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Sunday, April 22, 2018

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL & SHE’S READY: ALL EYES ON WHERE KARPAL’S DAUGHTER SANGEET WILL CONTEST IN GE14

GEORGE TOWN: When politics is your “family business”, it can be hard for next of kin not to get involved.
The late Karpal Singh, for instance, has five children, four of whom are very much into politics
The eldest, Jagdeep Singh Deo, is Penang DAP deputy chairman and a state executive councillor-cum-­incumbent Datuk Keramat assemblyman.
Gobind Singh Deo is the Puchong MP and party deputy chairman while Ramkarpal represents the Bukit Gelugor seat.
Talk is swirling that the daughter will also be dipping her toe in this general election.
Sangeet, when asked about this yesterday, was non-committal.
Karpal Singhs daughter Sangeet Kaur Deo at the at the memorial prayers of Karpal Singh at Wadda Gurdwara Sahib, Penang.Star pic by GARY CHEN/ THE STAR/ 21 April 2018.
Sangeet Kaur
She merely said she was still unsure which constituency she would stand in if the party decided to field her.
But she gave a glimpse of being the daughter of Karpal.
Politics, said the lawyer, was very much “alive” in the family and that her father had always welcomed opposing views during their conversations.
“There was never a separation of his personal life from politics,” Sangeet said.
“Following his footsteps into politics was a natural process, with my eldest brother Jagdeep taking the mantle followed by Gobind, Ramkarpal and I,” she said.
Former Works Department officer K. Anbalagan, a keen observer of politics in the state for the past 40 years, said:“It is interesting to see Karpal’s children in politics although they have a big shoe to fill.
“Politics then was different now where Karpal will take on anyone without fear,” said the 65-year-old.
As for DAP’s Lim family in Penang, there is talk that state DAP secretary Lim Hui Ying, the daughter of Lim Kit Siang, would also follow in her father’s footsteps.
However, her name was not on the candidates’ list announced by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday.
ANN

‘HELIPAD, SPA, MOVIE THEATER’ – WHAT MORE COULD A FUGITIVE LIKE JHO LOW WANT: DOJ HITS 1MDB LYNCHPIN WHERE IT HURTS

Jho Low has made himself scarce since U.S. prosecutors linked him to the 1MDB scandal. A recent rare comment lays bare what he feels passionately about as the criminal investigation rumbles on.
Jho Low, the baby-faced Malaysian financier which U.S. prosecutors allege is the brain behind the billion-dollar corruption scheme at sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, has rarely surfaced since being pegged by investigators two years ago.
Low, who hasn’t been indicted by U.S. officials but is being sought by Interpol, has steered clear of his homeland and also avoided the U.S., where he used to be a fixture on the society charity circuit. He was reportedly spotted in long-term residence at Shanghai’s Peninsula Hotel, but appears to have spent much of the past two years sailing around Thailand, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, according to harbor and marina fees linked to the «Equanminity», his 91.5-meter luxury superyacht.
The vessel has been the subject of a tug-of-war between U.S. officials, which want to seize it in the criminal probe, and Low. Indonesia recently dealt a blow to the U.S. efforts by blocking U.S. investigatorsfrom taking the Equanimity.
«U.S. Overreach»
Low has fought some of the asset seizures in court, and sent a New Year’s message full of seafaring metaphors to friends last year. Otherwise, he has stayed largely silent – until now. On Friday, the trust which owns the Equanimity welcomed the blocking of the yacht’s seizure and slammed the U.S.’ handling of the 1MDB probe.
«The incident is yet another example of the unjustified global overreach by the U.S. government, which has gone to extreme and improper lengths to seize assets around the world while steadfastly avoiding having to prove that there are any merits to its case», Equanimity Ltd in the Caymans said in a statement disseminated by Byfield, a London-based public relations firm.
Helipad, Spa, Movie Theater
Though the Equanimity can berth 18 people overnight, Low is more likely to be sailing alone with a skeleton crew (the yacht can carry as many as 28 crew on board), if he is still on the $260 million boat. The luxury yacht has so-called zero speed stabilizers, which keep the yacht from rolling in choppy seas when anchored.
Outfitted in an Asian-inspired theme of wenge wood, bamboo, marble and gold leaf and with amenities like a helicopter landing pad, jacuzzi, sauna, pool, gym, spa, movie theater, Low can easily spend weeks or months on board, provided he keeps a low profile.
– https://www.finews.asia/

THUNDER & LIGHTNING, TIAN CHUA THROWS A RED HERRING FOR HAND-HIDING AZMIN CAMP: ‘I NEVER SAID I WOULD QUIT’ – SO WHO ARE THE ‘MARGINAL 8’ ALLEGEDLY REJECTED BY AZIZAH

