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  21. <title>MAHATHIR EVER THE POLITICAL MAESTRO &#8211; CAN PAKATAN CHECK HIM: WITH ONLY 13 SEATS, YET HE BRILLIANTLY MANAGES TO CONTROL A 222-SEAT PARLIAMENT</title>
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  23. <pubDate>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:29:38 +0000</pubDate>
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  28. <description><![CDATA[The older the ginger, the spicier it gets – goes a very popular Chinese idiom. It means the older a person becomes, the wiser the person gets. When Mahathir Mohamad led the opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), to a stunning victory in the May 9th general election, the world was shocked and impressed with the emergence of the world’s oldest prime minister. This is not the first time the grand old man walks the corridors of power. He had enjoyed and tasted the power before – as prime minister for 22 years from 1981 to 2003. But to return to his old job after retired for 15 years is particularly satisfying for him. From a dictator, Mr. Mahathir suddenly becomes a very popular saviour who successfully defeated the evil and corrupt (former) PM Najib Razak. Heck, he has become so popular that there were concerns the 93-year-old man would be pressured to continue his premiership for as long as he likes, nullifying the agreement to hand over the most powerful job after 2 years to Anwar Ibrahim, his protégé-turned-nemesis-turned-ally. However, Mahathir has repeatedly said he will honour the agreement signed by Pakatan Harapan partners. The two year period may sound very short, but [...]]]></description>
  29. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The older the ginger, the <strong>spicier it gets</strong> – goes a very popular Chinese idiom. It means the older a person becomes, the wiser the person gets. When Mahathir Mohamad led the opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), to a stunning victory in the May 9th general election, the world was shocked and impressed with the emergence of the world’s oldest prime minister.</p>
  30. <p>This is not the first time the grand old man walks the corridors of power. He had enjoyed and tasted the power before – as prime minister for 22 years from 1981 to 2003. But to return to his old job after retired for 15 years is particularly satisfying for him. From a dictator, Mr. Mahathir suddenly becomes a very <strong>popular saviour</strong> who successfully defeated the evil and corrupt (former) PM Najib Razak.</p>
  31. <p>Heck, he has become so popular that there were concerns the 93-year-old man would be pressured to continue his premiership for<strong> as long as he likes</strong>, nullifying the agreement to hand over the most powerful job after 2 years to Anwar Ibrahim, his protégé-turned-nemesis-turned-ally. However, Mahathir has repeatedly said he will honour the agreement signed by Pakatan Harapan partners.</p>
  32. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-26850" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Election-2018-Mahathir-and-Anwar-Banner.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Election-2018-Mahathir-and-Anwar-Banner.jpg 510w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Election-2018-Mahathir-and-Anwar-Banner-300x217.jpg 300w" alt="Election 2018 - Mahathir and Anwar Banner" width="510" height="369" /></p>
  33. <p>The two year period may sound very short, but when a man like Mahathir is put to work, he can deliver more than what an idiot can do in 20 years. The fact that his party – Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) – commands almost the<strong>equal share</strong> of ministry portfolios among the 4 partners in the ruling coalition, despite being a minority party, was already impressive.</p>
  34. <p>After the historic May 9th win, Anwar’s party (PKR – People’s Justice Party) possessed the lion’s share of 47 parliamentary seats, while DAP (Democratic Action Party) grabbed 42. Mahathir’s PPBM (Malaysian United Indigenous Party) won <strong>only 13 seats</strong> and Amanah (National Trust Party) managed 11 seats, giving the Pakatan Harapan coalition the required 113 simple majority.</p>
  35. <p>Sure, Mahathir was sworn in as the country’s 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia primarily because all the component parties had agreed to the arrangement. Another factor was due to the fact that there is<strong> no dominant party</strong> with super majority seats in the coalition. Still, after Anwar was granted a full pardon by the Agong (King) and released from prison, he can kick Mahathir out of the government.</p>
  36. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-27215" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Prime-Minister-in-Waiting-%E2%80%93-Anwar-Ibrahim.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Prime-Minister-in-Waiting-–-Anwar-Ibrahim.jpg 510w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Prime-Minister-in-Waiting-–-Anwar-Ibrahim-300x200.jpg 300w" alt="Prime Minister-in-Waiting – Anwar Ibrahim" width="510" height="340" /></p>
  37. <p>There were strong rumours that Anwar Ibrahim was plotting to partner with either UMNO Malay nationalist party (which was dethroned for the first time in 61 years) or PAS Islamist party or both so that he can instantly <strong>grab power</strong>. After all, how hard could it be to replace Mahathir’s 13 seats party? Anwar’s advisers believed Mahathir might play him again like in 1998.</p>
  38. <p>Mahathir easily checkmated Anwar, pampered PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali with a very powerful portfolio – a specially created Minister of Economic Affairs. The <strong>divide and conquer</strong> tactic has essentially split PKR into half. To ensure DAP and ethnic Chinese loyalty to his premiership, Mahathir rewarded them with 6 ministers, including the powerful Minister of Finance.</p>
  39. <p>After ensuring stability and no rebellion within the Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition, Mahathir proceeded to<strong> break up</strong> the opposition Barisan Nasional coalition. Out of 79 parliamentary seats initially won by the old regime, UMNO alone had in its possession 54 seats. Like a skillful sushi chef, Mahathir skinned Barisan’s so-called fixed-deposit Sarawak Barisan Nasional.</p>
  40. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-27825" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Mahathir-Mohamad-Blue-Suit.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Mahathir-Mohamad-Blue-Suit.jpg 510w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Mahathir-Mohamad-Blue-Suit-300x200.jpg 300w" alt="Mahathir Mohamad - Blue Suit" width="510" height="340" /></p>
  41. <p>About a month after its humiliating defeat, the extremely corrupt Barisan was shocked when it<strong> lost 19 parliamentary seats</strong> in June. All the Sarawak parties – PBB, SUPP, PRS, and PDP – abandoned the coalition. Including UPKO (1), PBS (1) and PBRS (1), the Barisan was reduced from 79 to 57. The once arrogant former Deputy PM Zahid Hamidi was reportedly begged the Sarawak Chief Minister not to quit, but to no avail.</p>
  42. <p>It was not a coincidence that Sarawak former Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s party PBB, the biggest in the state with 13 parliamentary seats, launched the rebellion after his <strong>meeting</strong> with PM Mahathir and Daim Zainuddin. In exchange for not investigating Taib’s decades of corruption and illegal logging, Mahathir single-handedly took away Barisan’s fixed-deposit.</p>
  43. <p>UMNO plunged into disarray almost instantly. Its self-proclaimed 3-million members were running around like a headless chicken. From a mighty coalition of 13 component parties, the Barisan Nasional is now reduced to <strong>just 3 parties.</strong>With MCA and MIC holding 1 seat each (after MIC’s Cameron Highland was declared null and void), the coalition was reduced to 56 seats.</p>
