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Timeline of talk of political realignment

23/02/2020 09:27 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 -- Talk of a possible realignment in the country's political landscape has drawn intense media attention.
Following is the timeline of meetings involving several political parties/leaders which took place today:
9 am - 1 pm
  • Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) leaders and MPs gather at Bersatu headquarters at Menara Yayasan Selangor in Petaling Jaya.
    • Prime Minister and Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives for the meeting. Later, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin joins the meeting.
  • PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin seen at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
1 pm - 4 pm
  • Larut MP Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and Works Minister Baru Bian seen at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
  • Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) holds a meeting at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Dr Mahathir leaves Bersatu headquarters after chairing Bersatu meeting.
  • UMNO secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa arrives at Putra World Trade Centre  (PWTC) for UMNO supreme council meeting.
  • Media personnel gather at the gates of Istana Negara.
4 pm - 7 pm
  • Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah of PKR arrives at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel. Questioned by reporters, he says it’s “a meeting among friends".
  • PKR vice-president Tian Chua arrives at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
  • More than 20 vehicles seen entering Istana Negara grounds.
  • Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal arrives at The Ritz-Carlton.
  • UMNO leaders conclude emergency supreme council meeting at PWTC.
  • Zikir, selawat and yasin recitals, and solat hajat (prayer of need) at the residence of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Segambut. 
  • UMNO treasurer Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor arrives at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
7 pm - 9 pm
  • Bersatu Jeli MP Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed; PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan; PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Annuar Musa arrive at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
  • Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein of UMNO arrives at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
  • PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang arrives at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
  • UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
  • Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrives at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel.
9 pm - 12 midnight
  • PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang leaves Sheraton Hotel.
  • Reformasi chants are heard at PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s house.
  • UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi leaves Sheraton.
  • A few PKR leaders arrive at Anwar's house. Among them are Wangsa Maju MP Datin Dr Tan Yee Kew, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, Batu MP P Prabakaran and PKR co-founder Dr Syed Husin Ali.
  • PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali gives a doorstep statement to reporters while leaving the hotel.

Anwar meets DAP, Amanah heads after claiming betrayal


Sunday, 23 Feb 202011:59 PM MYT


KUALA LUMPUR: Before Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Monday (Feb 24), the party president is attending another important meeting Sunday (Feb 23) night.

Following his admission of being betrayed by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and a faction within his own party, Anwar is now meeting with other coalition heads.

Anwar's political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak said that the closed door meeting with DAP and Parti Amanah Negara leaders at an undisclosed location started at 11pm Sunday.

Meanwhile, Farhash said on Monday (Feb 24) at 2.30pm, Deputy Prime Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is expected to be with Anwar for their audience with the King.

"I think the current political climate will be discussed in the meeting with the King," he told reporters.

He said that the King has the discretion to decide on what was best for the country, whether it be a "backdoor government" or a "clean mandate".

"But right now it looks like the status quo will remain.

"He is calm (Anwar), the people seem to be with us, we have the moral high ground.

"Even in the latest Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting, he gave space for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as Prime Minister for as long as he wanted.

"I don't see the problem here," said Farhash at Anwar's house at Bukit Segambut here Sunday night (Feb 23).

On talk that several PKR leaders have left the party to join a new coalition with Bersatu, Umno and PAS, Farhash said that this was not true.

"Not yet, not yet. But tonight, some have come out in the open to show their true colours," he said.

Earlier, PKR deputy president and Anwar's rival Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was branded a traitor by fellow party leader, Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.

"This is the real traitor who has betrayed the people's mandate which gave the support to Pakatan. They (the traitors) have entered through the back door.

"I'm confident that the traitor will be punished by the people, who have given us the mandate," Abdullah Sani told reporters at Bukit Segambut here Sunday night (Feb 23).

He was on his way out of Anwar's residence here after attending a meeting between Anwar and PKR leaders aligned to him.

When asked who was the traitor, Abdullah Sani simply answered,"Azmin Ali" then later added that there were other traitors within PKR and described them as "two or three mosquitoes that we will kill".

Earlier, PKR lawmakers including Wangsa Maju MP Tan Yee Kew, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, Balik Pulau MP Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Batu MP P. Prabakaran and also PKR veteran Syed Husin Ali were spotted entering Anwar's house after 10pm for a meeting.

Tan, who left before 11pm, refused to divulge details of the meeting and said to wait for Anwar's official statement on the matter.

The media has been camping outside Anwar's residence from as early as 3pm Sunday amid reports of a new political landscape in the offing.

