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Tale of two presidents: Larry Sng suspends Zuraida and seven others, calls for supreme council meeting

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PETALING JAYA: Datuk Larry Sng, who has insisted that he remains the chairman of Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM), has suspended several members of the party’s Supreme Council with immediate effect, for undermining the interests of the party and the leadership.

In a Facebook post on Friday (Oct 28) night, Sng said this included the suspension of Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin “as an ordinary member of PBM”.

Zuraida was appointed president-designate in June this year after her departure from the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Sng said that he had made the decision to suspend individuals based on Clause 60 (iii) of the party’s constitution.

This included Vice President Haniza Mohamad Talha, Vice Presidents Rahimah Majid, Sathiskumar Govindaraju and Muhammad Saiful Bahari Sahari; Youth Chief Na’im Brundage; The Women’s Chief, Dr. Daroyah Alwi, and the Youth Women’s Chief, Muniraa Abu Bakar.

Also on the list were Abdul Aziz Abdul Kadir, Zakaria Abdul Rahim, Datuk Chua Lian Chye, Datuk Roger Tan Seng Huat, and Albakri Salim.

“This is related to his continued involvement in undermining the interests of the party and its leadership,” he said in a Facebook post.

He added that such political maneuvering undermined the confidence of his leadership and caused much confusion among party members and the public.

“As such, their posts will be suspended until a disciplinary committee is established to investigate the matter after the election,” it added.

He said an urgent meeting of the high council would be called at 4 pm in Sarikei, Sarawak, on October 30, to discuss and resolve the issue immediately.

“I will exercise the provision of Clause 21(ii) of the party constitution to allow the meeting to be held with less than the required seven days’ notice.

“Those who have been suspended will not be invited to attend the meeting,” he said.

He said that the letters or the suspension have been sent to said people.

This came after Sng announced the suspension of the party’s general secretary, Nor Hizwan Ahmad.

Earlier in October, a news portal had reported that Zuraida had been announced as PBM president after receiving unanimous support from delegates who attended the party’s inaugural general assembly.

PBM chief information officer Zakaria Abdul Hamid was reported to have said that Selangor representative Jaafar Wahyu had proposed Zuraida, the party’s chairman-designate, to take the number one spot as PBM chairman.

However, Sng had repeatedly maintained that he was still the party’s rightful chairman.

Ni Hizwan claimed that Sng was no longer in office and that Zuraida was in fact the president.

He had shown the press screenshots of WhatsApp conversations with Sng where the Julau deputy had implied that Zuraida was the president.


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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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Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria over a speech he made allegedly linking the prime minister to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and stating that he supported communist ideology .

Anwar filed the suit through Messrs. SN Nair & Partners in the Taiping High Court, naming Gunong Semanggol Assemblyman Razman as the sole defendant.

Based on his statement of claim, Anwar as plaintiff asserted that on November 6, defendant delivered a campaign speech during the 15th General Election at Tebuk Pancur night market, which was broadcast live on defendant’s Facebook with the username “Haji Razman Zakaria”. and was viewed more than 94,400 times, received more than 5,100 reactions, 429 shares, and more than 2,600 comments as of Monday (December 5).

The Facebook video was then posted in an article titled “Razman dakwa Anwar bawa agenda LGBT, bimbang kerjasama PH-BN” dated November 6 in Malay and English on a news portal.

The Tambun MP claimed that the defamatory statements and published article implied that he was a liar, practiced and supported communist ideology, and encouraged same-sex marriage.

Anwar also claimed that the defamatory statements were made to ruin his reputation and that the accusations made in the article were untrue as he had always upheld Islamic values ​​and a broader reform agenda for the administration.

It added that the defendant uttered the defamatory words in an effort to sully his good name by inciting the public and creating hatred towards him and the party during the GE15 campaign period.

The defendant also breached Section 4A of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 and did not apologize to him for his actions, Anwar said.

As such, it seeks general, compensatory, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Defendant or its agents from repeating or causing publication of the slanderous article, in addition to seeking costs, interest, and other appropriate relief.

Anwar’s lawyer, Datuk SN Nair, confirmed the matter when contacted.- Bernama


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