Thursday, April 24, 2008

Altantuya's father speaks to media at PKR HQ -

Altantuya's father Dr Shaariibuu Setev spoke to reporters at PKR headquarters Thursday after the court notified him that proceedings on his daughter's case have been posponed for the third time.

Lim Guan Eng on Kah Choon's appointment -

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng responds to furor over Datuk Lee Kah Choon's appointment.

Hishammuddin Sees Anwar's Prediction As Political Game - Bernama

PUTRAJAYA, April 24 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has described the statement by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the Pakatan Rakyat would be able to form the federal government no later than Sept 16 as a political game.

"Three weeks ago he said there would be changes in the country's leadership in two weeks. Now two weeks have gone and he said it would happen in September.

"He can do a lot of prediction, and if its does not come true, then it will only damage his own credibility," said the education minister here Thursday.

Hishammuddin said the public had started to see the political game the former deputy prime minister was playing when one by one of his statements and accusations proved to be baseless.

He was met after presenting a donation of RM21,800 from the teachers training institutes for Sharlinie Mohd Nashar's parents, here today. Sharlinie, five, has been missing since Jan 9.

On Umno Youth exco member Datuk Idris Haron's view expressed yesterday that the post of Umno Youth chief should be filled by someone well groomed for the post rather than through a contest, Hishammuddin said it was up to the movement.

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Makkal Osai's Publication Permit Renewed - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 (Bernama) -- The Home Ministry has approved the application by Tamil daily, Makkal Osai, for renewal of its publication permit.

The daily's general manager S.M. Periasamy said the letter of approval from the office of the Home Minister was received at 9.30am Thursday.

"After getting the letter, we went to Putrajaya and paid for the renewal of the permit," he told a news conference at his office here.

He said the newspaper company would resume operations tomorrow.

Periasamy said the Home Ministry did not give any reason or condition in renewing the newspaper's publication permit.

"But we will be more cautious in our writing from now and will not publish articles which touch on racial sensitivities," he added.

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Anwar: We have the numbers, however, we’re in no rush to replace Barisan - The Star

By Muguntan Vanar

KOTA KINABALU: The Opposition coalition of Pakatan Rakyat is in a position to form the federal government and it will be done no later than Malaysia Day which falls on Sept 16, claimed Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Repeating that they have the numbers and were in no rush to replace Barisan Nasional, the former deputy prime minister said yesterday that it would all be in the timing of the announcement.

“God willing, we will be there. If not next month, the following month, then if not June or July, (it will be) on Merdeka (Aug 31) or Malaysia Day. I think we should not go beyond that,” he told reporters on arrival in Sabah.

As to when exactly the announcement will be made, Anwar said discussions with the Pakatan parties were needed because Umno and Barisan were known to be rough on those intending to move.

“They are using threats and intimidation. I am for example being monitored more closely now,” said Anwar, adding that he would not be discussing with the Barisan MPs interested to move while he was in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said he has his way of discussing with Barisan MPs who have given their commitment to team up with Pakatan.

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Teng explains why DAP changed position on headgear - The Star

By Loong Meng Yee

PETALING JAYA: For years, he refused to wear the songkok, even turning down invitations which required him to wear the traditional Malay headgear.

But now that lawyer Teng Chang Khim from the DAP is the new Selangor Assembly Speaker, he understood the need to conform.

“Much attention was on whether I would wear the songkok and the ceremonial robe after taking the oath of office. Well, I did.

“I have already explained why we have to change our position before the swearing-in of the state executive council members last month. It should not be an issue anymore,” wrote Teng in the latest posting at

He even put up a picture of himself in full Speaker outfit and smiling outside the State Assembly after the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

In the posting, Teng explained that when DAP was in the Opposition before the March 8 polls, leaders had the option not to attend any official function which required the songkok to be worn as part of the dress code.

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'He wants to move up the ladder' - NST

IPOH: It's a ploy aimed at climbing the political ladder.

This is what Gerakan vice-president Datuk Chang Ko Youn thinks of former party deputy secretary-general Datuk Lee Kah Choon's acceptance of the offer of two senior posts by the Penang Pakatan Rakyat administration.

He alleged that Lee accepted the posts of director of the Penang Development Corporation and investPenang as he did not get what he wanted from Gerakan.

"His accepting a post from the Penang state government is a political gimmick and not in the interests of the people," said the Perak Gerakan chairman.

"Lee has played into the DAP's political game. I know what he wants."