It was reported that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was executing a plan to form a new government with Azmin's PKR faction, Umno and PAS.

Pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO, Bersatu, PAS dan Azmin yang dilihat beredar dari Sheraton Hotel Petaling Jaya

Khalid Samad memberi penjelasan tentang Isu Penghinaan Terhadap Tun dan ucapan sebenarnya.

PUTRAJAYA - Pengarah Komunikasi Parti Amanah negara (Amanah), Khalid Abd. Samad menafikan beliau telah meminta Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad memilih mana-mana jawatan dalam Kabinet sekiranya Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri. 

Sebaliknya Khalid menjelaskan, beliau sendiri mengemukakan cadangan agar Anwar dilantik sebagai menteri dalam Kabinet Dr. Mahathir untuk menguatkan Pakatan Harapan (PH).

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Anwar Ibrahim mengesahkan terdapat percubaan pengkhianatan oleh BERSATU dan segelintir pemimpin PKR terhadap kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Something may happen tomorrow, says Anwar
Nicholas Chung
-February 23, 2020 9:56 PM
Penang mufti Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim at a prayer session at Anwar’s home this evening.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim said tonight that an attempt had been made to betray Pakatan Harapan, and speculated that changes might take place “soon, maybe tomorrow”.

Speaking at a prayer session at his home this evening, after a day of intense speculation about the fall of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, Anwar said:

“Now we’re waiting for more information but there has been an attempt to bring down the PH government involving our former comrades in PPBM and a few from PKR who betrayed,” he said.

“They have already met the Yang di-Pertuan Agong this evening but there hasn’t been any additional announcements.”

Anwar said he did not have full information about the establishment of a new government, which was speculated to comprise PPBM, PAS, Umno and a few from PKR.

“We were surprised today with developments which to us is a betrayal because it’s been promised and so on. So that’s led to changes and I expect maybe that will happen soon, maybe tomorrow.”

He gave no details. However, it is believed that he has sought an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong which an aide said had been requested some time ago.

Anwar said the “distrubances” should not disrupt the prayer session from going on as it was not to pray for him to become the eighth prime minister.

Anwar’s supporters have sought to pressure Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step aside and transfer power to Anwar as agreed between Pakatan Harapan leaders before the 2018 general election.

During the prayer session, which was broadcast live online, the PKR president could be seen constantly checking his phone.

Penang mufti Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor told Anwar to remain strong and steadfast, quoting a verse from the Quran:

“Whether We let thee (O Muhammad) behold something of that which We promise them or (whether We) cause thee to die, still unto Us is their return, and Allah, moreover, is Witness over what they do.”

About 300 of Anwar’s supporters attended the session.
Earlier in the day, PKR had urged Anwar’s supporters to rally at his home in Segambut. On its official page, PKR said: “They plan, God (Allah) also plans. God is the best planner.”

Since morning, the Klang Valley has been abuzz with talk of Mahathir leading a political coup to expel DAP from the Pakatan Harapan coalition which came to power after the historic 2018 elections.

This evening party leaders and MPs of PPBM, PAS, and Umno were seen at the Sheraton hotel in Petaling Jaya where PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and supporters had been meeting earlier in the day.

The party leaders included PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who were attending a dinner of MPs from Malay-based parties.

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MPs from various parties gather at Sheraton PJ after leaving Palace

23 Feb 2020
PETALING JAYA: A total of 131 MPs have gathered at Sheraton PJ for a major dinner following an audience for several party leaders with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The dinner follows an eventful day with talk of a possible new governing coalition for the country.
Here is the timeline of the events:

10.12pm: Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh says, "PKR is okay, the ones who are not okay are those with other objectives", as she enters Anwar's residence. Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister and Balik Pulau MP Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik arrives soon after but does not give any comments.

10.10pm: PKR's Wangsa Maju MP Tan Yee Kew (pic) seen entering Anwar's residence. It may be the prelude to a meeting that was said be taking place tonight between Anwar and PKR MPs aligned to him.

9:45pm: Umno sec-gen Tan Sri Annuar Musa says he is not the one who decides on the formation of a new government coalition, but Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be. Many other lawmakers are also leaving the hotel, including MCA's Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, Umno's Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. All declined to elaborate on the matter.

9.36pm: Several lawmakers including Umno's Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Khairy Jamaluddin, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan from PAS and MIC's Tan Sri S. A. Vigneswaran have started leaving Sheraton PJ. When asked on speculation of the possible formulation of a new government coalition, Takiyuddin said "rumours remain rumours".

