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150 Machang PKR branch members quit party

sMACHANG, March 7 — A total of 150 members of the Machang PKR branch have quit the party today.

Its former deputy chief Md Ziferibin Manan said the group was part of the branch’s 1,800 registered members.

“We quit the party voluntarily without coercion from anyone as we are disappointed with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership.

“The number of members quitting the party is expected to increase from time to time,” he told Bernama at the farewell do held at Machang PKR branch here today.

He said their struggles were futile as they only served the wishes of the president and the interests of some individuals in PKR.

“This move was also due to party’s infighting that affected members, and at the same time causing the people to lose confidence in PKR.

“Members who quit the party today are free to assist the community through various non-governmental organisations (NGOs),” he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

PAS to wait for cabinet formation before discussing power-sharing with UMNO

KOTA BHARU, March 7 — PAS wants to wait for the formation of the Federal Cabinet before discussing matters relating to power-sharing in states it controls with UMNO, said PAS vice-president Datuk Amar Nik Abdullah.

“We want to make sure the administration of the country is going smoothly first, particularly to solve the economic issues.

“The matter (power-sharing) with UMNO is a secondary issue,” he told reporters here today.

PAS currently controls the states of Kelantan and Terengganu.

In another development, Mohd Amar urged all quarters to respect the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s decision to appoint Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the 8th Prime Minister.

“The appointment was made based on law and His Majesty used his discretion after being advised by legal experts.

“Therefore, the King’s decision should not be disputed,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Zahid not seeking cabinet position

BAGAN DATUK, March 7 — UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has decided not to offer himself for consideration in Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Cabinet line-up.

“As Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and UMNO President, I have decided to be not considered for any Cabinet position,” he said when officiating meetings of UMNO branches in the Bagan Datuk division here today.

Besides this, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, said UMNO and BN had submitted a list of proposed names to the prime minister to be considered for Cabinet positions, according to percentage, ratio and their contribution to the formation of the new government.

“Main priority (in shortlisting the proposed names) is given to those having main positions in the UMNO and BN hierarchy… I also proposed new faces, young personalities, professionals and technocrats, and also political figures from BN and friends of BN from Sabah and Sarawak.

“UMNO and BN have given our trust to the prime minister to make the (Cabinet) appointments. We also trust the prime minister will appoint experienced hands for important portfolios or ministries. I am confident the prime minister will be reasonable in appointing only those who are qualified and of calibre as part of his Cabinet line-up.

He also said that opportunities must be given to those facing charges to clear their names through the judicial process in court, and not by having their cases withdrawn by the Attorney-General.

Ahmad Zahid, who is former deputy prime minister, is facing 47 charges with 12 of them involving criminal breach of trust, eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Intention of four Selangor Bersatu reps to be discussed at state, central level – Amirudin

SHAH ALAM, March 7 — The intention of four Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) assemblymen to support the Selangor government led by Pakatan Harapan (PH) will be brought up at the state and central leadership council meetings.

Selangor PH chairman Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said he welcomed any party who wanted to support PH leadership in Selangor, however, it had to be proven by the their commitment.

“They met me yesterday and expressed their intention to support PH in Selangor and this matter will be discussed at the state and central level, whether we can accept the formula used in Kedah and Penang where Bersatu assemblymen are still considered part of PH,” he told reporters here today.

On Thursday, the four Bersatu assemblymen, Sallehudin Amiruddin (Kuang); Harumaini Omar (Batang Kali); Mohd Shaid Rosli (Jeram); and Adhif Syan Abdullah (Dengkil) had voiced their support for PH reportedly after a meeting with Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya.

Amirudin, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, had earlier announced that Bersatu leaders and members were no longer part of the state administration – this included the exco, local authorities and village chiefs.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Pemanis assemblyman quits PKR, supports gabungan baharu In Johor

ISKANDAR PUTERI, March 4 — Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad today confirmed that Pemanis assemblyman Dr Chong Fat Full has quit Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and pledged support to Gabungan Baharu government in Johor.

