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Work cut out forwhoever becomesUmnopresident

the candidates but said the party constitution only allows those who have held positions in the supreme council or at division level for at least one term to contest the president’s post. The top post will see a fight between Datuk Seri Ahmad ZahidHamidi, who is acting president, GuaMusang Umno division chief Tengku RazaleighHamzah, Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and businessman and blogger Rahmat AzimAbdul Aziz. Also throwing their hats into the ring are Rosile Saat, Mohamad Iqbal Maricair and Yusof Musa. The challengers will have to prove to the grassroots that theywill be able to reform the party and take it forward bymaking it

relevant toMalaysians. One of the problems Ahmad Zahidwill face includes the fact that he was part of the losing team in the 14th general election, and his failure to speak out on the 1MDB issue. “He became acting deputy president after the sacking of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who had expressed unhappiness over handling of the 1MDB scandal, saying it was affecting the people’s perception of the government,” a party source said. While hinting that 1MDB and the cost of living were problems, Tengku Razaleigh, better known as Ku Li, was never really outspoken on the issues, the source said. “Ku Li, 81, will have to showUmno

members that he has the ability to reformand change the party. Issues that caused the party to lose support must be dealt with urgently,” the source said, adding that age could be a factor against the party stalwart. This will be the second time Ku Li will be going for the top post as he had previously challenged TunDrMahathirMohamad in 1987, and lost. He said Khairywill have an uphill task to win as he lacks the grassroots support Ahmad Zahid and Ku Li enjoy. He added althoughmanymembers may see himas a very smart leader, his lack of grassroots support will likely onlymake him a vote spoiler. Ti explainswhyMCA closingall its servicecentres PETALING JAYA: MCA said its service centres nationwide are closing not because of a lack of funds due to BarisanNasional’s (BN) loss of power in Putrajaya. The party accepts the decisions of grassroots leaders to close their service centres or to downsize their services as they aremainly administered by volunteers, MCA Publicity spokesmanDatuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said. “(They) are accepting that their services will no longer be effective since they have no access to anyministry,” he said in a statement yesterday. “MCA service centres are not dependent on BNor the government and as such their closures are not due to BN’s loss of federal power. Thus the implication that MCA service centres were closed because of a lack of funds as a result of BN’s loss of power in Putrajaya is incorrect, false andmischievous.” The service centres were formed by the party via their leaders to serve the public and not as reported, “that it is for the Chinese community only”, Ti said. “Our political strength has always been our public services somuch so that they overshadowed our roles on policymatters and the check and balance within the BN government,” he added. MohdNoorhisyam, however, said he wants authorities to investigate those who accused himof misusing his political connections to secure rights to Ramadan bazaar lots and renting themout at exorbitant prices. He lodged a police report to that effect at the DangWangi police headquarters yesterday. “I lodged this report to reject and deny these accusations which have gone viral, and to enable the authorities to investigate these claims made by certain parties,” he said.


by Rajvinder Singh

PETALING JAYA: The winner of the Umno presidency in the upcoming party polls will face an uphill task in reviving Umno as many see it as being allegedly tainted by corruption, money politics and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue. The expected seven-cornered fight may not materialise as three of the candidates are unknown politicians who have not held senior party positions. Umno executive secretary Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusof declined to reveal the names of

Najibnot trying to flee country: Cops

BY ASHWINKUMAR newsdesk@thesundaily.com ALOR STAR: Police have dismissed claims that former primeminister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his familywere attempting to flee the country through Langkawi. Kedah police chief Commissioner Datuk Zainal Abidin Kasim said the police were well informed about Najib and his family’s arrival in Langkawi. “He (Najib) came to Langkawi for a holidaywith his familymembers. Najib had alsomet former Kedahmenteri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad BashahMdHanipah and several Umno leaders. “However, it was just a normal meeting,” Zainal Abidin told theSun yesterday. He addedNajib’s personal security personnel are accompanyingNajib and his >Police awareof ex-PM’s holiday in Langkawi B R I E F S WARISANFILESPOLLS PETITIONS KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) filed election petitions yesterday to challenge the 14th general election (GE14) results in four parliamentary seats and four state seats. Its secretary general Loretto S. Padua said the four parliamentary seats involved Kimanis, won by Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Sipitang (Yamani Hafez Musa-BN), Libaran (Datuk Zakaria Edris- BN) and Keningau, won by Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan, the president of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star). “The four state seats are Sungai Sibuga, won by Sabah BN chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman, Kundasang (Dr Joachim Gunsalam- PBS), Sook (Datuk Ellron Angin-PBRS) and Kiulu (Datuk Joniston Bangkuai- PBS).” – Bernama ALTANTUYA’SDADTO MEETAGTODAY PETALING JAYA: The father of murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu will be meeting with the attorney-general (AG) today. It is learnt that Altantuya’s father, Dr Setev Shaariibuu, would meet Tommy Thomas at 3pm. It is learnt that Shaariibuu wants to discuss the possibility of the government reopening the case on Altantuya’s murder. Altantuya, 28, is believed to have been shot dead before her body was blown to bits with explosives at a secondary forest near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam in 2006.

resort off Kedah. His trip comes amid public concern that he and his wife had gone abroadwhile the police and theMalaysian Anti-Corruption involvement in allegedmoney laundering crimes involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad. Najib’s arrival in Langkawi was also verified by Kedah Immigration Department director Zuhair Jamaludin. Pictures of Najib and Rosmah and several trolleys loadedwith luggage at the KL International Airport in Sepang, Selangor and later at the Langkawi International Airport in Kedah started spreading on social media portals on Sunday. Netizens expressed alarmwhen a Facebook user claimed to have spotted Najib near the hallway for international departures. BothNajib and Rosmah havemostly kept to their private residence in Taman Duta in the past month. Commission had yet towrap up investigations on their purported

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family in Langkawi. Zainal Abidin advised the public not to jump to conclusions and speculate on the matter. On Sunday, Immigration director- general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali assured Malaysians that Najib and his wife Datin Seri RosmahMansor were still in the country. Zainal Abidin saidNajib and his family were just taking a holiday on the island

Report lodgedagainst PHmember over bazaar lots PUTRAJAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu

“As the leader of Armada (Pribumi Youth), I do not tolerate any formof corruption, even if it is committed by fellowpartymembers. Also, as anMP, it is my responsibility to ensure that abuse of power must be eradicated so that we can heal our belovedMalaysia. “I want the authorities, both the police and theMACC to investigate this case. If there is anywrongdoing inmy conduct I would expect the authorities to investigate me too,” said Syed Saddiq outside the MACC headquarters yesterday.

Malaysia Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against a fellowpartymember for alleged abuse of political position pertaining to several JalanMasjid India Ramadan bazaar lots. TheMuarMP urged the anti-graft agency to investigate Bukit Bintang Pribumi Youth chief MohdNoorhisyam Abdul Karimover allegations that he abused his power by overcharging traders.

JAM-FREE ... Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur is almost devoid of traffic yesterday morning as most people have yet to return from their Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.

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