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Sabah parties on campaign trail for GE15

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KOTA KINABALU: Political parties in Sabah are on the campaign trail as they garner support in preparation for a possible general election to be called any day now.

Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) led by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, Sabah Barisan Nasional led by Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and Parti Warisan led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal have been organizing meetings across the state almost every weekend of this month.

GRS kicked off its state tour on August 20 with the launch in the inland district of Keningau, and has since covered the northern districts of Kudat and the east coast of Lahad Datu and Sandakan, among others.

Sabah Barisan, which is a coalition partner with the GRS-Barisan state government, has also started its “Blue Wave tour” in Tawau, followed by Kota Belud and Pensiangan as it continues to strengthen its grassroots support.

Bung said the meetings were not only to strengthen his position on the ground, but also for members to express their solidarity to fight as one team in the elections.

This weekend (October 1-2), the A Blue Wave program will be held in Sandakan, where at least 10,000 people are expected to show their solidarity with the coalition.

Five parliamentary constituencies will participate in the meeting: Kinabatangan, Beluran Libaran, Batu Sapi and Sandakan.

According to him, the event will launch the electoral machinery for the five electoral districts of Zone Five on Sunday (October 2).

He said that from October 1 at night, a variety of programs including RTM Talent Show, cultural performances, dance entertainment performances by Renewar Band, Lai Norman FT Atomic Power, Secret Busker, Qysstyna Busker, Busker Events, MZA Musician, aerobics, and a lucky draw will help as part of the celebrations.

It is still not clear whether Barisan and GRS will work together for the general election with Bung and Hajiji so far not ruling out the possibility.

GRS comprises Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Sabah Bersatu chapter), Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and Usno, while Barisan comprises Sabah Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), MCA and MIC .

Shafie has also been organizing Warisan meetings on the east coast, including Lahad Datu, Semporna and Tawau, since last weekend and they are expected to continue in other districts of the state.


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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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