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Sarawak Polls: BN not contesting, supports GPS, says Annuar

SIBU: Barisan Nasional will not contest in the 12th Sarawak election, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Speaking to reporters at a meet-the-people session in Tanjung Manis on Saturday, (Nov 27), the former Barisan secretary-general said they were staying away from the election to respect the spirit of cooperation and to support GPS.

"Barisan Nasional is a close friend of GPS so we will not contest or participate in the Sarawak state election," he said, adding that GPS is strongly supported by the people of Sarawak.

Annuar, who is Communications and Multimedia Minister, said that GPS, being part of the Federal Government, is playing an important role in national development.

"There is consensus and cooperation between Barisan and the GPS leadership i

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No report received over factory worker allegedly beaten during custody, say Johor police

JOHOR BARU: State police have not received any report on allegation that a former electronics factory worker was allegedly beaten by the police last June, says Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

The Johor police chief said this, referring to a report by Reuters on Dyson ending relations with local manufacturer, ATA IMS Bhd, based on a follow-up audit report received by the company.

"Until today, no police report had been received regarding a former ATA IMS employee who was allegedly beaten during an interrogation at the police station in June, as claimed in the report,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Nov 27).

According to the Reuters report, the company was believed to have been abusing its labour force.

A former employee of the comp

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Govt to announce financial aid for agricultural industry players, says Nanta

PUTRAJAYA: The government is expected to announce soon on financial assistance for agricultural industry players to reduce their operation cost due to the price increase in raw materials.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the ministry, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI), had submitted a proposal to the Finance Ministry (MOF) last Nov 24.

"A series of discussions and meetings were held with MOF to address the issue. The Finance Ministry has in principle agreed to consider the recommendations by both the ministries.

"Any decision regarding financial aid to industry players will be announced by MOF,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Nov 27).

Nanta said the me

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Muhyiddin: Bersatu will not contest in Sarawak, will instead support GPS

PAGOH: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) will not be contesting in the coming Sarawak state election on Dec 18 to give way to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

Instead, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said all of the Bersatu members would help and give their support to GPS to ensure the party would have the majority to form the state government.

He added that the decision was made after discussing the matter with Sarawak Chief Minister and GPS chairman Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg a few days before the Election Commission (EC) announced the election date.

"We had the discussion earlier with Tan Sri Abang Johari to get GPS views on the matter, and we have decided that the most important thing is to ensure that the current party in Sar

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Cops raid online gambling call centre in Jalan Kuching

KUALA LUMPUR: A month-old online gambling call centre was busted following a raid at a Jalan Kuching condominium here.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Beh Eng Lai said in a statement on Saturday (Nov 27) that the raid was conducted on Nov 26.

"Two local men and three foreign women were arrested, they are aged between 20 and 27 years old," said ACP Beh.

"They are believed to be working as operators and caretakers of the call centre," he added.

ACP Beh said that the investigation showed that the group used the condominium as a cover for their operations and that they had been active for only a month.

He added that equipment were seized, including nine handphones and said that all suspects were currently being held for further investigations.

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MIC party polls were ‘smooth and clean’ without any mishaps, says new party VP T. Mohan

KLANG: The hotly contested three vice president posts in the MIC have gone to Datuk T. Mohan (pic), Datuk M. Asojan and Datuk T. Murugiah.

Mohan and Murugiah were incumbents whilst Asojan, the party's secretary-general, grabbed the position from former Cameron Highlands MP Datuk C. Sivarraajh.

The other contestants in the six-cornered fight were party information chief Datuk V. Gunalan and executive secretary AK Ramalingam.

When contacted Mohan, who confirmed the results, said he was happy with the outcome as he had garnered about 11,000 votes which were more than what he had won in the previous party polls.

"It reflects the trust and confidence the division chiefs have on me," said Mohan, adding the other two vice presidents had also done w

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Leadership council proper channel to discuss Pakatan issues, says Chow

GEORGE TOWN: The central Pakatan Harapan leadership council should become a platform for important issues so that members and supporters are not confused by any individual statements, said Chow Kon Yeow.

The Penang Chief Minister was responding to Pakatan leaders who had urged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to step down as the Opposition leader and take a back seat following Pakatan’s results in the recent Melaka state election.

"The central Pakatan leadership council should be a better platform to discuss such issues so that members and supporters are not confused by any individual statements and not separated from their proximity to the coming political challenges in the Sarawak state elections and General Elections next year.

Meanwhile, Chow said the st

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Pandemic catalyst behind Selangor’s 2022 budget, says MB

SHAH ALAM: The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the catalysts behind the formulation of Selangor’s 2022 state budget, says Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic)

He added that the 2022 Budget also had a larger deficit of RM293bil in comparison to 2021’s deficit of RM123mil.

At a press conference after presenting the budget, the Selangor Menteri Besar said this was because the state was expecting lower revenue in 2022 as opposed to 2021.

He however added that the state had reserves which could be used to counter crises, such as the one created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Amirudin said when tabling his RM2.34bil 2022 budget that the deficit was based on the state’s projected income of RM2.1bil and estimate

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MIC sec-gen M.Asojan now one of party’s three vice presidents

JOHOR BARU: MIC secretary general Datuk M.Asojan has managed to clinch a position as one of the party's three vice presidents.

Along with Asojan, Datuk T. Mohan and Datuk T.Murugiah also managed to retain their party positions and it is learned that MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran is expected to make an announcement on the matter soon.

Party sources said on Saturday (Nov 27) that Asojan would be among the first vice presidents from Johor after a long time.

"It was a keenly fought party election. There are also many new faces in the 21-seat central working committee (CWC)," the party sources said.

Others who were vying for the vice-presidency include the incumbent Datuk C. Sivarraajh and two new faces.

The two were MIC executive sec

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JPJ: Road tax for almost 3.8 million vehicles yet to be renewed, owners encouraged to do so before Dec 31

KUALA LUMPUR: The road tax for over 3.78 million vehicles nationwide has yet to be renewed, says the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

Its deputy director general (strategy and operations) Aedy Fadly Ramli (pic) said based on statistics compiled on Nov 15, a total of 3,784,042 people have yet to renew the road tax for their vehicles.

"They have until Dec 31 to do so, but we advise them to do it quickly and not to wait until the last minute to do so," said Aedy.

"We estimate that there will be a rush to renew licenses and road tax in the last few days of Dec," he added when speaking to reporters after attending the Ops Sedar operation at the Sungai Besi toll plaza on Friday (Nov 26).

He said his Department would open

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