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No change in GPS seat allocation for GE15, says Abang Jo

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KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will keep the status quo in its allocation of seats for the 15th General Election, says Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The GPS president said that the four parties that make up the coalition would remain in the same seats that they contested in the previous elections.

“For GPS it’s easy because we’re a team. Sarawak first,” he said, referring to GPS’s slogan.

Abang Johari, who is also the prime minister of Sarawak, spoke to reporters after chairing a meeting of the GPS’s supreme council here on Tuesday night (Sep 13).

The GPS is made up of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), and the Democratic Progressive Party (PDP).

In the 2018 general election, when all four parties were contesting as the then Sarawak Barisan Nasional, PBB fielded candidates in 14 of Sarawak’s 31 parliamentary seats, SUPP seven, PRS six and PDP four.

All four parties withdrew from Barisan to form the state GPS following Barisan’s loss in GE14.

Abang Johari also said that GPS would start making preparations to face GE15, including preparing its electoral machinery.

He said this was one of the issues discussed at the supreme council meeting, which was attended by the top leaders of the four parties, including the heads of their women’s and youth wings.

“Although we don’t know when the elections will be held, we will set up our machinery.

“We want a strong voice from Sarawak for us to play our role at the national level,” he said.

However, he refused to be drawn on whether the election would take place this year.

“We just prepare. If you are going to face an exam, you would start preparing two years in advance,” she said.

Abang Johari also said that GPS would continue to fight on several outstanding issues under the discussions of the 1963 Malaysian Agreement to restore the special rights of Sarawak and Sabah.

These include the restoration of 35% of parliamentary seats in both Borneo states, as well as administrative empowerment to manage health and education.

“The restoration of 35% of parliamentary seats has been agreed in principle, but it has to be discussed in the federal Cabinet and further action should be taken if they agree,” he said.


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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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