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GTA plans to use torch as symbol in GE15

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PUTRAJAYA: Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) intends to use the torch as its symbol in the 15th General Election (GE15) if the coalition’s registration application is approved by the Registrar of Society (ROS).

The sponsoring committee of GTA met today with the CEO of ROS, Mohd Nawardi Saad, to present relevant documents and discuss the registration.

On August 4, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the establishment of the GTA, which comprises four parties, namely Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra), Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa) and the Parti Perikatan India Nasional Muslim (Iman).

“In order for GTA to qualify to compete in GE15, we are doing the proper process under the law by registering this political coalition with ROS,” said Dr. Mahathir, who is also chair sponsor of GTA in a statement read by the coalition’s secretary. . General Datuk Marzuki Yahya here today.

Dr. Mahathir, who is also the president of Pejuang, is still in quarantine at home after being discharged from the National Heart Institute (NHI) on Sunday. He was admitted to IJN after testing positive for Covid-19 on August 31.

Meanwhile, Pejuang President Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, who is also GTA Vice President Sponsor, hopes that GTA’s registration application will receive due consideration by ROS to allow the coalition to participate in GE15.

Mukhriz said that GTA offers people a new coalition that is comparable to existing coalitions like Barisan Nasional (BN), Perikatan Nasional (PN), and Pakatan Harapan (PH).

“Preparations for GE15 are underway and coalition members are moving together sharing each other’s strengths,” he said. – Bernama


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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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