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#PRNSarawak : No more Teras, UPP after polling day

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 12:03 AM PDT

There will be no more Teras and United People's Party (UPP), both splinter parties of SPDP and SUPP, after the state election.

SPDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this was conveyed to him by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sunday in the presence of Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

"Prime Minister confirmed there will be no Teras and UPP after the election," Tiong told a press conference after chairing a three-hour supreme council meeting of SPDP on Sunday night.

Adenan previously said that members of Teras and UPP who were picked to stand in the election as Barisan Nasional direct candidates  have to join Barisan parties if they win.

But in an about turn last week, Adenan said they could also choose parties loyal to the Barisan.

Asked whether Adenan agreed with Najib that Teras and UPP have to be dissolved, Tiong said: "Agree or not, I don't know. How can I put words into people's mouth?"

Tiong added that any winning candidate could join SPDP.

"They need to apply first to become members. As for positions in the party, it is for the delegates to decide," he added.

#PRNSarawak : PBB's Idris Buang slams 'arrogant' Foo of SUPP

Posted: 17 Apr 2016 09:00 PM PDT

SUPP's Pending candidate Milton Foo is at the receiving end of brickbats from PBB members.

PBB supreme council member, Datuk Idris Buang, has taken to Facebook calling for Foo "to be out of Barisan Nasional" for showing disrespect to Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

"Foo has shown no qualms in defiling the conventions and etiquette of being a Barisan member," Idris said of the aspiring SUPP politician, who criticised Adenan in two statements over the weekend over candidate selection disagreement.

Idris said Adenan, as the coalition's state chief, had the authority to decide on candidates.

Idris, a lawyer and former Senator, said Adenan had based his selection on the winnability of the candidates, adding both SUPP and its brekaway party UPP, had candidates who can win in the elections.

He also said that, at this late stage, whoever was given the mandate to contest under the Barisan banner should "vow to give their fullest support to ensure Barisan victory."

"Foo should not criticise and question the state Barisan chairman's decision. He forgot there is only one captain on the state Barisan ship," Idris said.

On Saturday, Foo stunned many by releasing a hard-hitting critique of the Chief Minister on his Facebook page written in Chinese. On Sunday, he followed that up with an English version.

Foo said Adenan should not have given in to UPP in seats like Pelawan (in Sibu) and Pujut (Miri), accusing the Chief Minister of unilateral decisions without consultation with other parties.

"Don't do to others that which you don't want done to you. You want Sarawak to get back its autonomy, yet you trample on the dignity of your political allies," Foo wrote.

When UPP broke off from SUPP in 2014, its elected representatives described the new party as Barisan friendly. Members remained in the state Cabinet. Following the split, SUPP had two state assemblymen, while UPP had four.

Another Barisan component SPDP, had also broken up at the same time, with six assemblymen forming Teras.

Until now, the original parties, despite having fewer elected representatives, insisted on contesting the same seats as before.

But so far Adenan has allowed incumbents from UPP and Teras to stand as "Barisan direct candidates", provided they resign from their parties, which remain outside the coalition officially.

Foo, a first time candidate, is going up against DAP's twice elected Violet Yong in Pending, an urban seat.

In his weekend statements, Foo said was not afraid to lose his candidacy for "speaking the truth".

"People want to see a Chief Minister who walks the talk, not an authoritative and dictatorial leader to lead Sarawak towards regaining its autonomy and protecting state interests. So, I don't hesitate to speak the truth, because you should listen to the truth, not flattery," Foo said.

Move on, Zahid tells Dr M

Posted: 17 Apr 2016 08:18 PM PDT

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has told Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to move on after the explanation by the Saudi foreign minister over the RM2.6bil donation.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the matter – which had haunted the people, including Dr Mahathir – was now deemed over following Adel al-Jubeir's confirmation last Friday that it was a genuine donation from Saudi Arabia to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, with nothing expected in return.

"We need to have a big heart to accept the explanation," Dr Ahmad Zahid told reporters after launching the Bumiputra Fund Outreach Expo at the Indera Mulia Stadium yesterday.

"There should be a full stop to the issue, which has brought a lot of polemics.

"His (Dr Mahathir's) own hidden agenda has seen his hatred overshadowing the reality of the matter," he added.

On the Automated Enforcement System (AES), Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Cabinet had received a memorandum on its implementation.

He reiterated that AES should not be seen as a punitive measure but a preventive one.

"If we don't want such punitive steps to be taken, then the people ought to change their driving behaviour and habits.

"I know there will be different opinions about it. Its implementation has been delayed too long," he said.

It has been reported that the Transport Ministry hopes to finalise the concession agreement for the AES once the Bill to amend the Road Transport Act is tabled in Parlia­ment.

Armed Forces Fund Board and Conglomerate Boustead Holdings Bhd will take over the operation of the AES.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said he was embarrassed that Malaysia was one of the countries with the highest number of road accidents.

He noted that China, with over one billion people, had a lower rate of road fatalities than Malaysia."Malaysia saw over 6,500 deaths in road accidents last year.

"We also recorded an average of 445,000 traffic accidents annually.

"In comparison, populous China recorded 40 deaths daily from accidents," he said.

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