KUALA LUMPUR – PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang said today he will adhere to the party’s decision if he is dropped as the candidate for the Batu parliamentary seat, but warned leaders not to make decisions just to accommodate certain “factions.”
He revealed that he was initially asked to “explore” contesting other places like Johor, but stated that he would be fine sitting out GE14 and helping Pakatan Harapan from the sidelines if he was dropped as the Batu candidate.
“I’m quite okay if someone else were to contest Batu. I have no problem, being a reformist, not to contest this election.
“I only urge that at the last minute, the leadership must be careful and don’t put people in just to accommodate certain factions, lobbying,” he said at a press conference which was broadcast live on his Facebook page.
“I never say I will quit,” he quickly added, refuting rumours that he may quit PKR following reports that his candidacy for the Batu parliamentary seat has been rejected by party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Chua said that he heard that many people are interested to contest the Batu seat, widely considered as a “safe seat” for PH.
“Ten years ago, it was not a safe seat, the team of Batu PKR worked very hard to win hearts and minds of Batu people.
“Whoever going to contest in Batu, other places… the next person must be strong, able to command support from multiracial community in Batu,” he added.
Chua said that PKR should not been seen as a party that accommodated “factional interests.”
The Star Online reported this morning that Dr Wan Azizah had rejected up to eight names put forward by deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as GE14 candidates.
Quoting unnamed sources, the report said that Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, an Azmin loyalist is currently trying to persuade the PKR president to change her mind.
Among those allegedly dropped as candidates include Chua, Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong (incumbent Wangsa Maju MP) and incumbent state representatives Yaakob Sapari (Kota Anggerik), Hanizah Mohd Talha (Taman Medan) and Gan Pei Nie (Rawang).
Other names reportedly rejected were Azmin’s press aide Hilman Idham, who was proposed for the Gombak Setia state seat and Khalid Jaafar, a key strategist and ally of Azmin.
Azmin had reportedly proposed Khalid for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat. – Malay Mail
MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:
PKR deputy chief Azmin Ali played down the alleged crisis brewing in the party over the Selangor candidate list by saying “I don’t want to speculate”.
Speaking to reporters in Permatang Pauh today, Azmin denied having submitted a list of candidates aligned to him which was rejected by party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, as alleged by the Star Online.
“The names of candidates are submitted by the state leadership, which gets the proposed names from divisions, and this list is later vetted by the state and submitted to the president,” said the caretaker Selangor menteri besar.
“So I don’t have any list except the party’s list,” he stressed, adding that he does not respond to rumours.
He was replying to questions about a report in Star Online today which alleged that Wan Azizah had rejected up to eight names put forward by Azmin as candidates for the state.
Azmin said discussions on the list are still ongoing and there has been no decision about candidates for Selangor yet.
“A big number of the candidates have been accepted except for a few constituencies,” Azmin said, without elaborating.
“The selection panel comprises of the president, deputy president, vice-presidents including Tian Chua and Dr Xavier Jeyakumar, women and youth chiefs,” he added.
Azmin said the panel has met several times over a list that is almost complete.
He added that it would be less than 48 hours before the party announces the full candidate list.
He insisted that the selection of candidates in PKR was very “transparent”.
Meanwhile, Azmin declined to respond when asked about Tian Chua’s purported plans to quit the party.
– Malay Mail / M’kini

SURPRISE VIDEO: NAJIB, ROSMAH & GRANDSON DROP BY AT BANGSAR BAZAAR FOR MEAL

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and family made a surprise visit at Riuh, a lifestyle bazaar at APW Bangsar today.
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‘SHIOK SENDIRI’ AZMIN ‘CARTEL’ GET WELL-DESERVED, LONG-OVERDUE COMEUPPANCE: DON’T THREATEN AZIZAH, REFORMASI VETERANS SCOLD S’GOR MB – ALSO DON’T TRY TO HOLD DR M TO RANSOM WITH CHILDISH PROTEST ANTICS

With slightly more than two weeks to go before the May 9 general election, the fissures in PKR appear to be widening.
In a statement this afternoon, a group of reformasi veterans known as Otai Reformis issued a warning to PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin.
The message was simple – “Don’t threaten our president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail”.
Although Otai Reformis secretary Shaiful Ariffin did not mention names in his statement, he had used the term “cartel” to describe the“pressure groups of the deputy president and Wanita chief.”
Contacted by Malaysiakini later, he confirmed that the message was intended for Azmin and Zuraida.
Shaiful was commenting on the alleged crisis brewing in PKR over the selection of candidates for Selangor.
On Zuraida’s meeting with Wan Azizah this morning, he said the meeting was brief as the PKR president was scheduled to meet her husband Anwar Ibrahim at the Sungai Buloh prison at 10am.
“We have not received information over what transpired (during the meeting),” he told Malaysiakini.
Shaiful (photo) cited rumours about PKR members quitting the party as among the threats made against Wan Azizah.
“There was a rumour that (PKR vice-president) Tian Chua wanted to leave the party but based on his statement, that is not the case,” he added.
Apart from this, Shaiful also claimed that several PKR branch leaders had threatened to boycott the party in the coming general election.
“We are strongly against such threats.
“Some branch leaders said in the WhatsApp group that they will halt the machinery when some of them don’t even have a machinery,” he added.
As to the dissatisfaction over candidates, Shaiful said he, too, was upset that the Perak leadership did not pick PKR Srikandi (women’s youth wing) chief Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail as a candidate.