9.35pm: Dinner ends and MPs seen starting to leave Sheraton PJ. PAS MPs, including deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, are among the first to leave.
9.34pm: Shouts of "Reformasi!", "PM Lapan (the eighth Prime Minister)" and "Lawan Tetap Lawan (We must continue the fight)" suddenly erupt from within the compound of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's house.
9.28pm: Aide confirms PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Monday (Feb 24) but says it was planned in advance and nothing to do with the events of today.
9.20pm: Bersatu leaders Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Marzuki Yahya and Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof arrive at Sheraton PJ. Armada chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman has also arrived.
Screen grab from PKR's Facebook Live stream of Anwar delivering a religious talk (tazkirah) to his supporters.Screen grab from PKR's Facebook Live stream of Anwar delivering a religious talk (tazkirah) to his supporters.
9.00pm: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is delivering a religious talk (tazkirah) to supporters in his Bukit Segambut house. Earlier, Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim delivered the sermon at the religious ceremony (majlis zikir) there.
8:38pm: Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrived at Sheraton PJ. Earlier, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali arrived at the hotel.
A group of men clad in red shirts, some with Bersatu logos, made their way to the entrance of the hotel, with chants of "Hidup Tun!"8.15pm: Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at Sheraton PJ. Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan has also been spotted in the crowd.
8.10pm: PKR supporters gather for prayers at the residence of party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Bukit Segambut, amid talk of a new political landscape. Supporters, both Muslims and non-Muslims, started gathering at Anwar's house as early as 5pm for the religious event (majlis zikir) advertised on the PKR Facebook page. Earlier in the evening, PKR MPs Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, Fahmi Fadzil and Wong Chen were seen at the premises. Members of the press were informed at 6.40pm that Anwar would not be addressing the media.
8.05pm: A palace guard confirm that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has left the palace following the earlier meeting.
8.02pm: An exclusive picture of the backdrop for the dinner shows that it is in celebration of a consensus by MPs.
8:01pm: MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon and MCA Youth Chief Nicole Wong were seen at the Sheraton PJ.
7:40pm: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng have arrived at Sheraton PJ. PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Pasir Puteh MP Datuk Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh have also arrived.
7.31pm: All quiet in Putrajaya despite talk of new government coalition. The country's administrative capital is typically deserted on a Sunday. At tourist areas such as Dataran Putra and the Putra Mosque, many are seen hanging out with the family members as they pose for photos at some of the most picturesque areas in the city.
7.30pm: VIP vehicles seen leaving Istana Negara.
7.10pm: Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa (left) confirms supreme council has given party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi the mandate to make any decision in the best interests of the country.
7.07pm: Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezane Mohd Faisal confirms police on standby at Sheraton PJ.
7.05pm: Several Umno lawmakers including vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and former Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor arrive at Sheraton Petaling Jaya but do not take questions from the media on the possible formation of new government coalition.
6.56pm: Five party presidents and one deputy president have been granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah. Bersatu's Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang are said to be at Istana Negara with Parti Warisan Sabah president and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, PBB president and Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
6.50pm: More members of the media arrive at the Gate 1 entrance of the National Palace following talk of the formation of a new government coalition. A light shower that came at 6.15pm was no dampener to the crowd as they sought shelter in front of the concrete arch next to the guard post.
6:46pm: PKR lawmakers, aligned to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia party members are trickling into the Sheraton Hotel in Petaling Jaya. Police personnel can be seen stationed in the vicinity of the hotel.
6:45pm: Media camping out at PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's residence at Bukit Segambut. A religious event (majlis zikir) is currently going on and expected to end after 9pm. Earlier in the evening, PKR MPs Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, Fahmi Fadzil, Wong Chen were among those sighted at the premises.
6.15pm: Four more VIP cars including an escort vehicle entered the palace. Three of the VIP vehicles were fitted with Sarawak registered number plates.
5.40pm: About 20 vehicles consisting of luxurious sedans and MPVs appeared at the palace precinct as members of the media gathered near Gate 1 and Gate 3.
4pm: Umno held a supreme council meeting at PWTC.
2.51pm: Bersatu meeting over, Dr Mahathir left for his house in Mines where leaders from Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Parti Warisan Sabah and Umno gathered.
2pm: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal left for Kuala Lumpur
12.30pm: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg left for Kuala Lumpur
10am: Sheraton Petaling Jaya: "Private event" meeting attended by ministers and MPs loyal to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali's faction in PKR

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Polis sedang memburu seorang lagi suspek terbabit rompakan kedai emas Tomei di AEON Bukit Tinggi, Klang

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POLIS Selangor sedang memburu seorang lagi suspek yang dipercayai terbabit dalam rompakan sebuah kedai emas di pusat beli-belah di Bukit Tinggi, Klang, pada 10 malam tadi.

Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah (JSJ) Selangor, Datuk Fadzil Ahmat berkata, setakat kini empat suspek berumur 22 dan 23 tahun sudah diberkas termasuk seorang ditangkap orang awam di tempat kejadian.

“Sehingga kini empat tangkapan dibuat ke atas saspek termasuk seorang ditangkap orang awam di tempat kejadian dan tiga lagi oleh JSJ Selangor sehingga petang tadi.

“Sehubungan itu, polis mengesan seorang lagi suspek dalam kes ini iaitu S Steven Egburd, 25, beralamat di Bandar Sultan Sulaiman, Pelabuhan Klang.

“Orang awam boleh menyalurkan maklumat kepada pegawai penyiasat kes, Asisten Superintendan Chia Chee Sheng di talian 019-3306497,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

Malam tadi, portal berita Hazrian Metro melaporkan, pengunjung pusat beli-belah di Bukit Tinggi, Klang dikejutkan dengan kejadian rompakan kedai emas pada 10 malam tadi.

Beberapa video tular di media sosial termasuk satu video dipercayai seorang suspek dalam keadaan cedera terbaring di dalam kedai emas terbabit.

Turut kelihatan sebuah video memaparkan pengawal keselamatan mengacukan pistol ke arah dua penjenayah yang melarikan barang kemas terbabit.

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Artikel ini disiarkan pada : Ahad, 23 Februari 2020 @ 8:53 PM

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Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes released in Penang to combat dengue

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Penang releases Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes to combat dengue
Last Update :
23/02/2020 06:06 PM

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 23 -- Penang has released mosquitoes infected with a harmless bacteria known as Wolbachia, to reduce the population of wild dengue-transmitting aedes mosquitoes.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the pilot project was carried out on Nov 19 last year in eight locations in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

He said three out of the eight locations were located in Penang, namely in Inderawasih Flat in the Seberang Perai Tengah district, Taman Manggis Flat in the Timur Laut district and Bukit Gedung Flat in the Barat Daya district.

“As much as 433,500 eggs of the aedes mosquito injected with the Wolbachia bacteria was supplied by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) and was placed in the testing locations (during the pilot programme),” he said in his speech at the Penang state-level launch of the Wolbachia-infected aedes mosquitoes pilot project at Bukit Gedung Flat, near here, today.

He added that the replacement strategy of wild mosquitoes carrying lethal viruses to Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes would be a massive game-changer if proven effective.

Meanwhile, Penang Health, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Rural Development committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said a 200-metre buffer zone was set up on the testing grounds to prevent any fogging activities there during the project.

He said fogging in the testing area would ruin the project by killing off the Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes.

“In the long term, if the project is proven effective, then there is no need to carry out fogging in the particular areas,” he said.

Wolbachia, or Wolbachia pipientis, is a type of bacteria that can be found in insects and proven to be harmless towards humans, animals and the environment.

According to IMR, the release of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in Malaysia was undertaken to render wild mosquito populations unable to transmit dengue, Zika or chikungunya virus.

The concept was that wild female mosquitoes are unable to have any offspring after mating with male Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes.

On the other hand, female Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes would always give birth to Wolbachia-infected offspring, regardless of which male mosquito it mated with.

The research experiment was also conducted in nine other countries, including Singapore, Brazil, India and the United States, but only Malaysia and Australia have carried out operations to reduce the population of mosquitoes carrying lethal viruses.


UMNO President Zahid convenes Emergency Supreme Council Meeting at PWTC


Day of Meetings and Speculation's":

PKR MPs aligned to Azmin are meeting at Sheraton, PJ.

Bersatu's leadership held their meeting at their HQ in Yayasan Selangor

GPS' leadership is meeting at Ritz Carlton.

Umno leadership having their meeting at PWTC

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Zahid calls for emergency Umno supreme council meeting



Sunday, 23 Feb 20205:39 PM MYT


KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called for an emergency supreme council meeting Sunday (Feb 23), hours after a two-day retreat with PAS ended.

The meeting was called at 4pm at the party headquarters here.

Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa confirmed it was a special meeting that was not planned earlier.

