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Bye,bye BN BY ADRIAN PHUNG AND AMAR SHAHMOHSEN newsdesk@thesundaily.com P ETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional (BN) is “as good as gone ” , f o l l owi ng t he d e p a r t u r e o f a l l i t s Nazri Abdul AzizwhenParti Pesaka BumiputeraBersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) announced their pullout from the coalition with immediate effect. its defeat in the May 9 general election. “BN is no longer strong like it used to be, and in times like this, we must be brave inmaking changes or take drastic steps, probably something similar to what former premier the late Tun Abdul Razak Husseindidafter thegeneral election in 1969,” Nazri said.

opposition political parties such as Ge r a k an and t he Peop l e ’ s Progressive Party to merge after Alliance gained less than half the popular vote. Nazri, who is PadangRengasMP, said therewill be no coming back for BN, especially after three of itsmain component parties –MCA,MICand Gerakan – were annihilated in the recent polls.

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component parties in Sarawak, ending its decades-long rule in the state. This was the view of Umno supreme councilmemberDatukSeri

The Umno leader said he welcomed themove by his Sarawak counterparts and even suggested that it is time for the coalition to make some bold changes following

He pointed out that Razak had then replaced the Alliance Party with BN by inviting former

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Trump, Kimagree to denucleariseN. Korea

earliest possibledate”, the statement added. Trump told the news conference that the process would be verified, and that the verification “will involve having a lot of people in North Ko- rea”. He also said Kim had told him North Korea was destroying a major engine-testing site used for missiles, but said international sanctions on Pyongyang would stay in place for now. Trump said joint military exercises with South Korea would be halted. He said the move would save Washington a tremendous amount of money and would not be revived “unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should”. The document made nomention of the sanctions, or reference to signing a peace treaty to finally end the Korean War. – Reuters

SINGAPORE: US President Donald Trump andNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un pledged yesterday to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula whileWash- ington committed to provide secu- rity guarantees for its old enemy. The joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singa- pore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved, but Trump provided some details at a news conference. “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and chairman Kim Jong-Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denu- clearisation of theKorean Peninsula,” said the statement. Trump said he expected the de- nuclearisation process to start “very, very quickly”. US Secretary of State Mike Pom- peo andNorthKorean officialswould hold follow-up negotiations “at the

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