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‘Umno shouldopen membership toall’

Donot dispose documents yet, agencies told MALACCA: All state government departments and agencies here have been advised to postpone the disposal of documents to avoidmisunderstanding which could raise various questions. Kota MelakaMPKhoo Poay Tiong said themove to dispose documents at this time could bemisconstrued as hiding something and should be carried out after the appointment of the new executive council. “Presently it is very sensitive, we know one of the agencies told to stop disposing documents is theMelaka Historic City Council (MBMB) as about 30 black plastic bags containing documents were heading for disposal yesterday. “MBMB personnel toldme that the documents to be disposedweremore than five years old but our inspection found the documents were only three years old and contradicted withwhat was said,” he told a press conference at Seri Bendahara, Ayer Keroh yesterday. Also present was Kesidang assemblyman, Seah Shoo Chin who is alsoMalacca DAP organising secretary. – Bernama B R I E F S TIANCHUATHANKSSHAFIE KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Tian Chua has expressed gratitude to the newly appointed Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for lifting the immigration ban on him. He also thanked Mohd Shafie for lifting a similar ban on PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar. Tian Chua said that the ban imposed by the previous government had disallowed the two of them from entering the state. EX-MPJOINSWARISAN LABUAN: Former Labuan MP Datuk Suhaili Abd Rahman will join Warisan to help strengthen the party’s presence on the island. Suhaili, who was Labuan MP for two terms from 1999 to 2008, said he was doing so in response to the people’s request for him to lead the island back on track economically. “I have studied the concept of Warisan’s struggles and although I was not in good shape due to my health, I helped campaign for Labuan Warisan’s candidate openly.” – Bernama INSULTSTOMAHATHIR LANGKAWI: Seven NGOs yesterday lodged police reports seeking action against people who had uploaded offensive statements against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on social media. Pertubuhan Melayu Gagah Bangsa Bersatu Kedah also listed the offensive statements and asked the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and police to take appropriate action. – Bernama Muslims tobegin fasting tomorrow KUALA LUMPUR: MalaysianMuslims will begin Ramadan fasting tomorrow, the Keeper of the Rulers seal Datuk Seri SyedDanial Syed Ahmad announced yesterday. He said the date for fasting to begin followed a decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after receiving the consent of the Malay rulers. Syed Danial said the sighting of the new moon to determine the start of Ramadanwas held yesterday. The sighting was carried out at 29 locations in the country. The Conference of Malay Rulers had agreed that determining the start of Ramadan would be based on the rukyah and hisab methods. – Bernama

>Khairy says partywas ‘delusional’, ignored signs

delusional. We got drunk on our own Kool-Aid andwe got carried away. “We didn’t want to bell the cat. After former deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie were purged, nobodywanted to acknowledge we had a problem. That was a terriblemistake on our part,” he said. Khairy said he wished he had told then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razakwhat it meant after he dropped Muhyiddin and Shafie

BY RAJVINDER SINGH newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA: Umnomay have to re- look its structure, including the possibility of opening its membership to all Malaysians regardless of race or religion, says its Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin. “We should seriously consider all options. What model dowe want? United Malays National Organisation or United MalaysianNational Organisation?What is our DNA ... what is our raison d’être ? “These questions need to be asked, we should not be fixed inwhat model we take. Everything is on the table,” Khairy told Channel News Asia (CNA) yesterday. In an immediate response, Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz backed Khairy’s call for the party to open its membership to all races and religions, saying it must no longer be nostalgic over its history and struggle for theMalays. He said this was the way forward for the party after its disastrous outing at the polls, claiming that to have race-based parties todaywas no longer relevant. “I agree with Khairy. It will be awkward to talk about fighting forMalaysians but our party is a race-based one. We should review this, and informour supporters that Umno should be open to all. “Umno is still strong, andmany non- Malays havemade known their intentions of joining the party previously, but they PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has refuted the police report lodged by theMalaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) against its group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes ( pix ). “We would like to emphasise that the video released by Tony onMay 13 is fully supported by evidence and facts including direct communication between AirAsia Malaysia CEORiad Asmat and Abdullah (Mavcom’s executive chairmanGen (Rtd) Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad). We will divulge the evidence and facts to the appropriate authorities at the right time,” it said in a statement yesterday. It said AirAsia will cooperate fullywith the police on this investigation in accordance with the law and take all actions that are necessary to protect the interests of AirAsia as well as Fernandes. Earlier, Mavcomhad lodged a police

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can’t. So I think it is about time we change that,” he told theSun yesterday. The first attempt to open upUmno to non-Malays was by its founder Datuk Onn Jaafar whenOnn became increasingly disgustedwithwhat he considered to be Umno’s race-based policies, and called for partymembership to be opened to all Malayans. He also suggested that Umno be renamed as the UnitedMalayans National Organisation. When his recommendations went unheeded, he left the party on Aug 26, 1951, to form the Independence of Malaya Party. In his interviewwith CNA, Khairy admittedUmno’s biggest mistake in the run-up to the electionwas its failure to acknowledge that the grassroots had rejected the party. “What happenedwas we became

fromhis Cabinet after both publicly criticised himover 1MDB. He said themistake of failing to speak the truth in order to protect Najib is one he will have to live with for the rest of his life. “Was there a signal? Yes, there were clear signals but we became oblivious to the signals. This must not happen again, wemust not ever allowUmno leaders to be detached from reality and not ask tough questions. If we continue with our feudal mindset of protecting the leader from the truth, Umnowill go extinct,” he said, adding that the loss was a collective responsibility. He saidwhen BN lost its two-thirds majority in 2008, then primeminister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was replaced by Najib but the party did not change

operationally, thinking that by changing the head, everything will sort itself out. AirAsia:Wehaveproof ofMavcomcancellation

report against Fernandes for claiming the commission had asked AirAsia to cancel all 120 additional flights it had applied for during the election period. Mavcom said it had approved all 66 additional flights applied by AirAsia on April 23. The commission said it had never issued any directive to AirAsia or

accusation that Mavcom told AirAsia to cancel “120 extra flights whichwould have carried 26,000 people on top of our normal flights” . Mavcom said it refuted his statement that “within 24 hours, AirAsia staff were summoned byMavcom”. It said between April 17 and May 13 no AirAsia staff were summoned at all material times to appear before the commission regarding this matter. It said the commission is mandated under theMalaysian

any other airline to reduce or cancel any flights where regulatory requirements weremet. It said the commission views as baseless andmalicious Fernandes’

Aviation Commission Act 2015 to act as an independent regulator for economic and commercial matters related to civil aviation inMalaysia.

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Mentri Besar Datuk Seri MukhrizMahathir (centre) meeting the people under his constituency of Jerlun during a celebration at the Pusat KegiatanMasyarakat yesterday.

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