"Our party president asked me in the morning to arrange a special meeting at 4pm today (Sunday). And here we are, straight from Janda Baik (in Pahang)," he said.

Among those present are vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Wanita chief Datuk Noraini Ahmad.

As at 5.30pm, the meeting was still going on.

Various political parties are holding separate meetings amid rumours on the possibility of a new government coalition.

On Friday (Feb 21), Dr Mahathir said the Pakatan presidential council has given him the full discretion when to step down as the Prime Minister.

Dr Mahathir had repeatedly said he would step down after Malaysia hosted the Apec Summit in November.

Prior to the 14th General Election, Pakatan had agreed that Dr Mahathir would be prime minister for two years before passing the baton to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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BERSATU Leaders Refuse to Comment after Meeting , many start to wonder what really happened during the PH presidential council meeting.

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Bersatu meeting ends with leaders mum on outcome

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) meeting today ended with the leaders tightlipped on its outcome.

Party chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad merely waved at reporters as he departed from the party headquarters in Petaling Jaya instead of holding his usual press conference.

He was in the meeting for more than six hours today amidst speculation about the future of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Among the Bersatu leaders with Mahathir were its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Youth Chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya

However, supreme council member Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen said the meeting was to discuss party matters. "It was to discuss the party’s direction,” but refused to be drawn further on it, according to Malaysian insight.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir says that the meeting with its top party leadership only discussed internal party matters despite strong talks of the party leaving the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

"It is a good meeting. Just normal party matters," he told reporters briefly at the lobby of its headquarters on Sunday (Feb 23).

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Speculation, sightings and meetings spark talk of new government in Putrajaya

Sunday, 23 Feb 2020 01:39 PM MYT

Speculations abound on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad making arangements for meetings with PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s faction and representatives from Umno and PAS. ― Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Talk is rife today that arrangements are being made for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to meet PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s faction as well as representatives from Umno and PAS, with the ultimate aim of forming a new government by this week.

While there has been no official confirmation of such moves, Dr Mahathr’s Bersatu remains a Pakatan Harapan (PH) component party but its presidential council met this morning as speculation heats up over the future of the current government.

Fuelling the talk was news that Umno leaders would be holding a meeting this afternoon at their training centre in Janda Baik, Pahang too.

Members of Azmin’s faction have also been sighted at Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel. These are said to include Cabinet ministers Zuraida Kamaruddin, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Baru Bian as well as MPs such as Maria Chin Abdullah and Ali Biju.

Curiously, some Bersatu MPs including Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin and political operator Hishamuddin Rais were also spotted at the hotel.

A sign in the lobby showed a “private event” is currently happening at the hotel’s boardroom where the said individuals have gathered. It is booked until 7pm today.

A source from PKR said that Dr Mahathir will meet the Azmin faction today after he finishes his meeting at Bersatu headquarters, located less than one kilometre away at Menara Yayasan Selangor.

“Tun is said to meet with the MPs from Bersatu and 15 MPs from the Azmin faction tonight or later today.

“Some MPs from Umno are also said to be attending the meeting with the PM tonight as well,” said the source on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, another source confirmed that Dr Mahathir is seeking a meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong soon.

“We have yet to have confirmation on when the Agong will meet. Most probably tomorrow,” said the source.

The source, however, refused to divulge details of the meeting although it could be related to the series of meetings that are happening today.

Meanwhile, another source close to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s faction said they are currently monitoring the situation.

“Of course, because there are MPs from our parties involved in the meeting. We don’t know what they are talking about in the meeting, but we are monitoring the situation at hand,” said the source.

The same source also said there will be meetings at Anwar’s Bukit Segambut residence tonight.

It should be noted, however, that Anwar’s Bukit Segambut residence has always been the venue of religious events on Sunday evenings including prayers and sermons.

On Friday, Dr Mahathir, who is the PH coalition chairman, told reporters that the council had unanimously agreed that he alone should determine when to step down from office.

Speculation had been rife among PKR members and Anwar supporters that their president was going to play hardball at the council meeting and demand the deputy prime ministership currently held by his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Many of Anwar’s supporters have been demanding Dr Mahathir hand the reins of power to Anwar before November, in light of their pre-election promise made in 2018.

Anwar was seen to play it coy in demanding a definite date, while some political pundits have claimed Dr Mahathir will never pass the baton to Anwar and that both should seek a compromise to the succession plan.

But despite talk of PH giving him the full confidence to decide the transition date, various news outlets claimed the meeting on Friday was heated.