The newly-appointed Menteri Besar said Dr Chong had made the decision based on his own will and discretion.

Dr Chong made the decision (to leave PKR) with the aim of prioritising the interests of the state, the Pemanis constituents and the people of Johor in general, he told a media conference at his office in Bangunan Dato Jaafar Muhammad here today.

Hasni said Dr Chong had also submitted his statutory declaration in support of the Gabungan Baharu state government.

Asked if Chong would be listed in the state’s new executive council line-up, Hasni said Gabungan Baharu would really welcome a representative from the Chinese community.

The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had previously summoned all 56 assemblymen in the state to hear their views, and later decreed the Gabungan Baharu had the support of 28 assemblymen while Pakatan Harapan had 26.

Two more assemblymen, Mazlan Bujang (Tiram) and Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub (Simpang Jeram) were not counted as they were not present during the interview session with the Sultan.

Meanwhile, Dr Chong, who was present at the media conference said there was ‘no pressure’ in making the decision.

I just made the decision this morning. It was not easy, it was a very painful decision. It was a matured decision, which was made collectively with my supporters, family and friends, he said.

The 60-year-old dentist who has been in practice for 30 years, joined PKR in 2009.

He said his original intention of joining politics, which is to serve the people in a wider capacity, still remains a priority.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Dr Afif, Penang state executive councillor resigns

GEORGE TOWN, Seberang Jaya assemblyman (ADUN) Dr Afif Bahardin has announced his resignation as a state executive councillor with the Penang government, with effect from today.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Dr Afif had tendered his letter of resignation as state Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman, during a discussion here today.

“I presented the letter of resignation at the State Executive Council meeting convened today and we accepted the decision,” Chow said, adding that news of the resignation will be conveyed to Penang Governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

Speaking at a press conference with the line-up of state executive councillors in attendance, the Chief Minister said copies of the resignation letter would also be shared with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the state’s legal advisor, the State Secretary and the state’s finance officer.

Dr Afif was not present at the press conference.

Chow explained that Dr Afif will remain as Seberang Jaya assemblyman, representing PKR and Pakatan Harapan (PH).

He added that in view of the vacated state executive councillor’s position, PKR is expected to convene a meeting to decide on a successor.

Meanwhile, asked about the status of two Penang state assemblymen from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Chow said the state legal office was in contact with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for advice on constitutional and legal provisions.

“At the moment, we are uncertain about the status of Bersatu as there is more than one faction in that party…so we will allow this to settle down before we make any decision,” he explained.

Penang has 40 State Legislative Assembly seats, with 35 of them held by Pakatan Harapan comprising DAP with 19 seats, PKR (14) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) holding two seats.

Bersatu and Barisan Nasional each hold two seats, while PAS has one seat.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Mukhriz denies Kedah administration in turmoil

ALOR SETAR, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has denied that the state government is in a state of turmoil in light of the current political situation in the country.

He said at the moment, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) have 19 out of the 36 seats in the state assembly and no assemblymen have defected from the pact so far.

There is an additional state seat from UMNO, which makes our total 20 — 19 state assemblymen and one Speaker. Our position is stable now, he told reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting at his office in Wisma Darul Aman here today.

Asked whether he would ask all Bersatu-PH assemblymen to sign a statutory declaration (SD) on their support, Mukhriz said there was no need to do so in the state.

There is no need to force anyone to sign SD and actually, that SD is invalid, meaningless. If we see at the federal level, after signing SD, there are some who defected, denying the signed SD, he said.

Out of the 36 seats, PAS has 15; PKR, seven; Bersatu, six; Amanah, four; while DAP and Umno have two each.

Even though Kedah will become an opposition state, Mukhriz hoped that good ties with the federal government could be maintained for the benefit of the people.

“The cabinet ministers have not been appointed yet, but there will certainly be leaders at the federal level we are well acquainted with; so hopefully the good relationship will continue for the sake of the people,” he said.

The meeting, attended by all exco members, went smoothly, Mukhriz added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency