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Police escorts for Dr M only upon request for special functions.

Posted: 03 May 2016 11:54 PM PDT

Police will now accord Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad traffic police escorts only upon request for official functions.

"We will consider traffic police escorts for Tun Mahathir on a case-by-case basis,'' Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.

Khalid said he decided to withdraw the police outriders privilege for the former prime minister because he was attending functions that were "anti-government or illegal" such as the Bersih and anti-GST rallies.

"It is my decision to withdraw the outriders as he (Dr Mahathir) was attending illegal functions. It does not make sense as law enforcers to escort someone to an anti-government or an illegal rally.

"But, I did not withdraw his personal bodyguard who is a policeman from the UTK (Unit Tindakan Khas) for his personal safety," Khalid told reporters after presenting medals to 200 policemen who served during Ops Daulat to put down the Sulu intrusion at Lahad Datu in 2013.

"Why should we provide traffic police escort to a person who is going to functions which are against the law,'' he said.

Khalid said Dr Mahathir could write to him for outriders for all official government functions .
"I hope Tun Mahathir understand our position on the matter,'' he added.

Khalid warned others not to provide escort services to the former premier as they were not trained and would be endangering their own lives and those of other road users.

"I know some people are saying they want to provide traffic escort services. We will take action against such people who want to become outriders,'' he said adding that there were sufficient laws, including the Road Transport Act, that can be used against them.

He said motorists need not follow the "orders" of the private escorts who were usually riding the big bikes.

#PRNSarawak : Kuching hosts first Federal Cabinet meeting in Sarawak

Posted: 03 May 2016 07:53 PM PDT

It has been a long while since Wisma Bapa was full of members from the media.

And today, the state's administrative headquarters was teeming with reporters as the Federal Cabinet meeting gets underway.

This is the first time that the Cabinet meeting is held outside the Federal capital since 2009 when it was held in Kuantan, Pahang.

The ministers were seen arriving at 8am and the pressmen were eagerly waiting at the lobby.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem arrived about 9am. He waited for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who arrived some 20 minutes later and walked with him to Wisma Bapa's 21st floor where the meeting was held.

#PRNSarawak : ‘Animals’ are running loose in Sarawak

Posted: 03 May 2016 07:07 PM PDT

From drones, war heroes to fuzzy soft toys — it's an election campaign that stretches your imagination.

Even an owl which perched itself on a railing during a ceramah at a longhouse in Sibu was seen by the audience as a good omen for their candidate.

And animal-themed mascots adopted by political parties and candidates have become a fixture, appearing everywhere from posters to sugar-free mints.

Welcome to the Land of the Hornbills, where cows are grazing in Kuching, hawks are soaring all over, bees are buzzing and rhinoceroses are roaming about.

Peter Pau, who is the Barisan Nasional candidate for Padungan where Kuching's Chinatown is located, opted for the cow as his mascot because he felt that the animal was known to be hardworking.

"Now that I am actively involved in politics, I resigned from my work as an engineer in order to give all my attention and time to serve the people," he was quoted as saying.

UPP chose the hawk to symbolise its campaign in the state, while SUPP presented its bee with a tagline "We Can Bee".

SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is contesting in Batu Kawah, promised to "Bee More for Business", "Bee Great for Hometown" and "Bee Smart for Education".

Sweets that were handed out in ceramah were packaged in wrappers that featured a QR code for you to scan for more info.

PKR picked the rhinoceros – as it was an animal linked to Borneo – and named it "Adil".







DAP's choice remains the hornbill called "Ubah".

As for the billboards, the images featured included that of war hero Datuk Kanang Langkau seen in Barisan's campaign with the tagline "peace, moderation and unity".

(The banner, however, appeared to have been brought down following complaints from a military enthusiast group called Gempurwira which lodged a report to the Defence Ministry.)

Another banner showed Sarawakian nationalist Rosli Dhoby with the words "struggle for the word of Sarawak".

PAS put up a replica of a green and white fighter jet replica in Tatau town. It also "deployed" a fighter tank covered with party flag in Kampung Iboi, Sadong Jaya.




The DAP, meanwhile, used drones to take images of the ceramah crowd.

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