PH seems split into two factions: One that wants Dr Mahathir to extend his term until the next general election, and the another that is demanding the power transition to Anwar.

Yesterday, the Opposition PAS decided to drop its plan to table a vote of confidence for Dr Mahathir following its presidential council voicing unreserved confidence in the prime minister’s undated transition plan.

The Islamist party’s secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said it was no longer relevant to push for such a motion because the ruling coalition’s decision yesterday “can effectively stop undemocratic attempts to unseat a sitting prime minister.”

PPBM leaders, Azmin faction in separate PJ meetings amid intense talk of change taking shape
A Special Correspondent
-February 23, 2020 12:03 PM

The PPBM headquarters in Petaling Jaya where top party leaders are meeting.

PETALING JAYA: Top leaders of PPBM are currently meeting at the party’s headquarters here amid intense expectations of a political realignment which could see the end of Pakatan Harapan in its current composition.

Just minutes away from the PPBM meeting, PKR leaders aligned to deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali are preparing to meet at the Sheraton Petaling Jaya hotel.

Among nine PKR leaders spotted at the hotel were Zuraida Kamaruddin, Saifuddin Abdullah and Rashid Hasnon.

Zuraida and Saifuddin are part of the Cabinet while Rashid is the deputy speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.

The notice of an event at the lobby of the Sheraton Petaling Jaya today.

PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to arrive at the Sheraton later today after chairing his own party meeting.

Mahathir earlier arrived at Menara Yayasan Selangor, alongside PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin, Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman as well as Supreme Council members Rais Yatim and Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

“The meeting by PPBM today is more than routine party discussion,” a source with access to the inner circles of PPBM and PKR told FMT.

Meanwhile, senior leaders of Umno and PAS held their own closed door meeting at Janda Baik, Pahang, last night. Also present was former prime minister Najib Razak.

FMT has also been made to understand that a crucial decision will be made by PPBM today “which could even see the party ditching its current partners” to form a new coalition.

It cannot independently verify the claims.

Tension has been building in Pakatan Harapan, as PKR, DAP and Amanah leaders stepped up pressure on Mahathir to fix a date for handing over power to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim

Today’s development comes less than 48 hours after a midnight press conference on Friday, in which a visibly stern Mahathir declared that he was still in charge, and that PH partners had given him the trust to remain as prime minister for as long as he wanted.

Last month, FMT reported that private meetings between Mahathir and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang might foreshadow the realignment of political power in Putrajaya, a move that might sideline DAP, and more specifically, thwart Anwar’s prime ministerial ambitions.

The new alignment would bring together forces aligned to Mahathir with the clout that PAS holds in the northern Malay heartland.

Earlier this month, Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam raised the possibility of a new coalition called “Pakatan Nasional” taking shape.

PH was formed in 2015 by PKR, DAP and Amanah following the break-up of Pakatan Rakyat, which previously united then opposition parties PAS, PKR and DAP.

In 2016, the coalition got its fourth partner, PPBM, formed by Mahathir after a split in Umno. The grouping proved effective in mobilising public support in the wake of public disenchantment with the Najib administration over the 1MDB scandal, culminating in the historic defeat of Barisan Nasional in the 2018 elections.

Additional reporting by Nur Hasliza and Sean Augustin.

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Japan ends 'failed' coronavirus quarantine on Diamond Princess cruise ship | DW News

Japan Apologises As 23 Disembarked Cruise Ship Before Coronavirus Test
The news came as a Japanese woman who left the ship on Wednesday tested positive for the virus after returning home.

WorldAgence France-PresseUpdated: February 22, 2020 11:29 pm IST


100 passengers left the Diamond Princess cruise ship on Saturday (File)


Around 100 more passengers were allowed to disembark from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship on Saturday as Japan's health minister apologised after 23 others were allowed to leave without being properly tested.

The news came as a Japanese woman who left the ship on Wednesday tested positive for the virus after returning home to Tochigi Prefecture, Kyodo news agency reported, citing the prefectural government.

She is the first person to have tested positive for the virus among the group of approximately 970 passengers who disembarked earlier this week, it said.

The 100 passengers who left on Saturday had been in close contact with infected people on board, local media said.
Two Diamond Princess passengers die of coronavirus

Experts are criticizing Japan's handling of the coronavirus outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which claimed the lives of two elderly passengers on Thursday (February 20).

They included the last group of Japanese passengers to leave the ship, while some foreign passengers were still waiting on board for their governments to send chartered aircraft.