  44. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-28139" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Ahmad-Zahid-Hamidi-Worry-Facial-Expression.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Ahmad-Zahid-Hamidi-Worry-Facial-Expression.jpg 510w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Ahmad-Zahid-Hamidi-Worry-Facial-Expression-300x212.jpg 300w" alt="Ahmad Zahid Hamidi - Worry Facial Expression" width="510" height="360" /></p>
  45. <p>But the slaughtering has just begun. With UMNO members already disillusioned and demoralised by their clueless president Zahid, Mahathir didn’t have to do any heavy lifting. Like it or not, the old man was a master strategist. Besides to gauge the real support of UMNO and PAS, there appeared to be another reason why the <strong>anti-ICERD rally</strong> was allowed to proceed.</p>
  46. <p>Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Hadi Awang thought the ICERD was a God-sent opportunity to rally the Malays and Muslims against the Mahathir government. The much hyped demonstration had turned out to be a flop – only managed to<strong> attract 55,000 protesters.</strong> Both gangster Zahid and extremist Hadi had wanted to test the feasibility of UMNO and PAS joining forces.</p>
  47. <p>But the same racial and religious rally would <strong>come back to haunt</strong> both Zahid and Hadi, sooner than they had expected. On Dec 12, just four days after the mega rally, a mass exodus from Sabah UMNO has begun with nine of 10 of its assemblymen, five of six MPs and two senators leaving the party. There were dozens of reasons (or rather excuses) given for the mass resignations.</p>
  48. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-27934" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PAS-President-Hadi-Awang-and-UMNO-President-Zahid-Hamidi-Smiling-and-Waving.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PAS-President-Hadi-Awang-and-UMNO-President-Zahid-Hamidi-Smiling-and-Waving.jpg 510w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PAS-President-Hadi-Awang-and-UMNO-President-Zahid-Hamidi-Smiling-and-Waving-300x209.jpg 300w" alt="PAS President Hadi Awang and UMNO President Zahid Hamidi - Smiling and Waving" width="510" height="355" /></p>
  49. <p>However, according to sources, the main reasons were the fear of UMNO becoming too <strong>Islamic-centric </strong>and getting closer to PAS. There’s a reason why the PAS Islamist party doesn’t have a presence in Sabah. UMNO in Sabah is different from the Peninsular. Perhaps the stupid Zahid Hamidi hadn’t a clue that Sabah UMNO actually has “non-Muslim” members.</p>
  50. <p>A day after the December 8 rally, which Mr. Zahid proudly declared as a huge success and attended by 500,000 Malay-Muslims, PAS and UMNO told all and sundry that they will set-up a<strong> joint committee</strong> to discuss and deliberate issues concerning the position of Islam as well as special privileges of the Malay, suggesting a partnership or a coalition or even a merger could be on the horizon.</p>
  51. <p>Mahathir was absolutely naughty to give UMNO enough <strong>ropes to hang</strong> itself. All UMNO Sabah leaders &amp; elected representatives who were leaving the party have pledged full support to the Pakatan Harapan Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. UMNO is now left with only one assemblyman and one MP in the state of Sabah.</p>
  52. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-28524" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UMNO-Signboard-Logo.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UMNO-Signboard-Logo.jpg 510w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UMNO-Signboard-Logo-300x200.jpg 300w" alt="UMNO General Assembly 2018 - Preparation" width="510" height="340" /></p>
  53. <p>Thanks to anti-ICERD rally, UMNO’s 54 MPs has been diluted further to 43 after the Sabah fiasco. That’s close to half of the initial 79 MPs lost within 6 months under Zahid leadership. Not bad for a Java-migrant who had dreamt of becoming UMNO president. After the collapse of Sabah UMNO, <strong>a second wave</strong>of exodus from UMNO is reportedly coming very soon.</p>
  54. <p>At least<strong> 32 UMNO MPs</strong> have allegedly switched loyalty to Mahathir Mohamad. If that happens, UMNO would be crippled with only 11 MPs left, presumably the most toxic and unacceptable even to the “garbage collector” Mahathir. The PPBM now possesses 16 MPs, up from 13 after three UMNO MPs jumped ship earlier on.</p>
  55. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>If Mahathir’s PPBM decides to accept all the 32 UMNO frogs, it would be boosted with a whopping 48 MPs, just second to Anwar PKR’s 50 MPs. To be fair to him, the prime minister did not say all of UMNO MPs will definitely be accepted. They must first become independent or Pakatan-friendly. This is important because the frogs can be used to initiate institutional reforms.</strong></span></p>
  56. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-28114" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mahathir-Mohamad-Grinning.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 510px) 100vw, 510px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mahathir-Mohamad-Grinning.jpg 510w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Mahathir-Mohamad-Grinning-300x200.jpg 300w" alt="Mahathir Mohamad - Grinning" width="510" height="340" /></p>
  57. <p>Yes, as a 13 MPs small “mosquito party”, as previously mocked and insulted by former Tourism and Culture Minister and UMNO warlord Nazri Aziz, it’s incredible that Mahathir could <strong>control the 222-seat</strong> government. Even without the 32 UMNO frogs, the 19 (Sarawak) and 5 (Sabah) respective friendly votes means Pakatan has 146 votes, just 2 seats shy of two-thirds majority.</p>
  58. <p>Pro-UMNO cybertroopers, propagandists and bloggers had predicted and hoped that a <strong>merger</strong> between UMNO and PAS could create a new powerful force. They suggested that what Zahid and Hadi needed to do was to scream, whine and bitch about 3R (religion, racial and royalty) and the Pakatan Harapan government would collapse.</p>
  59. <p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">Instead of a merger, clearly Mahathir has a better solution – to slaughter UMNO like a pig and deny PAS the satisfaction of taking a free ride out of UMNO misery. From the leader of a minority party, Mahathir has not only divided UMNO into pieces of junks, but also recycle the garbage to become useful parts, without any promise of keeping the trash.</span></strong></p>
  60. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-28525" src="https://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UMNO-Flag.jpg" sizes="(max-width: 511px) 100vw, 511px" srcset="http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UMNO-Flag.jpg 511w, http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/UMNO-Flag-300x200.jpg 300w" alt="UMNO Flag" width="511" height="340" /></p>
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  66. <title>UMNO STATE OF PLAY: 3 CAMPS EMERGE &#8211; ZAHID VS HISHAM VS KHAIRY</title>
  67. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147426</link>
  68. <pubDate>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:41:46 +0000</pubDate>
