be a better choice than Chow as he knows the issues voters face.

“I know it will be an uphill task, but I will do my best to solve the traffic problems that have plagued the area for many years.

“Pakatan Harapan parliamentarians and assemblymen have not been able to solve the traffic problems since 2008,” he said.

Batu Kawan, one of the fastest growing townships in the state, is also the seat that seems to have attracted many hopefuls: at least five people have declared their candidacy there so far.

The other new faces are Muhammad Fawwaz Mat Jan from PAS (Permatang Pauh – P44), Steven Koh Tien Yew, 41, from the Congress of Non-Muslim PAS Supporters of the Islamist Party (Bukit Mertajam – P45), P. Thinagaranabhan from Bersatu , 41, (Bukit Gelugor – P51) and Muhammad Harris Idaham Abdul Rashid, 30 (Balik Pulau – P53).

Penang Perikatan President Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau had earlier introduced the candidates including Dr. Siti Mastura Mohamad, 33, of PAS (Kepala Batas – P41), Datuk Wan Saifulrudin Wan Jan, 47, from Bersatu (Tasek Gelugor – P42), Datuk Mansor Othman, 72, from Bersatu (Nibong Tebal – P47), H’ng Chee Wey, from Gerakan (Bukit Bendera – P48), H’ng Khoon Leng, 58, from Gerakan ( Tanjong – P49), Datuk Baljit Singh, 56, from Gerakan (Jelutong – P50) and Oh Tong Keong, 54, from Gerakan (Bayan Baru – P50).

Lau, who is also president of Gerakan, said the coalition felt the candidates are a good mix of young and experienced, adding that they still needed experienced candidates to help lead and teach new faces.

“We want to give the younger generation a chance to be the future leaders of the country, which is why we have so many young candidates, the youngest being Pang Boon Yan, 25, who will run for the state seat of Canning in Perak.

“We hope that Perikatan will have the opportunity to lead the country and we promise to be the ‘best’ government that is stable and transparent,” he told reporters.

There are 13 parliamentary seats up for grabs in Penang: six on the island and seven on the mainland.

Pakatan has 10 seats, DAP has seven and PKR three. Perikatan and Barisan have two and one seat respectively.


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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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