Television footage showed a driver in a white protective suit at the wheel of a bus with the curtains drawn so that passengers could not be identified.

They will be quarantined for two weeks near Tokyo, officials said.

An official apology

At a news conference on Saturday, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato apologised for 23 passengers having been allowed to leave the ship without undergoing all the required tests.

"We deeply regret that our operational mistake caused the situation," Kato said, adding that the passengers would be tested again.

With the latest disembarkation, a 14-day quarantine is expected to start for more than 1,000 crew still on board.

Many of them were not placed in isolation as they were needed to keep the ship running -- preparing food and delivering meals to cabins. Critics have charged that they were inadvertently spreading the virus throughout the ship, which has seen more than 600 cases of the potentially deadly COVID-19 disease.

Kato defended Japan's on-board quarantine, telling a TV programme Saturday there was no medical facility large enough to admit more than 3,000 people at once.

Speaking at the news conference, Kato said six Australian passengers tested positive after leaving Japan.

Meanwhile, 18 repatriated Americans and one Israeli who returned home from the ship have tested positive, authorities from the two countries announced Friday.

Kato also confirmed that a Japanese hospital on Saturday used the anti-influenza medication Avigan, also known as Favipiravir, to treat a patient infected with the virus.

Earlier in the day, Kato said the government would push for the use of such medicines if they were confirmed to be effective.

Outside the Diamond Princess, Japan has seen 105 cases of the new coronavirus.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Viral Video of Aussie boy with dwarfism wins hearts on internet after video of him crying after bullying episode

Aussie boy with dwarfism wins hearts on internet after video of him crying after bullying episode goes viral (VIDEO)

Friday, 21 Feb 2020 03:19 PM MYT

Quaden Bayles has won the hearts of internet users after his mother posted a video of him crying following a bullying incident at his Brisbane school in Australia. ― Picture via Facebook/Yarraka Bayles

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 ― A nine-year-old boy, who suffers from Achondroplasia, the most common form of Dwarfism, has won the hearts of internet users.

This, after his mother posted a video of him crying following a bullying incident at his Brisbane school in Australia.

Within two days after Quaden Bayles' mother Yarraka shared the heart-wrenching video that showed Quaden crying after he was bullied at school, support has been pouring in from all over the world for the boy,

From trips to Disneyland to an invitation by the Indigenous All Stars NRL team which invited Quaden to walk them onto the pitch on Saturday night, hashtag #QuadenBayles is now trending on Twitter.

Relating the incident to Australia's Special Broadcasting Service, Yarraka said one of Quaden's classmates was patting him on the head and making references to his height when they were lining up to get their singlets signed by Brisbane Bullets' basketball players.

Quaden Bayles cried after he was bullied at his Brisbane, Australia school. ― Screenshot via Yarraka Bayles video

“She was patting him on the head like a little puppy. My daughter and I looked at each other and we made signals to him to ask if you are right and he was like 'no' and he was looking at me horrified, like 'don't make a scene mum'.”

“You could tell he was very uncomfortable but he was so good at trying to shrug things off, he doesn't want people to know how much it's affecting him, he's so strong and confident but it's times like these when you just see him crumble. It was just heartbreaking to watch, it made me feel helpless.”

Yarraka said Quaden was 'hysterical' after school, so she took him to her car and talked it over with him where she started filming his reaction where he threatened to take his own life and said 'he wished he was dead.'

Yarraka added that Quaden had first attempted suicide when he was just six years old following the passing of his grandfather and since then, he has made constant attempts with some very close calls.

While she received support from the community after the video went viral with views over 16 million, Yarraka said there was also criticism.

UniKL Hockey Team complete a treble this season winning the 2020 TNB Cup

UniKL are champions of 2020 TNB Cup
22/02/2020 11:28 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 -- The Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) hockey team created its sweetest victory in a treble triumph this season after winning the 2020 TNB Cup tonight.

UniKL, coached by Arul Selvaraj, prior to this had won the Sumbangsih Cup in January and was subsequently crowned the 2020 Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) champions.

At the final action of the TNB Cup, UniKL confirmed its supremacy after a heart-pounding action against the Terengganu Hockey team (THT) which ended in a 2-1 score.

"It's nice because we win three cups and maintained our unbeaten record this season. It is something sweet to remember. The difficult part will be next year as we will have to make an earlier preparation to maintain our performance like today.

‘’Everybody knows that to win is easier that defending a championship. But, overall I feel the UniKL team had played well,’’ said Arul after the match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

THT was comfortably ahead of UniKL 1-0 in the first half when Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor opened the scoring as early as the 13th minute through a penalty corner strike.