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  73. <description><![CDATA[SEVEN months after losing in the 14th general election, Umno has failed to find its footing as an opposition party and is now split into three camps amid defections and back-door deals in attempts to stay alive. Each camp has a different view of where the party should go in the new political landscape, sources said, and the loss of 17 MPs and talk of collaborations with Pakatan Harapan parties are signs of the different factions at work. Party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who has failed to unite the party around a common purpose, leads one school of thought that still dreams of regaining federal power by collaborating with other parties. The second camp, led by former vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein, wants to leave Umno and has specifically targeted joining Bersatu. The third group wants to Umno to remain an opposition party and to work on rebuilding lost ground to win back public support. Dreaming of Putrajaya Party sources said those in this camp, led by Zahid, are hiding behind Padang Rengas MP and Barisan Nasional secretary-general Nazri Aziz who has been tasked with selling Umno’s survival plan to division leaders around the country. The plan involves supporting PKR president Anwar [...]]]></description>
  74. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>SEVEN months after losing in the 14th general election, Umno has failed to find its footing as an opposition party and is now split into three camps amid defections and back-door deals in attempts to stay alive.</p>
  75. <p>Each camp has a different view of where the party should go in the new political landscape, sources said, and the loss of 17 MPs and talk of collaborations with Pakatan Harapan parties are signs of the different factions at work.</p>
  76. <p>Party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who has failed to unite the party around a common purpose, leads one school of thought that still dreams of regaining federal power by collaborating with other parties.</p>
  77. <p>The second camp, led by former vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein, wants to leave Umno and has specifically targeted joining Bersatu.</p>
  78. <p>The third group wants to Umno to remain an opposition party and to work on rebuilding lost ground to win back public support.</p>
  79. <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Dreaming of Putrajaya</strong></span></p>
  80. <p>Party sources said those in this camp, led by Zahid, are hiding behind Padang Rengas MP and Barisan Nasional secretary-general Nazri Aziz who has been tasked with selling Umno’s survival plan to division leaders around the country.</p>
  81. <p>The plan involves supporting PKR president Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister after Dr Mahathir Mohamad and collaborating with PKR, DAP, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which is the ruling coalition in Sarawak and Parti Warisan Sabah, the lead party in the Sabah government.</p>
  82. <p>The plan was leaked when Nazri met with Selangor Umno divisions last week. He had sought their buy-in, especially on the matter of working with DAP which Umno has long tarnished as being anti-Islam and anti-Malay.</p>
  83. <p>Grassroots members and leaders reacted with dismay and disbelief, and Nazri’s plan has only served to heighten calls for Zahid’s resignation as president</p>
  84. <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Leave Umno, bit by bit</strong></span></p>
  85. <p><img src="https://assets.nst.com.my/images/articles/01zahidddd_1530366824.jpg" /></p>
  86. <p>Headed by Sembrong MP Hishammuddin, this group has a few movers that include Tanjong Karang MP Noh Omar, Kepala Batas MP Reezal Merican Naina Merican and Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin, who was among six MPs who quit Umno yesterday.</p>
  87. <p>The strategy is to persuade Umno MPs to leave, a few at a time, to become independents first and eventually join Bersatu in stages.</p>
  88. <p>Hamzah was in the third wave of parliamentarians who have left Umno since GE14. A few days ago, five MPs from Sabah quit.</p>
  89. <p>Before that, six others had quit in a trickle between June and October, the most prominent being former ministers, Jeli MP Mustapa Mohamed and Kimanis MP Anifah Aman.</p>
  90. <p>To date, 17 MPs have left the party, with three joining Bersatu and one, Warisan.</p>
  91. <p>There are more MPs said to be ready to leave, as hinted by Hamzah who told newspapers that 33 Umno MPs had signed a <a href="https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/118702">pledge of allegiance</a> to Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir a month ago.</p>
  92. <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Stay on and fight</strong></span></p>
  93. <p>The third group wants Umno to face up to its role as an opposition party and regain strength without having to collaborate with any other party.</p>
  94. <p>This group has no leader or Umno parliamentarian speaking for it but its views seem to be expressed mostly by the <a href="https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/118728">rank and file</a>, who want the party leadership to focus on Umno’s revitalisation/building up.</p>
  95. <p>A few leaders and MPs in this group had hoped that Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan would have stepped up and exerted more leadership as Zahid faltered.</p>
  96. <p>This group sees the defections by MPs who have left as a cleansing process that will aid in the party’s restoration.</p>
  97. <p>&#8211; https://www.themalaysianinsight.com</p>
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  102. <title>&#8216;DR M IS THE ONE WHO TAUGHT US TO HATE DAP, NOW HE&#8217;S WORKING WITH THEM &#038; ANWAR&#8217;: SURE NAZRI &#8211; BUT SACK NAJIB FIRST, SUSPEND ZAHID &#038; AZEEZ, THEN VOTERS WILL KNOW IT&#8217;S A NEW UMNO THAT WANTS TO SURVIVE &#038; WORK WITH PKR &#038; DAP &#8211; OTHERWISE WHY SHOULD SUCH A CORRUPT PARTY AS UMNO BE ALLOWED TO LIVE?</title>
  103. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147377</link>
  104. <pubDate>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:36:58 +0000</pubDate>
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  109. <description><![CDATA[NAZRI Aziz is unapologetic despite Umno members’ dismay over his plan for the party to forge an alliance with PKR and DAP in a bid for survival. The Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general believes it is the only way Umno can survive till the 15th general election. Becoming a strong opposition party as some Umno members want is untenable as the threat of being deregistered by the Pakatan Harapan government is too real, Nazri told The Malaysian Insight in an interview. “The main issue is that we face de-registration. We cannot be an effective opposition party with the threat of de-registration hanging over our heads,”   Nazri said, echoing past warnings that its investigations into Umno leaders and its accounts being frozen could lead to that fate. “We have to face the reality that we are weak. Which is why we have to be nice to the government. So whatever we do, we have to ensure that the party is not deregistered,” he said He added that Pakatan Harapan chairman and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also wanted Umno disbanded first before the ruling coalition would accept Umno defectors. The plan to cooperate with PKR and DAP involves approaching PKR president Anwar [...]]]></description>
  110. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>NAZRI Aziz is unapologetic despite Umno members’ dismay over his plan for the party to forge an alliance with PKR and DAP in a bid for survival.</p>
  111. <p>The Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general believes it is the only way Umno can survive till the 15th general election.</p>
  112. <p>Becoming a strong opposition party as some Umno members want is untenable as the threat of being deregistered by the Pakatan Harapan government is too real, Nazri told The Malaysian Insight in an interview.</p>
  113. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“The main issue is that we face de-registration. We cannot be an effective opposition party with the threat of de-registration hanging over our heads,” <i class="icon icon-facebook small"></i> <i class="icon icon-twitter small"></i> Nazri said, echoing past warnings that its investigations into Umno leaders and its accounts being frozen could lead to that fate.</strong></span></p>
