Stop politicking , saysRajaof Perlis

BY IANMCINTYRE newsdesk@thesundaily.com KANGAR: The Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Syed Jamalullail, has called on his subjects to stop politicking and focus on developing the state following the end of a political deadlock in the state. Eight assemblymen fromBarisan Nasional (BN), including three womenwere sworn in as state executive councillors at Istana Arau in the presence of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri AzlanMan yesterday. The eight state excos are Asmaiza Ahmad (Chuping), Nurulhisham Yaakob (Simpang Empat), Azizan Sulaiman (Santan), HamizanHassan (Kayang), Ruzaini Rais (Beseri), Rozieana Ahmad (Pauh), Siti Berenee Yahaya (Mata Ayer) and Teh Chai Ann (Titi Tinggi). Addressing the opposition to Azlan’s candidacy as the state’s >Rulerwants councillors to focus on state’s development ‘Johor Sultanate never took from the rakyat’ PETALING JAYA: The Johor monarchy has never taken from the rakyat, and in fact has donated its entire state government allocations to its people since the late 1800’s, according to the state palace. The statement comes in light of an allegation that about a quarter billion ringgit was purportedly spent on Sultan Muhammad V in the 16months since he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The King has since announced he would be taking a 10% cut in his allowances and emoluments as head of state, citing concern over the country’s debt and economic situation. The post uploaded on the Sultan of Johor Sultan IbrahimSultan Iskandar’s Facebook page yesterday said the initiative by Sultans to donate their incomes to Johoreans began in the era of Sultan Sir IbrahimSultan Abu Bakar in 1899. “This initiative was then continued and adjusted during the reign of Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, where the allocations were channelled to a foundation known as the Sultan Iskandar Foundation. In fact, when he was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1984 to 1989, all of his salary and allowances given by the federal government were donated to the foundation.”

eighthmentri besar, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said he viewed thematter seriously. “But when nine BN assemblymen, who had initially boycotted the swearing-in ceremony (of Azlan), had chosen to seek for forgiveness, I chose to accept. Tell me, who has not mademistakes in this world, hence I accepted their apologies. “But I do not want a repeat and let this be a lesson for all as the development of the state is of utmost importance.” He said the general election is over and he wants those elected to represent the people tomake a firm commitment to serve them instead of playing politics. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said the pace of development in Perlis was slow, saying the state has toweather an average deficit of RM60million to RM70million annually, so there is muchwork to do. “Work hard, create jobs and serve the rakyat. It is my duty to advise.” Azlan said the newly sworn-in


state government does not expect any problems to surface in administ- ering the state. Umno is nothingwithout BN, saysMCA BY AMAR SHAHMOHSEN newsdesk@thesundaily.com PETALING JAYA: Umno only has itself to

Azlan (centre) with other state executive councillors and government officers after the swearing-in ceremony at Balai Mengadap, Istana Arau yesterday.


KUALA LUMPUR: An agreement for settlement between PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli and National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) has failed after Rafizi refused to agree to some of the terms set. After meeting with lawyers from both sides in Justice Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamed’s chambers, the High Court set Aug 24 for the hearing. Lawyer Noor Farhah Mustaffa, who represented NFCorp’s executive chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail, told reporters outside the courtroom that Rafizi did not agree to some of the conditions, including taking down articles which were said to be in breach of a court injunction in NFC’s defamation suit. CALLTODESIGNLOGO FORNATIONALDAY PUTRAJAYA: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is inviting the public to create a logo that can be used for this year’s National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations. It said in a statement that they could send the logo, created on the theme of “Sayangi Malaysiaku” (Love My Malaysia), to the Merdeka 360 Facebook account or the malaysiamerdeka.my website by including a caption and rationale for the logo as well as stating their name, telephone number and e- mail. The winning logo will be used as the official logo of the celebrations. The closing date for submission is July 7.

of (Umno’s) political arrogance,” he told theSun yesterday. Ti was asked to comment on the Sarawak component parties’ pullout from BNon Tuesday andMCA’s stand on its relationshipwith BN. Umno’s BN lost federal power inGE14

blame for the deteriorating state of BarisanNasional (BN) today, and it is paying the high price for being politically arrogant. In a stronglyworded comment, MCA publicity

inwhat was a shocking defeat, garnering only 79 seats of the overall 222, 19 of whichwere won by its four component parties in Sarawak. Asked to comment if MCA would similarly review its position in BN, Ti said it was premature to do so until new leaderships are installed in the respective parties after their party elections.

spokesmanDatuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pix) said BN’s collapse following the 14th general election (GE14) should serve as a lesson toUmno that without the other BN component parties, “Umno is nothing”. He also claimed that Umno began neglecting the people and

other members of BN, and got carried awaywith power, having been the ruling party for decades since independence. “Umnowas almighty previously because of the support of the rakyat and BNparties. But because of this, they overlooked the contribution of others. They just want to live alone (hidup sendiri). “And this is the price they are paying. Theywere so ego-centric and self- centred. What they need is to empower the component parties in the coalition and respect the people. “This (BN’s collapse) is the end result

“Only then canwe assess the type of leadership each party has andwhether we want to reviewour positions or not,” he said Meanwhile, MCA veteran Tan Sri Dr Fong ChanOnn said it was high time for the party to reconsider its position in BN, claiming the whole political landscape under the coalition has changed following its GE14 defeat. The former party vice-president said MCA should instead focus its efforts on serving the people in rural areas, as they did when the party was first established.

Insurer donates RM100,000 KUALA LUMPUR: More

TABUNG HARAPAN MALAYSIA Maybank account number 566010626452


forward to donate.

individuals and companies have come forward tomake donations to Tabung HarapanMalaysia. AMLife International Sdn Bhd as well as a staff member from the Japanese embassy here were among the latest donors to the fund with contributions of RM100,000 and RM2,020, respectively. AMLife International Sdn Bhdmanaging director LewMun Yee told reporters that he hopedmore companies would come

Lewhad earlier presented a contribution that was received by SeputehMP Teresa Kok at her service centre in Kuchai Lama. May 30, the fund has collectedmore than RM65,045,842.92 million in donations. The fundwas launched by PrimeMinister TunDr MahathirMohamad after manyMalaysians voiced their intention to help the government to reduce the nation’s RM1 trillion debt. Since its establishment on

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Teresa Kok (second from left) receiving a RM100,000 contribution fromLew (third from left) at her office yesterday.



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