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GE15: ‘Underdog’ KJ to launch special manifesto for Sg Buloh next week

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BARISAN Nasional’s Sungai Buloh candidate Khairy Jamaluddin has promised to launch a special manifesto for the parliamentary seat next week.

“This manifesto, called Kata Janji Sungai Buloh (Promises to Sungai Buloh), will include special commitments on my part to each of the localities within this constituency, such as Kampung Melayu Subang and Paya Jaras.

“This shows that Barisan does its job in detail and does not make blanket promises.

“My method of campaigning will include public sessions where I will listen to the hopes and wishes of Sungai Buloh voters. This is in addition to face-to-face campaigning and social media,” said Khairy, who admitted feeling nervous as she spoke. she will compete in a new seat which is also known as a hot seat.

The Umno politician and former Rembau MP was considered an underdog in Sungai Buloh, which has won PKR since 2008.

“We have our work cut out for us. We will have to convince the 159,000 voters here of what I can offer this constituency,” she said.

Khairy was speaking after an event to meet Barisan’s Sungai Buloh machine for the 15th General Election (GE15) in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya on Wednesday night (Nov 2).

“This meeting is important to ensure that the electoral machinery is ready. If it is strong, it will make the candidate’s job easier.

“We don’t want a situation where there are already (internal) problems before the campaign starts,” he said.

Khairy said he was grateful for the support of the Barisan and Friends of Barisan Nasional component parties, particularly MIC, as Sungai Buloh has traditionally been contested by MIC.

He added that he preferred to focus on his own campaign and work to convince Sungai Buloh voters to support Barisan this GE15, and declined to comment on PKR’s announcement that they would reconsider fielding their candidate for the parliamentary seat.

PKR Deputy Chairman Rafizi Ramli had earlier said he would discuss with party chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the comments of Sungai Buloh voters about PKR candidate Datuk R. Ramanan after the candidacy was announced. Khairy on Tuesday (November 1).

R. Sivarasa of PKR won the seat from Sungai Buloh with a majority of 26,634 in GE14. He served as an MP for three terms under the PKR-Pakatan Harapan ticket.


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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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