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  116. <div id="google_ads_iframe_/1582411174/stories_mrec_0__container__"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“We have to face the reality that we are weak. Which is why we have to be nice to the government. So whatever we do, we have to ensure that the party is not deregistered,” he said</strong></span></div>
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  119. <p>He added that Pakatan Harapan chairman and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also wanted Umno disbanded first before the ruling coalition would accept Umno defectors.</p>
  120. <p>The plan to cooperate with PKR and DAP involves approaching PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who is slated to take over as prime minister from Dr Mahathir in about two years.</p>
  121. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“Anwar did not promise anything. He just said he’s not the prime minister yet. So we’ll have to go back and see him after he becomes PM. In the meantime, it is status quo and we’ll do our best not to get deregistered.”</strong></span></p>
  122. <figure class="captionjs captionjs-animated"><img class="ci-image ci-full" src="https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/resources/stories_images/118749/b10_111218_tmiseth_07__full.jpg" alt="Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says MPs who have left Umno can only join his party, Bersatu, on the condition that Umno be disbanded. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 15, 2018." /><figcaption>Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says MPs who have left Umno can only join his party, Bersatu, on the condition that Umno be disbanded. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 15, 2018.</figcaption></figure>
  123. <p>Nazri has been going around to Umno divisions nationwide to <a href="https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/118378">sell the plan</a>, which he said is known to party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.</p>
  124. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“Of course Zahid knows. I’m the secretary-general (of BN) and he is the chairman,” Nazri said.</strong></span></p>
  125. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>He declined to comment on the denial by BN executive secretary, Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad, who said that Zahid would never agree to working with DAP.</strong></span></p>
  126. <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Unacceptable conditions</strong></span></p>
  127. <p>The plan, Nazri said, involves Umno joining the PH government until GE15.</p>
  128. <p>In return, the party will not be deregistered, the government will stop prosecuting Umno leaders and it will give out development allocations to the party’s elected reps.</p>
  129. <p>Umno will not demand any posts in the cabinet or state executive committees. However, it hopes to get posts at the local council and village committee level.</p>
  130. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“Our grassroots are used to getting these allocations at the village level. It is difficult for them hold programmes without these posts,” Nazri said.</strong></span></p>
  131. <p>He admitted that he and other senior Umno leaders had met Dr Mahathir, who is also Bersatu chairman, to explore how Umno could join the government.</p>
  132. <p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">“But Dr Mahathir’s condition was unacceptable. He said Umno had to disband and we all had to join Bersatu. We couldn’t do that to Umno.</span></strong></p>
  133. <p>“So the next alternative was to go and meet Anwar. But Anwar said he was not PM yet. So we’ll have to wait.”</p>
  134. <figure class="captionjs captionjs-animated"><img class="ci-image ci-full" src="https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/resources/stories_images/118749/anti-icerd_protest_tmi_006__full.jpg" alt="Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (centre) and deputy president Mohamad Hassan (left) attending the anti-ICERD rally on December 8. Nazri said Umno cannot ally with PAS as the two parties are competing for the same voters. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, December 15, 2018." /><figcaption>Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (centre) and deputy president Mohamad Hassan (left) attending the anti-ICERD rally on December 8. Nazri said Umno cannot ally with PAS as the two parties are competing for the same voters. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, December 15, 2018.</figcaption></figure>
  135. <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Don’t be sentimental</strong></span></p>
  136. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Nazri said he was aware that the idea of collaborating with DAP was anathema to many Umno members who have been nurtured to see the Chinese-led, multiracial party as a threat to Malay and Islam.</strong></span></p>
  137. <p>Umno members are more comfortable working with PAS given their similar ideologies to uphold Malay-Muslim dominance in the country. This was evident from their cooperation in the mega rally against the International Convention to Eliminate all Forms of Discrimination (ICRED) on December 8.</p>
  138. <p>But Nazri said it would be a mistake for Umno to forge political cooperation with PAS when it comes to elections, as both parties would end up competing with each other for the Malay-Muslim vote.</p>
  139. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“We cannot be sentimental about PAS. At the end of the day, we will compete against them. The reality is DAP and PKR are in the government and we have to work with the government to avoid deregistration.</strong></span></p>
  140. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“Dr Mahathir had once taught us to hate DAP. But now he’s working with DAP. The same happened with Anwar. So it’s not impossible.” <i class="icon icon-facebook small"></i> </strong></span><i class="icon icon-twitter small"></i></p>
  141. <p>Nazri said Umno could only be a strong opposition party if the government could guarantee that it won’t be de-registered.</p>
  142. <p>“We cannot be an effective opposition party with this fear hanging over us.”</p>
  143. <p>THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT</p>
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  148. <title>SHOW THESE OLD FOGEYS WHAT YOUNG MALAYS THINK OF THEIR POLITICAL NON-PRINCIPLES: RAFIZI TELLS &#8216;LEADING LIGHT&#8217; KHAIRY TO TOUGH IT OUT IN UMNO</title>
  149. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147437</link>
  150. <pubDate>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:45:55 +0000</pubDate>
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  155. <description><![CDATA[KUALA LUMPUR &#8211; Former PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli expressed hope for Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin to remain in Umno despite the turmoil faced by the party presently. In an open letter to Khairy, Rafizi said he hoped the former Umno Youth chief would continue to be vocal and make Umno a competent opposition. &#8220;I pen this letter (with all its flamboyance that comes with it) because I feel the need to express some sort of solidarity, that it is in the best interest of the nation for good and honest people to remain in Umno,&#8221; Rafizi said. &#8220;Umno&#8217;s defeat (no matter how painful it was to its leaders and supporters) gives it a second chance to embrace reforms. I pray that Umno accepts the defeat with humility and understands why people rejected it so that Umno can go back to the drawing board to rebuild a party that will truly serve the rakyat. &#8220;I disagree with any action, decision or attempts to annihilate the opposition (whichever party it may be). I may disagree with the opposition’s opinion, action or positions in many issues, but I appreciate the value of an effective opposition in a democratic society. &#8220;The next few [...]]]></description>
