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NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS theSun ONWEDNESDAY | JUNE 20, 2018

Amirudin sworn in as Selangormentri besar

‘Hard to say whowill be Umno chief’

BY KONG SEE HOH newsdesk@thesundaily.com PRESS DIGEST

>Ex-state football team manager takes oath as 16thMB

BY TIMOTHY ACHARIAM newsdesk@thesundaily.com SHAHALAM: Amirudin Shari was

ALTHOUGH all eyes are onUmno acting chief Datuk Seri Ahmad ZahidHamidi, Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and veteran Tengku RazaleighHamzah in the presidential race, party insiders say the real fight is between Ahmad Zahid and Khairy. As for the other candidates in the seven- man tussle, the keenest in the party’s history due to the lowering of the bar for the contest for top posts, the insiders said they aremerely also-rans, SinChewDaily reported yesterday. The others in the fray are blogger Rahmat AzimAbdul Aziz, Rosile Saat, Mohamad Iqbal Maricair and Yusof Musa. “Razaleigh came on the scene at the behest of grassroots whowanted to see contest for the top post as initially, Ahmad Zahidwas the only known candidate for the post.” Analysts within the party said it is difficult to say for sure whowill win. “If Umnowants fresh ideas that come with newblood, Khairywill have the edge. “But based on observation, many party members act as if the party is still in power at the federal level, they enjoy talking about the party polls and like to find fault with the candidates. “They criticised Ahmad Zahidwhen he announced his candidacy. They also criticised Tengku Razaleigh and Khairy. (We) don’t knowwhat they (party members) reallywant. It is hard to predict whowill win the top post,” they opined. Party insiders who do not see Tengku Razaleigh having an equal chance in the contest said the veteran, who holds only the division chief’s post, has been out of the party core for too long to be in touchwith all that is happening inUmno. On the other hand, AhmadZahid and Khairy truly understandparty issueswell and are seen as capable of bringing changes. Fundswells to RM88.36million PETALING JAYA: In just one day, Tabung HarapanMalaysia grewby some RM13 million, thanks tomore generous donations from the public. As of 3pmyesterday, the fund stands at RM88,365,000. The fund, launched onMay 30 by the PakatanHarapan government, is to help reduce the nation’s RM1 trillion debt that the government inherited from the Barisan Nasional government. The fundwas launched by Prime Minister TunDrMahathirMohamad after manyMalaysians voiced their intention to help the government.

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yesterday sworn in as the 16thmentri besar of Selangor, taking over fromDatuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. Amirudin took his oath of office andwas sworn-in before Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Istana Alam Shah. Azmin has moved to the Cabinet to assume the post of Economic Affairs minister. The 38-year-old Amirudin’s appointment was kept under tight wraps until the swearing-in ceremony. Amirudin, Ijok assemblymanDr Idris Ahmad and Seri Setia assemblyman Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddinwere the three shortlisted names submitted to Sultan Sharafuddin for consideration, according to sources. At the same ceremony, Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail also took her oath of office as a state exco, replacing Azmin. There are 10 exco positions including thementeri besar’s post. The other eight are Lembah Jaya rep Haniza Mohamed Talha (PKR), Seri Setia rep Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin (PKR), Kajang rep Hee Loy Sian (PKR), Kota Kemuning rep V. Ganabatirau (DAP), Kinrara rep Ng Sze Han (DAP), Seri Serdang rep Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Amanah), Pandan Indah rep Izham Hashim (Amanah) and Selat Kelang rep Abdul Rashid Ansari (Amanah), who were all sworn in on May 14. In the 13th general election in 2014, Amirudin retained the seat andwas appointed a state executive councillor in charge of the Young Generation and Sports PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) is conducting an investigation into several questionable financial allocations of the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) for 2017, it was revealed. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the MACC had confirmed this and he had been informed that MACC officers went to the FINAS headquarters on June 7. “I wish to emphasise that the Communications and Multimedia Ministry will neither tolerate nor compromise in any matter involving elements of corruption, leakage or abuse of power in any agency or department under its jurisdiction. – Bernama ANOTHERREPORTLODGED OVERBAZAARLOTS PUTRAJAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has lodged another report at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office here yesterday against a fellow member on alleged abuse of power and misappropriation of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Ramadan Bazaar lots. Dr Muhammad Faiz Na’aman, who is Bersatu Youth Integrity Bureau chief, and the party’s youth representatives, submitted the report. Muhammad Faiz said the report was important so as to ascertain the real mastermind behind the scandal. B R I E F S PROBE INTOFINAS ALLOCATIONS

Azmin congratulatingAmirudin after the swearing-in ceremony yesterday.

Development, Culture and Entrepreneur Development portfolio. He secured a 3,261-votemajority in the three-cornered contest, defeatingN. Rawisandran (BN) andG. Suman (independent). In the 14th general election last month, Amirudin scored a hattrick by retaining the seat. This time, he secured amajority of 11,374 votes and beat Rawisandran (BN), Mohamad Ibrahim (PAS) and Badrul HisamMd Zin (independent). He is one of the three assemblymenwho

were retained as state executive councilors in the current administration. He was entrustedwith the portfolio of Empowerment of the Young Generation and Sports, Entrepreneur Development, and Rural and Traditional Village Development. Amirudin is also a former manager of the Selangor football teamand had led the state football team in theMalaysia Cup finals in 2015 and 2016. Amirudin is married to Masdiana Muhammad and they have six children.

All four PHcomponent parties backedme for post: Idris PETALING JAYA: Soon after Sungai Tua assemblyman Amirudin Shari was sworn in as Selangor mentri besar, Ijok

Rashid Asari, Selangor Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) chief Izham Hashim and Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua. Idris also claimed that before the 14th

assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad (pix) claimed he had full support from all four component parties, (PKR, DAP, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Parti Amanah Negara) in Pakatan Harapan (PH) for the position. He claimed that Amirudin only had the support of outgoingmentri besar and Selangor PH chief Datuk Seri Mohd Azmin Ali, who assumed the post of Economic Affairs minister. “As of June 4, there were letters fromall four parties sent. I was the only one. But whatever subsequently happened, I wouldn’t know,” he said during a press conference at his house yesterday. Idris showed themedia copies of the endorsement letters, whichwere supposedly signed by the four party chiefs while confirming that three names, including his own and Seri Setia assemblymanDr Shaharuddin Badaruddin had been sent to the Sultan for consideration after the Ruler asked for three names. The letters were allegedly penned in June and endorsed Idris as mentri besar. They were supposedly signed separately by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Selangor Bersatu chief Datuk Abdul

general election, he was touted as being the next mentri besar but he was stunnedwhen days later, it was Azminwhowas sworn in as theMB. He added that the decision also did not receive the endorsement of PH. Idris claimed that he had

asked people close to the party president andwas informed that no one from the party leadership gave a letter of support for Azmin. Azmin rejected Idris’ claims, saying that Amirudin’s appointment was achieved through consensus. He added the party discussed the appointment thoroughly and with the consensus, it was decided that Amirudin was the right person to succeed him. Azmin said he was confident Amirudinwould preformwell as he had done a good job as an excomember. Meanwhile, PHde facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahimhas backed Amirudin as mentri besar and has appealed to all dissenting quarters to do the same as he represents the coalition. “This can be resolved in an amicable manner withinHarapan,” he said.

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