UniKL, as the best team with a 14-match unbeaten run in the league competition, did not lose heart but revved up their game to score two goals.

UniKL, shocked the 2019 TNB Cup champions, THT through a field goal by Mohamad Faid Farhahd Mohamad Shah and national player, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil. Both goals were scored in the 48th minute.


Sultan of Johor opens the new home of JDT- Sultan Ibrahim Stadium, Amazing Leona Lewis Live and Fireworks (Video)

Last Update :
22/02/2020 11:40 PM

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Feb 22 -- The Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club (JDT) officially moves to its new ‘home’ at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium, here, with the opening of the stadium, tonight.

The launching of the stadium, which began construction in 2016 and was fully completed this year at a cost of RM200 million, was performed by the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Also present at the ceremony were the Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah and owner of JDT, the Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail.

The others present were Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal, State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani, Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin and Johor Football Association (PBNJ) president Datuk Ismail Karim.

Tunku Ismail, through a statement which was distributed to the media, said the opening of the stadium was another new chapter in the history of the club.

"The last seven years have been great both on and off the field for JDT ... and the opening of the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium marks another milestone for the Southern Tigers squad.

"JDT has grown exponentially since the club's founding in 2013 and today we have succeeded in overcoming the norms of Malaysian football... (whereby are) constantly striving to create new benchmarks that will surely raise standards and challenge the limits at the international level, "said Tunku Ismail.

Meanwhile, the opening ceremony was also enlivened by international singer Leona Lewis and two Johor-born artists Ayai and Akim, followed by a fireworks display.

The crowd started flooding the stadium as early as 3 pm to look forward to the opening and to attend the carnival which was filled with performances by local artistes and interesting activities.

Located on a 11.3-hectare site, which also housed the JDT headquarters, the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium is the only national football stadium to use the original 'Zeon Zoysia' grass which had been tested and also had a drainage system that can keeps water from stagnating in the field.

Capable of accommodating over 35,000 spectators, the stadium also came with modern LED spotlights and multi-color and multi-rhythm building lights.

The best destination for the sport of football would be an iconic landmark and a must-visit for visitors and families by having various booths, souvenir shops and restaurants which would soon be opened.


Rompakan di Kedai Emas Tomei di AEON Bukit Tinggi

Ruwaida Md Zain

PENGUNJUNG sebuah pusat beli-belah di Bukit Tinggi di Klang digemparkan satu kejadian rompakan di sebuah kedai emas, kira-kira 10 malam tadi.
Beberapa video tular di media sosial, termasuk satu video dipercayai memaparkan seorang suspek dalam keadaan cedera terbaring di dalam kedai emas terbabit selepas ditangkap orang awam.
Turut tular juga sebuah video memaparkan pengawal keselamatan cuba mengacukan pistol ke arah dua penjenayah yang melarikan barang kemas di premis terbabit.
Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah Klang Selatan, Asisten Komisioner Shamsul Amar Ramli ketika dihubungi mengesahkan pihaknya menerima laporan mengenai kejadian itu.

“Pada 10.15 malam tadi, polis menerima panggilan daripada orang awam memaklumkan rompakan dilakukan oleh dua lelaki di kedai emas terbabit.
“Siasatan awal mendapati, kejadian berlaku ketika pekerja dalam proses untuk menutup perniagaan dan tiba-tiba suspek dua lelaki memakai topi keledar, bervisor gelap masuk ke dalam kedai.
“Suspek yang bersenjatakan tukul besi itu memecahkan cermin kaca lalu mengambil barangan kemas,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

PENGAWAL keselamatan mengacu pistol ke arah perompak. FOTO video tular

Shamsul Amar berkata, pada masa yang sama, pengawal keselamatan mengacukan senjata ke arah suspek dan mereka terus melarikan diri ke arah pintu keluar pada jarak kira-kira 20 meter.
“Orang ramai yang menyaksikan kejadian membantu menangkap seorang daripada suspek dan menemui kembali barangan kemas yang dirompak dan merampas tukul yang digunakan dalam kejadian itu.
“Suspek yang cuba melarikan diri itu cedera ketika bergelut dengan orang awam semasa mereka hendak membuat tangkapan,” katanya.
Beliau berkata, suspek yang berusia 19 tahun yang juga warga tempatan itu diserahkan kepada polis.
“Polis masih menjalankan siasatan berhubung kejadian ini,” katanya.
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