  156. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>KUALA LUMPUR &#8211; Former PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli expressed hope for Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin to remain in Umno despite the turmoil faced by the party presently.</p>
  157. <p>In an open letter to Khairy, Rafizi said he hoped the former Umno Youth chief would continue to be vocal and make Umno a competent opposition.</p>
  158. <p>&#8220;I pen this letter (with all its flamboyance that comes with it) because I feel the need to express some sort of solidarity, that it is in the best interest of the nation for good and honest people to remain in Umno,&#8221; Rafizi said.</p>
  159. <p>&#8220;Umno&#8217;s defeat (no matter how painful it was to its leaders and supporters) gives it a second chance to embrace reforms. I pray that Umno accepts the defeat with humility and understands why people rejected it so that Umno can go back to the drawing board to rebuild a party that will truly serve the rakyat.</p>
  160. <p>&#8220;I disagree with any action, decision or attempts to annihilate the opposition (whichever party it may be). I may disagree with the opposition’s opinion, action or positions in many issues, but I appreciate the value of an effective opposition in a democratic society.</p>
  161. <p>&#8220;The next few days, weeks and months may appear to be bleak for you and your colleagues who are pushing for genuine reforms in Umno.</p>
  162. <p>&#8220;But, if you work steadfastly to serve the public with integrity, the so-called exodus of the (former) Umno MPs will only strengthen Umno.&#8221;</p>
  163. <p>Rafizi remarked that Khairy was one of the leading lights of the progressive voice in the country.</p>
  164. <p><img src="https://assets.nst.com.my/images/articles/raf--lhairy14-o_1544841684.jpg" /></p>
  165. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;Many young people remain hopeful you will play a pivotal role to promote a new political culture that can unite us in spite of all our differences,&#8221; Rafizi said.</strong></span></p>
  166. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;For that reason, I hope you will remain in Umno and helps Umno to become an effective opposition.</strong></span></p>
  167. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;I will be cursed with profanities by friends and enemies alike, for saying this. But that is why we are who we are because we cherish the freedom to call a spade a spade.</strong></span></p>
  168. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;I pray that all will eventually be well for you.&#8221;</strong></span></p>
  169. <p>Responding to the letter, Khairy joked on Twitter, &#8220;Next time whisper it over lunch. Open letters are so diva-like.&#8221;</p>
  170. <p>&#8211; NST</p>
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  175. <title>NAJIB CAMP DROPS BOMBSHELL &#8211; UMNO TO BE DEREGISTERED IN 60 DAYS IF ZAHID DOES NOT RESIGN: MACC REPORT ALREADY LODGED WITH &#8216;PROOF&#8217; ZAHID BRIBED DELEGATES &#8211; OR KHAIRY WOULD HAVE WON, CLAIMS PRO-NAJIB BLOG</title>
  176. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147451</link>
  177. <pubDate>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:19:41 +0000</pubDate>
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  182. <description><![CDATA[Many of the recent resignations from Umno are in essence a vote of no confidence against Zahid and in the next 30-60 days more resignations are expected. Those who insist on staying on in Umno will soon find themselves party-less once Umno gets deregistered at the very latest by February 2019.  At 10.30am today a report was lodged at the MACC against Zahid Hamidi At 10.30am today (Friday, 14 December 2018) a report was lodged at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya. The report is regarding the Umno president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, bribing delegates to vote for him in the recent Umno party elections. The report cited the names of many witnesses and included evidence such as photographs and other documents. Malaysia Today has a copy of that report but it cannot be published here as MACC reports and investigation papers are protected by the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Furthermore, the names of many witnesses are mentioned in that report so they may be compromised or put in danger if their names are leaked. The MACC said Khairy would have won the Umno presidency if Zahid had not resorted to bribery Meanwhile, Umno divisions all over Malaysia are demanding that Zahid either [...]]]></description>
  183. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<h4><strong>Many of the recent resignations from Umno are in essence a vote of no confidence against Zahid and in the next 30-60 days more resignations are expected. Those who insist on staying on in Umno will soon find themselves party-less once Umno gets deregistered at the very latest by February 2019.</strong><strong> </strong></h4>
  184. <h3><strong>At 10.30am today a report was lodged at the MACC against Zahid Hamidi</strong></h3>
  185. <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-165323" src="https://www.malaysia-today.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/0L4A0993.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="413" /></p>
  186. <p>At 10.30am today (Friday, 14 December 2018) a report was lodged at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya. The report is regarding the Umno president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, bribing delegates to vote for him in the recent Umno party elections.</p>
  187. <p>The report cited the names of many witnesses and included evidence such as photographs and other documents.</p>
  188. <p><em>Malaysia Today</em> has a copy of that report but it cannot be published here as MACC reports and investigation papers are protected by the Official Secrets Act (OSA). Furthermore, the names of many witnesses are mentioned in that report so they may be compromised or put in danger if their names are leaked.</p>
  189. <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-167539" src="https://www.malaysia-today.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Khairy-Jamaluddin.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" /></p>
  190. <h3><strong>The MACC said Khairy would have won the Umno presidency if Zahid had not resorted to bribery</strong></h3>
  191. <p>Meanwhile, Umno divisions all over Malaysia are demanding that Zahid either resign or take leave while his court case in still pending. According to MACC, if Zahid does not relinquish the Umno presidency, then the party will definitely face deregistration in the next 60 days or so.</p>
  192. <p>The MACC insider also said if Zahid had not bribed the delegates to win the Umno presidency, Khairy Jamaluddin, in fact, may have won the party contest.</p>
  193. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Many of the recent resignations from Umno are in essence a vote of no confidence against Zahid and in the next 30-60 days more resignations are expected. Those who insist on staying on in Umno will soon find themselves party-less once Umno gets deregistered at the very latest by February 2019.</strong></span></p>
  194. <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-164020" src="https://www.malaysia-today.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Umno-1.jpg" alt="" width="632" height="422" /></p>
  195. <h3><strong>Umno will be deregistered in the next 60 days if Zahid does not resign</strong></h3>
  196. <p>&#8211; <strong>Raja Petra Kamarudin</strong></p>
  197. <p>&#8211; https://www.malaysia-today.net</p>
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  202. <title>WHO BENEFITS MOST FROM UMNO IMPLOSION &#8211; MAHATHIR, ANWAR OR THE &#8216;FROGS&#8217; THEMSELVES?</title>