Earlier, it was reported that Azmin and those aligned with him were upset that several names proposed as candidates for Selangor were dropped.
This is said to stem from the protracted tussle between the factions of Azmin, who is also caretaker Selangor menteri besar, and PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.
During a press conference this evening, Tian Chua, whose name was among those reportedly struck off the list, had singled out Wan Azizah and Anwar when urging the leadership to be cautious.
“We have a heavy burden on our shoulders and people want to see PKR fulfil the wishes of the people and not be seen as a party that accommodates factional interest.
“I am still hopeful, and I believe that our leaders Anwar and Wan Azizah have the strength to withstand pressure so that we can keep the party united to face the election,” he said.
MKINI

Arrangements being made to send lecturer’s remains to Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants family to return home.
Lecturer Fadi Mohammed Al Batsh was gunned down while on his way for prayers in Setapak on Saturday.
KUALA LUMPUR: The remains of Dr Fadi Mohammed Al Batsh, who was gunned down in Setapak early yesterday, will be repatriated to Gaza, in Palestine, as requested by the family.
Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia Anwar H Al Agha said the embassy had received clear orders from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to take care of everything, including the family’s passage back to Gaza.
“The process to send back the remains has already started, but it would probably take some time as the autopsy process is still going on.
“Also, we have to discuss with the government of Egypt since we will be taking the body from Cairo to Gaza.
“It’s not an easy job, but we have to obey and respect the rule and regulations of each country involved,” he said when met after visiting the Hospital Selayang mortuary here today.
Anwar is confident that the Malaysian side would cooperate in this endeavour and that Fadi’s elder brother, who is expected to arrive later today via Germany, would also help in the repatriation process.
Fadi, a lecturer in electrical engineering with a private institution here, was gunned down outside Idaman Puteri condominium in Setapak while walking to Surau Medan Idaman to lead the subuh prayer about 6am yesterday.
Two gunmen were said to have waited for him on their motorcycle and fired 10 shots at the 35-year-old victim. - FMT

Musa hails formation of presidential council for 3 BN parties

The council further strengthens unity and solidarity among Sabah BN component parties, says Chief Minister Musa Aman.
Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman said the three BN component parties represent the Kadazandusun, Murut and Rungus communities.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman has welcomed the formation of a leaders’ council for three Barisan Nasional component parties in the state.
The three BN component parties that represent the Kadazandusun, Murut and Rungus communities have agreed to work in unison for the benefit of all in Sabah and the country.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (Upko) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) have formed a presidential council to strengthen unity, understanding and cooperation in political matters for the benefit of the multi-ethnic society, especially among indigenous communities in East Malaysia.
The parties, represented by their presidents, Joseph Pairin Kitingan (PBS), Wilfred Madius Tangau (Upko) and Joseph Kurup (PBRS), today met Musa, who is Sabah BN chairman, to hand over an official report on the formation of the parties’ presidential council here today.
Present was PBS deputy president Maximus Ongkili, a statement from the Sabah chief minister’s press office said today.
The parties’ secretaries-general Johnny Mositun (PBS), Donald Mojuntin (Upko) and Johnson Tee (PBRS) were also present.
In its report, the council said the three parties had attended a retreat themed “Tatap BN” on Feb 26 in Kota Kinabalu to discuss feedback from the grassroots who wanted stronger unity among BN component parties representing the Kadazandusun and Murut community.
The council pledged its undivided support to Prime Minister Najib Razak and Musa.
“We are united in our struggle and support for the national and state leaderships,” said the council.
The first presidential council meeting held on April 17 saw all three component parties accepting the terms of reference for the council’s objectives, with hopes to further strengthen BN as it gears for the 14th general election.
“All the components parties, including the KDMR parties, are unwavering in their commitment to serve the people of Sabah as one united front. Sabah BN is also united in our resolve to deliver the seats and bring victory to BN,” Musa said.
Another role will be in providing undivided support to all Sabah BN representatives selected to secure their victory in the coming elections.  - FMT