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Behind closed doors, Dr M admits tough time over 'thick' manifesto

  • Aug 15, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted that Pakatan Harapan was facing a tough time over its "thick" manifesto, some of the promises which were made without the expectation that the coalition could truly win power.However, Mahathir told a gathering of Harapan and Parti Warisan Sabah MPs in Petaling Jaya last night that the coalition must now do its best to fulfil them or find proper justifications for promises that cannot be met.Several sources who were present at the dinner function last n
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Ministry to work on 'ugly' tourism logo, shades-wearing orangutan in limbo

  • Aug 15, 2018
The fate of the orangutan sporting a pair of shades on the Visit Malaysia 2020 logo now hangs in the balance.This is because the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is planning to improve the logo, which an overwhelming number of netizens have panned as “ugly”.Minister Mohammaddin Ketapi said a contest would be organised to improve the logo."We're not ditching it but we'll improve it. There were many complaints it wasn't nice..."Perhaps we can make changes to the orangutan in shades,” he to
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Dr M wants Harapan MPs to be disciplined, warns gov't can collapse

  • Aug 14, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has warned Pakatan Harapan and Parti Warisan Sabah MPs, that lack of discipline and internal bickering would land the coalition in a coffin.We understands that Mahathir conveyed this message during a gathering of government ministers, deputy ministers and MPs at a dinner in Petaling Jaya last night.Speaking on condition of anonymity, some of those who attended the dinner said that Mahathir complained how some MPs were still behaving like the opposition and urge
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MACC probing defence minister's aide over 'RM800k assistance'

  • Aug 14, 2018
MACC is investigating an aide to Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu over the allegation that he received more than RM800,000 from several parties to settle his bankrupt status.MACC deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki confirmed that an investigation is being carried out.However, he declined to reveal details of the probe as it is still ongoing.Meanwhile, sources said that the aide was declared bankrupt by the Insolvency Department about four years ago.His status had remained as such until late May, wh
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AG: Equanimity to be liquidated if nobody else lays claim

  • Aug 14, 2018
The Equanimity will be liquidated if nobody else besides 1MDB lays claim over the superyacht in the next two to three months, said attorney-general Tommy Thomas.Following this, the government would keep the funds in a fixed deposit.Thomas said the legal process would be done through the Admiralty High Court in Kuala Lumpur and the government would apply for the necessary orders.The yacht, which is estimated to be worth RM1 billion, has been linked to fugitive financier Jho Low, who is accused of
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You'll be prosecuted - AG warns civil servants who leak info

  • Aug 14, 2018
Civil servants who sabotage or leak information will be prosecuted if there is sufficient evidence warned attorney-general Tommy Thomas.Acknowledging the existence of this problem, he noted how Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had told the media that he was concerned about civil servants leaking information to the previous government."If you ask any minister, they are facing the same problem as well. This is due to the civil servants being too long under the previous regime (BN)."I am sure the
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Dr M: Plan to limit PM’s tenure may be put on hold

  • Aug 14, 2018
The plan to limit the prime minister’s tenure to two terms may be put on hold, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir said.This, he said, are among the reforms that would have to be postponed until Pakatan Harapan has amassed sufficient support in the Parliament."Among the things that we might not be able to do are those that require amendments to the (Federal) Constitution."It can't be done because we do not have a two-thirds majority in Parliament. But for some things, if we can get the opposition parti
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Keep SME Corp in Miti, gov't urged

  • Aug 14, 2018
The Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (Samenta) has urged the government to keep SME Corp and other agencies under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Miti).It expressed concern over plans to place agencies such as SME Corp and SME Bank under the purview of the Entrepreneur Development Ministry.“The current arrangement of placing SME Corp and the National SME Development Council within Miti has enabled seamless coordination within the Miti community.“Among the main points
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MACC arrests ex-Kedah assemblyperson

  • Aug 14, 2018
The MACC yesterday arrested a former Kedah assemblyperson for allegedly misappropriating state funds.He was detained when he presented himself at the Kedah MACC office about 4pm yesterday to give his statement, and is expected to be brought to the Alor Setar Magistrate's Court for remand proceeding today.According to sources, the suspect is a “Datuk” in his 60s, and had applied for an allocation of RM30,000 from the menteri besar in February last year, ostensibly to host a programme.However,
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I kid you not, iM4U funds used for 'I love PM' initiative - Syed Saddiq

  • Aug 14, 2018
The Youth and Sports Ministry will be reviewing the volunteer 1Malaysia For Youth programme (iM4U) after checks revealed that it had been "misused" by the previous government to promote the "I love PM" initiative instead.Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the review included funding for the youth volunteer programme much of which he claimed had been channelled to "I Love PM" programmes."When iM4U was first formed, its noble intention was about (encouraging) volunteering activities in Ma
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