  203. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147376</link>
  204. <pubDate>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:43:06 +0000</pubDate>
  205. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  206. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
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  209. <description><![CDATA[UMNO is haemorrhaging badly. The trickle of lawmakers quitting the party could soon turn into a torrent, if the warning by Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin is anything to go by. Six Umno MPs in the peninsula left yesterday, another five from Sabah a day earlier, plus a number of state assemblymen. More threaten to leave if Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi remains at the top. But the elephant in the room is – who benefits from the Umno implosion? Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his party Bersatu or Anwar Ibrahim and his party PKR? Or even Amanah? Or the former Umno members themselves running from the prospect of possible criminal charges in the future? The immediate reality or concern, or fear as it may be to some, is that these 11 MPs are up for grabs by either one of the three Malay-based parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH). PKR has the most, 50 now. Bersatu has 16 and Amanah has 11. The one other reality is none of these Umno lawmakers will want or even be accepted by DAP. Dr Mahathir might be interested to bolster Bersatu’s numbers in his limited time as the prime minister. He has even said that there [...]]]></description>
  210. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>UMNO is haemorrhaging badly. The trickle of lawmakers quitting the party could soon turn into a torrent, if the warning by Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin is anything to go by.</p>
  211. <p>Six Umno MPs in the peninsula left yesterday, another five from Sabah a day earlier, plus a number of state assemblymen. More threaten to leave if Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi remains at the top.</p>
  212. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>But the elephant in the room is – who benefits from the Umno implosion?</strong></span></p>
  213. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his party Bersatu or Anwar Ibrahim and his party PKR? Or even Amanah? Or the former Umno members themselves running from the prospect of possible criminal charges in the future?</strong></span></p>
  214. <div class="news-ads m-reg">
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  216. <div id="google_ads_iframe_/1582411174/stories_mrec_0__container__">The immediate reality or concern, or fear as it may be to some, is that these 11 MPs are up for grabs by either one of the three Malay-based parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH).</div>
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  219. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>PKR has the most, 50 now. Bersatu has 16 and Amanah has 11. The one other reality is none of these Umno lawmakers will want or even be accepted by DAP.</strong></span></p>
  220. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Dr Mahathir might be interested to bolster Bersatu’s numbers in his limited time as the prime minister. He has even said that there are some good members in Umno.</strong></span></p>
  221. <p>The Larut MP who quit Umno yesterday said as much.</p>
  222. <p>“There are 33 from Umno, one from Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and two from MIC who signed (the letters of) support for the prime minister. This was not decided a day or two ago. It was decided about a month ago,” Hamzah was quoted as saying by Berita Harian.</p>
  223. <p>“This group sincerely want to ensure that the government is stable and ensure that no one uses Parliament to dethrone the PM because we are hearing such.”</p>
  224. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>That support for Dr Mahathir now could play on Anwar’s fears that he may not have the numbers to become the next prime minister, as promised in the PH manifesto and within the pact’s presidential council.</strong></span></p>
  225. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>After all, some parts of the PH manifesto has been discarded with the excuse that they did not actually think they would actually win the May 9 polls.</strong></span></p>
  226. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>To Anwar’s advantage, and the reason the Zahid faction in Umno is talking to him through Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Nazri Aziz is that Dr Mahathir has said Bersatu will not take 12 Umno MPs if they defected.</strong></span></p>
  227. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Those numbers could join PKR and DAP in an alliance to ensure Anwar does become prime minister, some 20 years after he was within a heartbeat of the post.</strong></span></p>
  228. <p>The sales pitch for Umno to ally itself with PKR and DAP has met resistance from the grassroots, but Nazri is unapologetic about the possible alliance.</p>
  229. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“Anwar did not promise anything. He just said he’s not the prime minister yet. So we’ll have to go back and see him after he becomes PM. In the meantime, it is status quo and we’ll do our best not to get deregistered,” Nazri told The Malaysian Insight.</strong></span></p>
  230. <p>And how does all this benefit the other parties in PH? Are they even agreeable to this influx of Umno men and women who cheered Najib Razak before the general elections and now crawl over to their side of the political aisle?</p>
  231. <p>Dr Mahathir says DAP’s Lim Kit Siang is open to the idea, having agreed that Umno has some good members.</p>
  232. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“I myself was once an Umno member and Kit Siang has now accepted me. It’s not about membership but what we do,” the prime minister said yesterday.</strong></span></p>
  233. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>But Lim has only gone as far to say that these ex-Umno members must first atone for supporting Najib.</strong></span></p>
  234. <p>Perhaps that will take a lifetime. After all, some of them are mired in scandals and face criminal prosecution for actions done in the BN years. The almost weekly parade of Umno politicians showing up for charges is still going on.</p>
  235. <p>Yet, the immediate impact of the Umno bleeding is clear.</p>
  236. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>The federal lawmakers exiting Umno and preparing to join either Bersatu or PKR can and will tip the balance for Anwar’s accession as prime minister.</strong></span></p>
  237. <p>It won’t, however, decide if PH can attract more Malay support in the next polls. That is still a major contest for the hearts and minds of the demographic over the next five years.</p>
  238. <p>THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT</p>
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  243. <title>WEAR LIPSTICK LAH, HANNAH YEOH &#8211; BUT &#8216;VERY PRETTY&#8217; DEPUTY MINISTER NOT AMUSED BY ONLINE FAN&#8217;S REQUEST TO HER TO &#8216;LOOK THE PART&#8217;</title>
  244. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147414</link>
  245. <pubDate>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:05:44 +0000</pubDate>
  246. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
