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PM says not distracted by party, politics, focussed on running the country

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PUTRAJAYA: I am not distracted by parties and politics, and I stay focused on running the country, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“As for me, I have my own job both in the party and in the government. Party members are free to give their opinions, but that doesn’t distract me.

“If I am distracted, we definitely would not have achieved 8.9% GDP growth in the second quarter, we would not have been able to reduce unemployment from 4.3% to 3.8%, and our trade numbers would not have exceeded 2 trillion ringgit,” the prime minister said on Monday (Aug 22).

Ismail Sabri had this to say when asked if he felt his administration was distracting from day-to-day tasks and ignoring the possibility of a poor global economic outlook next year considering so many things going on in his party (Umno) and government.

He was also asked if he felt he was being pressured, especially noting statements made by other party members, including party chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who wants the general election to take place as soon as possible.

Ismail Sabri said that everyone in Umno had the right to express their opinion, including the president.

“Everyone can make statements and our party welcomes diversity of opinion,” he said, during a question-and-answer session with various foreign correspondents and Bernama here on Monday.

“I respect the views of the party chairman, vice chairman, vice chairmen and other party leaders. However, any final decision will be made by the top five party leaders,” he said.

Asked if he would run for the party chairman position, as the norm in Umno is for the party chairman to become prime minister, he replied that his focus now was to help the party win the 15th General Election (GE15). .

“If the party loses, there is no point in competing for any position. When the time comes, I’ll think about it,” she said.

Ismail Sabri also pointed out that in other nations, the president or prime minister is not necessarily the party leader as seen in Indonesia where Joko Widodo is just an ordinary member of Parti Demokratik Indonesia. Same with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“This situation is not unusual in other nations. Perhaps in Malaysia, this seems strange as it happened for the first time.

“As for me, I am the prime minister, I am the deputy chairman of the party, and although I am not the chairman of the party, I still want the party to win and form a government,” he said.

Meanwhile, on whether the country’s major corruption scandals painted a bad image for the nation, he said: “It is true that the corruption problem could affect the country’s image if it continues. It will also deter investors from coming to the country.”

“What is important is the actions taken by the government to address this issue. The Anti-Corruption Commission of Malaysia (SPRM) has the powers to take action. If you have watched the corruption cases brought to court, no one is spared regardless of assumption.

“Furthermore, procurement-related procedures will continue to be tightened to prevent this threat,” he said.

He added that as long as the government is committed to acting on corruption, other nations and foreign investors will have confidence in the country.

After the 1MDB scandal which generated losses of up to RM50bil, Malaysia is once again beset by another mega corruption scandal related to the procurement of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy, where losses could reach RM9bil. – Bernama


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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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I was just there to see my friends, says Ismail Sabri rubbishing talk of meeting between BN, PAS leaders

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PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says he was at a country club in Petaling Jaya for a farewell party for former employees of the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday (November 25).

The former prime minister strongly denied that it was said he was at the club for a closed-door meeting between Barisan Nasional and PAS leaders, Sinar Harian reported.

Ismail, Umno’s vice president, said he would only meet friends for a farewell ceremony.

READ ALSO: Dr Wee refutes claims that he attended a discussion with Umno and PAS leaders

“These (rumors) are malicious slander meant to tarnish my name. Nowadays, I can’t even meet my friends,” he told the Malaysiakini online news portal.

Talk about a meeting at the club had gone viral on social media after photos of various politicians arriving at the club were posted online.

Ismail added that it was unfair for certain quarters to label him a “traitor” for meeting with PAS leaders, however BN leaders who met with their Pakatan Harapan counterparts earlier this week were branded as “heroes”. .

The viral post lists Ismail, former Umno General Secretary Tan Sri Annuar Musa, PAS General Secretary Takiyuddin Hassan, MCA President Datuk Dr. Seri Wee Ka Siong and former Putrajaya Umno Deputy Director Datuk Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, among those who attended the meeting. .

Earlier, Dr. Wee said in a Facebook post that he had been to the club after receiving an invitation from two businessmen.

“It was to have dim sum for brunch at a restaurant located in the country club.

“When I arrived, I met former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who was in the cafeteria next to the restaurant.

“I greeted him before my friends arrived. When they (my friends) arrived, I went directly to the aforementioned restaurant for lunch,” he said, adding that he was hurt by the slanderous accusations.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also denied that Barisan General Treasurer Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was present at the farewell ceremony.

Sinar Harian reported that Ismail Sabri also said that other Umno leaders such as Khairy Jamaluddin were also slandered for going against party chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Right now, because they want to support other people to form a government and appoint someone to be prime minister, the Umno leaders are slandering each other and dividing the party,” he said.


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