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  250. <description><![CDATA[KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh yesterday delivered a subtle but stinging rebuke to a Netizen who asked her to &#8220;look the part&#8221; of a minister by wearing lipstick to work. The Netizen, who goes by the name KR Wong on Facebook, was commenting on Yeoh&#8217;s new profile picture on her official Facebook page yesterday. &#8220;Hannah Yeoh, actually you&#8217;re very pretty. Can you please use lipstick when you go to work? &#8220;Now you&#8217;re our minister, so you must look the part lah!&#8221; Wong said. In response, Yeoh &#8220;thanked&#8221; Wong for the suggestion that she wears lipstick. &#8220;I wear (lipstick) when I feel like it and I do not want to do it because I am compelled to. &#8220;Make-up does not in any way affect the quality of my work and it should not in any way affect any women in their workplace.&#8221; She said no male politician would ever be told what cream he should put on his face. &#8220;I expect nothing less than the same treatment accorded to the deputy ministers who are men,&#8221; Yeoh said, ending her reply with a smiley. Yeoh, who is Segambut member of parliament, is former Selangor speaker. When she was [...]]]></description>
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  254. <p>KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh yesterday delivered a subtle but stinging rebuke to a Netizen who asked her to &#8220;look the part&#8221; of a minister by wearing lipstick to work.</p>
  255. <p>The Netizen, who goes by the name KR Wong on Facebook, was commenting on Yeoh&#8217;s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hannahyeoh/photos/a.433171829033/10156739524469034/?type=3&amp;theater">new profile picture</a> on her official Facebook page yesterday.</p>
  256. <p>&#8220;Hannah Yeoh, actually you&#8217;re very pretty. Can you please use lipstick when you go to work?</p>
  257. <p>&#8220;Now you&#8217;re our minister, so you must look the part lah!&#8221; Wong said.</p>
  258. <p>In response, Yeoh &#8220;thanked&#8221; Wong for the suggestion that she wears lipstick.</p>
  259. <p>&#8220;I wear (lipstick) when I feel like it and I do not want to do it because I am compelled to.</p>
  260. <p>&#8220;Make-up does not in any way affect the quality of my work and it should not in any way affect any women in their workplace.&#8221;</p>
  261. <p>She said no male politician would ever be told what cream he should put on his face.</p>
  262. <p>&#8220;I expect nothing less than the same treatment accorded to the deputy ministers who are men,&#8221; Yeoh said, ending her reply with a smiley.</p>
  263. <p>Yeoh, who is Segambut member of parliament, is former Selangor speaker. When she was appointed in 2013, she was the country&#8217;s first female speaker and the youngest ever, at age 34.</p>
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  272. <title>BOMBSHELL &#8211; SON OF AMBANK FOUNDER HUSSAIN NAJADI, BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MURDERED IN CONNECTION TO 1MDB, RECEIVES BLACKMAIL/DEATH THREATS: &#8216;OTHER INDIVIDUALS INCLUDING JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATED WITH 1MDB HAVE ALSO RECEIVED SIMILAR THREATS&#8217; &#8211; PASCAL NAJADI</title>
  273. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147328</link>
  274. <pubDate>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:21:06 +0000</pubDate>
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  279. <description><![CDATA[The son of assassinated banker, founder of AmBank, Hussain Najadi has been subjected to a series of death threats combined with blackmail attempts from an apparent fraudster seeking money to reveal a plot to take his life. “I am forced to take such matters seriously when the assassination of my father remains unresolved” AmBank Founder Hussain Najadi was shot dead in KL, Malaysia July 29th 2013. Emails sent to his son’s personal email earlier this week under a subject line “Top Secret: Assassination Plot” claimed to have ‘intelligence information’ about a ‘plan to assassinate you’. The anonymous emailer who uses a protonmail address GR432990 claimed to be able to pass the name of the person/persons behind the plot and emails and audio evidence to prove that evidence, but only on the production of ten bitcoins to an anonymous address 3NkLLe2rSSymAgRLAwyunppKayVcStZmxX. Pascal Najadi, who currently resides in Moscow, Russia, has alerted the Russian FSB to deal with the threat and says he is concerned that anyone should make such vicious overtures to someone is his situation. I am aware that a number of other individuals associated with 1MDB, including journalists have also been approached by the same individual or syndicate making similar threats or [...]]]></description>
  280. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p style="font-weight: 400;">The son of assassinated banker, founder of AmBank, Hussain Najadi has been subjected to a series of death threats combined with blackmail attempts from an apparent fraudster seeking money to reveal a plot to take his life.</p>
  281. <p style="font-weight: 400;">“<em>I am forced to take such matters seriously when the assassination of my father remains unresolved”</em></p>
  282. <p style="font-weight: 400;">AmBank Founder Hussain Najadi was shot dead in KL, Malaysia July 29th 2013. Emails sent to his son’s personal email earlier this week under a subject line “<strong>Top Secret: Assassination Plot</strong>” claimed to have ‘intelligence information’ about a ‘plan to assassinate you’.</p>
  283. <p style="font-weight: 400;">The anonymous emailer who uses a protonmail address <strong>GR432990 </strong>claimed to be able to pass the name of the person/persons behind the plot and emails and audio evidence to prove that evidence, but only on the production of ten bitcoins to an anonymous address <strong>3NkLLe2rSSymAgRLAwyunppKayVcStZmxX.</strong></p>
  284. <p style="font-weight: 400;">Pascal Najadi, who currently resides in Moscow, Russia, has alerted the Russian FSB to deal with the threat and says he is concerned that anyone should make such vicious overtures to someone is his situation.</p>
  285. <p style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>I am aware that a number of other individuals associated with 1MDB, including journalists have also been approached by the same individual or syndicate making similar threats or seeking money for alleged information, including claiming to have knowledge of the whereabouts of Jho Low.</strong></span></p>
  286. <p><img src="https://alchetron.com/cdn/hussain-najadi-4f1d8ba8-3dae-43fb-af29-8923672464a-resize-750.jpeg" /></p>
  287. <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>“One thing these approaches seem to have in common is the same protonmail ID GR432990 and in at least one case the same bitcoin account has been used in the demands to receive money. However, it appears other bitcoin accounts are also being cited in various demands.”</em></p>
  288. <p style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Najadi says the matter is now in the hands of various authorities who take such matters extremely seriously.  Meanwhile, he would welcome information from any others who may have received similar threats and fraudulent emails.  Any such information can be forwarded to  <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></p>
  289. <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>“It is hard to think how anyone could sink so low to attempt to profit in such a way and this dangerous and despicable individual needs to be caught and punished” </em>[Pascal Najadi]</p>
  290. <div>MEDIA STATEMENT &#8211; Anastasia Suvorova,<span style="color: #073763; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Press Officer</span></div>
  291. <p>.</p>
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  295. <title>THE VERDICT IS CLEAR &#8211; NAJIB MUST BE EXPELLED, ZAHID STEP DOWN AS PRESIDENT: ANTI-ICERD RALLY THE CATALYST FOR UMNO PRESIDENT&#8217;S DOWNFALL &#8211; OVERLY RACIST STANCE CHASED AWAY SABAH LEADERS</title>
  296. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147417</link>
  297. <pubDate>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:24:44 +0000</pubDate>
  298. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  299. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  300.  
  301. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147417</guid>
  302. <description><![CDATA[If the Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin was telling the truth, that 36 BN MPs including 33 from UMNO had only a month ago signed letters of support for the Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, and that UMNO President Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi was kept completely in the dark, it portends two possibilities: · Firstly, that as many as another 20 UMNO MPs are set on leaving UMNO, resulting in UMNO, which at one time claimed the divine right to rule the country, to the regional status of PAS in having less than 20 MPs; and · Secondly, that Zahid Hamidi’s tenure as UMNO President is likely to be the shortest in UMNO history. The Anti-ICERD rally of PAS and UMNO in Kuala Lumpur on 8th December 2018 had acted as a catalyst for the implosion in UMNO, losing 10 Members of Parliament after the rally. What former UMNO Minister and Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed said on September 18, 2018 when quitting UMNO bears remembering. Mustapha said UMNO had not made any efforts to rejuvenate itself. He said to be relevant in a dynamic national political scenario today, Umno as the backbone of Barisan, cannot depend on the [...]]]></description>
  303. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>If the Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin was telling the truth, that 36 BN MPs including 33 from UMNO had only a month ago signed letters of support for the Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, and that UMNO President Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi was kept completely in the dark, it portends two possibilities:</p>
  304. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>· Firstly, that as many as another 20 UMNO MPs are set on leaving UMNO, resulting in UMNO, which at one time claimed the divine right to rule the country, to the regional status of PAS in having less than 20 MPs; and</strong></span></p>
  305. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>· Secondly, that Zahid Hamidi’s tenure as UMNO President is likely to be the shortest in UMNO history.</strong></span><br />
  306. <span id="more-39389"></span></p>
  307. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>The Anti-ICERD rally of PAS and UMNO in Kuala Lumpur on 8th December 2018 had acted as a catalyst for the implosion in UMNO, losing 10 Members of Parliament after the rally.</strong></span></p>
  308. <p>What former UMNO Minister and Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed said on September 18, 2018 when quitting UMNO bears remembering.</p>
  309. <p>Mustapha said UMNO had not made any efforts to rejuvenate itself.</p>
  310. <p>He said to be relevant in a dynamic national political scenario today, Umno as the backbone of Barisan, cannot depend on the sole support of the Malays and Bumiputras.</p>
  311. <p>He said: “<em>My political principle is that Umno should be inclusive, moderate and a party that takes the middle path.</em></p>
  312. <p>“Umno must continue to fight for the rights of Bumiputras and Islam, but should never sideline the importance of other races and religions.</p>
  313. <p><em>“I believe this is the best way in a multiracial country like Malaysia.”</em></p>
  314. <p>Based on the latest developments, he felt that it was getting difficult to salvage the diminishing trust deficit and Umno’s image.</p>
  315. <p>He said he saw no sign that the majority of the multiracial and multireligious people in Malaysia “<em>will once again trust the party’s struggles”.</em></p>
  316. <p>He said: “<em>I pray that our country will remain peaceful, prosperous and internationally respected.</em></p>
  317. <p><em>“May the new chapter in Malaysia create a more mature and inclusive political culture which prioritises integrity and governance.”</em></p>
  318. <p>Former Prime Minister and UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the UMNO leadership is not entirely to blame following the recent flight of lawmakers and other members from the party.</p>
  319. <p>Saying he was “disappointed” with the exodus from UMNO, the former Umno president said the party was undergoing a “natural cleansing”.</p>
  320. <p>Najib is shedding crocodile’s tears as he has single-handedly destroyed UMNO by his kleptocratic rule and the monstrous 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal as well as the other 1MDB-like scandals in Tabung Haji, Felda, Felcra, MARA – making Malaysia suffer the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of being condemned by the whole world as a global kleptocracy.</p>
  321. <p>The expulsion of Najib from UMNO may be the only step to save UMNO from total extinction although even this step may be too late.</p>
  322. <p>https://blog.limkitsiang.com/</p>
  323. <p>.</p>
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  327. <title>OPEN SECRET IN UMNO &#8211; BUT HISHAM REFUSES TO &#8216;ENTERTAIN ALLEGATIONS&#8217; HE MASTERMINDED DEFECTIONS INTO BERSATU: IF TRUE, HE SHOULD BE SACKED FOR BETRAYING HIS OWN PARTY</title>
  328. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147442</link>
  329. <pubDate>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:29:09 +0000</pubDate>
  330. <dc:creator><![CDATA[fadle mc]]></dc:creator>
  331. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  332.  
  333. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=147442</guid>
  334. <description><![CDATA[KUALA LUMPUR &#8211; Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is unfazed by allegations suggesting that he was the mastermind who had engineered the mass defection of Umno leaders from the party. The former Umno vice-president pooh-poohed such accusations claiming that it was fabricated by quarters desperate for political mileage. “They are so desperate that they will say anything. “Shall not entertain them. “When (it is) not the case, they just move on to another issue to attack me,” the Sembrong member of parliament said in a reply via WhatsApp to the NSTP. The former defence minister was asked to comment on claims by certain quarters that he was responsible for the exodus of several Umno leaders crippling the party. Former domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and five other MPs became the latest Umno leaders to quit the party yesterday. The other MPs are Datuk Rosol Wahid (Hulu Terengganu), Datuk Seri Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah), Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad (Mersing), Datuk Shabudin Yahaya (Tasik Gelugor) and Datuk Mohamad Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Sabak Bernam). Their resignation from the party came after several Umno MPs and state assemblymen in Sabah resigned from the party en masse on [...]]]></description>
  335. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>KUALA LUMPUR &#8211; Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is unfazed by allegations suggesting that he was the mastermind who had engineered the mass defection of Umno leaders from the party.</p>
  336. <p>The former Umno vice-president pooh-poohed such accusations claiming that it was fabricated by quarters desperate for political mileage.</p>
  337. <p>“They are so desperate that they will say anything.</p>
  338. <p>“Shall not entertain them.</p>
  339. <p>“When (it is) not the case, they just move on to another issue to attack me,” the Sembrong member of parliament said in a reply via WhatsApp to the NSTP.</p>
  340. <p>The former defence minister was asked to comment on claims by certain quarters that he was responsible for the exodus of several Umno leaders crippling the party.</p>
  341. <p><img src="https://assets.nst.com.my/images/articles/Hishammuddin_1207_1544841369.jpg" /></p>
  342. <p>Former domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and five other MPs became the latest Umno leaders to quit the party yesterday.</p>
  343. <p>The other MPs are Datuk Rosol Wahid (Hulu Terengganu), Datuk Seri Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah), Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad (Mersing), Datuk Shabudin Yahaya (Tasik Gelugor) and Datuk Mohamad Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Sabak Bernam).</p>
  344. <p>Their resignation from the party came after several Umno MPs and state assemblymen in Sabah resigned from the party en masse on Wednesday.</p>
  345. <p>&#8211; NST</p>
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